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OpenI and MedPix: free clinical education resources from NLM

NTO News - Tue, 2018-01-16 12:33

NNLM staff recently had an internal presentation on some resources built by Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications – the research arm of the National Library of Medicine. They have built some amazing tools for clinical education and medical images that are for free to anyone with an internet connection.

Open-i 

Open-i is an Open Access Biomedical Image Search Engine

Open-i is an open access biomedical image search engine

What it is: Open access biomedical search engine, 3.7+ million images from over 1.2 million PubMed Central® articles; 7,470 chest x-rays with 3,955 radiology reports; 67,517 images from NLM History of Medicine collection; and 2,064 orthopedic illustrations, plus MedPix (see below).

Cool Features:  Query by Image allows users to drag and drop an image to find similar photos. An “enriched citation” view summarizes key points of abstract and links out to more information. Limit search by License Type is great for users looking for images to reuse for teaching or publishing.

Bottom line: A great tool for students who need practice interpreting x-rays and lab results and faculty seeking images for various purposes.

MedPix

MedPix is an open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics

MedPix allows users to toggle quiz and clinical case information on and off for study purposes. 

What it is: Open-access online database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics, integrating images and textual metadata including over 12,000 patient case scenarios, 9,000 topics, and 59,000 images.

Cool Features: Toggle quiz information on/off. Earn free AMA Category 1 CME credit with each completed case. Faculty can submit cases of their own using a simple tool. Multiple search options include by symptom, diagnosis, organ system, keywords and more.

Bottom line: One of the world’s largest open-access teaching files – a must-see study aid for any student of clinical medicine in a radiology rotation.

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Tips for Achieving Your New Year’s Resolution to Quit Smoking

SCR News - Tue, 2018-01-16 10:01

“Ashtray” by Ali Yahya via Unsplash, December 22, 2017, CCO.

Nearly 7 in 10 smokers in the United States wants to quit smoking.  With statistics that high, it is likely that a sizable number of people chose their new year’s resolution to be to quit smoking.  “Many people underestimate how difficult it is to not only quit smoking, but to maintain the change,” says Zane Freeman, research coordinator for the YMCA exercise intervention for smoking cessation study taking place at the University of Texas at Austin.

Although some smokers do attempt to go “cold turkey” it is recommended that you develop a plan.  Smokefree.gov recommends knowing the reasons why you are quitting.  It is sometimes helpful to write these down so if you feel your resolve starting to weaken, reviewing the list can help boost your motivation.

Futurity.org advises you to be sure you have social support.  Make sure your friends, family, co-workers know you plan to quit and are able and willing to support you.  Ask them to offer words of encouragement and help with accountability.

Other features of a plan could include identifying weaknesses, developing a back up plan, easing into cessation, and consulting a healthcare professional.

The CDC has a list of free resources for people trying to quit smoking:

  • 1-800-QUIT-NOW(1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) (for Spanish speakers). This free service offers a lot of resources, including coaching, help with making a quit plan, educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live.
  • Smokefree TXT. This free 24/7 texting program sends encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking for good. To get started, just text QUIT to 47848, answer a few questions, and you’ll start receiving messages.
  • Online help. This Tips From Former Smokers®web page provides helpful online quit resources.
  • Smokefree App. The QuitGuideis a free app that tracks cravings, moods, slips, and smokefree progress to help you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smokefree.

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NHO Awareness Slides

MAR News - Mon, 2018-01-15 07:00

Use the MAR created National Health Observance slideshow at your organization!

Health Observance slide example

Promotion for National Nutrition Month (March)

MAR has created a PowerPoint slide deck that provides you with ready-made promotional graphics, highlighting different National Health Observances each month. If your library or organization has a screen that is used to promote different events, resources and services then you can simply add the NHO slide. If your library uses traditional bulletin boards, then you can print the colorful and informative NHO slide of your choice and post it for your community members to see. Each slide gives a brief introduction to the NHO that is being observed and also a link to the MedlinePlus health topic page that they can refer to for additional information.

Learn more about promoting National Health Observances using quality resources from the National Library of Medicine from Lydia Collins’ Health Outreach and Programming Guide.

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NIH MedlinePlus Salud Winter 2017 Issue Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 19:53
Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas on the cover of NIH Medlineplus Salud Magazine

The Winter 2017 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is now available online! Featured on the front cover of the issue is the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, who speaks out about his fight with cancer. The issue also discusses journalist Liz Hernandez and how Alzheimer’s has affected her family, breast cancer and Latinas, latest ashthma research, tips for your doctor visit, clinical trials and more!

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine and NIH MedlinePlus Salud are free, trusted consumer guides to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus.gov (español). These magazines present the best in reliable, up-to-date health information, showcase the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research, and feature people from all walks of life talking about how they’ve handled their health challenges. NIH MedlinePlus Salud is a bilingual publication, with articles in both English and Spanish.

Both magazines are available online in HTML and PDF format. Free print subscriptions are also available for US addresses.

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NNLM Training Class: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, January 29 – May 18

PSR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 19:24

Registration is available for the new National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) learning opportunity, Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. The course will run January 29 – May 18. Registration closes January 24.

An introductory, online bioinformatics course for librarians conducted in the Moodle learning management system, this course is designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; as well as for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Modules offer in-depth exploration of several NCBI databases, including Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, Structure, ClinVar, MedGen, and Gene Testing Registry, as well as guided instructions on using BLAST to identify genetic sequences. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. The course concludes with synthesis activities built upon actual reference questions received at the NCBI Help Desk, and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Peter Cooper, PhD and Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine; and Emir Khatipov, PhD, National Library of Medicine. This course is limited to 25 participants. A 10-seat waitlist is also available. For more information, contact Molly Knapp, Training Development Specialist, NNLM Training Office. Additional details are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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WEBINAR: Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience

MCR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 19:18

Join us for Midday at the Oasis:

Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience

Description: This session will focus 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 in Glendale, California.

Presenters: Tiffany Barrios, Library Supervisor and Mary Leasure, Social Worker, Glendale Public Library, Glendale, California

Class Date: Jan 17, 2018

Typically held the third Wednesday of alternating months:

1-2PM (Pacific) | 4-5PM (Eastern) | 11AM-Noon (Hawaii) | 2-3PM (Arizona) | 10-11AM (American Samoa) | 7-8AM Thursday (Guam)

Please register now for the Midday at the OASIS Session!

https://nnlm.gov/class/midday-oasis-social-workers-public-library-glendale-experience/8086

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 10:33

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.

It’s Not Too Late to Participate in National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week 2018! Learn more about free materials, activities, and opportunities for your school, public library, or community organization to get involved with busting myths about drug use and addiction for NDAFW, beginning January 22.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

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.

Use our National Health Observance slideshow at your organization! MAR has created a PowerPoint slide deck that provides you with ready-made promotional graphics, highlighting different National Health Observances each month. Each slide gives a brief introduction to the NHO that is being observed and also a link to the MedlinePlus health topic page that they can refer to for additional information. Download this resource today!

Cervical Health Awareness Month – Blogadillo, News from SCR

From the UW eScience Institute: Data Science for Social Good – The Dragonfly, News from the Northwest and Beyond, by PNR

Join over a dozen NIH Institutes and Centers for #NIHhealthy2018! – SEA Currents

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.

NLM/NIH News

All of Us Research Program Seeking “Use Cases” Describing Research Questions: the All of Us Research Program is reaching out to prospective researchers, community organizations, and citizen scientists for ideas on research questions that the program could help answer. Submit your ideas to provide information for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop, coming up on March 21–23, 2018.

Exploring the Brave New World of MetagenomicsNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Focus on NLM Scientists: Dr. Kira Makarova Makes Her MarkNLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Has an Alternative to Table Sugar Contributed to the C. Diff. Epidemic?NIH Director’s Blog

The Falls of 1972: John B Calhoun and Urban PessimismCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

NLM Announces 2018 History of Medicine Lecture Series – The NLM History of Medicine Lecture Series promotes awareness and use of NLM historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of the NLM to recognize the diversity of its collections—which span ten centuries, encompass a range of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe—and to appreciate the individuals of various disciplines who value these collections and use them advance their research, teaching, and learning.

Check out the January 2018 edition of NIH News in Health, featuring, “Sound Health: Music Gets You Moving and More,” and “Cancer Care Gets Personal: How Tumor Treatments Are Changing.” Other topics include blood pressure, your healthiest self, and sharing pregnancy experiences.

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!

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching – January 19, 1:00-2:00 PM ET – Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? Join NTO for this webinar to find out!

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.

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.

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: Overnight Supervisor (PT), Stony Brook University Library, Stony Brook, NY

AHRQ Intensifies the Battle Against Opioid Misuse in 2017, Commits to More Progress in 2018 – AHRQ Views

NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach projects and activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Share your story with us to receive a special highlight on the MARquee!

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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Moodle Class Announcement: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

MCR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 10:03

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. This course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

DatesFebruary 5 – March 30, 2018

Register: To register for this class, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/class/big-data-healthcare-exploring-emerging-roles/8113

The class size for this course is limited to 60 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Course instructors for the winter session are Ann Glusker, Pacific Northwest RegionDerek Johnson, Greater Midwest RegionAlicia Lillich, MidContinental Region, Ann Madhavan, Pacific Northwest Region, Tony Nguyen, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, and Elaina Vitale, Mid-Atlantic Region.

Please contact Tony Nguyen with questions.

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare:  Exploring Emerging Roles 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. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

Participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the instructor from each section of the course content either through WebEx discussions or Moodle Discussions within each Module. These submissions can be used to help support the student’s views expressed in the final essay assignment.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

NOTE: Participants will articulate their views on why health sciences librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field. Participants are encouraged to allow their views to be published on a NNLM online blog/newsletter as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic. Your course instructors will reach out to you following the completion of the course.

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.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there are completion deadlines). While offered primarily asynchronously, your course instructors plan to offer opportunities in which participants can join a WebEx discussion to discuss some of the content.

Course Expectations: To complete this course for nine hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend 1-2 hours completed the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Coordinate with a course instructor to publish your observations/final assignments on a NNLM blog/newsletter
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form

Grading: Grades for this course is simply a pass/fail grading system. When your submission meets the assignment’s expectations, you will receive full credit for the contact hours for that Module. For submissions that are unclear or incomplete, you may be requested for more information until your instructor approves.

  • For discussion posts, your activity will be marked as complete after you’ve submitted a discussion AND your instructor assigns a point to mark as complete
  • If you participate in WebEx Journal Club Discussions (when available), your instructor will assign points in the Discussions for that module.
  • Students have the option to accept fewer contact hours. However, you will need to inform your course instructors ahead of time.

 

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Public Library Spotlight: Sue Simenz Title:  Reference Librarian, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI

GMR News - Fri, 2018-01-12 09:03

image of Susan feeding a giraffe

Name:  Sue Simenz

Title:  Reference Librarian, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI

Education:  BA in Communication Arts (Radio-TV-Film), University of Wisconsin-Madison, MLS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

How did you become interested in focusing on Health and Wellness?

