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Posted by on January 25th, 2019 Posted in: Education, Funding, News from NLM/NIH, Weekly Postings

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2019-2020 Funding Preview: Our next round of funding will be opening in early February! Read Executive Director Kate Flewelling’s NNLM MAR Funding 2019-2020 preview to learn what you can be doing now to prepare, like registering for our upcoming grants and programming webinars!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Let us shine a spotlight on the amazing work you do! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee!

GMR-Funded Project Works to Make Indigenous Nutritional Health Information Accessible – Midwest Matters, from GMR

Celebrate American Heart Month with the NNLM Reading Club! – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR



Revving Up NLM ResearchNLM took another big step in revving up its intramural research operation by launching a national search for a scientific director to oversee all intramural research. Learn about how this move elevates the position and reflects its broad-based, trans-NLM scope of responsibilities. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Stanley N. Cohen Papers Open for Research – Learn more about this new archival collection, now available at the National Library of Medicine! Stanley N. Cohen and UC San Francisco Professor Herbert Boyer were the first scientists to clone DNA and to transplant genes from one living organism to another, an achievement that is often considered the birth of genetic engineering and DNA therapies. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Gears Up for 2019 – Take a look at what’s ahead for NNLM! – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

2019 HSRProj Research Competition for Students: The call for applications for the 3rd HSRProj Research Competition is open. Applications are due on March 1, 2019.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

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.

Last chance to register! 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, 11:00 AM-1:00 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 with SCR 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. Sponsored by NER, this class will introduce participants 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.

Introduction to Library CarpentryFeb 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – How can librarians remain strong in an ever-changing landscape of new software and research skills? Get involved in “The Carpentries” by learning and eventually teaching software code to improve researcher’s data toolkits! Join this class by NER to learn about the history of the Carpentries (Software, Data and Library) and their mission to empower the library community to use software and data in their own work.

National Library of Medicine Exhibits: Managing Information Around Public Health Emergencies and Pandemics – February 14, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), Patricia Tuohy from the NLM History of Medicine Exhibition Program will introduce the new Exhibitions Connect initiative, curated resource guides of health information resources related to individual banner exhibitions. Highlighting “Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America,” as a case study, Ms. Tuohy will review their strategy for creating this resource guide, and how host venues will be able to use the guide to connect their communities to NLM resources. Christie Moffatt, HMD Digital Manuscripts Program Manager, will discuss how NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group collects born-digital web resources on public health emergencies, such as the Ebola Outbreak of 2014, the 2016 Zika Virus health threat, and most recently, on the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Applying for All of Us Funding – Health Programs for Public Libraries – February 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Through collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NNLM provides training, funding, and other engagement opportunities to support health programs and services in public libraries, and access to quality health information for the general public. Join MAR for this webinar that will include a background of the NNLM partnership with the All of Us Research Program, information about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, insights about NNLM MAR All of Us funding, and opportunities for continued involvement. Learn about several interactive programming ideas that address how health is influenced by lifestyle, environment, and genetics.

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics – February 20, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. Sponsored by MAR, this class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy.

Superpatients: Patients Who Extended Science When All Other Options Were Gone – February 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In his forthcoming book Superpatients, Dave deBronkart, cancer survivor and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine, tells stories of patients who have (literally) extended science when all other options were gone. What do these “superpatients” need and want to achieve their goals in health and treatment? Additionally, what does it mean for the future of medical librarians? Join this webinar hosted by SEA to find out!

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

Other Items of Interest

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From Protocol to Publication: Maximizing the Return on Your Systematic Review Investment (link removed) – January 29, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – this webinar, intended for Health Sciences Librarians at academic and research institutions and hospitals with knowledge of systematic reviews, will discuss strategies for identifying promising projects, avoiding problems, and working with review teams to conduct successful–and published!–systematic reviews. This session offers 1.5 MLA CE.

Registration is open for the North American Virtual Reference Online Conference! This free, online event is open to all – regardless of library type or experience with virtual reference. The theme is “Fully Present Online.” The conference will be held on February 12, 2019 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM ET.

Mobile Technologies Extending Reach of Primary Care for Substance-Use-Disorders – The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is seeking grant applications to develop and test a prototype mobile/tablet technology-based application suitable for U.S. primary care settings, to serve as a low-cost user-friendly tool that primary care providers (PCPs) may use to deliver timely tailored feedback to patients following up on interventions for risky substance use. It should be designed with a specific aim of improving coordination and delivery of indicated services to primary care patients at risk of developing substance use disorders (SUD). The application deadline is March 19, 2019.

Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities – The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to conduct innovative research supporting the development of a product, tool, technology, process or service for commercialization with the aim of eliminating disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minority populations or improving health in racial/ethnic minority populations. The application deadline is April 1, 2019.

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