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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

Librarians Respond to the Opioid Crisis
The information below is from the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) “Long viewed as guardians of safe spaces for children, library staff members have begun taking on the role of first responder in drug overdoses,” CNN reported last week (“The opioid epidemic is so bad that librarians are learning how to treat overdoses,” by Darran Simon, June 23, 2017).  American Libraries also recently reported on the same issue (“Saving lives in the stacks: how libraries are handling the opioid crisis,” by Anne Ford, June 21, 2017). Though the severity of the curren...
Source: Dragonfly - June 27, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Public Health Public Libraries Source Type: news

REDCap
(Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.  Originally created in 2004 by a small group of researchers at Vanderbilt University who needed a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant data collection tool, it has evolved into a free, consortium-based secure web application specifically geared to support online and offline data capture for research studies and operations. With over 2000 partner sites across the globe, REDCap is capable of collecting any type of data for any purpose. Each partner site maintains its ow...
Source: Dragonfly - June 22, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Blog Data Technology Source Type: news

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous webinar June 21
Join us for the next PNR Rendezvous webinar where Kate Orville, Co-director of the Washington State Medical Home Partnerships Project for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, will be our presenter.  Learn how primary health care providers and clinics are changing to become “patient-centered medical homes” and the opportunities this opens up for libraries, public health, early learning and other community partners to become part of the bigger “medical home neighborhood.” No registration required for this one hour webinar. When: Wednesday, June 21 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2...
Source: Dragonfly - June 14, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news

NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has just launched a new website: NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery! Originally known as the eScience Portal for Librarians and initiated by the NNLM New England Region at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2009, the portal transitioned to the NNLM’s national website this past May and was launched at MLA. NNLM’s primary aim is to support access to biomedical and health information. By fostering learning and collaboration in data science and encouraging the sharing, curation, and annotation of biomedical data, NNLM will insure that data is f...
Source: Dragonfly - June 9, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: Blog Source Type: news

Inclusive Design 24 – A Free 24-Hour Online Community Event on Accessibility
Hi everyone! I’m the Program Coordinator at NNLM PNR, and as such share in the responsibility of keeping our web content accessible. People are becoming more aware of the importance of making digital media and online content accessible to everyone, and events like the recent “Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)” are helping educate those responsible for creating and curating said content. If you missed GAAD, there is another free event coming up at the end of this week: Inclusive Design 24. From their website: “Inclusive Design 24 celebrates efforts worldwide to ensure people with disabilities...
Source: Dragonfly - June 5, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Maddie Romansic Tags: Blog Technology Training & Education Source Type: news

Comics and Medicine: A FREE Librarian Brown-Bag Session!
  One of the more exciting recent trends in communicating about health care and medicine is that of “graphic medicine”.  As Dr. Ian Williams, who coined the phrase, writes: “It has long been known that comics are “not just for kids”… comics and graphic novels [can] be used as a resource for health professionals, playing a valuable role in: Reflecting or changing cultural perceptions of medicine Relating the subjective patient/carer/provider experience Enabling discussion of difficult subjects Helping other sufferers or carers Want to learn more?  Come join us at the Com...
Source: Dragonfly - May 19, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health News From NN/LM PNR Public Health Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news

Resources Focusing on the Opioid Epidemic
The following is news from the NIH/NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared opioid abuse an epidemic, calling it a serious public health issue. Two states, Florida and Maryland, have recently declared states of emergency in response to the opioid crisis. NIH MedlinePlus magazine has an overview to help readers understand the opioid overdose epidemic, and the statistics are staggering: an estimated 1.9 million people in the US have a prescription opioid use disorder, while another 586,000 have a heroin use disorder. In 2014 alone, more than 28,0...
Source: Dragonfly - May 12, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Emergency Preparedness Health Literacy/Consumer Health News from NLM Public Health Source Type: news

Library guides for Tribal libraries is topic for next PNR Rendezvous webinar
The next PNR Rendezvous webinar session, TRAILS and The Small but Powerful Guide – Management and Advocacy Toolkits for Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries, will introduce the American Library Association’s Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee’s (RNTLOAK) 2 newly revised toolkits, “TRAILS (Tribal Library Procedures Manual)” and “The Small but Powerful Guide to Building Support for Your Rural Library”. Last updated in 2008, these toolkits serve as guides for how to manage libraries and advocate for community support for outreach librarians, public librarians, co...
Source: Dragonfly - May 11, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Public Libraries Training & Education Source Type: news

May is Older Americans Month
The theme for the 2017 Older Americans Month is “Age Out Loud”. Originally called Senior Citizens Month when established in 1963 by President Kennedy,  only about 17 million Americans had reached age 65.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 2014 the number of Americans age 65 or older was 46.2 million and will continue to grow and outnumber children.  Many were present and participated in Civil Rights movement, saw the landing on the moon, lived through several wars and conflicts, witnessed changes in the environment, and entered the world of the Internet. This country has benefited g...
Source: Dragonfly - May 1, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Public Libraries Source Type: news

Celebrate National DNA Day
National DNA Day is today, April 25. It is a time for teachers, students, and the public to celebrate the achievements of the completion of the Human Genome Project and the discovery of the DNA double helix as well as a time to learn more about genetics and genomics. It was on this day in 1953, that the paper, “Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” was published by Watson and Crick. Also, included in this same issue of Nature, were accompanying articles by others including a scientist by the name of Rosalind Franklin. The work of many has gone into the scientific advanc...
Source: Dragonfly - April 25, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Public Libraries Source Type: news

Help us think about data! DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 10!
Greetings! (with apologies to those who have already seen this information by email) Have you heard that two data coordinators have just started working at the Regional Medical Library? We are Annie Madhavan and Ann Glusker (AKA “The Anns”) and we are librarians who happen to have backgrounds in epidemiology, data indexing, public health, allied health, and public librarianship. Mostly we are passionate about data—learning about it, sharing it, teaching others to use it, gathering it, you name it! We want to direct our programs and services to what you need and want, and so we’re writing to ask you ...
Source: Dragonfly - April 17, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Help us think about data!
Greetings! (with apologies to those who have already seen this information by email) Have you heard that two data coordinators have just started working at the Regional Medical Library? We are Annie Madhavan and Ann Glusker (AKA “The Anns”) and we are librarians who happen to have backgrounds in epidemiology, data indexing, public health, allied health, and public librarianship. Mostly we are passionate about data—learning about it, sharing it, teaching others to use it, gathering it, you name it! We want to direct our programs and services to what you need and want, and so we’re writing to ask you ...
Source: Dragonfly - April 17, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

PNR Rendezvous webinar, " Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere "
Nicole Vasilevsky, Research Assistant Professor in the Ontology Development Group in the Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon, will be presenting about the development of online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science. These OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars. Join us for this 1 hour webinar which is also eligible for 1 MLA (Medical Library Association) CE for either attending the live session or watching the recording. When: Wednes...
Source: Dragonfly - April 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Technology Training & Education Source Type: news

PNR Rendezvous webinar, “ Data Education Resources for Anyone, Anywhere ”
Nicole Vasilevsky, Research Assistant Professor in the Ontology Development Group in the Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon, will be presenting about the development of online Open Educational Resources (OERs) that cover various topics in data science. These OERs can be used as ‘out of the box’ courses for students, or materials for educators to use in courses, training programs, or seminars. Join us for this 1 hour webinar which is also eligible for 1 MLA (Medical Library Association) CE for either attending the live session or watching the recording. When: Wednes...
Source: Dragonfly - April 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Technology Training & Education Source Type: news

PNR Partners Webinar Coming Up!
When: Thursday, April 13 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm MT Join us on Thursday to hear two NNLM PNR members speak about their wonderful work in the region with PNR funded support. Ginger Kwan, Executive Director for Open Doors for Multicultural Families will present about the demonstration videos created to assist immigrant families of children with special health care needs find quality health information using NLM resources. Carol Cahill, Research Associate at Group Health, will present about her work to expand the content in the Neighborhood Health Link resource, a searchable web portal to health-p...
Source: Dragonfly - April 10, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Training & Education Source Type: news

The Best Books on Data for the Curious Librarian
Data is a hot topic these days and it’s a challenge to keep up with all the new titles being released. Here are eight books that are definitely worth a look if you’d like to learn more about the world of data and its influence on librarianship… Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think, by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier (2013)  A great overview of “big data” and it’s impact on the way we do science. Data Management for Libraries: A LITA guide, by Laura Krier and Carly A. Strasser (2013) A quick introduction to data management. Data M...
Source: Dragonfly - March 21, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Madhavan Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

NNLM PNR Twitter Chat
Edited: 4/12/17 Here is a link to the transcript of the #nnlmpnrchat about data on 4/11/17: https://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/nnlmpnrchat/ Please join us for the first NNLM PNR Twitter chat, on Tuesday, April 11, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, PST. The subject will be data, and the hashtag is #nnlmpnrchat. A twitter chat is a prearranged time to meet on Twitter and discuss a particular topic. To find the tweets in our conversation, search #nnlmpnrchat in the search box. To learn more about Twitter chats, see Twitter Chat 101. From the the Symplur Project: “A Twitter chat affords Twitter users the opportunity ...
Source: Dragonfly - March 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Data News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

