- MAR Advisors: Incoming and Outgoing / Barbara Epstein
- NN/LM MAR: Year at a Glance / Renae Barger
- October is National Medical Librarians Month: Celebrate with Some Money from NN/LM MAR! / Renae Barger
- A Health Sciences Librarian in an Academic Setting / David Nolfi
- Lending a Helping Hand: Mentoring / Michelle Burda
- Connect Middle School Students to Environmental Health Information / Lydia Collins
- Rural Health / Kate Flewelling
- MAR Can Help You Earn a Disaster Information Specialization / Missy Harvey
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A new web page, Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources, is now available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international and local organizations and individuals providing Ebola outbreak-related services in West Africa, as well as friends and family of people in the affected region. NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in West Africa.
Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html
Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov
NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/ebola_emergency_access.html
Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania LibrariesSunday, September 21st, 2014
When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (ET)
Where: Penn Stater, State College, PA
NOTE: A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $109/night. Use code
DISK14A. Room block expires Oct. 4th—so reserve your hotel room now!
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, in conjunction with the Altoona Public Library, are partnering to offer a one-day symposium. The goals of the symposium are:
- To improve workplace readiness and
- To bring the library community together with the emergency planning community, first responders, public health workers, and community-based groups charged with disaster-related responsibilities and to provide a forum for discussing roles libraries and information professionals can play in supporting future disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts
Who should attend?: All public library staff, medical library staff, the emergency planning community, and other interested colleagues
Cost: $10 per person includes morning break and lunch
Apply for an award to attend: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) offers professional development awards to support your registration, travel, and per diem expenses: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html
Pre-Symposium Webinar of Interest: September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Join the NN/LM MAR for this informative webinar:
How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information
Date / Time: Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/ (Online / No Registration Required)
Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
National Library of Medicine
Summary: Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products: http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/
The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions, including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.
The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
- What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
- Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
- Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
- What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
- What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?
Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.
If you missed last month’s webinar series on the NIH Public Access Policy, session recordings are now available for viewing!
The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians held Tuesday, August 19. Session recording available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKTv1Wczv3o&feature=youtu.be.
The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches held Tuesday, August 26. Session recording available at http://nnlm.gov/sea/services/webconf/otherwebinar/08262014.html.
In May 2014, NLM introduced MeSH on Demand, a Web-based tool that suggests MeSH terms from your text such as an abstract or grant summary up to 10,000 characters using the MTI (Medical Text Indexer) software. For more background information, see the NLM Technical Bulletin, MeSH on Demand Tool: An Easy Way to Identify Relevant MeSH Terms.
The MeSH on Demand results page is now organized into three sections:
Section 1: Original input text (with the length of the input text)
Section 2: MeSH terms with links to the MeSH Browser
Section 3: Top ten PubMed/MEDLINE citations related to your text
The new MeSH on Demand feature displays the PubMed ID (PMID) for the top ten related citations in PubMed that were also used in computing the MeSH term recommendations. To access this new feature, start from the MeSH on Demand homepage, add your text, such as a project summary, into the box labeled “Text to be Processed.” Then, click the “Find MeSH Terms” button. MeSH on Demand lists the top ten related citation PMIDs from PubMed/MEDLINE. Each PMID is hyperlinked to that citation in PubMed. This new feature in MeSH on Demand is a result of user feedback received from our initial MeSH on Demand release. Users are encouraged to continue to send questions, suggestions, and comments to: NLMMESH-MOD@mail.nih.gov.
Genomic research advances our understanding of factors that influence health and disease, and sharing genomic data provides opportunities to accelerate that research through the power of combining large and information-rich datasets. To promote sharing of human and non-human genomic data and to provide appropriate protections for research involving human data, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued the Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy on August 27, 2014. The GDS Policy takes effect for grant applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2015, for contracts submitted on or after January 25, 2015, and for intramural research projects generating genomic data on or after January 25, 2015. NIH has also issued a press release regarding the GDS Policy. A publication describing the use and impact of the NIH database for Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) data under the Policy for Sharing of Data Obtained in NIH Supported or Conducted Genome-Wide Association Studies, from 2007 through 2013, has been published in Nature Genetics.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa. The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.
EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.
Resources on Ebola
NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:
MedlinePlus Ebola Health Topic Page (for the general public)
International health (for the general public)
HHS agencies, including CDC and ASPR, also provide the latest Ebola information available through social media, including Twitter@phegov, @CDCgov, @CDCEmergency and Facebook Public Health Emergency, CDC, CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response. The CDC also has a comprehensive set of resources on its Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever web page.
Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:
Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?
What To Do When Every Moment Counts
How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts.
Taming a Deadly Immune Response
Many people have never heard of sepsis, or they don’t know what it is. But sepsis is one of the top 10 causes of disease-related death in the U.S. The condition can arise suddenly, and it’s often hard to recognize.
- Transplant Reverses Sickle Cell Disease
- Mind and Body Therapy for Fibromyalgia
- Featured Website: Diabetes Health Sense
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Save the Dates: 2015 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course
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