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Connect, Reflect, Elevate: NLM at the MLA Annual Meeting – Over 1,000 medical librarians, informationists, educators, researchers, students, and activists attended the Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual meeting in Chicago this May. The annual meeting, the Association’s 119th, provides time to connect with colleagues, reflect on the past, and look forward to “elevate” the profession.
Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the NNLM Reading Club – MARquee News Highlights
EFTS Future Viability – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR
New on YouTube: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information At Your Library, May 21, 2019
NLM Launches MAGPIE Web Tool – MAGPIE (Map Assisted Generation of Procedure and Intervention Encoding) is an interactive tool to help users (e.g., professional coders, researchers, clinicians) find SNOMED CT and ICD-10-PCS codes for medical procedures and interventions. – NLM Technical Bulletin, Your Source for the Latest Searching Information
Next Up for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Program – How are librarians applying informatics? This is the question we want to answer in re-envisioning the NLM Biomedical Informatics training program. The survey-style course, most recently hosted by Augusta University in Georgia, provided a sampling of the vast realms of informatics research and application in the health sciences. We want to build on the success of that course by targeting the specific skills and knowledge that librarians can use right now to tackle real-world challenges. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
NLM Associate Fellows: A Blast from the Past and Present – NLM in Focus asked the eight former Associate Fellows who are still at NLM about their favorite memories and cool moments from their Fellowships and careers. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Hot Spots of Human Destruction: The Howard Bishop Papers – Howard Bishop was confident that he knew what was best for people and that people needed to be told. In the 1940s and 1950s Bishop sent thousands of letters to celebrities, businessmen, politicians, companies of all sorts, and anyone else he identified in the act of encouraging unhealthy habits. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
Fundamental Knowledge of Microbes Shedding New Light on Human Health – One exciting example of NIH-supported basic research is the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), which began 12 years ago as a quest to use DNA sequencing to identify and characterize the diverse collection of microbes—including trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses—that live on and in the healthy human body. – 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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What Problem are We Trying to Solve? How Continuing Education Professionals Help Close the Gap – June 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Continuing education in the healthcare professions is transitioning to delivering meaningful and measureable outcomes. INCEDO, the office of continuing education at UNT Health Science Center, offers CE programming that is interprofessional/multi-disciplinary and focuses on changing behaviors of clinicians to optimize patient care. In this webinar with South Central Region (SCR), insight to the inner workings and skillsets of a continuing education office will be provided along with key take-home points to initiate collaboration on innovative approaches to clinical continuing education.
DOCLINE Talkline: Did You Know… – June 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In the upcoming session of DOCLINE Talkline, Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead and Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator will share some Tips & Tricks for DOCLINE 6 use.
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 the Greater Midwest Region (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.
Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth – June 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for a Pride Month Kernel of Knowledge session presented by Katherine L Imborek, MD, entitled Caring for LGBTQ+ Youth. This presentation will detail foundational terms and definitions imperative for respectful interactions with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) persons. There will be a specific focus on health care needs specific to LGBTQ youth.
Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study – June 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR), this one-hour introductory webinar will provide an opportunity for librarians to explore the concept of using data for decision-making through an example of an environmental scan case study. Participants will learn how to plan and conduct an environmental scan, collect and curate existing data, and how to analyze data using Voyant-Tools. In this webinar, the case study findings will be presented and we will also discuss how data and conclusions can be used to plan future programs or initiatives. No prior knowledge of environmental scanning or data tools are required.
Wellness in the Library Workplace – June 10-23, 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 with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) 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.
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – June 11-July 9, 2019 – Join NNLM staff for a 4 week, self-paced, online course on nutrition information resources available through reliable resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE.
Panels as Windows: Graphic Medicine and Empathy, a Tool to Understanding Patients, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals – June 12, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Graphic medicine is comics about health. This communication medium has received an increase in attention over the last decade. A major reason for this is due to findings that it is well suited to increase empathy in healthcare students, healthcare professionals and caregivers. This webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) will deepen the discussion on graphic medicine and medical humanities by diving into implications of emotional understanding and recognition of humanity in health. Participants of this webinar will examine the use of comics to communicate various perspectives in the healthcare process.
mHealth: Mobile Technologies to Improve Community Health – June 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the South Central Region (SCR) for the first online offering of mHealth! Learn about emerging technologies and trends, and how consumer health devices can be used to impact individual health behavior and the overall health of a community. This class draws on the latest research and trends to give participants to a big picture look at mHealth, telemedicine, and related issues. Learn about how health systems are beginning to develop or incorporate new technologies for remote patient monitoring and improving clinical care. What laws and policies have been formed to govern these devices? This course will also take a close look at community health and the role of mHealth in surveillance and public health interventions.
Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place – June 19, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for this first in a series of nine webinars about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! Unlike other online diversity trainings, this course introduces the concepts that you can utilize in your own life immediately. Regardless of your identities and lived experiences, the concept of how we coexist, interact, and impact one another is imperative to build better teams, better connections, and deeper relationships. Spend an hour, reflecting on how you fit into the conversation of diversity. Coming to terms with our own unique positive and negative bias as well as how that intersects with our responsibility of perception and sense of entitlement to validation is the foundation of social justice work.
Libraries Connecting You to Coverage – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Libraries all over are taking steps to increase consumer education around health insurance and information. How can your library help? This Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) webinar will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community.
New Approaches to Health and Wellness Library Programming – June 19, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Many communities are embarking on health and wellness initiatives directed at controlling healthcare costs and preventing substance abuse. There is a role for libraries as the arbitrators of information to provide tools and education on health and wellness topics. Health information literacy is a facet of information literacy that is often not addressed through traditional library services. Sponsored by the Mid-Continental Region (MCR), this webinar will introduce the audience to the trauma-based approach and resilience and explain how they utilized these approaches to inform their libraries’ programming. This presentation will provide ideas and resources that can be scaled for use at both large and small libraries of all types.
How the Trauma Informed Approach Can Help Treat Substance Use Disorder – June 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – People who experience trauma- especially Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)- are at an elevated risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, and physical disorders. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an evidence-based approach to deliver healthcare in a way that recognizes and responds to the long-term health effects of the experience of trauma. Upon completion of this webinar with the New England Region (NER), participants will be able to explain the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Substance Use Disorders, describe promising practices for implementing the trauma-informed care approach, and consider how trauma-informed care might work in your organization.
Resources for Community Health Workers – June 26, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Community Health Workers (CHWs) play an important role in connecting their communities with healthcare and services. Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this session will provide information about how Community Health Workers can link their community with quality health information using resources from the National Library of Medicine. In addition to appropriate information tools for CHWs, the audience will learn about projects that have put NLM resources to use in CHW training and community education. Guest speaker, Elizabeth Schaffer, MPH, MS, CHES will join to discuss how she integrated MedlinePlus into a 100-hour CHW training program.
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Critical Appraisal for Librarians: Evaluating Randomized Controlled Trials – 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 – 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 – 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.
WPWVC/ ACRL Spring Conference – Join the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries on June 7 at Washington & Jefferson College for their 2019 Spring Conference. This year’s theme is Technology: Making it Work for Your Library. $25 for Members; $35 for non-Members; $15 for students.
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.
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.
2020 Symposium on the Future of Libraries – The Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting session proposals for this three-day symposium exploring the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in academic, public, school, and special libraries, and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. First review of proposals will begin July 15 – priority placement will be given to those proposals received by the first review date. The call for proposals will close on August 15.
OpenCon 2019 in Philadelphia, PA – Join Temple University on November 1 for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as you share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in your work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all. RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! A registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.
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