NNLM All of Us CEN Newsletter - September 2019

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September 2019

NLM Exhibits in Public Libraries: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World at Memphis Public Library

-April Wright and Andrea Jacobo, Memphis Public Library

July 1st-August 7th, 2019, the central Memphis Public Library hosted  the NLM traveling exhibit, Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World.

While the exhibit was there, library patrons were treated to a screening of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone and a presentation entitled, Alchemy & the Fantastic, by a local professor who talked about the scientific and historical elements of the Harry Potter series. 

Displays related to the exhibit featured books on botany, mythology, ancient creatures, and philosophy.  Also featured were National Library of Medicine K-12 resources and online educational activities.

One patron commented that the exhibit and activities were thought-provoking and engaging and highlighted elements in the books he had not considered.  One of the younger patrons immersed himself in the experience wearing his Harry Potter school robe and glasses.

Andrea Jacobo of Memphis Public Library says of the library’s participation: “The exhibit team planned ahead to make it a thoughtful and authentic experience for the library patrons, so with similar efforts, we would be happy to host another exhibit.” 

NLM exhibits are a great way to provide a unique educational experience at your library!  Each traveling exhibit features companion educational content.  Consider booking one today!  It’s free from your National Library of Medicine.

Harry Potter Exhibit Memphis

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LSUHS Library Exhibiting at Geek'd Con in Shreveport

LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library faculty exhibited at Geek'd Con at the Shreveport Convention Center August 16-18. At the Library booth, children received an activity book on genetics created by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Greater Midwest Region, and a box of crayons. In addition, stickers and other consumer information on genetics and precision medicine was provided. Each hour during the convention, Library volunteers drew the names of four lucky kids to receive a printed copy of the Amazing Captain Fit. Read more about the event here.

September News in Health

NIH News in Health - September Issue

Check out the September 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

NNLM Al Hamra Academy July 2019

Al-Hamra Academy was selected at the national level to be showcased for its exemplary achievements in the field of Citizen Science. NNLM shares with you Al-Hamra's endeavours in STEAM/Experiential Learning as its students are empowered and engaged through a variety of project-based learning opportunities. Click here to watch the program summary video. 

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Explore Healthy Aging with the NNLM Reading Club

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 by 2030. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 persons will be a senior. During September - or any month - help get the conversation started in support of healthy aging. Choose one of the three NNLM Reading club books, download the discussion guide, and share health information and programming or apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit!

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

One Stop Public Health

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and their health partners offers the opportunity to learn about health, mental health, nutrition, and well-being plus Library Online Resources. You can learn how to find a doctor, look up info about a medication, or read a medical bill. Click here to watch a video on the program. 

Consumer Health Information Specialization Spotlight

Name: Salvatore J. Filosa
Position:  Marketing & Outreach Librarian
Institution: Port Jefferson Free Library

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A couple of sentences about your position and what you do.
My primary responsibility is to provide a connection to the library for community members whether it be through programs, large scale events, social media platforms, or great customer service. My outreach efforts have resulted in successful partnerships and programs by creating invaluable connections with the local Rotary Club, a second local Chamber of Commerce Organization in our contracted districts, and local business owners one-on-one.

Why did you want to receive Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?
As the chairperson of the Health Concerns Committee through the local Library Association and the only public librarian member of the Health Sciences Information Committee, which acts in an advisory capacity to the Long Island Library Resources Council for the Hospital Library Services Program, I felt this specialization necessary to better serve my community. My background is in biology and chemistry so I naturally gravitate towards the health books and workshops and am regularly referred to by the staff when it comes to a medical reference question.

How have you used what you learned in NNLM CHIS course(s) in your work?
Earning the CHIS has given me the confidence to have conversations with local organizations about possible partnerships for the community related to health with an emphasis on those aging in place and those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The creation of themed activity kits for patrons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias along with health resources is even being explored. I worked directly with several presenters who spoke at local conferences to public, special and academic librarians about aging in place and health literacy and have partnered with the local Health Sciences Library to provide trainings for librarians on health resources.

Why do you feel providing health information is important to your work/community?
Librarians have traditionally shied away from any health related query, but with the pervasiveness of information, no matter the accuracy, it can be overwhelming for the typical person. It is our job as librarians to provide a clear path to accurate and authoritative information, whether it is in our library’s collection, at a neighboring facility or online through an NLM database.

Any additional tips or advice you have for someone interested in taking classes to achieve CHIS?
Continuing education is important not only for the community served but for personal growth and confidence in oneself. Achieving the CHIS is just the beginning and will enhance the course of your career. Remain and become even more engaged with the aging in place population. You can be at the forefront of this beautiful partnership and foster a new population of library users.

My Medical Minutes - Week of September 2nd, 2019

Catch up on this month's My Medical Minutes here! Topics include:

  1. Extreme Early Birds
  2. New Does of Hope
  3. Plant-based Benefits
  4. Blood Pressure Selfies