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Only Three Days Left to Apply! Call for Applications to the MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) – Apply by December 1 for this week-long residential workshop that provides librarians and library information professionals with the opportunity to work intensively on research design and planning to conduct research that improves practice and adds to the professional knowledgebase. The workshop will be held in Chicago from July 15–19, 2019.
The MAR offices will be closed November 29-30 for staff training and our yearly planning retreat. Have you ever wondered how MAR approaches professional development, or planning for training and outreach? Follow #NNLMMARretreat18 tomorrow and Friday to see updates on our activities!
Thanksgiving (was) National Family Health History Day – Midwest Matters, from GMR
Saturday (12/1) is World AIDS Day 2018 – Blogadillo, News from SCR
– NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Revealing Data: Close Reading and Textual Analysis as Historical Methods – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
A Tradition of Gratitude: NLM Staff Express Thanks – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
– NIH Director’s Blog
Apply for the 2019-2020 NLM Associate Fellowship Program – The National Library of Medicine is currently accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program, a one-year residency program for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship. The program combines curriculum and project work and is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about this opportunity and submit your application before January 25, 2019.
ToxMystery, a game about chemicals in the household, will be retired on December 31, 2018. The game was built in the Adobe Flash, a format not supported on tablets, most Web browsers, and other educational devices. For learning activities about chemicals and environmental health, visit the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Kids’ Pages and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Learning and Teaching portal.
NLM Digital Collections Homepage Redesign: Check out the National Library of Medicine’s newly redesigned Digital Collections homepage! Digital Collections is NLM’s free, online repository of biomedical resources including books, still images, videos, and maps. All the content in Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. The new design includes simplified search and browse options, recently digitized items, a rotating banner of featured items from the Digital Collections, information about each collection in Digital Collections, and links to related projects.
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Don’t do it alone! Starting, sustaining, and assessing partnership-driven health programming at your library, Kernel of Knowledge – December 4, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – The U.S Institute of Museum and Library Services recently “challenged museums and libraries to transform how they collaborate with their communities.” Sponsored by GMR, this webinar will focus on how pubic libraries answer this call to action by partnering with institutions, groups, and individuals in their communities to offer high-impact health programming. Based on research conducted as part of Let’s Move in Libraries, his ongoing blog series published by the ALA Public Programs Office on partnership-driven health programming, and as part of a new project focused on how libraries contribute to food justice, Dr. Noah Lenstra will provide on overview of strategies and tactics libraries use to start, sustain, and assess partnership-driven health programming.
Health and Nutrition Literacy: The Social Determinants of Health, Healing & Patient Safety – December 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Healthy People 2020 recognizes that, “Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.” We know that taking care of ourselves by eating well and staying active, avoiding smoking & nicotine, getting immunizations and screening tests, adequate sleep and having access to healthcare when we are sick all influence our health. These factors are called the Social Determinants of Health and play out in our overall health and wellness. The ability to understand these factors and how they interact with, “the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness and quality of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships” plays a key role in our health healing & ultimately reflects in our recovery response to healthcare services. Sponsored by SCR, this presentation will not only explain these intersections of life, health literacy and society but also offer community-based and programmatic solutions.
Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines – December 4, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Dark chocolate, red wine, and stem cells – what do these have in common? All have been reported in the news as having health benefits. Often the first place your patrons will hear about health issues is in the media. This interactive, hands-on course with GMR will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories. The impact of celebrity illness will also be discussed. By the end of this course, participants will be better equipped to help their patrons look more critically at health issues that are being reported in the news media. Actual news articles and research reports will be included for critique.
Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management -December 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join PNR for the next segment in the NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) series, a collaborative, bimonthly offering intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. This session will host Wikidata expert and librarian Katie Mika, who will introduce the WikiCite initiative to build a database of open citations to support free and computational access to bibliographic metadata and will identify simple, high impact ways for to get involved. As experts in the intersection of bibliographic metadata, information discovery, and interdisciplinary research, librarians are a tremendous resource for this community.
From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources – December 11, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. Sponsored by NER, this session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify other access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.
Cultural Competence and Its Effect on Healthcare: Notes from the Field – December 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – As a health care provider, it is important to know your community and the culture of the community. How you respond to certain situations can impact the health of the community. While cultural competence is important within underserved communities, it is also important in providing care to mainstream communities as well. Join SCR for this webinar that will discuss the terms cultural competence and cultural humility and the implications of these terms. This session will also discuss how a person becomes culturally competent and the biggest indicator of cultural competence.
