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A Call to Action for a Nationwide Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the release of Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.

“This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability and is an invitation to health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow us to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care, at a lower cost and better health for all.” The ONC welcomes your feedback on this paper and will offer several opportunities over the coming months to provide your feedback. Stay tuned for future details.

NIH launches 3D Print Exchange

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download, and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy. The NIH 3D Print Exchange also provides video tutorials and additional resources with instruction on 3D modeling software to enable users to customize and create 3D prints.

“3D printing is a potential game changer for medical research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “At NIH, we have seen an incredible return on investment; pennies’ worth of plastic have helped investigators address important scientific questions while saving time and money. We hope that the 3D Print Exchange will expand interest and participation in this new and exciting field among scientists, educators and students.”

NIH uses 3D printing, or the creation of a physical object from a digital model, to study viruses, repair and enhance lab apparatus, and help plan medical procedures. The 3D Print Exchange makes these types of files freely available, along with video tutorials for new users and a discussion forum to promote collaboration. The site also features tools that convert scientific and clinical data into ready-to-print 3D files.

The 3D Print Exchange is a collaborative effort led by NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). “3D printing is helping to advance science at NIAID and beyond,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “The ability to design and print tangible models of pathogens, for example, can give researchers a fresh perspective on the diseases they study and open new and promising lines of investigation.”

Additional support is provided by other NIH components, including the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Library of Medicine. The 3D Print Exchange is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Ignite External Web Site Policy and Ventures External Web Site Policy programs, which help support innovation within the agency.

Introducing Free Access to Library-Specific Courses through WebJunction

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Beginning on July 1, access to WebJunction’s library-specific courses is available for free to all library workers (including volunteers) across the nation. Through the generous support of OCLC, the Gates Foundation, and many state library agencies across the U.S., WebJunction will continue to provide timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere. Simply create an account at learn.webjunction.org, and then explore the catalog of library-focused self-paced courses and webinars. Certificates of completion will be available to you after you have completed any course or webinar that you enroll in from the catalog.

Over the next year, WebJunction will continue to grow its catalog of learning content, and will add new resources on topics of high interest on www.webjunction.org. Please be sure you are subscribed to Crossroads, our monthly e-newsletter that will let you know about new learning programs and professional development opportunities.

Happy learning!
-The WebJunction Team

National Library of Medicine Planning Blog

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The U.S. National Library of Medicine will soon be initiating development of its next long-range plan and, in so doing, welcomes public feedback through its recently-launched “Voyaging to the Future” blog, located at: http://nlmvoyagingtothefuture.org/
Thank you for your feedback, and for sharing this information with interested colleagues and friends.

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD
greenbes@mail.nih.gov

NLM e-Clips (June 2014)

Friday, June 27th, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

AIDSinfo and infoSIDAWeb Sites Now Optimized for Display on Mobile Devices

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/aidsinfo_optimized.html

 

Clinical Advisory: Randomized, Multi-Center, Phase III Study of Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation Comparing Regimen Intensity in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome or Acute Myeloid Leukemia (BMT CTN 0901)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/alerts/2014_nhlbi_bmt_ctn.html

 

Daily MEDLINE/PubMed Updates

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_daily_medline_pubmed_updates.html

 

MLA 2014: NLM Theater Presentations

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj14/mj14_mla_theater_presentations.html

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/associates_2014_2015.html

 

NLM Announces Biomedical Informatics Course, in Partnership with Georgia Regents University

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/biocourse.html

 

NLM Issues Request for Information in Preparation for 2016-2021 Contract Award of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nnlm_contract_2016_2021.html

 

NLM Mourns William G. Harless, PhD, Creator of the First Natural Language Computer Patient Simulation Model

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/william_harless_death.html

 

NLM VSAC Publishes Annual Update for 2014 Eligible Professional CQM Value Sets

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/cqm_value_sets.html

 

Terrence Sejnowski to Give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture, June 12, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/leiter_lecture_sejnowski.html

 

NLM DIRECTOR’S PODCASTS

 

Child Mental Health and Brain Development

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript061614.html

 

Chronic Kidney Disease Mystery in Central America

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060214.html

 

Mammography Counseling Challenges

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript051914.html

 

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Spring 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript052714.html

 

NLM’s Past 30 Years and Future

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript062314.html

 

Treating Prescription Opioid Overdose

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript060914.html

 

NLM IN THE NEWS

 

Civil War exhibit on display at Gundersen [La Crosse, Wisconsin]

http://www.news8000.com/news/civil-war-traveling-exhibit-on-display-at-gundersen/26416912

 

Exhibit on Native health will open in Anchorage today

http://www.newsminer.com/features/health/exhibit-on-native-health-will-open-in-anchorage-today/article_f708ea04-efa5-11e3-b944-001a4bcf6878.html

 

Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin diagnosed with career-ending condition

http://tracking.si.com/2014/06/22/isaiah-austin-marfan-syndrome/

 

Greek Envoy Helps Plant ‘Hippocrates Tree’ at NIH

http://www.washdiplomat.com/PouchArticle/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=193

 

How popular is the STEM degree?

http://techpageone.dell.com/industries2/education/how-popular-is-the-stem-degree/

 

Magic comes to campus: Laupus Library [Greenville, NC] brings in Harry Potter exhibit

http://theeastcarolinian.com/?p=33661

 

Making drug information smart and open

http://developmentseed.org/blog/2014/05/23/pillbox-launches-on-github/

 

National Library of Medicine Announces 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

http://technews.tmcnet.com/news/2014/06/20/7886468.htm

 

National Library of Medicine: Past, Present, and Future

http://informaticsprofessor.blogspot.com/2014/06/national-library-of-medicine-past.html

 

“Native Voices” Exhibit in Anchorage, Available on iTunes

http://kdlg.org/post/native-voices-exhibit-anchorage-available-itunes

 

“Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition Visits Anchorage

http://www.scf.cc/newsletter/2014MayJunANN.pdf

 

Open digital signage journal gains users

http://opensource.com/life/14/6/open-digital-science-journal-gains-users

 

Traveling exhibition explores Native peoples’ concepts of health and illness

http://thearcticsounder.com/article/1424traveling_exhibition_explores_native_peoples

 

Visiting Exhibit Explores Link Between Traditional, Modern Medicine

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/visiting-exhibit-explores-link-between-traditional-modern-medicine/26428782

 

NEW IN NLM IN FOCUS

 

A Close Look at Openi

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/a-close-look-at-openil.html

 

NLM Honored at Medical Library Association Meeting: NLM Resource Updates Available Online

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/06/nlm-at-mla-14-medical-library.html

 

Regional Medical Libraries Making a Difference: Focus on MidContinental Region

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/regional-medical-libraries-mak-3.html

 

Training Future Leaders in Informatics Research

http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/training-future-leaders-in-inf.html

 

NEW OR UPDATED MEDLINEPLUS TOPICS AND FEATURES

 

Agrandamiento de la próstata

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/enlargedprostatebph.html

 

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/enlargedprostatebph.html

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Date / Time: Thursday, June 26, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Presenters:

Awardee: Joy Burt Conti, United Methodist Church Union, Pittsburgh, PA
Project: Health Education and Advocacy through Health Ministers
Awardee: Joey Nicholson, New York University School of Medicine, NYU Health Sciences Libraries
Project: Health Education and Literacy Project (HELP) Curriculum Enhancement
Awardee: Charles Wessel, Head of Research and Reference Initiatives; John LaDue, Knowledge Integration Librarian; Julia Jankovic Dahm, Technology Services Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project: A Clinical Information Tool for Community Health Centers: A Demonstration and Evaluation Project

ClinicalTrials.gov (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Friday, June 20th, 2014

MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:      Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time: Thursday, July 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary: ClinicalTrials.gov was launched in 2000 by the National Library of Medicine.  In 2008, as a result of Section 801 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007, ClinicalTrials.gov was expanded to include basic results reporting, including adverse effects.  Due to reporting bias, results reported in ClinicalTrials.gov may not be published anywhere else.  This presentation will provide an overview of this resource and how librarians can use the site to support clinicians, researchers and consumers.  The presentation will also briefly describe the various types and phases of clinical trials and the background and current status of trial registration and reporting.

