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Expert Searching Column/MLA News

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

[Guest post by Melanie Norton]

Recently I’ve taken on the responsibility of editing the Expert Searching Column in the MLA News.

If you would like to contribute a short, 750 word article for this publication, please let me know.

The criteria is rather simple:

The content is determined by the editor and author as long as it is about searching for health literature in some fashion. Columns should be no more than 750 words and have no more than 3-4 formal references

The style manual is online at the MLA website along with copies of past issues and other useful information.

Feel free to forward this email to any of your colleagues who may not be NAHSL members.


Melanie Norton


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NIH Strategic Planning Process Webinars

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

“In order to advance its mission and fulfill a request from Congress, NIH is developing a 5-year NIH-wide Strategic Plan  to 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. NIH senior leadership and staff from all 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), with input from the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH, have developed a framework for the Strategic Plan.” (Source: )  If you are interested to follow the NIH strategic planning process, you can attend three webinars to discuss the proposed plan.  Additional information about the webinars and how to register:

Also, you still have time to respond to the NIH RFI (Request for Information).  The deadline is August 16, 2015.



ToxTown City Photorealistic Look

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The National Library of Medicine is excited to reveal that we’ve updated the Tox Town City neighborhood with a new photorealistic look.

Location and chemical information remains the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations.

Check it out the new look here:

Introducing PubMed Labs

Friday, July 31st, 2015

[Shared from NCBI Insights]

Welcome to PubMed Labs!

PubMed Labs is all about you. It’s a new NCBI initiative for creating innovative and relevant products by involving you, our user community, from the beginning.

PubMed Labs is about experimentation. It’s a place where you’ll find early versions of new tools, experimental content, and proposed features, as well as an opportunity to suggest ideas to us.

PubMed Labs is about learning. It’s a place where the focus is on figuring out what works, where failure is OK because it’s a learning experience, and where any idea is welcome that can improve our services for our users.

PubMed Labs is about conversation. It’s a place where we can share future plans with you, and you can tell us how we’re doing. It’s a place where we all can come together to create resources that will benefit the broader scientific community.

Join the conversation!

We’re introducing a new category on this blog called “PubMed Labs” that will facilitate this conversation. You can follow these posts by RSS. When we have a new feature for you to try out, we’ll post here with a description of it that will contain the following:

  • The user need the feature is intended to serve
  • How you can activate it
  • What you can expect from it
  • Our plans for it

Then you can try it out and let us know how it went by commenting on the posts. Like it, hate it, we want to know! Or you can propose some additional functions or ideas.

Our first new features are SmartBLAST, an enhancement to protein BLAST, and an “also-viewed” link in PubMed. Each of these is described in accompanying blog posts:

Let us know what you think!

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