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Archive for the ‘Health Sciences’ Category

HHS and NIH take steps to enhance transparency of clinical trial results

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

In an effort to enhance the transparency of clinical trial results, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health proposed regulations to implement reporting requirements for clinical trials that are subject to Title VIII of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). “This proposed rule would close an important gap, making additional information about clinical studies of investigational drugs, medical devices and biological products available to the public,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. Summary of the proposal. /da

Prescription Drug Abuse: Why Does it Matter and What Can We Do?

Monday, December 1st, 2014

HHS Region VIII Federal partners present a free webinar series “Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy,” Thursday, December 11, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 ET)./da


  • 2:05-2:20p  What IS the National Prevention Council’s Mental and Emotional Well-Being Strategy
  • 2:20-2:40p Got Drugs? An Overview of DEA Disposal of Controlled Substances Final Rule
  • 2:40-3:00p Prescription for Prevention: A Community’s Collective Impact
  • 3:00-3:20p Colorado’s Prescription Drug Abuse Initiatives

Funding: Big Data and Libraries

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

From NLM:

NIH is funding to efforts that will support librarians and information professionals involvement with big data.

RFA-LM-15-001: MOOC on Data Management

This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that covers a comprehensive set of topics related to the management of biomedical Big Data. The primary audience for this course is librarians and information specialists, who could use these materials as the basis of training and services to graduate students, faculty, research staff and administrators at their organizations. However, the resource should also be usable by any of these audiences for self-instruction. Application due date: March 17, 2015

RFA-LM-15-002: Open Educational Resources

This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of curriculum modules that can be used by librarians and other information specialists to prepare researchers, graduate students and research staff to be full participants in the global community that maintains and accesses digitally-stored biomedical Big Data. Application due date: March 17, 2015 /ch

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