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AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:

Go to AIDSource:

Want to see a demo of the site? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, on October 14 from noon -1pm ET for a webinar with the Project Manager.


Position now open on USAJobs: Archivist, History of Medicine Division, NLM

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

HMD has posted an announcement on USAJOBS ( for an archivist to coordinate the historic audio visuals program of the Images & Archives Section in the History of Medicine Division of NLM.  Images and Archives Section desires a public-service oriented leader who is a seasoned professional archivist or librarian experienced in film and video collections. Ideal candidates should also be proactive problem solvers who work well as part of a team and thrive in dynamic, changing environments. The historic audio visuals archivist is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, arranging, describing, reproducing, preserving, and providing reference, access, and outreach services for a collection of approximately 10,000 film and video titles. The successful candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge of archives and audiovisual materials.

All US citizens may apply on USAJobs using this link:

Federal government employees and former Federal government employees who are Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) may apply on USAJobs using this link:

The announcement opened today, July 16th, and will close on Monday, July 20th.  The short time period reflects NLM’s effort to expedite the hiring of talented individuals and is not an indicator of a pre-selected candidate.

Please share the announcement with anyone you know who made be interested.  Questions about the announcement can be directed to

Lisa Stevens, Human Resources Specialist

Phone: (301)594-2239


Comments needed: Proposed change in NLM MARC records

Friday, June 12th, 2015

NLM has been recording geographic locations and publications types in the MARC21 fields 651 and 655 respectively since 1999 to match indexing practices in subject assignment. This differs from LC’s practice of putting geographic locations in 650 $z and publication types in 650 $v.  In 1999, 80% of medical libraries responding to the announcement of this practice being adopted at NLM, indicated that subjects in this format would be difficult to incorporate in their OPAC.  NLM therefore continued to provide a specially programmed output with a traditional subject string of 650 $a $x $z $v for subscribers to Catfile.  See the example at the end of this announcement.

In 2005, NLM once again surveyed the community and proposed discontinuing the special programming to create traditional subject strings and to distribute records as they appear in LocatorPlus.  At that time, a small majority of libraries were in favor of such a proposal.  However, those who were opposed were very passionate about the issue and made some compelling arguments for keeping the strings.  NLM made some minor changes to the record distribution programs at that time to ease some of the complexities its catalogers had been encountering in trying to code subjects for proper output, but continued to output traditional subject strings.

It is now 10 years since this issue has been considered, and NLM believes that the environment has changed enough to once again propose discontinuing the practice of creating artificial subject strings for subscribers to Catfile. Rather than traditional OPACs, many libraries are using discovery systems that search across different input streams and provide faceted searching options.  The library community is planning to make much more use of linked data, particularly with the future adoption of BIBFRAME.  Long subject strings do not work well in a linked data environment, and in fact, we are seeing many libraries breaking up the traditional LCSH subject string into its component parts using the FAST vocabulary. MeSH has recently been released in RDF triples that correspond to data in 650 $a and $x, 651 or 655 fields. NLM believes the time is now appropriate to stop creating artificial subject strings and distribute NLM records exactly as they appear in our database.  This would mean that libraries that take copy from both NLM and OCLC would not have to edit one form or another to have consistency in their catalogs.

NLM is asking the medical library community to let us know what the effect would be on your institution if NLM were to discontinue distributing its MARC cataloging bibliographic records with artificially reconstructed subject strings. Records in MARC format would continue to have MeSH headings combined with the appropriate topical subheadings (650 $a $x), but geographic locations, and publication types would be carried in separate fields in the record, rather than as subfields of the MeSH heading. This would mean that records distributed to bibliographic utilities and other licensees would be identical to the records in LocatorPlus.

Please send your comments by August 31, 2015 to:

Diane Boehr

Head, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section

National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike, Room 1N11

Bethesda, MD 20894

NLM will announce the final decision on whether or not to implement this change by September 30, 2015.  Any changes to distribution files will not occur until calendar year 2016.

NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine

Friday, June 12th, 2015

From the National Institutes of Health:

“National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., approved a federal report (PDF – 163KB) that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward.”

Read more:

Report of the NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, June 11 at 11:15 am ET

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

From NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys:

The NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH (ACD) will present its vision and recommendations for an expansive and exciting future for NLM to the full ACD on June 11, 2015.

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 11:15 am.  You will find the full agenda for the ACD meeting at

The meeting will be broadcast live and also archived so you will be able to watch it at

The text of the report will be posted on the ACD website soon after the meeting.  Recruitment for a new permanent NLM Director will begin shortly thereafter, too.

DOCLINE and MLA 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015


For those attending MLA, please note that there will not be a DOCLINE Users Group meeting this year.  We will post a presentation after MLA with information on DOCLINE activities.

We invite you to:

NLM Booth

** Monday, May 18th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm (Booth #419) A DOCLINE team member will be available to hear your feedback and answer questions.

For a complete list of NLM activities at MLA 2015, see:

DOCLINE users should consider attending the Resource Sharing SIG meeting so that you can share ideas with colleagues on issues related to ILL.

** Tuesday, May 19th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Room 616A of the Hilton.

Have a great meeting.

– The DOCLINE Team

DOCLINE Customer Service

National Library of Medicine

US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)

Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2)

Funding Opportunity: NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects (Admin Supp) (PA-15-249)
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other participating NIH Institutes and Centers solicit applications for administrative supplements to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, depending on each participating Institute or Center’s preferences, with active P01, P20, P30, P50, R21, R34, U01, U19, U24, UM1 and U54 grants. The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement(FOA) encourages eligible NIH awardees as described above, who are interested in integrating an informationist into their research teams for the above-stated purposes to begin to consider applying for this new FOA. Interested eligible awardees are encouraged to begin seeking collaborative arrangements with informationists at their institutions or another institution as appropriate. Informationists are information specialists, usually health sciences librarians, who have graduate training and practical experience that provides them with disciplinary background in biomedical, behavioral or biological sciences and in library and information sciences/informatics. Their cross training provides informationists with a unique perspective on the acquisition, synthesis, management and use of information in research. Informationists work as team members with research scientists and health professionals, and are sometimes called in-context or ‘embedded’ information specialists.

NLM Contact
Dr. Alan VanBiervliet,
For contact information for participating Institutes and Centers see the FOA.

Deadline for Applications – July 17, 2015
This program expires July 18, 2015

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is July 6, 2015 at 12 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit

The National Library of Medicine ( is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site ( ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, Disaster Lit™ and other resources.

Betsy L. Humphreys appointed Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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.

Funding Opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries

Friday, April 17th, 2015

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:


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.


Helpful Links:


NLM Extramural Program:

NLM National Network Office:

Applying for a grant FAQs:

Send questions to:


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 –, Teleconference number: 1-866-579-8110 Participant Code: 571542

We encourage you to submit questions in advance by email to:


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 17AB, “Applying for Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements (UG4)” and Q&A with NLM Extramural Program will be transcribed and posted after the meeting.