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Celebrate National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month!

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2022-10-04 03:00

Calling all Maya Angelous, Pablo Nerudas, and Claude McKays! In honor of National Medical Librarians Month and National Health Literacy Month NNLM is hosting a book spine poetry contest. All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 10 books to add to your collection and share with your users!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  2. Stack them up!
  3. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  4. Take a photo and share it with us!

How to Enter

Submissions will be accepted throughout October. Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging your NNLM Regional Medical Library: @nnlmregion1, @nnlmregion2, @nnlmregion3, @nnlmregion4, @nnlmregion5, @nnlmregion6, or @nnlmregion7 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail NNLM Region 5. Individuals can submit up to three (3) times.

10 winners will be drawn throughout National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month. Winners will receive one copy each from the following topics:

stack of 5 books, spines form a poem

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Announcing October 2022 NNLM Reading Club: Breast Cancer Awareness

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2022-10-03 14:06

NNLM Reading Club Announcement image for October 2022

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer – the second most common form of cancer in women, after skin cancer. In the U.S., approximately 13 percent of women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. And while the death rate has declined in recent years, disparities exist for people of color, as African American women have the highest breast cancer death rate of any U.S. racial or ethnic group. Early detection is key to survival. This month, the NNLM Reading Club explores breast cancer. For information on each of our three featured books, free downloadable book club discussion guides, customizable promotional materials and more, visit NNLM Reading Club Breast Cancer.

  • From the mammogram that would change her life through her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, New York Times bestselling author Theresa Brown, RN, tells a poignant and powerful story about having breast cancer in her book, “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient.” Despite her training and years of experience as a cancer and hospice nurse, Brown finds it difficult to navigate the medical maze from the other side of the bed. She relays the unforgettable details of her daily life—the needles, the chemo drugs, the rubber gloves, the bureaucratic frustrations—but this time from her new perch as a patient, looking back at some of her own cases and considering what she didn’t know then about the warping effects of fear and the healing virtues of compassion.
  • A week after her forty-first birthday, the acclaimed poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living paycheck to paycheck who had always been the caregiver rather than the one needing care, the catastrophic illness was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness. With unflinching honestly and inventive artistry, Ms. Boyer shares her experience with cancer and the “cancer industry” including the hypocrisy of the “pink ribbon culture” in her book, “The Undying,” winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
  • Hearing the words, “You have breast cancer,” is a devastating blow. To help process their experience and to cope, many individuals turn toward writing and the arts to express themselves and their feelings during this tumultuous time. “We Had To Be: An Anthology by Breast Cancer Survivors, Previvors, Thrivers, & their Families,” curated and edited by Joely A. Serino, is filled with the writings and artwork of over 30 individuals from more than 8 different countries sharing how breast cancer touched their lives and changed them.
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Announcing the Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collection Development Toolkit

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2022-09-28 14:28

The title image is a banner announcing the Diverse Voices Collection Development Toolkit. The banner includes an image of books and the Network of the National Library of Medicine logo.

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Region 5 is pleased to announce the Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collection Development Toolkit to help you build collections that support health literacy and expand access to diverse voices in libraries of all types. The toolkit features materials illuminating common and unique health issues facing underserved populations through multiple genres and formats reflecting voices of the communities served.

The Diverse Voices in Health & Medicine Collection Development Toolkit originated from bibliographies submitted by 27 libraries spanning NNLM Region 5 which received Region 5 Collection Equity Outreach Awards in 2021. Over 1400 resources in a wide variety of formats and genres comprise the Toolkit in these collections: Adult, Zines (Adult), Young Adult, and Children. Each collection can be downloaded as a searchable pdf and easily browsed with hyperlinked subject headings. The Diverse Voices Toolkit is available for free at https://nnlm.gov/nnlm-reading-club/diverse-voices-collection.

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Reflecting on a Career in Libraries with Michele Spatz

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2022-09-26 17:39

Michele Spatz, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, is retiring on September 30, 2022. Michele has spent her career in libraries in a variety of roles, and in the past few years, has been a valued part of the NNLM. In the week leading up to her retirement, I interviewed Michele about her career in libraries.

Profile photo of Michele Spatz.

Emily: How did you become interested in library work? What was your first library job?

Michele: My first library job was as a “work-study” student assigned to the Biology Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana. I shelved books and journals and was often caught in the stacks by the Assistant Director reading rather than shelving them! Even so, when the University opened a new branch of its medical school on campus, the Assistant Director, Diana Northup, was promoted to be the Director of the new medical library and she invited me to come with her. Her foresight to ask me to join her fledgling staff inspired me to continue on to graduate school for my MLS as she became my role model of what a career as a medical librarian could be.

Emily: You’ve been deeply involved in health information work in libraries throughout your career and have written and edited books on the topic. When you think about the health information work you’ve done, what’s a project or program that stands out in your memory?

Michele: Hmmm….I think I’ll go back to my roots in consumer health which started in the early 1980’s when, as Director of the Library of the Health Sciences (LHS), University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, I led a community outreach project focused on consumer health information resources and reference work. This was in response to people coming into the LHS after their clinic visits to seek additional health information, which was sparse at the time. Meeting their needs became a passion of mine. That passion culminated in the fall of 1991, when I became the founding Director of the Planetree Health Resource Center in The Dalles, Oregon, which was affiliated with the local hospital but was located in the community’s downtown corridor. The Resource Center operated very much like a public library and it served the region’s health information needs. A little known secret is that while we worked directly with the public, we also had staff working directly with our hospital’s patients (inpatient and outpatient clinics) and our medical and clinical staff. When I founded the community Health Resource Center, there was scant information on how to create and operate such a space. I was fortunate to have the trust of the hospital Board and leadership to bring this important service to life and I spent 20 happy years leading the Health Resource Center.

Emily: We all learn and grow from others. What’s a piece of career advice or something you learned from someone in the profession along the way that’s stuck with you?

Michele: When I was at the Health Resource Center, someone once wrote an unkind letter to the editor about the hospital. The CEO, whom I reported to and was discussing what the hospital’s response should be, shared with me that there’s a time to fight for something and a time to let something roll off your back. He said you can fan the fire and fuel it or you can let the embers die and he felt this was a time to not respond. This point has stayed with me throughout my career as I learned restraint sometimes is the better form of valor.

Emily: As your colleague, I’ve long admired the connections you form with NNLM member organizations and other community partners. What tips do you have for building collaborative partnerships?

Michele: I wish I had a magic answer but here is what comes to mind: be genuine. Listen hard and look for meaningful ways to connect always seeking ways of providing support and having a service mind-set. Then act on what you learn or what you know to be true.

Emily: What are you looking forward to about retirement?

Michele: Oh boy! To begin, I think I will just enjoy having time. No schedules, no have-to-dos. Once I settle in, my list is long: more time with family and friends, relearning crafts and hobbies like knitting and sewing, taking my dog for long walks and possibly, writing for pleasure.

Please join me in wishing Michele all the best in her retirement!

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Consumer Health Minute: NNLM Book Discussion

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2022-09-20 17:51

Our wonderful library communities are made up of diverse groups and individuals. Though we value the diversity in our communities, there may be times we struggle when someone else’s history, culture, values, political and social and religious beliefs are so different from our own, including beliefs about health and illness. We may feel awkward interacting with people who have behavioral or mental health disorders or is disabled. We may be unsure how best serve everyone in our library communities.

The NNLM Book Discussion offers an opportunity for attendees to learn and consider how health is affected by implicit bias, culture, stigma, prejudice. It is also an opportunity for library staff to not only reflect how libraries may be part of the problem but to consider how libraries can improve their services to better meet the needs of their patrons. Join a session to discuss your concerns and share ideas with colleagues.

A new book is selected each quarter for the NNLM Book Discussion. To receive the 4 Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credits attendees are required to:

  • Complete the book in your preferred format
  • Log into the Moodle class to explore the shared resources
  • Do ONE of the following
    • Answer the required discussion question in Moodle OR
    • Attend one of the two live discussion sessions and participate

These CE credits are also eligible for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).

cover of the book "Beautiful Country" by Qian Julie WantYou are welcome to join us for the next session where we will read and discuss the book, Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang. It is the true story of a child who came to the United States in the 1990’s with undocumented status. Julie’s parents were professors in China but as undocumented immigrants, labored in sweatshops and similar work environments. Julie’s mother does not seek help when ill because of fear and the expense but when she finally does the family is faced with an unfamiliar and confusing healthcare system. Julie herself, experiences prejudice and bias but finds refuge in the public library.

Register for this session scheduled to run from November 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023

Past sessions of the NNLM Book Discussion has included the books,

  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman
  • Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery
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Experience the All of Us Journey

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2022-09-12 14:28

As a new outreach and partnership opportunity, NNLM invites you to engage with the All of Us Journey when it comes to your area:

  • September 20 – 23, 2022: Cal Anderson Park 1635 11th Ave Seattle WA
  • September 27 – 28, 2022: Gas Works 2101 N Northlake Way Seattle WA
  • September 29 -30, 2022: Alki Beach 2665 Alki Ave SW Seattle WA
  • October 3 – 7, 2022: Tacoma Community Center 1314 S L St Tacoma WA
  • October 11 – 13, 2022: Washington State Public Health Association Annual Conference – 121 N Wenatchee Ave Wenatchee WA
  • October 17 – 18, 2022: East Portland Community Center 740 SE 106th Ave Portland OR

The All of Us Journey is a hands-on experience to build awareness and excitement about the All of Us Research Program, supported by the National Institutes of Health. As part of a national tour, this traveling exhibit actively engages community members to join this landmark research project designed to accelerate research and improve health for all of us.

