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NIH Posts Vacancy Announcement for National Library of Medicine Director

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, is seeking applications from exceptional candidates who are energetic, innovative, and solution-oriented for the important position of Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM). This is a senior position with responsibilities focused on the direction and management of the world’s largest biomedical library and electronic information and data resources that are used billions of times each year by millions of people and thousands of computer systems worldwide. The NLM will also move towards becoming the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise, and will include the activities initiated under the Big Data to Knowledge program. The NLM has a staff of approximately 1600 employees including full-time equivalency positions, training positions, contractors, volunteers, and guest researchers. The current annual budget is $387,134,000.

Applicants must submit a current CV and bibliography electronically to Ms. Regina Reiter, (301) 402-1130. In addition, applicants must also submit a supplemental narrative statement that addresses the qualifications requirements (not to exceed a total of two pages), a vision statement (not to exceed a total of two pages), and provide the names, titles, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 4-5 references. Applications will be reviewed starting October 20, 2015 and will be accepted until the position is filled.

This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an exceptional leader to serve as the chief visionary for NLM and lead all aspects of this highly complex organization. The Director, NLM, serves as the principal advisor to the Director, NIH, concerning matters related to biomedical informatics and access to biomedical information. Applicants must possess a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable doctorate degree in a field of health science plus senior-level scientific experience and knowledge of research programs in one or more areas related to biomedical informatics, computational biology, data science and standards, biomedical communications, and health information technology. The individual should be known and respected, both nationally and internationally, within their profession as someone of scientific prominence, with a distinguished record of research accomplishments and leadership credentials.

Class of 2015 Association of Health Care Journalists-NLM Fellows Announced

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 Training Opportunities

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.

“Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers” Has Over 40 New Examples!

Over forty new examples have been added throughout Citing Medicine, the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers. New references are for datasets, data repositories, ahead-of-print articles, and more. Corrections and clarifications were made based on user feedback or our own quality assurance efforts. Almost every chapter and two of the appendixes were edited and a new foreword was added. The full list of changes is available in the Content Updates appendix.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Summer 2015 Issue Available Online!

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Summer 2015 CoverThe Summer 2015 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including living with anxiety disorders, sports and concussion, healthcare communication, adult vaccinations, sleep disorders, and animal-assisted therapy for patients undergoing treatment at NIH Clinical Center. The cover features Doug Flutie, the Hall of Fame, Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Boston College and former star quarterback in the National, Canadian, and U.S. football leagues. He discusses concussions and brain trauma associated with sports like football, soccer, cycling, and others.

The magazine also includes remarks by NIH Director Francis S. Collins on the retirement of Donald A.B. Lindberg as Director of the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Lindberg created programs that changed fundamentally the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. He introduced numerous landmark projects, such as free Internet access to MEDLINE via PubMed, MedlinePlus for the general public, the Visible Human Project, ClinicalTrials.gov, the Unified Medical Language System, and many more.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

Updated AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Glossary and Companion App Now Include Images

AIDSinfo has announced the release of the 8th edition of the AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms and a redesign of the corresponding glossary app! This update features the addition of images and infographics highlighting select glossary terms. With definitions for more than 700 HIV/AIDS-related terms in English and Spanish, the glossary—whether online, in print, or as an app—offers a comprehensive guide to the vocabulary of HIV.

The free glossary app, available for iOS and Android devices, has been redesigned with an updated look and feel. The app includes several new features that make it easy to save frequently referenced terms and share favorite terms on Facebook or Twitter or by e-mail or text. The app also includes an audio feature to hear terms correctly pronounced in English and Spanish and a toggle button to switch between English and Spanish terms and definitions.

RxMix: Three New Tutorials Available

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.

August 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Illustration of a woman watching a sunset from atop a mountain.Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Positive Emotions and Your Health: Developing a Brighter Outlook
    Do you tend to look on the sunny side, or do you see a future filled with dark, stormy skies? A growing body of research suggests that having a positive outlook can benefit your physical health. NIH-funded scientists are working to better understand the links between your attitude and your body. They’re finding some evidence that emotional wellness can be improved by developing certain skills.
  • All About ALS: Understanding a Devastating Disorder
    In the summer of 2014, social media was taken by storm with videos of people pouring ice water on themselves for the Ice Bucket Challenge. The worldwide phenomenon raised awareness—and millions of research dollars—for a fatal disease called ALS.
  • Increases in Problem Drinking
    Alcohol use disorder is becoming more common, a new study found, but few people seek treatment. The findings highlight the need to better educate people about problem drinking and its treatment. Alcohol use disorder, or AUD, is the clinical term for problem drinking that causes mild to severe harm or distress. Excessive drinking can interfere with work, school, and relationships. It also raises the risk of many ailments, including heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, depression, and some cancers.
  • Join the Fight Against Superbugs
    Can you imagine a world where antibiotics didn’t work anymore? You shouldn’t have to. But over the past few decades, they’ve been losing their punch. Bacterial strains that are resistant to many types of antibiotics are called superbugs. Sadly, our excessive use of antibiotics is partly to blame. A new video from NIH, Fighting Superbugs, can help you learn more about what you can do to help win this battle.
  • Featured Website: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center
    This website provides accurate, up-to-date information about thousands of rare and genetic diseases. Learn about symptoms, treatment options, and current research. Information specialists are available to discuss questions online, by mail, or by phone (888-205-2311) in English or Spanish.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

New Mobile App Connects HIV Providers, Advocates, and People Living with HIV/AIDS to NLM HIV-Related Websites

Logo for Go2NLM Mobile App

HealthHIV, in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has announced the launch of the Go2NLM mobile application. Building on its Navigate to Learn More publication, HealthHIV created the Go2NLM app to provide information about and direct access to NLM’s authoritative HIV-related websites to HIV providers, advocates, and people living with HIV/AIDS. The app features dynamic content, including updates about new and highlighted HIV technical assistance and capacity building tools and resources promoted by NLM.

The websites featured on the Go2NLM app are:

The application will soon be available for download from HealthHIV, as well as the Apple and Google app stores. For more information about the Go2NLM project, please contact HealthHIV.

New e-Science Portal Launched!

Blue banner with e-science logo

The NN/LM New England Region has announced the launch of the newly redesigned e-Science Portal for New England Librarians. Along with a new look, features of the e-Science Portal 2.0 include:

  • A “Getting started with e-Science” quick guide
  • Events calendar and Twitter feed
  • Links to recent e-Science Community blog posts
  • Prominent hyperlinks to e-Science Partner Projects (New England e-Science Symposium, Science Boot Camp, New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), Journal of eScience Librarianship)
  • Reorganized content headings (e.g. About, Connect with Others, Data Management, and Research Environment sections)
  • Links to data tools posted on a delegated “Data Tools” page as well as in relevant pages such as data curation
  • Editor’s photo, biography, and contact form on portal pages

For further details about the portal redesign, visit the e-Science Community blog post Portal 2.0 is here, by Jen Ferguson, co-chair of the e-Science Portal Editorial Board.