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Recording of Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction Webinar Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2017-11-30 11:51

On August 3, 2017, the NNLM New England Region (NER) sponsored the one-hour session Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter, the first of four webinars in the Substance Use Disorders webinar series. In the webinar, Dr. Richard Saitz, Professor and Chair of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine at Boston University, discussed how terminology used in both layperson and scientific publications is often inaccurate and stigmatizing. Efforts are underway to encourage the use of terminology that can improve accuracy, reduce stigma, and even improve patient care. You can view the webinar by visiting the NNLM NER Repository page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Midwest MLA Tech Topic – Realizing Medicine: How Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are Impacting Medical Practice and Education.

GMR News - Wed, 2017-11-29 15:35
 How Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality are Impacting Medical Practice and Education.

Kellie Kaneshiro, Jason Lilly and Jennifer Herron present Realizing Medicine: How Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality are Impacting Medical Practice and Education.

This fall, like many times before, the GMR planned and organized a technology session at Midwest MLA. The 2017 annual conference, held in Ypsilanti, MI, in October, was a joint meeting with the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association. The GMR Technology Working Group, one of several Advisory Groups the GMR calls upon to assist in the implementation of projects and services, helped pull together a great program. This year’s team included Ethan D Cutler, Western Michigan University, MI; Jennifer Herron, Indiana University, IN; Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University, IL; and Donald Pearson, Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library, OH.

This year’s approach was a little different from the Tech Forum of the past. The GMR sponsored three panelists from Indiana University Ruth Lilly Medical Library on the topic of virtual and augmented reality, Realizing Medicine: How Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are Impacting Medical Practice and Education. Kellie Kaneshiro, the Assistant Director for Library Technology for the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, spoke on Virtual reality in medical education and health sciences libraries. Jennifer Herron, the Emerging Technologies Librarian for Ruth Lilly, presented on Augmented reality in health care. Library Systems Analyst, Jason Lilly, shared his knowledge of Virtual reality in health care.

Thanks to the initiative of Don Pearson and the generosity of Amy O’Keefe at EBSCO, attendees were eligible to enter a drawing for a VIEW-MASTER Deluxe VR Viewer. Karen Hanus of the Medical College of Wisconsin, was the lucky winner.

Through the use of Zoom software, the presentation was recorded and is available for view online. Thanks to the planners, presenters, and hosts for making the 2017 Tech Topic a success.

 

 How Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality are Impacting Medical Practice and Education.

GMR Tech Topic 2017: Realizing Medicine: How Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality are Impacting Medical Practice and Education.

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New NLM E-learning Training Course: HIV/AIDS Information Resources

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-29 14:56

The 30-minute online course, HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine, is designed to provide valuable health information resources from NLM and other reliable sources to increase awareness of the abundance of treatment information and educational materials that are available online. Resources covered inclue AIDSource, AIDSinfo®, ClinicalTrials.gov, MedlinePlus®, PubMed®/MEDLINE®, and Public Health Partners.

To receive a course certificate of completion, register for a free account and enroll using the following steps:

  1. Click Register Now
  2. Complete all information, using National Library of Medicine as the partition
  3. Click Register Account at the bottom right of the page
  4. Re-sign in to the system and select Enroll Now
  5. The HIV/AIDS Information Resources course will be highlighted, with a Launch button to the left

After finishing the course, complete the post-course survey.

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HIV/AIDS Information Resources Online Course

MAR News - Wed, 2017-11-29 14:54

The HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine online course is designed to provide valuable health information resources from NLM and other reliable sources to increase awareness of the abundance of treatment information and educational materials that are available online. This free, 30-minute course can be accessed at any time and will cover the following resources:

  • AIDSource
  • AIDSinfo®
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
  • MedlinePlus®
  • PubMed®/MEDLINE®
  • Public Health Partners

How to access the course:

  1. Go to the HIV/AIDS Information Outreach page of the SIS website.
  2. Scroll down to Training Classes.
  3. If you do not require a certificate of completion, click the name of the course to begin. To receive a certificate of completion:
    • Go to the learning center login page and click Register Now.
    • Complete the information, using National Library of Medicine as the partition.
    • Click Register Account at the bottom right of the page.
    • Re-sign in to the system and select Enroll Now.
    • The HIV/AIDS Information Resources course will be highlighted, with a Launch button to the left.
    • After finishing the course, complete the post-course survey.

