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NTIS Expands Free Access to Federal Technical Reports

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports. The library is a service of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service.

NTIS, a federal agency that does not receive appropriations from Congress, previously charged a fee to provide full-text electronic copies of federal documents in its collection.

The full text for 800,000 of these documents can be downloaded immediately in electronic PDF format without charge. The remaining NTRL reports, most published before 1995, must be scanned from microfiche archival files before being provided either as electronic PDF’s  or in print for a fee. However, each time a microfiche document is scanned to fulfill such a request, the agency will add the electronic full-text PDF to its online database for subsequent free public download.

“Our mission is to collect and broadly disseminate federal science and technology information using a self-supporting business model,” said NTIS Director Bruce Borzino. “However, we also recognize that a number of the documents previously offered for a fee through our website were available for free from other sources. The public should not be treated differently depending on which website they visit to download a federal document.”

The agency will also continue to offer a range of premium subscription-based services to individuals, universities, corporations, and other institutions for varying levels of access to all documents in its collection. Access outside the U.S. is available via individual and institutional subscriptions.

““We have continually updated our pricing and business models in response to changing times and we’ll continue to do so,” said Borzino.  “We are excited about the new Public Access NTRL and hope to see a substantial increase in the use of federally funded research in all formats as a direct result.”

To learn more about NTIS, visit www.ntis.gov.

NISO Launches Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

NISO Launches Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) Standing Committee

Comments and suggestions welcome for maintenance and promotion of the recommended practice

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is pleased to announce the next phase for the Open Discovery Initiative, a project that explores community interactions in the realm of indexed discovery services. Following the working group’s recommendation to create an ongoing standing committee as outlined in the published recommended practice, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014), NISO has formed a new standing committee reflecting a balance of stakeholders, with member representation from content providers, discovery providers, and libraries. The ODI Standing Committee will promote education about adoption of the ODI Recommended Practice, provide support for content providers and discovery providers during adoption, conduct a forum for ongoing discussion related to all aspects of discovery platforms for all stakeholders, and determine timing for additional actions that were outlined in the recommended practice.

“Discovery systems are critical to the research ecosystem,” states Laura Morse, ODI Standing Committee Co-chair and Director, Library Systems, Harvard University. “Working with content and discovery providers to ensure that all content, whether it is licensed or openly available, can be discovered by library users regardless of the institution’s choice of discovery system is core to supporting research, teaching, and learning. The ODI Standing Committee will build on the work of the original ODI Working Group to promote content neutrality and the widespread adoption of all tenets of the recommended practice by discovery service providers, content providers, and libraries.”

“The ODI Recommended Practice provides a rich framework within which content providers and discovery service suppliers can drive collaborative improvements toward a smooth and comprehensive library search experience,” states Lettie Conrad, ODI Standing Committee Co-chair and Executive Manager, Online Products, SAGE. “We must work together across the industry to fully realize the vision of indexed discovery services, which is made possible by NISO’s leadership and guidance through the standards formation process. The Standing Committee invites suggestions from the community on how we can best promote and enable adoption of the NISO ODI Recommended Practice.”

“Uptake of NISO’s recommendations is always aided when community members are willing to continue working together as a Standing Committee,” explains Nettie Lagace, Associate Director for Programs at NISO. “ As stakeholders utilize the NISO documents and discuss potential areas of further work, the benefits of relying on a group of their peers to educate them and provide support cannot be underestimated. NISO is grateful to the members of the Standing Committee for contributing their time to these ongoing efforts.”

More information about the ODI Standing Committee and the Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (NISO RP-19-2014) recommended practice are available from the Open Discovery Initiative webpage on the NISO website at: www.niso.org/workrooms/odi/. You may join the ODI Interest Group e-mail list at: www.niso.org/lists/opendiscovery/. To provide input on promotion, adoption, and maintenance of the recommended practice, send an e-mail to odi@niso.org.

Cynthia Hodgson
Technical Editor / Consultant
National Information Standards Organization
chodgson@niso.org
301-654-2512

A Free Virtual Bulletin Board and Brainstorming Tool

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

A recent AEA365 Evaluation Tip-a-Day featured a review and several hot tips for Padlet, a freely available web-based bulletin board system. The hot tips include the use of Padlet as an anonymous brainstorming activity in response to a question or idea, and as a backchannel for students or conference attendees to share resources and raise questions for future discussion. Padlet’s bulletin board configuration settings are intuitive and easy to use with various backgrounds and freeform, tabular, or grid note arrangement display on the bulletin board.

