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Recap: September 21, 2021 NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-10-07 04:00

Hello everyone! Thank you for your interest in our recent NNLM Region 5 Listens Session. In follow-up, we’re sharing questions and answers that came up as well as some URLs to resources that were mentioned during our time together either during discussion or shared via chat. Here we go!

Questions and Answers

Q: Who do we contact when Docline is not working?

Please contact Region 5 DOCLINE Support: docline@uw.edu.  Emily Hamstra, NNLM Region 5 Outreach & Access Coordinator, is your DOCLINE liaison.

Q: How can a (small) public library participate in resource sharing, either directly (DOCLINE) or indirectly (through a medical library)?

Please see:

DOCLINE Participation Requirements (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/doclineguidelines.html)

More info about interlibrary loan options available from the National Library of Medicine

Q: Would you please review all support you provide for hospital librarians?

NNLM Region 5 provides support through:

  • NNLM training opportunities
  • Funding opportunities. NNLM Region 5 has announced the following funding opportunities: Technology Equity Award  Letter of intent due 10-1-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Applications due 10-15-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Environmental Health Outreach Award  Letter of intent due 10-1-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Applications due 10-15-21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Professional Development Awards coming soon! Watch for our announcement.
  • PNC-MLA is planning a panel session focusing on hospital librarians at their annual conference, Nov. 4-5, 2021. More information will be posted on the PNC-MLA conference information website. The conference is free and open to anyone in NNLM Region 5. Registration opens October 4, 2021.
  • Coming up on December 9, 2021 NNLM will host a webinar: Ransomware Attacks: What Medical Librarians Need to Know

Q: Like to address, clearing the “clap-trap” and the garbage information being perpetuated within communities. Audience: rural, older adults, college, or any health consumer.

NNLM Region 5 is deeply concerned about misinformation. Here are two resources on misinformation that offer practical steps to help address it:

 Q: Resource for culturally and linguistically appropriate health information?

  • Ethnomed provides information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other topics related to the health care of immigrants to the US, many of whom are refugees. Try the Clinical https://ethnomed.org/Topics (For Patients) section.

Q: Are there any patient-friendly resources for the ClinicalTrials.gov website?

  • MedlinePlus has patient-facing Clinical Trials information on its Clinical Trials page.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov is undergoing a modernization effort. NLM will host a webinar: ClinicalTrials.gov Modernization on October 7, 2021, from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time for an update on this effort. For those who are unable to join the live webinar, a recording and slides will be available. Want to attend? Register here.

Q: Does NLM do any advocacy (have a seat at the table) for policies regarding broadband expansion and internet access?

  • There are conversations identifying these needs, including telemedicine, within NIH.

Q: How to stay up-to-date on NNLM Region 5 news and announcements?

From the Padlet discussion on A World of Health Information Resources:

Q: What are the topics for which you need health information resources?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. LGBTQ Healthcare/LGBTQI+/Intersectional Identities and Health Information/Transgender Health
  2. Sexual/Reproductive Health
  3. Medical Misinformation (see resources noted above)
  4. Understanding Health Disparities
  5. Vaccine Hesitancy

Q: Who is your intended audience or audiences?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. Public Libraries/General Public
  2. Residents/Clinical Faculty
  3. Medical Students
  4. Academic Libraries – Graduate and Undergraduate
  5. Local Community

Q: In what languages do you need health information resources?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. Spanish
  2. Information in gender inclusive language particularly relating to pregnancy & childcare. Potentially relevant resources:
  3. ASL
  4. English
  5. Tied results for: Thai/Lao and Tagalog

Q: What format would best reach your intended audience(s)?

The top 5 responses fell into these categories:

  1. Paper (not everyone has good internet connection)
  2. Visual infographics or even memes
  3. Stories, not just facts.  A participant shared this example: https://www.elsolnec.org/news-and-media/covid-19-response/
  4. Influencers – whether these are celebrities or the organizer of the church prayer group
  5. Online

As a reminder, our next NNLM Region 5 Listens Session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time | 2:00 p.m. Alaska | 12:00 p.m. HST | 11:00 a.m. SST (American Samoa) | September 22, 8:00 a.m. ChST (Guam). Our discussion topic will be: Strength through Community Partnerships. To attend, register here.

 

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Consumer Health Minute: Participate in Health Literacy Month!

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2021-10-06 05:00

Health Literacy Month began with Helen Osbourne, health literacy consultant, in 1999 to bring awareness of the need to create and provide health information that is understandable by patients and the general public.

Healthy People 2030 updated their definition of health literacy to include both personal and organizational health literacy:

  • Personal health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.
  • Organizational health literacy is the degree to which organizations equitably enable individuals to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.

