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The OHSU Library Data Science Institute Introduces Data Science Techniques to Librarians and Researchers
Today’s Dragonfly post comes to us from Nicole Vasilevsky, Letisha Wyatt, Robin Champieux, Laura Zeigen and Jackie Wirz The Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon hosted the “OHSU Library Data Science Institute” (ODSI) from November 6-8, 2017 in downtown, Portland. The event was targeted towards researchers, librarians and information specialists with an interest in gaining beginner level skills in data science. The goal was to provide face-to-face, interactive instruction over a three-day workshop. The learning objectives for the training were: Increase awareness of key skill...
Source: Dragonfly - December 15, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science News from Network Members Data_Science Source Type: news

Coming soon —Survey results about DATA!
You may remember the email and picture below, which was sent out to various groups and promoted in various ways this past spring.  In it, we were asking you all to participate in the NNLM-PNR data needs assessment survey.  By doing the survey, Annie Madhavan and I (Ann Glusker) were hoping to get feedback on the directions you want us to go with teaching about and providing resources related to data. Well, we had 60 people respond, which we are thrilled about, and we ended up sending out 14 fabulous prizes (the NLM tape measures shown in the photo–woo hoo!).  More importantly, we’ve completed the...
Source: Dragonfly - December 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog Data Science News From NN/LM PNR data survey needs assessment Source Type: news

Native Voices exhibit in the PNR region
The National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program includes the very popular Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. This exhibit is currently traveling the country as part of a partnership between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the American Library Association (ALA). In 2017 three libraries in the Pacific Northwest Region hosted the exhibit: Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia, WA Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, MT Blackfeet Community College, Browning, MT Eva English, Library Director of Aaniiih Nakoda College Library, described what their institution planned around the e...
Source: Dragonfly - December 11, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Native Voices NLM Traveling Exhibits Source Type: news

There ’ s an App for That!
Do you keep track of your daily steps? Do you calculate your carbohydrate intake? Do you keep track of how much (or how little) you sleep? Are you using an app to keep track of your health or are you still trying to figure out which ones to use? The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session may help you and your patrons navigate the sea of apps. When: Wednesday, December 13 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT How to connect: No registration required. Information to connect is on the PNR Rendezvous webpage Today mobile applications connect more people to health, wellness, and fitness information than ever before. H...
Source: Dragonfly - December 6, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Libraries Technology Training & Education Source Type: news

An NNLM RD3 Update
It’s been almost 6 months since the launch of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s new data website, NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery, and since May, several new features have been added. When the site first launched at MLA 2017, it had only recently transitioned from the New England Region’s eScience Portal for Librarians. Since then, with the very generous assistance of both old and new volunteer content editors, we have updated many of the original physical science and engineering subject primers, and have also added a number of health sciences topics. The subject primers now pr...
Source: Dragonfly - December 4, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science News from NNLM Data_Science Source Type: news

Be Safe for the Holidays!
The holiday season has arrived! It’s great time to be with family and friends and to enjoy the festivities. However, it doesn’t take much and suddenly things are not quite as merry as we would wish.  Several organizations and agencies provide some great tips to staying safe whether it is regarding food preparation, putting up decorations, travel, or buying toys. These tips will help keep you and your loved ones can enjoy a safer holiday season. Toys are at the top of many shopping lists. Those youngsters may have a wish list a mile long but which of those many items are safe? The American Academy of Pedia...
Source: Dragonfly - December 1, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news

Healthy Native Youth
HealthyNativeYouth.org, produced in collaboration by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, provides resources for culturally-appropriate sexual health programs to AI/AN youth.  Stakeholders from adolescent health and Indian Country were consulted to build connections, offer input and provide insight. The site can be used by tribal health educators, teachers and parents. It’s designed to provide the training and tools needed to promote ...
Source: Dragonfly - November 20, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health K-12 Training & Education Source Type: news

“Mistakes Were Made”
“When people take medicine at home, mistakes happen.”  That’s the start of a recent article on NPR’s web site, citing a new study that found that levels of medication errors are rising, and that most mistakes were preventable.  The researchers used information from U.S. poison control centers, and looked only at errors that happened outside of health care facilities.  Another study, cited in The New York Times, found that almost 85% of parents give children the wrong dose of liquid medicines, and more than 2 in 3 of those mistakes are overdoses.   What is behind these errors...
Source: Dragonfly - November 15, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Health Medication errors overdose Source Type: news

