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NNLM SEA Digest News – January 5, 2018

SEA News - Fri, 2018-01-05 07:59

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 Item of Interest

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) News

Upcoming Online Training Opportunities*

Online Asynchronous Moodle Course

Webinars: January 8-12

Webinars: January 15-19

Webinars: January 22- 25

On-Demand Asynchronous Moodle Course

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 account prior to registration.
  • Visit the NNLM Training Opportunities to register and view a full calendar of training opportunities.
  • Please visit the NNLM Acronym Guide to 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 Resource Picks Webinar on January 31 Will Feature Genetics Home Reference!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 19:56

Registration is available for the next NNLM Resource Picks webinar on Wednesday, January 31st at 12:00 PM PDT. It will feature National Libary of Medicine’s Stephanie Morrison and will provide an introduction and exploration of Genetics Home Reference. Genetics Home Reference is the NLM website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions.

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the NLM resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities.  Recordings of past sessions are available on the NNLM Resource Picks page. Past webinars include:

 

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Know the Science: How Medications and Supplements Can Interact

MCR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 16:42

Let your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, & dietitians) know about any dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health. Learn more about dietary supplements from the NCCIH. /da

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NLM Resources for Cervical Health Awareness Month

PSR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 14:21

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The National Library of Medicine resources MedlinePlus and HealthReach provide resources in multiple languages on such topics as cervical cancer screening and HPV, including:

  • It’s a Simple Test – Cervical Cancer Screening (15 languages) – This one-page handout educates women about regular pap tests for cervical cancer screening. It uses a brief conversation between two women to convey basic information about the importance of getting a pap test on a regular basis.
  • Colposcopy (10 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout helps women prepare for a colposcopy, which is a test done to check the vagina and cervix for abnormal cells.
  • Female Exam and Pap Smear (11 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout educates women about the female exam and pap smear, which are regular health exams and tests they should have. It discusses the female pelvic exam to check for diseases of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries, the breast exam, and the pap smear, which checks for cancer of the cervix.
  • Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know (23 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV). It explains that HPV types are associated with many cancers, including cervical cancer in females, as well as genital warts in both females and males, and that HPV infection usually comes from sexual contact.
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Upcoming Public Library Programming Award

MCR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 14:02

The NNLM MCR will be making available funding for the Public Library Programming Project Award. We will fund five awards up to $1,500 each.

The purpose of this award is to fund public library programming to increase the awareness of and education on health topics incorporating NLM and/or NNLM health information resources (e.g., MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference),  relevant to their service community, with a particular focus on the public health priorities of their community and programs for underserved populations. Examples of programming projects include hosting a health fair, healthy cooking classes, mind/body programming (e.g., yoga, meditation), chronic illness self-management, and supporting health initiatives such as the All of Us Research Program.

To be eligible for funding your organization must be an NNLM MCR member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by visiting the NNLM Member Directory. Not a member, join today, it’s free.

Funding Period: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The award will open January 12, 2018. Please visit the MCR funding page for more information and links. /da

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Upcoming K-12 Partnership Award

MCR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 13:57

The NNLM MCR will be making available funding for the K-12 School Partnership Award. We will fund four awards up to $2,500 each.

The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM biomedical resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources.

To be eligible for funding your organization must be an NNLM MCR member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by visiting the NNLM Member Directory. Not a member, join today, it’s free.

Funding Period: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

The award will open January 12, 2018. Please visit the MCR funding page for more information and links. /da

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Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan to Headline UC Data Day Event!

GMR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 09:10

Researchers producing big data and small data face unique challenges in data management, data sharing, reproducible research and preservation. Data Day is a daylong event that will highlight these challenges and showcase opportunities for all researchers. This event promises to engage audience members, reveal solutions to these data challenges and foster a community of best practices around improved data management. This year, the keynote address will be given by Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine. Panel topics include: Game Changing Data: How Data is being used to affect change, Big Data and Data Solutions. The event features some phenomenal and engaging panelists to present these topics. In addition, this year, two technical sessions will be hosted on Data Analysis and Data Visualization with Python. Data Day is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

When: March 6, 2018

Where: University of Cincinnati Libraries

More Info: http://libapps.libraries.uc.edu/blogs/dataday/

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New Year’s Resolutions

SCR News - Thu, 2018-01-04 08:52

“Happy holidays 2018” by Norwood Themes via Unsplash, December 2, 2017, CCO.

