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Apply for Funding Today!

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), invites applications for projects beginning May 14, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018.

Five award types are available for outreach projects that:

  • Enhance clinicians’ and public health workers’ abilities to find and use biomedical and health information in practice and for patient education;
  • Strengthen the involvement of libraries in assisting with health and disaster information needs before, during and after an emergency;
  • Promote a culture of health literacy within an organization;
  • Support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery; and
  • Increase the ability for patients, family members, students and members of the general public to find and use health information.

Applicants may request up to $15,000.  The application deadline for these is 5:00 pm ET on Monday, April 17, 2017.

While funds are available, applications are also being accepted on a continuous basis for awards that:

  • Promote and demonstrate NLM products to target populations while exhibiting at a local or regional meeting or conference.
  • Increase awareness of NLM products and biomedical and health information support services offered by libraries, community- and faith-based organizations, health departments, health centers and other organizations serving as conduits of information access.
  • Expand professional knowledge and experience in order to provide improved health information access and delivery.
  • Support NNLM collaboration with Network members to plan symposia or large-scale professional development activities that address current trends in the healthcare landscape and their impact on information access and delivery.

Review all of our funding opportunities before beginning your application. Questions about funding or about specific awards can be directed to nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

Upcoming: Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The Gene resource at NCBI is a central hub for accessing nearly all molecular and literature resources for a particular gene. You can easily answer the most common questions and perform the most common tasks by starting in Gene. In this upcoming webinar, Five Questions You Can Answer Using the NCBI Gene Database, you will learn about the structure and contents of the Gene resource and how to use Gene to answer the following questions about a gene:

  • Where is the gene located (chromosome and position) in the genome assembly?
  • What are the Reference genomic, transcript and protein sequences for the gene?
  • What variations are present in the gene and are they associated with disease?
  • In what tissues and under what conditions is the gene expressed?
  • What are the equivalent genes (homologs) in other species?

Join the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and presenters Peter Cooper and Bonnie Maidak for this special Bioinformatics Education session on March 9, 2017, from 1:00-2:00 pm ET. Registrants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

Details and Registration

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present the three-part webinar series, Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed.

This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, and we encourage students to follow along. Before registering for these classes, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed“, or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
  • Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
  • Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).
  • Install the EDirect software (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).

Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.

Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data: Tuesday, February 21, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML: Tuesday, February 28, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions: Tuesday, March 7, 1-2:30 PM ET

Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series.

Details and Registration

Love Your Data Week

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

From the LYD Week Planning Committee:

Love Your Data week is right around the corner on February 13-17, 2017! This year’s theme is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career.  Visit our website: https://loveyourdata.wordpress.com/ or follow us on Twitter #LYD17 or #loveyourdata to gain inspiration, share ideas, and find new ways to promote data services and resources at your library and beyond! Please tell us if you plan to participate and we will list your institution’s name on the site so we can continue to grow the community of data lovers.

More details will be available soon!

#FindCareInfo Twitter Chat

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and you can attend the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat on November 16, 2016, 1-2 pm ET to raise awareness about the often overlooked health information needs of family caregivers.  The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine is hosting this chat through @NLM_4Caregivers, and special co-hosts include NIH ADEAR Center (@Alzheimers_NIH), the National Alliance for Caregiving (@NA4Caregiving), and the Caregiver Action Network (@CaregiverAction).

This Twitter chat will:

  • Identify what type of health information is most needed by family caregivers.
  • Raise awareness of health topics important to family caregivers.
  • Share health information resources useful to family caregivers.

If you are a family caregiver, know a family caregiver, or work with family caregivers, then you can help to raise awareness and share reliable health information resources for caregivers at the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat.

Training Needs Assessment

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

From the NN/LM Training Office (NTO):

Learning: you do it every day because you’re curious and you want to stay informed. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can help you learn what you care about…and we’d like to do it on your terms.

Please complete our training needs assessment. By doing so, your responses will guide NN/LM in developing programs:

  • on the topics you want
  • at the right level
  • in a format that works for you

This needs assessment is being conducted by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) and is estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete. It will close on November 30, 2016. Your response is sincerely appreciated.

Free Webinar: Mapping Connected Health County by County

Friday, November 4th, 2016

When: November 10, 2-3 PM ET Details and Registration

Sponsored by the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, this webinar will focus on how state and local government offices, agencies and other local community stakeholders can effectively use the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform.  The web-based mapping platform, launched in August, enables and informs more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health.   The Mapping Broadband Health in America platform allows users to visualize, intersect and analyze broadband and health data at the national, state and county levels – informing policy prescriptions and investment decisions.

Key audiences for the webinar include federal, state and local agencies and offices that address health, connectivity, technology and/or rural development: for example, we encourage county health departments, public health officers and epidemiologists, broadband and technology officers, data analytics and GIS teams, and community health workers and strategists to participate.

The webinar will feature:

  • An overview of the mapping platform, showcasing the broadband, health and rural “filters” that drive the functionality and place analytic power in the hands of local stakeholders;
  • Step-by-step instructions and user scenarios tailored to how state and local entities can use the platform to drive broadband health efforts in their respective areas and communities;
  • Information on how agency web developers and data experts can incorporate proprietary or public datasets of interest into the mapping platform – our so-called, “open integration” model; and
  • An opportunity to pose questions about the broadband health mapping platform to Connect2HealthFCC experts and weigh in on the next generation of the tool.

Finding Health Twitter Chats

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Twitter chats are a great way for healthcare professionals to learn about resources related to specific health topics, raise public awareness of heath issues, and share their organization’s resources with other professionals and the general public.  During a Twitter chat, one or more accounts hosting the chat will pose questions through their tweets, and attendees of the chat will answer the questions through tweets that include a hashtag specific to the chat (like #HIVAgingChat).

Where can you find information on upcoming Twitter chats specifically on health topics? Here are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may want to attend:

  • Follow NLM Twitter Handles – If you follow NLM_OSP (the Twitter account for the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch), then you’ll often see announcements on upcoming Twitter chats related to health awareness and outreach topics.  There are currently 18 Twitter accounts maintained by National Library of Medicine, and many of the accounts promote and participate in health-related Twitter chats on a regular basis.
  • Check FYI Weekly Health Resources Newsletter – The Office of Minority Health publishes a weekly email bulletin called FYI: Weekly Health Resources, which lists information on grants, fellowships/scholarships, program resources, and more (including upcoming Twitter chats) related to minority health.
  • Check the Twitter Chat Schedule on Symplur – The website Symplur tracks popular healthcare-related hashtags and also includes a weekly schedule of healthcare tweet chats, including a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled tweet chats.

For similar announcements and opportunities from the Middle Atlantic Region, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

New class! Make Your Point: Basic Principles of Data Visualization Design

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

NN/LM MAR, the National Evaluation Office and the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ) are pleased to offer this new one hour webinar.

Make Your Point: Basic Principles of Data Visualization Design

Data visualizations are everywhere these days: social media, infographics, data dashboards, and trendy organizational reports.  A good data visualization communicates dense amounts of information quickly and effectively.  A bad one is a hodgepodge that creates confusion. To create effective data visualizations, you need to know the basic principles of chart design. These principles apply whether you are using sophisticated data visualization technology or tried-and-true Excel. In this webinar, we will describe a process for developing a chart that helps you make your point without making a mess. (This webinar provides 1 credit of MLA continuing education.)

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern

Date: July 19

Location: Online webinar. Call-in instruction will be provided to registered participants a week prior to the training session.

Registration required:

https://nnlm.gov/evaluation/workshops/register.html?schedule_id=4015

Presenters:

Cindy Olney is the Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Evaluation Office (NEO, formally known at the NN/LM OERC).  She has been a program evaluator for more than 25 years.

Karen Vargas is the Evaluation Specialist of the NEO.  Prior to joining the office in February 2015, she was the Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for NN/LM South Central Regional Medical Library, located in the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

 

Join us March 29 to learn about NIH syndicated content!

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

NIH syndicated content – NIH offers a free and easy way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health directly onto your website.  You do not need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. NIH content will populate on your web page with your website’s existing look and feel. Join us to learn how!

Presenters: Brooke Dine, Head, Web & Information Management Unit Public Services Division National Library of Medicine and Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine

Date / Time: March 29 /Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2

Online / No Registration Required