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The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling exhibition, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, that is now available for six-week booking periods. The exhibition explores the story of nurses and activists who during the late 20th century worked with passion and persistence to reform a medical profession that overwhelmingly failed to acknowledge violence against women as a serious health issue. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence. To book this exhibition or learn more about other available traveling exhibitions, visit the NLM Exhibition Program web site.
The online adaptation of the exhibit incorporates a Digital Gallery of videos about domestic violence from the NLM’s collection. Education resources are also featured in the online exhibition, including K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module; an online activity and a robust selection of resources including K-12 suggested readings. In addition, the web feature, Related Resources at NLM, includes a selection of published articles on domestic violence and forensic nursing available through PubMed Central.
Juice Analytics has developed a practical guide to explore how data visualization and storytelling techniques can mix, 30 Days to Data Storytelling. The guide provides a checklist of daily activities lasting no longer than 30 minutes per day. Activities include articles to read, videos to watch, or small projects to complete. The guide links to data visualization and storytelling resources from sources as varied as Pixar, the Harvard Business Review, Ira Glass, the New York Times, and Bono, the lead singer of U2. Use the techniques in this guide to tell a story to report your evaluation data so it gets the attention it deserves!
The 2015 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellows class features nine reporters and editors representing diverse media backgrounds. Now in its seventh year, the program brings journalists selected by AHCJ to NLM for four days of training to better use some of NLM’s health information resources, such as PubMed, PubMed Health, Genetics Home Reference, TOXMAP, ClinicalTrials.gov, and MedlinePlus. This year’s Fellows class will be at NLM September 28-October 1. The 2015 AHCJ-NLM Fellows also will receive briefings about health care issues, such as the adoption of electronic health records by patients and health care providers, as well as consumer health resources provided by the National Cancer Institute. For the second year, the Fellows will meet with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to learn more about comparative clinical effectiveness research.
The 2015 AHCJ-NLM Fellows are:
- Parker Brown, staff writer, MedPage Today
- Kay Colby, health producer, WVIZ/PBS, WCPN/NPR, ideastream
- Andrea King Collier, independent journalist, Lansing, MI
- Alison Fitzgerald, correspondent, National Public Radio
- Lisa Gillespie, reporter, Kaiser Health News
- Marlene Harris-Taylor, medical editor/health writer, The Toledo (Ohio) Blade
- Matthew Perrone, health reporter, Associated Press
- Rebecca Shannonhouse, editor in chief, Bottom Line/Health
- Alexander Smith, health/science reporter, KCUR-Kansas City / Heartland Health Monitor
Data management activities present opportunities for librarians to adopt new roles and support the research process in their institutions. There is a variety of educational resources available to librarians wishing to get started in this field and learn more about data management and related functions. One example is MANTRA: Research Data Management Training, an online course sponsored by the University of Edinburgh, which is freely available to anyone to explore. It consists of nine online units, such as “Organising Data,” Storage & Security,” and “Sharing, Preservation, & Licensing.” Each unit takes up to one hour to complete, plus time for further reading and data handling exercises. The current course content represents the fourth release of MANTRA in September, 2014. Data Management for Clinical Research is a five-week free online course offered by Coursera. It utilizes best-practice guidelines, along with hands-on demonstrations and exercises, to cover important concepts related to research data collection and management, with a primary focus on data management for patient-centered research. The Medical Library Association also offers continuing education opportunities related to data management.
In addition to these courses, a Mendeley group, Data Management for Librarians, is an active community created for librarians of all disciplines to share literature and resources about data management and related areas. Members are also encouraged to share their experiences working with data in their institutions. Another introductory resource is the article “Research Data Management,” by Alisa Surkis, PhD, MLS; and Kevin Read, MLIS, MAS; both of NYU Health Sciences Library, published in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.
The National Library of Medicine has announced three new tutorials featuring RxMix, a Web application that allows users to combine functions from the RxNorm, NDF-RT (National Drug File – Reference Terminology), RxTerms and RxImageAccess APIs to create custom applications that can be run interactively or in a batch mode.
“Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Interactive Mode” describes major interface elements and functionalities of RxMix, and the process of building a multi-step workflow. The use case is retrieving National Drug Code identifiers (NDCs) for a given drug ingredient using the application” interactive mode, as opposed to the batch mode that is also available for retrieving larger datasets.
“Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Batch Mode” expands on the subject of the first tutorial by explaining how the same workflow can run in the batch mode. Results from batch mode are downloaded through a Web link that RxMix provides via e-mail.
“Pre-Built Workflows in RxMix. Finding Drugs that May Treat a Disease” features the library of pre-defined workflows in RxMix. These workflows are created by RxMix experts based on frequently occurring use cases. The tutorial shows how to return a list of RxNorm drugs that may treat a disease by utilizing a two-step workflow. The first workflow function queries an NDF-RT component of RxNorm for a matching disease concept name and the second workflow function finds related “reverse-role” NDF-RT concepts, i.e., drugs related to the matched disease concept.
Librarians in the United States who specialize in health and related sciences 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.
The two parts to A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI are Part 1: Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching, an online (asynchronous) course, October 26-December 11, 2015, and Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD, March 7-11, 2016. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).
Applications are open to librarians in the United States who specialize in health science or related sciences. Applications will be accepted both from librarians currently providing bioinformatics services as well as from those desiring to implement services. Enrollment is limited 25 participants. There is no charge for the classes. Travel, lodging and meal costs for the in-person class are at the expense of the participant. The application deadline is September 14, 2015 and acceptance notification will be on or about October 5, 2015. Once you complete the Application Form, you will be directed to download the Supervisor Support Statement. This is to be filled out and signed by your immediate supervisor. This statement describes your current and/or future role in bioinformatics support at your institution and confirms your availability to attend the course if selected. Provide your current curriculum vitae (CV). Please use the suggested CV model as a guideline for the type of information desired. Your application is not complete until both your CV and the Supervisor Support Statement are received, in addition to the Application Form.
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program and the NIH Library are pleased to join the Johns Hopkins (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics in announcing the first JHU DaSH, Data Science Hackathon, on September 21-23, 2015, in Baltimore.
The event organizers, Drs. Brian Caffo, Leah Jager, Jeff Leek and Roger Peng, include JHU professors who teach the popular Coursera Data Science Specialization. This Data Science Hackathon will provide an opportunity for hands-on training that reinforces and builds on data management and analysis skills, and provides a local opportunity for NIH scientists and trainees to participate in a data science Hackathon. For questions about the Hackathon, contact Lisa Federer at the NIH Library.
The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Native American Program will host the first National Native American Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia in Native American Communities on Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, at the Scottsdale (AZ) Plaza Resort. Targeting urban and tribal health care and social service professionals, this two-day conference will provide eight plenary and more than 30 concurrent sessions from stellar Native American and dementia specialists from across the U.S. This conference is designed to provide the opportunity to learn best practices in the diagnosis, treatment and care available for Native American families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Registration and agenda information for the National Library of Medicine’s third annual DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop is now available. The Jamboree is a free public meeting to be held on September 24, 2015, 9:30 am to 4:15 pm EDT, at the Lister Hill Auditorium on the NLM campus in Bethesda, MD. The session will also be webcast and archived for future viewing. Registration is required for attendance. Since 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of DailyMed, the meeting will feature a retrospective look at how industry has made use of DailyMed during that time.
Featured speakers will include representatives from the federal government, industry, academia and non-profit sectors. Speakers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, and Avalere Health will talk about biosimilars naming. Ed Millikan, representing the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, will present an extended look at Risk Evaluation and Mediation Strategies. The meeting emphasis is on practical and novel ways to use and understand this free drug information, which is produced and consumed by a number of federal agencies.
The latest version of Health and Medical Reference Guidelines, developed by the Reference Services Section’s (RSS) Health & Medical Reference Committee of ALA’s Reference & User Services Association (RUSA), was approved by the RUSA Board at the ALA annual conference in June, 2015. These guidelines are for all information services staff, regardless of questions or library type. Health and Medical Reference refers to questions that pertain to any aspect of health, medicine, or biomedicine, including but not limited to consumer health, patient health, public health, environmental health, complementary and alternative medicine, biomedical research, and clinical medicine.
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist staff in responding to health or medical inquiries. For staff who rarely answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to assist staff to be prepared and feel confident that they are providing the best possible response. For staff who regularly answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to ensure that reference skills are well-rounded.