I’ve been in this job (reference and collection development) for a long time, so I’ve always been cognizant of the need for a quality physical collection and keeping it up to date.  Our health sections get evaluated/weeded more frequently than other areas and I’m doing that for our branches too.  Around 20 years ago I helped one of the local hospitals when they were setting up a consumer health circulating library.  Around the same time, I wrote some grants for Alzheimer’s and diabetes materials.  Requests for health information have been a constant at the reference desk.  I was aware that I was not as familiar with MedlinePlus and other resources as I’d like to be, so I was very interested in a program at the Wisconsin Public Library Association that Bobbi Newman presented last April.  She spoke about getting public libraries involved in providing health literacy information and the certification process through the National Libraries of Medicine. I was more excited about this than anything in a long time!  I started taking classes through NLM in the summer and I’m very close to getting my Consumer Health Information Specialist Level II Certification.  I was especially interested in the programs for seniors and was disappointed to see NIH SeniorHealth end this summer, but I’m working on adapting some of the information on the Toolkit for Trainers on that.

Why is health literacy important in your community? 

Because there’s so much misinformation out there and such a need for current, understandable, fact-based information.  Also because many people are at a lower reading level than we’d like to believe and are intimidated by health care workers (and librarians!)  In Brown County, some of the top health priorities are alcohol misuse, oral health, mental health, and adequate, appropriate and safe nutrition and we can be a source of help in addressing those priorities.

What’s the impact that you hope to make in your community?

I hope to improve health literacy among our staff as well as our community.  We have nine locations and I need to share what I have been learning with our other staff so everyone knows at least some basics and doesn’t just generically Google things.  The approach needs to be multi-faceted—in- library as well as in outreach programs, partnering with community groups, using television and social media, collection development.

What is your favorite health-related program or outreach that you’ve done?

Our library has been doing a lot of aging and dementia-related programming over the last couple years.  Personally, I’m still getting my feet wet.  I did a program on MedlinePlus for seniors that was not well attended, and I think a lot of that group may need to be met more at Senior Centers, church senior groups, etc. so we’re exploring that.  I’m working with our PR/graphics staffer on coming up with a “brand” of libguides or pathfinders that we can use to highlight library materials, websites, groups, etc. on different topics (diabetes will be the first).  These would be print as well as on our website and social media.  And I’m not afraid to take other’s ideas and adapt for Brown County!  I’ve seen good ideas from others in my classes and really like a couple of programs highlighted in recent public librarian spotlights here, such as the Walking Book Group (see Danielle Henson ) and the Diagnosis Bags (see Nicolette Warisse Sosulski.)

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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 12, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-01-12 08:32

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 15-19

Webinars: January 22- 26

Webinars: January 29-February 2

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.

Recordings Available on YouTube**

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.

** Please note that recordings from NNLM available on YouTube may not have MLA CE Credit available. Please contact the regional office that sponsored the webinar for details.

 

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NNLM Harnesses Its Nationwide Reach to Promote NIH’s All of Us Program

NER News - Fri, 2018-01-12 07:49

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to kickstart a three-year pilot project that will support this unique and promising NIH initiative.

This collaboration will maximize the power of All of Us Research Program’s community engagement and by informing and engaging participants through NLM’s National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).

The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will uncover paths toward delivering precision medicine.

The partnership aims to help public libraries and community organizations in supporting the health information needs of their users, to support community engagement in managing personal health information and to operate the All of Us Training Center, the home for training and resources about and related to the program for customers, health professionals, librarians and researchers.

NNLM will coordinate efforts across all of the Regional Medical Libraries to develop effective, innovative, and replicable approaches to meet the health information needs of communities. The Regional Medical Libraries will engage in partnerships with public libraries and community organizations to provide access to quality health information for library users of all ages and guide community members to trusted health information so that they can make educated decisions about their health and that of their loved ones. NNLM will begin the community engagement program with a phased approached, beginning with Durham, NC, Memphis, TN, Sacramento, CA, Portland, OR, Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, and Albuquerque, NM.

After full launch of the All of Us Research Program in 2018, community engagement initiatives will expand. NNLM members can get involved by facilitating collaborations between members, public libraries and other community organizations to support programming, act as a resource to library staff, and participate in community activities, such as health fairs and other activities.

 

Find more information about the NNLM All of Us National Program at and about opportunities for partnerships with your Regional Medical Library at https://nnlm.gov/ner

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NLM Webinar on February 13: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data—Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-11 15:20

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?

Registration is available for a one-hour introductory webinar on Tuesday, February 13, 10:00-11:00 am PST, designed to teach 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 how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, in preparation for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. The class will end with a look at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully provide inspiration to get out and put these lessons to use!

For questions, contact NLM.

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Join over a dozen NIH Institutes and Centers for #NIHhealthy2018!

SEA News - Thu, 2018-01-11 12:33

An NIH-wide social media event next week is planned to help people start the new year off right! The #NIHhealthy2018 campaign will include:

  • A four-hour Twitter town hall on January 16, 2018 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The town hall will include a Periscope live video panel at 12:00, and a Q&A with NIH Director Francis Collins at 2:30. Throughout the four hours, NIH Institutes and Centers will be sharing information on managing stress and anxiety (12:00-1:00); healthy eating, exercise, and healthy aging (1:00-2:00); General health and wellness, and disease prevention (2:00-3:00); and kicking unhealthy habits (3:00-4:00). Follow the conversation and ask your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #NIHhealthy2018.
  • A Facebook Live event on January 18th at 1:00. The Facebook Live will cover the same four topics listed above, and will feature experts from NIA, NIMH, NHLBI, and NCI. Tune in atwww.facebook.com/nih.gov/ on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. ET with your questions.

We hope that you’ll be able to participate!

NIH Healthy 2018 Schedule

 

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NNLM On-Demand Online Asynchronous Moodle Classes Open for Enrollment

SEA News - Thu, 2018-01-11 12:22

NNLM introduces four asynchronous on-demand Moodle classes in 2018! You will be able to take these year-round and at your own pace. Modifications were made to existing classes to eliminate interactions with fellow students; and instead, you’ll interact directly with the class facilitator to get feedback on your assignments.

Here are descriptions of each of the classes available:

Making PubMed Work for You – This beginning level class will help to improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free, public interface to the MEDLINE database of biomedical journal literature citations. Look for Automatic Term Mapping, Managing Search Results, the Details box and applying filters in Module 1.  Searching with MeSH will be covered in Module 2. In Module 3, we will look at My NCBI and the Topical Queries.

  • Course Facilitator: Ashley Cuffia, NNLM SEA Consumer Health Coordinator

Keeping Up with PubMed – This intermediate level class will help to improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free, public interface to the MEDLINE database of biomedical journal literature citations. This course builds on the first PubMed Moodle course: Making PubMed Work for You.  Topics we’ll cover include MeSH (Module 1); subsets, filters, and My NCBI including applying Filters (Module 2);  email alerts of new citations, creating tables of contents alerts through the NLM Catalog (Module 3); and LinkOut plus two literature databases linked to PubMed (Module 4).

  • Course Facilitator: Ashley Cuffia, NNLM SEA, Consumer Health Coordinator

Chemicals, Drugs, Genetics: Searching PubMed and Beyond – This advanced specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature information on chemicals, drugs and genetics. The course begins with searching PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information, chemicals and with chemical nomenclature, and lliterature related to genetics and genomics. This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, and using the Advanced search page and the MeSH database.

  • Course Facilitator: Tony Nguyen, NNLM SEA, Technology and Communications Coordinator

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health: An Introduction to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj – At the end of the course, participants will be able to: 1.) Define population health and its relation to Healthy People 2020 2.) Describe the purpose of PubMed, HSRProj, and MedlinePlus databases 3.) Identify when to use each database based on the information need 4.) Perform basic searching techniques to identify more accurate results Please note that the content in this course is for basic/beginner users of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj. This asynchronous course is offered through Moodle using Storyline Articulate software. It is designed to take approximately 2 hours to complete and can be done in one sitting or over several sessions.

  • Course Facilitator: Derek Johnson, NNLM GMR, Health Professionals Outreach Specialist

For additional details or to register for any of these online asynchronous classes, please contact the course facilitator directly.

