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COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.
Get the latest public health information from CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov
Get the latest research information from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus

10 Ways to Stay Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Working remotely and want to stay involved? Looking for ways to participate in classes and events while practicing social distancing? Check out NNLM MAR’s list of ways to stay connected!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

Funding Deadline Extended: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR) invites applications for health information outreach and programming projects. Review our available awards and submit your proposal by April 30 at 12:00 PM ET.

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon focusing on Preventative Health & Wellness will take place on Thursday, April 30. Get ready to #citeNLM by joining MAR and SEA for a training webinar on April 2 to learn more about participating in the edit-a-thon or hosting your own event!

Still lending in DOCLINE? Let your Colleagues Know – DOCLINE Talkline

Interested in the CHIS Certification? Learn from Someone Who Received It! – MCR News

Participate in a Pandemic Response Hackathon This Weekend! – The Pandemic Response Hackathon is a virtual hackathon aimed at better understanding and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The goal is to bring public health professionals alongside the technology community’s talent to contribute to the world’s response to the pandemic. The hackathon will kick off March 27-29, with continued support for developing projects. – MARquee News Highlights

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The National Library of Medicine expands access to coronavirus literature through PubMed Central – The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, is working on multiple fronts to aid in the COVID-19 response through new initiatives with the global publishing community and artificial intelligence researchers. NLM is expanding access to scientific papers on coronavirus for researchers, care providers, and the public, and for text-mining research. This work makes use of NLM’s PubMed Central® (PMC), a digital archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences literature. PMC currently provides access to nearly 6 million full-text journal articles.

How Does a Library Respond to a Global Health Crisis? – Around the world, scientists, public health officials, medical professionals, and others are working to address the coronavirus pandemic. NLM has been working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the novel coronavirus) and aid in the response to COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus). By enhancing access to relevant data and information, NLM is demonstrating how libraries can contribute in real time to research and response efforts during this crisis. – NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Archiving Web Content on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – The National Library of Medicine is archiving web and social media documenting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as part of the Library’s ongoing Global Health Events web archive collection. NLM’s Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group began this effort on January 30 when the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), and will continue to develop the collection throughout its duration. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19 – No matter where you go online these days, there’s bound to be discussion of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Some folks are even making outrageous claims that the new coronavirus causing the pandemic was engineered in a lab and deliberately released to make people sick. A new study debunks such claims by providing scientific evidence that this novel coronavirus arose naturally. – 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 continued updates to the New PubMed.

NLM Welcomes Applications to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021 – The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight ET, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

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

April 2020

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library – April 1-29, 2020 – Sponsored by the MidContinental Region (MCR), this hands-on class 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 the class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – April 1-May 13, 2020 – Join the Pacific Southwest and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (PSR/SEA) 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. The course will provide an overview of data science, talk about big data from a systems perspective, dig into how big data impacts patients and researchers, help participants think about the role of librarians in supporting big data initiatives, and finish with an opportunity for you to develop an action plan based on course content. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities. This class has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association.

#citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Training – April 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This April, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the Spring 2020 #citeNLM Edit-a-thon as we add citations to Wikipedia articles on preventive health and wellness. In preparation for the edit-a-thon, join the Middle and Southeastern Atlantic Regions (MAR/SEA) for this hands-on training to gain an overview of the importance of Wikipedia as a health information resource, more about the ongoing #citeNLM Wikipedia project, how to participate in a #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hosting an edit-a-thon for your community, and adding citations from trusted National Library of Medicine resources.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming for Summer Reading! – April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – For a second year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading! For Imagine Your Story 2020 we have incorporated fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy into program plans for nutrition, nature walks, graphic medicine, dental health storytime, and more. During this one-hour webinar with the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), attendees will be introduced to small and large health programming ideas that can be used for Summer Reading 2020 and beyond. Intended for those who work in public libraries, but open for anyone who is interested in health programming.

Supporting Open Science in Health Science Libraries: Sharing Strategies for Sustainability and Success – April 9, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), in this webinar two health sciences librarians will provide an overview of open science services (OSS) and research in libraries and outline the challenges encountered in supporting researchers in this space. This presentation will engage attendees in a discussion of how libraries can build on their support of open science by aligning programs and services with the goals of their research communities and institutions. As practitioners, the presenters will also share ideas around adopting sustainable “open” approaches into their own work and research.

Connecting Communities to Health Information: Graphic Medicine Kits at the Public Library – April 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – To combat health misinformation and stigma, Darien Library in Connecticut created Graphic Medicine Kits to circulate within their community. During this webinar with the New England Region (NER), hear about the creation, promotion, and circulation of these kits, successes and potential improvements in the process, and the NNLM grant that made it all possible.