We would like to request your help in promoting the Journey’s visits.  Promotional materials, both print and social media, can be accessed here [drive.google.com] for sharing with your community should you choose.

For any questions related to promoting this event, please contact Veronica Milliner at Veronica-milliner@uiowa.edu. Find more information on NNLM’s All of Us National Program Center [allofus.nnlm.gov] and the All of Us Research Program here [joinallofus.org].

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Announcing September NNLM Reading Club: Recovery Month!

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2022-08-31 11:27

The non-profit Faces and Voices of Recovery celebrates Recovery Month each September. In concert with their effort and that of NNLM’s Substance Use Disorder Interest Group, this month’s NNLM Reading Club focuses on recovery from substance use. Recovery Month’s theme is “Every Person. Every Family. Every Community” because recovery is for everyone.

The NNLM Reading Club explores substance use recovery from several different perspectives. For information on each of our three featured books, free downloadable book club discussion guides, customizable promotional materials and more, visit NNLM Reading Club Recovery Month.

Picture of the three featured book covers for Recovery Month

Corrections in Ink by Keri Blakinger l From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle l The Weight of Air by David Poses


  • Keri Blakinger, author of “Corrections in Ink: A Memoir,” always lived at full throttle. As a youth she threw herself into competitive figure skating with an all-consuming passion that led her to nationals. But when her skating career abruptly ended, that same intensity turned self-destructive. For nine years Keri ricocheted among dark places: living on the streets, selling drugs and sex, shooting up between classes while struggling toward a degree at Cornell. Then, one cold day in her senior year, police caught her with a Tupperware full of heroin. Her arrest made the front page and landed her behind bars for nearly two years. In the Twilight Zone of New York’s prisons, Keri grappled with her missteps as she sought a sober path. This galvanizing memoir is about second chances and redemption for those who have been cast aside.


  • Jesse Thistle describes loss and recovery in his memoir, “From the Ashes: My Story of Being Indigenous, Homeless, and Finding My Way.” Abandoned as children, Jesse and his two brothers lost all they knew when placed in foster care. The children later joined their paternal grandparents, whose “tough-love” attitude offered little solace. Worse, the ghost of Jesse’s drug-addicted father haunted the family. Jesse began a self-destructive cycle of addiction and petty crime, leading to more than a decade of living on the streets. He realized he would die unless he turned his life around. Through perseverance and newfound love, he regained the warm embrace of his Indigenous culture and family.


  • In his groundbreaking memoir, “The Weight of Air: A Story of the Lies about Addiction and the Truth about Recovery,” David Poses recounts his struggle to overcome mental illness and addiction. By age 19, he’d been through medical detox, inpatient rehab, 12-step programs and a halfway house. He saw his drug use as a symptom of depression, but experts insisted addiction itself was the problem. Over the next 13 years, he relapsed often, drowning in guilt, shame and secrets, until an evidence-based treatment not only saved his life but helped him thrive. With grit, humor and brutal honesty, David exposes the danger in traditional recovery models: they actually increase stigma and the risk of overdose, relapse, and death.


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DataFlash: Guest Writer – NCDS Data Intern, Silvia Wu

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2022-08-29 12:32

Photo of NCDS Data Intern, Silvia WuHello everyone, I am Silvia C. Wu and I am thrilled to be your NNLM Region 5 guest blogger this week for DataFlash.

I am a student from the San Jose State University School of Information and will graduate this Fall 2022 with a Master’s in Library Sciences and Information Systems and an Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services.

I was very fortunate to learn about the NCDS internship announcement from a networking group on social media and I signed up for the informational session right away! I timed enough lunchtime to listen to their informational session while eating during a break. At that time I was working as a Cataloging and Metadata Student Assistant for the SJSU MLK Library. I was always interested in data analysis but didn’t have the confidence to pursue it. I felt the NCDS internship would give me a good understanding of the Data Services librarianship.

The project I was assigned was for the NYU Library Health Sciences Data Services (NYUHSL) titled “Improving Data Services Education through the Analysis of Participant Feedback”. NYUHSL provides workshops on various data services topics to the NYU Langone Health community.   We both had regular check-ins with our mentors from NYUHSL, where they coached and support our research projects.

I titled my research “Getting to Know your Audience” to perform a quantitative and qualitative analysis of participant feedback evaluations by understanding the library’s users and their needs to improve future workshop. NYUHSL provided a dataset about workshops from 2019 to 2021. Here are a few slides from my presentation.

Silvia's NCDS Project showing horizontal bar charts

I used Qualitative Data Coding and the Grounded Theory approach for the analysis methodology. Here I am observing and comparing data to find trends and propose meaningful feedback based on findings.

The foundational courses from my SJSU MLIS program helped me set the initial direction and apply advanced concepts throughout the project.