Please note that you will need to set up a free NNLM Moodle account if you have not done so before in order to access these classes.

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Next PNR Rendezvous is January 17

PNR News - Thu, 2018-01-11 11:41

What does it mean for research to be meaningful? How do metrics help and hinder our understanding of research impact? The next PNR Rendezvous session addresses the history and evolution of meaningful metrics in higher education. Robin Chin Roemer, Head of Instructional Design and Outreach Services at the University of Washington libraries will be our guest presenter.  She will address topics such as the pros and cons of bibliometrics; the rise and risks of altmetrics; tools for tracing researcher impact; and the influence of different venues and disciplines on impact communication. The session is eligible for 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit whether attending the live session or watching the recording.

When: Wednesday, January 17 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT

Please note we are now encouraging attendees to register for PNR Rendezvous webinar sessions. It is not required. Information to register and join the webinar is included on our website.

Questions? Please contact our office nnlm@uw.edu 

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Cervical Health Awareness Month

SCR News - Thu, 2018-01-11 09:01

“Picture of Girl” by Samantha Gades via Unsplash, July 25, 2017, CCO.

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month.  The goal is to raise awareness about how women can protect against HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer.

HPV is a group of viruses that are sexually transmitted and can put women at risk for developing cervical cancer.  HPV can fall into either the low risk or the high-risk category.  Low risk HPV can be asymptomatic or can cause genital warts.

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are a group of related viruses. They can cause warts on different parts of your body. There are more than 200 types. About 40 of those types affect the genitals. They are spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. Some of those can put you at risk for cancer.

There are two categories of sexually-transmitted HPV. Low-risk HPV can cause genital warts. High-risk HPV can cause cervical, anal, oral, throat, vulvar, or vaginal caner.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2014 (the most recent year numbers are available)—

  • 12,578 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer.
  • 4,115 women in the United States died from cervical cancer.

Medlineplus.gov advises that pap tests can detect changes in the cervix that might lead to cancer. Pap tests, along with HPV tests, are used in cervical cancer screening.  Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading HPV. Vaccines can protect against several types of HPV, including some that can cause cancer.

How can Cervical Health Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about important steps women can take to stay healthy.  Here are just a few ideas from healthfinder.gov:

  • Encourage women to get their well-woman visit this year.
  • Let women know that most insurance plans must cover well-woman visits and cervical cancer screening. This means that, depending on their insurance, women can get these services at no cost to them.
  • Talk to parents about how important it is for their pre-teens to get the HPV vaccine. Both boys and girls need the vaccine.

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New Bioinformatics Training for Librarians beginning January 29!

MAR News - Thu, 2018-01-11 07:00

The NNLM Training Office has announced a new learning opportunity for bioinformatics and biology training. Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials For Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications is a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. The course will run January 29 – May 18, 2018.

An introductory, online bioinformatics course for librarians conducted in the Moodle learning management system, this course is designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; as well as for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Modules offer in-depth exploration of several NCBI databases, including Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, Structure, ClinVar, MedGen, and Gene Testing Registry, as well as guided instructions on using BLAST to identify genetic sequences. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. The course concludes with synthesis activities built upon actual reference questions received at the NCBI Help Desk, and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Dr. Peter Cooper, PhD and Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine; and Dr. Emir Khatipov, Ph.D., National Library of Medicine.

Topics and suggested pace is listed below. Modules open progressively based on completion of the previous module.

