Next PNR Rendezvous – focuses on the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibits
Has your library, institution, or organization considered hosting a National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit but were unsure as to what was involved? Perhaps you noticed the lengthy wait list for several of the exhibits? The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session is hosting staff from the NLM Exhibition Program who will be providing some information about an opportunity to host an exhibit. In addition, until December 15, 2018, NNLM PNR network members are invited to sign up to host an NLM exhibit, for a 6-week booking period of your first or second choice from January 2019 through April 2021. Learn more about this oppo...
Source: Dragonfly - November 7, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM News From NNLM PNR Public Libraries Source Type: news

TOMORROW/NOVEMBER 7! Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on Women ’ s Health – Join Us!
In case you haven’t heard, the NNLM’s second Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, focusing on Women’s Health, is happening tomorrow!  We really hope you will join us, as an editor, learner, observer, cheerleader, or whatever role fits for you.  (If you want to edit, be sure to sign up for a Wikipedia account if you don’t have one, and if you want to tweet, the hashtag is #citenlm2018 ) As an extra inducement, during the shift hosted by the NNLM-PNR, 3-5 PM Pacific Time, we will feature Wikipedian Monika Sengul-Jones.  We’re all lucky to have her as a knowledgeable,  energetic, generous, ...
Source: Dragonfly - November 6, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NNLM News From NNLM PNR Public Health Technology Training & Education Edit-a-thon Wikipedia women's health Source Type: news

“ Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn ” traveling exhibit coming from the NLM to the UW Health Sciences Library!
As you may know, the University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the location of the Pacific Northwest region of the NNLM.  Starting today (through December 22), it will also be hosting the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit titled, “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn”.  We are so excited to present this vibrant and trend-setting event! Graphic medicine uses the graphic novel or comic format as a way to provide information and tell stories of illness and health; this exhibit (curated by graphic artist Ellen Forney) consists of 6 banners which will be displayed i...
Source: Dragonfly - November 5, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health K-12 News from NLM Training & Education comics and medicine david lasky ellen forney graphic medicine traveling exhibit university of washington health sciences library Source Type: news

NLM Traveling Exhibits – An Opportunity for PNR Network Members
The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collection and health information resources of the National Library of Medicine. In a new initiative, several NLM exhibitions are being made available exclusively to NNLM member organizations. These exhibitions are designed to engage diverse audiences about a variety of topics in the history of medicine. Lesson plans and other resources are included in the online content of each exhibit. Until December 15, 2018, NNLM PNR members are invited to sign up to host an exh...
Source: Dragonfly - November 1, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Cathy Burroughs Tags: Blog Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NLM News From NNLM PNR Source Type: news

Reading is Healthy! Introducing the NNLM Reading Club
Book Clubs or reading groups are a staple of library outreach and literacy efforts. People gather to discuss Oprah’s picks or the New York Times’ Best Sellers to socially engage with literature and current events. To help grow health literacy, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network announces the launch of the NNLM Reading Club. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs by celebrating important National Health Observances through the fun and intimacy of a book club. The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection...
Source: Dragonfly - November 1, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michele Spatz Tags: All of Us Blog Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Public Libraries book club kit public library reading club Source Type: news

Data Flash: RIP PubMed Health
This is not exactly a data post, but, the loss of a trusted source for clinical effectiveness research will have its effects on the dataverse.  PubMed Health is being discontinued as of this coming Wednesday.  As any of my colleagues can tell you, I’m taking the loss of PubMed Health hard– I loved showing it to people at various conferences, and using it myself– I found it a wonderful mid-point between MedlinePlus.gov and PubMed.gov, and it also had some great methodology resources and a glossary.  All of its content will be findable in other ways though! In thinking about how to proceed in...
Source: Dragonfly - October 28, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Data Science Public Health clinical effectiveness PubMed Health PubMed.gov search skills Source Type: news

The Winding Career Path of One Medical Librarian
As many of us know, it’s medical librarian month, and a colleague said to me, “You’ve had a pretty winding career path— you should write a post about it!”  So, here goes… My first medical librarian connection wasn’t officially as a librarian at all, but as the data request epidemiologist for Public Health – Seattle & King County.  People from all walks of life and for all sorts of purposes would contact me to get help with finding data… and those consultations included teaching, consulting, exploring, and sometimes a lot of laughter.  From the gentl...
Source: Dragonfly - October 25, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog career consumer health medical librarian Medical Librarians Month outreach Source Type: news

