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PNR Weekly Digest: August 11, 2020

Posted by on August 11th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Gain Perspective on Pandemics with the NNLM Reading Club
Diving into fiction can help us understand more about the realities we face. As day-to- day life continues to be shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, NNLM Reading Club calls your attention to three literary works focusing on the impact of pandemics or infectious disease. Learn about the selected books on the blog post

Professional Development:

NNLM CE Opportunities:
NNLM offers training on a variety of topics related to health information. A complete listing of NNLM educational opportunities is available. Please note you need to create an NNLM account prior to registration if you don’t already have one. This is not the same as being a member of NNLM.  Learn how to register for classes and create a free account

I am … Safe Zone: Messages I Learned: Doing Social Justice work is a simple concept, but it isn’t easy. While moving forward, we must also trace from where we have come from and what we have learned. This activity is primarily a silent self-reflection journey through one’s past to better inform our futures. This is the last session of the webinar series, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt”. August 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Please remember to bring paper and pencil or device to participate in the activity planned. (1 MLA CE) Register

We Mapped This City: Centering Health Resources and Engagement Around Community Assets: When service providers and practitioners enter a new community or neighborhood, they can carry a top-down map of existing assets. They may rely on geographic systems that make sense on paper or are designed to make sense with existing programs. However, community members and residents do not navigate resources based on program maps and systems. Germantown Info Hub Coordinator Diana Lu will share approaches to stakeholder engagement and trust-building. Using urban design evaluation tactics introduced by architect Kevin Lynch in The Image of the City and as well as models in community-based journalism, Lu shows ways that practitioners can work with community members, stakeholders, and local organizations to build the base layer of information. August 26 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Librarians Supporting Researchers – Managing Data While Working Remotely: How have librarians supported researchers with data management while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Once institutions transitioned to remote work, data analysis and other data management tasks became more prominent tasks. Data librarians found new ways to assist their researchers while. August 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery: September is National Preparedness Month. Join us to learn about Grey Literature and how it can be helpful during evolving situations. This session will introduce participants to the concept of Grey Literature, its uses and resources for finding it. This session will also include a live demonstration of one resource for finding Grey Literature related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Sept. 9 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PT. (.75 MLA CE) Register

Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.

Reborn Not Reformed: Re-Imagining Policing for the Public’s Health: The third webinar in  the American Public Healath Association’s Advancing Racial Equity series will:

  • Describe how racism operates in policing and the limitations of reform efforts
  • Discuss the acute and chronic health impacts of over policing on Black and Latinx communities
  • Explain what “Re-Imagining Policing” means for public safety, public health and society overall; and
  • Identify and address the ways in which policing occurs in public health and other sectors.

August 11 at 9:30 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

The Methodology of Indigenous Digital Storytelling: A Healing Journey in Data Collection: Indigenous digital storytelling (DST) within the framework of Indigenous research methodology, allows Indigenous women to share their health stories in a safe and respectful context. This decolonizing methodology allows for self-representation that challenges stereotypes and allows Indigenous communities to prioritize their own social and community needs and to protect their identities and cultural values in the process. Furthermore, it is essential to the decolonization process that Indigenous people speak with our own voices about our histories, culture, and experiences. The intention is to demonstrate how academics can use the methodology of Indigenous digital storytelling for their data collection and how to incorporate it into their academic work. August 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

Evidence-Based Practice for the Medical Librarian: This 8-week online course is designed to be an introduction to the process of evidence-based practice (EBP) and to the supporting roles and opportunities for medical librarians. Participants will learn how to identify the basic study designs for clinical medicine, compose focused clinical questions, peer review search strategies, and assess the risk of bias in published studies. Evidence Based Practice for the Medical Librarian will be offered from August 31, 2020 – November 1, 2020. The cost for this course will be $500. Learn more and register for this course

NLM and Support for Health Services Research: Assessing Current Needs and Planning for the Future: This webinar will explore the critical issues that are driving the information needs of health services researchers. Specifically, a panel of experts (including NLM Director, Dr. Brennan) will focus on these three strategic questions:

  • What services or resources that NLM currently offers in the areas of health services delivery or health services research do you use?
  • What tools, data, resources, or health services literature are the most critical for NLM to collect or support?
  • What health services research areas or policy topics are the most critical for NLM to support?

