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Health Promotion through Health Observances in Your Community

Health Promotion through Health Observances in Your Community / Friday, September 16, 10-11AM MT, 12-1PM ET.  Presenter: Lydia N Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Description: Health Promotion focuses on enabling communities to have the tools to improve their health. In this session learn about a variety of health and wellness tools that can be used to provide members of your community with strategies of how to maintain healthy lifestyles using health observances to create a culture of health awareness. Through the use of National Health Observances, community and faith-based agencies, health departments, libraries, schools and health care providers can help raise awareness about important health topics. Get ready for the 2017 calendar year now by learning about ready-to-use resources such as toolkits, slideshows, social media materials and more. /da

Participants will receive 1 MLA CE.

Details and Registration:


NLM Job Announcements: Head of National Network Coordinating Office (RML program) and Chief of the Public Services Division

NLM is looking for candidates to apply for two vacancies, Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and Chief of the Public Services Division. Both are important leadership positions for candidates looking to contribute to NLM’s programs and mission as it moves into the strategic planning process with their new Director, Dr. 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 are posted on and linked on the NLM Job Openings page until September 19, 2016.  Job openings at NLM are typically only open for five days. Both are GS15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300. If you have questions about applying for these positions, please contact Sheri Liggett, PHR, 301-402-7521, or /ch

REMM: Major Content Update


The Radiation Emergency Medical Manage (REMM) Website Team announced a major content update effective August 2016. Here is what’s new on REMM.  Visit the website and learn more about this valuable tool for healthcare providers!  [jh]

Special Alert! The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science – weekly sessions start this Friday, Sept 9, 2016 at 10am MT/11am CT

Attention data enthusiasts

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program is pleased to announce The BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

The 1 hour series starts Friday, September 9th with Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle (Mark MusenStanford) and will run all year once per week at 10am MT / 11am CT 2noon-1pm ET.

To join the meeting online, click here.
To join by phone only: +1 (872) 240-3311; Access Code: 786-506-213

This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC), the BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC), and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science. For up-to-date information about the series and to see archived presentations, go to this website.


Plastics Videos are Here!

Last summer NLM hosted a crew of witty high school science teachers and students who took on the subject, PLASTICS! Through some not so conventional storylines, they explain the dangers behind the use of certain plastics and how, through recycling, we can help alleviate the amount of toxins in our environment. Each storyline is a spoof on a popular game app or video game and teaches students about various aspects of plastics including: the chemistry of plastics, how plastics differ in toxicity, the different types of plastics, and recycling.  You can use these animations to jump start a conversation about the safe use and disposal of these everyday materials. You and your students may want to create your own videos.

View the videos on the Environmental Health Student Portal under Chemicals: Plastics. Sign up for the NLM K-12 Education Connection e-newsletter by expanding “Get the latest news!” You can also follow the NLM K-12 Team on Twitter @NLM_K12. /ch

New CHIS Certification Funding Available

If you are a librarian that has completed continuing education requirements for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), and would like to apply for the certificate, we have a new funding award to support you.

Each award covers the fee for one CHIS certificate application (up to $75). The application for the certificate must take place between May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017.

Learn more about funding requirements at:

Questions? Contact Christian Minter at

Professional Development Funding Still Available!

Looking for money to attend a professional development activity that occurs before April 20, 2017? Apply for the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award (approximately $1,500 per award).

This award is for health sciences librarians or academic/community college librarians that are liaisons to health science programs. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of clinical big data, emerging technologies, health information literacy, and effective health science librarianship practices.

Learn more about application requirements at: Questions? Contact Christian Minter at

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the K-12 School Partnership Award.

The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, academic, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM health information resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources. The NN/LM MCR will fund two awards up to $2,500 each.

Single year Awards: Project performance period will begin and end within the NN/LM MCR budget period: May 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2017.

  • Application Due Date: September 30, 2016
  • Notification of Award: October 10, 2016

Prior awarded projects:

  1. Public library partnership with a six county prevention coalition to provide teen health outreach programming in the areas of youth mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and depression.
  2. Academic library partnership with a middle school and a volunteer community health organization to instruct students on evaluating and using online health information.
  3. Public library partnership with an elementary school to conduct  fun after school programming for K-3 on health topics incorporating play to engage participants in healthy behaviors and body functions.
  4. High school library partnership with health careers academy to create public service announcements relevant to the student’s medical and bioscience curriculum.
  5. Hospital library partnership with a school serving K-8 students with chronic illnesses to provide instruction to bolster health literacy skills.

For application instructions and to access the online submission form click here.

Award contact: Dana Abbey @ or 303/724-2110.



Webinar: Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations Part 2


From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

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

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC and SPEAKERS:  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.” She will present on the process she used to design a program for Massachusetts public libraries to increase awareness and use of disaster information resources. She will also discuss how she delivered the strategy and synthesized their feedback to refine the strategy and accompanying products.



Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see


NIH BD2K has 5 new RFPs. Check ‘em out PDQ!

Hello Network members – are you gearing up to support Big Data initiatives at your institution? There are funds available to those who are from the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) group at NIH that can support for efforts. Main BD2K funding page (see past funded projects as well). jb

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Community-Based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts (R24) RFA-ES-16-010 10/19/2016
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-155 04/06/2017
Extended Development, Hardening and Dissemination of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-156 04/06/2017
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R43/R44) PA-14-154 05/08/2017
Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R41/R42) PA-14-157 05/08/2017