Happy World Vegan Month!
It’s World Vegan Month, and as the PNR’s only vegan, I thought I would take the opportunity to post about this little known celebration.  It has always struck me as odd that World Vegan Month should fall during Thanksgiving, a holiday renown for the consumption of vast amounts of turkey and ham. But then again, the vast majority of Americans are not vegan. What are vegans? MeSH defines them as “persons who avoid consuming animal products or animal-derived substances, such as MEAT; EGGS; or HONEY. Some vegans also refrain from using animals or animal products in any form or for any purpose, such as in...
Source: Dragonfly - November 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Health Observances News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

PNR Rendezvous webinar, November 15
The next PNR Rendezvous webinar for November is coming soon. When: Wednesday, November 15 starting at Noon Alaska, 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT Title: HRSA’s Resources and Initiatives for Native American Communities Gary Gant, from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations for Region 10, will share some of his office’s initiatives and activities within the Native American community as it pertains to behavioral health, chronic disease, education, human trafficking and substance abuse. Eligible for 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit for attending the live session or...
Source: Dragonfly - November 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Training & Education AI/AN Source Type: news

NNLM PNR Twitter Chat: Give us your input!
It’s time for another PNR Twitter Chat. This time it’s PNR Day on Twitter. Using the hashtag #nnlmpnrchat, drop by at any time on Thursday, November 16, to give us your input. Include #nnlmpnrchat in your tweet. Unsure how this all works? See Twitter Chat 101 for more information. PNR staff will monitor the conversation and ask questions throughout the day, but we are interested in hearing from you on topics such as: What interesting topics or trends would you like the PNR to explore? How do you like to learn about health topics? Webinars, Moodle classes (asynchronous), tutorials? Is MLA CE credit important to...
Source: Dragonfly - November 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

NNLM and PLA partner for health with a pre-conference session at PLA 2018, stipend available
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) are partnering to bring health and wellness to the library. This new nationwide initiative will assess the health information needs of public libraries and provide opportunities for public library staff to increase their knowledge and confidence regarding consumer health services and programming. One such professional development opportunity is a 1 day pre-conference at PLA 2018. Stand Up for Health: Health & Wellness Services for Your Community is Tuesday March 20, 2018 from 9:00am – 5:00pm. PLA is offering a limited nu...
Source: Dragonfly - October 30, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NNLM Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news

How I came to be the Biosleuth
To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians. Today we are concluding our series with a post from an independent medical librarian in Washington!  Julia Parker, The Biosleuth! Who am I? Julia Parker, M.S., M.L.I.S Where do I work? Biosleuth Consulting Services, LLC Unlike many of my colleagues, I work as an Independent Medical Librarian . . . a liaison to people of diverse information needs, not necessarily local to WA. I am the principal of Biosleuth Consulting Services, ...
Source: Dragonfly - October 30, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Medical Librarians Month Source Type: news

Say “ Yes! ” Whenever Possible
To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians. Today we hear from a hospital librarian in Oregon! Judith with Mr. Gross Mouth Who am I? Judith Hayes, MLS Where do I work? Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR I started work as a medical librarian at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, OR, on April 15, 1994.  Almost 24 years later, I am approaching retirement in just a few short weeks with anticipation and dread. It’s been amazing.  I have loved my job.  It feeds my se...
Source: Dragonfly - October 26, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Medial L Medical Librarians Month Source Type: news

Health Literacy and American Indian/Alaska Natives
I would like to acknowledge the Urban Indian Health Institute’s enormous contribution to today’s blog! — Annie In past blog posts, we have explored health literacy issues from a variety of perspectives. Today we explore how it impacts American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). According to the Indian Health Service, “low health literacy is disproportionately burdensome to American Indians and Alaska Natives and their elders.”2 Individuals with lower health literacy skills often use more health care services designed to treat disease complications, while fewer use services intended to p...
Source: Dragonfly - October 22, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Blog Health Literacy/Consumer Health Medical Librarians Month Source Type: news

On the Road, with Health Sciences Librarians
To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians. Today we hear from a  health sciences librarian in Montana! Who am I? Sheila Bonnand, Research & Instruction Librarian Where do I work? Montana State University Library, Bozeman, Montana Mary Anne and Sheila (right), on the road What is it I do?  I can’t describe a typical ‘day in the life’ because the work I do as an academic librarian is so very varied  – and the last six months have...
Source: Dragonfly - October 19, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Medical Librarians Month Source Type: news