A new year often starts with individuals making a promise to themselves that most know as a New Year’s resolution.  According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 41% of Americans usually

make a New Year’s resolution but only 9.2% felt they were successful in achieving it.  Improving health is at the top of the most common resolutions so it is disheartening to see so many fail to achieve something vital to their well-being.

What can one do to succeed with living a healthier 2018?  The CDC offers 6 simple tips for a healthier year including regular healthcare checks, hand washing, making healthy food choices, being active, and getting plenty of sleep.  They also recommend a smokefree lifestyle and have a list of resources available for those who are looking to kick their smoking habit in 2018.

Are some people more prone to success with healthy patterns?  A new study suggests yes and finds that people with a sense of purpose tend to do healthier stuff.  “Our analysis found that participants’ sense of purpose was positively associated with their reports of both vigorous and moderate activity, vegetable intake, flossing, and sleep quality,” says the study’s lead author Patrick Hill, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Washington University at St. Louis.

If living healthier is important to you, don’t let the lack of a New Year’s resolution or failure to maintain that resolution bring you down.  Warren Holleman, director of MD Anderson’s Faculty Health & Well-Being program states, “It takes a lot more than a resolution to change.  It takes a self-understanding, skills, strategies and support.”

Resolution or no resolution, NNLM SCR hopes that 2018 is a healthy year for you!

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NNLM Moodle Class, “Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles” February 5 – March 30

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-03 18:02

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites participation in the eight-week Moodle course, Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles, 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. In addition to the Moodle platform, the course will include optional WebEx discussions. Course running dates are February 5 – March 30, 2018. Class size is limited to 60 students. This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM 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.

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NLM Resources for Meeting Health Goals in 2018!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-01-03 17:32

National Library of Medicine online resources provide tools to improve your safety, fitness, and diet in the new year! Following are a few examples of how NLM can help you meet your health goals for 2018:

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

SEA News - Wed, 2018-01-03 14:46

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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Webinar – The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do

SEA News - Wed, 2018-01-03 11:31

Announcing a new, 1 hour webinar from Infopeople.

The Opiate Crisis: What Libraries Can Do

Presented by Dr. Steve Albrecht

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Start Time:

  • 12 Noon Pacific
  • 1PM Mountain
  • 2PM Central
  • 3PM Eastern

This webinar discusses the history and depth of the opiate problem in this country and how it has come to the attention of libraries and their staff. Dr. Steve Albrecht is a former San Diego Police Reserve Sergeant and a member of the California Narcotics Officers Association, trained in Drug Abuse Recognition (DAR) and Advanced DAR. In this session he will focus on how library staff members at all levels can recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate users who are either under the influence or in withdrawal (which makes them act erratic, irrational, threatening, and even violent). He will cover what to do when faced with an overdose patient; the safe and effective use of Narcan (a drug that reverses the effects of opiate overdose); getting help from social services agencies and substance abuse professionals, and the police. This session will also discuss how to make your library facility and its restrooms safer and less likely to become a haven for opiate users.

For more information and to participate in the January 18 webinar, go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D743%26reset%3D1 .

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button (at the top and bottom of the page). If registering with less than 30 MINUTES from the start of the webinar you can join directly from the thank you page by clicking the Join Now button. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

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New Classes added to NTO Calendar

NTO News - Wed, 2018-01-03 10:40

Happy new year! I wanted this to be a retrospective with our most popular posts from 2017, but it turns out our most popular posts were the ones promoting upcoming classes! So instead here’s descriptions and links to NTO’s upcoming classes starting in January. All of them are free and most carry CE credit from the Medical Library Association.

2018 MeSH Highlights

When: Friday, January 5 | Who needs it: librarians with short attention spans, overworked catalogers | CE Credit: none, its only 20 minutes!

