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Archive for July, 2014

Seeking the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) at NLM

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

We are pleased to share with you the recruitment announcement for the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine,
commonly referred to as the national Network Office (NNO):

The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions, to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources.  The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues, as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of July 22July 31 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly.  Please see the postings on USAJobs.gov and follow the instructions to apply.  One posting is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) and the other is for for “All US Citizens.”

The jobs will also be linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page:  www.nlm.nih.gov.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.  As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.

If you have questions about this job, please contact Zenaida Olivero, PHR, (301) 435-5716, or Oliverozm@mail.nih.gov.

Dianne Babski

Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations
National Library of Medicine

Discovering TOXNET Class

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Free Online TOXNET® Class Offered This Fall by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

 

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” from October 20 – November 14, 2014.

 

Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in 13 independent modules.

 

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and more.   You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.

 

Who should take the class?

Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.

 

How much time?

You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

 

What happens during the class?

This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.

 

The modules are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

 

How do I register?

Space in the class are limited, so don’t delay!  Register now at:

http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=809

 

For questions, contact the NTC at ntc@utah.edu.

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Summer Issue Available

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features information on treating cataracts, understanding rheumatoid arthritis (RA), screening for breast cancer, and The Children’s Inn at NIH turning 25. The cover features Amy Robach, who was diagnosed as the one of 1-in-8 women in America who will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetimes. After receiving the first-ever mammogram on live television, she received a surprising breast cancer diagnosis. She now speaks out in support of others facing the disease. The magazine goes into further detail about breast cancer, looking at detection, diagnosis, screening, staging, and treatment, as well as some relevant National Cancer Institute research.

The magazine also highlights The Children’s Inn at NIH. The Children’s Inn enhances opportunities for groundbreaking medical discoveries by providing a free “place like home” that reduces the burdens of illness through a supportive environment, including therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming. President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are serving as honorary chairpersons for the year of celebrations for The Children’s Inn’s 25th Anniversary, which kicked off on June 21, 2014, and will continue throughout the anniversary year of 2015. The Bushes presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony when The Inn became a reality in June 1990.

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.

New Features Added to ChemIDplus

Friday, July 18th, 2014

ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and other databases and resources, including ones to over 100 federal, state and international agencies. ChemIDplus Lite is designed for simple searching on name or registry number. ChemIDplus Advanced helps users draw their own structures and perform similarity and substructure searches. ChemIDplus records are updated daily. The following new features are now available:

A new “3D” button on search results pages provides calculated three dimensional structure models for over 300,000 chemicals and 645,000 variations.  Users can adjust the rotation speed, the image type (ball and stick, space fill, wireframe), and 3D angle of viewing; dragging the image changes its orientation. Right clicking on the structure box provides other control options such as color, style, measurements, and computation.  The open source JSMol program is used for viewing these models.  Another feature offers 3D when viewed with Red/Cyan, Red/Green or Red/Blue glasses, allowing for unique visualization of a molecule with depth perception.

The ChemIDplus structure box now uses quick-loading Marvin for JavaScript (free; requires IE9 or above). The Marvin Applet version is also available in a pull-down for legacy browsers.

ChemIDplus is now IPhone IOS and Android OS friendly. Buttons collapse to neatly fit the phone screen, and the structures can be displayed.

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2014-2015

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through August 1, 2014.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged.

Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at http://www.aahsl.org/assets/documents/2014/aahsl_2014_fellows_brochure_final.pdf. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, carol_jenkins@unc.edu

Carol G. Jenkins, Program Director

NLM/AAHSL Future Leadership Program

www.aahsl.org

Director Emerita, UNC Health Sciences Library

Email: carol_jenkins@unc.edu

Save the Dates! Nov. 3-4, 2014: Bioinformatics Classes at WNYLRC in Buffalo, NY

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Save the Dates!

Two separate and distinct all-day classes in Bioinformatics will be offered on Monday, November 3, and Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the Western New York Library Resource Council’s new location: 4950 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225.

Diane Rein from the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library will be the instructor.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Foundations of Bioinformatics and Searching

http://cech.mlanet.org/node/564

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Translational Bioinformatics

http://cech.mlanet.org/node/587

Registration information and updated course descriptions will be forthcoming.