This new definitions:

  • Emphasize people’s ability to use health information rather than just understand it
  • Focus on the ability to make “well-informed” decisions rather than “appropriate” ones
  • Incorporate a public health perspective
  • Acknowledge that organizations have a responsibility to address health literacy

word cloud with the words Health Literacy centered and other words around it such as Patrons, Library, Outreach and more

What can you and your organization or library do to address health literacy?

Highlight MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s consumer health information resource, in your library’s newsletters and programs, post links to specific health information on social media, and use MedlinePlus in your reference services. It’s free and includes information from a variety of authoritative sources.

Organize a program highlighting health and wellness and include health information resources such as MedlinePlus, the Medical Library Association’s resources for patients and the public, and additional resources included in the NNLM guide for public libraries. Attendees will appreciate these resources to have handy after the program.

Take classes focusing on consumer health and earn the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from the Medical Library Association. NNLM classes are free and many are eligible towards CHIS. Currently NNLM will take care of the CHIS application fee for library staff and those involved in health outreach. Taking classes will help keep you current and aware of consumer health topics and resources and increase confidence in providing consumer health information services.

You and your community members may sign up to receive free consumer health information:

Highlight and listen to Helen Osborne’s podcast, Health Literacy Out Loud with episodes pertaining to the public, organizations, and health professionals

Libraries Transform Health Literacy Toolkit, is an easy way to highlight the role of libraries in providing quality health information to help increase their community’s health literacy. Sign up for a free account and you’ll have access to downloadable posters, bookmarks, table tents and more to print and post around the library in October and all year long.

Reading fictional or real-life stories is a great way to discuss health issues and concerns from various perspectives. Host a book discussion with books that include a health topic such as:

Check out additional reads with the NNLM Reading Club.

And to observe both Health Literacy Month and National Medical Librarians Month, NNLM is holding a spine poetry contest!

  • Gather your books (at least 3)
  • Stack them up!
  • Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  • Take a photo and share it with us!

Individuals can submit up to three time throughout October. Send us your entry on Twitter by tagging @nnlmregion5 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail nnlm@uw.edu

10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month (both observed in the month of October). All participants will be entered into a lottery to receive a free copy of each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users! Learn more about it on a previous blog post.

Each week, during the month of October, this NNLM Region 5 blog will include special posts focusing on health literacy. Stay tuned!

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Join us! October NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-10-05 03:30

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Please join us for our monthly NNLM Region 5 Listens Session on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00pm Alaska | Noon – 1:00 p.m. HST | 11:00 a.m. – Noon SST (American Samoa) | October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ChST (Guam). NNLM Region 5 serves organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

The purpose of the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session series is to:

  • build relationships among NNLM Region 5 Network members;
  • learn about health information access, education, or technology needs; and
  • foster a fruitful exchange of perspectives on regional issues impacting the equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

After hearing from participants, our discussion topic for this session will be: Strength Through Community Partnerships. NNLM staff will facilitate a discussion by asking the following:

  • How do you identify potential community partners?
  • What types of collaborative projects have you done with your community partners to advance health information access and use?
  • What advice would you share when working with community partners?
  • What kind of support can NNLM offer collaborative community partnerships?

Registration is required to join the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session. You may submit questions  at the time of registration. NNLM Region 5 staff will do their best to address all submitted questions during the sixty-minute listening session.

Interested? Registration is free. Register here!

Please note that registration closes Monday, October 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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DataFlash: MLA’s Data Services Specialization (DSS) Certificate and Region 5 Application Fee Sponsorship

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-10-01 10:38

Last January, MLA announced the Data Services Specialization (DSS) certificate that librarians can earn to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant knowledge and skills necessary to provide data services.

Best geared for health sciences librarians and information professionals and built upon the MLA Data Services Competency, the Basic Certification requires the completion of four 4-credit free Network of the National Library of Medicine courses. These courses cover 5 skill areas (i.e. principles of data literacy; data services; research data best practices across the data lifecycle, open science practices, and training and consultation on data-related topics) and are available on demand. An additional three credits in the five skill areas are required and several NNLM courses are listed on the NNLM Data Services Specialization page.

Registration for the NNLM courses is open and free.  MLA DSS certification costs for MLA members is $55 and for MLA nonmembers is $75. You can find more information about the DSS certificate, including cost, requirements, and skills on the MLA website.  If you are interested in having your application fee sponsored by Region 5, fill out this application form.

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Calling all Maya Angelous, Pablo Nerudas, and Claude McKays!

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-09-30 21:32

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 each of the books selected from the NNLM Reading Club – a total of 15 books to add to your collection and share with your users!

The Rules

  1. Grab some books (at least 3)
  1. Stack them up!
  1. Arrange the titles to create a health related poem
  1. 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 @nnlmregion5 and #BookSpinePoetry or e-mail: nnlm@uw.edu   Individuals can submit up to three times.

