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Education – August Webinars

Wednesday, August 19 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML

  • Apple Research Kit – Earlier this year, Apple announced a new platform for clinical research. In this short session we will discuss what ResearchKit is, how it is being used, and potential benefits and concerns.
  • Julie Zimmerman of the University of Kansas Medical Center will discuss how she is using PubMed Commons to coordinate student assigned journal clubs.

Wednesday, August 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – Discover NLM Resources and More – HealthReach

Join us at:

Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone, Login: as a guest with your first and last name. 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

PubMed for Librarians

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering PubMed® for Librarians (PML) in December 2015. Just think…it will be cold then! PML is a series of five, independent, online classes. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits. And, the best part is that all classes are completely FREE!

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – December 7, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – December 8, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – December 9, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – December 10, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI – December 11, 2015

Questions? Email me at:

New IOM Report: Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future Workshop Summary

The Institute of Medicine’s “Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future: Workshop Summary” captures presentations and discussions of the progress made in the field of health literacy since its 2004 report titled “Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion.” The report, available free online, includes perspectives on health literacy and medications, and how the concepts of health literacy have been integrated into patient interactions. /da

August Issue of NIH News in Health Now Out

The August 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about the connection between positive emotions and health, and read about research to understand ALS./da

PubMed for Trainers-April 2016

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be teaching PubMed for Trainers in St. Louis in April 2016. This will be the only PubMed for Trainers taught in the region. The class includes three, 90 minute online sessions and one in-person session.

  • PubMed for Trainers is free
  • The in-person portion will be held at Washington University in St. Louis at the Bernard Becker Medical Library
  • All sessions are required
  • Click here to register:
  • Email the NTC with questions:

If you want to attend participate and don’t have the funds to travel to St. Louis for the in-person class, consider apply for the NN/LM MCRProfessional Development Award. /ch

NIH Strategic Plan Webinars

The NIH has issued a Request for Information inviting comments on a proposed framework for its five-year NIH-wide Strategic Plan. Principal Deputy Director of NIH Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, will host public webinars to present the framework and answer questions. Individuals who use NLM resources and who are eligible to receive funding from NIH may find this webinars of interest Registration is required.


  • Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 1:30-3:00 MT, 2:30-4:00 CT
  • Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 2:00-3:30 MT, 3:00-4:30 CT


The 5-year NIH-wide Strategic Plan will outline a vision for biomedical research that will pursue fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and apply that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce illness and disability. The plan identifies crosscutting areas of research exemplifying the breadth of NIH Institutes’, Centers’, and Offices’ priorities and aims to outline a set of unifying principles to guide NIH in pursuit of its mission.  Deadline for responding to the RFI is August 16, 2015. /ch

Data Science Training Opportunity – Hackathon

This event may be of interest to you or researchers you work with.

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program and the NIH Library are pleased to join the Johns Hopkins (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics in announcing the first JHU DaSH – Data Science Hackathon – on September 21-23, 2015 in Baltimore.  The organizers– Drs. Brian Caffo, Leah Jager, Jeff Leek and Roger Peng – include JHU professors who teach the popular Coursera Data Science Specialization. This Data Science Hackathon will provide an opportunity for hands-on training that reinforces and builds on data management and analysis skills such as those covered in the MOOC specialization (completion of the specialization is not a prerequisite). For questions, contact Lisa Federer ( in the NIH Library. Interested individuals need to fill out an application to verify that they meet minimal data science requirements.

Network members who qualify to attend the event should consider applying for the NN/LM MCR’s Professional Development Funding. /ch

Advocacy Book Club meets Tuesday August 11

The Advocacy Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 11 to discuss Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO by Harrison Monarth at 2 MT, 3 CT.  We will be discussing Part 3: “A Brand is a Promise – What does your personal brand say?”

The group will meet in Adobe Connect room

If you have questions about the group before August 4, please contact Darell Schmick at  Otherwise, you may contact Barb Jones at  (bbj)

Jessi Van Der Volgen: New Assistant Director of NLM Training Center

I am very pleased to announce that as of August 1, 2015, Jessi Van Der Volgen has started in her new position as Assistant Director for the NLM Training Center. Jessi started as Trainer/ Curriculum and Content Specialist in 2013 and then was appointed Interim Director from May 1 through July 31, 2015. During that period she brought on Cheryl Rowan as a new Trainer / Curriculum and Content Specialist, supervised the NTC staff, and coordinated the submission of the NN/LM Training Office proposal. Congratulations to Jessi in her promotion to leading the NTC. /ch

RxNorm August 2015 Release, RxMix Tutorials, and Upcoming Jamboree

Hello RxNorm users. Please share with appropriate people who could benefit from this information

Upcoming RxNorm August 2015 Release will include the following data changes:

New Injectable Dose Form – RxNorm includes one new injectable dose form: Jet Injector. This dose form occurs in a few new drugs and some drugs that were in line to be modified in RxNorm already as part of the prescribable names project. This release also includes many changes to dose forms for injectable products as part of the ongoing prescribable names (TTY=PSN) work.

 RxMix Tutorials – New tutorials on using RxMix, a web application that allows users to combine functions of the RxNorm, RxTerms, NDF-RT, and other drug information APIs:

Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Interactive Mode:
Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Batch Mode:
Pre-Built Workflows in RxMix. Finding Drugs that May Treat a Disease:

2015 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop – The NLM is sponsoring the third annual “2015 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop.” Join us as DailyMed marks its tenth anniversary in 2015. The meeting will feature a retrospective look at how industry has made use of DailyMed in that time.

When: September 24, 2015, 9:05 am to 5:10 pm EDT
Where: Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, NIH Building 38A, 1st Floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20894

Speakers from the federal government, industry, academia and non-profit sectors will present. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, and Avalere Health representatives will talk about biosimilars naming. Ed Millikan, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, will present an extended look at Risk Evaluation and Mediation Strategies.

Registration – The Jamboree is a free public meeting; however, registration is required and seating is limited. While the proceedings will be Webcast and archived, in-person attendance offers greater opportunity to exchange ideas, questions, and insights with your peers. Please see registration information and the agenda at: