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Posted by on December 13th, 2019 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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Funding and Professional Development Opportunity: The NNLM Training Office (NTO) and Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA) have invited applications for their two-day interactive, hands-on Library Carpentry workshops in Baltimore, MD and Salt Lake City, UT this spring. Library Carpentry focuses on building software and data skills within library and information-related communities. The goal is to empower people in these roles to use software and data in their own work and to become advocates for and train others in efficient, effective and reproducible data and software practices. Submit an application by January 10, 2020 to receive professional development funds that support travel to these exciting opportunities.

Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians – Apply by January 10, 2020 to participate in a rigorous, 9-week, online training course with the NNLM Training Office (NTO). This course goes beyond the basics of research data management, providing an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. Participants who complete all components are eligible to receive 36 hours of Continuing Education credit from the Medical Library Association.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

National Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote AIDS Awareness? 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.

Clinical eCompanion: We’d like your feedback on the point of care tool, Clinical eCompanion! This feedback will help us to determine the future of this website. To let us know what you think, visit the Clinical eCompanion site and select the highlighted link on the homepage.

Winter Holiday Drinking – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

A Perfect Partnership between HOSA Students, Teachers and Librarians – MCR News

Rural America: Impact of Disability on Poverty and Health – NER Update


Everyone’s Voice Matters: Making Science Open and Accessible to the Public – Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released its Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance, making it available for public comment. Dr. Brennan is calling on the Musings audience to review the draft and offer perspectives on this policy now!  – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Why When You Eat Might Be as Important as What You Eat – About 1 in 3 American adults have metabolic syndrome, a group of early warning signs for increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. To help avoid such health problems, these folks are often advised to pay close attention to the amount and type of foods they eat. And now it seems there may be something else to watch: how food intake is spaced over a 24-hour period. – NIH Director’s Blog

Contraceptive Knowledge in the Mid-19th-Century United States – What do pennyroyal, fish skins, horse riding, and ergot of rye have in common? They are all contraceptive methods that have been used for centuries. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Coming Soon: A New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) System!NCBI Insights, Providing Insights into NCBI Resources and the Science Behind Them

Selection of Dr. Joshua Denny as Chief Executive Officer of the All of Us Research ProgramA Statement from the NIH Director

Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue recently highlighted resources like LactMed moving to the NCBI Bookshelf in preparation for the retirement of TOXNET.

Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance – December 16, 12:30-2:00 PM ET – Hosted by NIH, the purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will not be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent through a comment form. Comments on the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be submitted electronically through Friday, January 10, 2020. Participants may also send questions in advance of the webinar to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.

NIH News in Health: Check out the December 2019 issue, featuring, “To Fast or Not to Fast: Does When You Eat Matter?” and, “Staying in the Hospital?: Safety Tips for Your Visit.” Other topics include safety tips for physical activity, tasty-sounding vegetable names, and finding treatment for substance use disorder.

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December 2019

NCBI Tools for Evaluating Genetic Information – December 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and guest presenter Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, for an overview of three selected NCBI resources. This session will give a brief overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI databases useful for evaluating genetic information. This includes BLAST (the basic local alignment search tool), Gene, a gene-based view of genome data and annotation that supplies key connections between genetic maps, sequence, expression data, protein structure, function and homology data, and Nucleotide, a compendium of DNA/RNA sequences submitted and generated by researchers from around the world.

Online Privacy 101 – December 18, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) for an introduction to online privacy in the digital age. We live in an era of data breaches and constant surveillance. Learn how to keep your data safe, consider the risks versus rewards of common internet browsing behavior, and navigate best practices for public computer labs, mobile phones, and personal browsing.

Libraries, Utilities, and Medical Vulnerability – December 18, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – How are libraries, librarians, and library patrons impacted by disruptions to grid energy? Utility shutoffs can have deadly impacts on individuals who rely on grid energy to power their life-sustaining medical devices. Understanding the health impacts of utility shutoffs and the programs in place to protect medically vulnerable individuals is critical to anyone who lives or works in the path of natural disasters, and anyone who provides health information to medically vulnerable populations inside and outside of disaster zones. Join the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) for a webinar to explore these issues.