National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program- webinar
The next PNR Rendezvous session will feature a current National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow, Shannon Sheridan. Shannon is currently in the optional second year of the program and is working at the Hahnemann Library at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Shannon will be giving an overview of the NLM Associate Fellowship Program as well as telling us about her own experience. The NLM Associate Fellowship Program originally began as the NLM Internship Program in 1957 and have a brief hiatus, it was renamed the NLM Associate Fellowship Program in 1966. Fellows work at the National Library of Medicine which is located o...
Source: Dragonfly - October 10, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News From NNLM PNR Training & Education Source Type: news

Announcing NNLM PNR funding support to attend ALA Midwinter preconference on Health Equity and Health Literacy
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Public Library Association, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region are pleased to host the preconference Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity at ALA Midwinter in Seattle, WA on January 25, 2019 from 9am to noon at the Washington State Convention Center.  This highly informative and interactive preconference will explore interventions and practices that contribute to reducing health disparities and promote health equity. Through insightful presentations, self-reflection...
Source: Dragonfly - October 4, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Cathy Burroughs Tags: Funding Source Type: news

October is Health Literacy Month!
It’s October – Health Literacy month. We’ve still much work ahead to improve how we deliver actionable health information for the nine out of ten U.S. adults who struggle to understand it. We know health literacy is complex and multi-faceted. It involves demands by the healthcare system which often surpass people’s ability to comprehend and appropriately respond to those demands in order to support personal well-being. This month is a good reminder that low health literacy has real-world consequences, since it’s well documented that individuals with low health literacy suffer poorer ...
Source: Dragonfly - October 3, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Michele Spatz Tags: All of Us Blog Funding Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances News From NNLM PNR Public Libraries Source Type: news

Data Flash: Who doesn ’t love going to the fair?
In this case, a free, online DATA FAIR!  Next week, October 1 through 5, ICPSR (the international data consortium/data archive/data education and research organization) will be holding the 2018 ICPSR Data Fair .  The number of offerings is impressive, and there’s enough variety that there’s something for everyone—diversity and inclusion, training, sharing, tools, and more.  You register for each session individually (but don’t forget the Tweetchats!).   Best of all, no costs for registration or travel! And, if online learning and participation is appealing, you might al...
Source: Dragonfly - September 28, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Data Science Training & Education data fair online education open access Source Type: news

“ Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles ” Guest Essay
One of the more popular courses we at the NNLM offer is called “Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles“.  This nation-wide course “explains the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes, explains current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives, and illustrates the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective”.  The assignments in the course build over the nine weeks until the participants can use them as the basis for a final essay.  The essays are really wonderful thought-pieces both about how librarians can enter the big data w...
Source: Dragonfly - September 26, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Data Science big data EHR Patricia Brennan Source Type: news

Building Trust in Biomedical Research- upcoming PNR Rendezvous
Understanding research isn’t always easy and often there is a disconnect between the research being done and how that applies to healthcare and to us as individuals. For some, trust in biomedical research can be tenuous but it is critically important that we, the public, know the science and become informed. Join us for our next PNR Rendezvous webinar to learn what one regional organization is doing as they work towards building public trust in biomedical research. When: Wednesday September 19, 1:00pm PT, noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT PNR Rendezvous session title: Community Conversations that Build Trust in Biomedical Resea...
Source: Dragonfly - September 17, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Training & Education science literacy Source Type: news

STDs on the Rise
Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported the dramatic increase of sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S.  In fact, for the fourth year in a row the numbers have continued to rise. Among the rise, specific sexually transmitted diseases include: gonorrhea has been diagnosed in 555,608 cases in preliminary 2017 data (an increase of 67%  from 2013) syphilis has been diagnosed in 30,644 cases (an increase of 76% from 2013) chlamydia was reported with more than 1.7 million cases in 2017 These three diseases can be treated with antibiotics but gonorrhea has become antibiotic resist...
Source: Dragonfly - September 10, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Health Public Libraries Source Type: news

Announcing New Funding Opportunities for Public Libraries
The NNLM PNR is pleased to request proposals for a new round of funding opportunities for projects involving public libraries.  NNLM PNR public library member organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply. If your organization is not currently a member, it’s easy to join! Proposals submitted by Wednesday, October 10, 2018 will receive fullest consideration. If you plan to submit a proposal, we need a brief statement of intent no later than Wednesday, September 19. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu. For information on writing a proposal, watch t...
Source: Dragonfly - August 31, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Cathy Burroughs Tags: Funding News From NNLM PNR Source Type: news