10 winners will be selected following National Medical Librarians Month and Health Literacy Month.

Winners will receive the following topical collection of books:

Citizen Science
Citizen Science; The Crowd and the Cosmos; Diary of a Citizen Scientist

Digital Health Literacy
Deep Medicine; The Digital Doctor; The Future of Healthcare

Disability Health
Every Note Played; Switched On; Tough as They Come

End of Life
The Unwinding of the Miracle; Can’t we talk about something more Pleasant?; The Five Invitations

Environmental Health
Amity and Prosperity; Plastic: A Toxic Love Story; What the Eyes Don’t See

Let’s Go Region 5!

We can’t wait to read your submissions! To get things started, here’s my first attempt at book spine poetry:

 The Missing Piece, Go In and In the Weight of a Soul, When Breath Becomes Air, Peace is Every Step.

This book spine poem reads: The Missing Piece, Go In and In the Weight of a Soul, When Breath Becomes Air, Peace is Every Step.

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DataFlash: Brent Dykes’ “Effective Data Storytelling” Book Review

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-09-27 08:05

These days, there are so many books on data storytelling that claim to do an effective job of explaining how to give impactful data narratives. Lately, I have to go through a pilBooks Logoe of books to find one that really works, sort of like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I stumbled across Brent Dykes’ book “Effective Data Storytelling” when it was first released back in December 2019, but just didn’t have the time to read it.  Finally, I set some reading time aside to read this gem of a book.  I’m so happy that I did!!!

Dykes’ “Effective Data Storytelling” uses fascinating and well-balanced historical stories and anecdotes to explain effective data storytelling; he obviously spent a great deal of time researching the history of data storytelling and data visualizations because it shows in his work!  He not only features historical facts about male pioneers that dominate the data visualization field and data visualization references like Edward Tufte but features historical facts about less talked about female influencers like the nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale and her influential statistical data visualization that demonstrated the disproportionate number of deaths due to infectious diseases rather than to battle injuries in order to convince British army leaders at the time that they needed to adopt better sanitary measures.  Her influential data visualizations on sanitary reforms ended up saving the lives of many British soldiers during both peacetime and during military conflicts.

In short, Dykes’ book on “Effective Data Storytelling” is exactly it.  He teaches about the three pillars of effective data storytelling which he identifies and elaborately but elegantly explains as being data, narrative, and visuals. Dykes goes into quite the detail to explain the psychology, ethics, and anatomy of a great data story.  I thoroughly enjoyed and updated my data storytelling knowledge through reading this great book.  The only thing I regret is not reading this book sooner!!!

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There’s Still Time for Fall Funding Opportunities

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2021-09-20 21:00

The Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 5 (NNLM Region 5), under cooperative agreement with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is pleased to announce we’ve extended the deadline to submit your Letter of Intent to apply for our two fall funding awards. The new deadline to submit Letters of Intent for either award is October 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States are eligible to apply.

NNLM Region 5’s Environmental Health Outreach Awards are designed to address environmental health issues in underserved communities through education and creative community responses to improve health equity. A minimum of three awards with a maximum fixed price of $5,000 each will be funded. To see the full Environmental Health Equity Outreach Award, including the eligibility criteria, funding period and application instructions, please see this NNLM Region 5 blog post.

NNLM Region 5’s Technology Equity Awards are designed to upgrade, replace or adopt hardware or software technologies that will increase access to health information, and/or strengthen communications and connectivity for health. A minimum of six awards with a maximum fixed price of $5,000 each will be funded. To see the full Technology Equity Award, including the eligibility criteria, funding period and application instructions, please see this NNLM Region 5 blog post.

Although NNLM members may apply for either or both awards, only one award will be made per successful applicant. Letters of Intent are due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 1, 2021. Applications submitted by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2021 will receive first consideration.

Questions? Your NNLM Region 5 staff is here to help. Please reach out to Michele Spatz, NNLM Region 5 Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at: mspatz@uw.edu

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NNLM R4 Connections: First Meeting (September 2021)

MCR News - Wed, 2021-09-15 14:56

Thank you to all that attended our first bi-monthly “NNLM R4 Connections.” It was a wonderful meeting where we, the NNLM R4 Team, had the opportunity to share with the region our plans as we move forward. The first presenters were our Communications Team, revealing methodology that will be utilized to communicate out to the region and methods to gather input. A multimodal approach was presented, covering emails, social media, etc…  

Dana Abbey, our Community Based Health Organizations (CBHO’s) Engagement Coordinator, talked about plans she has moving forward and activities she is planning with partners throughout the region. A Jam board (https://tinyurl.com/NNLMR4FirstFeedback) was shared to gather feedback from participants to learn more about other partners and methods that she could use to reach CBHO’s throughout the newly designed region. The same Jam board was utilized to gather information about preferable methods of communication. 

