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National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016

Influenza (flu) is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others. National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach. Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

Save the Date: Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians, April 24-28, 2017, in Raleigh, NC!

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Applications for the Institute will be accepted beginning December 12, 2016.

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged. A final schedule will be available in December, including topics such as:

  • Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
  • Bibliometric Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Version Control with Git and GitHub
  • Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
  • Data Cleaning and Preparation
  • Web Scraping
  • Analyzing Textual Data
  • Mapping and Geospatial Visualization
  • Publisher and Funder Data Use Agreements

Digital Storytelling Competition Announcement for Native American Heritage Month!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) has announced a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, involves development of a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes. Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site. Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds. The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500. Awards will be announced the week of March 6, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee. Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.

New Posting on NLM Musings from the Mezzanine!

In the second posting on her new blog, NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan describes her experience presenting a keynote message at the 2016 AMIA Symposium in Chicago. She encouraged all attendees to participate in NLM’s strategic planning process by responding to the Request for Information, to help NLM chart its third century. She stated that in addition to its commitment to maintain archival knowledge of books, journals, and manuscripts; NLM’s future will include data and virtual information!

Twitter Chat on November 16 for National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and you can attend the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat on November 16, 10:00-11:00 am PST 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, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the Caregiver Action Network. 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.

Open Data Science Symposium: Webcast Available on December 1

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative and the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) are hosting an Open Data Science Symposium on December 1, from 8:30am – 4:00pm EST. The session will feature discussions with the leaders in big data, open science, and biomedical research while also showcasing the finalists of the Open Science Prize, a worldwide competition to harness the innovative power of open data. Speakers will include Francis Collins, NIH Director; Harold Varmus, Former NIH Director; John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks Chief Commons Officer; Peter Goodhand, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Executive Director; and Niklas Blomberg, Founding Director of Elixir. The event is freely available to the public and will be webcast. Advance registration is required, with a deadline of November 18. Webcasting information will be available on the registration site. For additional information about the event, contact BD2K_events@od.nih.gov.

Registration Now Open for the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference June 18-21 in Philadelphia

Registration is now open for EBLIP9, the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference June 18-21, 2017 in Philadelphia, with the theme Embedding and Embracing Evidence. The early bird registration rate of $480 ($300 for students) is available through February 28. Full conference pricing includes snacks throughout the conference, three lunches, an opening night reception, and second night conference banquet dinner in addition to keynotes, program sessions, and poster sessions. The Call for Papers and Posters is open through November 15. Pre-conference workshops are priced separately; information on these sessions is coming soon!

NCBI Webinar: PubMed for Clinicians in November

On November 9, NLM staff will show health care professionals how to search PubMed for the most relevant and recent literature, explore specific clinical research areas, set up email alerts and more.

Date and time: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 10:00-11:00am PST

Visit the PubMed for Clinicians registration page to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the Webinar. After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses homepage.

NLM Launches New Traveling Exhibit, “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America!”

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling banner exhibition, Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America, now available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country. It will travel to 50 sites over the next four years. This exhibition looks at the Chesapeake region during the early colonial era, where European settlers survived by relying upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition. Without this knowledge, Europeans suffered poor nutrition, in addition to widespread illness caused by the lack of medical care. Despite their perilous position, the colonists used human resources, the natural environment, and maritime trade to gain economic prosperity. With a focus on life at George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation, we learn about the ways that meals transcend taste and sustenance. To book the exhibit, visit the Traveling Exhibition Services web site. Use the “Book Now” button beside preferred dates and include two alternate booking periods in the message box. NLM will strive to find the booking period which works best for host institutions.

The online adaptation of Fire and Freedom incorporates a Digital Gallery of 18th-century materials on food, botany, health, and housekeeping from the NLM collection. Education resources are also featured in the online exhibition, including K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module; an online activity and a robust selection of resources, including K-12 suggested readings. In addition, the Related Resources at NLM feature includes a selection of 18th-century items from the NLM collection on disease in colonial North America, digitized public health posters about nutrition and food, and journal articles that discuss foodways, race, medicine, and health disparities, available through PubMed Central.

The guest curator of Fire and Freedom, Psyche Williams-Forson, PhD, delivered a lecture to coincide with the opening of the new exhibition on Thursday, November 3, which was live-streamed globally and subsequently archived for future viewing. Dr. Williams-Forson discussed the process of curating the exhibition; the triumphs and challenges of telling this story when the information about the history of American slavery is limited in scope and very often narrowly focused, primarily on the 19th century. She tied this larger discussion into using foodways; the intersection of food, culture, and economics, as a lens through which to talk about the lives of African Americans during enslavement. More importantly, Dr. Williams-Forson illustrated why this narrative remains important today.

Apply by December 5 for 2017 Spring and Fall NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Courses!

The National Library of Medicine, in partnership with Augusta University, has announced that the application period for the 2017 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course is now open. The Biomedical Informatics course offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field. The course guides participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth. The course will be held at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, GA. Costs for attending this course including travel, housing, and meals are fully funded for attendees. If admitted, participants are expected to attend the entire week (all sessions and activities). No family members or guests are permitted.

There is one application for both the Spring (April 2-8) and Fall (September 10-16) courses. The application period closes on December 5, 2016. For questions, contact GABIOMED@augusta.edu. In addition, a special informational webinar about the course is being hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region on October 25, from 10:00-11:00 AM PDT.