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Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2021….(drum roll)… Vaccine! Even Oxford’s word for the year is Vax. Surprised by this news? Both Oxford Languages and Merriam-Webster chose these similar words for similar reasons. The number of lookups was significant and according to Merriam-Webster, those lookups “increased 601% over the year since 2020” and in August,… Read More »
Health misinformation is a serious threat to public health. It can cause confusion, sow mistrust, harm people’s health, and undermine public health efforts. Limiting the spread of health misinformation is a moral and civic imperative that will require a whole-of-society effort. ~ Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., Vice Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service, Surgeon General of… Read More »
Look for the soul within your books by sharing a poem with words on their spines. In honor of National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month NNLM is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected… Read More »
Today, for Health Literacy Month, we are focusing on digital literacy. The World Health Organization defines digital health literacy as “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem.” The current global pandemic has heightened our reliance on digital communications –… Read More »
The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) will be at the annual ARSL (Association for Rural & Small Libraries) conference in Reno/Sparks Nevada. Stop by the NNLM exhibit both, both in-person and virtually. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the freely available classes, funding, membership, and more. Learn more about health information… Read More »