Grace Di Virgilio, MLS, Coordinator

Hospital Library Services Program

Western New York Library Resources Council

WNYLRC – a Member of the NY 3Rs Association

4455 Genesee Street, Suite 120

Buffalo, NY 14225-1928

Upcoming IOM Health Literacy Roundtable Meeting on Informed Consent and Health Literacy

Friday, July 18th, 2014

What: Informed Consent and Health Literacy: A Workshop

When: July 28, 2014, starting at 8:30 AM

Where: Keck Center, Washington, DC and on the web via free webcast

More Info: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2014-JUL-28.aspx

 

Example Tweet:

Join @theIOM #HealthLiteracy Roundtable on 7/28 for the workshop #InformedConsent & Health Literacy in person/via webcast

http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2014-JUL-28.aspx

 

Listserv Annoucnement:

Join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy for Informed Consent and Health Literacy: A Workshop. The workshop will feature presentations on the effect of regulatory requirements on health literate communications and ways to meet the requirements in a health literate manner. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and can be viewed in person or via free webcast. For more information please visit: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2014-JUL-28.aspx .

OnTheMap for Emergency Management Help and Documentation

Friday, July 18th, 2014

OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool from the U.S. Census Bureau that provides an intuitive web-based interface for accessing U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters. The tool allows users to retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas: http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/

Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN and National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Specialization

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Public Health Foundation’s TRAIN is a widely used learning resource for the public health workforce. The National Library of Medicine has added many online courses to TRAIN. If you already use TRAIN to keep track of your training, you can now find all five of the courses required for the NLM Disaster Information Specialization Basic level certification (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialist.html)  in a PHF TRAIN training plan. https://www.train.org/DesktopShell.aspx?tabId=62&goto=browse&browse=learningseries&lookfor=1933

Library Technology Reports Issue on Tablets & Mobile Devices

Friday, July 18th, 2014

This is a call for proposals of case studies to be included in an issue of Library Technology Reports (published by ALA TechSource) focusing on the strategic and intentional integration of tablets and mobile devices into library services.  This issue will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier, and will be published in Summer 2015.

In past publications (available here: http://tabletsinlibraries.tumblr.com/book), we have explored how libraries are integrating tablets and other mobile devices into library services, highlighting best practices and effective methods.  However, now that libraries have had a few years to experiment with these technologies, we are interested in exploring the question of how libraries strategically integrate these technologies into their services.  Case studies selected for inclusion in this report will demonstrate effective practices for intentionally integrating technologies in any areas of library services.  These practices may include, but are not limited to:  front-end or need assessments, cost-benefit analyses, user experience research, and summative and formative evaluations.  We will accept 4-6 case studies, and expect that each case study will total around 3,000 words.

In order to submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 paragraph summary of your case study–which should include a description of your project, the methods you used to gather data about the project, and the decision that your library made based on the data–along with a current CV highlighting relevant experience and publications.  Proposals and accompanying material should be submitted by August 15, 2014 to: tabletsinlibraries@gmail.com.  We will notify authors of the editors’ decision regarding their proposal(s) by September 1, 2014.

Ultimately, we hope that this issue of Library Technology Reports will help readers be able to

Think more critically about the technologies that they want to integrate into their libraries

Identify and use new methods for gathering and analyzing data related to integrating technologies into their libraries

Make sound investments in and decisions about the time and resources spent on integrating technologies into their libraries

Anticipated timeline of project:

August 15, 2014:  Deadline for submitting proposals for contributed chapters to editors

September 1, 2014:  All contributors notified of acceptance or rejection of chapter proposal

November 1, 2014:  Full contributions (around 3,000 words) due to editors

December 1, 2014:  Editors send revisions to authors

January 15, 2015:  Revised chapters due back to editors

February 1, 2015:  Authors receive final suggested revisions from editors

March 1, 2015:  Final manuscripts due to editors

March 2015:  Editors assemble manuscript and finalize entire report

April 1, 2015:  Editors deliver final manuscript to ALA for publication

Questions can be directed to all editors via email: tabletsinlibraries@gmail.com

This information is also available on our project website: http://tabletsinlibraries.tumblr.com/post/91111099979/call-for-proposals-new-issue-of-library-technology

Rebecca K. Miller

Assistant Director, Learning Services

University Libraries, Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001

(540) 231-9669

millerrk@vt.edu

http://rebeccakatemiller.com/