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Posted by on January 12th, 2018 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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All NNLM MAR funding opportunities are currently closed. In February, we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Now is the perfect time to start meeting with potential partners and consulting with NNLM MAR staff on health information outreach ideas. Contact us to set up a consultation.

It’s Not Too Late to Participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2018! Learn more about free materials, activities, and opportunities for your school, public library, or community organization to get involved with busting myths about drug use and addiction for NDAFW, beginning January 22.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Promoting Healthy Communities: as part of our joint consumer health initiative with the Public Library Association, we are encouraging network members to submit a brief write-up about their health and wellness programs to ALA’s Programming Librarian website, so that others may benefit from your success! Learn more about this opportunity.

Use our National Health Observance slideshow at your organization! MAR has created a PowerPoint slide deck that provides you with ready-made promotional graphics, highlighting different National Health Observances each month. Each slide gives a brief introduction to the NHO that is being observed and also a link to the MedlinePlus health topic page that they can refer to for additional information. Download this resource today!

Cervical Health Awareness Month – Blogadillo, News from SCR

From the UW eScience Institute: Data Science for Social Good – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Join over a dozen NIH Institutes and Centers for #NIHhealthy2018! – SEA Currents

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.


All of Us Research Program Seeking “Use Cases” Describing Research Questions: the All of Us Research Program is reaching out to prospective researchers, community organizations, and citizen scientists for ideas on research questions that the program could help answer. Submit your ideas to provide information for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop, coming up on March 21–23, 2018.

Exploring the Brave New World of MetagenomicsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Focus on NLM Scientists: Dr. Kira Makarova Makes Her MarkNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Has an Alternative to Table Sugar Contributed to the C. Diff. Epidemic?NIH Director’s Blog

The Falls of 1972: John B Calhoun and Urban PessimismCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM Announces 2018 History of Medicine Lecture Series – The NLM History of Medicine Lecture Series promotes awareness and use of NLM historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of the NLM to recognize the diversity of its collections—which span ten centuries, encompass a range of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe—and to appreciate the individuals of various disciplines who value these collections and use them advance their research, teaching, and learning.

Check out the January 2018 edition of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Sound Health: Music Gets You Moving and More,” and “Cancer Care Gets Personal: How Tumor Treatments Are Changing.” Other topics include blood pressure, your healthiest self, and sharing pregnancy experiences.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic – January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Space is limited! Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications – January 29-May 18, 2018 – Join NTO for this exciting 25 MLA CE credit opportunity! This 16-week, self-paced introduction to bioinformatics was designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services, and for those who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve this patrons. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. Synthesis activities conclude the course with actual reference questions from the NCBI and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

Space is limited! Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – February 5-March 30, 2018 – This semi self-paced online course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

Learning to Liaise with Health Professions – February 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Health professions programs are growing rapidly and in numerous disciplines, each with their own distinct standards and cultures of practice. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will explore various health professions and educational environments, such as community colleges, hospitals, universities, and more. Next, the course will focus on how educational standards for health professions inform library instruction, research support, and collection services. The instructors will share best practices for working with health professions from the literature and personal experience; participants will also be able to provide feedback and share their experiences.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed – February 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join NLM for this introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. Participants will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 – March 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. Join MAR for this webinar that will help participants gain a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community. This class will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team, identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials, offer ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify inter-professional opportunities for librarians.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Overnight Supervisor (PT), Stony Brook University Library, Stony Brook, NY

AHRQ Intensifies the Battle Against Opioid Misuse in 2017, Commits to More Progress in 2018 – AHRQ Views

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