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PNR Weekly Digest: December 1, 2020

Posted by on December 1st, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

Call for Washington Artists: Seattle Traffic Box Community Connector
The All of Us Research Program is holding a call for artists’ designs to transform select traffic signal and utility cabinets in Seattle, Washington. The designs should be reflective of the program’s core values to promote diversity and inclusion in health research and represent the local community. Designs should reflect the project theme: A Healthy Future for All of Us and the diversity of the Seattle community…learn more about this opportunity on the blog

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

Library Carpentry Workshop: The NNLM Training Office is pleased to announce a new opportunity for information professionals to build data skills through online Library Carpentry workshops, at no cost to participants. 5 workshops will be offered October through January. This course is eligible for 20 continuing education credits through the Medical Library Association. Applications and more information available here. Questions can be directed to nto@utah.edu

Public Programming and NLM Traveling Exhibitions: NLM Traveling Exhibitions are a unique way to connect your patrons to valuable NLM health information resources through related public programming. To support you and your communities when your libraries borrow NLM exhibitions, the Exhibition Program is developing sample programming ideas related to individual exhibition topics. These ideas will help jump start your creative planning. Julie Botnick will discuss how those ideas can be adapted to your situations and ways to develop your own unique programming at this NNLM Resource Picks webinar session. December 2 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

DOCLINE for Health Sciences Libraries: DOCLINE is an integral part of interlibrary loan services in Health Sciences Libraries. Journal Holdings, Library Profiles, and Routing Tables guide all DOCLINE requests. In this webinar, NDCO Coordinator Erin Latta will review current best practices for maintaining your Journal Holdings, Library Profiles and Routing Tables. This webinar will include how experienced librarians participate in the FreeShare Library Group, and how they utilize the Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) for borrowing costs. December 8 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register 

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications: This class is an introductory, asynchronous online bioinformatics course for librarians using the Moodle learning management system. It is a 14-week, self-paced course worth 30 hours of CE credit from the Medical Library Association. This course was designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use gene or protein information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. January 4 – April 9, 2021. (30 MLA CE) Register

*The evolution of public health: Tackling tough questions and messy stuff: As public health has taken the world stage during a global pandemic, the future of public health is both clear and unclear. How does COVID-19 relate to factors that impact health and future health? How do we apply lessons learned? What are the key roles of nature and mental health, in this pandemic and beyond? How can we cross sectors for change? This session will explore these questions and more. December 15 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

PubMed Tips for Expert Searchers: This 2-hour webinar covers advanced features and concepts in PubMed that can assist you in developing effective search strategies. This course is intended for those with at least an intermediate knowledge of PubMed and MeSH. This class does not cover how to perform a systematic literature review. January 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. (2 MLA CE) Register

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

World AIDS Day 2020 event – Science and Community: Working Together to Prepare for the Unexpected: Join this NIH event which will promote community engagement and emphasize the importance of building the capacity of current and future generations of HIV researchers and advocates. It will reflect on lessons learned from HIV that have prepared us to address unexpected events. December 1 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. PT. Learn how to join this free live videocast event

Using the new Read assembly and Annotation Pipeline Tool (RAPT) to assemble and annotate microbial genomes: Join this NCBI webinar to learn how to use the Read assembly and Annotation Pipeline Tool (RAPT). With RAPT, you can assemble and annotate a microbial genome right out of the sequencing machine! Provide the short genomic reads or an SRA run on input, and get back the sequence annotated with coding and protein coding genes. The assembly is built with SKESA and annotated with PGAP. In addition, RAPT also verifies the taxonomic assignment of the genome with the Average Nucleotide Identity tool. In this webinar, you will learn how you can run RAPT on your own machine or on the Google Cloud Platform. December 2 from 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. PT. Register

 All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters: Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NIH, will deliver the 2020 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies. She will explore the science behind social determinants of health and demonstrate how vital effective integrative or multilevel approaches are when addressing health and health inequities. Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, and otherwise spend their time. They affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Join this free live NIH webcast December 9 at 9:00 a.m. PT.

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

“One NLM: I Am Thankful for How Far We Have Come!”, from the NLM Director’s blog

MedlinePlus has a Social Media Toolkit

The National Library of Medicine announced the 2021 solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Application deadline is December 28

Dianne Babski Appointed Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine

Rise, Serve, Lead… And Publish

Collaborations: Organizations Working with NLM on Disaster Information

*”Vast Majority of Pregnant Women with COVID-19 Won’t Have Complications, Study Finds”, from the NIH Director’s blog

Promising Interim Results from Clinical Trial of NIH-Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Where We Live Affects our Health and Offers an Approach To Address Health Inequities

The Impact of Cloud on Biomedical Research, Researchers share their experience leveraging the STRIDES Initiative to access industry-leading cloud resources

New NIH BRAIN Initiative awards move toward solving brain disorders

NIH to fund research of racial disparities in pregnancy-related complications and deaths

Using Mobile Technology to Improve Care for Teens with Depression

Neighborhood conditions associated with children’s cognitive function

*Request for Information (RFI): Inviting Comments and Suggestions on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research, deadline is December 7, 2020

Employment Opportunity, Assistant Director, Regional Medical Library at UW


December 1, World AIDS Day #WorldAIDSDay
The theme for the 2020 observance is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact” (“Erradicar la epidemia del VIH/SIDA: Resiliencia e Impacto”). World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America. On December 1st at 11:00 a.m. PT, join the Live with Leadership World AIDS Day Edition with Harold Phillips, and other federal and community speakers. Learn how submit questions in advance or during the conversation.

HealthCare.gov 2021 Open Enrollment
Open enrollment has begun at the Health Insurance Marketplace. Keep, update or find a new healthcare plan for 2021. The Marketplace website provides information on finding local help with your options and application, special enrollment periods or situations, how to use your coverage and more. The Marketplace website is available in English and Spanish. Deadline is December 15.

*Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions – Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) FORHP has compiled a Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions. The FAQ includes information on the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing Program, funding and grants management, telehealth, travel and healthcare delivery and policy information.

*How are vaccines developed?
Vaccines contain tiny fragments of the disease-causing organism or the blueprints for making the tiny fragments. They also contain other ingredients to keep the vaccine safe and effective. These latter ingredients are included in most vaccines and have been used for decades in billions of doses of vaccine. Learn more about the development of vaccines from the World Health Organization.

Telehealth may worsen digital divide for people with disabilities
A recently published paper, in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, argues that design, implementation and policy considerations must be taken into account when developing virtual care technology.

*REALM Test 6 results
The REALM project has published the results of the sixth round of Battelle’s laboratory testing for COVID-19  on five materials commonly found in furnishings and exhibits of archives, libraries, and museums, were selected. The materials were proved by the National Park Service, Metropolitan New York Library Council, the Library of Congress and from vendors.

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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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