Register: https://nnlm.gov/class/2018-mesh-highlights/8055

PubMed for Librarians

When: Wednesdays starting January 10 | Who needs it: anyone eager for a live dose of PubMed training | CE credit: 1.5 hours/class

Registerhttps://nnlm.gov/classes/pml

MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching

When: Friday, January 19 | Who needs it: subject heading fangirls, those wanting to refresh their MeSH | CE Credit: 1 hour

Register: https://nnlm.gov/class/mesh-changes-and-pubmed-searching/8043

Build a Better Class with Instructional Design

When: January 22 – March 16 | Who needs it: aspiring masters of bibliographic instruction | CE Credit: 10 hours

Register: https://nnlm.gov/class/build-better-class-instructional-design/8058

 

PS: We are fine tuning one more class which will open for registration next week. It is a 16 week self-paced course on bioinformatics and NCBI databases which will run January 29 – May 18. Are you up for the task?

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Funding Award for Akron-Summit Public Library Fitness Tracker Cohorts

GMR News - Wed, 2018-01-03 09:45

I’m pleased to announce that the Akron-Summit County Public Library (Ohio) Science & Technology Division lead by Monique Mason has been awarded funding for a great community physical fitness project!

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Background: Twenty-nine percent of Summit County residents are obese, slightly lower than the state-wide average of 30% 1. The obesity rate in the City of Akron averages 34.2%, with some census tracts as high as 44%. 2 All of these rates are higher than the national rate of 28.7%.

Summit County residents are poorer than the US average with a poverty rate of 14.8% compared to 12.7% national average. The City of Akron’s poverty rate is 26.5%, more than double the national average.3

Description: The Science & Technology Division of the Akron (Ohio)-Summit County Public Library plans to create a multi-week program of loaning wearable fitness trackers to groups of people for the purpose of encouraging a regular and sustained increase in physical activity.   We will select groups of people from pre-existing community groups or groups selected for this purpose and treat them as a cohort – having them all at an initial program for instruction both on using the device and locating quality health information in support of increasing their activity levels as well as an initial “weigh-in” provided by students in the University of Akron’s Department of Sport Science & Wellness Education. We will encourage participants to return midway through the program to check their weight, discover some more resources, and provide fellowship, all in order to continue the momentum developed in the initial presentation and increase motivation.  We will have a final session to weigh, encourage continued activity, and collect the trackers.  We will encourage users to continue their healthy exercise habits and to connect with library staff on a regular basis after the project concludes. We will offer this program to several groups through 2018.

 

  1. County Health RankingsAccessed 11/28/17.
  2. CDC. Accessed 11/30/17.
  3. 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates accessed 11/30/2017

 

 

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Meet Your New Year’s Resolutions Using National Library of Medicine Resources!

MCR News - Tue, 2018-01-02 16:57

Find tools for improving your safety, fitness, and diet in 2018 using online resources from the National Library of Medicine.  Here are a just a few examples of how the National Library of Medicine can help you meet your health goals for 2018:

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Resolutions With the NLM

NER News - Tue, 2018-01-02 14:57

Succeed in your New Year’s resolutions using resources from the National Library of Medicine!  Be prepared for emergencies in 2018 by finding helpful disaster apps to download to your mobile device. Find resources to help you stay fit and eat healthy in 2018 using Health Topics pages on MedlinePlus.

Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag

Twitter:

  • Resolution: Be ready for an emergency in 2018.  Here are recommended disaster apps to help you stay safe. https://go.usa.gov/xn5JQ #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Be prepared in 2018! Use this helpful list of disaster apps to be ready for any emergency.  https://go.usa.gov/xn5JQ #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

Facebook:

  • Is your New Year’s resolution to be prepared for any future emergencies?  The National Library of Medicine can help you fulfill this resolution with a list of disaster apps to help you stay safe. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jd #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Your 2018 resolution: Be prepared for an emergency!  Use this list of disaster apps created by the National Library of Medicine to prepare your Digital Go Bag. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jd #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

 

MedlinePlus Exercise and Physical Fitness Page

Twitter:

  • Is your New Year’s resolution to get in shape? Find exercise and fitness resources to help you meet your 2018 goals on @MedlinePlus: https://go.usa.gov/xn5JU #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Get fit in 2018 with @MedlinePlus!  Find fitness information, health check tools and more. https://go.usa.gov/xn5JU #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

