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Teleconference Today—Interested in Leading the Regional Medical Library Program?

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks candidates with experience in program coordination and health information policy for a Supervisory Librarian to lead our Regional Medical Library program.

If you are interested in this position, we strongly encourage you to attend our informational webinar on February 23, 2015 from 3 – 4 pm (ET).

Click here to register

The Head of the National Network Office (NNO) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among libraries in the Network.

The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of biomedical information provision, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for the provision of access to medical information in emergency and disaster situations (national and international).  The Head also advises on public health information policy issues related to programs conducted throughout the Network.

NLM is in the process of transitioning our agreements with the Regional Medical Libraries from a contract funding mechanism to a grant cooperative agreement.  The Head will serve as Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the organizations awarded these cooperative agreements.

As a supervisory librarian at the GS-15 level, the position has a salary range of $126,245-$158,700, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

NLM will begin accepting applications for this position in early March.  At that time, we will release a second announcement with a link to the actual application.

We hope that you will consider applying for this exciting leadership opportunity.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 13th / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Where:               Erie County Public Library, Admiral Room

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=485

Summary: This hands-on in-person class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with refugee populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources.

MedlinePlus and More

Presenter:           Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:       March 13th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:               Erie County Public Library, Admiral Room

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=513

Summary: This course is designed to train librarians and consumers on MedlinePlus, the premier consumer health database by the National Library of Medicine. Hands-on exercises and real life problems will be used as a method of teaching this database. Additional consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine will be selected and demonstrated based on needs of participants.

NCBI Webinar: The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data

Next Wednesday, February 25, NCBI staff will present a webinar on the SRA Toolkit, a system for accessing the approximately 3.4 Petabases of next-generation genomic and expressed sequence data housed in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA). As data sets become larger, mining information and performing comparisons directly from structured databases becomes increasingly necessary. The SRA Toolkit is not only capable of dumping the data out as a fastq or sam file, but also provides direct analysis and comparison from specific genomics regions across hundreds or thousands of samples.

In the webinar, we will show examples of configuration and use of the Toolkit for both public SRA and controlled access data associated with studies in the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP).

To register for this webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2847950984085163009

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter Issue Available

The Winter 2015 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features information on healthy aging with Go4Life, living with Alzheimer’s disease, finding good health information on the Internet, atrial fibrillation, and treating alcohol problems. The cover features Howie Mandel, a host, performer, and producer, who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib). He discusses his involvement with the National Stroke Association’s Fibs or Facts campaign that raises awareness about AFib and its increased risk for stroke.

The magazine also recaps the Science Pathfinders at NLM/NIH event on September 26, 2014, where more than 500 middle and high school students at public and private schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia visited the NIH campus in Bethesda to hear presentations from top scientists and medical doctors on the latest advances in medical research. This issue’s HealthLine describes the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and and the Pharmaceuticals division of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) small phase 1 clinical trial of the experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

Deadline Extended for Public Comments on Proposals to Enhance Transparency of Clinical Trial Results

In November, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released for public comment two proposals to increase the transparency of clinical trials via information submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov, a publicly accessible database operated by the National Library of Medicine. One is a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that describes proposed regulations for registering and submitting summary results of certain clinical trials to ClinicalTrials.gov in compliance with Title VIII of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). A major proposed change from current requirements is the expansion of the scope of clinical trials required to submit summary results to include trials of unapproved, unlicensed, and uncleared products. The second proposal is a draft NIH policy that would extend the similar registration and reporting requirements to all clinical trials funded by NIH, regardless of whether they are subject to FDAAA. Both proposals aim to improve public access to information about specified clinical trials, information that is not necessarily available from other public sources.

The public may comment on any aspect of the NPRM or proposed NIH Policy. Written comments on the NPRM should be submitted to docket number NIH-2011-0003. Commenters are asked to indicate the specific section of the NPRM to which each comment refers. Written comments on the proposed NIH Policy should be submitted electronically to the Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, NIH, via email; mail at 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892; or by fax at 301-496-9839, by March 23, 2015.

PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2015

PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval. The following subset strategies were recently revised:

METRO Webinar: Taking Ownership at Work

No one wants to be micromanaged. We want to be trusted and given space in the workplace, even when we work as part of a team. Plenty of studies say that increasing employee responsibility and accountability through autonomy will improve both quality of work and employee satisfaction — a two-in-one proposition!

But what if our bosses simply aren’t buying into it? This is where independent ownership comes in.

There are lots of ways to exercise personal ownership on an individual level, no matter the circumstances. Proactive problem solving is one example. We’ve all had workplace conversations that turn into gripe sessions. Venting pent up frustrations feels good and can help us articulate exactly where the problem is. However, although we might feel stuck in the moment, there is almost always something we can do to solve the problem. Moving past frustration and onto an actionable next step is what we mean by “taking ownership.”

Having limited authority doesn’t need to short circuit our ability to be proactive. Take ownership over what you can. Innovate on a small scale and ask for what you need!

Of course, taking action to resolve issues in the workplace does carry some risk. Odds are that we’ll make at least one poor decision somewhere down the line. But forward steps bear so much more reward than standing still ever will.

Instructor Kimberly Sweetman will talk more about ownership, autonomy, and how to implement them during Library Professionals in the 21st Century Workplace at METRO on Monday, March 2nd.

Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks Emergency Preparedness Campaign

March 8, 2015

The American Public Health Association “Get Ready: Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks” campaign provides free emergency preparedness tools and resources to share on social media, your website, or in your community: http://getreadyforflu.org/clocksstocks/

America’s PrepareAthon

FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division

PrepareAthon! Day of Action is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises. The spring PrepareAthon! Day, April 30th, is approaching.  It will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for six specific hazards: earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire, and winter storms.

Find ways to participate in a national discussion and set up activities in your community: http://www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/AmericasPrepareathon

Find information from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center website to support your PrepareAthon! events: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasters.html