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Closings: Monday, January 21st

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Both NLM and NN/LM MAR will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

PubMed Update

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

When:                January 8, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:      (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 needed!

Biomedical Research is at a Critical Juncture

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, authored an op-ed in last Wednesday’s issue of the Washington Post.  He wrote, “Biomedical research is at a critical juncture — a moment of exceptional opportunities that demand exceptional attention if their promise is to be fully realized.”  Dr. Collins noted, “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is responsible for turning scientific discoveries into better health, but a combination of sequestration-mandated spending cuts and budgets that have not kept pace with biomedical research inflation over the past 10 years has weakened NIH’s ability to carry out its mission.”  He concluded, “…for the millions of sick people awaiting treatments and cures, the investment in NIH’s mission is priceless. If an investment in hope is not worth supporting, I don’t know what is.”

Health and Wellness Programs in the Workplace: The Role of Medical Librarians in Displaying the Value of NLM Resources and Services

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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.




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.

NLM Holiday Closures

Friday, December 20th, 2013

NLM will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014  for New Year’s Day.

NLM wishes all of you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy 2014!

PubMed Commons Now Live!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

PubMed Commons is now “live.”

All PubMed users can SEE the comments.  Only pilot participants may MAKE comments.

See them here:[sb]

Please prepare yourself for questions by reading through the FAQ.

Katherine B. Majewski, MLS
MEDLARS Management Section, BSD
National Library of Medicine

Hospital Preparedness Program Events Webpage

Friday, December 20th, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Preparedness Program has a new events webpage, which lists upcoming meetings and activities. The page also provides materials, such as archived recording and summary documents from past events.

NIH Big Data to Knowledge

Friday, December 20th, 2013

BD2K RFA that we should bring to the attention of our communities

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K, ) initiative announces the release of an RFA to support a U24 resource award for “Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium”.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to create a consortium to begin development of an NIH Data Discovery Index (DDI) to allow discovery, access, and citation of biomedical data. As part of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, the DDI seeks to fulfill the recommendation from the Data and Informatics Working Group (DIWG) report to the Advisory Council of the Director ( to “Promote Data Sharing Through Central and Federated Catalogues.”

The awardee in response to this FOA will constitute a DDI Coordination Consortium (DDICC, U24) to conduct outreach, fund small pilot projects, manage communication with stakeholders, constitute and coordinate Task Forces to study relevant questions related to access, discoverability, citation for all biomedical data and assure community engagement in the development, testing and validation of an NIH DDI. Part of this effort will be to assemble a user interface (website) through which the results of development and testing of models for an NIH DDI may be communicated. It is anticipated that a successful DDICC will work with the NIH to overcome obstacles in the way of better use and application of biomedical big data by developing a working concept for a DDI.

NLM Holiday Closures

Friday, December 13th, 2013

NLM will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 and January 1, 2014  for New Year’s Day.

NLM wishes all of you a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy 2014!

Preformulated PubMed Searches on Healthy People 2020 Preparedness Objectives

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Healthy People (HP) is a national health promotion program to improve the health of all Americans. Initiated in 1979 and led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It provides science-based, ten-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. HP2020, the current program, is organized into 42 subject areas with 600 public health objectives; four of those objectives cover public health and preparedness topics. The National Library of Medicine and the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion have worked together to develop preformulated search strategies to identify research evidence for selected HP2020 objectives. Take a look at the Preparedness searches today!