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WISER 5.1 Released

Fri, 2018-01-19 10:43

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion listserv:

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

Tutorial Videos

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

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


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Genetics Home Reference webinar – Jan 31st

Thu, 2018-01-18 15:49

Join us for the January NNLM Resource Picks Webinar!

TitleGenetics Home Reference

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

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

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

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

Register: To register, please visit:

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


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

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!

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

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:

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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Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2018

Wed, 2018-01-10 12:12

It’s not too Late to Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2018

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:

  • Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge. This quiz is a fun way to test teens’ drug and alcohol knowledge and helps provide the facts.
  • Print the “I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because…” pledge cards and ask youth to answer the question: “Why do you want to shatter the myths about drug use?” Take a picture and share it with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on Twitter and Facebook by including the hashtag #NDAFW with your photo.
  • Test teens’ knowledge of drugs and alcohol with the NDAFW BINGO card. Download the card and the glossary and play this game with others.
  • Register Your Event!

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 /da

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Know the Science: How Medications and Supplements Can Interact

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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Upcoming Public Library Programming Award

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

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

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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Complementary Health Approaches for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Wed, 2017-12-20 13:55

How do light therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, St. John’s wort, melatonin, and vitamin D stack up as treatments for SAD? The current issue of NCCIH Clinical Digest has all the latest research /da

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Teachers: Classroom Resources on Drug Effects

Wed, 2017-12-20 13:45

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has free resources just for teachers! Explore lessons, activities, and drug facts to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use – /da

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Happy Holidays

Tue, 2017-12-19 15:15

We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season.

Many of the MCR coordinators will be away next week.

The Utah offices will be open Wednesday and Thursday, December 27-28.

There will be no Education email or RML News next week.

We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

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Hazardous Chemical Resource for the Classroom

Tue, 2017-12-19 14:58

Teachers! For your next lesson on hazardous chemicals, utilize this informative database!

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Find and Share Programming Ideas

Tue, 2017-12-19 14:54

Are you looking for a program idea to implement in your community? Do you have great ideas to share? The Programming Librarian is a great place to get ideas and share successes for all types of libraries looking to fill their role as cultural and civic hubs.

Submit program ideas: /da

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Environmental Impact of Storms and Floods

Tue, 2017-12-19 14:51

How can storms and floods be an environmental hazard? Learn why at ToxTown:

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Gathering for the Holidays? Learn More about Your Family Health History.

Tue, 2017-12-19 14:42

Get to know your family better this holiday season by talking about health /da

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MedlinePlus now has lab test information

Tue, 2017-12-19 14:38

MedlinePlus now has lab test information!  Learn why your doctor ordered a lab test, and what the results may mean. /da

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MCR Voices – New Episode

Wed, 2017-12-13 16:21

In the fifth episode of this series, Kim Carter, Public Services Research Specialist at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, 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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2018 Library of the Future

Mon, 2017-12-11 18:13

Does your library have exciting, innovative ways to train your patrons about information technology?

The ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award honors an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

The annual award consists of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.  All types of libraries are welcome to apply!

The 2017 award winner was the Muncie Public Library for their innovative “Digital Climbers” program that motivates and inspires children ages eight and up to experiment with technology and master skills that contribute to learning in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

ALA is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Library of the Future Award.  The online application is to be submitted to ALA by February 1, 2018.  For additional information, contact Rene Erlandson, Award Jury Chair, or Cheryl Malden, ALA Governance Office.


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NNLM and All of Us Research Program Partnership

Mon, 2017-12-04 11:58

Through a collaboration with the All of Us Research Program, NLM’s National Network of Libraries of Medicine has received $4.5 million to support community engagement efforts with public libraries across the United States to improve health literacy and to improve participant access to the All of Us Research 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. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future. For more information on the partnership see the NLM press release. /ch

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