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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the solicitation of proposals for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. Quotations are due to NLM by June 13, 2016! The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.
Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs: community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources; health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health; faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.
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, and 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. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.
The NLM primary point of contact for the solicitation is Greg Benedict, Contract Specialist, and the secondary point of contact is Suet Vu, Contracting Officer.
The UCLA Library has initiated recruitment for the position of Data and Technology Services Coordinator, in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, and is actively seeking nominations and applications. The application deadline for first consideration is April 18, 2016. The complete posting is available for viewing.
Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply online. Applications should include: a cover letter describing qualifications and experience; a current curriculum vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and addresses for three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.
For questions about the position, please contact NN/LM PSR Associate Director Alan Carr.
Early registration is available for the National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016 (NDLC ’16) through April 30 at the rate of $175. Save $50 off the regular rate! The student registration rate is $100. The meeting, co-sponsored by the UCLA Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will take place on the UCLA campus August 10–13, 2016. The conference aims to articulate the value of and develop strategies for diversity and inclusion in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) fields in order to improve organizational excellence and community engagement. NDLC ’16 program and poster topics cover areas of diversity that affect staff, users, and institutions, including, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Collections and Access
- Programming, Outreach, and Advocacy
- Personnel, Management, and Organization
- Challenging Topics
To learn more about the conference, check out the UCLA Library’s NDLC ’16 event page!
In addition, ARL has announced availability of up to five $1,000 scholarships for individuals to attend NDLC ’16. Funds from the scholarships may be used to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals. Anyone interested in this opportunity must apply online by Friday, April 29. Successful applicants will be notified by June 6.
NIH Director Francis Collins, MD., Ph.D., has announced that David J. Lipman, M.D., will continue in his leadership role as Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In addition, he will take on an important additional position as Associate NIH Director for Biomedical Information Resources. Together, these actions will further strengthen NLM’s and NCBI’s efforts to expand their trans-NIH mission, as envisioned in the recent report of the NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director.
Are you wondering what academic health sciences libraries will look like in the future? Have you been puzzling about how to fit new programs or neighbors into your existing library space? Are you contemplating a renovation project? Are you looking for ideas about how to spruce up some tired library areas? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then check out the full schedule, register, submit a lightning talk, and get all the details for the one-day symposium Teaching & Learning in New Library Spaces: The Changing Landscape of Health Sciences Libraries, to be held in Philadelphia on April 18, 2016! The meeting is being sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR), the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A). Registration is free.
This is a great learning opportunity. But register soon, since space is limited!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program is excited to continue the TRI University Challenge. This is an opportunity for the academic community to find innovative ways to use TRI data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities, manufacturers, and government. The TRI Program publishes data on the disposal or other releases of over 650 toxic chemicals from thousands of U.S. industrial and federal facilities. It provides information about how facilities manage those toxic chemicals through recycling, energy recovery, and treatment. This year, the top priorities will be proposals that promote broader use of TRI data by academics and other external users and those that use TRI to measure program effectiveness.
Students and professors are encouraged to submit innovative project proposals that increase the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data and other related information. Institutions whose project proposals are selected will serve as 2016 TRI University Challenge partners. Partners will receive direct, non-monetary support from EPA TRI staff experts, and, depending on the outcome of their project, may receive national recognition for their project as well as speaking opportunities at conferences and events including the 2016 TRI National Training Conference.
The EPA will be accepting 2016 TRI University Challenge applications through March 27. Award applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline to be considered. Applicants will be contacted regarding their application status by June 1. An informational webinar session will be held Wednesday, February 24, from 9:00-10:00 AM PST. Contact Caitlin Briere, the TRI University Challenge lead, with any questions about participating.
The ACRL Roadshow Workshop, Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement! will be offered on Thursday, March 24, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, at the Toll Room, Alumni House, on the UC Berkeley campus. Registration is free and limited to 100 participants. The session is directed towards librarians and library staff who need a broad foundational knowledge of scholarly communication issues. Participants will learn about and discuss content access barriers, intellectual property, emerging opportunities, and engagement with faculty and students. Attendees will leave with practical ideas for developing outreach activities and models for supporting changes in scholarly communication. The two presenters for this workshop will be Katie Fortney, Copyright Policy & Education Officer, California Digital Library, and Jaron Porciello, Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator, Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services, Cornell University.
The Alumni House is a short distance from the Downtown Berkeley BART station. Parking around campus is limited and taking public transportation is recommended. For inquiries regarding the workshop, please contact Jean McKenzie, UC Berkeley Acting Associate University Librarian for Collections.
On March 7 the NN/LM Pacific Northwest (PNR) and MidContinental (MCR) Regions are co-sponsoring a forum that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice, Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes. The event will be live streamed, linking presenters and participants in videoconference studios located at the University of Washington in Seattle and University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Librarian participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can contribute to the use of clinical data as evidence and what skills they can develop to support health care organizations in the use of data. Online or in-person attendance options are available. Registration is free, but required. The session will be archived, and a captioned recording will be made available within a few weeks of the event.
In preparation for this forum, both Regions are offering Data Curation / Management Journal Clubs, using both the MLA’s Discussion Group Program structure along with the new PubMed Commons Journal Clubs (PCJC) structure. Look forward to their analysis of recent data curation/management articles in the Plains to Peaks and Dragonfly newsletters!
On January 27, 2016, two new MeSH headings were added to the 2016 MeSH Browser in response to increased reports in the literature about the Zika virus outbreak and its tentative association with microcephaly in newborns as well as possible paralysis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults:
The terms also appeared in the MeSH export file available to licensees on January 27, 2016. Indexing for the new headings began January 28, 2016. In addition, NLM Indexing staff will review citations previously indexed on this topic to determine if the new headings should be applied to the citations. Here is a suggested interim PubMed search strategy to retrieve citations on Zika until the review of previously indexed citations is completed:
Using the [tiab] search tag finds citations that have already been indexed with MeSH or are still in process. The tag restricts retrieval to the article title, abstract, or author keyword fields and prevents false drops from other fields such as author name.
A Zika Virus Health Information Resources page, from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at NLM, gathers resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. For additional information see the article, NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center Resource List Updates.
For decades, the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus was mainly seen in equatorial regions of Africa and Asia, where it caused a mild, flu-like illness and rash in some people. About ten years ago, Zika outbreaks spread to the Pacific islands. Then, last spring, Zika appeared in South America, where it has so far infected more than 1 million Brazilians. A recent study published in The Lancet suggests that Zika virus could eventually reach regions of the United States in which 60% of the population resides. Humid, subtropical parts of the country might support the spread of Zika virus all year round, including southern Texas and Florida. With no vaccine or treatment currently available to prevent or treat Zika infection, the best way for individuals, and pregnant women in particular, to protect themselves is to avoid traveling to places where Zika is known to be present. If an individual has to live or work in such a region, the CDC recommends strict precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including wearing protective clothing, using insect repellants, and sleeping in rooms with window screens or air conditioning.
Following are selections from a list of resources gathered by the National Library of Medicine to assist public health departments, health care providers, librarians, and others seeking authoritative information on the virus and disease. In addition, Zika Virus and Zika Virus Infection are new terms included in NLM’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
World Health Organization (WHO)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization