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PNR Weekly Digest: January 26, 2021

Posted by on January 26th, 2021 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

*Addressing Attitudes and Science Mistrust During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Please join the webinar, “Addressing Attitudes and Science Mistrust During the COVID-19 Pandemic on Please join the webinar, “Addressing Attitudes and Science Mistrust During the COVID-19 Pandemic January 28 at 9:30 a.m. PT. The webinar will last approximately 2 hours. This national program is brought to us by NNLM SCR and the Texas CEAL Consortium as part of the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities will include NLM Director, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. The Q&A will be moderated by Ms. Anna Kuchment, Science Reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Learn more about this event and how to register on the blog

Members, We Need Your Help: Confirm or Update your NNLM PNR Membership Record
The Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region has 446 member organizations. Maintaining current membership records allows us to connect members and stay in touch. We are in the process of updating our membership records…learn how to help 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

Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries: The Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR) & our colleagues at NNLM Southeastern Atlantic Region are partnering to bring you a two-part webinar series that will provide attendees with the awareness and tools necessary to face disasters of any kind under the guidance of emergency preparedness expert Dan Wilson from the University of Virginia.

  • Part 1, Tuesday, January 26 from 10:00 – 12:30 p.m. PT
    This first session 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.
    Register for Part 1
  • Part 2, Wednesday, February 10 from 10:00 – 12:30 p.m. PT
    This second session 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.
    Register for Part 2

After attending both sessions, participants are eligible for 4 MLA (Medical Library Association) CE credits. This class is also eligible for Disaster Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Instructor Training from The Carpentries and NNLM: The National Training Office (NTO) invites applications to participate in online Instructor Training from The Carpentries (Data Carpentry, Library Carpentry, and Software Carpentry). This highly-sought after training is the first step in becoming a certified instructor for The Carpentries. Instructors organize and teach Carpentry workshops to spread data literacy and programmatic skills both locally and globally. Members of The Carpentries Instructor community work together to actively grow their instructional and technical skills. Becoming an Instructor is a great step to leveling-up your own technical skills and helps you to become a more effective technical communicator. Dates: Workshops will be held online March 2-5, 2021 9 am – 1 pm PT. You must plan to attend all sessions. Deadline to apply is January 29. Learn more about this training and apply on the NTO blog

* Concrete Recommendations for Cutting Through Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic presents multifaceted challenges for the US health care system. One such challenge is in delivering vital health information to the public—a task made harder by the scourge of health misinformation across the information ecosystem. For this event, we will discuss recommendations for public health advocates and communication professionals drafting communication campaigns to maximize the chance that timely health advisories reach the public. February 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Community: The nation is experiencing an ongoing opioid epidemic and communities across the country have been experiencing the epidemic’s impact. Eight case studies were conducted in different types of communities within the United States. Dr. Connaway will highlight the findings based on interviews with library staff, library board members, the staff at community partner organizations, and members of each of the eight communities. The resources and findings of this project will help public library staff and their community partners develop effective strategies to work together to address the opioid epidemic in America. (1 MLA CE) Register

National Library of Medicine Resources for Citizen Scientists: Libraries are ideal partners for citizen scientists! In this class, participants can expect to learn how to support citizen science in their communities and ways that libraries can easily participate. Participants will learn about citizen science library program models, free National Library of Medicine resources to incorporate into citizen science library programs, and sources of funding to explore for buying testing kits or supporting community research efforts. Citizen science library programs are perfect for all ages, and all types of libraries. February 25 at 10:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Social and Environmental Determinants of Maternal Health Disparities and a Roadmap to Effective Solutions: This Emerging Trends webinar series presentation will describe historical and contemporary pathways by which features of the physical and social environments likely contribute to maternal health disparities. Potential interventions along with priorities for future research will also be described. April 20 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

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

2021 Institute for Research Design in Libraries (IRDL) Scholars’ Speaker Series: Thinking Critically about Research and Power: This series of presentations is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice. The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. As librarians, educators, and researchers, we are pleased to share this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices. Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome. Directly following each presentation, there will be an opportunity to discuss the topic further together. First session is January 27 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. PT with featured speaker, Kim TallBear, Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. Visit the website to see session details and register

The Role of Critical Health Literacy in Addressing Social Determinants of Health: A Workshop: The National Academies Roundtable on Health Literacy will host a workshop exploring critical health literacy’s (CHL’s) role in addressing the social determinants of health. The workshop will explore a variety of CHL skills ranging from the ability to contextualize information to engage in health care decision-making, to the ability to recognize the policy contexts that affect health. The workshop will also explore how these skills support effective social and political action and thus assist individuals and communities in addressing the social environment that shape their health and well-being. January 27 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT. Register

School, Snacks, Safety, and Sanity: Part 2 of Government Resources for the Smallest Child to the Teen and in Between: In this FDLP.gov webinar, presenters will dig deeper into the state of America’s children with statistics and resources for where to find the data. Additionally, resources will be featured for parents and caregivers to supplement education, provide better nutrition, and focus on the physical and emotional needs of our children and grandchildren. There will also be fun activities like games and crafts. Join us for this informative webinar for yourself and for your library users. February 2 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register 

Resources for Wellbeing: Toolkit Tour for Rural & Small Libraries: This WebJunction webinar will introduce tools for helping libraries improve social wellbeing in their communities, created from the Rural Library Service & Social Wellbeing Project. February 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Coverage to Care: How to Use Your Health Coverage: From Coverage to Care is hosting a partner webinar and will be joined by our HHS colleague to discuss the newly updated HealthFinder website! Join us to hear about ways to educate consumers about their health coverage and how to empower them to take action and make the most of their coverage.  February 4 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

*Library Journal’s Winter Summit: Building the Next Normal: This free, day-long, virtual convening will feature library leaders at all levels who will discuss lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and share actionable ideas on how you can incorporate them into your post-COVID strategy. February 23 from 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT. Learn more and register

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

NLM Launches a New Online Exhibition – Fifty Years Ago: The Darkening Day

NLM Names Acting Scientific Director for NLM’s Intramural Research Program and Acting Director for NLM’s Extramural Programs

DOCLINE will be unavailable starting at 8:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, January 27 for 30 – 60 minutes for an update

National Library of Medicine is recruiting for 2021-2022 Associate Fellows, Deadline for applications is Thursday, January 28

As of January 21, the, UMLS Terminology Services will no longer accept username and password credentials. Users will need to sign in using identity provider (Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Login.gov, Research Organization, NIH) credentials

*“Nanoparticle Technology Holds Promise for Protecting Against Many Coronavirus Strains at Once”, from the NIH Director’s blog

On Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. PT, NIH Directory, Dr. Collins will speak about “Harmonizing the Spiritual and Scientific Worldviews”, watch live on NIH VideoCast

Methamphetamine overdose deaths rise sharply nationwide

NIH study compares low-fat, plant-based diet to low-carb, animal-based diet

Researchers identify new genetic disorder that affects brain, craniofacial skeleton

*Science Update: Childbirth during COVID-19 pandemic associated with anxiety, post-traumatic stress symptoms, NIH-supported study suggests

*NIBIB (National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering) – funded collaboration launches its first set of COVID-19 medical images

* NIH Officials Highlight COVID-19 Vaccine Facts, Unknowns for Healthcare Providers


*COVID-19 Resources

Experience Medical Library Association (MLA) Open Membership Month
MLA is the largest organization committed to fostering excellence in health sciences librarianship. This February, learn why more than 3,000 individual members and 400 institutions make MLA their professional home. Join MLA for our Experience MLA Open Membership Month! Throughout all of February, we’re hosting a series of no-cost events like caucus meet and greets, webinars, and an open science session, all designed to help you get the most out of your MLA membership. Plus, new members get a free month of membership starting February 1. Start your trial today.

Mountain Pacific Health Science Libraries Conference
Join your medical librarian colleagues at the upcoming Mountain Pacific Health Science Libraries Conference on February 9-11, 2021. The conference will comprise of paper presentations, lightning talks, and posters submitted by librarians from the Mountain Pacific Region, from both the U.S. and Canada. There will be opportunities to discuss a wide range of topics, including online instruction, social justice, building diverse collections, and more! Three continuing education classes are also offered on February 8 and 12. Both the conference and the CEs are free. Learn more and register

New Timeline and Science/History Lesson Plans for the Classroom: Henrietta Lacks’ Life and Contributions to Medical Research
Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code presents a new timeline highlighting the life of Henrietta Lacks and the medical science discoveries resulting from her cells known as HeLa cells. As you scroll through the timeline, you will learn more about who Henrietta Lacks was, how HeLa cells were discovered, and how medical science has benefitted. The timeline complements four new lesson plans created by K-12 educators in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Human Genome Research Institute. The lesson plans explore a variety of topics that interconnect Henrietta Lacks’ life and experiences and highlight the importance of these topics to our current understanding of science and society. Each lesson plan comes with instructional materials including resource sheets, PowerPoint slides, and introductory activities. Applicable Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards are listed, and each lesson plan is available in PDF form for easy download. 

Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments
“Climate Change, Health, and Equity: A Guide for Local Health Departments”, published by the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health, is designed to help local public health departments integrate climate change and health equity into practice. The guide discusses what local health departments can do to include climate change and health equity into assessment and surveillance, intersectoral collaboration, community engagement and education, climate and health communications, preparedness and more.

*New Telehealth Tools on Telehealth.HHS.gov
Telehealth.HHS.gov has added two new telehealth resources for health care providers supported by HRSA’s Licensure Portability Program and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. ProviderBridge.org is a platform that assists with mobilizing volunteer health care professionals to treat patients during public health emergencies. The site supports medical license portability to connect health care professionals with state agencies and health care entities to increase access to care for patients in rural and underserved communities. The site also provides state-by-state telehealth information and resources to assist providers with telehealth licensure questions. Another tool, licensureproject.org, provides up-to-date information on emergency regulation and licensing for psychologists, occupational therapists, physician assistants and social workers. Resources include state-specific tools related to licensure, telehealth and COVID-19 as well as online and phone support.

Image of the author ABOUT Carolyn Martin
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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