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Archive for the ‘National Library of Medicine’ Category

SciENcv the Movie

Monday, July 14th, 2014

NCBI’s latest YouTube video focuses on special features in SciENcv (Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae) that help users create, share, and maintain NIH Biosketch profiles for federal grant applications.

Training Materials for PubMed, MeSH, My NCBI, and LinkOut

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Do you teach others about PubMed? Did you know that the National Library of Medicine has a resource page of PubMed instructional materials? The next time you’re building a class or helping a user, instead of reinventing the wheel (or the tutorial), check to see if one already exists. The resources on this page include pamphlets, handouts, slides, and videos and can be reused and adapted for your own training.

Screen capture table of MeSH materials on linked PubMed Instructional materials page

Have an idea for a different topic or format? You can contact NLM (see the link on the above website) or the NTC.

NLM Apps for iOS and Android

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Do you have an iPhone, iPad or Android device? The National Library of Medicine has developed a number of free apps for some of their databases.

nlm apps

Visit your nearest iOS or Android download site to find these apps.

TOXMAP: How to Search for a Chemical

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Watch the video to learn how to search the new TOXMAP interface for a chemical.

TOXMAP Interface Updated: Watch the Video

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

MLA 2014: NLM Theater Presentations

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Now Showing

If you were unable to attend MLA in Chicago this year or if you missed some of the presentations at the National Library of Medicine booth, you can view the presentations online.

Follow the link to a list of all the videos:

NLM Seeks Input on the Future of the NN/LM

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Responses Due by June 26!

The National Library of Medicine has issued Request for Information (RFI) NIHLM2014157, to seek input from a wide variety of current and potential user communities, including health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, for recommendations on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can maximize its effectiveness and efficiency in providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to health information.

All responses must be submitted via email to Justin Fraser and Uyen Phuong by 12:00 PM PDT June 26. Please include the Notice number in the subject line. Comments can include but are not limited to the following guiding questions:

Priorities, Strategies, Partnerships

  1. What priorities should the Network address? Provide recommendations.
  2. What strategies should be used to reach varied populations, including minorities and the underserved? (NLM is interested in hearing about strategies and practices that have proven successful in the past and that might point the way to future strategies and practices.)
  3. What are the most effective ways to partner with libraries, health, information, community organizations to reach health professionals, public health professionals, and the general public?

Outreach, Programs Training, Resource Sharing

  1. What new outreach roles and/or untapped outreach opportunities should be considered? What are barriers and opportunities in these new roles?
  2. Which Network programs should receive less emphasis or be considered for elimination? Why?
  3. What are the most effective strategies to support health sciences librarians in their knowledge and ability to support NLM products and services?
  4. What role should resource sharing (Interlibrary Loan) play in supporting the Network’s mission to promote access to biomedical and or health information?

Membership, Network Structure, Service Coordination

  1. What should be the responsibilities of Network membership? What should be the benefits?
  2. What type of Network advisory structure is needed?
  3. Will the geographical configuration of the Network meet future needs? What services of the Network could be coordinated nationally? What services are best coordinated at a local or regional level?

Response to this RFI is voluntary. Responders are free to address any or all of the categories listed above. NLM will use the information submitted in response to this RFI for planning purposes and is not obligated to comment or respond to any responder’s submission. However, responses to the RFI may be reflected in future solicitations. The information provided will be analyzed and may appear in reports. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in responses.

Follow this link to submit your responses: Request for Information (RFI) NIHLM2014157,


Thursday, April 17th, 2014

National Library of Medicine LogoHave a question you’ve been wanting to ask NLM? If you’re attending the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association this May in Chicago, you can ask your question in person!

NLM will be at booth #326 and you can ask questions, see demonstrations, and learn more about NLM products and services.

Topics in the NLM Theater this year include:

  • the new TOXNET(R) interface
  • NLM resources for disasters
  • PubMed Commons
  • PubMed Health
  • New digital projects from the History of Medicine Division
  • The ACA, Hospital Community Benefit and Needs Assessment: NLM Resources
  • My NCBI Update: SciENcv & NIH Public Access
  • and more!

To see the full schedule of NLM presentations, see the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Haz-Map Updated

Friday, February 14th, 2014

NLM has updated Haz-Map with 481 new agents, including 23 agents causing occupational asthma. Fifteen new hazardous job tasks linked to jobs and industries were also added in this update.  Haz-Map now covers over 9170 chemical and biological agents and 241 occupational diseases.

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work.  Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It currently covers over 5997 chemical and biological agents and 235 occupational diseases.

More information can be found at

PubMed Update: Change to Author Affiliations

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Here’s a video update on a recent change to author affiliations in PubMed.

You can read more about the change in the NLM Technical Bulletin articles from September 2013 and December 2013.