Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, serving as US Member and founding Chair of the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Organisation. She has contributed to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting but include the last line with the link to the selected bibliography.
Humphreys, who joined the NLM in 1973, previously led the NLM’s Library Operations Division and directed the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced processing, retrieval, and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources.
Ms. Humphreys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, and the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.
She received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Humphreys presents and publishes widely. A selected bibliography is available.
From the National Library of Medicine:
We are pleased to announce that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities are open for applications until July 24, 2015: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-15-003.html
The RMLs are the backbone of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The overarching goal of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Eight health sciences libraries will function as the RML for their respective Region. The RMLs will coordinate the operation of a Network of Libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. The RMLs will ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NN/LM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to serve the health information needs of health professionals and the public in the future.
RML RFA: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/RML.html
NLM Extramural Program: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/extramural.html
NLM National Network Office: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nno/index.html
Applying for a grant FAQs: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/FAQApply.html
Send questions to: NLMRMLQuestions@mail.nih.gov
We are offering the following opportunities to learn about the current RMLs and how to apply to a cooperative agreement:
Technical Assistance Webinar (this will be recorded for future viewing)
When: Thursday April 23, 2015, from 3:00-4:00pm ET
Where: Webinar URL – https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlm_rml_423/, Teleconference number: 1-866-579-8110 Participant Code: 571542
We encourage you to submit questions in advance by email to: NLMRMLQuestions@mail.nih.gov
2015 Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and Centers, Austin, TX (held in conjunction with the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting)
When: Friday, May 15, 2015
Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
Time: 9:00 am—5:30 pm
Go to the NLM Technical Bulletin for a complete agenda.
Note: The 3:30 pm—5:30 pm session in Room 12A, “Applying for Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements (UG4)” and Q&A with NLM Extramural Program will be transcribed and posted after the meeting.
Project: Development of a Service for NIH Public Access Compliance
Awardee: NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York, NY
Description: In response to the policy change and the amount of articles not in compliance, the NYU Health Sciences Libraries will partner with the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Office of Science and Research (OSR) to develop a service that will:
- Educate researchers on the NIH Public Access Policy.
- Notify researchers when a publication associated with their grant award has not been successfully deposited into PubMed Central digital archive.
- Assist researchers in submitting their peer-reviewed manuscript into PubMed Central.
- Meet and discuss with scientific journal publishers best practices for submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts on the researcher or author’s behalf.
Project: Assessing the Health Information Needs of the Madison County Rural Health Council
Awardee: Central New York Library Resources Council, Syracuse, NY
Description: With this project, the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) will work with the Madison County (NY) Rural Health Council to determine their information needs and develop a relationship with the organization. This is a preliminary project which will hopefully lead to further engagement with this organization. The Madison County Rural Health Council is a relatively new organization of stakeholders from Madison County which was formed to “catalyze information sharing, access to healthcare and linkages among providers to improve the health of the people in Central New York.” Representatives on the Council include Madison County Mental Health, Madison County Office for the Aging, Madison County Public Health, Community Memorial Hospital, Oneida Healthcare, the Community Action Program, and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Project: Capital District Hospital Library Catalogs Technology Improvement Project Proposal
Awardee: Capital District Library Council (CDLC), Albany, NY
Description: The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) will purchase and implement web-based public access online library catalogs for 11 hospital libraries that are members of CDLC’s Hospital Library Service Program. CDLC will also create a new union catalog of 11 hospital libraries. Making these catalogs and their holdings available online will provide faster and more efficient access to library health and medical information resource holdings. Efficient access to information will improve the provision of healthcare to the patients and clientele of these member hospitals.
Date / Time: April 30th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Online / No Registration Required
Presenter: Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
Date / Time: April 17th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)
Summary: There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters. However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late. Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly. Just as a responder has a go-bag packed with clothes, flashlight, tools, snacks, etc. ready to go in a disaster, one’s mobile device should also be “packed” with apps and information before an event.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their website many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. In this class, we will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their personal and professional preparedness strategy. 1.5 MLA CEs
Presenter: Cindy Hipszer, Project Manager, Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN), Hospital and Health System Association of PA
Description: Engage for Health is a program that provides libraries with details on how to assist consumers in improving their health through engagement with their providers. Libraries are asked to seek out partnerships with local health care providers to present a program built around the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Questions are the Answers program. The program offers interactive sessions that will place consumers in a role play to develop the confidence to engage in their interactions with health care providers.
This session will explain the importance of patient engagement, how to ask the right questions, and how libraries can use this model program to improve health literacy in their community, in partnership with local health care providers.
Date / Time: April 14th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Online / No Registration Required
Presenter: Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
Date / Time: April 10th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Summary: This webinar will provide new members of NN/LM MAR from public health, clinical and other health organizations to learn more about the resources from the National Library of Medicine and services available from NN/LM MAR. New members in the categories listed above are encouraged to attend and ask questions to learn how NN/LM MAR may support their health information needs.
A new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) funding opportunity is available, Supplements to Support Interoperability of NIH Funded Biomedical Data Repositories, with an April 20 application due date. NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories. Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.
Valentina di Francesca (NHGRI) will be organizing an administrative review panel for these supplements as a group. Administrative review is expected to occur in May 2015, and completed by August 24, 2015. Awards are expected to be made in August/September 2015.
The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for the iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM’s Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.
The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program webinar
WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPIC: Digital Humanitarians
Our April 9th webinar will feature Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”
Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups. Among his many accomplishments, Patrick served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Volunteer Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Read more about Patrick and his work at http://irevolution.net/bio.
This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html.
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MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), March 2015
This one-hour presentation features speakers who discuss strategies to address the unique vulnerabilities of children in every stage of emergency planning. Presenters highlight the strong progress that has been made in pediatric disaster readiness, as well as the collaboration that is still needed between public health professionals and pediatric care providers to improve the outcomes for children during emergencies.