Health Literacy – A Universal Precautions Approach
Part 3 of our Health Literacy Month series — Universal Precautions is a concept in medicine aimed at preventing the transmission of bloodborne infections. The idea is to assume infection could be present and take the needed precautions at all times. These steps are incorporated into the objectives of a program and made a part of training and implementation of policies designed to prevent the inadvertent transmission of infection. Likewise, health literacy can be approached from a universal precautions standpoint. Experts recommend assuming that everyone may have difficulty understanding medical information and instr...
Source: Dragonfly - October 16, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Source Type: news

Why I Love Being a Hospital Librarian!
To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians. Today we hear from a hospital librarian in Idaho! Karly peeking out her library window Who am I? Karly Vesely, MLIS Where do I work? Health Sciences Librarian at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Why do I love my job? I was talking about the Kootenai Health Medical Library to a group of new employees, and one of them remarked that I clearly love my job.  I really do, and here are a few reasons why: Fun! Fun is my number...
Source: Dragonfly - October 12, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Medical Librarians Month Source Type: news

Next PNR Rendezvous is about Copyright and Online Learning Resources
“Copyright & Online Learning Resources: It’s Complicated!” is the next PNR Rendezvous session. When: October 18 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT Questions about library resources and fair use in online education are expanding from the appropriate use of journal articles and eBooks to published images, video clips and more in faculty-created resources for instruction that our licensing terms often don’t explicitly address. What to do? Join the session as our speaker, Nikki Dettmar, describes ways of supporting the faculty, staff & students of the University of Washington Sch...
Source: Dragonfly - October 10, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Training & Education copyright online education Source Type: news

Next PNR Rendezvous is about PubMed Commons
“Leveraging PubMed Commons for Medical Librarians” is the next PNR Rendezvous session. When: October 18 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT Medical librarians play an important role in the evaluation and dissemination of credible life/biomedical sciences information. Peer-review is part of this process. However, peer-review is not an infallible process. In an age of open science, there is a need for open review and information exchange opportunities that extend beyond the traditional published formats. Providing a channel and an audience for open post-publication communication is one way to achie...
Source: Dragonfly - October 10, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Training & Education Source Type: news

Genomic Health Literacy
Part 2 of our Health Literacy Month series- Genetics has become more prominent in the news in recent years. Sometimes it looks like great scientific advancement and other times it can look a little unsettling and seem like something out of science fiction. Genomic health literacy is becoming increasingly important as precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, and direct-to-consumer genetic testing and other genetic associated topics are emerging at the intersection between health and genetics, and consumers need access to information about these and other related topics in a manner that is understandable. It has been noted that...
Source: Dragonfly - October 9, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health genetics genomics Source Type: news

“So, what is it you do again?”
To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians. Today we hear from a hospital librarian in Alaska! Who am I? Leslie Meyer, Knowledge Navigator Where do I work? Central Peninsula Hospital’s Health Resource Center in Soldotna, AK With the official title of Knowledge Navigator, I hear this question at least once a day from patients, friends, and confused members of the general public. While many of them are satisfied with a simple, “I’m a medical librarian,&rd...
Source: Dragonfly - October 5, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Medical Librarians Month Source Type: news

Making Sense of the Numbers —Health Numeracy and You (and Me)
This post is the first in our “Health Literacy Month” series happening this month, October 2017 As health care becomes more sophisticated and complex, it’s more and more likely that we will face situations where we have to use numerical skills to figure out our own treatment choices.  Our capacity to deal with the numerical component of health information is called “health numeracy” and it’s akin to health literacy, but is not the same thing (people can have high literacy and low numeracy, and you can’t tell by looking what a person’s numeracy level is!).   The...
Source: Dragonfly - October 2, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog health literacy health numeracy iconarray Source Type: news

Urban Indian Health Institute: Decolonizing Data
The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), a Division of the Seattle Indian Health Board located in Seattle, WA is one of 12 tribal epidemiology centers (TECs) funded by the Indian Health Service (IHS). TECs serve as a crucial component of the health care resources for all American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) by: Managing public health information systems Investigating diseases of concern Managing disease prevention and control programs Communicating vital health information and resources Responding to public health emergencies Coordinating these activities with other public health authorities Although eleven of the...
Source: Dragonfly - September 28, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science AI/AN Source Type: news