NNLM PNR Twitter Chat
Please join us for the first NNLM PNR Twitter chat, on Tuesday, April 11, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, PST. The subject will be data, and the hashtag is #nnlmpnrchat. A twitter chat is a prearranged time to meet on Twitter and discuss a particular topic. To find the tweets in our conversation, search #nnlmpnrchat in the search box. To learn more about Twitter chats, see Twitter Chat 101. From the the Symplur Project: “A Twitter chat affords Twitter users the opportunity to engage in conversation with each other. A chat can either emerge from a new community that coalesces around a particular subject or keyword, or ser...
Source: Dragonfly - March 18, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Data News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Announcing New Funding Opportunities
The NN/LM PNR is pleased to request applications for a new round of funding opportunities to support projects from May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. Applications submitted by April 14, 2017 will receive fullest consideration and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. New funding opportunities include: Community Health Outreach Award, two awards up to $9,500 each. This award is to support outreach projects with aims to improve access and use of quality online health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities. Possible activities include: 1) Promotional activities, including hea...
Source: Dragonfly - March 14, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

National Nutrition Month ®
March is National Nutrition Month and your libraries or organizations might wish to incorporate programs and services and links to information in the communities you serve. Here are some resources which provide not only nutritional information but but tip sheets, videos, lesson plans and more to help encourage healthier communities. National Nutrition Month® Put Your Best Fork Forward National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is this year’s theme which remin...
Source: Dragonfly - March 9, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: nwsoadmin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Source Type: news

PNR Rendezvous webinar March 15
When: Wednesday March 15, 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska, 2:00pm Mountain How to connect: https://nnlm.gov/class/retracted-articles-pubmed/6689 (no registration required) A lot can happen after work is published. Work can progress, leaving findings supported, out-of-date, or refuted. Others can have questions for the authors, or identify problems. The records of a range of these post-publication activities find their way into PubMed. Join us next Wednesday to hear Hilda Bastian, from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), discuss the changing visibility and accessibility of post-publication a...
Source: Dragonfly - March 8, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: nwsoadmin Tags: News from NLM Training & Education Source Type: news

Fair Use Myths and Facts
In conjunction with Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week 2017, the Association of Research Libraries is releasing an infographic that refutes 10 popular misperceptions about fair use. Fair use and fair dealing are vitally important rights for everybody, everywhere — students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material. These doctrines provide balance to the copyright system by allowing the use of copyrighted resources without permission from the rightsholder under certain circumstances, thereby promoting creative progress and accommodating freedom of expression. See: “Fair Use Myths & Fac...
Source: Dragonfly - February 24, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Resource Sharing & Document Delivery Training & Education Source Type: news

Rare Disease Day is February 28
More than 6,500 rare diseases exists at this time and less than 5 percent have a treatment. In the United States a rare disease is one that affects less than 200,000 people. However, roughly 25 to 30 million Americans are affected by a rare disease. Many of these diseases: May involve chronic illness, disability, and often premature death Often have no treatment or not very effective treatment Are frequently not diagnosed correctly Are often very complex Are often caused by changes in genes The theme for this year’s Rare Disease Day is “Research” with the slogan, “With research, possibilities are ...
Source: Dragonfly - February 22, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Health Literacy/Consumer Health Health Observances Source Type: news

Love Your Data Week, Day 5: Rescuing Unloved Data
How do data become unloved?  We data users don’t love data that are messy, poorly documented, incomplete, or unwieldy, to name just a few frustrations.  However, one important way that data become unloved is that they are just plain old.  Older data tend not to be machine-readable, which can pretty much be the kiss of death.  Digitization, while it’s improving, is still somewhat labor-intensive and costly, and so unless a data set is obviously worth the trouble, it may languish. However, researchers are starting to explore whether there may be some hidden gems worth rescuing.  One area ...
Source: Dragonfly - February 17, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Announcing New Funding Opportunities
The NN/LM PNR will announce new funding opportunities in the Spring of 2017, for projects to begin after May 1, 2017. Applications submitted by April 14, 2017  will receive fullest consideration and will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Pending budget availability, new funding opportunities will include: Community Health Outreach Award, two awards up to $9,500 each. This award is to support outreach projects with aims to improve access and use of quality online health information for informed decisions about health in underserved communities. Possible activities include: 1) Promotional activities, includ...
Source: Dragonfly - February 16, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: Funding News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news

Love Your Data Week, Day 4: DataLumos
The theme for Day 4 of “Love Your Data Week” is “Finding the Right Data”. There’s a lot of open national health data out there– Data.gov’s health portal, and the “Data and Tools” tab on the main page of the National Center for Health Statistics are good sources (also this list of open access data repositories has a good section on medicine). But, any open data on the internet can be vulnerable if there isn’t a commitment to preserve it or if organizational priorities change, and government data are no exception. Enter DataLumos! This service, launched (not coincid...
Source: Dragonfly - February 16, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Ann Glusker Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news