David Brown, our Public Health Organizations (PHO’s) Engagement Specialist, talked about programming that he was also planning, communication he has had with entities in our region, and was very open to learning more from participants about what other methods they recommend he use to reach our region, in particular the new states that we have. He created a Mentimeter, to gather more information about what he could do, and what participants thought he should do as the Engagement Specialist for PHO’s in the region. He will be analyzing the results and working to improve his work in this area taking into consideration the feedback that was gathered.  

George Strawley, our Libraries Engagement Specialist, presented his plans in this area. He also mentioned the awards that we currently have available encouraging participants to apply. (https://tinyurl.com/NNLMR4Awards). The same Jam Board used for both Communications and CBHO’s was used to collect more information for him to consider in his program areas. 

John Bramble, our Executive Director, presented to us his responsibilities and how he saw us moving forward as a team. He also talked a little about Catherine Soehner’s responsibility as the Principal Investigator of this project and the plans they had to help mentor the specialists and oversee the projects throughout the region.  

All Engagement Specialists were super excited about this meeting and the feedback that was gathered. They are looking into it to learn more about how they can improve and tweak programming in their areas to help increase programming within the region and compliment current programs.  

The meeting was recorded and is available at: https://youtu.be/IS-tQk9L81Q  

Stay tuned for our next “NNLM R4 Connections” meeting taking place November 11th 2021. See you then! 

Do not forget to join our listserv to learn more about activities in our region: https://tinyurl.com/NNLMR4-Listserv  

 

Yamila M. El-Khayat, MA serves as Communications and Citizen Science Specialist at NNLM (Network of the National Library of Medicine) Region 4. She has a passion for health information and working with all communities in particular traditionally marginalized communitiesYamila is a medical librarian at the University of Arizona. In working as a Librarian, she has been determined to increase health literacy to better serve the needs of the Latino and Native American populations, improving access to information related to the health of Native American, Hispanic, Border, Evidence-based, intercultural, bilingual and culturally appropriate. She has experience training information for clinicians, students, and community members, including health promoters/ “Promotores de Salud. 

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Hello from NNLM Region 5 staff: Daina Dickman

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-09-14 06:00

Hi! I am Daina Dickman, Assistant Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Region 5. The Regional Medical Library for Region 5 is based at the University of Washington, but I will be working remotely from Sacramento, CA. I am brand new to my position, and began last week!  I am excited to move from being a network member to a new role as a part of the NNLM Region 5 team.

white woman with shoulder length blonde hair and glasses, wearing a black hoodie with pins. She is looking to the left on a vista with pine trees, water, and clouds in the background.

Hiking on Orcas Island in Washington.

I have worked as a health sciences librarian in Portland, OR for a hospital system and a midwifery college. My most recent position was as a scholarly communication librarian at California State University, Sacramento. Earlier in my career I was a public and school librarian where I had the opportunity to be a Bookmobile librarian in San Francisco, CA and a librarian at an international school in Germany.  I have also worked in community clinics focused on HIV prevention, the LGBTQIA+ community, and reproductive health care. I am active in MLA and am serving as the immediate past chair of the Social Justice and Health Disparities caucus.

When not working I like to spend time with friends, printmaking, making crafts, baking, and gardening.  I enjoy being in the Sacramento sunshine. My yard has a persimmon tree, pomegranate tree, passionflower vine, grape vines, apple tree, cherry tree, plum tree, grapefruit tree, mandarin tree, lemon tree, peach tree, kumquat tree, and blueberry bushes.  I’ve been learning a lot about canning recently!

My email is ddickman@uw.edu. I look forward to getting to know the NNLM Region 5 community and learning how best to support your work.

 

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Consumer Health Minute: Keeping Up on MedlinePlus

PNR Dragonfly - Fri, 2021-09-10 04:00

MedlinePlus is the premier consumer health information resource from the National Library of Medicine. You may already be using this resource for personal and or professional needs or this may be the first you’ve heard about it. This post is focusing on just keeping up with MedlinePlus.

Since its debut in 1998, MedlinePlus has continued to maintain its quality health information content but changes have occurred over the years. How to keep updated about these changes and learn what’s new? Here are a few ways to consider:

MedlinePlus What's New webpage

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Don’t Forget the NNLM R4 Connections-Bi Monthly Gatherings

MCR News - Wed, 2021-09-08 17:01

Our first scheduled gathering will take place Thursday, September 9th at 11:00 am MT. We will be doing a more in-depth introduction about our team and our plans as we move forward. We do want to hear more from you. Mark your calendars for tomorrow! We look forward to seeing you there.   