Facebook:

  • Is your 2018 New Year’s resolution to exercise more?  Let MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine be your guide!  Find exercise and fitness resources, health check tools, and more under the Exercise and Physical Fitness page on MedlinePlus. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jw #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Get in shape for 2018 with the help of MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine!  Learn about the health benefits of exercise, and find fitness tips and resources at the Exercise and Physical Fitness page on MedlinePlus. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jw #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

 

MedlinePlus Nutrition Page

Twitter:

  • Your 2018 resolution: Eat a healthier diet.  Find helpful resources about nutrition at @MedlinePlus: https://go.usa.gov/xn5JP #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Hoping to improve your diet in the New Year?  Find healthy nutrition tools and information at @MedlinePlus. https://go.usa.gov/xn5JP #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

Facebook:

  • MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine can help you meet your New Year’s resolutions about a healthier diet.  Check the Nutrition page on MedlinePlus for information, health check tools, and more about healthy eating. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jf #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Is you 2018 resolution to eat a healthier diet?  Check the Nutrition page on MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine for information, health check tools, and more about healthy eating.  https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jf #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

 

MedlinePlus Exercise and Physical Fitness Page (Spanish)

Twitter:

  • ¿Cuál es tu resolución para 2018?  Si quieres hacer más ejercicio, utiliza @MedlinePlusEsp para información y recursos. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jm #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • ¡Ponte en forma durante 2018 con @MedlinePlusEsp! Encuentre recursos e información sobre ejercicio aquí. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jm #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

Facebook:

  • ¿Cuál es tu resolución para 2018?  Si quieres hacer más ejercicio, utiliza la página de MedlinePlus “Ejercicio y estado físico” para información y recursos.  https://go.usa.gov/xn5JG #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • ¡Ponte en forma durante 2018 con MedlinePlus! Encuentre recursos e información sobre ejercicio en la página de MedlinePlus “Ejercicio y estado físico”. https://go.usa.gov/xn5JG #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

 

MedlinePlus Nutrition Page (Spanish)

Twitter:

  • Tu resolución para 2018: come sano.  Encuentre recursos e información sobre nutrición con @MedlinePlusEsp. https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jp #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Come sano durante 2018 can la ayuda de @MedlinePlusEsp. Encuentre recursos sobre nutrición aquí: https://go.usa.gov/xn5Jp #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

Facebook:

  • Tu resolución para 2018: come sano.  Encuentre recursos e información sobre comida saludable con la página de Nutrición en MedlinePlus. https://go.usa.gov/xn5JH #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM
  • Come sano durante 2018 can la ayuda de MedlinePlus. Encuentre recursos sobre comida saludable con la página de Nutrición en MedlinePlus. https://go.usa.gov/xn5JH #NIHhealthy2018 #ResolutionsWithNLM

 

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Welcome Catherine Martin – NER All of Us Coordinator

NER News - Tue, 2018-01-02 14:45

Just in time for the new year, NER got the great gift of having Catherine Martin, M.Ed, start with the NNLM NER.

Catherine is the NER Community Engagement Coordinator for the NIH All of Us Research Program.  She holds an M.Ed. with a major in Health Education and minor in Non-profit management. Catherine has a lifelong commitment to teaching healthcare programs to healthcare professionals and to culturally diverse populations as an Adjunct Professor in area colleges, within local DPH’s Medical Reserve Corporation, and for emergency medical services agencies.

Her background includes teaching for research and community participants in a Healthy Living Course under the direction of the Department of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Catherine will be working with the NIH’s All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM)  to raise awareness and offer education about the program and precision medicine. This partnership is a three-year pilot program, with several objectives:

  • To increase the capacity of public library staff to improve health literacy.
  • To equip public libraries with information about the All of Us Research Program to share with their local communities.
  • To assess the potential impact of libraries on participant enrollment and retention.
  • To highlight public libraries as a technology resource that participants can use to engage with the program, particularly those in underserved communities affected by the digital divide.
  • To establish an online platform for education and training about All of Us and precision medicine, with resources for members of the public, health professionals, librarians and researchers.
  • To help identify best practices in messaging and outreach that lead to increased public interest and engagement in the program.

