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NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

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TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites. (more…)

RFI on the National Library of Medicine

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Announcing a very important opportunity to contribute feedback of the value of the National Library of Medicine, and to directly influence the future of this organization.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections).

The working group has issued a Request for Information

Please submit your comments here.

Responses will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

National Agriculture Library Unveils New Search Engine for Published USDA Research

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.

Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.

Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.

PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.

NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

During November, the nation collectively recognizes the achievements, contributions and rich culture of the Native Americans.

History
Native American Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 with the annual meeting of the Congress of the American Indian Association, building upon previous work of Dr. Arthur C. Parker. Despite this proclamation, various states began organizing days of commemoration at different times of the year. It wasn’t until 1990 that a joint resolution from the White House was issued, designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of Native American Heritage Month from the Library of Congress. (more…)

Dr. Lindberg to retire

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Donald Lindberg witnesses the Semiahmoo blessing of NLM's totem with Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Chairman of the Lummi Nation Cliford Cultee in September of 2011.
Pictured from left to right, Dr. Donald Lindberg witnesses the Semiahmoo blessing of NLM’s totem with Whatcom County Executive Pete Kremen and Chairman of the Lummi Nation Cliford Cultee in September of 2011.

Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) since 1984, has announced he will retire at the end of March 2015.

The Medical Library Association named Dr. Lindberg as an honorary member in Spring 2014, noting: “Health professionals, health information practitioners, and the general public have benefitted immeasurably from enhancements to the databases, products, and services developed at NLM under Lindberg’s exceptional leadership.”

This week, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a statement  (http://www.nih.gov/about/director/11062014_statement_lindberg.htm) about Dr. Lindberg’s innumerable contributions as NLM’s distinguished director.

As noted, his support and interest in expanding the scope of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) has resulted in important partnerships with minority serving institutions, tribal and community-based organizations, and the public health community. As one example, NLM commissioned Master Carver Jewell Praying Wolf James, a member of the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Indian Nation, located in Bellingham, Washington, to carve a healing totem, which was transported on a truck across the United States, stopping for tribal blessings on reservations in 13 states.  Its permanent home is now at the NLM.  The totem was a dramatic focal point of the exhibition, Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness, which opened to the public October 6, 2011, and will be traveling to each region of the NN/LM beginning in December.

Educational Opportunity: “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Send in Your Application to Participate in “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Health science librarians in the United States are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC).

The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Instructors will be NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo. (more…)