Please note: for best interaction with the system, ensure that pop-up blockers are disabled for the site.

 

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NNLM Partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program

SEA News - Wed, 2017-11-29 12:36

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is pleased to announce a partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program (All of Us), part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. Through this collaboration, NNLM’s Regional Medical Libraries and National Offices will focus on improving consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the U.S., specifically, by working with public libraries. [press release]

This partnership is a 3-year pilot program to support All of Us. Activities in the pilot are designed to:

  • Help public libraries in supporting the health information needs of their users;
  • Support community engagement through public libraries for All of Us; and
  • Operate the All of Us Training Center, the home for training and resources about and related to the program for consumers, health professionals, librarians, and researchers.

NNLM’s Greater Midwest Region (GMR) at the University of Iowa is the home of the All of Us Training Center and NNLM All of Us Center for Community Engagement.

What are NNLM’s Activities in this Partnership?
  1. Our approach for community engagement is connecting Network members with public libraries to develop effective and innovative, replicable approaches to meet health information needs communities, including raising awareness of the All of Us program.
  2. This partnership’s activities will be responsive and tailored to provide value-added services for public libraries and public library staff, such as health information credentialing, resources for programming, and funding opportunities.
  3. NNLM aims to leverage the local public library as a convener for local All of Us partners and stakeholders.
  4. The All of Us Training Center is focused on engaging program participants and other interested parties in management of their personal health data.
Want to Get Involved?

To learn more, reach out to:

  1. your regional medical library (RML);
  2. Brittney Thomas, Manager, NNLM All of Us Center for Community Engagement; or
  3. Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office
About the NIH All of Us Research Program

The mission of the All of Us Research Program is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, enabling individualized prevention, treatment, and care for all of us.

The 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.

Visit https://allofus.nih.gov to learn more.

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NIH’s All of Us Research Program Partners with NNLM to Reach Target Communities Through Local Public Libraries

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2017-11-29 11:45
diverse group of people with the All of Us Research Program logo and tagline, “The future of health begins with you.

The NIH All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to raise awareness about the program, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this collaboration, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has received a $4.5 million award to support community engagement efforts by public libraries across the United States and to improve participant access. According to Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program: “We want to reach participants where they are. For many people in the country, including those with limited internet access, one of those places is the local library. We’re excited to work with the National Library of Medicine to make more people aware of All of Us and the opportunity to take part.”

The partnership is a three-year pilot program, running through April, 2020. Program objectives include:

  • 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.

The 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.

Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO), and Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., chief engagement officer of the All of Us Research Program, will lead the new partnership. Each NNLM region’s funding includes one FTE for an All of Us Point of Contact. Kelli Ham, formerly NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, will fill the role in the Pacific Southwest Region. Her new title will be Community Engagement Librarian. Over the course of the pilot program, Kelli will focus her outreach efforts on various designated target geographic areas in the region, beginning with Sacramento, CA.

The All of Us Research Program is currently in beta testing. To learn more, sign up to receive updates. Precision Medicine Initiative, All of Usthe All of Us logo, and “The Future of Health Begins with You” are service marks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Search PubMed with 2018 MeSH!

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-29 11:45

NLM’s end-of-year activities are now complete, and daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed have resumed. MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2018 MeSH vocabulary. For details on data changes, visit MEDLINE Data Changes — 2018. PubMed/MEDLINE citations and the MeSH translation tables have been updated to reflect 2018 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping in place. Citations newly indexed with 2018 MeSH since November 13 are now available for searching in PubMed.

