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Posted by on March 29th, 2019 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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2019-2020 Funding Applications Due: The deadline to submit an application for current funding opportunities is coming up on Friday, April 5. NNLM MAR Members can request up to $50,000 in support of health information outreach projects. If you have questions, check out our Funding FAQs and application checklist for answers.

Connect with MAR at an Upcoming Conference: Check out our schedule of upcoming conferences and workshops to learn where you can meet and greet with MAR staff! If you would like to schedule a few minutes to speak with us about your projects or opportunities for partnership, please contact us.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

HSLANJ Spring 2019 Offer – Medical librarians in the Middle Atlantic, Southeastern/Atlantic and New England Regions are welcome to participate in the Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey’s Group Licensing Initiave. The deadline to participate in the Spring offer is Friday, May 3.

NNLM Reading Club feedback: contribute to our upcoming picks for the NNLM Reading Club by sharing your favorite fiction, nonfiction, memoir, graphic novel, or young adult health-themed books that will make for a lively book discussion! The NNLM Reading Club is a “ready-to-use” book kit with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support the health information needs of their communities.

In-person training opportunity: Join Health Programming Coordinator Michael Balkenhol for a half or full day of free programming on April 18 at the Rochester Regional Library Council Training Center. Michael will be offering two NNLM classes, “Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community,” and, “Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library.” Registration is required. Participants are eligible for a total of 4 MLA CE.

NLM Announces LinkOut Services Consolidation at the End of 2019! – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Women’s History Month – The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the “Yellow Wallpaper” – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

New on YouTube: Transgender Health: Research and Resources, January 29, 2019


AI is coming. Are the data ready? – In the health care field alone, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can determine the presence or absence of abnormalities in clinical images, predict which patients are at risk for rare disorders, and detect irregular heartbeats. To make all that happen requires data, massive amounts of data. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A Network of Number Doctors: Biostatistics at the NIH – Viral Networks, Reconnected reunites three scholars who participated in the January 2018 Viral Networks workshop at NLM to share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of the digital humanities and the history of medicine. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Scientists One, Superbug Zero: Personal Quest Resurrects Phage Therapy in Infection Fight – “If it wasn’t for PubMed, our university hospital at UC San Diego, and a global village of researchers from around the world—like Dr. Chip Schooley and other renowned NIH-funded researchers—he would be dead, and I would be holding an urn instead of his hand.” – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NIH Director’s Blog

GeneEd to retire on March 31, 2019: Selected content has been integrated into Genetics Home Reference (GHR) to create a single access point at the National Library of Medicine for consumer level genetics information. The determination of what content to add to GHR was based on a survey of GeneEd users and on an analysis of usage metrics. Find the selected GeneEd materials in the “Classroom” section. If you have any questions, please contact NLM customer support.

National Minority Health Month is just around the corner, and the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is inviting everyone to get Active & Healthy for #NMHM19! Check out the NMHM toolkit for resources you can share, including materials for social media, fact sheets, and an activity planner. Sign up for the Active & Healthy Challenge to promote physical activity in your community – gather a team of friends, family or colleagues and track your physical activity during the month of April for a chance at bragging rights and special recognition from OMH!

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – April 2, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with GMR to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This session will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search in PubMed. Participants will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

Summer Library Programming and Library Moon Walk – April 2, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – NNLM has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! A Universe of Stories is coming to public libraries this summer in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Join MAR for this webinar that will explore the NNLM Summer Health Programming Manual, and feature librarians from the Library Moon Walk, a MAR-funded project to get patrons moving, dancing, and learning about health and wellness in New York.

Music and Movement at the Library! An Interactive Music Based Program for Infants and Toddlers – April 3, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In 2016, the Mt. Zion District Library (IL) realized that the community was lacking in activities and programs for children under 2 years old. This exciting program that they created allows children to participate in singing interactive songs, investigate instruments such as drums, xylophones, and maracas as well as learn sign language, and more. Not only is this a super fun program, but it’s also educational and full of great benefits! Join this webinar with GMR to learn how to implement a similar program at your library; no background in music is required!

Health Literacy: Its Importance to You – April 8, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Are you curious as to why health literacy is important to you or anyone in the healthcare field? This introductory hands-on class with MAR will help you understand why this is an issue in healthcare. We will define health literacy today, identify various types of literacy, explore the impact health literacy plays in patient care and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future.

The Highs and Lows of Medical Cannabis, Opioids and Non-Opioid Pain Management – April 8, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This Kernel of Knowledge webinar, sponsored by GMR, will provide perspectives of medical cannabis, opioids and non-opioid pain management by an early adopter physician in Illinois, Leslie Mendoza Temple MD, ABOIM. This session will help participants become familiar with the basics of endocannabinoid physiology, therapeutic applications and risks, the potential impact of medical cannabis on opioid prescriptions and spending, clinical experience on pain management, and trusted resources from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health related to medical cannabis and opioid misuse.

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping – April 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this class with SCR to learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM allows you to effectively search PubMed with keywords. This session will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details, and explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

Predatory Publishing Practices – What Librarians Need to Know – April 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – The current academic discussion surrounding predatory publishing and practices is growing. More and more often, librarians find themselves in the role of facilitating decisions about whether a journal is reputable and where to publish. As publishing has become more complex, so have the questions that librarians need to field. Join this webinar with SCR to learn about predatory publishing in the context of the changing publishing industry, understand why scholars might publish in disreputable journals, discover the impacts on science and health, and gain tools to make informed decisions.

There’s an App for That! Tips to Evaluate Consumer Apps for Health – April 17,1:00-2:00 PM ET – Mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. Across all mobile platforms, fitness and health applications are some of the most popular and most frequently downloaded. How can librarians help consumers and patients navigate the growing field of health and wellness applications? By better understanding how to evaluate applications, librarians can help their users make informed decisions about the apps they choose to download. This webinar with SEA focuses on understanding how to evaluate apps and provides information about recommended apps. Selected apps will be discussed.

Tips and Tricks for Learning Data Visualization – April 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Data visualization in the health sciences can help reveal insights and trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. A clear visualization can convey more information than an endless spreadsheet. However, learning new tools can be challenging, especially if it’s your first time tackling a subject. Data visualization tools, in particular, can have high learning curves and it is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the resources and tutorials available. This PNR Rendezvous session will discuss tips and tricks for learning data visualization, with a focusing on two tools, Tableau and ArcGIS.

Astronaut Health: Science Education Resources – April 23, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the first online offering of this course and get ready to spend this summer celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with your community and network partners! Instructor Debbie Montenegro, NNLM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator and recently recognized NASA Solar System Ambassador, will walk through various resources from NLM, NIH, and NASA, as well as wonderful communities of practice that are ready to help you get your summer programming together. Get ready to explore where space and health resources collide!

*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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With Increased Funding, AHRQ To Explore Scope and Causes of Diagnostic Errors – AHRQ Views

National Public Health Week: The American Public Health Association (APHA) recognizes April 1-7 as National Public Health Week (NPHW). Visit the APHA website for resources, events, and to download the NPHW Toolkit, designed to help partners and stakeholders effectively shape and promote activities and key messages during the week.

Special Emphasis Notice: In Health Services Research Priorities for Achieving a High Value Healthcare System AHRQ encourages research applications to respond to the following specific areas: Patients as empowered consumers, including the use of price and quality information by patients to make informed decisions; Providers as accountable patient navigators, including shared decision-making and patient engagement; Payment for outcomes; Prevention of disease, including addressing social determinants of health.

Join the Megathon Challenge to Help Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research – April 13th is Citizen Science Day, aimed at involving everyday folks in carrying out real-world scientific research. Public libraries and their communities will have the opportunity to participate in the Megathon Challenge from 1:30 to 3:30 PM ET to help speed up Alzheimer’s research by playing an online game called Stall Catchers. Your efforts will help answer important questions about a drug that could be used in Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Enlisting the aid of citizen scientists who play the game could save researchers a year in sifting through data for the project.

Serving Patrons with Disabilities in Your Library or Clinic (link removed) – April 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn how to create welcoming environments for and communicate clearly with people with disabilities in academic and hospital settings. Through a hands-on activity, discussion, live quizzes, and information on resources that address the health information needs of people with disabilities, you will be better able to assist patrons with disabilities and the clinicians who treat them. You will leave with ideas for immediate improvements to your website and quick fixes to your library space, guidelines for clearly and confidently communicating with people with disabilities, and knowledge and skills for making plans for larger improvements. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Create an obesity prevention game for the chance to win! Join the Office on Women’s Health in helping women and girls live healthier lives with Shape of Health: An Obesity Prevention Game (link removed). Research shows that video games can help improve health, so we’re challenging organizations and individuals to create a web- or mobile-based game focused on obesity prevention or weight control. Submit your concept by March 31 for the chance to win up to $77,000 in prize money!

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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