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Apply for “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Health science librarians in the United States are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC).

The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

Application deadline: November 17, 2014.   Click here for more information. /ch

New! 2 At-Your-Own-Pace Online Courses* – Library Valuation (3 MLA CE) & SWOT Analysis (4 MLA CE)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The RML is offering a growing list of At-Your-Own-Pace online courses that can earn students free continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association.

Learning Objective for these two classes are:

Library Valuation: demonstrate your understanding of how to effectively express the value of your library services by using concepts found in Return on Investment, Cost/Benefit Analysis, and Retail Value calculations.

SWOT Analysis: understand internal & external factors in a SWOT analysis, how to conduct a SWOT analysis, and apply SWOT analysis data to your library programs and services

*(Here’s the small print) To take these classes you are required to access them by registering for the Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz game / online interactive professional development experience.

Click here to register

NLM’s Emergency Access Initiative Extended through November 14, 2014

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been extended to support healthcare professionals working on the West Africa Ebola Outbreak. EAI provides temporary free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public affected by disasters. Access to biomedical literature through the Emergency Access Initiative is only available to those affected by the disaster and for those providing assistance to the affected population. Click here for access.

NLM Capturing and Preserving Selected Ebola-Related Content

Friday, October 24th, 2014

On October 1, 2014, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. With this initiative NLM has taken a major new step in its mission to collect pertinent health care information of today for the benefit of research in the future. Increasingly, that information is found on the Web, which is a rapidly changing environment where valuable and interesting materials can surface and then quickly disappear.  The content is part of the NLM’s broader Web collection on “Global Health Events,” which is publicly available. /ch

Online: Ebola Conference 2014

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Ebola Crisis: What it means for West Africa and the World

Monday, October 27, 2014. 11-3 MT, 12-4 CT

Timely and educational conference on the Ebola outbreak. Participants can join the meeting in-person or via the web for a multi-disciplinary dialogue which will focus on how best to curb the epidemic, understand its impacts, and mitigate future high-fatality events. Sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), in collaboration with the Earth Institute. Click here for the live stream.

 

NLM Releases RxClass Drug Class Application

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

RxClass is a new application from researchers in the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). RxClass allows users to search and browse drug classes and their RxNorm drug members through a simple Web interface. Unlike RxNav, a related application from NLM LHNCBC which focuses on browsing and searching individual RxNorm drugs, RxClass provides a class-centric view of the drug information in RxNorm. Find out more in the NLM Technical Bulletin. /da

HHS Transforming Clinical Practices $840M Initiative

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation. The initiative is designed to support 150,000 clinician practices over the next four years in sharing, adapting and further developing their comprehensive quality improvement strategies. Learn more about the initiative and how to apply./da

NLM Associate Fellowship Program 2015

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Please forward on to possible candidates.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.
In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/.  Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov . /ch

Evidence Based Practice: Online Continuing Education Course

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

This asynchronous online course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts. Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.

It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course. Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits

Cost is $150.00. The course runs from October 27th – December 5th, 2014.
Registration deadline is October 20th. Visit the course registration site. You will be asked for information that is required to establish access to the course site. /ch

 

Project Tycho – Open Access to Public Health Data

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Presenter: Wilbert van Panhuis, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

When: October 14, 2014 – 10-11 MT, 11-12 CT (The recording will be archived for those unable to attend the live session.)

Where: webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/ (No registration required)

The Project Tycho team aims to provide open access to public health data from around the world. Currently, the database contains the entire 125 year history of U.S. weekly nationally notifiable disease surveillance reports. All these data are freely available to the public through an easy-to-use online interface. Oftentimes, restricted access to public health data limits opportunities for scientific discovery and technological innovation. The Project Tycho™ team is continuously engaging in new partnerships with scientists, funding, and public health agencies around the world to add or connect new historical and current datasets to the system. New datasets include global dengue surveillance data and Chikungunya data for Latin America.

The Project Tycho team is collaborating with international partners from a large variety of scientific disciplines to create innovative analytical approaches to add value to public health data. Analytics range from creative data visualizations to reveal population level patterns of disease spread that help to understand disease causality leading to better control strategies. Currently, about 1,300 people from around the world have registered for free to use Project Tycho data and over 17,000 users have visited the website since the launch in November last year. Project Tycho data are used for research, for student theses, dissertations, and homework, for teaching, and for public advocacy.  PH Partners lists Project Tycho as a resource. /ch