Other pertinent articles:

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NLM Announces 2018 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows in the History of Medicine

PSR News - Tue, 2017-11-28 18:10

The National Library of Medicine has announced the 2018 recipients of the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine:

Divyansh Agarwal, MS
MD/PhD Trainee, Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Research Project: The DeBakey Method for Today’s Aspiring Surgeon-Scientist

Susan Crawford, PhD
Professor and Director Emeritus
Biomedical Communications Center
Washington University School of Medicine
Research Project: Biomedical Communication: The Evolution of a Paradigm

Alyssa F. Gabay
Undergraduate, Senior, Class of 2018
History Honors Program
University of Maryland, College Park
Research Project: Understanding Dr. DeBakey’s Development and Implementation of His Aneurysm Repair Methods and External Ventricular Assist Devices

Sanders Marble, PhD
Senior Historian
U.S. Army Center of History and Heritage
Research Project: Uncovering Michael DeBakey’s War Years

Over the course of the next year, these fellows will undertake their research projects onsite in the History of Medicine Division of the Library, primarily in the Michael E. DeBakey papers which reflect the vast range of subjects from Michael E. DeBakey’s professional career—from surgery to health care policy, medical libraries and expanding access to medical information, medical technology to medical ethics, military medicine to veteran health, humanitarianism to international diplomacy in the medical arena. The Library’s Michael E. DeBakey papers contain correspondence, administrative records, diaries, transcripts, publications, speeches, conference and awards material, subject files, photographs, and audiovisual media, which reflect the vast expanse of Dr. DeBakey’s life, achievements, and interests as a world-renowned medical statesman, innovator, and champion of humanitarianism and life-long learning. The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine is made possible through a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation. The NLM is authorized to accept donations in support of its mission.

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New Episode – MCR Voices Podcast

MCR News - Tue, 2017-11-28 17:57

In this episode, Lisa Traditi, Deputy Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus shares her experiences and the impact that professional organizations have had on her career. YouTube | MP3

We’d like to know what YOU think – After you listen to the podcast, please add a comment on the YouTube page sharing what you found that was new or useful in the interview.

“MCR Voices” is a series of short podcasts designed to inform and educate our Network members on excellent practices throughout our region. Our second series is focused on five librarians from our region discussing their involvement in professional organizations.

For more about “MCR Voices” and podcasts, see our MCR Voices webpage.

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Resources for World AIDS Day

MAR News - Tue, 2017-11-28 15:48

For World AIDS Day on Friday, December 1st, share educational materials in multiple languages about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and living with the condition.  Health professionals can find multilingual HIV/AIDS patient materials on HealthReach, a website created by the National Library of Medicine that offers reliable health information in many languages and formats.  Share the eight-part HIV/AIDS 101 training series, including handouts, video, and audio in four languages (English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish).

Explore HIV/AIDS patient material like:

  • What is HIV? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.
  • I have HIV. Does that mean I have AIDS? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about the difference between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is the late stage of HIV infection.
  • Find Support – Newly diagnosed with HIV – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people who are newly diagnosed with HIV about ways to find support through emotional and physical issues.
  • What does a positive HIV test result mean? – HIV testing – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about what happens if an HIV test result is positive.
  • HIV – Low risk sexual behaviors – Sexual risks – This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about sexual behaviors that carry low risk for spreading HIV.

Learn more about HIV/AIDS research and treatment, including current treatment guidelines, drugs, and clinical trials at AIDSinfo, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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NLM Resources in Multiple Languages for World AIDS Day

PSR News - Tue, 2017-11-28 15:46

For World AIDS Day on December 1st, share educational materials in multiple languages about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, and living with the condition. HealthReach, a resource created by the National Library of Medicine that offers reliable health information in many languages and formats, includes multilingual HIV/AIDS patient materials. Vist the eight-part HIV/AIDS 101 training series, which includes handouts, video, and audio in four languages (English, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish). In addition, explore the following HIV/AIDS patient education materials:

