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NLM Teleconference to Report on RFI and New Funding Mechanism for 2016-2021

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) (http://nnlm.gov) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information.  Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements.  This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects.  A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.

Join NLM in a teleconference to hear about the responses to the RFI and learn about Cooperative Agreements:

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 / 4 pm (ET)
  • Teleconference Number:  1-888-450-5996
  • Participant Passcode: 662939

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

MAR Funding Forum (Lunch with the RML session)

Presenters:  Renae Barger, Michelle Burda, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, & Missy Harvey / NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  January 29th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  If you have questions like these or others, please join us for an open forum to ask questions and receive instant answers from all the MAR staff.

  • Are you considering applying for funding?
  • Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with the application process?
  • Are you clear on which award best fits the kind of activity you want to fund?
  • Do you understand all of what MAR expects you to include in your application?

Grants and Proposal Writing

Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  February 2nd / 10 am – Noon (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=511

Summary:  Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.  Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including:  documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.  3-4 MLA CEs.

SciENcv Enhancements: NIH and NSF Biographical Sketch Formats

SciENcv enhancements will include the new NIH biographical sketch format as a choice for creating SciENcv profiles. SciENcv will continue to support the current NIH biographical sketch format; however, NIH encourages researchers to use the new format with their grant submissions. Researchers will be required to employ the new NIH biographical sketch starting May 25, 2015. Users will be able to utilize their existing Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) profiles to create profiles in the new NIH biographical sketch format, as well as be able to select the new NIH biographical sketch format when creating profiles manually or through a data feed from an external source. The Personal Statement section of the NIH biographical sketch has been updated to include an option to list up to four peer-reviewed citations. A new section, Contribution to Science, replaces the former section Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications, and it aims to give researchers a place where they can describe five of their most significant contributions to science.

SciENcv users will also soon be able to create profiles in the National Science Foundation (NSF) biographical sketch format. This newly added format will be available to download in PDF, MS Word or XML, and users will be able to share their SciENcv NSF profiles through a public URL. In addition, by linking your NSF account to an NCBI account, you will be able to populate SciENcv profiles with information stored in your NSF account. The NSF biographical sketch is the official format used for grant submissions to the NSF and consists of five sections: Professional Preparation, Appointments, Products, Synergistic Activities, and Collaborators & Other Affiliations.

For more information visit the NLM Technical Bulletin articles: My NCBI – New NIH Biographical Sketch Available in SciENcv and My NCBI – National Science Foundation Biographical Sketch and Data Integration with SciENcv.

Public Access Compliance Monitor

The Public Access Compliance Monitor (PACM or “compliance monitor”) is a service from the National Library of Medicine that helps users at NIH-funded institutions locate and track the compliance of funded papers with the NIH Public Access Policy at an institutional level. Whether you are looking for a quick snapshot of your institution’s compliance rate or want to take an active role in helping your investigators comply with the policy, PACM can help you get the information you need.

To gain access to the compliance monitor, users must first be assigned a compliance reports role (“PACR”) role by an administrator at their institution who is authorized to assign roles in the NIH eRA Commons grants administration system. Users with a PACR role will then have access to the compliance reports for their institution.

PACM provides users with a list of all PubMed citations associated with an institution’s NIH funding and classifies the articles according to compliance status (i.e., Compliant, Non-Compliant, In Process). The compliance monitor also provides detailed information about each article including:

  • a full citation including the PMID (PubMed ID) and link to the PubMed record
  • associated grants and principal investigators
  • NIHMSID (NIH Manuscript Submission Reference Number), where available
  • PMCID (PubMed Central ID), where available
  • key names and dates in the NIHMS, where available
  • article compliance status
  • method A status
  • journal publisher

Compliance reports can be downloaded from these lists and the data filtered based on an institution’s needs.

For more information on the PACR role, the compliance monitor, and the available reports, see the User Guide. Additonally, an overview video of PACM from The NIH Public Access Policy for Librarians Webinar and a four-minute Look at the NIH Public Access Policy Compliance Monitor are available.

Practice Facilitation Webinar to Address Health Literacy and Patient Engagement

Join a free AHRQ webinar on Thursday, January 29 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET: “Engaging patients as partners in care:  How practice facilitators can support patient engagement.

As part of its series of webinars designed to share AHRQ’s tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators (PFs), presenters will discuss how PFs can help practices improve how they engage patients. Presenters will discuss tools from the AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit that support patient engagement, and how to lead a practice in transforming diabetes care.

Speakers include:

  • Lyndee Knox, PhD, CEO, LA Net Community Health Resource Network
  • Cindy Brach, MPP, Senior Health Policy Researcher, AHRQ
  • Adrienne Deswert, RN, BSN, RN Care Manager, Annville Family Medicine

To register for the Webinar, please click here.

To access AHRQ’s practice facilitation resources, please click here.

To access AHRQ’s health literacy resources, please click here.

MAR Member Makes the News: Sheltering in the Stacks

Featured in the December 2014 issue of New Jersey Municipalities Magazine, “Sheltering in the Stacks” by Michele Stricker, New Jersey State Library Associate Director of Library Support Services, discusses the role that libraries play in times of crisis.  They can serve as safe havens, information and technology hubs, and headquarters for local volunteer organizations that distribute food, clothing, and supplies.
http://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Shelteringinthestacks.pdf

National Library of Medicine Resource Update: Alternatives to Animal Testing Portal

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Alternatives to Animal Testing (ALTBIB) portal provides access to PubMed/MEDLINE citations relevant to alternatives to the use of live vertebrates in biomedical research and testing. The ALTBIB topics and subtopics are aligned with current U.S. and international approaches. For example, information is provided on in silico, in vitro, and refined or improved animal testing methods. Strategies that incorporate validated methods and other approaches are also covered. In addition to the topic areas for PubMed searches, the ALTBIB portal includes a searchable bibliographic collection of alternatives to animal testing, including citations from published articles, books, book chapters, and technical reports published from 1980 to 2000.

The Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), part of NLM’s Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET), now includes subheadings (“/alternative/ and /in vitro tests/”) in the Human and Non-Human Toxicity Excerpts fields. These subheadings allow users to locate data from in vitro and other alternative methods. For example, users can search “ALTERNATIVE IN VITRO TESTS” to locate records with this data. Coverage includes results from methods validated by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM) and the European Union Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL-ECVAM).

NLM HIV/AIDS Portal Now Offers Multilingual Content Search

NLM’s HIV/AIDS Portal now offers the ability to search for multilingual content. The new Multilingual Search interface searches specifically for HIV/AIDS related topics from the multilingual and multicultural content of HealthReach (formerly RHIN). HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not the primary language. It is also an important resource for health professionals as well as public health administrators. Users can search by subject/topic, language, and format. The default for the search is always HIV/AIDS so there is no need for these terms to be included in the search. There is also an Advanced Search capability to further refine retrieval. The content is available in audio and video formats as well as text. For text documents there is a feature that allows viewing the document in a split screen with one side being English and the other being the language requested in the search.

APHA Tips for Tots Calendar

It’s not too late to get the 2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual “Get Ready” calendar. This year, the calendar features cute tots providing preparedness tips. You can download online or order the calendar from APHA:  http://getreadyforflu.org/totsphotocontest.htm