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NCBI Insights

Monday, February 4th, 2013

NCBI has just released a new blog called NCBI Insights:

We created NCBI Insights to provide an insider’s perspective to help you better understand us and our resources, explore issues of scientific interest that drive our resource development, and learn how you can use our resources to enhance your research.

We will post articles in four categories:

  • NCBI Explained offers our perspective on our resources and policies to help you better understand us and avoid some common misconceptions and misunderstandings.
  • What’s New introduces our new and updated resources and includes specific examples that demonstrate how you can use these to enhance your research.
  • Quick Tips & Tricks explains hows to perform specific tasks using our website. We will select topics based on your questions and suggestions.
  • Science Features explores current topics in science and demonstrate how you can find relevant data or resources on our website for further exploration.

This blog is a complement to our existing education and outreach efforts, such as News and Social Media publicity, Webinar and Workshop training programs, and Help Desk user support. See the our Education page ( for more details on these.

Be sure to check in to the NCBI Insights Blog every week or so and let us know what you think!

[Announcement from NCBI]

FEDLINK Librarians’ Roles Survey

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Library of Congress FEDLINK invites you to participate in a survey that explores the roles library and information science (LIS) professionals are undertaking to support clinical care. This survey will also ask you about the partnerships you have created and work within to support clinical care and its practitioners.

This is the first of three studies that the Library of Congress FEDLINK is conducting to learn about the ways LIS professionals are involved with health information. Future surveys will focus on LIS professionals who support public health and their contributions to reducing the cost of care and other cost efficiencies for their organizations.

We hope you will help us by completing this survey. It will take approximately 30-45 minutes of your time.

To complete the survey please go to:
The survey will be open until February 22, 2013.

The results will be used to promote the emerging roles LIS professionals have taken on. Additionally, we plan to use the findings to inform our education, training, and programming.

If you have any questions, you may contact Jamie Stevenson, at or 202-707-4852.

Best regards,


Jamie Stevenson, MPH
Principal Investigator
Library of Congress | FEDLINK

Smells like e-Science? Congratulations to Sally Gore!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

NLM awards Informationist supplement grants to 7 NIH researchers.

Informationist Sally Gore, Soutter Library will provide metadata, database design and retrieval advice to the technical team of Roger Luckmann’s project titled “Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Non-Adherent Women”.  Sally will assist investigators in identifying key information technology issues in the existing tracking system; work with them on a systematic review, provide customized instruction to the team, and support public access submission. The grant involves a 3-arm randomized trial comparing 2 forms of outreach to women who are due for a screening mammogram. The interventions will run for 4 years and already involves a multidisciplinary research team including primary care, informatics, counseling and behavioral sciences.

Journal of eScience Librarianship is now available!!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

On February 17th, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library launched the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSL).  JeSL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

The inaugural issue  features much of the work previously showcased at the 3rd annual eScience Symposium. The issue  includes a review of the DataSpace, the funding and operational model of data preservation employed by Princeton University. In this review, the author Raquel Abad provides an overview of DataSpace and highlights some critical questions facing data preservation projects.

Also available in the journal is an article by Jen Ferguson on the “Description and Annotation of Biomedical Data Sets,” Ferguson describes the workflow and software used in curating data sets and suggests possible roles for librarians in similar data curation projects.

Check it out!

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