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PNR Weekly Digest: October 20, 2020

Posted by on October 20th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

DataFlash: Library Carpentry Workshops (October ’20 – January ’21)
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 2020 through January 2021…read the full post to learn more and apply.

Red Chair Raffle for Health and Wellness
Learn how the Belgrade Community Library combined a fundraiser with a seasonal fitness program. We thank  Sarah Creech, Adult Services and Cataloging Librarian at Belgrade Community Library in Belgrade, MT, for providing this guest post…read the full post

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Happy October!!! It’s Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month. Will you help us celebrate, and take a shot at some great prizes? Enter an original meme into the #NNLMmeme contest! Learn more about a contest and prizes we have for YOU to celebrate

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 clases and create a free account

Metrics Toolkit: A Tool for Navigating the Research Metrics Landscape: The Metrics Toolkit is an open access resource aimed at helping researchers, evaluators, and librarians understand and responsibly use research metrics, including bibliometrics and altmetrics. The Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where it can be found, and how it should (and should not) be applied. Join this PNR Rendezvous to hear how it can be used by librarians to facilitate research impact outreach and education efforts, helping authors and institutional evaluators gain knowledge about specific metrics and choose appropriate metrics based on the type of impact being considered and the nature of one’s work. October 21 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

#CiteNLM Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Join your colleagues and NNLM staff for a two hour live editing session as we work to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles related to maternal and child health. Held via Zoom, participants will engage in large group and breakout sessions to chat about Wikipedia, edit articles, and connect with the #CiteNLM community. No prior experience required – staff will be on hand to answer any questions and provide live demonstrations to get you started. For more information about #CiteNLM, visit our project page. October 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT. Registered

Partnering Together to Support Alzheimer’s Caregivers in Diverse Communities: The Alzheimer’s Association will provide the latest findings from the 2020 Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures Report including current prevalence and impact on American families, risk factors, impact on caregivers, and national cost of care. Participants will learn how to access tools and resources to support families impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias and discuss local collaboration opportunities with our 75 chapters nationwide. November 10 at 12:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Create Your Own Air Quality Sensor with CanAir.io: Daniel Bernal is an electrical engineer dedicated to the environment as an activist and expert on issues such as wetlands, urban biodiversity and air quality. He focuses on electronic design applied to environmental issues such as recycling and air quality. Bernal is also a member of the CanAir.io group, a citizen network for air quality measurement. November 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. (1.5 MLA CE) Register

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

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

*REALM Resources for Libraries Operating during COVID-19: In this California Libraries Learn webinar, Sharon Streams, REALM project director for OCLC, will share an update on what is currently known and unknown about the virus, the results of REALM testing thus far, and how to factor scientific information into your local decision making. October 29 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Register

The Impact of Skin Color and Ethnicity on Clinical Diagnosis and Research: Join clinical experts, thought leaders, and advocates for a collaborative discussion on the issues of health disparities, structural racism, and medicine as we examine specific dermatologic diseases in a series of four free and open educational webinars. All sessions run from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. PT. Register for one or all four sessions.

  • Structural Racism and Racial Bias in Medicine: Wednesday, October 28
  • Hair Disorders in People of Color: Thursday, November 12
  • Pigmentary Disorders and Keloids: Wednesday, November 18
  • Covid-19 Comorbidities and Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Diseases in Adults and Children: Wednesday, December 2

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

“All for One…Health for All: The Role of Open Access, Evidence-Based Information to Improve Health for All Species”, from the NLM Director’s blog

PubMed Clinical Queries Update Coming Soon

NLM RFI on Health Services Research Resources

NCBI Presents Two Online CoLabs at ASHG 2020!

Making Exhibition Connections: New College of Florida

*“Building Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, from the NIH Director’s blog

*NIH begins large clinical trial to test immune modulators for treatment of COVID-19

As genome-editing trials become more common, informed consent is changing

VIDEO—Why NIAID Director Dr. Fauci Never Misses a Flu Shot

#ResearchDiversity Day

National Institute on Aging announces awards to foster healthy longevity innovations in low-income settings

*Death certificates may not adequately report dementia as cause of death

Saying YES: Inspiring a Diverse Generation of Cancer Scientists

Large Study Confirms that HPV Vaccine Prevents Cervical Cancer


Mountain Pacific Health Science Libraries Conference – Call for Proposals!
Health library organizations within the mountain-pacific region of Canada and the United States have joined together to host the inaugural virtual Mountain Pacific Health Science Libraries Conference (MPHSL), emphasizing the theme of Adapting to Change in Health Librarianship. The Mountain Pacific Health Libraries Conference is open to all working within a health sciences/medical library environment. Deadline to submit is November 15, 2020. 

*REALM test 5 results available
The REALM project has published the results of the fifth round of Battelle’s laboratory testing for infectious COVID-19 virus on four fabrics and leather—materials commonly used for bookbinding, upholstery, and crowd control.  View the results

*One Health: Bringing Health to Humans, Animals, and the Environment
Wondering about animal-to-human diseases? Or human medical conditions related to the environment? Federal experts join health educators to talk about how understanding a One Health approach for human, animal, and environmental health can be helpful for rural healthcare organizations. Read the Rural Monitor posting

Parts of the Cell Animation Resource for the Virtual Classroom
Are you looking for images or animations to update your lesson plans this fall? The “Parts of the Cell” resource is a series of short 3-D videos that journeys into the human cell revealing cell parts such as the nucleus, Golgi body, mitochondria, the endoplasmic reticulum and other organelles. These digital media files are available for educational use by the general public, students, and teachers. “Parts of the Cell” videos and associated images are considered public domain images and may be freely used. Additional credit details can be found on the webpage.

Picture a Scientist
“Picture a Scientist” chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries – including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists – who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. The film is currently available for virtual community screenings, and plans are in progress for broadcast and streaming distribution in the coming months. 

Do Not Use: Black Salve is Dangerous and Called by Many Names
You may have seen websites selling certain salves or creams (commonly known as “black salve”) claiming to treat or cure cancer, boils, moles and skin tags (benign, or non-cancerous, growths of the skin). These claims are false. Salve products containing corrosive ingredients, including black salve, are dangerous and are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat or cure any skin condition, particularly not skin cancer. Learn more about this dangerous salve on the FDA website.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The OWH provides information on Relationships and Safety, W.O.M.A.N. runs a 24-Hour Support Line, including in-depth case management to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence, and the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project address domestic violence among Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian communities.

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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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