Read more about the partnership here.

Catherine can be reached at catherine.martin@umassmed.edu or 508-856-5992

Please join us in welcoming Catherine Martin.

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Website Widgets for Consumer Health

MAR News - Tue, 2018-01-02 10:47

Widgets are small applications that allow you to access content from other websites directly on your own website. Many government organizations offer free health-related widgets, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other divisions under the US Health And Human Services Department (HHS). Add these widgets to your organization’s website to provide users with quick access to reliable health information and local health resources:

MedlinePlus Widgets: Place the MedlinePlus search box on your website and open results in the same window or a new window.

TOXMAP Widget: This widget created by the NLM allows users to launch a TOXMAP search from a blog, wiki, or Web page.

CDC Widgets: Find a variety of widgets related to diseases and conditions, healthy living, injury/violence prevention and safety, interactive infographics, tobacco and smoking, and more.

Health Widgets from HealthFinder.gov: Find widgets that provide consumers with personalized recommendations for clinical preventive services based on the age, sex, and pregnancy status they enter, for themselves or a loved one, in both Spanish and English.  Also find widgets with infection prevention tips and exercise recommendations.

Locator Widgets from SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help users find substance abuse or mental health facilities in a specific location.

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Teaching a Nursing Workshop with the Help of a Professional Development Grant from NNLM GMR

GMR News - Thu, 2017-12-28 10:30

This Fall Semester 2017, for the first time, I connected with nursing faculty at a brown bag tailored for the University of Akron’s School of Nursing faculty.  The brown bag series are usually well attended, and after getting in touch with the coordinator of the sessions, I offered my first one-hour workshop for the School on September 18th. I had been preparing for the workshop and wanted to share the information I learned in the systematic review (SR) workshop I had attended in July at the University of Pittsburgh. With a Professional Development Award from GMR/NNLM, I was able to participate in the SR workshop and hone my skills. The workshop addressed what SRs are and their characteristics, how they are different from other well-known reviews, standards, the general steps in writing an SR, where to search for them (e.g. PubMed Health, PubMed Clinical Queries), and how they compare with other types of reviews. The 16 participants received one credit hour from the Ohio Nurses Association. Overall, the faculty reported a positive experience and interest in systematic reviews. This semester, I received more referrals from faculty who attended the workshop to assist students in their capstone and other research-oriented projects. I also noticed that conducting the workshop opened the possibility of faculty in conducting SR in some capacity and increasing scholarship endeavors, especially among junior faculty.

Marilia Antunez

Assistant Professor of Bibliography

Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian 

The University of Akron Libraries, Akron, OH                                                 

mantunez@uakron.edu

Posted on behalf of Marilia Antunez by Helen Spielbauer

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Highlights of the NNLM PSR 2017 Communication Assessment Survey!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2017-12-22 17:36

In November 2017, NNLM PSR conducted a communication assessment to help direct the RML’s communication plan to effectively meet Network members’ needs and expectations, and assist the RML to understand where improvements might be made. The questionnaire was promoted on the PSR-News announcement list and the various MLA chapter listservs in the region. Eighty-two Network members completed the survey with information and valuable feedback.

Overall, results were encouraging and suggested that our work does make a difference for health sciences librarians and information centers in the region, as illustrated by the roughly 94% of respondents who agreed that the RML is effective in improving awareness of or access to biomedical information resources, and nearly the same percentage agreeing that the RML is effective in improving awareness of NLM and NNLM services (training, funding, news, etc.). Following are additional highlights and themes from the questionnaire results.

Which libraries responded?

The majority of respondents were either academic health sciences libraries or hospital libraries.

chart showing 45 percent of survey respondents were academic health sciences library followed by 38 percent hospital libraries

NNLM PSR Communication Tools

The RML provides information and announcements through multiple channels, including the Latitudes Newsletter, which provides in-depth feature articles of professional interest; the bimonthly Midday at the Oasis Webinar, with a variety of featured speakers highlighting topics such as aging, predatory publishers, drug information services, and community health maps; the NewsBits Blog, which provides brief announcements, upcoming event information, and technology tips; and the PSR-News announcement list, which keeps Network members apprised of breaking developments from the National Library of Medicine, funding opportunities, and other notices. To help you keep up with the content of the Latitudes and NewsBits blogs, titles of postings are announced on a monthly basis in PSR-News.

In addition to these traditional communication channels, we use YouTube, Facebook and Twitter social media tools as other avenues to reach Network members with relevant information and announcements. In addition to unique content, listings from Latitudes and NewsBits are promoted on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook can also be used to post pictures of new library facilities, share success stories at institutions, and discuss professional issues and questions with colleagues from throughout the region and beyond.

Findings

In the questionnaire, Network members were asked:

  1. Which communication channel(s) were used to receive information from PSR;
  2. To rate the quality of the content PSR sends; and
  3. To rate the volume of information provided in each PSR communication channel.

Respondents were required to choose at least three communication channels. Results showed that all communication channels are used, particularly Latitudes (76%), Midday at the Oasis (70%), PSR-News (66%), and the PSR web site (52%).

chart showing 76 percent of respondents receive information via latitudes while midday second at 70 percent and psr-news third at 66 percent

To rate the quality of information, a matrix or rating scale was used with 1 being the most positive (Excellent), 2 (Good), 3 (Poor), and 4 (Don’t Know/Don’t Use). Latitudes and PSR Webinars received the best weighted average for quality of content at 1.68 and 1.70 respectively, followed by PSR-News listserv (1.89) and the website (1.90). Of the respondents who used these four communication tools, 80-88% agreed that the quality of information provided was “Good” or “Excellent.”

To rate the volume of information, the following rating scale was used: 1 being Too Much, 2 (Just Right), 3 (Not Enough) and 4 (Don’t Know/Don’t Use). Latitudes received the best rating with 83% of the respondents indicating the volume was “just right.” This was followed by PSR Webinars (79%), PSR web site (70%), and PSR-News listserv (68%). These results were echoed in the comments section where many respondents indicated that the webinars, newsletters, and listserv announcements were very valuable means of communication. Respondents were also less inclined to access NNLM and NLM information on social media as reflected in both questions; over 85% of the respondents indicated that they “Don’t Know/Don’t Use” Facebook (86%), Twitter (88%) or YouTube (94%). While many of the respondents did not have difficulty accessing or viewing social media sites or instructional videos, over one-quarter of respondents indicated firewall or other restrictions for social media sites and streaming videos.

The most highly rated suggestions for additional social media programs for the RML to adopt were LinkedIn, Skype and Instagram. Other responses included Slack and Google+. Several respondents commented e-mail is the preferred means for professional communication and that we should not use any other means since we cover enough already.

NNLM PSR Award Funding

Network members were also asked if they applied for NNLM PSR award funding in the last five years and if there were any barriers that prevented them from doing so.

chart showing 62 percent of survey respondents did not apply for funding

Over 60% of respondents indicated that did not apply for funding. Some of the respondents pointed out their programs aren’t suited to dedicating time to public-facing projects or didn’t apply to their library’s needs or capabilities. Others explained that the application process is complicated and expressed needing a mentor or someone with experience or knowledge to make the application process less challenging.

NLM Educational and Print Materials

Additionally, we asked Network members if they have ordered NLM educational and print materials from the RML within the past year.

chart showing over 70 percent of respondets didn't to order nlm educational and print materials within the past year

Over 70% of survey respondents did not order NLM educational and print materials from the RML within the past year. Those who did order used the resources for classes, health fairs, workshops and health clinics. They found the resources invaluable and expressed their love of our service. Those who did not order wished more items were available and suggested that reminders be sent from time to time.

Additional Comments

At the end of the questionnaire, we asked Network members to provide additional comments regarding NNLM or NLM programs or services. Network members in the NNLM PSR are overwhelmingly positive about the programs and services available to them. The majority of respondents were very thankful and expressed satisfaction with the overall RML program, particularly the importance of keeping Network members apprised of webinars and other events, resource updates, etc. We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the  communication questionnaire! Your feedback is highly appreciated and will help direct the RML’s communication plan to effectively meet your future needs and expectations.

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