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Employment Opportunities: NNLM MAR is seeking a new Academic Coordinator (link removed), and a Program and Outreach Assistant (link removed). Consider joining our team at the University of Pittsburgh!
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 this Friday, May 3.
We’re headed to MLA! Many of our NNLM and NLM colleagues will be attending the Medical Library Association conference in Chicago, IL over the next week! You can connect with MAR staff during any of the following events:
Project Outcome for NNLM Member Libraries – May 16, 2:00 PM ET – Learn how Project Outcome can help your public library measure the outcomes of its health programs and services. This webinar will highlight all of Project Outcome’s surveys and tools, but will focus primarily on the new health survey developed in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
You’re Invited to Attend a Symposium about All of Us! – Join the All of Us Research Program on May 6 for the next event in their Speaker Series, “From Data to Discoveries: Creating a Research Program for All of Us. ” As the All of Us Research Program marks its first year working to build the largest, most diverse research program of its kind, this symposium will address what it takes to create an engaged participant community and its potential for scientific impact.
New on YouTube: Summer Library Programming and Library Moon Walk, April 2, 2019
Code-Breaking Librarians – Did you know that librarians helped crack enemy codes in support of the US war effort during World War II? – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Focus on Valerie Schneider—Diving Deep into Information Engineering – Ironically, if it weren’t for a fish, this developmental biologist and deep-sea diver might not have rediscovered her love of genetics and landed a career as a staff scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Personalized Combination Therapies Yield Better Cancer Outcomes – Gratifying progress has been made recently in an emerging area of cancer medicine called precision oncology. It’s a bold attempt to target treatment to the very genes and molecules driving a cancer, aiming to slow or even halt its growth. But there’s always more to learn. Now comes evidence that, while a single well-matched drug might be good, a tailored combination of drugs that attack a cancer in multiple ways at once might be even better. – NIH Director’s Blog
NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the online application portal, by midnight ET on September 30, 2019.
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Eye Health Across a Lifespan – May 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – May is Health Vision Month! To get more information about eye health, this webinar features a guest presentation from the director of EyeMobile for Children, a California-based program providing eye exams and vision care for the underserved. Participants of this SCR webinar will get a quick look at how important eye health is from infancy to the elderly. The presentation will discuss topics which may affect all ages and cover issues which may have no symptoms.
LinkOut Consolidation – May 9, 2:00-2:45 PM ET – Please join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15 minute presentation will go over what this consolidation means for you, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation will be a 30 minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up.
The Opioid Hydra: Understanding Mortality Epidemics and Syndemics Across the Rural-Urban Continuum – May 14, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join GMR for this session that will be presented by Dr. David J. Peters, Ph.D. Dr. Peters has research, teaching, and extension appointments at Iowa State University. His primary research areas include social and economic change in rural communities, rural demography, rural poverty and inequality, rural crime, and adoption of agricultural and other technologies.
Wellness in the Library Workplace – May 20-June 2, 2019 – You’re a library worker. You’re already helping those in your community find health information. As a library worker, what are you doing to manage your own well-being? Individual and community well-being are inherently connected. Thus, it is critical that workplaces be an area of wellness for their employees. Join this asynchronous online course to discover ways to improve your own personal well-being and create a healthy workplace. If you are a supervisor, how are you helping to ensure your staff stays healthy (physically, emotionally, etc.)? We will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library – May 21, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. Join MAR for this interactive webinar where participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health.
Healthy Aging: Celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day® with “Go4Life” – May 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this webinar focuses on Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign for older adults, along with other programs from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The session will introduce library staff, healthcare professionals and community outreach educators to the free Go4Life materials that will be useful in planning and promoting future programs. This webinar also supports the 26th anniversary of National Senior Health & Fitness Day, the nation’s largest annual older adult health and wellness event.
Tools for Data-Powered Discovery: NLM’s Data Discovery and Pillbox – May 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join SCR for the next session of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the National Library of Medicine resources. As the National Library of Medicine transitions to become a platform for biomedical discovery and data-powered health, one area of focus is building a workforce for data-driven research and health. In support of this strategic goal, NLM launched Data Discovery, an online platform for making data findable, interoperable, accessible, and reusable (the FAIR principles). In addition to browser-based exploration, filtering, and visualization of data, Data Discovery includes Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to help researchers and developers build applications that leverage its datasets. Pillbox, NLM’s pill identification and reference resource, long overdue for redesign, was rebuilt using Data Discovery as its foundation to showcase the power of this platform.
Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice – June 6, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – In order to provide the best service possible and to stay true to the profession’s code of ethics we must understand the influence that culture has on our ability to “work without prejudice” according to MLA Code of Ethics (2010) and “providing the highest level of service to all library users… equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests” found in ALA Professional Ethics (2017). Cultural humility urges us to engage in critical, consistent self-reflection and critique with the understanding that being patron-centered is important to moving through an equitable profession. Sponsored by GMR, this webinar will provide an overview of cultural humility, the similarities and differences between cultural humility and cultural competency, understanding the importance of cultural humility in healthcare and health sciences librarianship, and how to adopt a cultural humility framework.
*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.
The DCCP at MLA 19: Interested in Data Discovery? Come to the Information Session on the Data Catalog Collaboration Project – Data Catalog Collaboration Blog
New Directions and Continuing Commitments: Update from the NLM Director – Please join the NYU Health Sciences Library and the NYU Division of General Internal Medicine in welcoming invited speaker, Dr. Patricia Flately Brennan, RN, PhD. Dr. Brennan will join the NYU Langone Health community on May 22, 9-10 AM (Alumni Hall B) to describe the NLM’s new strategic goals in data-driven research, enhanced engagement with both professionals and the public, as well as building a workforce ready to deliver data-driven research and healthcare. NLM funding opportunities for data-science and informatics research will be described as well as shared insights and inspiration on information technology, clinical care to improve public health, and ensuring the best possible experience in patient care.
Federal Grants Technical Assistance Webinar – May 23, 10:00-11:15 AM ET – Join the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health for this free webinar! The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Region III Office (Philadelphia), will present key steps and resources for seeking federal grants. This session is recommended for community partners interested in learning more about federal grant support for health and human service programs. Individuals at all levels of experiences, from those considering a first grant submission to those with prior grant writing experience, are welcome.
Navigating LGBTQ Adolescent Health for the Healthcare Provider – Join the New York State Area Health Education Center on July 12 in Buffalo, NY for a full day of free programming! Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual/gender identities. This seminar will highlight the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBTQ youth, and discuss ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Attendees are eligible for 5.5 Social Work CEUs, Licensed Mental Health Counselor CEUs, Nursing CNEs or Physician CMEs. Early Bird Registration: $100 for professionals; $15 for students.
Critical Appraisal for Librarians: Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials (link removed) – June 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are among the most important kinds of studies that are used to answer clinical and systematic review questions. But not all RCT studies are good enough to share with clinicians or include in reviews. This webinar will give you tools to evaluate the quality of RCT studies. Attendees will learn how to apply RCT validity criteria, spot bias, critique study methodologies, calculate basic results, interpret results, and clearly communicate the meaning and value of RCT studies to patients and clinicians. You will leave with new skills in reading and evaluating RCT studies and increased confidence in your ability to contribute to evidence-based medicine (EBM). Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Critical Contributions: Developing Research Appraisal Skills at Your Institution (link removed) – June 26, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – With the reproducibility crisis in biomedical and health sciences and the ever-present necessity of basing medical practice on valid research, medical librarians have an opening to expand their contributions to health care and raise their status by teaching critical appraisal at their institutions. Abraham Wheeler and Amy Blevins aim to get you fired up about teaching in this new area! Attendees will learn why critical appraisal is an emerging need in health sciences programs, how librarians can fill a gap in critical appraisal expertise, and how you can increase your involvement in the evidence-based medicine (EBM) curriculum at your institution. You will understand the essence of critical appraisal and its place in the cycle of EBM and learn steps that you can take to develop and improve your critical appraisal skills. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
Getting Started with Interprofessional Education at Your Institution (link removed) – July 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Develop the skills and knowledge that enable you to become involved with interprofessional education at your institution. Learn how to plan for success with an interprofessional education roadmap that addresses the core areas of librarian integration into interprofessional education–academic, clinical, and community engagement–and create an individualized action plan for IPEP involvement at your institution. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit – Join the Pennsylvania Library Association on July 15 for the 2019 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit in Summerdale, PA. This year’s summit is looking at information literacy and how it intersects with basic, civic and social, health and financial literacy, helping individuals navigate various information channels and understanding the role all libraries have in the discovery and application of credible information. Online registration is available until June 30.
Funding Opportunity: Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health – A new funding opportunity from AHRQ aims to improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes through the use of primary care and community interventions that address chronic conditions. The deadline to apply is May 29.
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