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Recording Available: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In early March NCBI hosted a sold out webinar outlining the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create BioSketches.  The recording is now available on  the NCBI You Tube channel  ( The slides and Q & A are available on the NCBI FTP site  (

A live re-broadcast of the webinar will be held on April 21, 2015.  Details will be announced on the RML News. /ch

April 1st webinar: “A Practical Guide to Using NCBI BLAST on the Web”

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st, the NCBI will present a webinar on the NCBI BLAST service. The webinar will highlight important features and demonstrate the practical aspects of using NCBI BLAST, the most popular sequence similarity service in the world.

We will also show you how to use other important sequence analysis services associated with BLAST including Primer-BLAST, iGBLAST, and MOLE-BLAST, a new tool for clustering and providing taxonomic content for targeted loci sequences (16S, ITS, 28S). These aspects of BLAST provide easier access and results that are more comprehensive and easier to interpret.

For more details about this webinar, see the latest story on NCBI News. Information on upcoming webinars, as well as summaries, recordings via YouTube and related materials from past webinars, is available on the NCBI Webinars page.

• Register for this webinar:

• NCBI News:

• NCBI Webinars:

• NCBI webinars on YouTube:

The above announcement can from the ncbi-announce mailing list. For information, go to:

Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians

Friday, March 20th, 2015

From the NN/LM GMR:

The NN/LM Greater Midwest Region held the symposium “Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians” on March 12, 2015. There were three talks; one on patient communication, one on the Affordable Care Act and the need for information,  and  one on evidence based practice at the organizational level. It was fascinating to hear them talk together in the last part of the symposium. The symposium was recorded and accessible from the GMR web site.   <>

People who register can receive 4 hours of MLA CE for listening to the program. /ch

Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals, Continued Improvements Needed

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Your institution may be one that is working on reducing its infection rate and could use your help. Most Americans entering a hospital for care hope to leave healthier than when they arrived. But in some cases, hospital patients acquire health care-associated infections as part of their stay – and even die from them. Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections (deadly diarrhea). The report relating this progress and the status of each state in addressing this issue  is available on the CDC web site. <> /ch


Webinar: Emergency Preparedness for Clinicians – From Guidelines to the Front Line

Friday, March 20th, 2015

You and emergency planners at your institution may be interested in this CDC webinar.

  • March 26, 2015
  • 12:00-1:00 pm MT, 1:00-2:00 pm CT

During this call, participants will learn about suggestions that focus on the management of multiple critically ill patients during a disaster or pandemic and the importance of collaboration among front-line clinicians, hospital administrators, professional societies, and public health or government officials. More information is available here.  <> /ch

Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Think Cultural Health, a project of the U.S. Office of Minority Health, is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact. They provide the “Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care” which is a self directed training course offering free CME for physicians and physician assistants, and contact hours for nurse practitioners. The course offers participants the ability to explore engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care:

NCBI homepage now has 6 new buttons to better access content

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Hello NCBI users –

The NCBI homepage now has 6 new buttons on it: Submit, Download, Learn, Develop, Analyze, and Research. Each of these leads to an action page devoted to a particular set of services. These action pages will allow you to easily access the pages and resources you need to complete tasks. For instance, you can:
* Find information about the Entrez API,
* Find an upcoming NCBI webinar,
* Find an NCBI tool that designs PCR primers,
and much more.

On the new action pages, you’ll also see 6 categories in the header: Literature, Health, Genomes, Genes, Proteins, and Chemicals. These category pages highlight useful databases, tools and resources for each of the topics all in one place. If you follow us on LinkedIn, these categories will be familiar to you – we’ve used them as showcase pages to group our news stories and announcements by topic.

We’ve also included a blue Feedback button on the left side of the Download, Learn, Develop, and Analyze pages so that you can tell us what you think. We look forward to hearing your comments. Stay tuned to NCBI News and to our blog, NCBI Insights, for more information about the new homepage.

* NCBI homepage:
* NCBI News:
* NCBI Insights:

The above is a direct post distributed from the ncbi-announce mailing list on March 12, 2015.


Ebola Outbreak Info Resource now on HHS Syndication Storefront

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The HHS Syndication Storefront is a free services from the Department of Health and Human Services that allows users to import (syndicate) health related content from many of the HHS online resources right into their websites or applications. There are hundreds of topics to select from. For libraries that have subject specific webpages or Libguides, this is a great resource to support those efforts.

One of the most recent agencies to join the syndicate is the National Library of Medicine with a consolidated list of information resources on the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak. Topics range from resources from the many U.S. and non-U.S. agencies and organizations supporting the Ebola Outbreak efforts to diagnostic testing and training. There are also links to free resources from publishers for medical responders, other biomedical literature and reports, and much more.

If you don’t see something you need, you can make a request to have it added. To get access to the embed code snippets so content can be added to a website or app, users must register. – jb

“Libraries don’t need more advocacy, they need better advocacy”

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A new article by Wendy Newman at the University of Toronto discusses how to make your advocacy message more effective.  (bbj)


Webinar on NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

You, your researchers, and staff in your grants office may be interested in this event.

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, 11 am – 12 pm MST, 12 pm – 1 pm CST, NCBI will host the webinar, “NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy: PMC Submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography and SciENcv.” Presenters will outline how to use My NCBI to report public access policy compliance for NIH grant holders. Topics will include the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create BioSketches.

To register for this Webinar, go here: /ch