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NLM Ebola-related Resources

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Several resources at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are available to those who need access to health information related to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources (DIMRC) 

The guide to links and sources of information on the Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources was released in August and has been continuously updated. The resources on this page may help with understanding the health issues related to the outbreak of Ebola viral disease (EVD), also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF). Resources from NLM, additional federal agencies, and other key organizations are listed for responders, health professionals, and the general public. These resources include guidelines, training materials, free journal articles and books, genetic sequence information, maps, situation reports, social media, information for the general public, and more.

NLM Emergency Access Initiative

The NLM Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) was activated in August to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa.

EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals, over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, American Society for Microbiology, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Virus Variation Resource for Ebolavirus

The NLM National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) created an Ebolavirus resource that includes a specialized database and provides users an easy way to search and retrieve protein and nucleotide sequences related to this pathogen (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genome/viruses/variation/ebola/). The resource also aggregates links to Ebolavirus data at NLM and important links to other Ebola-related resources.

Other NLM Resources on Ebola

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:

NLM has a long history of providing health information in preparation for and response to all types of disasters, and has developed a number of tools and advanced information services. The library has a dedicated Disaster Information Management Research Center (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/), responsible for health information and informatics research related to disasters and public health emergencies.

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

DOCLINE: Embargo Tip

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The serial holdings record in DOCLINE should be marked ‘currently received’ for any title that your library is subscribed to and receiving issues. The embargo period is used by the routing algorithm to help determine whether an ILL request should route to the lender.

 

PMIDs are required for DOCLINE to check LinkOut data and to consistently identify dates to compare against the embargo period for a title. If a citation exists in PubMed, it is best to order via Requests/PubMed, or Requests/UniqueKey entering the PMID.

 

For more specifics about how citations and embargoes are evaluated for routing, please see the DOCLINE 5.0 release notes at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/docline_rel_info_v5_0.html

or the NLM Tech Bulletin article, here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_docline_release.html

 

When reporting a potential issue, please use the “Report a Problem” form found under Contact Us in DOCLINE. The form gathers information that is useful to us in investigating the issue.

National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Resources

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has several online environmental health student resources that serve students from grades 1-12.  The information and data in these resources are free and vetted by science professionals.  The resources are versatile and can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in afterschool programs, in home school programs and by students for their academic research assignments.  We encourage you to use these resources and recommend them to interested groups.

NLM Environmental Health Student Resources:

  • ToxMystery (Grades 1-5): Interactive Web site that teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home.  Includes lesson plans and activities.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8): Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
  • Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+): Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
  • ToxTown (Grades 6-12+): Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.  Includes classroom materials.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12): The lesson plans and activities familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
  • TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+): Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA.  Includes classroom materials.
  • Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+): Written at the introductory college student level; tutorials teach basic toxicology principles.

DailyMed Redesign

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

[NLM Press Release]

National Library of Medicine’s DailyMed Web Site Redesigned

New Features Improve Usability and User Experience

On September 18, 2014, NLM launched a newly redesigned DailyMed Web site. DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label information. The Web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

Since 2005, when DailyMed was first launched, its usage has increased significantly. The Web site contained only one label when it debuted but now contains 66,604 labels.

Based on the needs and feedback it received from the public, NLM began redesigning the DailyMed Web site in 2013. The new design of DailyMed is a responsive design which is now easily accessible on all types of devices adjusting and optimizing automatically for smart phones to large screen desktop displays. Based on the size of the screen, content will relocate, images will resize, the layout will change, and even the navigation will adjust to deliver an exceptional user experience no matter what devise customers are using to view the site.

In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:

  • Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
  • Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
  • Simplified page navigation and added definitions & tooltips for industry-specific phrases.
  • Implemented a dedicated News page and Article & Presentation Page for users to easily access DailyMed and NLM/FDA drug-related news.
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