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PNR Weekly Digest: May 26, 2020

Posted by on May 26th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

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

Pop the Question: POP THE QUESTION has leveraged the power of community, technology, and social media to facilitate its mission to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among minority women. The campaign aims to help women learn to “pop the question”, or talk to their partners about HIV/AIDS, and educate them about how to include PrEP and PEP into their regular self-care routines. It includes three phases of digital outreach geared toward African American women, including prevention and treatment using National Library of Medicine resources. June 10 at 8:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Learn how to join the session on the SCR Connections webpage.

*Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World: While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar, please find tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19. June 17 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library: This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. July 10 – August 7. (4 MLA CE) Register

Fostering Mutuality: How One Library Prepared for the Opioid Crisis: Kalamazoo is a midsized city in southwest Michigan with a growing number of incidents of opioid usage. Although the issue had yet to have a significant effect on the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL), some staff wanted to raise awareness and prepare for the possibility of an overdose in the library. Participants will learn how KPL took very proactive steps to educate staff on opioid use, stock anti-overdose at public desks, partner with social service agencies, and advocate for changes in the state laws. July 14 at 9:00 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.

*COVID-19 and Collections Care: This 90-minute FDLP webinar will include background information on the coronavirus and CDC guidelines while introducing participants to recommendations for mitigating risks related to handling and care of collections materials. June 5 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT. Register

What Should Librarians Know About Differential Privacy and the 2020 Census?: Publishing high quality data while protecting the privacy of respondents are dual mandates for the U.S. Census Bureau. As the result of increasing computing power and access to individual data from third parties, the Bureau is adopting a new algorithm, based on differential privacy, to protect respondent privacy. This FDLP session will cover the new algorithm, its impact on published data, and what librarians should know. June 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

*Libraries Prepare to Answer Civil Legal Questions in Times of Crisis: This WebJunction webinar explores common civil legal issues associated with times of crisis and provides guidance on ways for public libraries to respond to patron questions. June 11 at 12:00 p.m. PT. Register

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

*“Emergency Funding Allows NLM to Expand COVID-19 Research and Services” from the NLM Director’s blog

NLM Associate Fellows 2020-2021

The New and Improved PubMed is Here!

*“Enlisting Monoclonal Antibodies in the Fight Against COVID-19” from the NIH Director’s blog

*Alcohol Treatment and Physical Distancing

NHLBI Big Data Analysis Challenge: Creating New Paradigms for Heart Failure Research

*How Does COVID-19 Affect People with Cancer? NCCAPS Will Help Find Out

View Timeline of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

Daily low-dose aspirin does not decrease risk for dementia and cognitive decline

New report on housing needs for an aging population

*Peer-Reviewed Data Shows Remdesivir for COVID-19 Improves Time to Recovery

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


*Resources: COVID-19:

Federal Program: USDA Summer Food Program
The USDA Summer Food Service Program offers funding on a per-meal basis to organizations providing meals to low-income children during the summer. Families can use the Summer Meal Site Finder to find local providers, and community organizations that would like to become a Summer Meal Site can contact their state’s USDA Food and Nutrition Service agent.

*COVID-19 Toolkit: Federal Depository Library Program
As Federal depository library staff and patrons are dealing with library closures, virtual work environments, and virtual service environments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, finding all of the information you need, and finding reliable information can be daunting. From this toolkit, you can access:

  • Information for Federal depository library staff on FDLP operations during the pandemic.
  • Reliable U.S. Government information resources for FDLP patrons.
  • Downloadable images you can use for your library website to link patrons to your COVID-19 information pages or research guides.

*Important Call to Action: Notify GPO as Your Library Reopens
Please notify GPO using this form as your library begins to reopen and change operating statuses due to COVID-19. GPO staff members are tracking this information for the purposes of resuming shipments and general communication. This will help us support you and your library effectively and efficiently.

*CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019: Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
As some institutes of higher education (IHE) open in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following considerations for ways in which IHEs can help protect students and employees (e.g., faculty, staff, and administrators) and slow the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

HRSA Study Sets Baseline for Health Outcomes and Behaviors in the Middle Childhood Population
A paper published in Pediatrics by researchers in HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau provides a broad new profile of health outcomes and behaviors in the middle childhood population. Middle childhood refers to ages 6 through 11. Using data from the combined 2016 and 2017 National Survey of Children’s Health, the researchers examined sociodemographic, health status, family, and neighborhood characteristics of 21,539 U.S. children in this age range.

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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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