Data Literacy: “What It Is and Why You Should Care”
Open data… big data… data management… These terms swirl around us, and often we just let them flow past. But, to understand and navigate the rapidly changing landscape that is data, we need certain skills, and these are characterized as “data literacy”. One definition of data literacy, from DataPopAlliance.org, is “the desire and ability to constructively engage in society through and about data” (click here if you want to know the thinking behind this and here if you want to see a quick video). But I like this one, from the wonderful Data Journalism Handbook, better: “Jus...
Source: Dragonfly - September 26, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog Source Type: news

#OpioidAwareChat
In 2015 there were 33,091 opioid-related deaths in the US. Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. ER visits and opioid overdose-related deaths have more than quadrupled in the last 15 years. September is National Recovery Month. Join us this Friday for a Twitter chat hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discuss opioid use disorder and ways to prevent and treat it. NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow, NINDS Director Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, special guest American Society of Addiction Medicine, and several other NIH and HHS components will be respondin...
Source: Dragonfly - September 25, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Public Libraries Source Type: news

“Words Have Power. Read a Banned Book.”
What does the banning or challenging of books tell us about our society? Banned or challenged books are often books that reflect the diversity of our world. In 2015, of the 10 most challenged books, 9 of them “…contained diverse content.”  Many of these books are authored by and/or contain people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people of a different religion, or people with a disability. In other words, people who are minorities or not part of the dominant culture. Readers may become uncomfortable reading about unfamiliar experiences or perspectives. For many, diversity implies negative co...
Source: Dragonfly - September 20, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: K-12 Public Libraries Source Type: news

Libraries Transform: Health Literacy Toolkit
Many Americans remain unable to understand how to take their medication, use a web browser rather than a trusted website for finding health information, or do not believe the importance of disease prevention efforts due to misinformation they’ve heard or seen. Poor health and poor health outcomes have often been linked to low rates of health literacy. Libraries have been instrumental in supporting health literacy efforts such as providing health related programs, recommending trusted health information resources, and providing information in other languages. We here, at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine P...
Source: Dragonfly - September 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NNLM Public Libraries Source Type: news

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
It’s a fact, many Americans are overweight, including our children. Childhood obesity continues to be spotlighted in the news whether as a statistic, a campaign to reduce the rates, or recent research. Many factors contribute to childhood obesity such as increased screen time, family lifestyle, and certain economic or social issues. It’s a constant struggle for everyone and it’s difficult to take the steps to reduce our body weight. Healthfinder provides a toolkit for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month for libraries and organizations  to use with helpful ideas to bring awareness and to tips t...
Source: Dragonfly - September 14, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Source Type: news

Join us for the next PNR Rendezvous webinar
Answering health and medical reference questions can be challenging, as the questions are often sensitive in nature, are asked at what may be a crisis point in a patron’s life, and can involve technical material. Luckily, the RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines were revised in 2015, and provide a basis for discussing best practices and strategies for helping patrons in this area. This webinar will present the guidelines, highlight some of these practices, and introduce a new “Quick Start” guide connecting the guidelines to suggested reference behaviors. These will help you improve the quality of ...
Source: Dragonfly - September 12, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news

Suicide Prevention Week
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 10-16. Suicide is a tragedy that touches the lives of many families. Each year 44,193 Americans die by suicide. See the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention‘s website for ideas on what you can do: Find a walk near you, advocate for suicide prevention, share on social media, take care of yourself and your community, have a conversation with your children. Join a Twitter chat on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 10:00 to 11:00 Pacific Time, using the hashtag #stopsuicide. The American Foundation for Suicide also has local chapters, information on how to have a conversa...
Source: Dragonfly - September 11, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Source Type: news

Disasters Don ’t Plan Ahead. You Can
NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has provided the following information as a way for all of us to be better prepared when disasters strike. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have us asking ourselves—are we ready to respond to a disaster in our community? You are probably asking yourself the same question. To prepare, you must have your own plan in place first. Then you can help members of your community find resources to make their preparedness plans. This September, National Preparedness Month focuses on planning, with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” To ...
Source: Dragonfly - September 8, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Emergency Preparedness News from NLM Source Type: news

Tweet and Learn: Twitter as an Educational Tool
Twitter has been growing in popularity (although not as a money-making venture), and is one of the most used social media tools. While many still use it to connect with friends, follow the antics of celebrities, and keep up with family members, the use of Twitter as an educational tool has also been emerging for several years, especially in the health sciences. Teaching about the tools and skills to use social media to its full advantage is a perfect role for librarians. We can advocate for the inclusion of these skills in the curriculum, teaching students to use social media professionally and also how to avoid pitfalls a...
Source: Dragonfly - September 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