How to Bring Extensions to Your Library: Highlighting Programs from Penn State Extension – December 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Extension offices are trusted partners for libraries of all kinds! They are strong community resources, and in addition to providing practical, trusted information to communities, can offer incredible educational opportunities for libraries. Join MAR for this webinar to hear how Penn State Extension partners with libraries in Pennsylvania by offering programs like Dining with Diabetes, and Penn State Nutrition Links. Learn about these programs, and how programs like these could benefit your patrons.
Health News Review: Critically Analyzing Information in the News – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – The public is exposed to a tsunami of health information in the news on a daily basis, including much information which is contradictory or misleading. Sponsored by GMR, this session will introduce attendees to HealthNewsReview.org, an award winning resource designed to help the public critically analyze claims about health care interventions in the news. HealthNewsReview.org provides an objective, independent analysis of health care journalism, advertising, marketing, and public relations and provides criteria that consumers can use to evaluate these messages themselves.
Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Emergency Preparedness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by NER, this session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members to NLM resources in fun and engaging ways. The sample topic for this session is Emergency Preparedness to offer libraries and other organizations ideas for emergency preparedness programming for individuals, families and organizations.
Job posting: Emerging Technologies Specialist, NIH Library, Bethesda, MD
Join NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Milliner as one of the panelists for the ALSC webinar: Leadership in Youth Services Part 2: Leadership in Action on December 11 at 2pm EST. Working with children in a library setting provides vast opportunities to create and hone leadership skills if you know where to find them. By cultivating these skills in yourselves and others, you will elevate your profession and your community by creating and implementing beneficial programs and services. This webinar will provide you with the tools you need to recognize these skills within yourself and within your role in the children’s department. This is a free webinar, preregistration is highly suggested.
Enrollment is still open for the 2019 Marketplace health plan. Sign up by December 15 for coverage starting January 1.
Your Family’s Health Is Your Health – The Office on Women’s Health Blog
Finding Data to Index: Data found in Supporting Information files – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog
Check out the ICIJ International Medical Devices Database. Compiled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and 58 media partners in 36 countries, this publicly available, free research tool contains information on more than 70,000 Recalls, Safety Alerts and Field Safety Notices about medical devices distributed worldwide. this database was created in response to The Implant Files, an investigation by more than 250 journalists in 36 countries that tracks the global harm caused by medical devices that have been tested inadequately or not at all.
NACCHO Model Practices Awards Program – The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Model Practices Program. The program honors and recognizes outstanding local health initiatives from across the nation, and shares and promotes these practices among local health departments through the Model Practice Database. The deadline for submission is December 12, 2018.
Funding Opportunity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Health Data for Action: Leveraging Health Data for Actionable Insights (Data Access Award) (HD4A) program will support innovative research that uses the available data to answer important research questions. Applicants under this Call for Proposals (CFP) will write a proposal for a research study using data from one of the following four data providers: the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), OptumLabs, CareJourney, or athenahealth. The proposed studies should enable relevant, innovative, and actionable research that uses the available data to answer important, policy-relevant questions. Successful applicants will receive access to these data, which are described in greater detail in the CFP. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2018.
The Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) at the Fogarty International Center at NIH is collecting case examples of health research in humanitarian crises, focusing on specific challenges and strategies for this type of research. Full details are available in the call for cases. This is a part of a broader project on Advancing Health Research in Humanitarian Crises and was also described in a recent blog post associated with Humanitarian Evidence Week and Evidence Aid. The call for case examples is written broadly, to include examples of health research conducted in armed conflict, forced displacement, natural disasters, and major disease outbreaks, in low, middle, and high-income country settings. The deadline for submission is January 21, 2019.
Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program provides grants to support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.
Urban Library Journal (ULJ) invites submissions for articles in broad areas such as public higher education, urban studies, multiculturalism, library and educational services to immigrants, preservation of public higher education, and universal access to World Wide Web resources. We welcome articles that focus on all forms of librarianship in an urban setting, whether that setting is an academic, research, public, school, or special library. See the full author guidelines and ULJ’s latest issue to learn more about this opportunity.
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