August 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more about this event and register

* U.S. Military COVID-19 Information Resources: This FDLP webinar will discuss publicly available U.S. military information resources on COVID-19. These will include Department of Defense (DOD) documents on force health protection, Congressional committee hearings on topics such as the security of the defense industrial base, and analyses from the military. August 18 from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PT. Register

News from the National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health:

“Introducing the NIH Guide Notice Encouraging Researchers to Adopt U.S. Core Data for Interoperability Standard” from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM @ MLA – 2020

NLM to Retire Pillbox on January 29, 2021

Dental Cartoons (CA. 1945)

*“Charting a Rapid Course Toward Better COVID-19 Tests and Treatments” from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH clinical trial to test antibodies and other experimental therapeutics for mild and moderate COVID-19

*NIH launches clinical trial to test antibody treatment in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

* Volunteer for a COVID-19 Prevention Trial. Participe en un Estudio Clínico para la prevención del COVID-19

Honoring Health — Resources To Prevent and Treat Alcohol Problems in Native Populations, July newsletter

New tool compares rates of severe pregnancy complications across U.S. hospitals

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


Graphic Medicine Quantified: An Annotated Bibliography
A challenge for Graphic Medicine is its being juxtaposed alongside biomedical and scientific fields of work that operate largely in the realm of statistics and quantifiable analytics. Often, the scholarship in Graphic Medicine comes without numbers. It is anecdotal, experiential, aesthetic/literary, or theoretical, customarily, and only occasionally calculable. Read the blog post to view the annotated bibliography offered to highlight just a few of the cases where Graphic Medicine has already delivered quantifiable results.

The MRCT Center releases the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Clinical Research Guidance, Toolkit and Website
The Guidance Document aims to clarify the importance and advance the goals of improving diverse representation of participants in clinical research. It distills the scientific, ethical, and social arguments for diverse inclusion, reinforces its business value, and identifies barriers to inclusion of diverse populations. Importantly, it provides potential approaches and applicable ways to increase diversity and inclusion. Subsequent chapters explore broadening engagement, data standards, data analysis, study design and conduct, the role of the IRB, genetics, and the accountability of each stakeholder. Specific recommendations and case examples are provided. The guidance is then followed by practical resources and tools (The Toolkit) to facilitate change.

Learning Community: The HHS Telemedicine Hack
To support wide adoption of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is partnering with the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico and the Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN Learning Network to deliver Telemedicine Hack, a free, virtual peer-to-peer learning community to accelerate telemedicine implementation to accelerate telemedicine implementation for ambulatory providers. Choose from several dates with the first being August 12 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Learn more and register

Health Observance: Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance held to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Visit the CDC’s NIAM webpage for toolkits for reaching healthcare professionals, parents and patients, as well as social media graphics and other resources. To access data on immunizations among racial and ethnic minorities, visit the Office of Minority Health’s Minority Population Profiles.

Pin with Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code
Unlocking Life’s Code’s Pinterest page is overflowing with ideas gathered from around the Internet that can change your lesson plan presentations in an instant! Look beyond the board names and you will find hundreds of valuable ideas from around the world on innovative ways to teach, celebrate genomics.

Counting Down with #19Suffrage Stories: 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
Tune in on Instagram and Twitter to learn 19 stories you may not know from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian and National Archives. Every weekday from August 3 through Women’s Equality Day, August 26, we’re counting down from 19 to 1 with a new story each day on our Instagram and Twitter feeds.

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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Developed resources reported in this program are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012343 with the University of Washington.

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