In a recent blog post, Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, laid out priorities for NNLM in the upcoming year.
Engaging through All of Us: All of Us is a nationwide program with the ambitious goal of enrolling one million or more diverse participants. As an All of Us partner, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine develops activities and creates opportunities to provide health resources through public libraries. The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network funds outreach projects and develops programming to raise awareness about All of Us and improve health literacy. The NNLM partnership has reached 16 states and more than 500 individuals through 150 Network-sponsored activities and events. In addition, last November the Community Engagement Network launched the NNLM Reading Club to help libraries address health information needs through book clubs.
Equipping a Data-Ready Workforce of Librarians: Since the NNLM Training Office (NTO) launched the training program Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians in January 2018, there have been two cohorts. The program works to better equip health information professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to support research and deliver improved services to their institutions, communities, and colleagues. NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery supports their ongoing activities. In addition, videos from the 2018 research data management webinar series are available on YouTube. Topics range from Wikidata to data visualization and from library research data management services to teaching R for statistical computing. In 2019, a new course debuts, Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians. This second-level course will cover advanced topics in research data management, including science communications and the role of data management in data sciences and open science. (The application period for this course closed January 4.)
Editing Wikipedia: The world’s largest medical library continues to increase its presence on the world’s largest online encyclopedia. Through two national edit-a-thons last year, Network members helped improve available health information by editing Wikipedia articles related to rare diseases and women’s health. In total, participants made 1,441 edits to 315 articles, which, collectively, have been viewed over four million times. They also engaged with their peers and with NNLM staff on Twitter via the hashtag #CiteNLM2018. The first Wikipedia #CiteNLM Edit-a-Thon of 2019, Elevating Health Equity, will be held this May during the Medical Library Association annual meeting!
Through these activities and more, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is looking to expand our reach, enhance our impact, and entice more medical librarians to join our efforts to improve the public health and the public’s access to trusted, quality health information. If you aren’t already a member, consider joining. You’ll be glad you did!