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PNR Weekly Digest: May 19, 2020

Posted by on May 19th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly

Consumer Health Minute: Mental Health During a Pandemic
Research has shown that social isolation can pose a health risk, pandemic or not. And, now numerous news stories, blogs, and social media have posted about the effects of isolation and its effect on work, at home, and our mental well-being during this current health crisis. You and the communities you serve are also feeling these effects. Here are some resources to assist your patrons and communities to help them through this time of isolation.

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

Braving the Elements: PubChem Resources to Weather any Situation: PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. You can use PubChem to search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. And, you can use PubChem to find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more. Join this session of the NNLM Resource Picks on May 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Consumer Health Data Literacy: Join experts from the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center to explore data literacy concepts, the role of libraries and data literacy, examples of reliable health data resources, and resources for facilitating your own data literacy program. This training is introductory and all skill levels are welcome. June 11 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

*Still Searching for One Health: Information Services that Support Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Disease: We have long known that 75% of emerging diseases begin at the human-animal interface. RNA viruses including HIV, SARS, novel influenza strains and COVID-19 all trace their origins to animal reservoirs and environmental factors. What role can information specialists play in developing sustainable One Health cultures and mindsets at local, regional, national and international levels? Attend this PNR Rendezvous session to learn more. June 17 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

I am … Safe Zone: Gender This!: This is the 8th session of the webinar series, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt”. Sex, gender, and sexual orientation become conflated and these misunderstandings are related to sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression. This course contains the clearest model ever. Making changes starts here! July 15 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond Online On Demand: This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, and using the Advanced search page and the MeSH database. (6 MLA CE) Register

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

*Online Reference and the Open Web: Boosting Strategies and Sources: With a pandemic impacting community information needs in a multitude of ways, and with library services shifting increasingly to online formats, it’s time to boost your online reference and curation skills with expert strategies and sources. In this WebJunction webinar, infoDOCKET’s Gary Price will highlight free, quality, open web sources to help you and your patrons answer important questions. May 27 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

*Protecting Privacy in a Pandemic: A Town Hall for Library and Information Workers: Watch this YouTube recording of a town hall hosted by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee’s Privacy Subcommittee on May 8. Even during a public health emergency, libraries should continue to adhere to their mission and stand by the law and ethical standards that govern the provision of library services. In addition, a resource guide offers links to privacy resources on fair and equitable access, adopting new technologies, minors’ and students’ privacy, and civil liberties.

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

“The New and Improved PubMed® Is Here!” from the NLM Director’s blog

Relics of the Infectious Past: Disease Warning Sign Collection

RefSeq release 200 is public

Changing of the Guard: A New Acting Director for NCBI

*“COVID-19 Brings Health Disparities Research to the Forefront” from the NIH Director’s blog

The Research Data Management Workgroup of the NNLM is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews and suggests resources for the RD3 web portal. send your name to Mary Piorun at mary.piorun@umassmed.edu by July 1st with a brief narrative (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.

*Recording of webinar on Sharing, Discovering, and Citing COVID-19 Data and Code in Generalist Repositories is now available

Recording Available: Webinar on Publishing Research in the NIH Figshare Instance

Recording Available | Getting the Most Out of DOCLINE

DOCLINE | Milestone: One MILLION Interlibrary Loan Requests

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

Easy-to-Understand Telehealth Consent Form
The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has created a sample telehealth consent form that is easy to understand. The form includes language for healthcare providers that have curtailed in-person visits due to COVID-19. AHRQ has also created how-to guidance for clinicians on how to obtain informed consent for telehealth.

Toolkit: Social Determinants of Health Collections
The NIH National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and National Human Genome Research Institute have released a new collection of social determinants of health assessments as part of the PhenX Toolkit. This open-access collection contains 19 protocols to help measure upstream factors that shape health behaviors and health outcomes, promote collaborations between researchers and clinicians, and accelerate translational research.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) celebrates the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States. Throughout the observance in May, OMH will honor the rich culture of AAPIs and promote overall health by encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle, regular doctor visits and better eating habits. For AAPI Heritage Month resources and materials, please visit the OMH website.

*COVID-19, Daily Life and Coping
The CDC provides guidance on a variety of topics to help keep you and those in your community safe and healthy. These topics include shopping and running errands, visiting parks, funeral guidance, coping with stress, pet care and more.

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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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