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PNR Weekly Digest: October 27, 2020

Posted by on October 27th, 2020 Posted in: PNR Weekly Digest

Items regarding COVID-19 information are indicated with an *

In the Dragonfly:

October is Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month!
Happy October!!! It’s Medical Librarians Month AND Health Literacy Month. It’s not too late for you to 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

Better On The Outside After Being Inside – Improving Health Literacy and Self-Care For Incarcerated Persons: This presentation describes findings from an Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities project, funded by the National Library of Medicine. The project aims to engage justice-involved individuals with health education to enhance their knowledge and use of health services and resources. This project won the Frank Bradway Rogers Health Information Advancement Award from the Medical Library Association in 2020. Join the PNR Rendezvous session to learn more about this award winning project. December 9 at 1:00 p.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

Evaluating Information during COVID-19: Preprints, retractions, rumors and more: In the midst of a global pandemic, every person has to balance the “need for speed” with the risks of moving too fast. Healthcare providers seek reliable information about treatments while making immediate life-or-death decisions. In this session we will explore the risks and rewards of different forms of information, from published articles to tweets. November 16 at 9:00 a.m. PT. (1 MLA CE) Register

NNLM Reading Club Presents…Bill Sullivan, PhD, author of Pleased to Meet Me: Join author Dr. Bill Sullivan, professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, as he discusses his book: Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are. November 17 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register

Help Develop RNA-based Medicines Online Presentation and Q&A: Do Soon Kim is a PhD candidate in the Jewett Lab at Northwestern University. In his research, he works on designing variant ribosomes using experimental and computational methods. December 16 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT. (1.5 MLA CE) Register

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

Sorry… You Just Don’t Fit Into Our Culture: unconscious bias in hiring decisions: The unconscious biases impacting your hiring/promotion process? These biases can cause us to make decisions in favor of one person or group to the detriment of others. Join the Washington State Library’s First Tuesday’s webinar session to learn how to recognize and eliminate bias in your library’s hiring process. November 3 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Register

150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them: Over the last two decades, a persistent digital divide challenged many job seekers from gaining skills and COVID-19 added fuel to the fire, with the biggest brunt of job loss affecting people with disabilities, people of color, women, younger workers, and those with less formal education. Attendees will hear about time-limited resources to integrate into the library’s programming and communications, such as free learning paths and LinkedIn Learning classes, GitHub Learning Lab tools, and low-cost Microsoft Certifications. Participants will also learn how public libraries are ramping up workforce development and skilling initiatives to meet these new challenges well into the future. November 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Register for this free PLA webinar

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

“We’re “Going to Have to Science the **** Out of This!”, from the NLM Director’s blog

New PubMed updates and retirement of legacy PubMed on October 31

Now Open! Application process for NLM Traveling Exhibitions, deadline is Nov. 6

Fall issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine featuring Telemundo host and actress and breast cancer survivor, Adamari López is now available

Six New SNOMED CT Releases Available for Download

*Droplet Infection Explained in Pictures

*“Study Highlights Need for Continued Care of COVID-19 Survivors”, from the NIH Director’s blog

How much do you know about the eyes? Put your eye health knowledge to the test with our quiz!

Study discovers gene that helps us know when it’s time to urinate

Genetic clues found for cognitive resilience to Alzheimer’s disease

*Resources from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:


2020 Sewell Stipend recipients
Congratulations to librarians who were awarded a Sewell Stipend to attend the American Public Health Association annual conference. We especially wish to congratulate those in our PNR region: Eli Gandour-Rood, Collins Memorial Library – University of Puget Sound and Molly Montgomery, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as former PNR staff, Ann Glusker, University of California Berkeley.

*Toolkit resources to support reopening practices for library staff are available to download
The REALM Project is providing a toolkit resources to support reopening practices for library staff. Currently it includes:

  • REALM test results in visual format
  • Decision-making checklist
  • REALM 101: An introduction to COVID-19 and the project

Check back often as additional resources will be available soon.

Report: Academic Health Sciences Libraries: Structural Models and Perspectives
How does the organizational structure of an academic health sciences library (AHSL) impact its provision of services? While once AHSLs were established as separate entities, many are now consolidated under a larger university library. In order to explore the impact and consequences of reporting structures, we held interviews with individuals from twenty-eight academic health science libraries. The purpose of the report is to synthesize our findings on key success factors, risks, positive and negative outcomes, and opportunities associated with maintaining the AHSL as a separate entity versus integrating them as a part of university library administrative structures.

*Holiday Celebrations and COVID-19
As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.

HRSA Releases 2019-2020 Report on Health Equity
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently released a report on health equity across the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health equity is achieved when no one is disadvantaged from achieving their full health potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances. Visit the HRSA website to learn more and access the 2019-2020 Report on Health Equity: Special Feature on Housing and Health Inequalities.

*October is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month
Concern about COVID-19 can cause stress, anxiety and sleep difficulties, especially for those affected by ADHD. Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) has created a guide on ADHD and COVID-19

The Community Guide: Identifying Evidence-Based Approaches to Achieve Healthy People 2030 Objectives
Read this guest post where the authors discuss the partnership between Healthy People 2030 and The Community Guide which exemplifies how federal programs can work together to support health professionals and improve the health and safety of our nation.

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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