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NLM Request for Information

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Please take advantage of this opportunity to provide input to the Working Group of Advisory Committee to the NIH Director as they develop a strategic vision for NLM.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-067.html

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections) – collectively referred to in this RFI hereafter as “NLM elements”.

Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
  • How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
  • Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Digital publications; or
  • Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration

Upcoming Webinar: Technology Today: Evaluation 2.0: Trends, New Ideas, Cool Tools

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Learn about technology and trends affecting you.

The third in our new quarterly webinar series, Technology Today.

March 5, 2015

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Register here.

Guest Speaker: Cindy Olney

Cindy Olney is the acting assistant director of the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. About 25 years ago, she kicked off her evaluation career by designing a really long survey full of yes-no questions and five-point scales.

Evaluation 2.0: Trends, New Ideas, Cool Tools

The era of long surveys full of yes-no questions and five-point scales is waning. The emerging trend in evaluation practice emphasizes interaction and social engagement of stakeholders. This webinar will present tools and methods designed to accommodate this trend. Topics include story-based evaluation methods, technology tools to support data collection, and data visualization techniques that can generate broad interest in evaluation findings.

Focused Outreach Vermont Final Report

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

We recently published our Focused Outreach Vermont Final Report in the eScholarship@UMMS repository.

Abstract:

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) seeks to further the mission of the NN/LM, while increasing use of National Library of Medicine (http://nlm.nih.gov) resources and services; and expanding collaboration with libraries through a Focused Health Information Outreach model. The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and by improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.

The Focused Outreach Project connected underserved communities in Vermont with the resources and services of the National Library of Medicine. NER partnered with local libraries, public health agencies, school nurses, the state library, health education students, and community television. This year, the project transitioned to a train-the-trainer model. Project partners were identified following the Key Informant Interviews. NER staff worked with project partners to guide them through the project planning, proposal writing process, and initial NLM education. Project partners included:

  • Vermont State Library
  • Dana Medical Library
  • Middlebury Community TV
  • Vermont Agency of Education
  • Castleton State College Heath Education Department
  • Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Medical Library
  • Vermont School Nurse Health Information Access Project

Pre and post-evaluations showed that as a result of this project:

  • 92 consumers learned about MedlinePlus
  • 220 health information providers learned about MedlinePlus
  • 325 visitors at exhibits/health fairs learned more about the National Library of Medicine

Consumer post-evaluations showed that 79% reported that the trainings improved their ability to find information they could trust on the internetl: 64%were likely to use MedlinePlus in the future. Provider post-evaluations showed that 97% said the class improved their ability to find information they could trust on the internet; 100% were likely to use MedlinePlus in the future; and 62% were very likely to tell others about the NLM resources they learned.

 Rights and Permissions:

Mary E. Piorun, Michelle L. Eberle, Stephanie Friree, and Meredith I. Solomon. “Focused Outreach Final Report: Vermont (May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014)” National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region (NN/LM NER) Repository (2014).

NIH News in Health, January Issue

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Check out the January issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

 

 NIHNewsJan1 Osteoporosis in Aging
Protect Your Bones with Exercise

There’s a lot you can do to reduce your risk for osteoporosis, a condition that affects more than 10 million people nationwide. Getting plenty of calcium, vitamin D, and exercise is a good start.
Read more about osteoporosis.
 NIHNewsJan2 Listen Up!
Noises Can Damage Your Hearing

Loud or long-lasting noises – from motors, power tools, and even headphones – can permanently damage your hearing. Take steps to protect your ears from harmful noises. Read more about noise-related hearing loss.

Health Capsules:

Ebola Vaccine Prompts Immune Response

Detect Glaucoma Early To Protect Vision

Featured Website: Rethinking Drinking

 

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