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Posted by on July 26th, 2019 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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World Hepatitis Day: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the World Hepatitis Alliance recognize July 28 as World Hepatitis Day. For further information, campaign materials, social media messaging, clinical trials and other resources, please visit World Hepatitis Day 2019, the HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). To find free, fast and confidential hepatitis testing near you, use the CDC’s GetTested tool.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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.

We want your feedback! NNLM is reaching out to public library members to solicit feedback about the National Health Observances content being piloted by the NNLM All of Us National Program. The content, which includes program kits, posters, printer-ready handouts, and slides, is intended to raise awareness of select health observances and associated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources. We invite you to take a short survey to provide us with feedback and recommendations for this project.

Highlights of One-Day Workshop: “Libraries as Partners in Health: an NNLM Seminar on Consumer Health” – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Florence Nightingale and the Data Visualization Society – SEA Currents

Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Resource Picks – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR


The Power of 10: Women Leaders of NIH – For the first time in NIH’s history, we have 10 women leading institutes and centers. Read more about how these women bring their personalities, professional expertise, and personal power to their leadership roles. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM and Chickens Help Hatch a New Generation of Data Scientists – Preschoolers at Al-Hamra learn about healthy eating and dental hygiene with the help of NLM resources and the All of Us Research Program grant. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A Bit of Hollywood in the Operating RoomCirculating Now welcomes guest blogger Caitjan Gainty, PhD from Kings College, London to share insights on the work of obstetrician and filmmaker Joseph B. DeLee. Her essay explores two films in DeLee’s The Science and Art of Obstetrics series held in the NLM historical audiovisual collection. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

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 updates to PubMed Labs involving the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service, and the closure of NLM’s Specialized Information Services division.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

July 2019

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search – July 30, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), this class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Participants will learn how to coordinate MeSH terms with Subheadings the way Indexers do, and explore the Index feature to build a search and explore topics. This class will also look at the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.

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.

August 2019

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.

Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy – August 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Comics are uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. In this webinar sponsored by the New England Region (NER), Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – August 12-September 9, 2019 – This hands-on, asynchronous class with the MidContinental Region (MCR) will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, discuss creative ideas for health information outreach, and wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – This collaborative course covers concepts related to searching for freely available public health resources, reviewing resources for bias, and thinking outside-the-box for your search strategies. Join the National Public Health Coordinating Office (NPHCO) in this session for a review of pressing issues in public health.

Fostering Resilience in Older Adults – August 14, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Resilience, the process of adapting well in the face of significant sources of distress, plays an increasingly important role in successful aging. Join this webinar with the South Central Region (SCR) to learn more about ways aging network providers and community partners can support older adults in problem solving, preparing for challenges and cultivating this essential component for well-being across the lifespan.

Collection Management for Healthy Communities – August 14, 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. To provide accurate and therefore valuable and correct support for these information needs, the print, media, and online collections on which your public library relies must be cultivated with new resources added and outdated ones weeded. This webinar with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) will provide library staff with support in identifying appropriate health and wellness resources for both the 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.

What’s in a Data Story? Understanding the Basics of Data Storytelling – August 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Southwest Regions (PNR/PSR) for this introductory webinar on the fundamentals of effective storytelling, using data collected and visualized by librarians, for librarians. Data without a story is just a pile of numbers. Data with an effective story becomes an everlasting narrative that people will remember for a long time and without much effort. This webinar will look at the basic structure of data storytelling and review exemplars both good and bad of data storytelling.

Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I begin? – August 20, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. This class with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will help you to understand what addiction and opioids are, and where you can find authoritative information to understand this complex epidemic. The National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health provide resources for both the general public and health professionals to learn about opioid abuse and overdose prevention and treatment options.

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.

September 2019

Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians – September 9-November 15, 2019 – This collaborative online course offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons manage their research data. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend research data management services at your institution. The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. The course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans. Participants are eligible for up to 32 MLA CE, dependent upon the number of modules completed.

*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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Precision Medicine for the Masses: Mylynda Massart brings genomics to primary care – Pitt Med, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

POPLINE to retire on September 1, 2019 – POPLINE has been a valuable resource to the population, family planning, and reproductive health community for over 40 years.

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Research Question (link removed) – August 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you judge when a scoping review rather than a systematic review is appropriate? What reference interview questions best help refine a research question for a feasible study? Join Margaret Foster, AHIP, and Sarah Jewell, co-editors of Assembling the Pieces of a Systematic Review: A Guide for Librarians, for the first of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that all librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to be able to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Apply now to host ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The special library exhibition — based on the exhibition at the USHMM in Washington, D.C. — will travel to 50 U.S. public and academic libraries from 2020 to 2022. Read the project guidelines and apply online by August 9.

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.

AJPH Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media – The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, intends to publish a special issue focusing on research that can help us better understand and address the proliferation of health misinformation on social media. If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send an extended proposal to Ms. Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 30.

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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