Will You be the Next Rockstar Medical Librarian?
The National Library of Medicine is currently  accepting submissions for rockstar medical librarians. This is your opportunity to be featured by NLM during National Medical Librarians month in October.  Deadline to submit your application is September 15. Here’s the announcement from the NLM In Focus blog: Ready to take the stage? NLM will be featuring more rock star medical librarians during National Medical Librarians Month in October. We’re giving top billing to medical librarians at hospitals, universities, and other organizations. You can be a solo act or, if you’d prefer to profile yo...
Source: Dragonfly - September 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Source Type: news

Solar Eclipse Safety
Everyone is gearing up for the big solar eclipse happening August 21. Many libraries have been gathering information as well as planning activities and programs for their communities. Why the hoopla?! Well, last time the United States experienced a total solar eclipse was in 1991 in Hawaii.  And  it was in 1979 that the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse. Then it went through the Pacific Northwest, including Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington state. The next total solar eclipse will be by-passing this region and instead be going from Texas through the Midwest to Maine in 2024. A total solar ec...
Source: Dragonfly - August 14, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Blog Source Type: news

Opiate Addiction and Treatment Resources from the National Library of Medicine
In response to the growing heroin epidemic in the United States, the National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services has created a portal to provide resources and information on prescribing, overdose, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is defined as: “A primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward an...
Source: Dragonfly - August 11, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: News from NLM Public Health Source Type: news

“ Calling BS in the Age of Big Data ” , next PNR Rendezvous
Our digital worlds are inundated with misinformation, data manipulations and outright lies. In this webinar session, we will look at common pitfalls specifically around information visualization. Our presenter, Jevin West, will have us examine different ways that information can be misrepresented with figures and graphs. “Calling BS in the Age of Big Data” will build upon several lectures given in the Calling BS class at the University of Washington.  Presenter: Jevin West Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington. He is one of the chief architects of the new Data Science curri...
Source: Dragonfly - August 9, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Health Literacy/Consumer Health Training & Education Source Type: news

Persistent Identifiers
Have your researchers or other patrons ever asked you how to create a “permanent,” persistent, or long-lasting  link to a webpage, data set, article, file, dissertation, or even a physical object? While there are several online options, two tools/services used by the University of Washington Libraries are listed below. Perma.cc is a free, online tool built by Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab and supported by libraries and institutions across the country. It allows users to create a link to online content, such as a webpage, that will always be accessible, regardless of what happens to the original so...
Source: Dragonfly - August 9, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Technology Source Type: news

It ’ s Getting Hot Out There!
CDC Beat the Heat Infographic It’s heating up here in Seattle and most parts of the Pacific Northwest with temperatures reaching triple digits in some areas. It’s important to find relief by staying hydrated, stay out of the sun, and limit activity. Older adults, young children, and those whose health is compromised should be especially careful. But everyone should take precautions because when the body is unable to cools itself properly, heat-related illnesses can occur. Not everyone can stay in an air conditioned environment so make sure to take breaks from the heat and allow your body to cool. What could inc...
Source: Dragonfly - August 4, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Emergency Preparedness Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news

Open Science Framework (OSF)
Looking for a place for your researchers to collaborate on projects and publications? Open Science Framework’s free online tool provides open source project management support for researchers across the entire research lifecycle. Created by the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA, OSF is a collaboration tool, workflow system, and flexible repository all in one. Designed to work with many of the research tools researchers already use, it allows users to “automate version control, get persistent identifiers for projects and materials, preregister their research, and connect favorite third party service...
Source: Dragonfly - August 2, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Technology Source Type: news

Clinical Use of Wearable Technology
While privacy concerns, accuracy of data collected, and FDA approval are all concerns in wearable technology, interest in clinical use of the devices has already begun. Some devices in use include: Compact electrocardiogram monitor. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease and stroke are the two cause of death in American adults. Cardiovascular monitoring is vital to diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, and remote patient monitoring assists with this effort. Wristband to monitor epileptic seizures. A device which can detect seizures in patients who have epilepsy can be used to record the tim...
Source: Dragonfly - July 26, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Data Technology Source Type: news

