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American Heart Month and Black History Month

Currently the Seattle Art Museum is hosting the exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series. This celebrated exhibit, which brings all 60 of Lawrence’s paintings from this series together, is collectively owned by both The Phillips Collection and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It marks Lawrence’s 100th birthday who also held a tenured professor position at the University of Washington in 1971 and retired in 1986.

Lawrence’s iconic collection, utilizes both images and words to chronicle the exodus from the rural South to the industrialized North between the first and second World Wars. Many African Americans had little or nothing and continually faced violent racism and deplorable conditions as well as lacking the privileges and opportunities of Southern whites. However, the North did not always offer the promises given but for many, despite the hardships, found a better life. Lawrence himself, was one of those who migrated with his parents during World War I.

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

This powerful exhibit reminds us of the many human migrations in this country as well as across the globe. Some migrate because of natural disasters, violence, poverty, and many have migrated by force. Migrations have been occurring for as long as humans have existed and many of us today are migrants or immigrants ourselves. The social, economic, and historical effects of this recent migration of African Americans to the North is complex and still yet to be fully understood. Read more »

All of Us Research Program Announces Funding Opportunity for Community Partners

An announcement regarding the Precision Medicine Initiative All of Us Research Program which may be of interest to public and medical libraries who could be eligible partners. Please note scheduled informational webinar on February 10, 9:00 – 10:00am PT. Register

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The National Institutes of Health has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

All of Us is an ambitious effort to gather data over time from 1 million or more people living in the United States, with the ultimate goal of accelerating research and improving health. Unlike research studies that are focused on a specific disease or population, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions. Researchers will use data from the program to learn more about how individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biological make-up can influence health and disease. By taking part, people will be able to learn more about their own health and contribute to an effort that will advance the health of generations to come. NIH plans to launch the program later this year.

“We want the All of Us community to be as diverse as our country, so that the knowledge we gain from the research will benefit everyone — including groups that haven’t been well represented in biomedical research before,” said Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at NIH. “Many organizations have expressed interest in working with us to spread the word. This opportunity will support grassroots efforts across the country, which are critical to the program’s success.”

Pending available funds, NIH is designating up to $5 million per year over the next three years to support these community-led outreach efforts, to complement the program’s existing research and engagement infrastructure . Eligible organizations include nonprofits, other community- and faith-based organizations, minority-serving institutions and local governments, among others.

Applicants must submit their proposed strategy for helping educate community members or health care providers about All of Us, whether through special events, trainings, communication programs or other activities. Applicants must also include a funding proposal tied to specific outreach goals. Applications are due on March 24, 2017, and NIH plans to issue awards in May 2017. Read more »

New Moodle Class Regarding Genetics and Health

Were you unable to make it to the in-person classes of, “We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making”? Now it is available as a Moodle class where attendees can work asynchronously during the month of March. The class consist of four topics such as learning some of the principles of genetics and how it is used in health care and consumer information which includes direct-to-consumer testing, the Precision Medicine Initiative and more. The class also includes a webinar portion where the instructors will demonstrate resources from NCBI and the National Library of Medicine. Opportunities for class discussion, a news forum to post news stories and favorite resources as well as class exercises are all part of the package.

This is an opportunity to learn more about how genetics is entering our health care as well as preparing our patrons whether they are health care professions, students, patients or the general public to become informed about how genetics could affect their lives.  Through this class, attendees will become familiar with the utility and effective use of key genetic information resources  and contribute to the genetic literacy of the consumers and clinicians they support.

Registration is now open and runs through February 28

(4 Medical Library Association CE credits)

Women’s Health and Health for All

womens_marchWhat an amazing day January 21, 2017 was with a Women’s March in every state in the country and to even have other countries join in solidarity with their own marches! Having a day to remember women and men as well as those who are disenfranchised, under-represented and under-served and to recognize the importance of the voices of many is one of the reasons that made this march significant. The health inequities and health disparities experienced by many in this country call us to constantly work toward what is right. The National Library of Medicine resources are authoritative and freely available. MedlinePlus is available in English and Spanish as well as some information in other languages. It also includes information that is easy-to-read. You’ll find information about women’s health, LGBT health, rural health, various disabilities,  as well as how to prepare and cope with disasters and other safety tips. Health Reach is the resource for health information in other languages for patients and healthcare consumers as well as cultural information for health care providers.

Also, it’s not too late to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans for 2017. Now is the time to enroll if you haven’t already as January 31 is the deadline! Go to and sign up!

Help narrow the gap in health disparities by providing access to health information through your libraries, community organizations and health practice. Contact the NN/LM PNR for more information.

Professional development opportunity- “Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work”

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The Inland Northwest Health Science Libraries group, in collaboration with libraries at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and area hospitals is bringing the Association of College and Research Libraries workshop, Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit to Gonzaga University in Spokane on Monday, April 10th, 2017.

Research data management (RDM) has emerged as a need among academic researchers and liaisons are building skills in response. This one-day workshop will assist liaisons to identify their existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services and then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines. Tools, hints, and tricks will be shared that facilitate partnerships on campus with disciplinary faculty and with other RDM service providers.

This workshop is intended for liaisons who are seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. This workshop is an introductory level experience. Attendees are not expected to have previous experience with research data management. The primary audience is subject liaison librarians, secondary audience include senior library administrators, middle management and department heads, and technical services librarians and staff. Other campus partners such as Office of Research, Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer, IRB, or campus IT may be interested but would be a tertiary audience.

When: Monday, April 10, 8:00am – 5:00pm PT

Where: Gonzaga University’s Hemmingson Center Room 314 in Spokane, WA

Learn more and register:

NLM Announces Two New Appointments in Library Operations!

National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Amanda J. Wilson as Head of the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO); and the appointment of Mark Ziomek as Chief, Public Services Division, both in NLM Library Operations.

Amanda WilsonMs. Wilson will lead the office responsible for coordinating NLM’s nationwide program designed to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing access to biomedical and health information for both health professionals and the public. Eight Regional Medical Libraries and five National Offices lead a collaboration of members that includes academic health sciences libraries, hospital, pharmaceutical and other special biomedical libraries, public libraries, information centers and community-based organizations. Ms. Wilson assumed her new position on January 9, 2017. Mr. Ziomek will lead the Division responsible for several key NLM programs including MedlinePlus, the main NLM web site, customer service, management and preservation of the collection, and delivery of onsite services and interlibrary loans. Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy.

Mark ZiomekMs. Wilson brings considerable experience in leading a national network of library members, leading change in large organizations, and collaborating across organizations to produce positive results for users. She joins NLM from the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she has been an Assistant Director, Office of Transportation Information Resources, for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and the Director of the National Transportation Library. She has served in these roles since 2006, leading the operations and expansion of the National Transportation Library and establishment of the National Transportation Knowledge Network. Since 2015 she has chaired CENDI, an interagency federal scientific and technical information managers group. Ms. Wilson’s professional experience and service include Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America; CUA Department of Library and Information Science Board; and the ALA Committee on Accreditation External Review Panels. Ms. Wilson has a MS in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in music and psychology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Mr. Ziomek brings experience in serving a variety of library users, managing performance, and crafting federal information policy. He joins NLM from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where he served as the Manager of Library Services since 2008. In that role he oversaw reference and research for GAO staff, collection development, contract management and procurement, cataloging, interlibrary loan, and electronic content management. From 1995-2008 he was Chief, Library Services Division of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, directing acquisitions, cataloging, reference, and collection development. From 1990-1995 he was a Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist and from 1984-1990 a Senior Music Cataloger, both at the Library of Congress. He has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in history and music from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Wilson and Mr. Ziomek to their new positions!