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Stay Current with NLM’s Technical Bulletin

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Just in case you are not already a subscriber, the link to sign up for the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Technical Bulletin is below. The TB (as they call it) is the source for the latest searching information about PubMed.

There are 3 subscription options:

  1. once daily e-mail alert if an article is published or updated.
  2. weekly notification of new or recently added content on the NLM Web site including NLM Technical Bulletin articles.
  3. RSS feed

Click here to go to the subscription page:

Subject Guides from NLM

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The NLM Reference and Web Services Section, Public Services Division, compiled a select set of subject guides. Released guides cover Health Statistics, Library Statistics, and Conference Proceedings. Two additional guides will be available in late fall covering Drug Information and Genetics/Genomics.

The topics for these Subject Guides are drawn from the most frequently asked questions the Reference and Web Services staff encounters in e-mails and onsite. The staff plans to update the guides, reviewing them as needed to maintain their links and content.

Coming Soon: New Interface for TOXNET

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

An updated version of TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) will be released in 2014.

The new design will offer seamless navigation for non-professionals as well as professionals. The update will include a more current look and feel, improved interactive capabilities and a better integrated “All Search Results.”

TOXNET is a group of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. The Web interface provides an easy way to search databases of varying formats and content. It can be used to locate toxicology data, literature references, and toxics release information on particular chemicals, as well as to identify chemicals that cause specific effects.

TOXNET was originally designed and developed prior to the Internet, primarily for a professional audience. It has become increasingly important for its data to be accessible for a wide variety of users, many of whom are not professionals in the toxicological fields, and who are not familiar with the related vocabulary and acronyms.

Circulating Now

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, which is intended to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world’s largest and most treasured history of medicine collections.

Circulating Now will bring the NLM’s diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine. Whether you are familiar with NLM’s historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, Circulating Now will be an exciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.

Kicking off Circulating Now will be a series of posts that draws on the NLM’s historical collections and associated other collections to reenact in a unique way a tumultuous event in medical and American history which occurred 132 years ago this summer: the assassination of, and attempts to save, our nation’s twentieth President, James A. Garfield.

Visit Circulating Now at:

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.