September is National Preparedness Month
and provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornadeos. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas. Ready.gov has provided weekly themes&...
Source: Dragonfly - August 28, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Emergency Preparedness Health Observances Public Health disaster preparedness Source Type: news

Data Flash: Hospital or academic or data-interested librarian? 2 opportunities for data-related training, free!
Whether you’re in a hospital or academic or research center or other data-related setting, take a look at these two amazing training opportunities—there’s something for everyone!  And they’re free! 1) “Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health” When we did our regional data needs assessment last year, many of you who are hospital librarians said that you wanted to be able to “speak IT”; in other words, to know more about data standards such as UMLS, SNOMED CT, and more. Well, here’s your chance!  This interactive...
Source: Dragonfly - August 27, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog Data Science News from NNLM Technology data standards IT research data management Source Type: news

Happy Birthday National Park Service!
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act and thus created the National Park Service. The parks system includes over 400 areas which includes national parks, monuments, military parks, battlefields, historical parks, historical sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and even the White House. Every year, millions of people visit the these areas and last year’s top 10 most visited national parks included 2 in the PNR region: Olympic National Park and Glacier National Park.  Both these and other designated areas that are part of the Nat...
Source: Dragonfly - August 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Observances exercise Source Type: news

Back to School Readiness- College Health
Many young adults are preparing to enter college. It is an exciting time where they can meet new friends and gain new experiences. For many, it is a step towards becoming independent and learning life skills. However, most are probably not thinking about their health. Providing some information resources with tips is one way to prepare students. Both the CDC and MedlinePlus offer information and links to topics such as: Eating health in the dining hall Preventing sexual assault Depression Managing stress Sexual health College health services Alcohol and other substances are sometimes a first experience in college. Many s...
Source: Dragonfly - August 20, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health college health Source Type: news

Upcoming Webinar on Clinical and Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
Many of your patrons may have an interest or even have had a clinical genetic test or done a direct to consumer genetic test. The next PNR Rendezvous session is an opportunity to learn more about both clinical and consumer genetic tests regarding health. When: Wednesday, August 15 starting at Noon, Alaska Time, 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm MT Session title: Genetic Testing in the Era of Genomic Sequencing Summary: This presentation will include information on current genetic testing and genetic counseling practices, with a focus on the implementation of new sequencing technologies into clinical medicine. Implications and ethical cons...
Source: Dragonfly - August 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Training & Education genetics genomics Source Type: news

Data Flash: “Storage Wars”
You may have seen the feature on the front page of our website, “Where in the World are the PNR Coordinators?” But, we don’t always report back on our travels!  So, here is a quick view of a conference I attended on behalf of the NNLM-PNR, that took place in Bozeman, MT last month, called “Open Repositories 2018”.  What is an open repository?  I like this definition from the “Repositories Support Project”: “A digital repository is a mechanism for managing and storing digital content. Repositories can be subject or institutional in their focus. Putting content i...
Source: Dragonfly - July 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Blog Data Science News From NNLM PNR Technology Training & Education Bozeman conference Data_Science open repositories Source Type: news

Multnomah County Library Community Health Outreach Award
The Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon received a Community Health Outreach Award from the NNLM PNR to pilot the use of health information kiosks, aimed at people who are experiencing houselessness in Multnomah County. Here is a report of their project from Steph Miller, Programming Librarian — Technology and Workforce Development. Increasing Access to Credible Health Information for Public Library Patrons Experiencing Houselessness People who are experiencing houselessness come to public libraries to find information and to use the internet. According to local studies in Multnomah County, Oregon, 57 perce...
Source: Dragonfly - July 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News from Network Members Public Libraries Source Type: news

NIH News in Health
The July 2018 issue of NIH News in Health is now available. In this issue, information about preparing for menopause and acne are highlighted. In addition, readers will learn about: the new National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health app, HerbList diet and hearing loss a program for those 60 and older to quit smoking Anyone can subscribe and access NIH News in Health. The information contained in this monthly publication is for anyone but especially the public with practical news and tips that are based on NIH (National Institutes of Health) research. Individuals can subscribe to receive this monthly newslet...
Source: Dragonfly - July 2, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NIH Source Type: news

DataFlash: Staying Informed
Big data and research data management are evolving quickly and it can be challenging to keep up with developments in the field. Social media is a great way to keep track and to ask questions of colleagues, researchers, and vendors. Below are several links worth checking out… CANLIB-DATA is a listserv for issues related to research data in Canadian libraries, with more than 350 subscribers. DataCure “is a Google group of librarians and information professionals whose members have significant roles or responsibilities in providing services in managing or curating research data. Datacure exists to provide a safe ...
Source: Dragonfly - June 27, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

Announcing New Funding Opportunities
The NN/LM PNR is pleased to request proposals for a new round of funding opportunities! NNLM PNR member organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington are eligible to apply. If your organization is not currently a member, it’s easy to join! Proposals submitted by August 15, 2018 will receive fullest consideration. If you plan to submit a proposal, we need a brief statement of intent no later than July 25. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu. Here are brief descriptions and links to detailed information about current funding opportunities: Community Health Outreach Awar...
Source: Dragonfly - June 20, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Cathy Burroughs Tags: Funding News From NNLM PNR Source Type: news

Feedback for PubMed
PubMed Labs is an experimental site being used to test new technologies, features, and directions for PubMed. It’s also a way to offer feedback to the National Library of Medicine for PubMed 2.0, which will be released in December 2018. PubMed Labs, which consists of all the records found in PubMed, is being used to test new and different features as well as including existing features in its interface. The goal is to improve user experience, and additional features are being added all the time. PubMed Labs includes a new search algorithm that uses machine learning to more accurately find the best matches. There are ...
Source: Dragonfly - June 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: News from NLM Source Type: news

June PNR Rendezvous webinar
The next PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar is coming up. Session title: Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets Presenter: Bas de Veer, Bio-Medical Informatics Services Manager for UW Medicine IT Services When: Wednesday, June 20 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making. But great secondary use of this data is research. This webinar will discuss the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets. Registration is encouraged but no...
Source: Dragonfly - June 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Science Training & Education Source Type: news

June PNR Rendezvous webinar next week
The next PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar is coming up. Session title: Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets Presenter: Bas de Veer, Bio-Medical Informatics Services Manager for UW Medicine IT Services When: Wednesday, June 20 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making. But great secondary use of this data is research. This webinar will discuss the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets. Registration is encouraged but no...
Source: Dragonfly - June 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Science Training & Education Source Type: news

Professional Development Opportunities from the PNR
The NNLM PNR supports the professional development of its Network Members in several ways, including: PNR Rendezvous PNR Professional Development Lending Library MLA Webinars PNR Professional Development Awards In addition to our popular PNR Rendezvous, which is a monthly webinar series presented focusing on various topics such as health, research, resources, librarianship, and technology for attendees to incorporate into their work, The NNLM PNR also provides other educational opportunities. The Professional Development Lending Library is a collection of books on topics of interest to medical librarians. Topics included...
Source: Dragonfly - June 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Training & Education Source Type: news

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018
Do you produce any digital content that is consumed by other humans? (I’m guessing yes.) You should, if you don’t already, consider how you can make it more universally usable! If you work for a university, you are likely already required to adhere to these standards or something similar. There are a lot of design techniques and standards in place to help make all sorts of digital content types accessible to people with a great diversity of abilities and disabilities. Earlier this month, I attended some presentations at the University of Washington as part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Every yea...
Source: Dragonfly - May 31, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Maddie Romansic Tags: Accessibility Blog Technology Source Type: news

Data Flash: What is this GDPR thing I keep hearing about?
This article, from Vox, puts it well: “…Norms are shifting once more. Looking back, we can frame the development of digital behavior into three phases: First, there was a naiveté phase, where consumers didn’t really understand the technology and what it meant. Then there was the careless phase, where people saw data rights or privacy as either unimportant or an acceptable price of entry to all the good, free stuff. Now it is clear we are entering the demand phase, which sees the emergence of a more savvy, engaged, and alarmed digital consumer — and related movements to create and enforce con...
Source: Dragonfly - May 26, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Data Science Technology data privacy data protection Europe GDPR personal data Source Type: news

