Archive for the ‘National Library of Medicine’ Category
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
- What priorities should the Network address? Provide recommendations.
- 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.)
- 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
- What new outreach roles and/or untapped outreach opportunities should be considered? What are barriers and opportunities in these new roles?
- Which Network programs should receive less emphasis or be considered for elimination? Why?
- What are the most effective strategies to support health sciences librarians in their knowledge and ability to support NLM products and services?
- 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
- What should be the responsibilities of Network membership? What should be the benefits?
- What type of Network advisory structure is needed?
- 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
Have 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.
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. http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/
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 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/hazmap.html
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.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) in support of medical efforts in the Philippines and surrounding areas following the devastating typhoon. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical serial titles and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.
The Emergency Access Initiative 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 your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts in the Philippines or other affected areas, please let them know of this service.
NLM thanks the 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, ASM Press, 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.
Sample journal titles:
. Accident and emergency nursing
. Annals of internal medicine
. Archives of surgery
. Depression and anxiety
. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness
. Environmental toxicology and pharmacology
. International journal of cardiology
. International journal of infectious diseases
. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association
. Journal of emergency medicine
. Journal of traumatic stress
. New England journal of medicine
Sample book titles:
. Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy
. Public health & preventive medicine
. Handbook of critical care
. Human virology
. Infectious diseases: the clinician’s guide to diagnosis, treatment and prevention
. AHFS drug information
. Cochrane database of systematic reviews
. Essential Evidence Plus
For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email email@example.com or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is unaffected by the current government shutdown.
While we have no further information than what is posted about National Library of Medicine websites and products, we are available to assist you to the extent possible.
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 23rd, 2013
As part of ongoing efforts to meet the goals of the federal Digital Government Strategy, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is making available 33 free health mobile apps.
The apps are geared to both consumers and healthcare professionals and offer functions such as tracking health status, accessing medical information, smoking cessation, educating EMS professionals and educators on field triage, aiding physicians in identifying appropriate patient-specific preventive services, finding an HIV/AIDS treatment professional, tracking influenza-like illness activity, accessing a national directory of health hotlines, finding community health centers and recording current and past medication histories.
The National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Library of Medicine, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Cancer Institute, National Human Genome Research Institute and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services developed the apps.
Access the complete list of apps here.
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:
- A once daily e-mail alert if an article is published or updated.
- A weekly notification of new or recently added content on the NLM Web site including NLM Technical Bulletin articles.
- RSS feed
Click here to go to the subscription page:
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.
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.