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Due to a changing technical and budgetary environment, the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is no longer adding, updating or maintaining records in DIRLINE: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/nd13/brief/nd13_dirline_ceased.html
Subject: 11/26/2013 Health Happens in Libraries Webinar Archive Now Available
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WebJunction recently hosted a webinar on libraries supporting patrons with ACA information needs during open enrollment. You may view (and share) the full archive at the Health Happens in Libraries site: http://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/health-happens-in-Libraries-addressing-ACA-open-enrollment.html
Preliminary Job Announcement: Unit Head, MEDLARS Management Section, Bibliographic Services Division at NLM
We anticipate that on Thursday December 5th, there will be an announcement on USAJOBS.gov for the Bibliographic Data Management Unit Head, MEDLARS Management Section of the Bibliographic Services Division position at the National Library of Medicine. The position will be listed as a Supervisory Technical Information Specialist GS-1412-13, with a salary range from $89,033 to $115,742 including locality pay per annum. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.
The selected candidate will serve as the Bibliographic Data Management Unit Head for the MEDLARS Management Section (MMS), Bibliographic Services Division, within the National Library of Medicine. The MMS Section coordinates activities between NLM and its online users providing documentation, technical information, and training; responds to advanced customer service inquires; coordinates testing, quality assurance and development of MEDLINE data; licenses and distributes NLM data; coordinates Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) activities; and systematically and logistically supports the NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC) review of journals for inclusion in MEDLINE.
The Head of this Unit provides expert technical and data content quality assurance oversight for various library systems and NLM databases and information retrieval systems. The major duties and responsibilities include:
• Directing the work of the Unit;
• Serving as the resident export and authority on library systems, databases, information standards, Internet application or network services as they pertain to acquiring, organizing, accessing, and disseminating information;
• Serves as a Section liaison to one or more standing working groups within the library to support the Section’s mission;
• Serves as technical expert with at least one of the NLM products/services the Section supports including: MEDLINE/PubMed database, UMLS, LinkOut, specialized data; NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC) system, NIH Manuscript Submission System, and ClinicalTrials.gov;
• Serves as a specialist in information and automation technologies and their application to library and information systems and the development of new products and services; and
• Proficiency in data collection, evaluation and analysis methods
In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.
Please contact Sara Tybaert, Head, MEDLARS Management Section at 301.496.7717 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Search For and Report Missing Persons Related to Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda via NLM’s PEOPLE LOCATER ServiceFriday, November 29th, 2013
If you want to sign up to receive direct notifications (via Twitter, Facebook and/or listserv) of future events see below.
Search/report via our PEOPLE LOCATOR® website here: https://pl.nlm.nih.gov/haiyan/.
Lost Person Finder Project
We synchronize with same event on Google.org’s Person Finder.
To search and report via our ReUnite® app:
Technical or other issues: email@example.com.
ReUnite® is designed to be used after major disasters to help speed reunification of family and friends via our NLM’s PEOPLE LOCATOR® website (https://pl.nlm.nih.gov). ReUnite® and the PEOPLE LOCATOR® are elements of an R&D project called the Lost Person Finder Project effort investigating tools and technologies to speed family reunification after disasters. Users report and search for missing or found person’s information for specific disasters via this service. This is a project of the Communications Engineering Branch at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications of the National Library of Medicine for more information see http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/lpf.php.
Follow event stand up and our project via:
PEOPLELOCATOR-L listserv: Send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV with the following text in the message body: subscribe PEOPLELOCATOR-L your full name
(your full name = your first and last names)
Managing Scientific Data as Public Assets: Data Sharing Practices and Policies among Full-Time Government EmployeesFriday, November 29th, 2013
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi?DOI=10.1002%2Fasi.22988 (requires subscription)
This paper examines how scientists working in government agencies in the U.S. are reacting to the “ethos of sharing” government-generated data. For scientists to leverage the value of existing government data sets, critical data sets must be identified and made as widely available as possible. However, government data sets can only be leveraged when policy makers first assess the value of data, in much the same way they decide the value of grants for research outside government.
