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5 Steps to an Accessible Document

NNLM offers funding for projects that improve access to health information, increase engagement with research and data, expand professional knowledge, and promote awareness and use of NLM resources in local communities. Part of that commitment to access includes making materials accessible to those who use screen reader assistive technology.

This hands-on, 90-minute class will provide the basics of making PowerPoint and Word documents accessible to people who use screen readers.

A Bird's Eye View of Health Data Standards

Understand the big picture of health data standards and how they are used, including relevant National Library of Medicine (NLM) products and services, in this 1 hour, on-demand, online class. Expect to spend 1 hour learning through videos and exercises.   

A Librarian's Guide to Consumer Health

(Formerly Beyond an Apple a Day)

Assessing Health Education Materials: clearing the way to easy-to-read health materials

Why is it important to assess health education materials? What types of health education assessment tools are available? Get an overview on assessing health materials, and learn how the National Library of Medicine uses a health education materials assessment tool to figure out if health education materials are easy-to-read.

Beyond the Binary: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Health

The class aims to provide culturally appropriate health information and resources for LGBTQIA+ populations and the librarians and health care practitioners who support them. We have done our best to use culturally sensitive language and examples recognizing that language on this topic, like gender and sexuality, can be fluid.  Providing access to health information for and about these populations is extremely important.

Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications

This 14-week online class addresses increasing health information access and use by highlighting information about the National Library of Medicine’s NCBI Molecular Biology Databases. 

Black Maternal Health Week

The Black Maternal Health Webinar Series from NNLM features presentations and discussions from expert guest speakers, and NNLM staff. The presentations will enable librarians and community members to learn more about the past, present and future of Black Maternal Health in America.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Telehealth and Libraries Webinar Series

Telehealth is an increasingly essential part of the healthcare delivery ecosystem. Learn how libraries of all kinds can provide access to telehealth resources in their communities. 

This series is designed for NNLM stakeholders, including health science libraries and public library workers; health professionals and the public at large. No prior knowledge or skills are required.

Each session will feature a different guest speaker.

Building Reference Skills for Nursing and Allied Health Research

This 3 week, 4 credit-hour self-paced online class is designed for library staff who support, or want to support, nursing and allied health professionals with NLM resources. This class provides an introduction to the professions of nursing and allied health, and explores NLM databases used by health professionals such as PubMed, LactMed, MedlinePlus and DailyMed. The class concludes with learners developing their own plan on how to use this information in their work.  Expect to spend about 4 hours learning in this class. 

Building Successful Collaborations with Communities

This course integrates the theory of community engagement with its application to libraries. The course is designed using the Preparation, Action, Reflection model. We will share step-by-step methods and best practices for engaging with communities to co-design and co-develop library offerings.

Cataloging with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

This 90-minute webinar explores the use of MeSH in the cataloging environment. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the overall process of cataloging using MeSH 

  • Explain the principles of subject analysis 

  • Find information about specific terms and the MeSH hierarchy using the MeSH Browser 

  • Properly structure MeSH in a bibliographic record 

  • Explore topics that require special consideration or exceptions for catalogers when using MeSH  

CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Join the Network of the National Library of Medicine as we add citations to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like MedlinePlus and PubMed.  

NNLM Wikipedia edit-a-thons are held in Spring and Fall. 

This session will provide captioning and utilize breakout rooms. Contact if you are in need of live captioning for the breakout room. for Librarians

This presentation addresses increasing health information access and use, along with increasing health equity through information by highlighting information about the National Library of Medicine’s database. 

Common Data Elements: Standardizing Data Collection

Making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) starts well before data collection. Designing studies with common data elements (CDEs) can enable data sharing and reuse, and librarians and other information professionals can assist researchers in the use of CDEs. Whether you are a research data librarian or assist researchers in finding sources, this one-hour, self-paced course from the National Library of Medicine can help you understand how you can support the use of common data elements (CDEs) in creating FAIR data. 

Consumer Health Collection Management On-demand

This 4 credit-hour, on-demand class reviews collection management principles and resources for health-related collections in public libraries. Watch a recorded presentation and complete 2 assignments to evaluate your own library's health collection, and consider how you can improve your health related materials to better serve your community. Includes a downloadable list of health information resources in .html and .docx format to customize for your library. Expect to spend up to 4 hours learning through videos and activities. 

Consumer Health Information Specialization On-Demand

Earn up to 5 continuing education credit hours towards the Level 1 Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) from the Medical Library Association. This class is designed for learners interested in providing consumer health information to their community, with a focus on libraries and information centers.

Creating Data Management Plans with the DMPTool

The DMPTool is a free tool that walks users through creating comprehensive data management plans. This webinar will guide attendees through data management plan basics, creating a DMPTool profile, and exploring available templates and planning resources.

The DMPTool is a great resource for building data management plans for grant applications, especially considering that starting in January 2023 the NIH will require funded researchers to submit a plan outlining how scientific data from their research will be managed and shared.

Data Management Sharing Policy (DMSP) Webinar Recordings On-demand

The webinar series introduces the basics of data management and the new requirements for data management and sharing that will be in place beginning in 2023. The introduction will then be followed by three webinars providing “practitioner perspectives” – i.e., data librarians sharing their opportunities, barriers, methods, and successes as they work toward improving data management practices at their institutions.

Disaster Planning & Preparation Forum (September 2023)

This free virtual forum on disaster planning and preparedness will feature expert speakers presenting on data tools and resources, disaster planning communication, and institutional preparedness with a focus on greater inclusiveness and community resilience. Disasters may include weather events, pandemic, violence (mass shooter, violent protests), accidents (train derailment, building collapse, etc.), earthquake, explosion or any other event that may be sudden, unexpected and poses dangers to life and property. The webinar series will take place between September 12 - 28, 2023.

Disaster Planning Recorded Webinars

This Moodle class supports the provision of information to institutions and communities during disaster situations. 

We've gathered several of our past webinars in one place. Each webinar features one or more guest speakers. Each recording is worth 1 MLA CE credit. 

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