 

When: September 9th, 2021 – 11:00am MT 

Where: https://tinyurl.com/NNLMR4Connections 

Topic: NNLM Region 4 Ideas and PlansMeet our staff and share your ideas 

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Wyoming Library Association Mentoring Program

MCR News - Wed, 2021-09-08 13:25

From October 2020 to July 2021, I had the opportunity to participate in the Wyoming Library Association Mentorship Program as a protégé. The purpose of this program is to assist all library staff to succeed in their library careers.  In this program the mentors provide protégés with a personal relationship that allows for acculturating, encouraging new talent, sharing expertise and connections, and promoting professional growth. During the times of COVID this was all done virtually.  

I saw this as an opportunity to further network and engage with libraries and librarians in the state of Wyoming. This opportunity would provide me more information about the state and its library system. One reason I was interested in this program is that I had recently moved to the state to take a position within the Midcontinental Region of the Network of the National Library of Medicine.   

To become a member of the mentorship program you must fill out an application that asks questions about why you want to be a part of the program and to establish some personal goals while involved in the program. This application applies both to mentors and protégées.  I completed the application and waited several weeks to be matched with a mentor.   

I was fortunate that for a mentor I received the Wyoming State Librarian (Jamie Markus). Jamie and I had monthly meetings throughout the program year. During these meetings, Jamie and I talked about the library structures and the policies that govern the library systems within the state. We also talked about the state library and its functions within the state. I also talked with Jamie about the upcoming changes to the Network of the National Library of Medicine as we were in the process of transitioning from the MidContinetal Region to Region 4.

During this program, I learned about the structure of the Wyoming Library System, The appropriations procedures in the state when it comes to library funding, and we completed the Clifton Strengths Finder. The Clifton Strengths Finder is a personality assessment that examines your responses to questions to find what areas are considered strengths for you.  Each of these activities was rewarding and provided me with a better understanding about Wyoming’s Library System as well as opportunities to engage with Wyoming library professionals in a safe and virtual way during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Overall, I found this mentorship program a rewarding and engaging experience. I hope new professionals and existing professionals new to a region or state would consider joining a mentorship program.  I would also recommend established professionals to sign up as a mentor to help further develop the skills of librarians and help them navigate the profession they are choosing. The time and effort are worth it to further develop your skills in librarianship.  

For more information about the Wyoming Mentorship Program please see the following link.  

https://wyla.org/LEAD 

For more information about the Clifton Strengths Finder please see the following link. 

https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/252137/home.aspx 

 

– David Brown, Public Health Engagement Specialist and Outreach Specialist for the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming for the Network of the National Library of Medicine  Region 4

David M Brown holds a Doctor of Education with a specialization in health education from Teachers College Columbia University. He also holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. Additionally, he has two Masters of Arts Degrees from Columbia University one in computers and education and another in health education. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. 

Dr. Brown has been involved in training public health professionals for the last 15 years, teaching and supervising research in health education and public health at a number of universities in both the United States and abroad.  He has served on the board of directors for the Society for Public Health Education.  He currently serves on the Divisional Board for the Certification of Health Education Specialists with The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. He has also served on several editorial boards related to health education and promotion. 

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Hello from NNLM Region 5 staff: Cathy Burroughs

PNR Dragonfly - Wed, 2021-09-08 12:23

Hello!  My name is Cathy Burroughs.  I am honored to be Executive Director of the Regional Medical Library (RML) at University of Washington, serving the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), Region 5.

In this role, I am leading the RML to deliver a flexible, rapid response to changing regional and national needs, maintain continuity of quality programs, and develop effective collaborations and innovative methods for outreach, engagement, and instruction. I supervise the terrific RML staff and ensure representation of the RML to NNLM network members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington, plus U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States in the Pacific. An important Region 5 aim is to reconnect with longtime members, get to know newer members, and stay connected with all of you! Be sure to join our NNLM Region 5 Listserv to learn about NNLM education, training and funding opportunities and for curated news and announcements  from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

This is the first year of the 2021-26 program for the newly structured Region 5, but I have been working in various capacities for the NNLM since 1997!  I received my MLS degree in 1987 at UCLA, where I specialized in health sciences information and was an intern at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. In my first professional position, I was a reference librarian at Georgetown University Medical Center Library in Washington DC. I then worked as a research librarian/project manager for contracts with multiple agencies of the National Institutes of Health.  When I returned to the Northwest, I was fortunate to serve as project manager for the National Library Medicine funded outreach evaluation study at the University of Washington resulting in the NNLM evaluation guide that I co-authored:  Measuring the difference: guide to planning and evaluating health information outreach. I was then appointed as Associate Director of the Pacific Northwest Region of the NNLM and have served in this leadership capacity since 2004. I report to Tania Bardyn, who is Principal Investigator and Director of NNLM Region 5, and I serve on the broader NNLM leadership team and the Health Sciences Library Management Team at University of Washington.

