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Read the MAReport: This quarter, Kelsey Cowles and Tess Wilson wrote about MisinfoCon 7.0 in their article, “Attending MisinfoCon 7.0: A Summit on Misinformation in Health Communication.” The article highlights the origins of the event and their top 10 takeways from attending.
Stephen Sherry, PhD, Named Acting Director of NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR
Victory 3D Printing for Health Care Personnel – SEA Currents
Citizen Science & Alzheimer’s Disease – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR
National Health Observance: Looking for tools and materials to promote Mental Health 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.
New on YouTube: Health Programming for Summer Reading & Virtual Engagement, April 7, 2020
NLM Exhibitions and Epidemics – The Exhibition Program has produced three exhibitions about the history of epidemics: the yellow fever epidemic of 1793, the 1964 rubella epidemic, and the AIDS epidemic during the 1980s. While I still find the topic of epidemics to be grim, there are aspects of these exhibitions that continue to resonate with me. – Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine
Rising to the COVID-19 Challenge: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) – Step into any major medical center, and you will see the amazing power of technology at work. From X-rays to functional MRIs, blood typing to DNA sequencing, heart-lung machines to robotic surgery, the progress that biomedical technology has made over the past century or so stands as a testament to human ingenuity—and its ability to rise to the all-important challenge of saving lives and improving health. – NIH Director’s Blog
NLM Resource Update: The new PubMed will become the default site on or after May 18, 2020. A new, yellow banner has been added to legacy PubMed to notify users of the timing.
My MedlinePlus: In the latest edition of the My MedlinePlus Newsletter you can learn about lowering your blood pressure, using cleaning and disinfecting products safely, and explore over 100 healthy recipes!
Subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin for the latest updates on NLM tools you may be using! The current issue shared that more MeSH supplementary concept records for COVID-19 were added in April.
NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share our training opportunities!
Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community – April 30, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This class will provide a background in cultural competence and outreach skills as librarians make outreach efforts to underserved, underrepresented minority populations in their community. Join the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) for this class to learn more about the following topics: locating community demographics, the importance of developing relationships, the basics of building and developing community-based partnerships, recognition and acceptance of cultural differences, and the importance of cultural competency. Some basic concepts of program planning and evaluation within a culturally diverse environment will be covered as well.
Building Resilient Communities Online and In Person – May 1, 12:00-1:30 PM ET – In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), examine your library partnerships and community assets and learn how to empower your staff, your patrons and your community, online and in person, with tried and true tools that you can use to build a more resilient community. In this time of crisis, take an hour to pause, breathe, listen, participate and reflect along with staff at the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, an IMLS National Medal recipient.
Exploring Data Literacy Needs at Your Institution – May 6, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), this webinar will discuss how data literacy initiatives can be integrated into different institutions. Join Theresa Burress and Emily Mann, Science Librarian and Student Success Librarian at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, respectively, as they discuss some of the successes and challenges they experienced as they co-led a faculty learning community at their institution to start a campus conversation about data literacy.
How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 11, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).
I am…Safe Zones: Sticks and Stones LGBTQA 101 – May 13, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – What better ways to learn about sexual identities than to list out social norms, stereotypes, media images, rumors, jokes, and slang! Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR), this is a safe space for any and all kinds of interactive discussions regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Heterosexual identities.
Virtual Programs for Preschoolers: How to Encourage Wellness, Movement & Creativity – May 14, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Are you interested in virtual storytimes, dance parties, and other wellness activities for ages 0-6? In this webinar sponsored by the Greater Midwest Region (GMR), attendees will be given tips & tricks for presenting digitally, partnering with community organizations, and igniting kid’s imagination with wellness-themed programs.
Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits – May 19, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class sponsored by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA), participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials.
How PubMed Work: An Introduction – May 21, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Learn about what PubMed is and what’s included in it. Attendees will explore how to find the original research that is the basis for a news article and we’ll spend time searching for articles by a specific author and searching on a specific subject. Attendees will also do exercises to narrow results to a more specific set of results and, lastly, explore the Advanced Search Builder and search history. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).
Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather Any Situation – May 27, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join the Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) and Rana Morris, PhD, NCBI Customer Experience team member and Team Lead for Educational Programs, for this webinar, which will provide an overview of PubChem’s key features.
How PubMed Work: ATM – May 28, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Attend this webinar to learn how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM lets you search PubMed effectively with keywords. Attendees will also look at the automatic explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details. Attendees will explore ways to search by author name and how to search for phrases in PubMed. This class is part of the How PubMed Works series sponsored by our National Training Office (NTO).
From Beyond our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information – June 2, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – Join the Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SEA) for this one-hour webinar that will provide a basic introduction to foreign-born populations. The presentation will start with some background data about immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Then, it will briefly touch on concepts related to cultural competence and humility and how to integrate them into your work. Finally, attendees will review the CDC’s Refugee Health Profiles, HHS’s Office of Minority Health, and the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus and HealthReach.
New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians 2020 – June 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET – The New England Region (NER) is hosting a free virtual conference for librarians. Topics will probably include, depending on speaker availability: vaccine research & manufacture, virology, making Health Devices in non-industrial settings, IRB and human subjects research in the shifting landscape. More details will be available closer to the event date.
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.
*Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.
On-demand webinars available from the Public Library Association (PLA) – On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Library staff who find themselves with extra time to learn during the COVID-19 crisis have reached out to PLA about educational opportunities. Whenever possible, PLA has provided resources at low or no cost to PLA members and others working in public libraries.
Coping and Caring in the Time of COVID-19 – Join the Medical Library Association for this series of free, live, online conversations! These weekly conversations for MLA members and the wider health information professional community are designed to help you address professional and personal pain points related to the current crisis. You can also share ideas for topics and presenters, or volunteer to present.
Overview of COVID-19 and CDC’s Response to the Pandemic with a Highlight of Federal COVID-19 Resources – May 5, 2:00-3:00 PM ET -This webinar will provide an overview of COVID-19 and the CDC’s public health emergency response. In addition, a highlight of Federal resources available on COVID-19 will be presented with emphasis on those resources that might be relevant to libraries and researchers. This webinar is free to attend.
Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship – May 20, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, presenters will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library. Sponsored by MLA; $65 for members / $85 for non-members.
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