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Posted by on August 9th, 2019 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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Employment Opportunity: The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Community Engagement Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Member Highlights: Ellenville Public Library & Museum, Ellenville, NY – learn about one public library’s quest to engage their patrons in weekly exercise and health programming!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote National Immunization Awareness and Talk to Your Doctor Month? Check out the NNLM Community Engagement Network’s National Health Observances page for premade slides, handouts, social media blurbs, and kits that support health programming throughout the year.

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.

Explore National Immunization Awareness Month with the NNLM Reading Club – MARquee News Highlights

World Breastfeeding Week – NER Update

New DOCLINE scripts for ILLiad 9.0.3 & 8.7.3 – DOCLINE Talkline


On the Importance of Mentors (and Mentors Who Become Friends) – The best mentors not only provide a sounding board to try out new ideas and thoughts, they also give you the confidence to ride new waves of opportunity. But sometimes mentors become something more: They become your lifelong friends. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Meet the PubMed Central Team: Perfectionists with a Sense of Humor – PMC’s mission to provide the public with free access to medical literature, whether they are researchers, citizen scientists, or family members seeking medical information, is what drives the team. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Lifting the “Residual Veil”: Biomicroscopy of the Eye – An intense light that seems to shine directly into your brain, the quelling of the strong impulse to pull away, a professional stranger breathing so close by. Anyone who has gone forehead-to-forehead with an ophthalmologist will have some familiarity with biomicroscopy. But few of us have much sense of what might be seen in the depths of our own eyes with that devastating beam. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

The Amazing Brain: Zooming Through the Globus Pallidus Externa – The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative continues to find new ways to visualize neurons interconnecting into the billions of circuits that control our thoughts, feelings, and movements. – NIH Director’s Blog

NIH researchers uncover role of repetitive DNA and protein sequences in tumor evolution – A team of researchers from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, and collaborating academic research institutions developed a method to measure a type of gene mutation involved in the evolution of cancer. This type of mutation, called “repeat instability,” may be useful in early cancer diagnosis. Findings were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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 that allow users to narrow search results by article type, text availability, publication date, species, language, sex, subject, journal category, and age.

NIH News in Health: the August 2019 issue is now available, featuring, “Period Problems: Fibroids, Endometriosis, and Other Issue,” and, “Bulging Veins: What to Do About Varicose Veins.” Other topics include psoriatic arthritis, walking for better health, and urologic diseases.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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August 2019

NCBI Minute: A new PubMed is on its way! – August 14, 11:00-11:30 AM ET – In this webinar with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) you will experience PubMed Labs, a test site that will become the default PubMed early next year. You will get a preview of the new, modern interface, updated features including advanced search, clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development and how to provide feedback on the new PubMed.

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.

Feeding the Whole Child: Full minds and full bellies, all free at the library – August 20, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – What does it take to get your library or non-profit involved in the Federal Summer Food Service Program and other food insecurity efforts? What are some strategies to help ensure the success of your program, and how can you get your community engaged? Get answers to these and more questions of your own in this informative and interactive session with the Greater Midwest Region (GMR).

Unconscious Bias: Perceptions of Self & Others – August 21, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Our lived experiences are the tools we use to interpret the world around us. Join this webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and take some time to notice how you perceive yourself and others. This is the second installment in a series of webinars about diversity, equity, and inclusion for health sciences librarians.

Inclusive Graphic Medicine: Communication, Collections and Community – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – The emerging field of graphic medicine provides opportunities for health sciences librarian involvement at many levels. Collection development, health literacy, medical education, and promotion of resources for patient-provider communication are some of the relevant areas where librarians participate in the use of comics in healthcare and medical education. In this webinar with the MidContintental Region (MCR), three panelists will discuss their experiences with graphic medicine.

Libraries Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information & Resources – August 21, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – With vaccines being in the headlines recently, it is likely many of your library patrons are wondering if they, their children, or family members are up to date with immunizations. This webinar with the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will provide practical information, resources, and tools for public library staff to help empower and inform their communities around vaccines. The presentation will also equip libraries to help their patrons speak with their pharmacist and other members of the care team about vaccines as well as additional health information needs.

Improving the Health, Safety, and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Populations – August 22, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBTQ+ individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBTQ+ individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBTQ+ patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class with the New England Region (NER) will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBTQ+ patrons.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – August 28, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), get ready for September and National Preparedness Month with this webinar that highlights NLM disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This class will also include resources for special populations and those with special needs.

September 2019

Reflections on Bioinformatics Librarianship – September 4, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A growing number of librarians are filling a special niche in the information world: serving those who work with genetic and molecular biology information. In this one-hour webinar with the NNLM Training Office (NTO) and NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET), librarians will reflect on the practice and future of this specialized and uniquely valuable role of the librarian providing bioinformatics support.

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.

“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results – September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – In this webinar with the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) presenters will use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. You will also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals – September 17, 18, 20 & 24, 2019 – Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this webinar for librarians and other information professionals will preview the new, modern PubMed with updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. You’ll also learn about features that are still under development, and find out how to give NLM your feedback on the new system. The new PubMed, currently available at PubMed Labs for testing, will be the default PubMed system in early 2020.

ECRI Guidelines Trust – September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Medical librarians are one of the largest user groups of the ECRI Guidelines Trust. So why not take advantage of all the Trust has to offer in terms of evidence-based clinical practice guideline content? Join this webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) to hear directly from the creators of the Trust and learn how this guideline repository can facilitate your searches for up-to-date clinical practice guidelines. They will take you on a tour of their site’s content and capabilities, and share latest search features and enhancements developed with a librarian audience in mind.

Cooking Classes without a Kitchen – September 24, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Cooking programs are a great way to provide nutritional and health information to patrons, as well as celebrate cuisines from different cultures. They’re also a lot of fun and very interactive opportunities where patrons can learn from each other. However, not every library is fortunate enough to have a kitchen programming space. This webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) will explore some ideas for how a library without a kitchen can still provide great food programs for their patrons.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out MedlinePlus for Public Librarians. This aysnchronous, hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions.

*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

Job postings:

  • Community Engagement Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR), University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), Pittsburgh, PA
  • Publisher Liaison (link removed), Collection Development and Acquisitions Section, Technical Services Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  • Chief, Public Services Division (link removed), Division of Library Operations, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  • Diversity Fellow, SUNY Upstate Medical University Health Sciences Library, Syracuse, NY
  • Health Sciences Librarian, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY

HSRProj Back to School Webinar: How to Search, Communicate, and Disseminate Your Research – August 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by AcademyHealth through the HSRProj program, this introductory seminar explores effective search, communication, and dissemination strategies and provides an overview of resources publicly available through the National Library of Medicine for public health and health services and policy researchers to use in their work.

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search – September 5, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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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