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Archive for the ‘Health Sciences’ Category

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has a new guide addressing the challenges of healthcare access in rural areas and ways communities and policymakers can address these needs. Areas covered include workforce shortages, health insurance status, distance and transportation, poor health literacy and the stigma of certain conditions like mental health or substance abuse. /da

Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The RML offices will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 27 & 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday!


What’s New on REMM? – November Update

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The NLM has announced a new version of the Radiation Emergency Management (REMM)  website .

View updates and changes  in REMM in the November News .  [jh]

DOCLINE Users: 5 Things for Action

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

All DOCLINE users should be aware of and take action on the 5 following things:

1) Be sure to submit an Out of Office request if your library is not staffed and incoming requests are not monitored because of  holidays, illness, vacations, etc. for an extended period. For more information:

2) Update your institutional record at least once a year. It’s crucial to have the current contact information, borrowing/lending preferences in your record.

3) Review and update your routing table.  Check for and remove any libraries that are closed or are no longer DOCLINE participants (“Not a DOCLINE Library” designation next to the LIBID.)

4) Frequently review and update your serial holdings. It’s so very important to have an accurate holdings record to keep the DOCLINE system efficient.

5) Consider using the EFTS (Electronic Funds Transfer System to streamline and simplify billing  and/or becoming a Loansome Doc provider!

For more on DOCLINE best practices :


NCBI E-Utilities webinar video available on YouTube

Friday, November 14th, 2014

“An Introduction to NCBI’s E-Utilities, an NCBI API” is available on YouTube via the NCBI Webinars playlist.

E-Utilities webinar on YouTube:

This presentation introduces the Entrez Programming Utilities (E-utilities), the public API for the NCBI Entrez system that includes 40 databases such as PubMed, PMC, Gene, Genome, GEO and dbSNP.

The E-utilities are a set of eight server-side programs that allow you to integrate search, download and linking functions of Entrez into your applications.

The video covers the basic functions and URL syntax of E-utilities along with a demonstration using Entrez Direct, a set of UNIX command line programs that allow you to incorporate E-utility calls easily into simple shell scripts.

You can learn more about NCBI’s recorded and upcoming webinars using the links below
* NCBI Webinars playlist:
* NCBI Webinars homepage:

The original above announcement was from the ncbi-announce listserv posted on November 14, 2014

Seeking Head of the NN/LM at NLM

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This is the position at the National Library of Medicine that oversees the National Network of Library of Medicine. The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM<> serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources. The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations. The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of November 7 through 21 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly. NLM seeks applicants from all sources. Please see the postings on<> and follow the instructions to apply. One posting is for “All US Citizens” and the other is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles.

A complete job description, online application, and instructions are available at:

NLM Supervisory Librarian – All US Citizens

NLM Supervisory Librarian – Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

The jobs will also be linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page. /ch

Webinar: 10 Must-Have Skills for Today’s Library Director

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This sounds like session appropriate for all librarians, not just library directors, no matter what type of library you may work in. It is sponsored by SirsiDynis and features Sara Houghton, Director of the San Rafael Public Library, Author and Blogger of Sara Houghton’s presentation includes:

  • Communicating across generations
  • Managing conflict
  • Elevator pitching or promoting
  • Handling a budget
  • Familiarizing yourself with legal issues
  • Avoiding burnout

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 11am MT, 12pm CT


NIH Request for Information on Data Management and Data Science

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Forwarded from NLM:

Request for Information (RFI) on the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Resources for Teaching and Learning Biomedical Big Data Management and Data Science (Notice number NOT-LM-15-001)

Someone from your institution may want to submit a response to this RFI.  Submissions are due December 31. Details on the information being requested is available. Click here.

An excerpt:

Some needed instructional resources for training in data management and data science are already available. Please identify resources and materials of interest with characteristics such as, but not limited to:

  • Graduate-level short courses, tutorials and workshops (online, in-person or hybrid) that are open to all;
  • Graduate-level online tutorials and modules;
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs;
  • Curriculum plans or resources (including sample datasets or data management plans used in data management training;
  • Evaluation approaches for online data science or data management courses.

NIH is interested in collections (aggregations) of the above as well as individual topics. Materials for self-guided learning must be available online or for download in standard digital formats. /ch


Ebola Information for the Public

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Many of our libraries serve communities whose members are concerned about health care workers and others returning from countries in Africa that are battling Ebola. Our communities may be unsure about the disease is, transmitted and the symptoms. The American Public Health Association has created an Easy-To-Understand Fact Sheet on Ebola that can be printed and distributed. /ch

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