I loved the hands-on Data-Driven Research experience. My favorite parts were data cleaning and finding the story behind the data. Although data cleaning was daunting, it was the best way to get to know the data; its intricacies brought forth what it had to share with us. Here is where many of the ideas for research questions came through. I enjoyed creating visualizations and bringing the storyline behind the data.

I had to restart my project several times; this required a lot of patience, discernment, and self-discipline. A powerful lesson is that every new attempt is not a failure but a new discovery. The process of changing direction or so-called “mistakes” contains very valuable information.

The internship introduced us to a wealth of tools to learn in such a short time. Because of the nature of the project, I got to work primarily with spreadsheets, which enabled me to become more proficient with pivot tables; I used OpenRefine for data cleaning and Tableau for some visualizations.

We were also taught Python, MySQL, and Git/GitHub but did not apply them in my project, however, this has opened Pandora’s box of possibilities for future learnings.

We presented our projects via Zoom to our cohort interns and members of the NNLM community. I felt very nervous during my final presentation. Once my presentation was over, I received positive feedback from my mentors and cohorts, and I felt more at ease. It was a gratifying experience.

It was inspiring and humbling to work in the Data field at this level, and a privilege to work with a highly professional and talented team. The NYU Health Sciences Library Data Services project gave me a window to use my skills and the confidence to be successful as a data librarian.

The NCDS internship experience showed me that there is much more to learn. It opened the opportunity to work with real data and real circumstances, and best of all, it addressed my love for learning and applying new concepts.

I now better understand the possibilities of the Data Services librarian profession. I couldn’t have wished for anything better. I would encourage any student to participate in any future NCDS internship.

Special thanks to Peace Ossom-Williamson, Justin de la Cruz, Nicole Contaxis, Genevieve Miliken, Fred La Polla, and Alisa Surkis for all their support, coaching, and mentoring. To all my SJSU instructors, fellow students, and Student Leadership Groups that allowed me to shape my professional path.



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DataFlash: Guest Writer – NCDS Data Intern, Maria Arteaga Cuevas

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2022-08-22 14:41

Hello Region 5!

My name is Maria Arteaga Cuevas and I will be your NNLM Region 5 guest blogger this week for DataFlash. A little bit about myself is that I am a first generation graduate student, and I am about to begin my second year of the online MLIS program at the University of Washington.

This summer, I participated in the NCDS data internship program. I first heard about the program when I was just wrapping up the second quarter of my first year in the MLIS program. There was an upcoming opportunity to attend an information session for a paid internship that would allow me to work with data. I made sure to be at the session to learn more about the internship and what it would mean for me as a potential intern. After the info-session, I left the Zoom eager to apply as soon as possible because my learning and professional goals aligned perfectly with the goals the program listed for the potential interns. In sum, these were my goals: to get hands-on beginner friendly training, have opportunities for personal and professional development, and have the help and resources necessary to guide me in achieving my goals. 

Spoiler alert! All of my goals were reached and more! During the 10-week internship, my fellow interns and I were split up into groups according to our pre-selected projects. I was to work with the Data Curation Network on a data curation project titled “Create a data curation primer template for faculty/researcher audiences, and learn GitHub!” I had the amazing opportunity to work with DCN director Mikala Narlock and ARL project manager, Shawna Taylor, as my project leads. Throughout my project planning and learning process I had lots of support from my mentors Scout Calvert, Wind Cowles, and Jen Darragh. Being able to talk to my mentors and meet up with them was one of my favorite parts of this internship experience because I didn’t feel alone in the process and learned a great deal from them about data curation and the data science field.

About my project: The DCN has several curation primers that serve as a reference to curators while they are going through their data curation process. Since my project entailed creating a primer template it was meant to be more like an outline for a primer. The information that I needed for my primer template was already written in other primers, so my goal was to rework what was already known for data curators to accommodate a researcher or faculty audience. The objective of my primer template was to provide a resource for academic researchers to reference when project planning and throughout the research lifecycle. I used the research lifecycle as a guide to create the template, but building the template proved much more in depth and challenging than I thought it might be. I relied on my mentors for lots of feedback, suggestions, and overall support. By the end of my term as an intern I was feeling like I learned so much! At this point, my project is still in progress because it has to go through a DCN peer review process. After revisions, the goal is to upload it to the DCN GitHub. For now though, it lives in my own GitHub repository. 

Even though the NCDS internship has concluded, I still feel like I am a part of the community we built. Not only do I leave with meaningful professional relationships, I also feel like I have a new wealth of knowledge about a field I was barely familiar with before. One of the parts of the internship I will carry with me is the many workshops we had. We had at least one workshop a week and they were all about important skills and tools that I can definitely see myself using in the future (like the publishing and peer review process, resume and interview practice, Python, Git, and GitHub). To any iSchool students considering being a part of the next cohort, I highly recommend that you attend the information session and apply as soon as the applications go out! The whole experience was more than I could have expected, and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of the first cohort of the NCDS internship. Thank you to everyone from the National Center for Data Services and the Data Curation Network for being our educators, mentors, and support system.