Before becoming a librarian, I was a musician and member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Although I have set aside my violin for now, I feel a kindred spirit with all things classical music. I also love spending free time with my best friend and partner, and together he and I enjoy hiking, snow shoeing, taking road trips and exploring national parks. Other personal interests are yoga, cooking and entertaining, worldwide travel, reading, and getting back to attending live concerts and theatre!

Exploring the Beartooth Highway to Yellowstone Nat’l Park

I look forward to working together with you in the years ahead to address health information needs in your communities. Feel free to contact me directly at cburroug@uw.edu,  I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Find Health Information for Your Patrons in Other Languages

MCR News - Tue, 2021-09-07 11:48

The worldwide web has a ton of information, but as we know, not all information on the web is reliable. Finding credible resources in a library patron’s or community member’s preferred language that you don’t speak can become especially tough. 

MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov), put together by the National Library of Medicine, features a wealth of health information all coming from reliable sources that have been vetted by health professionals. When you are exploring the health information in MedlinePlus, take a moment to locate the materials available for your patrons who want languages other than English. 

The Health Information in Multiple Languages page gathers health resources covering 57 different languages – from Amharic to Yiddish –all in one place. These languages are slowly growing as the National Library of Medicine explores other sources of trust in other languages.  

The collection of handouts and other resources comes from an assortment of medical sources ranging from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to various National Institutes of Health to universities. All of the information is reliable and evidence-based. 

The selection of topics available can vary from language to language and from topic to topic. You will find a broad range of materials in Vietnamese but only two topics covered in Cape Verdean Creole. 

Titles include such consumer-friendly topics as “10 Things You Can Do to Manage Your COVID-19 Symptoms at Home” and “Safe Sleep for Your Baby.”  

As with all of MedlinePlus, the resources in multiple languages are free and available at any time over the web. You will find a button linking to the page along with others at the bottom of the MedlinePlus home page. 

Some other helpful health resources incorporating multiple languages include these: 

  • SPIRAL (Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages) is a product of Tufts University and covers eight languages. 
  • Cancer Index provides a collection of links to health information in non-English languages. 
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National Library of Medicine Fills Interlibrary Loan Requests from Print Collection

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-09-02 20:10

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021 the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will fill interlibrary loan requests from the print collection. With the onset of COVID-19 NLM Interlibrary Loan filled interlibrary loan requests from electronic resources only, and is now ready to fill requests from the print and electronic collections. Initial response times to requests from the print collection might be slow, and your patience is appreciated.

Libraries who use DOCLINE, NLM’s interlibrary loan request routing system, should place interlibrary loan requests to NLM through DOCLINE. If your library does not use DOCLINE, check the participation guidelines to see if your library qualifies to participate. If you have questions about DOCLINE participation contact NNLM Region 5 DOCLINE Support (DOCLINE@uw.edu). Libraries that do not qualify for DOCLINE, and would like to place an interlibrary loan request with NLM, should contact the NLM Help Desk for guidance.

 

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Announcing NNLM Region 5 Listens Session

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-08-31 21:00

This is a picture of a computer showing a webinar meeting.

 

Please join us for our inaugural NNLM Region 5 Listens Session on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00pm Alaska | Noon – 1:00 p.m. HST | 11:00 a.m. – Noon SST (American Samoa) | September 22, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. ChST (Guam). NNLM Region 5 serves organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

The purpose of the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session series is to:

  • build relationships among NNLM Region 5 Network members, and
  • learn about health information access, education, or technology needs; and
  • foster a fruitful exchange of perspectives on regional issues impacting the equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

After hearing from participants, our discussion topic for this session will be: A World of Health Information Resources. NNLM staff will facilitate a discussion by asking the following:

  • What are the topics for which you need health information resources?
  • Who is your intended audience or audiences?
  • In what languages do you need health information resources?
  • What format would best reach your intended audience(s)?

Registration is required to join the NNLM Region 5 Listens Session. You may submit questions or concerns at the time of registration. NNLM Region 5 staff will do their best to address all submitted questions and concerns during the sixty-minute listening session.

Interested? Registration is free. Register here!

Please note that registration closes Monday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

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Hello from NNLM Region 5 staff: Tania Bardyn

PNR Dragonfly - Tue, 2021-08-24 03:00

headshot of Tania BardynTania Bardyn serves as the NNLM’s director for Region 5. She completed her BA in political studies at Queen’s University and her MLIS at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research interests focus on innovation in health sciences libraries, medical library renovations and new construction, equitable access to health information and cultural barriers; substance use and mental health; and indigenous subject headings. She now has the unique opportunity to blend her commitment to the improving health of the region, passion for equitable access to high quality health information in health, with research.