We argue that legislators should also remove structural barriers to interoperability by funding technical infrastructure according to issue clusters rather than administrative programs. As developers attempt to make government data more accessible through portals, they should consider a range of other nontechnical constraints attached to the data. We find that agencies react to the large number of constraints by mostly posting their data on their own websites only rather than in data portals that can facilitate sharing. Despite the nontechnical constraints, we find that scientists working in government agencies exercise some autonomy in data decisions, such as data documentation, which determine whether or not the data can be widely shared. Fortunately, scientists indicate a willingness to share the data they collect or maintain. However, we argue further that a complete measure of access should also consider the normative decisions to collect (or not) particular data.
GAO Reports on FEMA and Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform, Hurricane Sandy Relief, and Disaster FundingFriday, November 29th, 2013
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the following reports that may be of interest:
Hurricane Sandy Relief: Improved Guidance on Designing Internal Control Plans Could Enhance Oversight of Disaster Funding. GAO-14-58, November 26: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-58
Highlights – http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/659238.pdf
National Preparedness: Actions Taken by FEMA to Implement Select Provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006. GAO-14-99R, November 26: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-99R
- NLM will be closed on Thursday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
- MAR will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28-29.
NLM’s Office of Health Information Programs Development and Specialized Information Services funded a pilot project with the University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, Preston Medical Library which involved the Alcoa Aluminum Company and the UT hospital’s wellness program to develop a “model” for employee benefits outreach that would include information on MedlinePlus. The project was presented at the recent MLA Southern Chapter meeting. Below is the abstract for the project and links to additional information and the toolkit.
Title: Health and Wellness Programs in the Workplace: The Role of Medical Librarians in Displaying the Value of NLM Resources and Services
Authors: Ann Gonzalez, MSI, JD, Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP, Library Director, Associate Professor; Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and UT Health Science Center, Knoxville, TN
Question: To determine the most effective way to partner with employee benefits and occupational health personnel in the industrial sector in order to display the value of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and medical library services to industry employees who participate in employee wellness programs.
Setting: Preston Medical Library (PML), located at a 600‐bed academic medical center, has provided the Consumer & Patient Health Information Service (CAPHIS) and outreach to community groups and employees at local businesses for more than twenty years.
Method: An award was funded through the NLM for PML to develop a toolkit for medical libraries to use when reaching out to industry partners. Upon receipt of the funding PML began researching and collecting data on appropriate NIH and NLM resources for the selected industry partner. PML met with the Alcoa wellness contact to ascertain which resources and services would fit their needs.
Main results: Subsequent to meeting with the Alcoa wellness contact the following were developed: a series of newsletter pieces (7), biometric screening‐specific handouts, and “Your Wellness Moment” video files (7). Two health fairs were attended at Alcoa plants. An estimated 33% (n=116) and 44% (n=111) of attendees at the two fairs interacted with the PML booth and took informational material about our Consumer Health Information Service and Medline Plus magazines. Several attendees asked for more information on specific topics. To supplement the newsletter and video material, a LibGuide was created specifically for Alcoa. Another LibGuide, based on this material, was published for all types of businesses. Finally, a toolkit to assist medical libraries in reaching out to industry partners was created.
- Alcoa-specific site: http://preston.libguides.com/alcoa
- General site for business: http://preston.libguides.com/business
- Toolkit for libraries: http://preston.libguides.com/outreach
Conclusion: We have had the opportunity to make a number of observations over the course of this project that will be useful to other medical libraries. The resources made available through NIH/NLM are viewed as valuable additions to the information currently disseminated by business wellness personnel. Once aware of the resources, those personnel are likely to incorporate use of the NIH/NLM resources into their existing wellness programs. For that reason, there is merit in continuing to support outreach to businesses.
However, several constraints exist which should be considered. In large national or international corporations, approval processes for implementing local or regional changes to wellness programming may require several months. Conditions such as economic constraints or business expansion will take priority and consume company resources that might have been planned for implementing changes or additions to the wellness program. Access to employees for assessment of the outreach, while ideal, is difficult due to work schedules, union rules, and general reluctance of the employees to participate. It is also likely that wellness personnel will be unavailable to participate in wellness outreach during the open enrollment period for insurance, which may vary by company.
When: January 8, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/marpubmed/ (Adobe Connect)
Who: Trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
What: Join NTC and NLM trainers for a one-hour PubMed update session via Adobe Connect. Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months. Bring your questions! The session is offered at no cost.
No registration required!