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NTC Webinar: Teaching Topics on February 19

Join members of the National Library of Medicine Training Center for three quick online presentations related to teaching topics. Jessi Van Der Volgen will discuss tips and tools for creating video tutorials. Cheryl Rowan will talk about including audience culture and diversity in your training sessions and Rebecca Brown will demonstrate how to integrate Zaption into your online training to add interactive opportunities to videos. Register now for this one-hour session on Friday, February 19, at 10:00 AM PST!

NIH unveils FY2016–2020 Strategic Plan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just released the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health, which will ensure the agency remains well positioned to capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration and address new challenges for human health. Developed after hearing from hundreds of stakeholders and scientific advisers, and in collaboration with leadership and staff of NIH’s Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs), the plan is designed to complement the ICOs’ individual strategic plans that are aligned with their congressionally mandated missions.

The plan focuses on four essential, interdependent objectives that will help guide NIH’s priorities over the next five years as it pursues its mission of seeking fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and applying that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The objectives are to:

  1. advance opportunities in biomedical research in fundamental science, treatment and cures, and health promotion and disease prevention;
  2. foster innovation by setting NIH priorities to enhance nimbleness, consider burden of disease and value of permanently eradicating a disease, and advance research opportunities presented by rare diseases;
  3. enhance scientific stewardship by recruiting and retaining an outstanding biomedical research workforce, enhancing workforce diversity and impact through partnerships, ensuring rigor and reproducibility, optimizing approaches to inform funding decisions, encouraging innovation, and engaging in proactive risk management practices; and
  4. excel as a federal science agency by managing for results by developing the “science of science,” balancing outputs with outcomes, conducting workforce analyses, continually reviewing peer review, evaluating steps to enhance rigor and reproducibility, reducing administrative burden, and tracking effectiveness of risk management in decision making.

To inform development of the strategic plan, NIH solicited input from a wide range of stakeholders through a Request for Information, which generated more than 450 responses; a series of interactive webinars, which attracted more than 750 participants; and meetings with 21 NIH advisory councils, including the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. The plan concludes with a bold vision for NIH, listing some specific achievements and advances that the agency will strive to deliver over the next five years.

MedlinePlus Health Topics Subcategories Changes!

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español currently have over 950 health topics in both English and Spanish. These health topic pages contain collections of vetted links to consumer health resources, which are organized into subcategories. On January 12, 2016, in an effort to simplify and streamline the subcategories schema, the following changes were made to both MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español:

Deleted Subcategories:

  • “Diagnosis/Symptoms”
  • “Prevention/Screening”
  • “Finance and Policy”

New Subcategories:

  • “Symptoms”
  • “Diagnosis and Tests”
  • “Prevention and Risks Factors”

Merged Subcategories:

  • Videos and Tutorials into “Videos and Tutorials”

Changed Subcategory

  • Specific Conditions to “Specifics”

Coming in January: New DOCLINE Password Security Requirements

Beginning January 7, 2016, DOCLINE account passwords will need to meet new complexity requirements. On January 6, all DOCLINE libraries will receive email instructions on how to change passwords to meet the new requirements. The notification will include the specifics of what constitutes a valid password, as will the “change password” dialog. The specific instructions will not be made publically available. Passwords should be changed on January 7 or shortly thereafter. Passwords not changed by February 1, 2016, will be automatically changed. The DOCLINE system must be changed to accept the new password requirements, and these changes will not be made until January 7. Therefore, passwords changed prior to January 7 will not meet the new requirements and will need to be changed again. As part of this security update, User IDs not used to log in during 2015 will be deleted on February 1, 2016, and libraries without User IDs active in 2015 will be set to non-participant status.

Search PubMed with 2016 MeSH!

As of December 15, PubMed/MEDLINE citations (including the backlog of citations indexed since November 18 with 2016 MeSH), the MeSH database, and the NLM Catalog were updated to reflect 2016 MeSH. The MeSH translation tables were also updated on December 15. Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2016 MeSH vocabulary. See MEDLINE Data Changes — 2016 for details on the data changes. On December 16, NLM resumed daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed.

