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Upcoming Conference on Grey Literature

The New York Academy of Medicine is hosting the 18th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL18), November 28 and 29, 2016, Leveraging Diversity in Grey Literature. We will be welcoming participants and researchers from across the globe. Experience the First International Grey Literature Week (#GreyLitWeek) November 28-Decemeber 2 by attending the conference or workshops on Islandora, GreyLit, and Wikipedia.

For more details, visit the Grey Literature Week events page.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Hermine?

Weather reports are calling for Hurricane Hermine to possibly cause flooding and damage in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the course of the Labor Day weekend, and possibly into next week. In response to the recent severe flooding in Louisiana, the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) has updated the pertinent resource guides on hurricanes and floods. Here you will find information from all major government organizations on safety and health issues related to preparing for, and coping with, these natural disasters.

In addition, you can embed the content from these pages on your own website by accessing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Content Syndication Storefront. This will ensure that any updates made to DIMRC pages will carry through to your website as well.

Hurricane Information Resource Guide / Embed

Flood Information Resource Guide / Embed

Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events

For more information on evacuation procedures and emergency health concerns in your area, contact your local state or federal emergency management agencies.

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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. MAR and the National Library of Medicine have classes to help you get your home, workplace and community prepared for emergencies.
 

Webinars:

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations:
Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET
Details

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe
Monday, September 19, 2016  2-3:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

NN/LM Resource Picks: Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Details and Registration

Lunch with the RML: Celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month with MAR Emergency Preparedness Project Reports
Thursday, September 29, 2016 noon-1:00 PM ET
Details and Registration
 

Self-paced courses:

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_thebasics.html

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_cbrne.html
 
 
Don’t wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today. For more information on National Preparedness Month, follow #NatlPrep on Twitter and visit: https://www.ready.gov/september

Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Webinar

When: Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone. In this upcoming session:

Tania Bardyn and her team from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will present about their current Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project. The Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division, developed a mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington) to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington State. This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. Also, Sarah Carnes, a virtual intern with the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center, will present about her project “Design and Delivery of an Outreach Strategy to Increase Awareness of Disaster Information Resources.”

Details: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#program

Summer ’16 issue of the MAReport is now available!

Closing out the summer, NN/LM MAR is proud to share the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, the MAReport! In this edition:

Academic Coordinator Elaina Vitale shares her thoughts about the exciting features of the PubMed commenting system in her Academic Outreach article, Focus on PubMed Commons.

Health Professions Coordinator Kate Flewelling discusses resources and initiatives for quality dental care in her Out and About article, Oral Health.

Consumer Health Coordinator Lydia Collins discusses K-12 resource trainings and guides from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in her Consumer Connections article, Back to School with NLM Resources.

Education & Health Literacy Coordinator Michelle Burda highlights some extensive National Institute on Aging (NIA) resources for Go4Life Month in her Sharing & Caring article, Celebrate Go4Life.

Anja Bouchard shares her experiences as a Librarian with the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System in our featured  Member Spotlight.

Executive Director Renae Barger gives a brief overview of new NN/LM MAR funding opportunities in her MAR Highlights article, New Round of Funding is now available!

MAR Director Barbara Epstein shares her thoughts on the impact of special advisory groups in her Director’s Musings article, Looking Forward with New MAR Advisory Group Members.

To read the entire Summer 2016 newsletter or find articles from a previous edition, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/

Heads-up: Two vacancies at NLM

From Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine:

“NLM is looking for candidates to apply for these two vacancies, Chief of the Public Services Division and Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Both are important leadership positions and we welcome candidates looking to contribute to NLM’s programs and mission as we move into the strategic planning process with our new Director, Patti Brennan.

For more information, refer to the NLM web site or watch these videos which briefly describe each of the programs and how to apply for a federal job.

Both jobs will be posted on USAJobs.gov, and linked on the NLM Job Openings page September 6-19, 2016.  Both are GS15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300.”

New webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine invites you to join us for a new bimonthly webinar series: NN/LM Resource Picks. Every two months, we will highlight National Library of Medicine resources. Learn about NLM resources directly from NN/LM and NLM staff!

First up:

Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness!

September 28, 2016 3-4pm ET

Register: https://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=1057

Twice a year, America’s PrepareAthon brings together organizations and individuals to

  • learn what hazards are most likely to affect their communities
  • take action to increase preparedness
  • participate in community resilience planning

The next America’s PrepareAthon takes place on September 30—the final day of National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait, Communicate: Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” https://www.ready.gov/september

The September 28 webinar will use themes from America’s PrepareAthon to demonstrate the role librarians play in disaster preparedness. Learn how to get your community ready for specific hazards, and find out what resources you have at your fingertips.

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center

Updated Self-Paced Disaster Information Specialization Courses

One of the core competencies of disaster medicine is knowing how to “identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergency” (Source: National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health). Librarians and information professionals with this competency can support their communities with high-quality information throughout the disaster cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The National Library of Medicine has developed a series of courses with an emphasis on disaster health information. NLM is updating the courses now and formatting them for self-paced study online.

Two updated courses are now available (see below). These courses meet the requirements for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, as well as core competencies for public health professionals and others through the Public Health Foundation’s learning management system, TRAIN.

By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. This self-paced course introduces key sources from the National Library of Medicine, federal and nonfederal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information are covered.

https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_thebasics.html

CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of National Library of Medicine resources and tools that provide health-related information to support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.

https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disastercourse_cbrne.html

Resources on Precision Medicine through the National Library of Medicine

The new Director of National Library of Medicine (NLM) Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM:

I believe the National Library of Medicine has an important role to play in the Precision Medicine Initiative…and I believe that role’s going to be showing up in a number of the existing services already seen in the Library…

National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”

You can learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative through a number of NLM resources:

New, weekly, webinar-based lecture series

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science.

This is a series of high-level didactic overviews across the range of topics important for data science, intended to provide a general biomedical audience with an appreciation of the elemental issues related to data science research and applications.

When: each Friday at noon Eastern Time (9am Pacific) beginning September 9th, 2016.

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/786506213

You may also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 786-506-213

Registration is not required. Bookmark the webinar link for easy access to our weekly event!

The initial set of confirmed data science lecturers includes: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia).

This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Coordination Center, and the BD2K Centers Coordination Center. A dedicated webpage with additional information, the complete schedule of speakers, and a collection of all the recorded lectures is forthcoming and will be available shortly. In the meantime, the data science topics to be covered by our incredible set of speakers are as follows:

Syllabus

  • Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle
  • Section 1: Data Management Overview
  • Finding and accessing datasets, Indexing and Identifiers
  • Data curation and Version control
  • Ontologies
  • Metadata standards
  • Provenance
  • Section 2: Data Representation Overview
  • Databases and data warehouses, Data: structures, types, integrations
  • Social networking data
  • Data wrangling, normalization, preprocessing
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Section 3: Computing Overview
  • Workflows/pipelines
  • Programming and software engineering; API; optimization
  • Cloud, Parallel, Distributed Computing, and High Performance Computing
  • Commons: lessons learned, current state
  • Section 4: Data Modeling and Inference Overview
  • Smoothing, Unsupervised Learning/Clustering/Density Estimation
  • Supervised Learning/prediction/Machine Learning, dimensionality reduction
  • Algorithms and their Optimization
  • Multiple hypothesis testing, False Discovery Rate
  • Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data
  • Causal inference
  • Data Visualization tools and communication
  • Modeling Synthesis
  • Section 5: Additional topics
  • Open science
  • Data sharing (including social obstacles)
  • Ethical Issues
  • Extra considerations/limitations for clinical data
  • reproducibility
  • SUMMARY and NIH context
  • Section 6: Specific examples

 

Please feel free to share with your students, staff and colleagues. Tune in for the first lecture on September 9th!