The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship is a great opportunity for an academic librarian who is interested in conducting research. Research and evaluation are not necessarily identical, although they do employ many of the same methods and are closely related. This Institute is open to academic librarians from all over the country. If your proposal is accepted, your attendance at the Institute will be paid for, as will your travel, lodging, and food expenses. Proposals are due by February 1, 2014. Details are available at the Institute’s Prepare Your Proposal web site. Applicants accepted to the program will be notified by March 1, 2014. The Institute is particularly interested in applicants who have identified a real-world research question and/or opportunity.
The William H. Hannon Library has received a three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer a nine-day continuing education opportunity for academic and research librarians. Each year 21 librarians will receive instruction in research design and a full year of support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The summer Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is supplemented with pre-institute learning activities and a personal learning network that provides ongoing mentoring. The institutes will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support a U24 resource award for Development of an NIH BD2K Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium. The purpose of this FOA is to create a consortium to begin development of an NIH Data Discovery Index (DDI) to allow discovery, access, and citation of biomedical data. Letters of intent to apply are due by February 6, 2014, and completed applications are due by March 6, 2014. Budgets are limited to $2,000,000 in direct costs per year but must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is three years.
As part of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, the DDI seeks to fulfill the recommendation from the Data and Informatics Working Group (DIWG) Report to the Advisory Council to the Director to “Promote Data Sharing Through Central and Federated Catalogues.” The awardee in response to this FOA will constitute a DDI Coordination Consortium (DDICC, U24) to conduct outreach, fund small pilot projects, manage communication with stakeholders, constitute and coordinate Task Forces to study relevant questions related to access, discoverability, citation for all biomedical data and assure community engagement in the development, testing, and validation of an NIH DDI. Part of this effort will be to assemble a user interface (website) through which the results of development and testing of models for an NIH DDI may be communicated.
What is e-pub ahead of print? It means that the article is being listed electronically on the publisher’s web site in advance of the journal release. It may not be available to your library until the print version of the journal is published. Borrowers in DOCLINE requesting e-pub ahead of print material should remember to choose “Electronic” under “Fill from Physical Format” on the Delivery and Routing portion of the Routing Instructions screen. DOCLINE will automatically default requests to “fill from electronic format” for Epub ahead of print articles if every article on the DOCLINE Citation page is Epub ahead of print. If multiple articles are requested at once with a mix of epub and non-epub status, DOCLINE will default to fill from “Any format” for all citations. The NLM DOCLINE team recommends ordering epub ahead of print citations together in a batch to optimize the routing of the requests.
Lenders in DOCLINE may receive requests for e-pub ahead of print articles but may not be able to fill them. Those who subscribe to the electronic copy but whose license prohibits interlibrary loan for the specific request due to a condition of the license agreement (e.g., delivery method, time embargo, etc.), should update the request as Not Filled for the reason “LIC – License Restriction.” In other words, use LIC in those cases where you would have been able to provide ILL from a subscription under copyright law, but not under your publisher’s license restrictions. The rejection reason of “Lacking” indicates that the title is owned, but the lender is missing the requested issue. Lacking should only be used when missing back issues, and not the latest issue(s). If you only subscribe to the print copy and have not yet received the issue being requested, you should update the request as Not Filled for the reason “NYR – Not Yet Received.”
Make sure to update DOCLINE with the most accurate rejection reason. The NLM DOCLINE team reviews the system-wide statistics to help determine what is working in the system, and what areas may benefit from changes. For a list of definitions for all rejection reasons, see the DOCLINE Online Help and search for “rejection reasons.” You can also go to the DOCLINE FAQ page.
Health science librarians in the United States are invited to participate in the next offering of the online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, 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). This rigorous course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. This course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI.
The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice, places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises. This course is offered online (asynchronous) from February 10 – March 21, 2014. The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.
Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. The deadline for completing the application is January 10, 2014; participants will be notified of acceptance on January 22, 2014. The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive fifteen hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the five-day Librarian’s Guide that will be offered in April 2014 if they so choose.
Visit the Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching webpage for more information and to apply. If you have any questions, e-mail the course organizers.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just released a new tool to help professionals choose more understandable and actionable materials; the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT). Patient educational materials, such as brochures, medical instructions, and audiovisual aids, are often complex and lack clear information about what the patient should do. AHRQ’s PEMAT and User’s Guide provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. By selecting health materials that score better on the PEMAT, you can be more confident that people of varying levels of health literacy will be able to process and explain key messages, and identify what they can do based on the information presented.
Additional tools for improving health literacy are available from AHRQ’s website, including:
Due to a changing technical and budgetary environment, the NLM Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) is longer adding, updating or maintaining records in Directory of Health Organizations Online (DIRLINE). DIRLINE was the National Library of Medicine’s online database containing location and descriptive information about a wide variety of information resources including organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine.
As of October 1st, 2013, and for the following fiscal year, DIRLINE is searchable but the records are marked as “archived.” SIS expects to retire DIRLINE at the end of 2014. These changes do not affect Health Hotlines.
Check out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:
Personalized Medicine: Matching Treatments to Your Genes
You’re one of a kind. Wouldn’t it be nice if treatments and preventive care could be designed just for you, matched to your unique set of genes?
A Burning Issue: Handling Household Burns
Accidental burns can occur just about anywhere in your home, and they’re not always caused by fire. Take steps to prevent household burns, and learn how to treat them properly to avoid lasting problems.
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!
Dylan Roby, Ph.D., Director of the health economics and evaluation research program at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, is quoted widely by the media regarding various aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Coverage included October 30 on the PBS program SoCal Insider and November 14 on KNX 1070AM about enrollment in new insurance plans; November 17 in Kaiser Health News about misinformation sent to California’s low-income residents regarding Medi-Cal; November 15 in the Orange County Register about whether California will go along with President Obama’s suggested “fix” for people whose policies were cancelled; November 17 in the Los Angeles Times about California’s healthcare exchange; November 18 in California Healthline.com about how the state’s various counties must adapt to the ACA; and a November 18 WebMD article about the renewal of private health insurance policies initially canceled.
The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available. This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.
Here’s a closer look at what’s new in this release:
- Full integration of CHEMM content, which includes:
- New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
- Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
- The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
- CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new Help Identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
- ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.
WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website.
Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:
- WebWISER 4.5, which includes CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 updates, and more
- WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform
The National Library of Medicine released several enhancements to Digital Collections, the free online archive of biomedical resources, at the end of September.
New features include:
- Redesigned homepage with informative images highlighting repository content
- Responsive sizing of homepage and search results to better accommodate the wide range of displays
- More consistent, cleaner look and feel across the Web site, including the latest NIH & NLM branding
- New “Refine by” feature on the left which allows users to limit searches to specific facets
In addition to these enhancements, technically inclined readers may be interested to know about these significant changes that improve system performance and flexibility:
- Fresh indexing of metadata and full text for more efficient search & retrieval
- Replacement of the Muradora front-end application with Blacklight, an open-source discovery interface which sits on top of the repository’s Solr index
- Upgrades to all major software components supporting the repository, including the underlying Fedora Commons framework
- New server architecture that better isolates components for improved security
- More powerful hardware providing faster search and presentation responsiveness
In November, Digital Collections reached the milestone of providing access to 10,000 digitized resources. The repository contains over 12 million discrete files. NLM regularly deposits content from its digitization activities, including current projects focused on WWII-era materials and NLM-authored publications. For more information about Digital Collections, see the About Digital Collections page and Help Documentation.