Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *
Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries Emerging from a Worldwide Pandemic
It is essential for all libraries to resume planning for disasters, which includes knowing how to respond to a disaster, how to develop partnerships with local emergency planners, and how to find a backup library to mitigate the impact of a disaster…This two-part webinar series held on Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, February 10 will provide attendees with the awareness and tools necessary to face disasters of any kind. Hosted by Dan Wilson from the University of Virginia, Part 1 will provide first-hand accounts of how libraries have responded to a disaster and introduce a template for participants to begin creating their own one-page continuity of operations plan. Part 2 will answer attendee questions that arose while writing their COOP, and match libraries from the northwest with similar libraries in the southeast who can potentially partner as a backup library…read the blog post for complete details
*Self-learning Source: COVID-19 Vaccines
Are you a life-long learner? Learning something new can help stimulate our brains and re-energize us. Learning more about the science behind our health can help us become more engaged in our health, can help us better understand health news stories, and be more informed health consumers. Each month for 2021, this blog will feature a new education tool or resource to learn something new, especially regarding our health. This first post will focus on vaccines, specifically COVID-19 vaccines…check out the educational resource on the blog post
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
Identifying the Gaps: the Status of Data Management Education in Doctoral Nursing Programs: The last decade has seen data management (DM) knowledge and expertise become a foundational expectation not only for research but also for nursing informatics, data science, and data-intensive nursing practice. A concurrent dramatic increase in Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs has resulted in many new students and faculty who need DM education, resources, and support. However, little was known about DM within doctoral nursing programs. Our research investigated the status of DM education as described by DNP and PhD program directors and examined nursing student handbooks, identifying the knowledge and resource gaps which are critical to fill in order for students to succeed. This presentation will summarize our research to date and review opportunities for health science librarians to translate our findings into practical collaborations at their institutions. January 19 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics and Bias Mitigation: The increasingly widespread use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in AI applications must be continually monitored for biases and false associations, especially those surrounding protected or disadvantaged classes of people. This webinar will discuss methods used to mitigate such biases and their weak points, using real world examples in civilian agencies. January 22 at 8:00 a.m. PT. No MLA CE available. Register
Serving Library Users with Mental Illness: A Crash Course on Controlling Clashes: This webinar increases your understanding of mental illness, teaches effective methods of communicating with mentally-ill patrons who are creating a disturbance in the library, helps you protect staff and patrons in rare instances of possible violence, and shows you how to locate resources you can lean on when necessary. February 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Evaluation Pathways: A Webinar Series: A 5-part webinar series on the evaluation pathways. The pathways were developed to help NNLM members who are implementing projects with underserved communities, design and carry out effective evaluations that will help showcase all that you have achieved, while identifying ways that programming can improve. The pathways were developed to provide actionable resources to help you effectively design and implement an evaluation. View the recordings of past sessions and register for upcoming.
Moving Beyond User Satisfaction Surveys: Best Practices for Collecting User Feedback: This class will provide an interactive overview of groundbreaking tools and best practices for collecting user feedback. The purpose of the class is to learn how to design surveys in ways that gather actionable feedback about value delivered. In this 1 hour class, participants will also learn the best use cases for surveys and alternative assessment tools in the research process. Audience includes anyone collecting feedback to improve user experience, including healthcare instructors, organizational leaders, public and medical librarians, and patient educators. February 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register
Additional Educational Opportunities:
These learning opportunities are provided by organizations beyond NNLM. All are free unless otherwise indicated.