Make it Work—Managing Your Solo or Small Hospital Library – April 15, 4:00-5:00 PM ET – Whether you work by yourself or with a small staff, the nitty-gritty of successfully delivering your services can be challenging. Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and two successful solos in this webinar as they discuss the importance of building partnerships throughout their organization, staying visible and valuable, all at the best possible price.

Beyond the Binary: Health Resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities – April 17-May 15, 2020 – Sponsored by the Pacific Southwest and Greater Midwest Regions (PSR/GMR), this course will provide culturally sensitive health information resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) populations and the librarians, health care practitioners, and others who support them. Participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE, applicable to a Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

On-Demand Learning

Looking for self-paced learning opportunities? Check out the classes below that are available to begin at any time! You can also watch recordings from past NNLM classes on a broad range of topics.

A Bird’s Eye View of Health Data Standards – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services.

Bibliometric Training – Provided by the NIH Library, 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.

Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand – This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searchinag PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information, chemicals and with chemical nomenclature, and lliterature related to genetics and genomics.

Dissemination and Disasters: Using Information to Save Lives – This hour-long, asynchronous course will introduce you to the four phases of emergency management. You’ll be shown demonstrations on how to utilize tools from the National Library of Medicine to access life saving information about hurricanes, opioids, radiological incidents, and chemical spills. Specifically, demos of MedlinePlus, DisasterLit, REMM, and WISER will be shown.

Drug Terminologies and RxNorm – This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of medical terminologies (including what they are and why they are important), followed by a deep dive into RxNorm, an NLM-authored medical terminology specializing in drug information.

Finding and Using Health Statistics – Written by staff at AcademyHealth and provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this tutorial on finding and using health statistics is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect – This one-hour training session with videos and exercises is intended to introduce you to what MedlinePlus Connect does and how, and point you to resources for implementing MedlinePlus Connect at your institution.

Grants and Proposal Writing – Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning – Provided by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), this asynchronous online course defines and describes COOP planning, why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan, and provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.

Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices – Learn how to conduct a health reference interview using ethical and effective communication strategies through interactive, self-paced tutorials and a synthesis exercise.

MedlinePlus for Public Librarians – This hands-on, narrated tutorial explains why MedlinePlus should be the first choice for public librarians when answering health information questions. The class takes about an hour to complete and provides an auto-generated certificate of completion at the end.

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health – This course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020.

PubMed Essentials – Are you looking for a way to kick start your PubMed search skills? PubMed Essentials is made up of 9 very short video-modules with built-in, interactive exercises so you can explore PubMed at your own pace.

Serving Diverse Communities – this three-part series of online trainings is focused on accessing health information resources related to working with diverse communities, including accessing health information in multiple languages, finding data on health disparities, and building cultural competence and humility into the workplace.

*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:

  • NNLM Project Director, NLM Office of Engagement and Training, Bethesda, MD
  • Informationist, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Academic Health Sciences Libraries, Danville, PA

How Medical Librarians Are Handling the Coronavirus Crisis – Library Journal

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is just around the corner, March 30-April 5, 2020. There are several ways you can get involved to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and alcohol, even if your organization is closed or operating remotely!

  • Play the new Kahoot! games with an online class, or encourage students to play the games individually.
  • Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. Test students’ knowledge about drugs and alcohol with this short, interactive quiz available in English and Spanish that can be used on mobile devices.
  • Participate in the Drug Facts Challenge!, an interactive game using scientific facts about the brain and addiction, marijuana, vaping, and more.
  • Follow #NDAFW on Twitter and share messages about drugs and alcohol during the NDAFW Tweetstorm on March 30 at 3:00 PM ET. You can also participate in a Twitter Trivia Challenge on April 3 at 3:00 PM ET.
  • Take advantage of free, science-based resources students can use at home, including toolkits and activity ideas on various topics; science- and standards-based classroom lessons and multimedia activities on teens and drugs; and the recently updated Mind Matters series, which helps teachers explain to students the effects of various drugs on the brain and body.
  • Check out the NIDA Toolkit for Out of School Time. This toolkit offers science-based activities and resources on drug use and addiction for educating teens during out of school time.
  • See the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s online guide for additional free materials, activities, and more!

Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis – March 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Public libraries are respected local institutions that connect community members to credible information and services. As community anchor institutions, libraries are leveraging their assets in response to the opioid crisis that has gripped the country. After 16 months of research, OCLC, and the Public Library Association have released a call to action on how libraries can address the opioid crisis in their communities. Sponsored by WebJunction, Panelists in this webinar will share resources, including ideas for organizations to partner with, additional perspectives to consider, and strategies for getting started.

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success – April 15, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This course will explore the use of games in the classroom to enhance student participation and learning. The instructor will discuss the differences between gamification and game-based learning, why those distinctions are important, and the psychology behind both philosophies. Participants will learn how to spot opportunities for games in their own classrooms, the board game design process, and when games are appropriate in a class setting. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.

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