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Dietary Supplements Database

Monday, June 17th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine has collaborated with the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) on a new database containing dietary supplement label information.

The new database [] captures information on dietary supplements’ labels and allows the searching, sorting, and filtering capabilities needed by researchers. Its data can be saved and analyzed. It is a significantly larger effort than the earlier NLM Dietary Supplements Labels Database and already contains 17,000 labels and images of labels. It is expected to grow rapidly over the next three years, eventually covering most of the 55,000 dietary supplement products sold to American consumers.

For more information:

NN/LM Webinar: Drug Information Resources at NLM

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

The NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) is hosting a webinar called NLM Express: Drug Information Resources at the National Library of Medicine.  It will be held Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1-2PM Pacific Time.  Registration is open to all.  A description of the event follows.  The event is approved for 1 MLA CE contact hour.

In recent years, there has been an effort at NLM to provide an array of new medication-related information products for healthcare practitioners, consumers and researchers. These specialized resources fulfill important informational needs and have received widespread user interest, with content that complements drug information already residing among a number of NLM databases. This presentation will focus on five specific drug information databases, and will provide medical librarians and others with a description of the usefulness, notable features, and basic navigational methods of each of these resources. Join us to learn more about DailyMed, Drug Information Portal, LactMed, LiverTox, and the Dietary Supplements Label Database!

The class will be taught by James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, Drug Information Consultant, Specialized Information Services, NLM. James Knoben is a drug information specialist, having held a range of Federal positions including Chief, Drug Information Analysis Branch and Director, Division of Drug Information Resources at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Special Assistant to the Associate Director for Specialized Information Services, NLM.  Jim founded and for ten Editions served as co-editor of the Handbook of Clinical Drug Data.  He retired in 2005 from the U.S. Public Health Service and currently serves in a consulting role as content editor of drug information at NLM.  Dr. Knoben received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California and MPH from Yale University School of Medicine.

To register:

NLM Catalog Change Coming Soon

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Have you visited the NLM catalog home page recently? If so, you’ve noticed that it still uses the Limits page, whereas PubMed has moved to the filters sidebar. The filters sidebar will replace the Limits page in the NLM catalog soon.

Read about the coming change:

NLM Theater Presentations from MLA 2013

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine has made their MLA Theater Presentations available online. Click on the topic of your choice to view the recording.

Presentations with Voice Recording and Captioning

(BYOD) Bring Your Own Device: NLM Apps and Social Media A New Look
History of Medicine Division: Exhibitions, Programs, and Resources
Implementing RDA: the NLM Perspective
Managing NIH Public Access Compliance using My NCBI
MedlinePlus & MedlinePlus Connect
NLM Terminology Resources and Meaningful Use
PubMed Central International Overview
PubMed Update
Resources for Health Services Research & Public Health
Resources for a Multi-Cultural World
What’s New @ PubMed Health


How is New MeSH Vocabulary Identified?

Friday, March 1st, 2013

New MeSH vocabulary is identified in one of three ways:

1. National Library of Medicine Indexers identify gaps in the vocabulary and forward the concepts to the MeSH staff.

2. NLM MeSH reviewers identify needed terms during the regular process of topic review.

3. Users alert the MeSH staff to new terms using the MeSH Suggestion page:

Now It’s Even Easier to Donate Journals to NLM

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Since April 2009, NLM’s Journal Donation System has made it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard.  The system was designed for DOCLINE libraries and was restricted to titles listed in their DOCLINE holdings.  On January 4th, 2013, NLM launched Version 2 of the system.  Enhancements make it possible for non-DOCLINE libraries to use the system.

In addition, all libraries can offer titles not owned by NLM.   The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page.   In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions.

For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301)496-0081 or

NLM will pay shipping for volumes they need.

To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, a total of 8,230 gifts have been added to the collection.  NLM hopes that with the enhancements in Version 2, they can build on the success achieved to date.

Non-English Abstracts in PubMed

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Publishers will soon have the opportunity to submit non-English abstracts to PubMed. The additional language view(s) will be links on the Abstract display, with bold text indicating the language currently displayed. The abstract text will default to English when a citation has an accompanying non-English abstract.

Visit the following link to view images of the how this will appear in the Abstract display.

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Read the who, what, when and why about MEDLINE, PubMed and PubMed Central.

Changes in PubMed are “live” Now

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

See post from January 30th: Two Upcoming Changes in PubMed.

Read about them in the NLM Technical Bulletin:

NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Mobile sites: 

Apps for your smartphone: