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HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Patients and the affected community need access to the most up-to-date and accurate health information to effectively manage and make informed decisions about their health.

Health care providers and health educators also need access to the most current information to provide the highest quality of care. NLM is committed to assisting organizations in accessing the spectrum of information resources and services that are currently available.  The NLM is particularly interested in proposals with creative and different approaches to disseminate information to populations that have a disproportionate prevalence of HIV/AIDS infections in the United States. These populations include but are not limited to men who have sex with men (MSM), African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos. (more…)

Report of the NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, June 11 at 11:15 am ET

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Announcement from Betsy L. Humphreys, Acting Director, National Library of Medicine

The NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH (ACD) will present its vision and recommendations for an expansive and exciting future for NLM to the full ACD on June 11, 2015.

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 11:15 am Eastern Time. You will find the full agenda for the ACD meeting at

The meeting will be broadcast live and also archived so you will be able to watch it at

The text of the report will be posted on the ACD website soon after the meeting. Recruitment for a new permanent NLM Director will begin shortly thereafter, too.

Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting: Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Announcing the inaugural meeting of the Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative (CCDmIC) of the IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care taking place June 5, 2015, from  5:00am-11:30am Alaskan Time, 6:00am – 12:30pm Pacific Time, and 7:00am-1:30pm Mountain Time.

At this meeting of the Care Culture and Decision-making Innovation Collaborative (CCDmIC), participants will:

1. Identify cultural factors and decision tools that inform and facilitate patient and family involvement in decision-making;

2. Review experience with the use of measurement to facilitate improved and shared decision-making;

3. Identify possible collaborative activities for CCDmIC participating organizations.

This meeting is live and available via WebEx on your computer.  You may access the meeting through this link:  or follow the steps below. (more…)

MedlinePlus Releases New Responsive Web Design

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Today, MedlinePlus ( and MedlinePlus en español ( released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.


The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See our announcement page for more details.  (more…)

NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at


Betsy L. Humphreys named Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, serving as US Member and founding Chair of the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Organisation. She has contributed to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting.

Humphreys, who joined the NLM in 1973, previously led the NLM’s Library Operations Division and directed the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced processing, retrieval, and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources.

Ms. Humphreys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, and the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

She received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. (Source: