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NLM’s Women’s Health Resources to Retire

On Monday, October 5 NLM will be retiring the Women’s Health Resources (WHR,) / information portal that was started in partnership with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2008. All those accessing the site will be redirected from the WHR portal to the Office of Research on Women’s Health homepage (

NLM appreciates the assistance of ORWH in the development of the portal and for providing outreach project funding to libraries to promote the portal and sex and gender differences in research among university faculty and students. We will continue our partnership by helping ORWH develop avenues for those seeking to search NLM databases such as PubMed and Clinical Trials for research on women’s health.

Janice E. Kelly
Chief, Outreach & Special Populations Branch
NLM, Specialized Information Services

Opportunity to Host Native Voices Traveling Exhibition

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is proud to announce a partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) through which ALA’s Public Programs Office will manage a national tour of a traveling adaptation of Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, to America’s libraries and other Native-serving cultural institutions beginning in 2016. Four copies of the traveling exhibition will tour nationally for four years to dozens of sites around the country.

The four year national tour of Native Voices has been publicly announced (for 2016-2020), and the ALA is welcoming proposals. ALA will review the proposals in developing a national deployment plan and schedule.

There will be no cost to participating venues (except for a local insurance rider if needed). Applicants are asked to indicate why they wish to host the Native Voices traveling exhibition, include two proposed Native Voices-related activities or events, and provide 5 time frames that would work and 5 that would not.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Nov 6, 2015.

Please note that this is the only opportunity to submit a proposal to the ALA. The ALA will formulate its entire 4 year exhibition schedule based on the proposals received by or before Nov 6, 2015.

The proposal process is online. Details are at the ALA links below.

ALA press release
ALA info page
ALA detailed info page
ALA FAQ page

All types of libraries are eligible to submit proposals, including academic, community college, health sciences, public, and tribal or Native. Also, other types of Native organizations or Native serving organizations are encouraged to partner with libraries (Native or non-Native).

Additional background info on the Native Voices traveling exhibition is available at this site that includes video highlights of Native Voices opening events in Ft. Totten, ND, Anchorage, AK, Honolulu, HI, and Sulphur, OK, and a host tool kit. (more…)

Disaster Information Specialist Webinar on Disaster Related Stress October 8, 2015

The next Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar will be Thursday, October 8, at 10:30 AM PDT. The meeting is open to anyone wishing to attend.

TOPIC:  “Stress and the Relaxation Response”

Stress is a very common reaction to disasters and humanitarian crises. Disaster-related stress affects the local population as well as the professionals and volunteers responding to a disaster. Even in the absence of a disaster, over 60% of visits (for any reason) to health care professionals are caused or exacerbated by stress for which there is no effective pharmacologic or procedural therapy. This presentation will focus on a counter-stress capacity –  the relaxation response. Its elicitation effectively counteracts stress and is therapeutic for a multitude of stress-related disorders. The relaxation response will be defined historically and physiologically. Its genomic underpinnings as well as its dramatic impact on health care resource utilization will be described.


Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine,, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind Body Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics, Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center,, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School; James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine.


To join the meeting at 10:30 am PT, Thursday, October 8, visit

Event number: 624 935 657
Event password: 1234

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see

First offering of NCBI NOW (Next generation sequencing Online Workshop) to begin October 13, 2015

From October 13th to October 23rd, NCBI will present the first iteration of NCBI NOW, a free online experience aimed at those new to next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 1,000 participants who sign up through the ORAU Portal: Since enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, please only sign up for this educational opportunity if you will be able to participate fully.
Learners will watch 6-7 videos (average video duration: 45-60 minutes) online during the first 7 days of the course. These videos will cover the basics of NGS data, preprocessing, quality control and alignment strategies for both DNA-Seq and RNA-Seq, as well as a brief discussion of downstream analysis. Additionally, we will demonstrate how to leverage BLAST tools for NGS analysis.
Next, participants will apply a selection of RNA-Seq alignment algorithms over three days (1-2 hours per day), mapping RNA-Seq data to GRCh38 chromosome 20. Finally, participants will compare the results of these mappers for specific genes. Throughout the course, participants will be able to post questions at Biostars; experts from NCBI and elsewhere will be available online to answer questions.
Learners will emerge from the course equipped to map their own RNA-Seq or DNA-Seq data to the human genome, understand the options for downstream analysis, and use their understanding of the basic steps of data processing to interact more effectively with bioinformatician collaborators.

Job Ad: Research & Education Librarian – San Antonio

The  University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio seeks applicants for the position of Research and Education Librarian. The successful applicant will join a team of energetic, curious, knowledgeable and technologically agile librarians who promote awareness of library resources and services, and build partnerships. This is a stimulating entry-level position with great potential for professional and personal growth.


The UT Health Science Center Library services 3,125 students in five schools: Dentistry, Graduate, Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing. Students from the University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health and the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy also use the library as their main resource. The library has a nationally-recognized community outreach program that serves 33 counties in South Texas. Librarians are involved in teaching curriculum-related classes and are active members of institutional committees. Librarians are in the process of building a maker space and are offering classes on emerging technologies. The library serves 1,660 faculty who divide their time between instruction, research and clinical practice. Researchers collaborate in 9 institutes and research centers as well as through partnerships with other University of Texas institutions and area research centers. In FY 2014, researchers received $67.4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The university’s Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) manages the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award CTSA). Discovery and invention are supported through the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, which helps faculty, staff and students find business and commercial applications for technology developed through their research. The campus is located 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio, now the 7th largest city in the United States. The warm climate, multi-cultural environment, and lower cost of living contribute to making this an attractive place to live. It also helps that Texas has no state or local income tax.


The Research and Education participates in instructional programs, designs and creates instructional materials; teaches classes on evidence based practice, use of biomedical databases, emerging technologies, and bibliographic management software; provides reference services and supports research; performs online database searches; participates in liaison and grant programs; contributes to marketing initiatives; and participates in the library’s nationally recognized community outreach programs.


Required: Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.

Preferred: Enthusiasm for teaching and enhancing student success; commitment to providing high-quality customer service; ability to work collaboratively in a team and service-oriented environment; evidence of initiative, creativity, and flexibility; and a commitment to personal continuing education and involvement in the profession.


Minimum $44,500 plus competitive benefits package.


Apply online at the UT Health Science Center Human Resources Employment web site:, where the position is posted under Library Operations – Librarian-Associate. Please include a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references with your application.

All positions are security sensitive and will require criminal background checks. The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.


Jonquil Feldman (will be available to talk at the SCC meeting)

Director, Briscoe Library and Outreach Services


Jason Bengtson Named as Informationist and Co-Principal Investigator for NIH Grant

I am delighted to share that SCC/MLA member Jason Bengtson, MLIS, MA, was recently named as the Informationist and Co-Principal Investigator on a successful application for an Informationist Supplement to grant 3-R01-DC000354-27A1 under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Brenda Farrell from Baylor College of Medicine. This supplement will fund the curation and management of electrophysiological data obtained from outer hair cells isolated from the inner ear of Cavia Porcellus. This data has significant implications for inner ear research. Mr. Bengtson is the Innovation Architect for The Texas Medical Center Library.

To learn more about NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects visit

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director, NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library
Office: 713-799-7803

MLA Accepting Applications for the 2015 Lindberg Research Fellowship

Reposted from MLANET:

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship
<>. The purpose of thisfellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledgebase, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research. The endowment will provide a grant of up to $10,000.  It is awarded by MLA through a competitive grant process, to a qualified health sciences librarian, health professional, researcher, educator, or health administrator.  More
information regarding MLA Research is available at

An application and more information about the fellowship can be accessed at

The awardee will be notified in March 2015.

The John E. Fogarty Papers at NLM

From NLM:

John Edward Fogarty (1913-1967) was an American legislator who became known as “Mr. Public Health” for his outstanding advocacy of federal funding for medical research, health education, and health care services. As Democratic representative for Rhode Island, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1941 to 1967, and chaired the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare from 1949. During his congressional tenure Fogarty championed a vast expansion of the National Institutes of Health, as well as aid to medical schools, libraries, and programs for blind, deaf, and mentally retarded children. He sponsored or contributed to virtually every piece of health-related legislation introduced during these years.

To learn more, visit

Job Ad: Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator – NN/LM South Central Region

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library is a major research library serving Texas Medical Center researchers, clinicians and students, including two major medical schools and over 20 member institutions. The Library is also the Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region, with responsibility for providing health information to health professionals and consumers in the five state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Evaluation Coordinator coordinates the evaluation and needs assessments programs for the NN/LM SCR.


  • Assists in the development of comprehensive evaluation plans for the NN/LM SCR and Network members
  • Identifies ways to measure and communicate the effectiveness, contribution, and value of NN/LM SCR information outreach services
  • Collects, analyzes and communicates assessment findings to assist the NN/LM SCR and Network members in adopting data-driven approaches to planning and decision-making
  • Develops innovative assessment and communication strategies and activities that highlight and raise the profile of Network members
  • Administers usability testing, questionnaires, focus groups, and other assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of information outreach projects and services in meeting the teaching, learning, and research needs of target audiences
  • Maintains expertise in assessment methods, techniques, and best practices through ongoing professional development
  • Develops course curricula, content and resources and conducts workshops on assessment and NLM resources
  • Exhibits at national and regional conferences to promote NLM databases, the NN/LM and NN/LM SCR services
  • Serves as a state liaison to develop working relationships with Network members
  • Monitors subcontracts, evaluates quarterly reports and provides feedback to subawardees, NLM and the NN/LM SCR
  • Participates in monthly NLM teleconferences
  • Assesses regional educational and information needs and assists with the development of programs
  • Assists in the development and promotion of NN/LM SCR funding opportunities and aides potential applicants with the proposal process


Education and Experience – A master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited school. Demonstrated teaching and training experience. Experience using NLM resources. Minimum of two years professional health sciences library experience preferred.


Usual Environment – Typical office environment with telephones and background noises. Regular national travel required. May need to work irregular hours to meet deadlines or special assignments.

The TMC Library offers a complete benefits package which includes health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the Library provides paid holidays, vacation accrual, an exceptional retirement plan, and a monthly transportation subsidy.

Please fax or email CV or Resume to:
Elizabeth Herrera, Human Resources Manager
Fax #713-799-7816

SCR Exhibiting at AHIMA in New Orleans Sept. 26-30, 2015

NN/LM SCR Coordinators Michele Woods and Marcus Spann are exhibiting at the American Health Information Management Association annual convention this week in New Orleans, LA, along with Tulane University Rudolph Matas Library for the Health Sciences Public Health Librarian Elaine Hicks.

AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 101,000 health information professionals, it is recognized as the leading source of “HIM knowledge,” a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.

exhibiting at AHIMA

Left to right: Michele Woods, Elaine Hicks and Marcus Spann