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Posted by on January 10th, 2020 Posted in: Weekly Postings

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Raise Awareness of Substance Misuse with the NNLM Reading Club – looking for easy and free health programming? Check out the latest NNLM Reading Club book kit, which includes book selections, a discussion guide, and materials to talk about substance misuse.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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 today, 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 today, 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 Health Observances: Looking for tools and materials to promote health, fitness and nutrition in the new year? 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.

HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) – Continue the Conversation, HIV/AIDS Community Information from NACC

Health Education And Literacy – The HEAL Project – NER Update

Puerto Rico Hit by 5.8 and 6.4 Magnitude Earthquakes – SEA Currents


Celebrating 20 Years of ClinicalTrials.gov and Looking to the Future – As ClinicalTrials.gov celebrates its 20th anniversary on February 29, 2020, NLM is asking for your input on how it can best continue to serve your needs for many more years to come. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Seeing the Cytoskeleton in a Whole New Light – The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) recently held its Green Fluorescent Protein Image and Video Contest. Over the next few months, the NIH Director’s blog will feature some of the most eye-catching entries—starting with this video that will remind those who grew up in the 1980s of those plasma balls that, when touched, light up with a simulated bolt of colorful lightning.  – NIH Director’s Blog

Revealing Data: Charting Pain in 1879 – Rollin Robinson Gregg was a well-known homeopathic physician in the United States who believed, “Wherever there is suffering to be relieved, there MUST be a remedy for it.” Gregg felt that he and his fellow homeopaths themselves were suffering from symptoms of confusion and memory impairment from the exhaustive reference volumes they relied upon to for patient care. Gregg decided that charts were the remedy for what would now be recognized as “information overload.” – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Happy New Year! – NLM in Focus shares a few stories about some of the National Library of Medicine’s people, services, and products that are making a difference in scientific discovery and public health and educating the public. – NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Request for Information: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization – The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is requesting public comment to guide efforts to enhance and better support the users of ClinicalTrials.gov, the world’s largest public clinical research registry and results database. The deadline to submit a response is March 14, 2020.

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January 2020

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – January 16, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), this presentation will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and point-of-care resources.

2020 MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 17, 9:30-11:00 AM 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.

Stronger Together: Healthcare Coalitions in Rural and Frontier Areas – January 21, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Natural and man-made emergencies can have complex and devastating effects for any jurisdiction. However, rural and frontier communities face unique challenges to preparing for and responding to potential threats. Healthcare coalitions (HCCs) are multidisciplinary groups that include representatives from public health, emergency management, emergency medical services, hospitals and other community partners. Through the HCC, these organizations are able to enhance jurisdictional preparedness and response capabilities by coordinating planning efforts; creating and sharing resources and best practices; hosting trainings and conducting exercises; and providing technical assistance to enhance stakeholder preparedness programs. Sponsored by the New England Region (NER), in this presentation the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and HCC representatives will provide an overview of the strengths and challenges experienced by rural and frontier HCCs and discuss how these groups work to make their communities more resilient.

That’s Not Funny! Or is it? – January 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) for the next installment in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webinar series. To be truly socially just do you have to eradicate humor? Let a trained professional explain how humor works and how it offends other people. Cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and harmful attempts at humor are not required to have a successful event. How can we plan better, intervene when something isn’t right, and take responsibility for harm in our communities? If we think before we joke – we can still joke.

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.

NNLM Resource Picks: Bookshelf – January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for the next installment in this collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring National Library of Medicine resources. Bookshelf provides free access to the full text of books and documents in the biomedical and life sciences as well as health care, medical humanities and social sciences. Through integration with other NCBI databases, such as PubMed, Gene, Genetic Testing Registry, and PubChem, Bookshelf also provides reference information for biological, chemical and other biomedical data and facilitates its discovery. This webinar will provide an overview of Bookshelf, including why it is a trusted resource of reference and health information, how it is related but different from PubMed Central and PubMed, and how to best find and navigate the content it archives.

Data Presentations: The Good, Bad and Unethical – January 30, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) and Massachusetts Health Science Library Network (MAHSLIN) for a presentation on the Edward Tufte One Day course on Presenting Data and Information workshop. Edward Tufte’s course has a focus on fundamental design strategies for information displays such as tables, diagrams, charts and data visualizations. This class will focus on Mr. Tufte’s evaluation of data visualizations, ethics of data visualization design, and the pitfalls of PowerPoint. This presentation will provide a fun and informative overview of the class, tips on how to spot deceptive data visualizations and evaluate data presentations.

Struggles and Strategies for Survival Beyond the Walls of Jail – January 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the New England Region (NER) for this webinar to hear a personal story of substance use disorder and incarceration from Louie Diaz, a substance use disorder counselor and re-entry specialist with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office. Louie will discuss the work he is doing in Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts to address the addiction crisis, and what it was like to be followed by a film crew for 5 years during the making of a documentary. He will also share why the film is important as we begin to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue instead of a law enforcement issue.

February 2020

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – February 3-March 17, 2020 – Join NNLM for a 6-week course that helps health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. This class will start with an overview of data science. Participants will learn about big data from a systems perspective, dig into how big data impacts patients and researchers, think about the role of librarians in supporting big data initiatives. The class will finish with an opportunity for you to develop an action plan based on course content.

Food for Thought: Creating Resilient Rural Communities – February 6, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – A lack of access to fresh food leads to an increase in obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns. The Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) and the Comfort Food Community food pantry teamed up to address these and other challenges (adult literacy, food scarcity, food waste, food access, rural food deserts, and transportation) by launching the Fresh Food Collective Farm-2-Library initiative. They reduced food waste by gleaning produce from local farms, then distributed the produce through small, rural libraries where food scarcity, limited food pantry access, and transportation all limit access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In the first year, nearly 2,500 pounds of fresh produce were distributed, bringing new faces into the library, creating and deepening relationships with the community fostering renewed interest in library services from populations that were previously reluctant users. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this webinar to learn more about this project.

Framing the Future of Partnering with Your Community – February 12, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Discover how to engage and create long lasting partnerships with community members while disseminating consumer health information. Sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss the difference between engagement and outreach, building trust within your community to support impactful collaborations, and creating and finding community engagement resources. This presentation will also review and discuss key takeaways from several community health engagement initiatives including helpful strategies learned and finding positive aspects from events that did not go as planned.

Wellness in the Library Workplace – February 17-March 8, 2020 – You’re a library worker – you’re already helping those in your community find health information. 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 NNLM for this asynchronous online course 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.)? This class will also discuss ways to increase overall wellness for all staff in libraries so that we have happy, healthy and safe work environments.

*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

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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 – January 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.

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant – The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for a new annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. View the full award guidelines and apply by February 3, 2020.

Summer Health Professions Education Program – Share this opportunity with college students interested in the Health Professions! Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this free summer enrichment program is designed to improve access to information and resources for college students that identify with groups that are underrepresented in the health professions. The program includes academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics; learning and study skills development; clinical exposure through small-group rotations in healthcare settings, simulation experiences, and seminars; career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan; a financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies; a health policy seminar series to expose scholars to a larger view of healthcare, health systems, and the social determinants of health; and an introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions. Applications are due February 5, 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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