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National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) Offers Free Online TOXNET Class This Fall!

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous Moodle class called Discovering TOXNET from October 20 – November 14, 2014. Register now to discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises! The class is taught online in thirteen independent modules. Participants work on their own time over a period of four weeks to complete the modules of interest. There is one required module; the remaining are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and more. 

The modules are:

  1. Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  2. TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  3. ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  4. Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  5. Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  6. Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  7. TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  8. Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  9. LactMed: 0.5 hour
  10. Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  11. WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  12. REMM: 0.5 hour
  13. LiverTox: 0.5 hour

Space in the class is limited, so don’t delay registering! For questions, contact the NTC.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Summer 2014 Issue Available Online!

Cover of Summer 2014 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the MagazineThe Summer 2014 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features information on treating cataracts, understanding rheumatoid arthritis (RA), screening for breast cancer, and The Children’s Inn at NIH turning 25. The cover features Amy Robach, who was diagnosed as the one of 1-in-8 women in America who will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetimes. After receiving the first-ever mammogram on live television, she received a surprising breast cancer diagnosis. She now speaks out in support of others facing the disease. The magazine goes into further detail about breast cancer, looking at detection, diagnosis, screening, staging, and treatment, as well as some relevant National Cancer Institute research.

The magazine also highlights The Children’s Inn at NIH. The Children’s Inn enhances opportunities for groundbreaking medical discoveries by providing a free “place like home” that reduces the burdens of illness through a supportive environment, including therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming. President George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are serving as honorary chairpersons for the year of celebrations for The Children’s Inn’s 25th Anniversary, which kicked off on June 21, 2014, and will continue throughout the anniversary year of 2015. The Bushes presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony when The Inn became a reality in June 1990.

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.

Visualization Literacy

With an increase of technology tools available for data reporting and visualization sometimes it’s challenging to know how to best use them to clearly communicate the intended meaning of the data. The concept of visualization literacy and a broader theme of visual literacy are often not included as part of the instructions guiding people in the steps to create their own visualization design. A recent entry by Andrew Kirk on the blog of Seeing Data, a research project in the United Kingdom studying how people understand big data visualizations shown in the media, offers a great review of 8 Articles Discussing Visual and Visualization Literacy that are freely available and well worth a read to better understand both visual and visualization literacy. Their featured articles include resources ranging from the importance of Visual Literacy in an Age of Data to How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics, and Seeing Data has asked that you share additional ones with them via blog comments or their Twitter social media account @SeeingData.

Low Cost Mapping Tools for Community-Based Organizations!

Community Health Maps Blog is an initiative designed to share information about free and low cost and easy-to-use applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools. The goal is to help community-based and other types of small organizations collect and visualize information about their communities with an eye towards using these techniques to support planning and decision-making about community health. The tools discussed on the Community Health Maps Blog can support the collection and visualization of health statistics, demographic information, community resources, and events, thereby facilitating a better understanding of community conditions.

The interactive nature of blogging helps Community Health Maps share information about hardware platforms and software applications available to communities as they consider how, or if, they might use GIS. NLM encourages the submission of blog postings by those who use such resources to carry out projects within their communities, as well as those who have identified additional applications that may be of interest for this purpose.

DOCLINE Quarterly and Yearly Statistical Reports Now Available!

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for April-June 2014:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Summary Statistics Report (Report 5-1B)

NLM has also released the following DOCLINE yearly statistical reports for July 2013 – June 2014:

  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Borrower (Report 1-8A)
  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Lender (Report 1-8C)

Please note: Reports 1-11A, 1-1AT, and 1-22A are only distributed to libraries that have entered requests in DOCLINE for other libraries. Report 2-14 is only distributed to resource libraries.

DOCLINE statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in the Reports section of DOCLINE’s FAQ page.

Share PubMed Abstracts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

​Social media icons have been added to the PubMed Abstract display! Click the icon to easily share the PubMed abstract on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!

Timing and completeness of trial results posted at ClinicalTrials.gov and published in journals.

Save the Dates: 2015 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course

Attention health science librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline.
  • Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed.
  • Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins.
  • Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM.

Mark your calendars for this training opportunity!

July 2014 Issue of NIH News in Health is Now Available!

Illustration of a family under a shaded canopy at the beach.Check out the July 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:

  • Sun and Skin: The Dark Side of Sun Exposure
    People enjoy the sun. Some have even worshiped it. Sunlight is essential to many living things. But sunlight also has a dangerous side. It can harm your skin and even your eyes. The good news is you can take some simple steps to protect your body from sun damage and still enjoy the sun’s healthful effects.
  • Fight Off Food Poisoning: Food Safety for Warmer Weather
    In warm-weather months, who doesn’t love to get outside for picnics, backyard gatherings, and of course delicious foods? But high temperatures raise your chance of getting sick from things you eat. Learn how to handle food properly to avoid the misery of food poisoning.
  • Physical Activity Helps Seniors Stay Mobile
    A carefully structured, moderate physical activity program helped vulnerable older people maintain their mobility. The new study shows that many frail older people can reap rewards from regular physical activity.
  • Kidney Failure and Its Treatment
    Your kidneys help keep you healthy by maintaining the right balance of water and other substances inside your body. But if your kidneys start to malfunction, you might not realize it for a long while. Kidney disease usually doesn’t make you feel sick until the problem is serious and irreversible—a condition known as kidney failure.
  • Featured Website: Bionic Man
    How can technologies help heal our bodies and prevent disease? This interactive “bionic man” links to simple descriptions and longer articles about 14 promising tools—such as a robotic leg and an artificial kidney—being developed with NIH support.

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!

Winter 2013 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Salud is Available!

Cover of Winter 2013 issue of NIH MedlinePlus SaludThe Winter 2013 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Salud features timely information on the dangers of skin cancer, how to manage the growing problem of asthma among Hispanics, and tips on taking your medicines safely and on time. The cover features Jessica Alba, whose childhood asthma was so bad that she had to be hospitalized multiple times. Fellow students teased her because the breathing machine she had to use now and then was so loud. That led to a commitment to helping achieve a cleaner environment to help reduce environmental triggers. Other celebrities who have struggled with asthma include Diane Keaton, Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan, Jerome Bettis, Pink, and many others.

One of NIH MedlinePlus Salud’s goals is to increase the health literacy among the fast-growing Hispanic population across the U.S. One way to do this is to have electronic editions of each issue — in Spanish and English — that can be read and interacted with on the Internet from any computer, smartphone, and tablet. Additionally, print subscriptions are available at no charge for those who prefer to read a physical magazine.

For more free, reliable, up-to-date health information, visit MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2014-2015 Call for Applications!

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) has announced the 2014-2015 opportunity for the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL, with an application deadline of August 1, 2014. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses. Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The one-year program design is multi-faceted, involving three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Details about the program design, schedule, and application process are available in the program brochure.