  • What is HIV? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.
  • I have HIV. Does that mean I have AIDS? – HIV/AIDS 101 – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about the difference between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is the late stage of HIV infection.
  • Find Support – Newly diagnosed with HIV – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people who are newly diagnosed with HIV about ways to find support through emotional and physical issues.
  • What does a positive HIV test result mean? – HIV testing – This one-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about what happens if an HIV test result is positive.
  • HIV – Low risk sexual behaviors – Sexual risks – This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about sexual behaviors that carry low risk for spreading HIV.
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Public Library Spotlight: Danielle Henson, Community Engagement Liaison, Gail Borden Public Library

GMR News - Tue, 2017-11-28 14:05
walkingbookclub

Photo from the Walking Book Club*

Name: Danielle Henson

Title: Community Engagement Liaison

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

Gail Borden Public Library sits at many tables in the including Kane County Health Department Executive and KCHD sub-committees and Activate Elgin (Erin Donlan, Information Services Librarian is on the Executive Committee and the Income and Education sub-committee and I am at the Activate Elgin Coalition and Kane County Health Department Community Health Council tables).  A.E. is a coalition of health and fitness organizations engaging all sectors in the community to provide free healthy lifestyle and wellness education to build a healthy Elgin. Literacy plays an important role to access and understand health information. We see these health and education initiatives as a natural fit for us as we support literacy and overall community vibrancy.

Why is health literacy important in your community?

A healthy and informed community creates a vital and engaged citizenry. Encouraging recreation, nutrition, and general wellness can activate and energize a community to build a healthy future in all areas of life.

What’s different with a health reference interview?

As a community engagement liaison and program planner, I refer all reference questions to Information Services Librarians. We are fortunate to have Erin Donlan, Information Services Librarian, who has completed the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credential program through the Medical Library Association certification in 2017 and is currently assisting community members with health reference interviews. Her certification is invaluable for staff as we build balanced and informed health programming and add health literacy content to our community engagement work.

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

We hope to continue to provide health and wellness programming for all ages and communities in Elgin by experts in our community in their area of practice. Our strong partnerships across the wellness spectrum offer physical fitness events, health education, nutrition programs and stress reduction presentations that ensure the community has a wide range of free programming that enriches their lives.

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

Gail Borden Public Library hosts the annual March into Health Kick-off in early March: National Nutrition Month. We present 25-30 partner and sponsor tables in our lobby, live fruit jugglers, healthy food demos and tastings, prizes and live (and lively) family entertainment. The M.I.H. kick-off event attracts 3-600 community members and encourages families to get up and moving. The Kick-off event brings the community and 25 health resources together. It initiates the month-long free Activate Elgin March into Health programming for all ages at the library and around town at partner and sponsor locations. 20-30 events throughout March are attended by 2-3,500 people annually and are incentivized by prize entries at each event into the grand prize drawing of a ‘bike of the year’, digital fitness device, fitness and golf packages, family fun packages for the local trampoline park or waterpark, or gift certificate for healthy meals around town. Making fitness and nutrition fun has engaged our district to come out of hibernation each winter and get moving for spring.

* Read more about the Walking Book Club

 

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Happy Thanksgiving From the NEO Staff

NEO News - Wed, 2017-11-22 18:41

The  NNLM Evaluation Office staff had a rare opportunity in early November. We had our first-ever, in-person staff meeting. Our staff members all work virtually from their offices in Georgia, Texas, and Washington. We traveled to Washington DC in early November to attend the American Evaluation Association, so we took a morning for a staff mini-retreat.  This is our first all-staff photo, which we took in front of the AEA banner.

 Kalyna Durbak, Karen Vargas, Cindy Olney, Susan Wolfe

Allow me to introduce you to the NEO bloggers. Starting from the left is Kalyna Durbak, Karen Vargas, me (Cindy Olney), and Susan Wolfe. Susan is our newest staff member, who has a  special assignment with the NNLM. We will introduce her and her project in the near future.  Look for NEO Shop Talk posts from Susan on topics related to participatory evaluation and culturally responsive evaluation.

We are thankful for all of our readers and wish you a wonderful holiday.

 

 

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November 2017 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2017-11-22 13:09

On November 15, NNLM PSR presented Health Aging: Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar with speakers, Stephanie Dailey and Olivia Kent from the National Institute of Aging (NIA); and Andrew Plumer from the Reference and Web Services Section at the National of Library of Medicine. The webinar focused on seniors and their use and access to quality health information. Resources from NIA were highlighted as well as NLM’s MedlinePlus. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Note: To switch to full screen, click on the full screen icon in the bottom corner of the video player. To exit the full screen, press Esc on your keyboard or click on the Full screen icon again. If you have problems viewing full screen videos, make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Adobe Flash Player.

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Weekly Postings

MAR News - Wed, 2017-11-22 11:56

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

Spotlight

Funding available! The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is accepting applications for health information outreach, health literacy initiatives, emergency preparedness partnerships and health sciences library projects. Applications will be due by COB on December 1. See a recent blog post from Executive Director, Kate Flewelling for details, or review our funding opportunities and start your application today!

Check out the Fall 2017 issue of the MAReport! This quarter, Elaina Vitale is “Highlighting Community Outreach within the Middle Atlantic Region” – read more about her involvement with two symposiums in New Jersey, and our partnership with Albany Medical College on their project to improve patient-provider communications.

The MAR offices will be closed tomorrow, November 23rd through the weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday. From all of us at MAR, have a safe and happy holiday!

National Network of Libraries of Medicine News

NNLM Data Education Needs Assessment: The field of data science is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, use of large data science relevant to biomedical and health research. NNLM is seeking feedback on your training needs for data science and management. This assessment will provide direction for future NNLM educational opportunities. We appreciate your participation!

Resources for Family Caregivers – MARquee News Highlights

Brushing Up on Cold Remedies – NER Update

Report on the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh – Latitudes, the Newsletter from PSR

Free Resources to Help Communities Engage with Their Data – NEO Shop Talk

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 on YouTube: Working Together: Building a Library and Public Health Community Partnership For Patient Empowerment – November 14, 2017

National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health News

The National Library of Medicine is making some changes to Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL) beginning in January 2018. Details.

I Still Walk in WonderNLM Musings from the Mezzanine, Innovations in Health Information from the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

NLM in Focus, a Look Inside the U.S. National Library of Medicine

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Audience Engagement: Confronting Violence Visits the Florence-Lauderdale Public LibraryCirculating Now, from the Historical Collections of the National Library of Medicine

Clinical Trials Bring Hope to Kids with Spinal Muscular AtrophyNIH Director’s Blog

The National Library of Medicine is accepting applications for their Associate Fellowship Program! This is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. Apply by January 26, 2018 to be considered for the 2018-2019 program.

NLM and NNLM Educational Opportunities

All are webinars, unless noted. Please note that we have a new class registration system which 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!

Designing Conference Posters in PowerPoint – November 28, 12:00-1:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, this session will present you with design strategies for professional looking posters, such as size specifications, good visual balance, and organizing content. You will see how PowerPoint’s extended menus and tools can be utilized to transform a blank slide to a ready-to-print poster.

Resources for Health Services Research and Public Health: NLM’s National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) – November 29, 3:00-4:00 PM ET – Join this upcoming session of NNLM Resource Picks to learn from the NICHSR staff about NICHSR ONESearch! This presentation will highlight valuable resources of data for assessing the impact of changing health policies, updates from high value sources about news and useful tools to support health service or public health practice, and more.

In-person opportunity! Health Statistics on the Web and Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community – December 1, 9:30 AM-3:00 PM ET – The HSLANJ CE Committee is pleased to offer this double-header at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, NJ. Featuring two classes presented by NNLM MAR Executive Director, Kate Flewelling. Participants are eligible for 4 MLA CE.

A Community Effort: Responding to Substance Misuse – December 6, 2:00-4:00 PM ET – Librarians are arming themselves with Naloxone and saving lives, but how else can we respond to the opioid crisis and the other substance related disorders that plague our campuses and communities? This session, sponsored by SEA, will cover a variety of approaches that address misinformation, harm reduction efforts, and support for persons in recovery, and will explore a range of resources available to professionals, community organizations, and individuals struggling with addiction.

