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Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Loyola Marymount University  is accepting applications for the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) 2016. They are seeking novice librarian researchers who are employed by academic libraries or research libraries outside an academic setting in the United States to participate in the Institute. Novice researchers typically may have conducted research but have not yet had a peer-reviewed article published as the primary author or had an individual presentation accepted by a peer-reviewed conference.  “Novice” is broadly defined; if you feel that you would benefit from being guided throughout the entire research design process, send in your application. Librarians of all levels of professional experience are welcome to apply. Expenses are covered by the Institute.

The workshop will be held on June 6-16, 2016, with arrival on campus on Sunday, June 5, and departure on Friday, June 17. To learn more, please visit the institute web site.

Please contact Project Directors with any questions about the Institute or the application process: Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library, Loyola Marymount University ( or Marie Kennedy, Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian, Loyola Marymount University (  /ch


NLM launches beta version of UMLS REST API

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Colleagues working in bioinformatics may be interested in this announcement.

For the past 2 years, users have indicated on the UMLS Annual Report that they would be interested in a RESTful API to search and retrieve UMLS data over the web. NLM has therefore developed a beta version of a UMLS REST API that is available for use.    While additional features are in development, the current implementation of the REST API supports the most frequently needed use cases such as:

  • Searching a term and retrieving UMLS CUIs
  • Retrieving information for a CUI such as names, semantic type(s), atoms, definitions, and relationships to other CUIs.
  • Retrieving information for source-asserted identifiers (e.g. from SNOMED CT, LOINC, MeSH, ICD-10-CM, etc) such as names, parents, children, descendants, atoms, and other relationships.
  • Extracting subsets from the UMLS, such as the SNOMED CT -> ICD10CM map. /ch

NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists”

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

On November 12, 2015, NCBI will present “PubMed for Scientists,” a Webinar that will show you how to search biomedical literature more efficiently with PubMed. NCBI staff will teach you how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow your search, find full text articles, and set up an email alert for new research on your topic. Finally, we will answer your questions about searching PubMed.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST

Registration URL:

The Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. The Webinar and any materials will also be accessible on the Webinars & Courses page by clicking the “Archived Webinars & Courses” tab. /da

EHR Update – Health IT Certification Criteria

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Last month, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the final rule for the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. This rule updates the definition of an EHR, expands the Health IT Certification Program, and gives the requirements for EHR systems to achieve meaningful use in Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Program. The criteria was published on October 16 in the Federal Register. A short summary and highlights can be found on this ONC Fact Sheet.

The ONC is also providing a series of Certification Companion Guides to accompany this new edition. The Health IT Buzz blog includes some information on new documentation that is being released to help organizations move forward. /al

For the next six months the NN/LM Technology Coordinators will share new information on Electronic Health Records and other Health IT issues in a weekly update. We hope to increase your awareness of EHR technology developments and policies. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Alicia Lillich ( or John Bramble (

DOCLINE Users: Reminder to Update Your Schedules in 5.2

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Hello DOCLINE Users,

DOCLINE 5.2 is up and running .  There are some things you can do immediately to update your account.

  1. Please set your library’s standard weekly schedule for lending via your institution record. The default setting is for 7 days per week. You will need to manually update to override the default setting.   The directions may be found HERE
  2. Plan ahead and set out of office dates for multiple upcoming time spans. You no longer need the RML’s approval for those out-of-office dates .  You can read how to set up the dates HERE

For complete release details, please see the Release Notes


NLM Associate Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Are you interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and digital communication? You can learn about all this and more in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program!

The Associate Fellowship is a one-year training program (with optional second year) for recent MLS graduates and early career librarians. During the program, Associates will:

  • Learn about the collections, databases, terminologies, research and development, training, outreach, and exhibits that comprise the work and achievements of the National Library of Medicine
  • Understand strategic planning and development at a national level
  • Work on real-life projects that affect libraries and users throughout the country
  • Join a dynamic and successful cohort of alumni
  • Attend professional development conferences and seminars

The deadline for applications is February 12, 2016. To learn more about the program or how to apply, visit:


New NCBI Training on their YouTube channel: “LinkOut – Linking to Datasets, Databases and More”

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

There is a new training on “LinkOut – Linking to Datasets, Databases and More” on the NCBI YouTube Channel

It is an overview of LinkOut and highlights participating resources, with special emphasis on resources beyond full text articles, including databases, datasets and research tools.

There are dozens of training videos from NCBI on YouTube you can view anytime


EDUCATION – November Breezing and Discover Sessions

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Discover NLM and More: Veterans Health
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 1:00PM MT/2:00PM CT
Join us at:

There are currently over 21 million veterans in the United States. They often face unique health care needs as a result of experiencing combat, exposure to environmental hazards, and separation from loved ones. This presentation will highlight some of their specific health concerns, and explore health information resources that would be beneficial for both veterans and their families. This webinar is geared towards those in public health, community-based organizations, community colleges, and public libraries who provide programs and services to veterans.

Breezing Along with the RML
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 – 10:00AM MT/11:00AM CT
Join us at:

  • Big Data and EHRs: John Bramble will be presenting an overview of big data, and the integration of big data into electronic health records.
  • DOCLINE Updates: Jim Honour will be providing updates on action steps that libraries need to take following the release of DOCLINE 5.2.


Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to

EHR Update – Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule Finalized

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

On October 6, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs – Stage 3.

This rule amends the existing regulations for Stage 2 and finalizes the regulations governing Stage 3 of this program. If you don’t want to read the entire 752 page document, a CMS Fact Sheet is available. CMS also announced a 60-day public comment period to facilitate additional feedback about Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs.

Stage 3 will begin as optional for eligible providers and hospitals in 2017 and will be required in 2018. /al

For the next six months the NN/LM Technology Coordinators will share new information on Electronic Health Records and other Health IT issues in a weekly update. We hope to increase your awareness of EHR technology developments and policies. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Alicia Lillich ( or John Bramble (

MedlinePlus Connect changing base URLs

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect is changing its base URLs from http to https.

The new base URL for the web application is

The new base URL for the web service is

If you are using either of our APIs with http, please update your code to use https by December 31, 2015. After that date, http access will be disabled.

As before, the documentation for MedlinePlus Connect is on

Thanks for using MedlinePlus Connect! (bbj)