CEN News June 2020

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June 2020

Book Club Promotion

Well-being for All of Us: Virtual Book Club

Join us for a free virtual book club! We're reading I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying. Detroit Public Library is partnering with the All of Us Research Program at Wayne State University’s Shiffman Medical Library on a free virtual book club beginning on June 3. We will be reading I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi. Bassey is a Nigerian American writer who details her experiences with bipolar II and the ways it has shaped her life and her experiences.

This free book club is designed for adult readers. The author explores mental health, coping mechanisms, substance use, relationships, and self-deprecation and self-love. A content note: this book contains subject matter on suicidal ideation, sex and romance, instances of mania, and disordered eating.

This book club will be both online in a discussion forum on Goodreads, as well as a few face-to-face video chats which people can call into. Participants can choose to participate in either or both of the book club formats. The book is available for free on Hoopla as both an eBook and an audio book, which the author reads herself. Learn more here!

June Reading Club

Explore Digital Health Literacy with the NNLM Reading Club

Much of our healthcare today runs on digital devices. Think telehealth or telemedicine; electronic health record (EHR) or electronic medical record (EMR); mobile health apps (mHealth); emailing your doctor and more. While this connectivity is helpful, healthcare consumers or patients need to have digital health literacy to be able to effectively partner in their health care. There are still gaps in equitable access, and sometimes the reality of our digital health tools falls a bit short of their initial promise. Join with the NNLM Reading Club as we explore Digital Health Literacy this month to learn more about the bits and bytes driving today’s healthcare system. Discover what we need to know to fully participate in this rapidly-evolving approach in how we prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses. To select your title and get your book club conversation started, visit the NNLM Reading Club.

African American Health and Anti-Racist Resources

In light of recent events including police brutality and ensuing protests, the staff at NNLM PSR stand with the African American community. In this article, you will find resources related to African American mental health, anti-racist reading materials, cultural competency, NLM African American and race history, racism in science, and PubMed Central articles about police brutality and African American health. This list will be refreshed as we receive updates from our members and partners. Learn more about these resources.


CHIS Spotlight: Thomas Cummiskey
Outreach Librarian, Plymouth Public Library

Please share a few sentences about your position & what you do.
I serve the Reference Desk 2/3 of my time and 1/3 on Outreach, Books By Mail and Services to Seniors and those with Disabilities.

Why did you want to receive Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS)?
I have a ten year background within Medical Librarianship before moving to Public Libraries. When our local hospital medical library shut down in 2018, it left us without any resources or referral source to send patrons looking for health information in easy to understand language.

How have you used what you learned in NNLM CHIS courses in your work?
I have indeed! I have implemented many educational programs here at the library and have built a strong consumer health collection for the library. Marketing all of these programs as well. Our first Plymouth Area Health & Wellness Fair took place on September 28th on the library front lawn with 18 providers and over 100 attendees.

Why do you feel providing health information is important to your work/community? 
For the obvious reasons, easy to understand and reliable sources are not easy to find when searching online. Also, our growing Brazilian Portuguese population needs information in their native language. We are building a presence in Plymouth for Consumer Health Information.

Any tips or advice you have for someone interested in taking classes to achieve CHIS?
I would say that the curriculum is presented in an easy to digest format, and plenty of time is given to complete the assignments. It's a wonderful group of learners!

NNLM Reading Club Presents - The Digital Doctor in the Age of COVID-19

The Digital Doctor

Join Dr. Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor as he discusses digital health and health technology in the age of computers and what patients need to know in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Date: July 14, 2020
Time: 12-1pm PT

Providing Library Senior Services in a COVID-19 World

June 17, 2020
11:00AM - 12:00PM CT

How to provide library service to seniors, the most vulnerable population affected during COVID-19, has been the question raised by outreach librarians across the United States. According to the Central for Disease Control (CDC), 8 out of 10 deaths related to COVID-19 are individuals aged 65 years and older. While we might not be able to visit our seniors or facilities in-person for the foreseeable future, libraries can reach this population while we shelter in place. During this webinar, please find tips and tricks that David J. Kelsey of the St. Charles (IL) Public Library District (SCPLD) and Glenna Godinsky of the Gail Borden (IL) Public Library District recommend in serving the senior demographic during COVID-19. Learn more and register here.

Coping with COVID-19: Watch the NIH Event Recording  

On June 4, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon, discussed the types of mental health symptoms people may experience as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as when and where to get professional help. Watch a recording of the livestream event. 

Facebook Live Event

Job Announcement: Community Engagement Librarian for NNLM PSR

The UCLA Library has initiated recruitment for the position of Community Engagement Librarian in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, and is actively seeking applications. The application deadline for first consideration is June 18, 2020.

For your convenience, the complete posting can be viewed here:  https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05565

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply online. Applications should include: a cover letter describing qualifications and experience; a current curriculum vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and addresses for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. 

UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


NIH News in Health - June Issue

The June 2020 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available. Download a PDF version for printing.