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence & the Role of the Medical Librarian – December 7, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Sponsored by MAR, join this 1-hour overview of ClinicalTrials.gov, an openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic.

How to Make the Case for Integrating Health Literacy Throughout Your Organization – December 13, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM ET – Have you been having trouble advocating for or implementing health-literacy initiatives in your organization? You are not alone. The good news it that by integrating health literacy, you can both better protect your organization and improve patient engagement and outcomes. This webinar will introduce the health policies and regulations that support integrating health literacy into health systems, and it will provide actionable tips for helping you do so in your organization.

Activate, Collaborate, and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community (Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness) – December 13, 2:00-3:00 PM ET – This session will provide an overview of ideas to conduct health outreach and create health programs for libraries and community/faith based organizations, particularly related to Tween/Teen Substance Use Awareness, and National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies, and where to locate free materials.

Other Items of Interest

Job Postings:

  • Head of Cataloging, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Director, Health Sciences Library, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

AHRQ 2.0: The Importance of Data-Informed Insights – AHRQ Views

Answering Your Community’s Health Insurance Questions

Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries, Office of Commonwealth Libraries (PA)

Due to federal outreach and advertising budget cuts, plus a six-week reduction in the open enrollment period for health insurance, many people are confused about how to shop for health insurance plans.

Please use the following information to help people in your community.  You might want to consider posting the information on your website.

Fast Facts:

  1. The enrollment period started November 1 and ends on December 15.  (In prior years, the enrollment period lasted until January 31.)
  2. Consumers can find free enrollment help at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.
  3. Consumers who know they are eligible for financial assistance can shop on the exchange at https://www.healthcare.gov. (Remember: the site will not be available during open enrollment from midnight until 12 p.m. on every Sunday except December 10.)
  4. Consumers’ Checkbook, a plan comparison tool that was released by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance last year, now displays plans for 2018.  It allows shoppers to compare on- and off-exchange plans using a variety of factors, including monthly premium and estimated yearly cost. The plan comparison tool is also valuable for those who do not qualify for financial assistance and could be affected by the rate increases necessitated by the Trump Administration’s decision to end payments for cost-sharing reductions.
  5. For more information on 2018 rates and additional resources for shopping for health insurance, visit insurance.pa.gov.

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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NLM Recruiting for 2018-19 Associate Fellowship Program!

PSR News - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:26

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2018-19 Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program designed for recent library science graduates (within the past two years) and early-career librarians. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2018 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the NLM web site. The application deadline is January 26, 2018. Up to five candidates will be selected for the program.

The September through August program is a one-year residency program (with an optional second year) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship, offering a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff. The program is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:

  • Data analysis of programs and services such as extramural grants, indexed journal articles, controlled vocabularies, datasets, and customer inquiries.
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational awareness videos.
  • Social media outreach.
  • And more, including legislative tracking, web site enhancement, disaster information outreach studies, and review of next generation discovery interfaces.

The Associate Fellowship financial support includes:

  • Annual stipend of $54,972.
  • Additional funding to support purchase of group health insurance.
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation support.
  • Full support for attendance at local and national conferences.

For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.

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NLM 2018 Cataloging and Metadata News

PSR News - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:07

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) adopted the 2018 MeSH vocabulary for cataloging on November 20, 2017. Accordingly, MeSH subject headings in LocatorPlus were changed to reflect the 2018 MeSH vocabulary as of that date. When year-end processing activities are completed later in November, the NLM Catalog database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2018 MeSH. Until then, there will be a hiatus in the addition of new and edited bibliographic records to the NLM Catalog.

