[Libs-Or] free online classes and citizen science book club kit from NNLM

Carolyn M Martin martinc4 at uw.edu
Thu Apr 2 12:32:04 PDT 2020

Hi everyone,
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NNLM PNR) would like to highlight a couple of items that might be of interest to you regarding consumer health information professional development and on citizen science.

CHIS Accelerated Learning Plan
Many of you are familiar with seeing announcements regarding free online classes and webinars from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). We now have an opportunity for you to earn a health specialization certificate in about a month through free, online, self-paced classes through April and May.
What is CHIS? CHIS is an acronym for Consumer Health Information Specialization<https://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=329>, a program by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The CHIS program offers training in providing health information services to consumers, and recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills. NNLM provides free, online training in support of CHIS, and can sponsor your CHIS application or renewal fee, making this specialization completely free to you. By earning CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. For more information about this accelerated program, read our blog post on our website<https://news.nnlm.gov/pnr/consumer-health-minute-chis-accelerated-learning-plan/>.

Citizen Science- NNLM Reading Club
Citizen Science Month is recognized annually in April to promote all things citizen science. Libraries can serve as a hub for scientific exploration in their communities by involving patrons in citizen science projects. From collecting and sharing data, participants can develop a deeper understanding of the scientific process and health literacy through their active involvement. To learn more, visit NNLM Reading Club Book Selections and Health Resources: Citizen Science<https://nnlm.gov/all-of-us/book-selections-and-health-resources/citizen-science/>. Choose one of the three featured books. Then either host a virtual book club discussion and download the discussion guide, promotional materials, and corresponding health information. (Please note, due to the COVID-19 National Emergency we are not fulfilling applications and shipping books during this period.)

In addition, NNLM and SciStarter have partnered to provide libraries with resources and materials<https://nnlm.gov/national/guides/crowdsourcing-and-citizen-science/citizen-science-month> to host citizen science activities during the month of April 2020 and also consider attending our free webinar, "What's All This Talk About Citizen Science?," SciStarter founder, Darlene Cavalier will guide you as you discover what citizen science is and how libraries can be community hubs for citizen science.  April 29 at 1:00 p.m. PT. Register<https://nnlm.gov/class/pnr-rendezvous-whats-all-talk-about-citizen-science/23459>

Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP | Consumer Health Coordinator
NNLM Pacific Northwest Region
University of Washington Health Sciences Library
Box 357155
Seattle, WA 98195-7155
martinc4 at uw.edu<mailto:martinc4 at uw.edu>

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