NIH All of Us Research Program National Launch in Pasco, WA
Tania Bardyn, NNLM PNR Director & Jane Delgado, President and CEO, NAHH Sunday, May 6 was a beautiful sunny day in Pasco, WA for the NIH’s All of Us Research Program National Launch Event to celebrate the opening of program enrollment to adults age 18+ who are living in the United States. NLM through its National Network of Libraries of Medicine is an NIH All of Us strategic partner. NNLM PNR joined with the National Alliance of Hispanic Health (NAHH), Mid-Columbia Libraries, Richland City Public Library and Tri-Cities Community Health along with many other community partners at a Health and Wellness Fair fo...
Source: Dragonfly - May 10, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: mspatz Tags: All of Us Health Literacy/Consumer Health News From NNLM PNR Public Health Public Libraries Source Type: news

A Unique Data Experience: Reflections on ESFCOM ’s Inaugural Hackathon
Today’s blog is by Nancy Shin, Sewell Memorial Fund Librarian Fellow at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Welcome, Nancy! The most extraordinary thing happened to Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) the weekend of April 13 -15, 2018.  ESFCOM hosted its inaugural Hackathon, which was organized by the College Technology Incubator Officer, Andrew Richards.  It was well attended by people from all walks of life and subject expertise including students and healthcare providers.  So, the big question is what exactly is a hackat...
Source: Dragonfly - May 7, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

Children of Incarcerated Parents
There are over 2.7 million children in the United States who have a parent who is incarcerated. Children who have a parent in prison are impacted in many ways, including mental and physical health. They may face financial hardship, trauma, or social stigma. Disruption of family live may lead to additional problems and negative outcomes for children. Organizations that offer family-oriented support programs for children of incarcerated parents include Youth.gov, which was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, composed of representatives from 20 federal agencies that support programs and services focusi...
Source: Dragonfly - May 4, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: K-12 Source Type: news

Do You Think Health Sciences Librarians Should Get Involved with Big Data in Healthcare?
In conclusion, there are a myriad of ways a librarian can get involved with Big Data. In this class we have learned about quite a few of them. I remember when I attended the opening reception at NLM’s Biomedical Informatics Course at Woods Hole, Dr. Lindberg told us we were change agents. I hope some of the participants of this class become just as inspired. (Source: Dragonfly)
Source: Dragonfly - April 27, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Human Genome Project
April 25th marks the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is commemorating this milestone and other genomic advances by showcasing 15 ways that genomics has transformed our world. From April 5 through April 25 you can learn about a new milestone in genomics that has transformed our world such as: When scientists agreed to use the one “reference” human genome sequence generated by the Human Genome Project, it became easier to determine differences among people’s genomes on a much larger scale. We have since learned that h...
Source: Dragonfly - April 24, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances genetics genomics Source Type: news

Big Data, Healthcare, and the Evolution of the Health Science Librarian
In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks. Written by: Lisa Mastin, Medical Librarian, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta,...
Source: Dragonfly - April 23, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

All of Us Research Program – Ready to Launch Nationally on May 6
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is excited to announce the All of Us Research Program official launch on Sunday, May 6, 2018.  This national event will be held in seven communities throughout the United States — including Pasco, Washington — and will be broadcast via this website and on Facebook Live. The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. The programs goals are to develop a more effective way to treat diseases and to provide individualized healthcare.  ...
Source: Dragonfly - April 20, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: All of Us News from NLM Source Type: news

Data, Data Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink
In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks. Written by: Jeff Durham, Medical Librarian, Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Spri...
Source: Dragonfly - April 20, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

Reflections on Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles
In the NNLM Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course, we asked participants, as they progressed through the course to consider the following questions: Do you think health sciences librarians should get involved with big data in healthcare? Where should librarians get involved, if you think they should? If you think they should not, explain why. You may also combine a “should/should not” approach if you would like to argue both sides. NNLM will feature responses from different participants over the coming weeks. Written by: Kathleen Carlson, Education Librarian, College of Medicine Phoenix, Unive...
Source: Dragonfly - April 16, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

PNR Rendezvous session on social media evaluation
Session title: “Beyond the Memes: Social Media Evaluation” When: April 18,  1:00pm PT, noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT Presenter: Kalyna Durbak, Program Coordinator, NNLM National Evaluation Office If you engage users on social media, you know that it takes a lot of time and effort- but how do you know if your hard work is paying off? Join this PNR Rendezvous webinar session where you will learn the basics about social media analytics, and how to use the data to evaluate social media campaigns and programs. You will also learn the basic principles of evaluation, such as creating realistic outcomes and objectiv...
Source: Dragonfly - April 12, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Training & Education evaluation social media Source Type: news

