In December 2016 the NNLM Training Office (NTO) conducted a nationwide needs assessment to discover needs, explore preferences, and gather feedback from the user community. The questions were designed to address three broad areas: why do users take NNLM classes, how do users prefer to learn, and what are users’ training needs. Also assessed was current skill levels of users, as well as desired skill levels. Question details covered over 15 professional competencies and more than 100 NLM products. Feedback was received from 559 respondents. The full 52-page report is now available, and highlights have been published in the NTO blog. In addition, the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) published an accompanying blog post about how to create Dot Plots, the method used by NTO for visualizing data in the analysis.
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The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has just launched the Language Access Portal (LAP). This resource provides access to reliable cross-cultural and linguistically appropriate health information from NIH and other federal agencies, for tools to help communication with populations with limited English proficiency. NIMHD is committed to supporting research and communications efforts to improve cultural competency and health literacy.
Would you like to receive automatic email notifications for newly upcoming NN/LM classes? Once per week, new content of class instances will be sent via email to users who opt to receive them. New NN/LM members/users will have a checkbox to opt in/out when creating accounts. Existing users can enroll using the “Class Notifications” link in the user section of the footer when logged in to accounts. Following is a sample of the text that users will receive:
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How to make the most of your National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibition! will be the next NN/LM Resource Picks webinar, on March 29, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT. The session content was designed largely from the results of a recent survey about hosting National Library of Medicine traveling banner exhibitions, which received responses from more than 250 representatives of libraries from across the country. The webinar will be hosted by Patricia Tuohy, Head of the Exhibition Program at NLM, and will feature several additional presenters who will discuss their successes in marketing, finding partners and funding, attracting visitors, and creating their own displays to complement the exhibitions.
Join the one-hour NN/LM Webinar, What’s New in Post-Publication Activities in PubMed, on March 15, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT. Hilda Bastian from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will present a discussion of the changing visibility and accessibility of post-publication activity in PubMed. The webinar is part of the PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar series from the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region.
The National Library of Medicine has announced the addition of CVX (Vaccines Administered) as a new data source to RxNorm. The addition of CVX data to RxNorm helps facilitate the electronic exchange of vaccine information in electronic health records. CVX includes both active and inactive vaccines available in the United States. CVX codes for inactive vaccines allow electronic transmission of historical immunization records. CVX is maintained and developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center of Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).
Have you wondered how to locate recordings of webinars or other online presentations hosted by government agencies, private organizations, or academic institutions on health information outreach topics? If so, use the following resources as a helpful guide:
- FYI: Weekly Health Resources Newsletter – The Office of Minority Health provides a weekly newsletter that often lists upcoming webinars, organized under topics related to minority health (such as “Hispanic/Latino Health”). Webinars are listed under the “Events” subheading.
- Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC) Blog – The BHIC Blog, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, regularly includes links to upcoming webinars related to health information community outreach. Try browsing under the Webinars Category on the blog.
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Calendar – Browse and register for longer webinars and online courses related to consumer health information and other outreach topics.
The one-hour webinar Introduction to Graphic Medicine, with instructor Matthew Noe from the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 10:00-11:00am PST. The session will introduce the emerging field of graphic medicine, or, the use of comics in healthcare. It will begin with a brief overview of the field’s emergence, and then highlight the role that comics can play in two key areas of librarianship: health literacy and medical education. The webinar will conclude with suggestions for collection development and programming to kickstart graphic medicine in your library.
Whenever learning about a new health topic, it helps to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, and a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:
- HIV/AIDS: Use the AIDSinfo Glossary (also available in Spanish) to look up definitions and illustrations to HIV/AIDS-related terms in consumer-friendly language.
- Multilingual Glossaries: Find links to glossaries in multiple languages under the Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Online Translation Tools section of the Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page.
- Disasters: The Disaster Information Management Research Center provides a guide to Disaster Glossaries, with links to glossaries under topics like Climate and Weather and Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism.
- Toxicology: The full IUPAC Glossary of Terms Used in Toxicology, 2nd Edition (2007) is available on the Environmental Health and Toxicology Information page.
On December 15, 2016, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a new Customer Support portal with answers to the questions that customers ask most often. Access the portal from the “NLM Customer Support” link in the top right corner of the NLM Web site.
From the Customer Support portal you can access information categorized by “Help Topics” and FAQs on “Most Popular Topics” including, “I found an error or mistake in PubMed; how do I get it fixed?” and “How do I get the full text of the article?” NLM will continue to build its knowledge base of frequently asked questions so that customers can find information quickly. However, you still have the option of filling out the “Contact NLM” form. In the form, NLM also encourages you to suggest questions to add to the portal. To help make this a useful resource, at the bottom of each question and answer page you can rate the article. Love it? Give it a “thumbs up.” Not helpful? Give it a “thumbs down” and then use the “Contact Us” button to tell NLM what would improve the answer. NLM welcomes and value your feedback!