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DataFlash: Guest Writer – NCDS Data Intern, Dev Wilder

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2022-08-15 09:15
Picture of NCDS Intern Dev Wilder

NCDS Data Intern and UW iSchool Student Dev Wilder

Hello NNLM community! My name is Dev Wilder and I have the honor of being one of the R5 guest bloggers for DataFlash! A little bit about myself, I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington in Seattle, focusing on health science and data librarianship. My graduate studies will conclude in Spring 2023 where I hope to either further my education or go directly into the workforce. For 10 weeks, I participated in the NCDS/NNLM Data Services Internship. Here is a little bit about my journey!

Coming from a background in Biology, statistical analysis, and research, I have always sought out opportunities that allow me to connect my previous field to my current one. Prior to applying to this internship program, I was the grad student performing a million Google searches looking for the “right” opportunity over the summer to grow in the field I was interested in. My goals were to take away new skills, use them to give back to the organization, and apply them to my studies. One day I opened an email from a mentor of mine and she had sent over the application for the NCDS internship. Upon viewing what the program entailed, I was drawn to the work. It met all of my desires, there was opportunity for growth, application of previous knowledge, and with its initiative geared towards underrepresented communities, it inspired me to not only apply but if accepted, strive to continue being involved in any way I can for future initiatives.

Once I started, I wanted to learn as much as I could and make the most out of the 10 weeks. The typical week as an intern consisted of attending training and information sessions, participating in weekly group check-ins, and working with mentors on our projects. My favorite part about each week was attending the workshops that were offered and being able to practice different tools. After group sessions, traditionally two to three hours of my day were dedicated to practicing with the tools learned and applying them to my project. With the number of things I took away from this experience, the most notable one was truly embracing the hands-on learning process. Oftentimes as a student and a professional, there is the pressure of product production. There was a project to complete, but this internship provided the space to focus on exploration through the exposure that was given. In addition to the internship agenda, something I thoroughly enjoyed was serving as a helper for the two-day library carpentry workshop. It was a wonderful experience to not only help attendees with the questions they had, but to learn how to work with people in that capacity and observe instruction. I hope to continue helping with them and would one day love to teach one! Incredibly grateful for the experience I had and hope to have many more like it.

For my final project, I was assigned to the NYU Health Sciences Library (NYUHSL) Evaluation project. We were supplied data from a survey that was administered to course participants from their Data Day to Day Series. I tailored my focus to investigating methods of survey design, information interpretation, and evaluation strategies to better understand the needs of class participants. My processes included conducting a breakdown of the questions in the survey by revealing the question types and their response success. To accomplish this, I established a method of classification, analyzed responses and their frequency, as well as performed text mining to construct a list about topics respondents desired to learn. The main challenge I had with this project was initially finding something to investigate beyond what was already known. However, this challenged my ideation process and introduced me to the world of survey design! Usually, I have been the person people will hand off data to and create a visualization or perform statistical analysis, but this is one of the few times I had the chance to explore it myself and be inquisitive about the data that exists.

Dev Wilder's NCDS project

This is a slide from my presentation where I used my results from text mining to create a general list of desires from respondents for future topics. Something I noticed and plan to investigate further are the specific topics that are geared towards certain roles. There was a trend in topics requested and the roles of the respondents. From a service and targeting perspective, that can provide more insight on how to shape courses for participants in which they can apply in real time. This is also a point in my presentation where I displayed my use of new analysis and visualization tools. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project as well as talking to the creators and understanding the context of it and how I can apply my knowledge to other scenarios.

One major lesson I have learned in life is that exposure is the greatest and most necessary gateway to education and learning. I can attest to this as a person from an underrepresented community. This internship was nothing short of an environment that fostered that exposure and learning. I have been able to apply all aspects of this internship to work that I do outside of the internship, and it prompted me to think about how to use the skills in my roles. Last, but most certainly not least, I took value in seeing the representation that was in this opportunity and the ability to interact with individuals who looked like myself. I would most certainly recommend the NCDS internship to other students. If this is what you know you are interested in, but even more so if you feel like you’re just trying to figure it all out and want that exposure. That is exactly where I started, and I know where I want to go from here. There is no such thing as the perfect internship, but you never know what experiences will provide clarity for you. It was a very healthy, enriching experience and one I hope many students will take advantage of in the future.

Many thanks to NCDS, coordinators, mentors, fellow interns, family, friends, and NNLM for cheering us on every step of the way and investing time in us as growing professionals. While there is no such thing as the perfect internship, for me personally in my LIS journey…this was pretty darn close.

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Consumer Health Minute: Restart of NLM Traveling Exhibitions

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2022-08-04 11:35

We are excited to let you know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Traveling Exhibitions is back.

First, the best way to stay updated is to join the exhibitions listserv. You may be hesitant to join yet another listserv, but your in-box won’t be filled up with emails from this particular listserv. This is where announcements about the exhibits are made and where you can ask questions to NLM and your colleagues who are also interested in these exhibits.

The National Library of Medicine has this wonderful Exhibitions program, utilizing their own History of Medicine collections to feature stories about history, society, and medicine. The online exhibits are free to access and often include classroom resources for grade school through high school as well as for university students.

The traveling exhibits consist of banners which can be set up to highlight your library or organization. The banners provide an opportunity for programming and collaborating with organizations in your community such as a school, a health clinic, an academic institution, or historical society.

traveling exhibition banners of the exhibit "This Lead is Killing Us"

“This Lead is Killing Us” traveling exhibit banners

Please read on for the details about when, what, and how NNLM plans to make available seven exhibition titles with a travel itinerary from January 2023 until July 2024.

When:  11:00 a.m. (PT) September 13- 11:00 a.m. (PT) October 4, 2022
NNLM opens a Call for Requests and make available online NLM Traveling Exhibition Request form.

How: Online submission and Lottery selected bookings
The online form is available for submitting requests for 3-week during September 13-October 4, 2022. Afterwards, the Call for Requests closes, and a lottery is used to select bookings from all requests submitted online.

  • This preview PDF of the online form shows that each request can specify up to three preferences for exhibition titles and booking slots.
  • Lottery selected requests are used to confirm one exhibition and booking slot preference on each request form.

What: Exhibition titles and Itinerary
Below seven exhibition titles are available for a travel itinerary during January 2023-July 2024. Each booking slot in the itinerary is about six weeks.
1. AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Global Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic
2. Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health
3. Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health
4. Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons
5. Outside/Inside: Immigration, Migration, and Health Care in the United States
6. Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World
7. This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities

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Announcing August NNLM Reading Club: Infant Feeding

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2022-07-29 04:00

All babies need to eat to survive. Breastfeeding (or chest-feeding), also called nursing, is the process of feeding a mother’s breast milk to her infant, either directly from the breast or by expressing (pumping out) the milk from the breast and bottle-feeding it to the infant. For baby, health experts agree that breast milk is considered best because it has all the necessary vitamins and minerals that the infant needs. However, for a parent not able to breastfeed or who decides not to, or for parents of an infant with special medical needs, infant formula is an alternative.

In support of the National Health Observance’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the NNLM Reading Club explores infant feeding from several different perspectives. For information on each of our three featured books, free downloadable book club discussion guides, customizable promotional materials and more, visit NNLM Reading Club Infant Feeding.

Pictures of the covers of the three featured books

Sweet Nectar: (Hopefully) Everything You Want To Know About Chestfeeding by Kylia P. Kennedy l Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck by Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD l Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice by Andrea Freeman

  • “Sweet Nectar: Everything You Want To Know About Chestfeeding” by author Kylia P. Kennedy takes its readers through what chestfeeding looks like for over a dozen different parents from all walks of life, races, sexualities, and gender identities. Though these stories are all unique there is one thing they have in common: Every single parent needed support they didn’t get. This profound read aims to bring chest- feeding parents of the past, present, and future together in an effort for them to feel heard, educated, and understood.


  • Painful latch, delayed milk, low supply, oversupply, infections, and tongue-tie are just some of the issues that can imperil breastfeeding. Postpartum anxiety and depression can make things even harder. Author Kathy Kendall-Tackett is a board-certified lactation consultant and researcher in breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and women’s health psychology. “Breastfeeding Doesn’t Need to Suck,” is an evidence-based guide full of practical advice to enhance both physical and psychological well-being so that parent and baby can thrive.


  • Baby formula is a seventy-billion-dollar industry and Black mothers have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country. Since slavery, legal, political, and societal factors have routinely denied Black women the ability to choose how to feed their babies. In “Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice,” Andrea Freeman tells the riveting story of the Fultz quadruplets while uncovering how feeding America’s youngest citizens is awash in social, legal, and cultural inequalities. This book highlights the making of a modern public health crisis, the four extraordinary girls whose stories encapsulate a nationwide injustice, and how we can fight for a healthier future.
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DataFlash: A Special August Edition

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2022-07-28 15:06

The National Center for Data Services (NCDS) at the NNLM will be wrapping up their summer internships in August.  As you may be aware from the June’s DataFlash, Region 5 has three NCDS data interns participating in the NCDS data internships.  These amazingly talented data interns will be featured in a special August edition of the DataFlash.

In the month of August, the DataFlash will be hosting 3 guest writers on our blog. Each of the Region 5 NCDS data interns will be writing about their respective NCDS data internship experience and will talk about their summer projects. Below, see the blog schedule for August’s DataFlash.

