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December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The December 2014 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue read about ways to promote stress relief, learn about back pain and how to improve back health, and start the approaching New Year off by documenting your family health history. /da

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

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

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

Data Visualization

Librarians attending the Quint meeting in Denver expressed interest in learning more about data visualization. The latest post from the OERC offers information about a free seven-part workshop and a link to a fun blog site. And, if you are a movie buff, check out Cindy’s link to visualizations of famous movie quotes at movie quotes.

The workshop:

Chris Lysy of FreshSpectrum  is offering a free seven-part data visualization workshop.  Chris has provided data viz training for the American Evaluation Association.

Chris’  cartoon-illustrated evaluation blog. He calls himself the Rachel Ray of data visualization, which makes his course description a nice feature for the OERC’s Thanksgiving blog post.

Check all the OERC posts at NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. /bk

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

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

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

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]

Data Visualization Options Flowchart

From OERC’s Freebie Friday blog post:

Looking for an ‘at a glance’ single page to determine which type of data visualization chart is helpful in order to clearly communicate your results?

PDF flowchart at is a very handy reference! The flowchart guides you towards considering the appropriate data visualization chart options after your initial response to the question of “What would you like to show?” answers of comparison, distribution, composition, or relationship. There are brief descriptions of the charts at the Better Evaluation data visualization page that you can click through to get additional information such as a deviation bar graph that includes synonyms, a base definition, examples of how the chart is used, advice about their use, and links to resources for creating them.

Check the OERC blog for other posts: NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center   – bk

NCCAM Clinical Digest: Meditation for Health

This issue of the digest summarizes current scientific evidence about meditation for health conditions, including cancer symptoms and treatment side effects, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, anxiety disorders, smoking cessation, and ADHD. /da

DOCLINE Users: 5 Things for Action

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 :