Check Out What’s New for 2016 MeSH!

MeSH, the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus, is updated annually. It is used to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by NLM. Changes for 2016 MeSH include: 438 new Descriptors, 17 Descriptor terms replaced with more up-to-date terminology, 9 deleted Descriptors, and deletion of the Subheading “diagnostic use.” Content of MeSH now includes 27,883 Descriptors; 87,028 Descriptor entry terms; 82 Qualifiers (Subheadings); and 230,872 Supplementary Concept Records. Three new Publication Types were added for catalogers; Blogs, Graphic Novels, and Public Service Announcements. The Publication Type Clinical Study was added mainly for use by indexers. Additional changes involve the MeSH Trees and Scope Notes. For a complete list of changes, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

New resource for Alaska Natives and American Indians: NativeOneStop.gov

The White House, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has announced a new resource for American Indians and Alaska Natives. NativeOneStop.gov was launched in an effort to provide American Indians and Alaska Natives with easy, online access to Federal resources and programs. It is a partnership of many Federal agencies and organizations with a shared vision – to provide improved, personalized access to Federal resources and programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives. NativeOneStop.gov will make it easier for tribes, Alaska Natives, and American Indians to find services, receive consistent information, and streamline outreach and services by Federal agencies.

Webinar on December 17: Affordable Care Act Messaging for American Indians and Alaska Natives

The Affordable Care Act offers many opportunities to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) who lack health insurance coverage. The National Indian Health Board, American Indian Health & Family Services, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium have many lessons learned to share from their past outreach and enrollment efforts related to enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. This webinar will provide tribes and tribal organizations with effective messaging strategies and outreach practices for AI/ANs that encourage enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Moderator: Lillian Zuniga, Member, Cross-RHEC AI/AN Caucus

Speakers:

Dawn Coley, Director of Tribal Health Care Reform Outreach and Education, National Indian Health Board
Ashley Tuomi, DHSc, Executive Director, American Indian Health and Family Services
Charlene Walker, Director, Outreach and Enrollment, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Date: December 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST
Registration Link 
Full Abstract and Speaker Bios

The Cross-RHEC American Indian and Alaska Native Caucus is a group of Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC) members under the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA). The Caucus provides a forum for RHEC members to increase dialogue across RHECs and to coordinate and enhance tribal, state and local efforts to address health disparities and the social determinants of health for AI/ANs.

AAHSL Data Scholarships

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Future Leadership Committee has announced the one-time offering of several scholarships to support individuals from AAHSL member libraries interested in learning more about any aspect of the data life cycle. A total of $5000 is available for the committee to award. Scholarship awards, in amounts up to $2500, may be used for participation in established educational programs, or for individually designed learning opportunities. Candidates should be employed in a professional position in an AAHSL member library (full or associate member) and have an MLS or comparable graduate degree. The maximum award for any single scholarship will not exceed $2500. Funds must be used within 12 months of the award date.

Applicants should express in a Word document of 300 words or fewer how they would use data scholarship funding to enhance their understanding of data, and how they would apply that knowledge in their work. Additionally, an itemized cost breakdown of anticipated expenses (e.g. travel, accommodations, registration, or other expenses) should be included. The Future Leadership Committee will consider a wide variety of learning opportunities, so applicants have significant latitude in their proposals. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified March 1, 2016. Please submit applications to office@aahsl.org with the subject heading AAHSL Data Scholarship. Persons awarded data scholarships are required to submit a report upon completion of the learning activity.

December Webinar Opportunities Hosted by NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region

The NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region has announced two webinar opportunities that are open to anyone wishing to attend:

Tuesday, December 8: Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities – This session will include discussion of the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. It will also consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing. Speaker: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, Clinical Informationist, Summa Health System, Akron, OH.
When: December 8, 2015, 9:00-10:00am PST
Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CEU

Thursday, December 17: Saving time with PubMed Subject-specific Queries – Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with NN/LM MAR Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!
When: December 17, 2015, 9:00-10:00am PST
Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmfocus/
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CE