  • August 15th DataFlash – Dev Wilder, UW iSchool
  • August 22nd DataFlash – Maria Arteaga Cuevas, UW iSchool
  • August 29th DataFlash – Silvia Wu, San Jose State University iSchool

We are very excited to have these guest authors on our Region 5 Blog – sooooooooo, stay tuned for the special August edition of the DataFlash!!!

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Consumer Health Minute: CHIS On Demand

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2022-07-14 09:09

CHIS Logo. Circle with MLA letters on white background and CHIS letters below on green backgroundWe, here at the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), have created a series of consumer health classes for anyone interested in consumer health information and outreach. CHIS On Demand is comprised of 5 separate classes which cover the critical, need-to-know content related to the 5 Level 1 CHIS competencies:

  1. Know the Community
  2. Know the Health Consumer
  3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources
  4. Evaluation of Health Information
  5. Communication, Reference, and Instruction

The series of classes can be completed in any order. You can take 1 or all the classes. Each is designed to take 1 hour to complete and will help you increase your knowledge and confidence in providing health information to your community.

We also want you to know that NNLM will also help you in obtaining the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) by covering the application fee for level 1 or level 2. This includes those renewing their CHIS. This sponsorship supports you in providing consumer health information as we work together in “improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.”*

CHIS requires 12 CE credits but this on demand series will makes sure that the 5 required competencies are covered. You’ll need additional CE credits to obtain CHIS and the NNLM provides several classes that are eligible.

Learn more about CHIS from the Medical Library Association.

Learn more about how NNLM can sponsor your CHIS.

*This is part of the Mission of the NNLM

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Consumer Health Minute: Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2022-07-04 06:20

Providing health information regarding both sexual and reproductive health is important to provide and make accessible to your patrons whether they request it or not. Stigma, along with shame or embarrassment make it difficult for people to ask for needed information regarding such topics as:

  • sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • birth control
  • menstruation
  • unwanted pregnancy
  • transitioning
  • rape
  • infertility

These topics are hard for anyone to ask. However, if you are a woman, transgender, a person of color, an immigrant or refugee, lack access to money, live in a conservative environment, etc. accessing information and services becomes even more difficult.

two women sitting at a table looking at a laptop together

(image from Pexels, Christina Morillo)

What can your library do?

First of all, become reacquainted with ALA’s Code of Ethics. Pay particular attention to principles 1, 3, 7, and 9 which address “equitable access to resources”, “privacy and confidentiality”, “unbiased and courteous responses to all requests”, not allowing “personal beliefs to interfere”, and “to confront inequity and oppression”.

As difficult as it may be, this is the time to set aside our own personal beliefs and values. It is important to remember that we are to serve all patrons equally and with respect.

Take the time to learn more about information resources that are evidence-based and freely available. Explore such resources as

WebJunction and NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine) offer free classes and webinars (often with CE credits or a certificate of attendance) on topics related to health and communities.

Attend conferences and look for sessions, posters, papers, focusing on sexual and reproductive health related topics.

Regularly schedule staff training to better address these topics.

In addition to educating yourself about sexual and reproductive health, think about ways to offer this information to patrons in the least embarrassing and most accessible ways possible.  Partner with local community services can make it easier and have a greater impact.

  • Tearaway sheets in bathroom stalls
  • Subject guides
  • Provide a list of local health and social services and agencies
  • Include local agencies and organization brochures and handouts in various parts of the library, including online
  • Collection management and selection of materials
  • Book displays
  • Book selections for reading groups
  • National health observances
  • Host expert speakers
  • Highlight topics and information in social media and newsletters
  • Incorporate in already existing programs/services

You and your patrons should be aware of reproductive rights and health privacy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently gave guidance regarding reproductive health care rights including rights to birth control and abortion services. HHS Secretary, Xavier Becerra, also posted information pertaining to protecting patient privacy and using a personal phone or tablet.

For more HHS information to protect reproductive rights, visit ReproductiveRights.gov.

Making patrons aware of their rights can help educate, inform, and protect them. Your patrons should be encouraged to take their questions about the information provided by HHS and other information resources to their healthcare providers. Library staff should not interpret the information for them.

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Announcing July 2022 NNLM Reading Club: Travel Health

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2022-06-29 22:37

Most of us never think about sickness or injury while traveling, but it happens. The risk is compounded for those with a chronic health condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure, who must manage their health when far from home. Others travel with a relative who has a serious diagnosis.

Yes, there’s a lot to think about. Fortunately, some doctors specialize in “travel medicine.” They have seen and heard it all. More importantly, they’ve helped people survive ill health and injuries while traveling. Yes, travel is fun. It opens new horizons, and simply, wonderfully brings us closer to those we love. This month, the NNLM Reading Club explores how peace of mind, in terms of health, can be your travel companion. For information on each of our three featured books, free downloadable book club discussion guides, customizable promotional materials and more visit: https://nnlm.gov/nnlm-reading-club/travel-health

Poster with three book covers

Travel 911 by Yvette McQueen, M.D. l Everything Left to Remember by Steph Jagger l Holiday SOS by Ben MacFarlane, M.D.

