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Library Shelfie Day

PNR News - 5 hours 36 min ago

The New York Public Library launched ‘Library Shelfie Day’, a social media event, a few years ago as a way to promote libraries and demonstrate a love of reading. The idea worked well with Instagram and was an international hit with over 1200 posts. Why did people like it so much? A number of factors contributed to this phenomenon. It definitely resonated with what people cared about, their passion for reading.

Wonderful books include both the courageous and inspiring stories of individuals as well as reveal the health barriers members of our society must face. The PNR staff loves to read and here are a few of our favorites that you may want to add to your reading list:

Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs by Morton A. Meyers. Not every modern medical breakthrough is based on evidence-based clinical trials. Serendipity sometimes plays a part. Meyers book is a wonderful introduction to many of those happy accidents, including the discovery of early chemotherapy drugs, Viagra, and Thorazine.

Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales. I have always been curious about why some people survive and others don’t, be it a health crises, a terrorist attack, or the zombie apocalypse. Since publishing this book in 2004, Gonzales has written extensively on the art and science of survival, but his original book will remain my favorite. I plan to survive. Could you?
Recommended by Ann Madhavan, Research & Data Coordinator

Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words: Travels with Mom in the Land of Dementia By Kate Whouley. Kate Whouley uses the band she plays flute in as a backdrop for her journey, accompanying her mother through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Playing a wind instrument was recommended by her childhood physician as a way to regulate her breathing and keep her asthma under control, and she uses her flute music to help her stay centered and travel through the unfamiliar territory of caring for her mother. This is a helpful book to remind health care providers of what family members are experiencing when a loved one has Alzheimer’s, and to recommend to their patients.
Recommended by Patricia Devine, Outreach & Communications Coordinator

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopmann. Through the use of brief text and fun photos of cats, readers of this book willbecome aware of some characteristics associated with the syndrome such as food preferences and sensitivity to sounds. It provides a nice introduction to the world of Asperger’s syndrome to readers of all ages. Other books by the same author include “All Dogs Have ADHD” and “All Birds Have Anxiety”.
Recommended by Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Coordinator

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. This is the moving and beautifully told story of young Rachel Kalama, who, diagnosed with leprosy in the late 1800s in Hawaii, is sent to Moloka’i to live out her life.  Based on the real-life island, on which those with the disease were cared for by missionaries, this unforgettable story manages to be heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. It seems so obvious now that cholera is spread by contaminated water, but before that discovery it was a mysterious and dreaded scourge. This riveting book tells the history of the both painstaking and ingenious process whereby London’s John Snow, crucially aided by Reverend Henry Whitehead with his knowledge of the epicenter neighborhood and its people, cracked the code (and produced an early incident map that has gained him legions of fans in epidemiology!).
Recommended by Ann Glusker, Research & Data Coordinator

We know you love to read too. So, what’s on your reading list? What books about health are you passionate about? Tweet or Instagram or your other favorite social media platforms and post using #nnlmpnrshelfie tag on Wednesday January 24.

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UC Libraries and IT@UC Host THIRD ANNUAL UC DATA Day

GMR News - 7 hours 16 min ago

Data Day logoJanuary 22, 2018 – The University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC announce the 3rd annual UC DATA Day. Scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in Nippert Stadium West Pavilion on UC’s Main Campus (see directions), UC DATA Day 2018 offers a full schedule of engaging events that will reveal solutions to data challenges and foster a community of best practices around improved data management. All events are free and include lunch. The public is welcome.

Registration is now open at http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/blogs/dataday/registration/.  Seats are limited, so register early.

The UC DATA Day 2018 keynote speaker is Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. Prior to her work at the NLM, she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The day will include panel discussions on “Game Changing Data: How Data is being used to affect change,” “Big Data” and “Data Solutions: Your Questions Answered.”

In addition, attendees can participate in two technical sessions on data analysis and data visualization with Python. During lunch, service providers will speak on how they support researchers and research data management.

For more information, contact Tiffany Grant, interim assistant director for research and informatics, at (513) 558-9153 or tiffany.grant@uc.edu.

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Introducing Aimee Gogan, NNLM SEA’s New Health Professionals and Evaluation Coordinator

SEA News - 8 hours 49 min ago
Aimee Gogan

Aimee Gogan

NNLM SEA is pleased to introduce Aimee Gogan, our new coordinator who will be working with health professionals and those who work with health professionals. Aimee recently graduated with her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland College Park and holds a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Before joining SEA, Aimee served as an intern for the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has experience working in public libraries and in a regulatory agency within the Maryland Department of Health. In her free time, she provides volunteer library support at a school serving students with special educational needs. Aimee is an avid reader and animal lover who enjoys taking nature hikes with her dog, vegan cooking, crossword puzzles, and listening to far too many podcasts. She resides just outside of Baltimore, MD.

Aimee’s first day in the office is February 6, 2018.

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, January 22-28, 2018

PNR News - Mon, 2018-01-22 19:51

The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens website (NIDA for Teens) provides information about drug use and the brain. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Featuring videos, games, blog posts and more. Take a poll, read a blog post, and get ideas for activities to use with teens. There’s lots of good news. Teens are using illicit drugs, other than marijuana, in decreasing numbers. Alcohol use has declined, cigarette and other tobacco products use is less, and heroin and other opioid use remains low among adolescents. The information came from more than 43,000 students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades from 360 U.S. schools in 2017. The site also includes information about binge drinking, vaping, and inhalants; and article for parents and educators.

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Do You Know What to Do in the Case of a Radiation Emergency?

MAR News - Mon, 2018-01-22 11:00

Get Inside. In a radiation emergency you may be asked to get inside a building and take shelter for a period of time. Learn more about sheltering options.

  • This action is called “sheltering in place.”
  • Get to the middle of the building or a basement, away from doors and windows.
  • Bring pets inside.

Stay Inside. Staying inside will reduce your exposure to radiation. Learn what to do while taking shelter.

  • Close and lock windows and doors.
  • Take a shower or wipe exposed parts of your body with a damp cloth.
  • Drink bottled water and eat food in sealed containers.

Stay Tuned. Emergency officials are trained to respond to disaster situations and will provide specific actions to help keep people safe. Learn how to stay informed.

  • Use radios, televisions, computers, mobile devices, and other tools to get the latest information.
  • Emergency officials will provide information on where to go to get screened for contamination.
More Resources

The Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) resource gives healthcare providers guidance on diagnosis and treatment during radiation emergencies.  It also provides:

Module 5 of the NLM Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) course focuses on REMM, while the course as a whole provides a comprehensive background on all CBRNE threats.

A Disaster Lit® search finds numerous freely available documents and resources on preparing for and responding to radiation emergencies.

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January 2018 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-19 19:21

On January 17, NNLM PSR presented Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Featured speakers included Tiffany Barrios, Library Supervisor and Mary Leasure, Social Worker, at the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, California. The webinar session focused on a grant funded partnership between a local homeless service agency and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department to serve homeless patrons, with or without mental illness. You can view the webinar by visiting the Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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NNLM Webinar on February 14: “Preparing for the Worst – Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness”

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-19 15:55

The NNLM South Central Region (SCR) is hosting the one-hour webinar, Preparing for the Worst: Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness, on Wednesday, February 14, at 8:00am PST. Registration is not required. The presentation will focus on surfacing and discussing some practical “best practices” when considering organizational preparedness and operational resilience. Key points during this brief include: capturing vulnerabilities, mitigation applied, knowing where your agency fits, the value of networking, communications and resource acquisition before and during disasters. The featured speaker will be Bill Icenogle, Director of Emergency Management at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. He is credentialed as a Louisiana Emergency Management – “Professional” through the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA).

