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New Librarians in Oz Game Available

Attention all Librarians in Oz game players!  Now is your chance to “Deliver the Doughnuts” and work on your library promotion skills.  Come to Quadling Country and learn how to create the “one-pager” – an essential tool for informing your institutional colleagues about your skills and resources.  Will you accept the challenge to get out and introduce others to the skills of the librarian?  Can you “Deliver the Doughnuts”?

To accept this challenge, go to  (bbj)

Support for Consumer Health Interactions at the Public Library

From Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC) Blog

The Health Happens in Libraries team from has posted the new article “Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information” with resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests. It also provides resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. To read the article, please visit: To see the pathway and guide:


PMC: Public Access Expansion

From NLM:

As of March 2015, the following additional agencies are using the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system to facilitate the deposit in PMC of peer-reviewed manuscripts that fall under their public access policies:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/HHS),
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA/HHS),
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Additionally, the following additional HHS and other federal agencies have announced public access plans and have committed to using PMC as the repository for agency-funded publications:

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL/HHS)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ/HHS)
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR/HHS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Last month marked the third anniversary of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing Federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development (R&D) expenditures to develop plans for increasing public access to the results of the research they support, including scholarly publications. As a result of this directive, in 2015, PMC started providing support as a public access repository for funding agencies beyond the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)./ch

NLM Accepting Proposals for HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.  Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site:


Update: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

All citations mentioned by presenters during the forum are now listed in the resources section of the web site. Presenter presentation slides are also available on request. A link to make that request is also on the web site.
The recording is still in process. An announcement will appear in the RML News when it is available.
Over 100 participants in-person and online explored the use of EHR-based data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice on March 7, 2016. /ch

NIH Content for Web Site

Did you know that NIH offers a free and easy way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health directly onto your web site?  You do not need to write your own health content or worry about updating web pages. NIH content will populate on your web page with your web site’s existing look and feel. Join us to learn how Tuesday, March 29 at 10am MT, 11am CT.  Where: (No Registration Required)

Presenters: Brooke Dine, Head, Web & Information Management Unit Public Services Division National Library of Medicine and Elizabeth Norton, Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine

Sponsored by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region. /ch

Social Media Audit Next Step: Questionnaire

How are you using social media? The NN/LM MCR has hired Salzmann & Associates to conduct a social media audit for us to answer this question. Thanks to all of you who have participated in the interviews in process. The next phase is to distribute a questionnaire for all members to fill out. We expect the questionnaire to be available next week. Stay tuned to the RML News for updates. Your input will help us serve you better. /ch

Disaster Response Class

Information is critical to any disaster response.  Learn how you can quickly access critical and accurate information while planning for and responding to an event.

Attend a free 4-hour workshop for emergency managers, disaster planners, first responders, and librarians to learn about emergency response tools and resources.

March 25th, 2016 from Noon to 4:00 pm

Greene County Office of Emergency Management

Emergency Operations Center Floor

330 West Scott Street

Springfield, MO  65802

To register for this workshop, go to:

This activity is approved for 4 hours of continuing education for EMS providers through the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine EMS Education Program.  The UMKC School of Medicine is a Missouri Bureau of EMS approved Training Entity (#09529T6).

This activity is funded by the National Library of Medicine.

For questions, contact:

Larry Bommarito             Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC

(314) 977-8135                 (314) 977-8260    (bbj)


Zika Genome Sequences Available from NCBI

The National Center for Biotechnology Information makes retrieval, viewing, and downloading of Zika virus nucleotide and protein sequences available from a value added database using a specialized search interface. Your researchers can follow the Zika Virus Resource on the NLM web site for these sequences and other Zika virus resources. /ch

Pill Image Recognition Challenge

The National Library of Medicine is hosting a Pill Image Recognition Challenge and seeks algorithms and software to match images of prescription oral solid-dose pharmaceutical medications (pills, including capsules and tablets). The objectives of the Challenge are the development and discovery of high-quality algorithms and software that rank how well consumer images of prescription pills match reference images of pills in the authoritative NLM RxIMAGE database. NLM will use the Challenge entries (i.e., algorithms and software) to create a future API (Application Programming Interface) and a future software system for pill image recognition; the API will be freely accessible and the system will be freely usable.

The submission period for the Challenge is April 4, 2016 through May 31, 2016, with winners announced August 1, 2016.

Click here for instructions. /ch