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NIH News in Health: The July 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Beyond Games: Using Virtual Reality to Improve Health,” and, “Hypnosis for Health: Can Trances Work?” Other topics include testing your home for Radon, processed foods, and heart-healthy eating.
Happy Independence Day! The MAR offices will be closed July 4-5.
Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with WebJunction to facilitate a 4-week online course for public librarians on Wikipedia health and medical information, to be offered this coming fall! Join us for a webinar on August 14 at 3:00 PM ET to learn more about the upcoming course, and the importance of improving health and medical information on Wikipedia.
In addition to MLA CE, some NNLM classes are beginning to offer CHES CECH. You may be asking, what is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)? Do I qualify for these credits? If you’ve been considering a career in health education, learn more about this specialization from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing’s Guide to Health Education Careers.
Democratizing Information Access – NLM delivers scientific knowledge to the nation and to the world. Through MEDLINE and PubMed, we provide a platform for scientists and scholars to share their findings freely and a database that can be used by anyone to explore and discover biomedical and health information. It’s a sound investment of federal dollars; a boon to research; and a reliable resource for patients, families, and caregivers. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Seeking the Best—NLM’s Collection Development and Acquisition Section – When the National Library of Medicine needs to purchase new biomedical literature, chances are the Collection Development and Acquisitions Section is involved. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Singing for the Fences – Dr. Francis Collins talks about his experience performing the Star-Spangled Banner in a major league ballpark. – NIH Director’s Blog
Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted changes to the NLM Collection Development Manual, which establishes boundaries for the Library’s permanent collection and provides a framework for the selection of biomedical materials.
HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects – The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 12, 2:00 PM ET.
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From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – July 9, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – This one-hour webinar with The Greater Midwest and Middle Atlantic Regions (GMR/MAR) will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We’ll touch briefly on some health challenges and barriers to care that these population groups face and discuss how to integrate cultural competence and humility into your work. Finally, we’ll review the CDC’s Refugee Health Portals and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus, HealthReach, and Specialized Information Services resources. Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE and 1 category-I contact hour for CHES/MCHES.
PubMed for Librarians: Introduction – July 9, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this synchronous, online class that includes hands-on exercises. Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, and search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.
Performing Arts Health: A Tale of Two Needs – July 10, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Performing arts health is a budding area of medicine and research. Performing artists have long been focused solely on their craft, ignoring the potential implications to their hearing, vocal, musculoskeletal, and mental health that arise from playing music, dancing, acting, or other performance. Similarly, the medical profession has historically ignored the unique medical problems of performing artists, opting instead to treat them as something other than the endurance athletes that they are. In both instances, a strong case can be made for the need for high-quality health information. In this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR), speakers will discuss the historical problems, present situation, and future implications of informatics and performing arts health.
RDM Solutions for Smaller Institutions – July 11, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Are you a trying to figure out how to incorporate RDM services at your smaller institution? Join the New England Region (NER) and guests from the Ryan Clement the Data Services Librarian at Middlebury College and Wendy Shook the Science Data Librarian, at Middlebury College, as they discuss research data management (RDM) services at a smaller liberal arts college. The webinar will introduce challenges and the innovative solutions as described in the paper “Team Based Data Management Instruction at Small Liberal Arts Colleges” and a case study from what is currently being done at Middlebury College and future plans.
PubMed for Librarians: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) – July 16, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. This webinar will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms, how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search, the structure of the MeSH database, and look at the components of a MeSH record.
Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – July 17, 1:30-3:00 PM ET – Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. Learn to communicate health statistics in clear and easy to understand language. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials.
Collection Management for Healthy Communities – July 17, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Public library collections address many health-related needs and interests from which librarians and many others draw information in response to questions about disease, wellness, chronic conditions, prescription and non-prescription drugs, and therapies. Sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), this webinar will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both reference and circulating collections, and maintaining the public library’s health-related resources so that they offer your community the highest quality resources they need.
Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers – July 17, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join this webinar with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) to learn about introducing graduate students to concepts in data management. Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers.
Promoting Public Health through the Public Library – July 25, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Richland Public Health and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have formed a unique partnership to improve the health and overall quality of life of Richland County community members through innovative health education and promotion programming. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will feature an overview of three successful initiatives: The Health Information Kiosk program, The Free Blood Pressure Cuff Loan program and The Free Bike Loan program. Recommendations on how other health departments and their local library systems can pursue opportunities to collaborate will also be discussed.
From A(ddiction) to Z(its): Supporting Teens with Health Information – July 26, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Body image, identity, depression, sexuality, and stress are just some of the issues facing teens as they experience many physical and mental changes. When it comes to health issues they, their friends, or their family, may be experiencing, it is important that they have access to reliable health information. However, seeking that information can be difficult. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will look at how social determinants of health affect teens, and how libraries, schools, and community organizations can support youth health literacy. Presenters will discuss health information resources for teens, best practices for answering difficult questions, and health-focused activities.
Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature – July 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – The core purpose of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is to develop and provide access to health information resources and technology for disaster and public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. During a disaster, decisions are made quickly, based on the information available. This session with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will provide a brief overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce.
ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers – August 1-31, 2019 – Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in an understandable manner. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. Offered in collaboration by the Greater Midwest and Pacific Northwest Regions (GMR/PNR), this asynchronous online class provides an opportunity to become better equipped with the resources you need to address the genetic health information needs of your community. Participants are eligible for 8 MLA CE.
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – August 5-30, 2019 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this asynchronous course that provides an overview of the current landscape of refugees, immigrants, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in the United States, and explores some of the unique health challenges that impact these population groups. This course will discuss culture, cultural competency and cultural humility, and reflect on how your organization is addressing these principles. An introduction to numerous health information websites will be provided that showcase where you can access resources in multiple languages. This class will help you think about ways your organization can develop programs and services to assist immigrants, refugees, asylees, and seasonal and migrant farm workers in your communities.
Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Allies in Educational Settings – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Is copyright automatic? When is Fair Use, well, fair? Does a Creative Commons license grant unlimited use of the work? Determining whether you have the rights to use an article, image, video, or table can take some of the fun out of developing a presentation, class, or course. In this session with the Mid-Continental Region (MCR) you will be introduced to a practical framework for understanding what can and cannot be copyrighted, with some typical scenarios librarians and educators encounter. You will also learn about where and in what context Fair Use applies, the different types of Creative Commons licenses, and how those licenses can help minimize copyright risk.
*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: Digital Collections Librarian, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA
Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help – The New York Times
Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals – On June 25, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) announced a new, free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The program is designed to develop behavioral health providers’ knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). The tool is particularly timely for professionals working to address the opioid epidemic among racial and ethnic populations, which have low treatment rates and some of the highest rates of opioid misuse and overdose.
The PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries wants to know about your library events! Academic, public, school, and special libraries in Pennsylvania can use the PA library event form to promote breaking ground for a construction project; celebrating a library anniversary or milestone retirement; announcing a notable new service or program (e.g. MakerSpace opening, special PA Forward program or service, workforce development initiative, etc.); having a ribbon-cutting for a new building or renovated space; having an author or notable speaker visit; or holding an unusual or high-interest public program for youth or adults.
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.
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Mental Health (link removed) – July 18, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Mental health is essential to a person’s well-being, healthy family and interpersonal relationships, and ability to live a full and productive life. People with untreated mental health disorders are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors — including alcohol and drug abuse, violent and self-destructive behavior, and suicide. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease the disease burden of mental health disorders as well as associated chronic diseases. Addressing mental health is key to ensuring that all Americans can live longer, healthier lives. Sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), this webinar will highlight the Zero Suicide initiative and its impact in state and federal sectors. You’ll also learn how the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI pioneered the precursor to the Zero Suicide initiative — Perfect Depression Care — to prevent suicide among their patients.
Sewell Stipend – The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee invites applications for 2019 Sewell Stipends to attend the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, 2019. The theme this year is “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For equity. For action. For health.” Visit the APHA Annual Meeting Website for more information about the conference. Applications are welcome from all librarians who work with public health practitioners, students, staff, and faculty. Early-career librarians and librarians who are not members of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration section are welcome to apply. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 16, at midnight ET.
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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