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections: With six rounds of lab testing and two scientific literature reviews completed, project team members will provide an update on the latest results, summarize what is known and unknown about the virus, and highlight free resources. Presenters will share strategies implemented at their institutions, and the project team will preview what is on the horizon for REALM, and for LAMs. January 29 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register
Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Data Bootcamp: This free webinar series features curriculum from the RIPL 2020 national event. These will NOT be webinars where you listen to a talking head the whole time; instead, please come ready to participate in a variety of interactive learning activities, some of which will occur in small groups in breakout rooms. Learn more and register
Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR): This free, self-paced, online course is open for registration until July 1, 2021. The IPPCR course is a lecture series from thought-leaders around the world covering: Study Designs, Measurement and Statistics, Ethical, Legal, Monitoring, and Regulatory Considerations, Preparing and Implementing Clinical Studies, Communicating research findings and other topics. Register
From the NLM Director’s blog:
NLM Traveling Exhibitions service has extended its ‘hold’ until further notice. What this means is:
*From the NIH Director’s blog:
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites teens (16-18 years) and adults to participate in the Envisioning Health Equity Art Challenge to create images that represent NIMHD’s vision of an American in which all populations will have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy and productive lives. Deadline to submit is February 5
*Battling the Infodemic: LJ’s 2021 Librarians of the Year
Congratulations to Library Journal’s 2021 Librarians of the Year, Elaine R. Hicks—research, education, and public health librarian at Tulane University in New Orleans Stacy Brody -reference and instruction librarian at the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD; and Sara Loree – medical librarian at St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, ID for their work to organize and streamline COVID-19 information so badly needed by medical and health professionals, humanitarian organizations, researchers, and the public at a critical time in history. Read the LJ article to learn more about their important contribution.
*2020 Graphic Medicine in Review podcast
Listen to Graphic Medicine’s year end podcast with MK Czerwiec as she talks with a panel of guests about the best Graphic Medicine of 2020. The conversation begins with Shelley Wall and Michael Green discussing their article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about the best graphic medicine of 2020, COVID-19 comics. Then graphic medicine librarians Alice Jaggers and Matthew Noe add their thoughts and further recommendations to the conversation. Finally, the group shares some of their favorite reading from 2020, graphic medicine and beyond.
New MLA Data Services Specialization Keeps Pace with Expanding Roles for Health Sciences Librarians
As scientific research becomes increasingly data-driven, medical librarians and other health information professionals are ideally situated to provide support for data services. Many skills that health information professionals have traditionally applied to the scholarly literature are also relevant to data, such as curation, preservation, and access. To meet demand for training and certification in this area, the Education: Information Management Curriculum Committee commissioned the development of a new MLA (Medical Library Association) specialization: the Data Services Specialization (DSS). Learn more on the MLA website
Rural Library & Social Wellbeing Project Overview
Public libraries located in rural locations have unique capabilities to generate social well-being outcomes in their communities. The Rural Library and Social Wellbeing project looked specifically at independent public libraries in the nation’s smallest and most isolated communities: towns without formal education facilities or hospitals and with fewer than 2,500 people. The website features a toolkit and an events calendar
Resource: Engaging Mexican Indigenous Families, Children, and Youth in Mental Health Treatment
The National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center has published Engaging Mexican Indigenous Families, Children, and Youth in Mental Health Treatment, a factsheet that aims to create awareness of the cultural factors and what mental health professionals should know about engaging the Mexican Indigenous community in mental health treatment.
Healthy People 2030 Target-Setting Tools and Methods
The HHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) have released statistical methods and analytical tools that were instrumental in setting transparent, data-driven targets for Healthy People 2030 on a national level. Public stakeholders can now access two of these new analytical tools for target setting: the Percent Improvement and Minimal Statistical Significance Tool and the Trend Analysis Tool. The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has also released information on how they use 6 target-setting methods to develop Healthy People 2030 objectives. Learn more and access the tools
* Improving Ventilation in Your Home
Staying home with only members of your household is the best way to keep SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) particles out of your home. However, if a visitor needs to be in your home, improving ventilation (air flow) can help prevent virus particles from accumulating in the air in your home. Good ventilation, along with other preventive actions, like staying 6 feet apart and wearing masks, can help prevent you from getting and spreading COVID-19. Visit the CDC to learn more about ventilating your home
News Use Across Social Media Platforms in 2020
About half of U.S. adults (53%) say they get news from social media “often” or “sometimes,” and this use is spread out across a number of different sites, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2020.
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