Senior Health Information
As many of you know, the NIH Senior Health website will be discontinued as of August 1. As unfortunate as it is to lose this great resource, other senior health information resources do exist. Not all of these are National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources but do provide an array of information pertaining to aging and health for seniors themselves, for caregivers and for those whose work focuses on older adult concerns. MedlinePlus provides information with a Seniors demographic group which includes a listing of health topics related to this age group. The NIH National Institute on Aging provides a number of resourc...
Source: Dragonfly - July 24, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NLM News From NN/LM PNR Public Libraries Source Type: news

Savoring the Harvest Beyond the Season, Food Preservation
Summer is the time of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables when they are at their best. Whether you grow your own or purchase from a local farmers market you know there is nothing better than eating a fresh tomato or recently picked cucumbers. It would be wonderful to have it fresh all year around but for many of us these summer time fruits and vegetables can only be enjoyed through food preservation. Home preserved foods are often healthier and tastier than those bought in the grocery store. It can also be cheaper and is a great skill to have. But not all of us have had the privilege of growing up with a garden and...
Source: Dragonfly - July 19, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Source Type: news

The Bond Between Homeless People and Their Pets
My Dog is My Home is a multimedia project highlighting the importance of homeless people’s relationship with their pets. Researchers from the University of Washington and Wesleyan University focused on the relationships between humans and animals, what those relationships demonstrated and what solutions might address the needs of both. Their article, My Dog is My Home: Multispecies care and poverty politics in Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas is available here, and seeks to understand the impact that the bond with their pets has on the health and well-being of people. The project provides video interviews to...
Source: Dragonfly - July 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Public Health Source Type: news

Claiming MLA (Medical Library Association) CE credit
Change is always happening and MLA is no different. Those of you who have been taking our NNLM courses or webinars for MLA CE credit may have noticed a change in obtaining CE credit. MEDLIB-ED is now MLA’s new learning platform for health information professionals. Here you can go for MLA webinars, trainings, and online classes and more all in one location. Also, if you wish to be an instructor and submit your own class for CE credit, this is where to go. Here is how to claim MLA CE credit whether you are attending a NNLM webinar or class: At the end of a webinar or class, a URL to the class evaluation will be share...
Source: Dragonfly - July 12, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Training & Education Source Type: news

National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and  great time to educate about the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. National Immunization Awareness Month is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), and is an opportunity for communities to promote understanding about the role of vaccination in preventing diseases, which can be more serious, or even fatal, in some populations. The NPHIC website offers toolkits and ideas for organizations to use to raise awareness during this month. Suggested themes for August 2017 are: July/August: Back to School: Ready for school? Mak...
Source: Dragonfly - July 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Public Health Source Type: news

Register for upcoming PNR classes
Summer can be a chance to catch up on some continuing education. The PNR has two classes coming up in August. Each class qualifies for both Medical Library Association CE credit as well as for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). Class: From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens Those who work with teens will be provided with an introduction to teen health resources. The class will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors, review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers, and explore c...
Source: Dragonfly - July 6, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News From NN/LM PNR Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news

Three July webinars coming up
We have 3 upcoming webinars in the month of July highlighting funded projects, learning about data services, and featuring the NLM resource- PubMed Health. We hope you can join us for the live sessions but they will be recorded. PNR Partners Considering future projects for your library? Unsure what to do? Come join us on July 12th to hear two NNLM PNR members speak about their wonderful work in the region who received PNR funding. Two librarians will present about how they brought an Association of College and Research Libraries data management workshop to eastern Washington. And, interested in the use of comics in health ...
Source: Dragonfly - July 3, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Funding News from Network Members Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news

The Evidence Is In —Singing Works!
You’ve probably heard of evidence-based medicine, but have you ever encountered evidence-based library and information practice?  It’s a movement that encourages librarians and information professionals to use research evidence in their daily practice, just as health care providers do, and to conduct their own research in order to inform their practice. Not only that, but there is an open access journal called (what else?) Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, there is a great new compilation of articles edited by two giants in the field, Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle, and there is an...
Source: Dragonfly - June 29, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog Source Type: news

Publication of a New Illustrated History of the National Library of Medicine
Images of America: US National Library of Medicine is a newly published book about the National Library of Medicine. The following are highlights from NLM’s announcement. The book appears in the popular Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, and was arranged through a public-private partnership with that publisher. Simultaneously, the complete book and original versions of the 170+ images, which appear in it in black and white, are archived and freely available in NLM Digital Collections. A hardback version of the book is available from booksellers. Many individuals have wr...
Source: Dragonfly - June 29, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Source Type: news