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SCR CONNECTions Webinar Series – Preparing for the Worst: Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness

SEA News - Fri, 2018-01-19 13:40

Title: Preparing for the Worst – Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness

Guest Speaker: Bill Icenogle, Director for Emergency Management, Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 10am CT / 9am MT

Description: This presentation is focused on surfacing and discussing some practical “best practices” when considering organizational preparedness and operational resilience. Key points during this brief include; capturing vulnerabilities, mitigation applied, knowing where your agency fits, the value of networking, communications and resource acquisition before and during disasters.

Speaker Bio: Bill Icenogle is the Director for Emergency Management at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He received his BA in Disaster and Emergency Management from the American Military University and is a retired military officer/veteran of 25 years. He is credentialed as a Louisiana Emergency Management – “Professional” through the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA). Upon his retirement in 2005 from military active duty, he worked for the Governor’s Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) for 5 years as the Section Chief for Regional Support, working with the states 64 Parish Emergency Managers during a variety of disasters. In 2011 he assumed the position of the state’s “Lead” as Emergency Support Function – 3 (Public Works and Engineering) at Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD). He assumed his current position at Woman’s Hospital January 2017 and is responsible for Emergency Management, Security and Safety. He has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery applications before and during a host of both large and small disaster events.

For more information: https://nnlm.gov/scr/professional-development/connections

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to WebEx.
  2. Enter the session number: 626 608 954 and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may need to read the notice regarding toll-free numbers and click Accept.
  5. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  6. Select your audio connection preference:
    *Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
    *Call from WebEx – Enter your direct phone number and press 1 when prompted
    *Call in – Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada toll number)
    Enter access code: 626 608 954 #
    Enter the Attendee ID on your screen and press #
  7. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: webinar

For live captioning, please use http://livewrite-ncc.appspot.com/attend?event=citwebex

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-01-19 10:53

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions!

Spotlight

All NNLM MAR funding opportunities are currently closed. In February, we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Now is the perfect time to start meeting with potential partners and consulting with NNLM MAR staff on health information outreach ideas. Contact us to set up a consultation.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® begins on Monday! If your organization is getting involved with busting myths about drug use or addiction, tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference in conjunction with PLA 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Details.

Promoting Healthy Communities: as part of our joint consumer health initiative with the Public Library Association, we are encouraging network members to submit a brief write-up about their health and wellness programs to ALA’s Programming Librarian website, so that others may benefit from your success! Learn more about this opportunity.

OpenI and MedPix: free clinical education resources from NLM – NTO News

Renew your membership today! If you have not yet verified that your organization’s record is up-to-date, see our recent blog post about the benefits of renewal and NNLM Membership. Are you having trouble creating an NNLM account? If you have received an error message such as, “email address already in use,” contact us for assistance.

New Educational Materials: did you know that NNLM Network Members can order educational and print materials for free? The Middle Atlantic Region is proud to announce two new options on our online order form:

  • Clinical eCompanion brochure: share information with your health professional colleagues about Clinical eCompanion, a free search engine for healthcare providers!
  • Health Hotlines book: help your patrons make contact with health-related information centers using this handy guide that contains toll-free numbers from the National Library of Medicine’s Health Hotlines Database.

NOTE: MAR provides free materials for NNLM Members in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. If you are located in another part of the United States, find your region to view materials that are available to you.

NLM/NIH News

The annual issue of NIH MedlinePlus Salud magazine is now available online and in print. Salud, which means health in Spanish, is a free magazine of NIH and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. Salud brings accurate and timely information in Spanish and English on health topics to patients and helps explain how NIH turns “discovery into health.” Subscribe to Salud today. It’s free!

Burn Away the Old, Make Room for the New?NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Focus on: Health LiteracyNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Unraveling the Biocircuitry of ObesityNIH Director’s Blog

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well- Drawn!Circulating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus Health Topics: Low Cholesterol Diet, How to Lower Cholesterol, and Cholesterol Medicines

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that the class registration system requires obtaining an NNLM account prior to registration. Learn how to register for classes from the NTO.

NNLM and NLM classes are free and open to all. Please feel free to share these opportunities!