Free Padlet accounts can be created by either signing up directly or by linking to an existing Google or Facebook account.  Padlet includes many privacy options that are clearly explained, including “Private” mode, requiring the use of a password for you and those you invite to participate to access the Padlet, and “Public” mode to view, write or moderate. A new update feature includes a variety of ways to share Padlet data, ranging from choosing the icon for six different social media channels to downloading data as a PDF or Excel/CSV file for analysis.

For a trial run of this resource, visit the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center’s Padlet about the OERC Evaluation Series booklets and leave your input! Posts will be moderated on the Padlet before they display publicly.

Navigating Health Information for Community Colleges

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Presenter:  Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  Offered 2 different dates—choose the date/time you prefer

Thursday, November 13th / 1 – 2:30 pm (ET)

Wednesday, November 19th / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)

Registerhttp://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=641

Summary:  This class is for community college librarians to learn more about how their students can research the health literature, find consumer health information, and to learn about mobile apps/social media to find what they need. The class includes introductions to PubMed and MedlinePlus.

Exploring and Downloading Sequences and Annotations for Genomes and Metagenomes at the NCBI

Monday, October 27th, 2014

On November 5th, NCBI will have a webinar entitled “Exploring and Downloading Sequences and Annotations for Genomes and Metagenomes at the NCBI.” This presentation will introduce you to how NCBI processes genome-level data and produces annotation through the prokaryotic and eukaryotic genome annotation pipelines and show you how to access and download these data from the NCBI site.

You will learn to find, browse, and download genome-level data for your organism of interest and for environmental and organismal metagenomes using the BioProject and Assembly resources. In addition to assembled and annotated data, you will see how to retrieve and download draft whole genome shotgun and read-level next-gen sequencing data from the Nucleotide and Sequence Read Archive (SRA) databases. You will also see how to access results of precomputed analyses of genomes, as well as perform your own analyses of assembled and unassembled genomic data using NCBI’s genome BLAST and SRA-BLAST services.

See materials and video from previous webinars and descriptions of upcoming webinars on the NCBI Webinars page.

* Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7154056329796392706
* NCBI Webinars: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/webinars/

A Partial Win for Publishers

Monday, October 27th, 2014

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/10/20/federal-appeals-court-rejects-georgia-state-us-10-percent-rule-determining-fair-use

Announcing the 2014 MAR National Medical Librarians Award Winner!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

National Medical Librarians Month gives information professionals an opportunity to market their services and highlight their contributions to research, education, and improved patient outcomes.  MAR wanted to acknowledge the valuable work our medical librarians do by sharing a library’s accomplishments, programs, or value-added services with others.

Congratulations to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  Their entry was randomly selected in the MAR National Medical Librarians Month contest to receive an award for registration and airfare to MLA 2015!

Take a look at all the submissions for this year’s contest:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/contest2014.

Searching for Drugs and Chemicals in PubMed (Focus on NLM Resources session)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Presenter: Sharon Dennis and Rebeeca Brown, National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Date / Time: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmfocus/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary: During this session, trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will help you become familiar with the NLM MeSH vocabulary related to chemicals and drugs, and to get comfortable with searching for drug information in PubMed. They will explain how chemicals, drugs and other substances are described in MeSH, discuss how to search for drugs or chemicals in PubMed, and demonstrate how to search using pharmacological action terms.

Evolution of a Search: The Use of Dynamic Twitter Searches During Superstorm Sandy

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

PLOS: Currents: Disasters, September 26, 2014

This research article, co-authored by National Institutes of Health librarian Alicia Livinski, is an example of collaboration between a library and public health agency developing search strategies to organize and monitor the vast array of information sent out via Twitter during a disaster.

http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/evolution-of-a-search-the-use-of-dynamic-twitter-searches-during-superstorm-sandy/

Helpful Ebola Resources

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

CDC Taking Active Steps Related to Hospital Preparedness for Ebola Treatment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking steps to assist hospitals prepare for Ebola. This October 15, 2014 press release outlines the steps they are taking in response to health care workers in Dallas who have contracted Ebola: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1014-ebola-investigation-fact-sheet.html

 

Disaster Lit Updates and Recent CDC Webinar Recordings

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at NLM continues to update documents, guidance tools, webinars, and more to the Disaster Lit Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

Some people were unable to attend recent webinars, such as the CDC call on preparing for Ebola and the Johns Hopkins symposium webcast. The links to these and other recordings are in Disaster Lit as they become available: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=ebola+OR+hemorrhagic&search.x=45&search.y=11&search=Search

 

Recording: Ebola Outbreak: Managing Health Information Resources

October 9, 2014

Speaker: Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), National Library of Medicine (NLM

The recording of the webinar on managing health information resources for Ebola is now available online, along with the PowerPoint slides. In this webinar, Cindy Love, specialist in public health information management with the NLM, discussed the nature of information flow during an infectious disease outbreak, with a special focus on Ebola-related resources from the NLM: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#previous14

 

Ebola Guidelines Included in Disaster Lit

A recent document from the American Hospital Association suggests “all hospitals and clinics to post … Ebola screening criteria prominently in locations where hospital staff – including intake, triage and clinical staff – can see it” (http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/tools-resources/advisory/2014/141002-readiness-adv.pdf).

Be proactive at your institution and provide guidelines in print and electronic form to those working with or preparing to work with Ebola patients. You can find these guidelines gathered in Disaster Lit using the search link below. You can refine by guideline source, year, or author: http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?search=Search&PubTypeID[]=13&searchTerms=%28ebola%20OR%20hemorrhagic%29

Here are examples of searches of Disaster Lit for guidelines by source:

A list of checklists from the CDC, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and others, is also available in Disaster Lit:

  1. Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 10/01/2014

This one-page document is a checklist for patients being evaluated for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the United States. Topics include arrival to clinical setting/triage, conducting a risk assessment for high-risk or low-risk exposures, use of personal protective equipment, and patient placement and care considerations.

URL: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/checklist-patients-evaluated-us-evd.pdf

Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

  1. Ebola Preparedness for the U.S. Healthcare System

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

Date Published: 09/29/2014

Format: Video or Multimedia

This one-hour webinar discusses a Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness to highlight activities that all hospitals can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. The webinar is especially for hospital emergency managers, infection control officers, hospital leadership, and clinical staff. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure hospitals are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately. The webinar was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

URL:http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/Pages/ebola-healthcare-webinar.aspx

  1. Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/26/2014

This four-page document is a checklist intended to enhance collective preparedness and response to the Ebola virus disease by highlighting key areas for U.S. healthcare coalitions to review in preparation for a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola at a coalition member’s facility. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/coalition-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

  1. Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/26/2014

This six-page document is a checklist intended to enhance collective preparedness and response to possible Ebola and other infectious disease cases by highlighting key areas for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to review in preparation for encountering and providing medical care to a person with Ebola. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure the agency is able to help its personnel detect possible Ebola cases, protect those personnel, and respond appropriately.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/ems-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf

  1. Template for Public Health Laboratory Risk Assessment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Testing

Source: Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

Date Published: 09/24/2014

This 13-page template is designed to assist laboratories in the development of their risk assessment for Ebola virus disease (EVD). It may not be an all-encompassing plan as each facility will have its own laboratory specific risk assessment procedures. It also includes checklists for chemical safety, emergency preparedness, documentation and training, waste management, engineering controls, and at-risk employees; and a laboratory specimens handling log.

URL:http://www.aphl.org/aphlprograms/preparedness-and-response/Documents/APHL-Template.pdf

Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

  1. Health Care Facility Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/12/2014

This two-page document is a checklist that highlights some key areas for health care facilities to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus disease (EVD) arriving for medical care. In this checklist, health care personnel refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in health care settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or contaminated air.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-facility-checklist-for-ebola.pdf?s_cid=cs_3923

  1. Health Care Provider Preparedness Checklist for Ebola Virus Disease

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/12/2014

This two-page document is a checklist that highlights some key areas for health care providers to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus disease (EVD) arriving for medical care. In this checklist, health care personnel refers to all persons, paid and unpaid, working in health care settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including blood and body fluids, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, and contaminated environmental surfaces.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/healthcare-provider-checklist-for-ebola.pdf?s_cid=cs_3923

Type: Guideline/Assessment Tool

  1. Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Date Published: 09/05/2014

This six-page checklist, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, highlights key areas for hospital staff – especially hospital emergency management officers, infection control practitioners, and clinical practitioners – to review in preparation for a person with Ebola virus diseases arriving at a hospital for medical care. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure a hospital is able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

URL:http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/hospital-checklisk-ebola-preparedness.pdf

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell

DIMRC / NLM