  • Week 1 & 2 (Jan 29-Feb 9): Genetics Basics: orientation to molecular biology concepts
  • Week 3 (Feb 12-16): Introduction – What is bioinformatics and what does it have to do with librarianship?
  • Week 4 (Feb 19-23): Molecular Biology Techniques
  • Week 5 (Feb 26-Mar 2): NCBI Nucleotide Database
  • Week 6 (Mar 5-9): BLAST Sequence Similarity
  • Week 7 (Mar 12-16): NCBI Gene Database
  • Week 8 (Mar 19-23): Basics of Proteins
  • Week 9 (Mar 26-30): Catch up week
  • Week 10 (April 2-6): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases
  • Week 11 (April 9-13): Clinical Applications
  • Week 12 (April 16-20): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics
  • Week 13 (April 23-27): What’s Next in Genomic Research
  • Week 14-15 (April 30-May 11): Synthesis Activities
  • Week 16 (May 14-18): Additional catch up week (if needed)

Register for this exciting opportunity today!

Note: Registration closes January 24, 2018.  This course is limited to 25 participants. A 10-seat waitlist is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States. For more information, contact Molly Knapp, Training Development Specialist, NNLM Training Office

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It’s Not Too Late to Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2018!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-10 18:50

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® to be held January 22-28, 2018 links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health. Register your educational event or activity and join with hundreds of communities around the country participating in this annual observance.

Do you need event ideas?

Here are a few easy activity ideas to consider:

NIDA offers these and other FREE science based materials. Plan to order your materials by January 15 to receive them in time for NDAFW 2018.

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at bmarquis@nida.nih.gov.

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From the UW eScience Institute: Data Science for Social Good

PNR News - Wed, 2018-01-10 18:14

University of Washington eScience Institute Data Science for Social Good logo

Are you interested in using data-driven discovery for societal benefit? 

The University of Washington eScience Institute, in collaboration with the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, is excited to announce the summer 2018 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program. The program brings together Student Fellows with data and domain researchers to work on focused, collaborative projects for societal benefit.

Sixteen DSSG Student Fellows will be selected to work with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups such as government officials, academic researchers, non-profit organizations, and the general public, on data-intensive research projects.

Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students are invited to apply. Spring 2018 graduates are eligible for this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply as long as their visa status allows them to work in the U.S. We cannot sponsor student visas for this program.

What: Each student will be part of a team working full-time on a research project that has concrete relevance and impact. Students are expected to work closely and collaboratively with team members onsite for the duration of the 10-week program. Projects will have an applied social good dimension and involve analysis and visualization of data from areas such as public health, sustainable urban planning, environmental protection, disaster response, crime prevention, education, transportation, governance, commerce, and social justice. Click for summaries of projects from the Summer 2015 and Summer 2016  and Summer 2017 DSSG programs.

Where: Most work will be conducted on the UW campus in the WRF Data Science Studio, but some field excursions in the City of Seattle or King County may also be involved.

When: This is a 10-week long, full-time program beginning June 11th and ending August 17th 2018.

Compensation: Students will be given a stipend of $6,500 for the 10 weeks.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in issues related to social good
  • Research experience with quantitative or qualitative tools
  • Strong academic record
  • Previous programming experience

How to Apply: CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION FORMPlease note: a copy of your CV and unofficial transcripts are required to complete the form.

Questions may be directed to exec-director@escience.washington.edu.

Application Deadline: February 12th at midnight Pacific Time

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Join NIH Institutes and Centers for #NIHhealthy2018 Events in January!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-10 17:32

Next week’s #NIHhealthy2018 campaign will include the following NIH-wide social media events to help you start the new year off right!

  • A four-hour Twitter town hall on January 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST. The town hall will include a Periscope live video panel at 9:00, and a Q&A with NIH Director Francis Collins at 11:30. Throughout the four hours, NIH Institutes and Centers will be sharing information on managing stress and anxiety (9:00-10:00); healthy eating, exercise, and healthy aging (10:00-11:00); general health and wellness, and disease prevention (11:00-12:00); and kicking unhealthy habits (12:00-1:00). Follow the conversation and ask your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #NIHhealthy2018.
  • A Facebook Live event on January 18 at 10:00. The Facebook Live will cover the same four topics listed above, and will feature experts from NIA, NIMH, NHLBI, and NCI. Tune in at www.facebook.com/nih.gov/ on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST with your questions!
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