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NISO Issues Altmetrics White Paper Draft for Comments

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has released a draft white paper summarizing Phase I of its Alternative Assessment Metrics (Altmetrics) Project for public comment. The Initiative was launched in July 2013, with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to study, propose, and develop community-based standards or recommended practices for alternative metrics. In Phase 1 of the project, three in-person meetings were held and 30 in-person interviews conducted to collect input from all relevant stakeholders, including researchers, librarians, university administrators, scientific research funders, and publishers. The draft white paper is the summary of the findings from those meetings and interviews, along with the identification of potential action items for further work in Phase II of the project.

 

“Citation reference counts and the Journal Impact Factor have historically been the main metric used to assess the quality and usefulness of scholarship,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics for the Public Library of Science (PLOS) and consultant to NISO for the project. “While citations will remain an important component of research assessment, this metric alone does not effectively measure the expanded scope of forms of scholarly communication and newer methods of online reader behavior, network interactions with content, and social media. A movement around the use of alternative metrics, sometimes called ‘altmetrics,’ has grown to address the limitations of the traditional measures. With any new methodology, however, issues arise due to the lack of standards or best practices as stakeholders experiment with different approaches and use different definitions for similar concepts. NISO’s Altmetrics project gathered together the variety of stakeholders in this arena to better understand the issues, obtain their input on what issues could best be addressed with standards or recommended practices, and prioritize the potential actions. This white paper organizes and summarizes the valuable feedback obtained from over 400 participants in the project and identifies a road forward for Phase II of the project.”

 

“More than 250 ideas were generated by participants in the meetings and interviews,” states Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “We were able to condense these to 25 action items in nine categories: definitions, research outputs, discovery, research evaluation, data quality and gaming, grouping and aggregation, context, stakeholders’ perspectives, and adoption. The highest priority items focused on unique identifiers for scholarly works and for contributors, standards for usage statistics in the form of views and downloads, and building of infrastructure rather than detailed metrics analysis. We are now soliciting feedback on the draft white paper from the wider community prior to its completion. The white paper will then be used as the basis for Phase II: the development of one or more of the proposed standards and recommended practices.”

 

The White Paper is open for public comment through July 18, 2014. It is available with a link to an online commenting form on the NISO Altmetrics Project webpage (www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative/), along with the detailed output documents and recordings from each of the meetings and related information resources.

 

Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

chodgson@niso.org

Copyright Issues

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

https://www.coursera.org/#course/cfel

Kevin Smith, the scholarly communication officer and copyright expert at Duke University and two colleagues are organizing a four-week MOOC on the basics of copyright.  Course is aimed at librarians and K-12 educators and offered on the Coursera platform.  Sounds like a great, free opportunity to learn from one of the best.  Let me know if there is any interest in doing this in a group.

Is it in the Public Domain?

The Samuelson Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, has released a very cool handbook/set of visual tools to help researchers determine whether a work is still under copyright.  Article:  http://www.law.berkeley.edu/17178.htm

Handbook and Visuals:  http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/Final_PublicDomain_Handbook.pdf

ORCID: The Universal Author Identifier (Boost Box session)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Presenter:          Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Summary:          Almost 25% of PubMed queries are author searches, yet 2/3 of authors in MEDLINE share the same last name and first initial with an average of eight other authors! This session will explore name ambiguity and introduce ORCID, the international registry that provides a persistent digital identifier to authors, useful throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle. Learn the benefits of ORCID to authors and researchers as well as publishers, funders, universities and professional societies, and how to get started with a new ORCID ID.

Date / Time:      Tuesday, June 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:               Online / No Registration Required

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