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Thank You from HHS Secretary for Everyone’s Efforts with the ACA!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Dear Colleague:

I’m writing to thank you for being a part of history.  Each of us at this Department – in our own way – impacts millions of lives, and for the better.  This week was one of the great reminders of what this impact means to a family as they sit at their kitchen table and plan for their future.

As you know, Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace came to a close on Sunday, and about 11.4 million Americans signed up or were re-enrolled in coverage (and there are thousands more who are still enrolling through this week).  Of course this is in addition to the millions of young adults who now have coverage through their parents’ health plans and the millions of people that are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

I want to invite you to reflect for a moment about what this means for the good, hardworking people that we serve; what it means for a mom or a dad to know that they can take their children to the doctor or finally afford to fill a prescription or no longer have to choose between paying tuition bills and paying for health coverage.

Think about what this means to a resilient American like Laura Gonzalez, who I met in Jacksonville.  She’s a 26-year old mother of two who is studying to be an ultrasound tech.  Her husband is a truck driver and he does not receive insurance through his work.  Thanks to the Marketplace, they’ve been able to get covered for only $41 a month.

People like Laura were helped in the last few months by assisters, call center employees and volunteers across the country – and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude, along with the state and local officials, Members of Congress, and others who worked so hard to help their constituents.

Helping people like Laura is what public service is all about.  For more than a century, our country has wrestled with the question of how to cover the uninsured.  You’ll be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you were a part of the answer.

Whether you work directly on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or whether you’re part of one of the countless other efforts the people of our Department undertake day-after-day, your work has meaning, and I am grateful for your service.


Sylvia M. Burwell

Honoring the Retirement of NLM Director Dr. Donald Lindberg

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

National Library of Medicine Deputy Director Betsy Humphreys has announced a special program and reception to be held on Monday, March 30, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, to celebrate the contributions of NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, on the occasion of his retirement.  The public is invited.  RSVPs are due by Monday, March 16.

Also, anyone is invited to share stories, words of gratitude and humor, photos, or any combination thereof, for a memory book parting gift for Dr. and Mrs. Lindberg.  Submissions should be composed on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper and e-mailed to, or hand delivered or mailed to Mary Miller, NLM Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL), Building 38, Room 2S15F, MSC 3812, Bethesda, MD 20894, by Monday, March 16.

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine Board seeks your help in identifying candidates for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

  •  Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be received by June 1, via email, fax, or mail at the following address:
    Friends of the National Library of Medicine
    4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • or send to

Please go to the link below for more information including a nomination form:

Job Ad: NIH Librarian, Bethesda, MD

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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!

NCBI Webinar: The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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:

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Winter Issue Available

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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, 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 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

Friday, February 20th, 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:

Opportunity to Affect the Future of the National Library of Medicine

Friday, February 13th, 2015

You have a unique opportunity to affect the future of the National Library of Medicine. As Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retires after 30 years as director of NLM, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a “Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine.” The group’s charge and members:

Consider responding to this time-sensitive NIH Request for Information (RFI), soliciting input into the deliberations of the working group of the advisory committee to the NIH Director. This is a very important opportunity to contribute feedback of the value of the National Library of Medicine, and to directly influence the future of this organization.

Your response must be submitted electronically at, and will ONLY be accepted through March 13, 2015.

Please share this information with colleagues and friends who might wish to respond with thoughts about how the NLM, and especially the collections, programs, and resources, have contributed to their research, teaching, education, and professional development.