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New Year, New Directions for NLM: Read Dr. Brennan’s recent post in Musings from the Mezzanine, New Year, New Directions for NLM to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s progress toward making the NLM strategic plan a reality.
NLM Launches a New Banner Exhibition: The U.S. National Library of Medicine announced a new banner exhibition, Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America. A companion special display and an online adaptation will also be available. The exhibition opens January 11, 2019 to commemorate what would have been Alexander Hamilton’s 249th birthday. The online adaptation of Politics of Yellow Fever includes an education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a university module.
Continuing Education for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region will be offering continuing education credit for Certified Health Education Specialists with two upcoming courses: From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health and Health Statistics on the Web. Visit January and February classes for Certified Health Education Specialists to see more details.
New Free Materials: NNLM MAR is pleased to offer a new trifold brochure on MedlinePlus – available in English and Spanish. Place an order today to make these available in your library or institution!
Have a Healthy New Year! – PNR News
The National Library of Medicine is open and available for tours: Although some federal government agencies are closed in the absence of either an FY2019 appropriation or a continuing resolution, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is open and tours are available Monday through Friday at 1:30 pm and upon request.
NIH News in Health: Check out the January 2019 issue if NIH News in Health, featuring, “Shake it Off: Boosting Your Mood,” and “Managing Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment Can Delay Future Attacks.” Other topics in this issue include mood and depression, exercise, ovarian cysts and liver disease.
Keeping up with Information Onslaught – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, January 22-27! This yearly health observance links students with scientists and other experts to counteract myths about drugs and alcohol. If you are interested in offering a NDAFW program at your library or institution, see the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s online guide (link removed) for everything you need to host an event, including toolkits, program ideas, free materials, and more!
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PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – January 14, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.
More Than a Bandage: Health Information Resources for K-12 Health Professionals – January 15, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this course will introduce free health information resources for K-12 health professionals provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Participants will learn about consumer health sites covering general health, drug information, and environmental health, with an emphasis on MedlinePlus.
The Pieces of Systematic Review with Margaret Foster Webinar Series – Third Thursday of every month from January-May 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted. There is a constant need for education and discussion. In each live session of this SCR webinar series, Margaret Foster draws from her expertise to discuss issues, provide examples, and demonstrate the steps of her Pieces process, as described in her book, Assembling the Pieces of Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians. This second run of the original series will provide more practical examples for conducting each step of a systematic review as well as look at other types of reviews.
STEAM Programming for Adults – January 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Adult STEAM programming recognizes that adult life-long learners also benefit from an increased interest and knowledge of STEAM topics which can empower to them to think creatively and to design and engineer solutions to real world problems. With this goal in mind the Catawba County Library has established a series of community driven STEAM programs for Adults. During this hour long session, SEA and guest presenter will share the inspiration for Adult Steam programs, how to get started, find community partners, funding ideas, and program evaluation. Participants will also learn how to transform popular DIY craft programs into Adult STEAM programs.
Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join MAR for this class that covers NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. Resources for special populations and those with special needs are highlighted.
From Problem to Prevention: Evidence-Based Public Health – January 23, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Curious about evidence-based public health (EBPH) but not sure where to start? Join MAR for this class that will explain the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and highlight essentials of the EBPH process such as identifying the problem, forming a question, searching the literature, and evaluating the intervention. The purpose of this class is to provide an introduction to the world of evidence based public health and to give those already familiar with EBPH useful information that can be applied in their practices.
ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – January 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. This 1 credit training covers the materials in a survey format with polls and exercises.
Transgender Health: Research and Resources – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this session will discuss barriers that people who are transgender may face in their communities. The primary barriers discussed by guest speakers will include those that affect access to healthcare and re-entry to the community following incarceration. The guest speakers will also provide information about online and print resources that librarians, public health professionals or others interested in improving the health of transgender individuals in their communities can turn to for information.
Healthy Aging: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information – January 31, 10:00-12:00 PM ET – Did you know that the 65+ population will outnumber children for the first time in history by 2020? Given the rapid growth of this demographic, this “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet; learn about usability and accessibility issues that impact older adults; brainstorm library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
Owning Your Health: Wellness Resources for Young Adults Ages 18-24– January 31, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – In the final years of high school and in the years following after, young adults ages 18-24 are embarking on the process of becoming independent. An important piece of that independence is taking responsibility for and making decisions about one’s own health. This class will introduce participants (young adults ages 18 to 24, and those involved in education and health programming for young adults) to the credible and trusted online health and medical resources from the National Library of Medicine and partner organizations that can be used to guide health decisions. Participants will learn about the 8 dimensions of wellness, tools for evaluating online health information for credibility, as well as best practices for preparing and communicating with a health professional during a medical appointment.
*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.
Job posting: Associate Librarian, Data Management Services, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library, New York, NY
Job posting: Librarian (Instruction), Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
Public Comment for Healthy People 2030: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened a public comment period regarding the Healthy People 2030 Objectives, ending on January 17, 2019. This is to seek input on the proposed Core, Developmental, and Research objectives. Now is your time to provide your feedback! It is requested that you review the Healthy People objective selection criteria prior to reviewing and commenting on the proposed objectives.
For the First Time in More Than 20 Years, Copyrighted Works Will Enter the Public Domain – At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 entered the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S. This article from Smithsonian Magazine highlights some titles that you’ll now have access to.
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