Library Services on Wheels
In observation of National Bookmobile Day, Carmen Clark, bookmobile librarian for Bozeman Public Library in Bozeman, MT is providing a guest post today.  A few years ago, the Bozeman Public Library realized that there is a need for a mobile library in our rapidly growing city. After a very successful fundraising campaign by the Bozeman Library Foundation, our wish became a reality. On July 3rd 2017 we started our new Bookmobile program. We serve schools, assisted living facilities, mobile home parks and neighborhoods throughout Bozeman and Gallatin County. The Bookmobile functions as a mobile branch of the Bozeman Pub...
Source: Dragonfly - April 11, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Public Libraries bookmobile outreach Source Type: news

On April 17, Bring Your Skills – to the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon!
You may have heard of Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons, where rooms full of people add content and citations to Wikipedia, to make it a better, evidence-based resource.  Does the idea intrigue you?  Are you a killer searcher and verifier?  Or even pretty good?  If so, we have an opportunity for you! Join us at the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, from 6AM to 6PM Pacific Time on April 17 (it’s online only– no travel required!).  We’ll be focusing on diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center (GARD), and improving them using trusted National Library of Medicine resources li...
Source: Dragonfly - April 9, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NNLM citation Edit-a-thon genetic diseases Wikipedia Source Type: news

DataFlash: Data Indexers
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is “an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.” Their mission is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information on population health, and to do so, IHME enlists the expertise of countless individuals, including researchers, data analysts, data scientists, and thirteen data indexers. What is a data indexer? ...
Source: Dragonfly - April 2, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Data Science Source Type: news

Data Flash: Exploring Historical Data
It’s so easy to think of data as a modern phenomenon, that we forget that data analysis and data visualization are phenomena which go way back.  A marvelous example is John Graunt’s Bills of Mortality, which this post by John Appleby calls “a 17th century spreadsheet of deaths in London”.  Appleby goes on to do some ultra-modern visualizations of the data, which illuminate connections that Graunt probably didn’t make at the time scientifically, but may have understood intuitively. If you find this concept intriguing, either to read about or to explore more directly, consider taking a...
Source: Dragonfly - March 27, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: Data Science GIS data historical data John Graunt NLM Historical Division Pew Research Center Source Type: news

Guides to consumer health reference
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Public Library Association (PLA) have been partnering to promote health and wellness reference services and programs at public libraries. NNLM coordinators often present and exhibit at local, regional and national conferences where many public library staff attend in an effort to bring awareness to the many freely and authoritative resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). These resources provide helpful and trusted information for patrons who may have health concerns as well as to help provide information for social media, brochures and programming....
Source: Dragonfly - March 26, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Libraries Source Type: news

SAVE THE DATE — NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, 4/17
  Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed. If you’re new t...
Source: Dragonfly - March 21, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: News from NNLM News From NNLM PNR Training & Education Edit-a-thon Wikipedia Source Type: news

NLM ’s 2017-2027 Strategic Plan
“Every day more than four million people use NLM resources; every hour, a petabyte of data moves in or out of our computing systems.” The National Library of Medicine Board of Regents has released the Strategic Plan for 2017-2027: “A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health.” Working in conjunction with NLM planning staff, the Board identified themes to use as a framework to develop future priorities and directions. Public input was solicited on these themes: Advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics Advancing biomedical discovery and translational science Su...
Source: Dragonfly - March 16, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Data Science News from NLM Source Type: news

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction
A new guideline released by the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse has recommended that opioid addiction should be treated with prescribed medication when possible. A national review committee which vetted the guideline included primary care physicians, addiction medicine specialists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, all of whom received no funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Short term detox treatment, without further intervention and followup, is not recommended by the committee. “The guideline advises against detox programs that discharge patients after several days, with no further ...
Source: Dragonfly - March 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: News from NIH Opioid Use Disorder Source Type: news

Monthly PNR Rendezvous webinar, March 21
Join us for the next PNR Rendezvous session, “Institutional Library Services in Washington State” This session of PNR Rendezvous will provide an overview of institutional library services in Washington state, including history, challenges, and information regarding services for incarcerated populations. Attendees will find this session informative no matter in which state you reside. Presenters: Anna Nash, Institutional Librarian and Kathleen Benoun, Library Associate, Washington State Library Registration is encouraged. The session is worth 1 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit for attending the l...
Source: Dragonfly - March 14, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news