January 2020

Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources – January 6-February 3, 2020 – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) 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). This course includes 2, 1-hour presentations, exercises, and access to additional learning content, such as videos, quizzes and a useful online resource guide.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine – January 6-February 14, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

2020 MeSH Highlights – January 10, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Each year the Medical Subject Headings are updated with changes, additions and deletions. This class will highlight new and important changes to MeSH and discuss how they will impact you as a PubMed searcher. Experts from the National Library of Medicine will also be available to answer your questions about the changes. This presentation will feature updates to the Infections tree, additional clinical trial publication types, updates to Cell Death terms, and additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NLM staff for this webinar to learn more.

Are You Ready? Essential Disaster Health Information Resources for Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe – January 27, 11:30-12:30 PM ET – Sponsored by the South Central Region (SCR), this class covers National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for community educators, families, friends and caregivers. This presentation will review these resources and give updates on apps such as the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). It will also feature government databases like PubMed and Disaster Lit for finding publications. Furthermore, opportunities for programming and a partnerships with non-traditional entities such as libraries will be discussed.

Exceptional Lives – January 29, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and guest Julie McKinney, Health Literacy Specialist and Director of Product Content at Exceptional Lives, Inc., for this webinar. Exceptional Lives is a not-for-profit organization which provides easy-to-read information for parents and caregivers of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Their free online tools help families find the resources they need and walk them through the complicated processes of getting services and benefits for their child. The tools are developed using health literacy principles, and include comprehensive step-by-steps Guides as well as a searchable Resource Directory of local providers and support services. This webinar will discuss the need for this type of resource and include NLM and other government resources that are relevant to the topic.

New classes on-demand! Looking for more self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the NIH Library’s new bibliometrics training series. This series is a collection of thirteen free online videos that introduce viewers to the theories and practices of bibliometric analysis, as implemented by the NIH Library’s bibliometric service program. The goal of the series is to show how NIH does bibliometrics for research evaluation, to act as a springboard for others to get started with bibliometrics so that they feel more comfortable moving beyond this series on their own.

*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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Resolutions for 2020 – Have you already started planning your New Year’s resolutions? Many of our federal partners have resources to help you bring in 2020 the active and healthy way. If your resolution involves healthy eating and improving your nutrition, MedlinePlus has resources on fruits and vegetables, healthy recipes and health check tools. The National Institutes of Health also has Wellness Toolkits with health tips. If your resolution involves exercise and physical fitness, start with visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reading the physical activity guidelines to find out how much physical activity you need. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Move Your Way campaign also has resources, tools, videos, and more to help your active and healthy resolutions. Learn more.

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching – January 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – If you teach or plan to teach, ACRL Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning in your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in a discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing within the discipline. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to integrate threshold concepts into your courses, guest lectures, one-shot sessions, and any other form of teaching you do. As part of the webinar you’ll develop learning outcomes for a class assignment, and you’ll begin to integrate threshold concepts into your instruction using active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships – Janary 16, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join LibraryWorks and Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, for a discussion on how to seek opportunities for your library to strengthen existing relationships and reach out to new groups at the state and local level. This webinar will discuss strategic partnerships, implementing innovative outreach strategies, and determining which partnerships will be the most effective and meaningful for your library to pursue. Sponsored by LibraryWorks; $49 per person.

General Information on New EFTS by MLA – The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. If your institution relies on the current version of EFTS, operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC), learn more about how this change may impact service through 2020. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation of a new EFTS if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020.

2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting – Join the Public Health Foundation (PHF) and TRAIN Learning Network at the 2020 Public Health Learning Forum & TRAIN Learning Network Annual Meeting, May 4-7, in Pittsburgh, PA. Working Together, Training Together: Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthcare is this year’s meeting theme and highlights effective practices in workforce development, online learning, and learning platform administration across the health sector. This four-day event features the latest innovations in health workforce training and presentations from the individuals leading these transformative initiatives.

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