  • Emergency Medicine physician and travel doctor Yvette McQueen, M.D., describes everything you need to know to have a pleasant trip: from what to pack, to precautions against traveler’s diarrhea, skin issues and more. A world traveler herself, Yvette offers preventive measures and first aid tips, along with steps to take should you or a loved one experience an unexpected medical event, in Travel 911: A Health Guide for Adventurers.
  • After her mother is diagnosed with dementia and she realized the extent of her mother’s waning memory, Steph Jagger proposes the two take a Montana camping trip. In Everything Left to Remember: My Mother, Our Memories, and a Journey Through the Rocky Mountains, Jagger describes how their adventures of horseback riding, hiking, and “tenting” out West became one woman’s reflection on childhood, motherhood, personhood ― and what it means to love someone who doesn’t quite remember the person she spent her life becoming.
  • In Holiday SOS: The Life-saving Adventures of a Travelling Doctor, author Ben MacFarlane, M.D., shares his work bringing people back to Britain after holiday travel disasters, gap year crises, embarrassing business incidents and all the other health-related things that can go wrong on the road. Follow Ben as he grabs his medical bag and flies to pick up the pieces after another travel emergency. Dramatic, wildly unexpected and sometimes hilarious, emergency medicine isn’t restricted to hospitals – it can happen right across the aisle on your next flight.
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Birthing a Capstone: A Prenatal and Postpartum Health Toolkit for Public Librarians

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2022-06-23 09:30
Lauren and Shanti

Lauren and Shanti

University of Washington Master’s in Library Science students, Shanti Rahim and Lauren Califano, finished their culminating capstone project for NNLM. Their capstone project was to create a library toolkit for the Network of the National Library of Medicine on childbirth services and resources, including prenatal and postpartum information and community providers. The purpose of this toolkit is for librarians around the US to be able to use it to create their own local resources about maternal health.

Using PubMed and MedlinePlus as well as curating more online resources, this new toolkit gives librarians a ready-made, customizable bank of resources so that they can distribute pre-prepared resources or customize our resources templates to suit their specific library’s needs and ensures that librarians have access to high-quality, evidence-based information about prenatal, expecting, and postpartum needs to distribute to patrons, with the option to tailor it to suit their patrons’ needs.

Instagram graphic providing information about pregnancy and postpartum health information resources

Toolkit Instagram graphic

The toolkit includes:

  • A guide and steps to assembling your own local resources for your library.
  • Curated resources, including an inclusive language guide and birth terms glossary.
  • Service types and examples on what to look for locally.
  • A social media kit.

You can view Lauren and Shanti’s capstone project archive presentation here.

NNLM will provide access to the toolkit later this summer.

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Consumer Health Minute: Receiving Updates of New NNLM Classes

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2022-06-22 13:54

A few months ago, I posted about how to create an NNLM individual user account. Creating this free account allows you to register for our free classes and webinars more easily. It also keeps track of the classes you’ve registered for which can be helpful when you apply for the Medical Library Association specializations or for your own required professional development.

You can visit the NNLM scheduled classes webpage for upcoming classes and webinars. However, we’ve reinstated the feature where you can receive a weekly email notifying you of these new sessions. How do you do this? Follow the steps below:

Log into your NNLM user account (or create a free account, if you don’t already have one).

  1. After logging in, click on Update My Profile.
  2. Scroll down the page and click the button labeled Edit My Account Settings.
  3. Scroll down the page until you see the Digest Subscriptions section.
  4. Check the box next to New Classes from the Network of the National Library of Medicine.
  5. While you’re there, set your time zone, so event information will display in your local time.
  6. Click the Save button.

Not required, but staying logged in on the NNLM makes it quicker and easier to register.

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DataFlash: Region 5’s NCDS Summer Interns!!!

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2022-06-17 15:05

The NNLM National Center for Data Services is proud to announce their first cohort in the Data Internship program! The goal of the program is to provide graduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with practical experiences and skills for obtaining data librarian positions. These paid internships offer opportunities to work with real life data and scenarios while working with a mentor in a guided environment. After a highly competitive application and external review process, three iSchool students from Region 5 were selected!!!

Please join Region 5 in congratulating these NCDS summer interns from Region 5:

  • Maria Arteaga Cuevas from University of Washington’s iSchool – Data Curation Network, Data Curation Project
  • Dev Wilder from University of Washington’s iSchool – NYU Health Sciences Library, Evaluation Data Project
  • Silvia Wu from San Jose State University’s iSchool – NYU Health Sciences Library, Evaluation Data Project

Congratulations Maria, Dev, and Silvia; we can’t wait to see your completed projects in August 2022!!!

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