Tania Bardyn began her medical librarianship career more than 25 years ago as a public services librarian in San Antonio at UT Health San Antonio. From there she went to work at NYU and UCLA. As Associate Dean for the Health Sciences at UW Libraries, she provides strategic vision for the roles of libraries and works with six health sciences schools, nearly 80 degree specialties, to prepare healthcare professionals to serve WWAMI and Washington state, and Region 5 state including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

She has extensive practice experience in leading teams to create mobile apps, data roles for librarians, and community advocacy. She serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries representing over 160 academic health sciences libraries in the US and Canada.

Tania is also the Principal Investigator for HEALWA Health Evidence Library – Washington State. She co-led the team that won the 2021 Association of Academic Medical Colleges (AAMC), Group on Information Resources (GIR) Excellence Award, that collaborated to support COVID-19 researchers using REDCap for timely clinical data use. small purple flowers and green leaves next  to water

Tania enjoys making recycled glass artwork, home baking artisan delights, and growing unusual, exotic, tropical plants like sea beans (legume family). She participates in craft shows and fundraisers taking part in the simple joys of baking, home decorating, and smooth jazz music. Her favorite home décor is Grange Furniture and Valerie Parr Hill Collection. She spends her free time with her husband Todd and son Stefan who plays hockey with the Seattle Junior Hockey Association.

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Colorado Regional Health Connectors Work to Improve Community Health

MCR News - Thu, 2021-08-19 17:48

In June 2021, I attended a virtual Colorado Regional Health Connectors (RHC) panel to learn about the Connector’s work to improve the coordination of primary care, public health, human services and community health organizations throughout the state. The program is comprised of twenty-one regions reaching urbanrural, and frontier counties and provides an opportunity to understand local health needs that can vary widely from community to community. 

Figure 1 Colorado Regional Health Connectors Map  

 

Each RHC is hosted by a local organization that has an established relationship in the region and experience with community-based work. As a trusted member of the community, RHCs live and work in the area. They leverage their local knowledge to partner with clinical quality improvement teams to address new models of care, connect primary care with community-based behavioral health and social services, and recommend reliable resources to improve health outcomes.  

 

Three regions from the RHC  were present on the panel, and each Connector shared current projects: 

  • Shannon Borders from RHC Region 5 works to support success in agriculture for people with disabilities with the AgrAbility Project. Her collaborators include the Colorado Farm Bureau and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.  
  • Dee Kessler from RHC  Region 8 works to improve transportation options and through a grant developed MySLVConnect to provide up-to-date resources for community members in the San Luis Valley.  
  • Mary Burt from RHC Region 10 provides health education, basic health screenings, coaching, and casework support. She works to improve access to healthy food. Her collaborators include the public library, Tri County Health Network, and Cooking Matters. 

I left this meeting with a huge sense of gratitude for the depth and breadth of work each of these Connectors carries out. Each was incredibly passionate about the communities they serve, and I hope to discover ways NNLM Region 4 can support their efforts.  

Further reading on the Colorado Regional Health Connectors program: 

  1. Building Partnerships: The Regional Health Connectors’ Impact on Colorado (2021) 
  2. Bringing Together Clinics and Communities (2018) 
  3. Food for Thought: It Takes A Village: Examining Colorado’s Health Connector Workforce (2018) 

-Dana Abbey, NNLM Engagement Coordinator – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico 

 

Dana Abbey is an Engagement Coordinator with the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Region 4. For over 15 years, she has worked to improve the public’s access to reliable information to enable informed decisions regarding health and to enhance access to evidence-based research for clinicians and the public health workforce.The post Colorado Regional Health Connectors Work to Improve Community Health first appeared on Region 4 News.
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Hello from NNLM Region 5 staff: Carolyn Martin

PNR Dragonfly - Thu, 2021-08-19 07:42

As Outreach and Education Coordinator, I help to coordinate the training opportunities for those of you in Region 5. This includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States.

Before joining NNLM, I was a hospital librarian in Indianapolis. My primary patrons were physicians, nurses, and a variety of hospital staff. However, my favorite patrons were patients and their families. When the opportunity to become a Consumer Health Coordinator at NNLM I was excited to join. Though scientific research is exciting it is easy to forget how that may affect patients and the general public. My past employment included working with people with developmental disabilities and older adults where I learned information needs varied from person to person and how important it is to be very observant and thoughtful.

Though my job title has changed, my primary focus hasn’t. It remains consumer health which covers a wide range of topics including health literacy, quality health news, health reference, and environmental health information. I teach classes as well as contribute content, organize and host webinars, and am a part of the NNLM cultural humility team. One thing I have learned over the years and in my work as a librarian, is that I have much to learn, including from you, members of our NNLM community.

Genomic health literacy was an area I focused on for several years. A colleague and I co-created a class for health science librarians on genomic health literacy and information presented at state, regional, and a national conference. I also did a major update to the ABCs of DNA, an NNLM consumer health class, and presented it as a conference session at several state library associations and the Public Library Association. With the public’s fascination with direct-to-consumer genetic testing and the Precision Medicine Initiative, helping consumers know where to locate quality information resources was a priority.

Carolyn's family

Carolyn and her family

Overseeing our training includes being your contact if your organization is seeking an in-service or training opportunity regarding health literacy, consumer health, NLM resources such as PubMed, or data management. I’ll be happy to connect you with our staff to provide what meets your organization’s needs. Just email me at martinc4@uw.edu

When I’m not working I enjoy spending time outside, watching good videos, and catching up with friends along with several interest such as reading and quilting.

To the right is a photo of my family out on the Olympic Peninsula. Our oldest son lives in Chicago and our daughter has been living in South Korea for several years. Our two youngest live with us in Seattle. It’s not often we can get together so I was grateful we had some time last year.

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NNLM Hiring Training & Development Specialist

MCR News - Tue, 2021-08-17 18:34

The Network of the National Library of Medicine Training Office at the University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library is looking to hire a Training and Development Specialist.

The Instructional Design Specialist is integral to achieving successful outcomes for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Training Office (NTO). The NTO supports the training and educational mission of the NNLM by designing and delivering high-quality, innovative training to diverse audiences nationwide in support of the effective use of information products and services from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. The position provides expertise and guidance on various pedagogical approaches and best practices to support face-to-face, online, and hybrid course delivery. This position requires promoting the use of technology-based resources in teaching and learning, and providing consultation, instruction, and assistance to a national network of educators and librarians.


Responsibilities

Develop, review and test courses, including evaluating design and delivery techniques, developing visual aids, and considering media and technology selections. Example tasks may include:

Establish and maintain project management protocols for development and production of online classes
Communicate clearly with a variety of stakeholders, including subject matter experts, instructors, and outside collaborators.
Ensure all courses are based on best practices in instructional design and technology
Ensure all courses, materials, and related media comply with accessibility guidelines as mandated by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Design and develop customized interactive materials and courses to enhance the learning experience
Edit instructional media and materials for online courses
Organize materials within a learning object repository
Provide training to staff in instructional design and technology and best practices in teaching. Example tasks may include:

Provide training in emerging instructional technologies
Provide training in best pedagogical approaches in teaching and training
Coordinate and collaborate on NNLM related program development, implementation with NNLM Regional Medical Libraries, Offices and Centers (ROCs).

Represent the NTO on appropriate NNLM committees, taskforces, or workgroups.

Participate in appropriate Eccles Health Sciences Library activities that support the NNLM Region 4 and NTO program. Participation in these activities should be limited to only those that are depended upon for the smooth function of the NNLM Region 4 program.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.
Expertise in content research, instructional design and delivery methods and experience delivering training to high level leaders is strongly preferred.
This position is not responsible for providing patient care.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
PREFERRED:

Ability to work both individually and in a team setting, including with remote colleagues.
Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills.
Comfortable with digital asset creation in an educational environment and related software applications, for example:
Documents (Microsoft Office, Google Docs)
Photoshop, Illustrator
Video and interactive e-learning Authoring Tools (Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate)
Screen Recording (Camtasia)
Experience with live webinar tools such as WebEx or Zoom.
Experience with a learning management system such as Moodle, Canvas, or Blackboard.
Project management and team leadership experience.
Familiar with building online courses for asynchronous and synchronous formats.
Preferred experience with Storyline and Camtasia, and WebEx, though candidates with experience in similar programs should apply.
Ability to quickly learn and master new technology and adapt to program changes.
A minimum of two years of online curriculum design experience is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Based on experience, starting at $53,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, benefitted staff position.


Application Instructions

When applying for the position there will be a place for an optional “other” document type. Candidates are encouraged to include a work sample or link to a work sample, which demonstrates competency in one or more areas of qualification or preference.


Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO /AA)
135 Park Building
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-581-8365
oeo@utah.edu

Online reports may be submitted at oeo.utah.edu
For more information: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/

To apply, please go to the University’s careers page: https://employment.utah.edu/salt-lake-city-ut/training-development-specialist/DAEE6410DB7643D4A67A3A8ED7955BA6/job/

To inquire about this posting: email employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300.

– Carmin Smoot

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