The Winter version of the NLM Classification, to be published in mid-to-late-January 2018, will encompass changes resulting from new and changed MeSH terms for 2018 as well as additional minor updates to the index. The main index terms will continue to link to 2017 MeSH until the Winter 2018 edition is published in January 2018. An NLM Classification number appears in many terms in the MeSH Browser and is supplied annually by the NLM Cataloging and Metadata Section (CaMMS) when the MeSH term points to a single classification number in the Classification Index. These class numbers are current as of the Winter 2017 edition of the NLM Classification. They will be updated with the publication of the 2018 Winter edition in January 2018.

Generally, vocabulary changes in NLM bibliographic records for books, serials, and other materials were implemented as they were applied for citations in MEDLINE. For additional information, refer to MEDLINE Data Changes—2018. The Expression of Concern publication type is the only new 2018 Descriptor that cannot be used for cataloging. Six new geographic descriptors were added. Most of these place names already have Table G notations in the NLM Classification. The rest will be added with the 2018 Winter edition of the NLM Classification.

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NIH Blood Pressure Study Data Supports AHA/ACC Hypertension Guidelines

SCR News - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:22

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded a landmark study that supports a crucial component of the 2017 Hypertension

Clinical Practice Guidelines put forth by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).  The AHA and ACC guidelines state that high blood pressure should be treated earlier by changes in lifestyle and medications for some.  The new guideline recommends treatment at 130/80 instead of 140/90.

Recommendations are the result of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) that was designed to determine how to best treat adults with high blood pressure, over the age of 50, and at risk for heart disease.  SPRINT was sponsored in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and The National Institute of Aging (NIA), divisions of the National Institutes of Health.

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Funding Awarded for Marijuana Prevention and Information Outreach

GMR News - Tue, 2017-11-21 12:59

Lakeville LogoThe GMR office is excited to announce that the Lakeville School District (MN) has been granted an Outreach Award to develop a prevention and information outreach campaign on the harms of teenage use of marijuana.

Background
As more states legalize marijuana, the perception of harm of marijuana use decreases. This sends a mixed message to youth. They are taught that marijuana is harmful, but media messaging suggests otherwise (See this recent NPR Article). For the first time, the number of marijuana violations has surpassed the number of alcohol violations. According to the 2016 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS), 20% of 11th grade males in Lakeville report past 12 month marijuana use. 14% of 11th grade females in Lakeville report past 12 month marijuana use.

Project Description
The GMR office is funding the Lakeville Area Public School staff to develop an interactive and informative marijuana prevention and information outreach campaign. A group of students will form a Youth Action Team to direct the development of a peer education campaign designed to educate and change perceptions on marijuana use and harms. Students will receive training from GMR’s Outreach Librarian in Minnesota on how to locate reliable health information, and a flyer/brochure will be developed for parents regarding the negative impact that marijuana use has on young people.

Outcomes
This project intends to engage youth in conversation about marijuana, spreading awareness about the reality of marijuana use in Lakeville high schools, and increasing students’ knowledge about the consequences of using marijuana and where to find reliable health information.

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Resources for Family Caregivers

MAR News - Tue, 2017-11-21 10:27

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to support family caregivers through information on MedlinePlus and through multilingual information for family caregivers on HealthReach.  HealthReach provides materials for caregivers (documents, video, and audio) in multiple languages related to home care and caregivers, such as:

  • For the Caregiver (11 languages): This three-page handout educates people who take care of a loved one with cancer at home about managing their role as caregiver. It provides recommendations for ways caregivers can manage stress and take care of themselves, ask family and friends for help, and communicate with the loved one who has cancer about expectations and limits.
  • Home Care Instructions After Surgery (12 languages): This eight-page illustrated handout provides common instructions for home care for people recovering from surgery. It clarifies that patients should follow any instructions given to them by their doctor or nurse that are based on their specific needs. It outlines what to do and what not to do for the first 24 hours after surgery. The document contains guidelines and helpful tips for home care, discussing medicines, activity, diet and bowel movement, and incision care.
  • Using a Medicine Spoon or Dropper (3 languages): This six-page illustrated handout educates parents and caregivers about how to use a medicine spoon or dropper to measure liquid medicine for children and adults.
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