Chickasaw Nation Tackles the Opioid Epidemic – January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Define Your Direction is a comprehensive prescription opioid abuse prevention movement created by the Chickasaw Nation using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Southern Plains Tribal Health Board funding. Define Your Direction utilizes multiple strategies aimed at increasing awareness, reducing access to drugs and alcohol, and preventing overdose deaths. The webinar, presented by the Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action, will highlight the movement’s various components, challenges experienced during its development and implementation phases, and successes.

Space is limited! Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications – January 29-May 18, 2018 – Join NTO for this exciting 25 MLA CE credit opportunity! This 16-week, self-paced introduction to bioinformatics was designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services, and for those who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve this patrons. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. Synthesis activities conclude the course with actual reference questions from the NCBI and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

NNLM Resource Picks: Genetics Home Reference – January 31, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join SEA for the next session of Resource Picks, NNLM’s collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring resources from the National Library of Medicine. Genetics Home Reference is the NLM website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. Browse the GHR website before the session and come ready with questions!

Space is limited! Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles – February 5-March 30, 2018 – This semi self-paced online course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

Learning to Liaise with Health Professions – February 7, 2:00-3:30 PM ET – Health professions programs are growing rapidly and in numerous disciplines, each with their own distinct standards and cultures of practice. Sponsored by MAR, this webinar will explore various health professions and educational environments, such as community colleges, hospitals, universities, and more. Next, the course will focus on how educational standards for health professions inform library instruction, research support, and collection services. The instructors will share best practices for working with health professions from the literature and personal experience; participants will also be able to provide feedback and share their experiences.

Managerial Perspectives on the Role of Public Libraries in Disaster Response – February 8, 1:30-2:30 PM ET – Michal Linder Zarankin, PhD, adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech, will discuss managers’ perceptions of how their public service organizations can support their communities in disaster response. For this webinar, she will focus on public libraries. Participants are eligible for 1 MLA CE.

In-person opportunity! PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine – February 12, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Taught by an experienced medical librarian, this in-person class at Lincoln University (PA) will introduce free bedside information resources for the busy clinician. Resources presented will include Clinical Queries in PubMed/MEDLINE and free drug, patient education, and evidence-based information. Participants are eligible for 3 MLA CE.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed – February 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Join NLM for this introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. Participants will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world.

Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of LGBT Populations: Part 1 – March 7, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. Join MAR for this webinar that will help participants gain a better understanding of the health information needs of the LGBT community. This class will examine the benefits of LGBT-focused cultural competency for the health care team, identify electronic, print, and other resources for building quality LGBT collections and reference materials, offer ideas for outreach strategies to the LGBT community, and identify inter-professional opportunities for librarians.

Other Items of Interest

Job Posting: Subject Librarian for Biology and Psychology, SUNY Binghamton University Libraries, Binghamton, NY

From Hype to Reality: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Transform Health and Healthcare – AHRQ Views

MAR Postings is a comprehensive weekly news series authored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NNLM MAR)

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WISER 5.1 Released

MCR News - Fri, 2018-01-19 10:43

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion listserv:

WISER 5.1 is now available on all platforms! Take a quick look at what’s included in this release.

Tutorial Videos

Check out WISER’s new series of YouTube videos. These videos introduce WISER’s functionality, walk through a known substance scenario, and explore WISER’s protective distance mapping feature in detail. Take a look!

Coming Soon : WebWISER enhancements and WISER 5.2, which adds three toxic syndromes (toxidromes) and related content to CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) to all WISER platforms.   [jh]

 

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 19, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-01-19 08:30

Welcome to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Southeastern/Atlantic (SEA) Region’s Weekly Digest. This digest includes upcoming events, online training opportunities, news, and past events.

Top Items of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Online Asynchronous Moodle Course

Webinars: January 22- 26

Webinars: January 29-February 2

Webinars: February 5-9

On-Demand Asynchronous Online Moodle Courses

In addition to the webinars listed, the NNLM Public Health Coordination Office provides webinars for subscribers to the Digital Library. Visit the NPHCO Calendar for training opportunities available.

National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) News

NIH News

NLM News

NLM Technical Bulletin

NCBI Insights

Focus on Data

Focus on Precision Medicine

Focus on Substance Use Disorder

Miscellaneous News

NNLM SEA Communications

Notes on NNLM Training Opportunities

  • All sessions listed below are sponsored by a specific regional or national office, but open to all.
  • Webinars are scheduled for 1 hour unless otherwise noted.
  • The NNLM class registration system requires a free NNLM accountprior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunitiesto register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guideto understand the acronyms.
  • Refer to this guide to claim MLA CE credit.

 

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WISER 5.1 Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-18 18:57

WISER 5.1 is now available on all platforms! The following new features are included in this release:

  • CHEMM (“CHEMM 2.0”) has extensive new and updated content, e.g., guidance and reference materials.
  • New Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for airborne chemicals (AEGL) data from the EPA.
  • Data updates based on the latest Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) content.
  • Android: Upgrades for KitKat. OS 4.4 is now required. Protective distance “point into the wind” feature added for devices with a compass.
  • Windows: Completely new installer. Leverages new features of .NET. Version 4.6.1 is now required.
  • Fixes to Emergency Response Guide UN searches (duplicates now displayed) across all platforms.
  • Many smaller updates and bug fixes.

Also, check out WISER’s new series of YouTube videos. These videos introduce WISER’s functionality, walk through a known substance scenario, and explore WISER’s protective distance mapping feature in detail. WebWISER enhancements and WISER version 5.2 coming soon!

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Genetics Home Reference webinar – Jan 31st

MCR News - Thu, 2018-01-18 15:49

Join us for the January NNLM Resource Picks Webinar!

TitleGenetics Home Reference

Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH, from the National Library of Medicine

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 31st  at 12 PM PT/ 1 PM MT/ 2 PM CT / 3 PM ET

Summary: Join us for an introduction and exploration of Genetics Home Reference (GHR) presented by Stephanie Morrison, MPH.

Stephanie is the Team Coordinator for GHR at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) so you’ll be in good hands. Genetics Home Reference is the NLM website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. Feel free to peruse it before the webinar and come with questions: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

Register: To register, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/genetics-home-reference/7766

Continuing Education: 1 MLA CE credit is available for those who register and complete the evaluation form!

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NNLM Resource Picks Webinar: Genetics Home Reference – January 31, 3 PM ET

SEA News - Thu, 2018-01-18 14:46

Title: Genetics Home Reference

Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH, from the National Library of Medicine

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 31st  at 12 PM PT/ 1 PM MT/ 2 PM CT / 3 PM ET

Summary: Join us for an introduction and exploration of Genetics Home Reference (GHR) presented by Stephanie Morrison, MPH.

Stephanie is the Team Coordinator for GHR at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) so you’ll be in good hands. Genetics Home Reference is the NLM website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. Feel free to peruse it before the webinar and come with questions: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

Register: To register, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/genetics-home-reference/7766

Continuing Education: 1 MLA CE credit is available for those who register and complete the evaluation form!

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

SCR News - Thu, 2018-01-18 10:12

“Photo” by Ian Dooley via Unsplash, July 31, 2017, CCO.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  Human trafficking is defined by the Department of Homeland Security as, “modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.”  2015 (most recent date) statistics from the FBI show that in Texas alone there were 285 offenses and those were just the offenses law enforcement identified.

A common tactic that human traffickers use is isolation of the victim.  They strive to keep victims from having contact with friends, family, law enforcement, social workers, etc.  The one point of contact that a victim may have access to is a healthcare professional.  For this reason, it is essential that healthcare professionals know what to look for and what they can do to help.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center offers a comprehensive list of screening questions that healthcare providers can utilize.  It is also advisable to try to speak to the patient one on one as they might be hesitant or unable to answer questions in front of other people.  If a patient screens positive for human trafficking or you suspect they may be a victim, there are plenty of resources available at the state and national level.  The National Human Trafficking Hotline offers a comprehensive list of service providers that can be contacted to assist a human trafficking victim.

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NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

SEA News - Thu, 2018-01-18 09:39

Want to do more with PubMed?

Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?

Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Join us on Tuesday, February 13 at 1pm EST for a one-hour introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. We will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

Date and time: Tuesday, February 13, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

To register or for more information go to: https://goo.gl/qZhtjf

Questions? Contact us at https://dataguide.nlm.nih.gov/contact

Already know the basics of APIs, and ready to put E-utilities to use? Our hands-on Insider’s Guide course, “EDirect for PubMed”, starts March 5. For registration and more information, go to: https://goo.gl/k32mqP

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Imagine a World…

PNR News - Thu, 2018-01-18 04:00

…where every librarian added one more reference to Wikipedia!  That’s the call to action for the #1Lib1Ref, an annual campaign from Wikipedia.  It runs from January 15 through February 3 this year, and participating is easy!  You just find a Wikipedia article that needs a citation, find a reliable source to support it, add the citation in Wikipedia style, and then use the hashtag in the article and on social media to share your part in improving the quality of this resource that we all use at one time or another (right??).

Want to know more about this great way of contributing your expertise?  Check out the WebJunction webinar, “Citations Needed: Build Your Wikipedia Skills While Building the World’s Encyclopedia”, which is available for free on their site.

And, if you are a National Library of Medicine (NLM) geek, which of course we are here in the PNR, check out this report of a visit from Wikipedia to the NLM and National Institutes of Health!   As part of WikiProject Medicine, the meeting of the world’s largest encyclopedia (Wikipedia) and the world’s largest medical library (NLM) included discussions, tours, and hugely popular edit-a-thons.  Some of the results of the meeting of the titans can be found both in Wikipedia and in the glossary for PubMed Health.

Try it—a little expertise goes a long way!

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Resources Addressing Radiation Emergencies

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-17 18:55

The false alert sent to everyone in Hawaii this past Saturday caused panic and alarm. Now that it is clear there is no immediate threat, this unfortunate incident can serve as a reminder to prepare for all types of hazards and emergencies. Do you know what to do in the case of a radiation emergency? The CDC created a webpage with a simple, clear public message for what to do after a nuclear detonation. Also available is the CDC infographic, Nuclear Weapon.

NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) resource gives healthcare providers guidance on diagnosis and treatment during radiation emergencies. It also provides:

In addition, Module 5 of the NLM Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) course focuses on REMM. The course as a whole provides a comprehensive background on all CBRNE threats. A Disaster Lit® search finds numerous freely available documents and resources on preparing for and responding to radiation emergencies.

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Apply for a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Award!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-17 15:24

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day will mark its fifth anniversary on Saturday, May 5! You can help protect your community from wildfire by applying for a $500 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day grant through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) by March 2. NFPA welcomes applications for one of 150 funding awards for $500 to work on a community wildfire hazard mitigation project. Develop a plan now to work with partners and identify wildfire risks in your community. NFPA’s Firewise USA site has resources you can use to understand your risk. To view past projects, visit the Success Stories, including one occurring in San Diego County in 2016.

A free webinar will be held on Thursday, January 18, 11:30am-12:30pm PST, Completing a Successful Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Funding Application. The featured presenter will be Faith Berry, NFPA Associate Project Manager, Wildland Fire Protection. Anyone in the United States and the US territories can apply, including school groups, youth groups, church groups, fire departments, and residents in areas across the United States that are at risk from wildfire.

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Submit Your Ideas on Research Priorities for the NIH All of Us Research Program by February 9!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-17 14:54

The NIH All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide, who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

In preparation for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop, which will be held on March 21–23 in Bethesda, MD, program planners are seeking input of your ideas for research questions that the All of Us Research Program could help answer, through a tool known as a “use case.” The information provided will be used to identify key research priorities and requirements (such as data types and methods) for future versions of the All of Us protocol. The deadline for submitting a use case for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop is February 9.

For further details, visit the workshop announcement.

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