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2 Free Upcoming Webinars: Hospital Libraries; PubMed

Our colleagues in the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region have made these two webinars available for anyone across the country who wishes to participate:

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities – In this session we will discuss the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. We will especially consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing. Speaker: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, Clinical Informationist, Summa Health System, Akron, OH.

WhenDecember 8, 2015; 10-11 MT and 11-noon CT


No Registration Required

Eligible for 1 MLA CE


Thursday, Dec. 17Saving time with PubMed Subject-specific Queries (Focus on NLM Resources) – Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with NN/LM MAR Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!

When:  December 17, 2015; 10-11 MT and 11-noon CT


No Registration Required

Eligible for 1 MLA CE

NCBI YouTube Video: PubMed for Scientists

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) recently hosted a webinar entitled PubMed for Scientists. The above video recording demonstrates how to search by author; explore a subject; use filters to narrow your search; find the full text article; and set up an e-mail alert for new research on your topic. It also includes an informative question and answer period.

Special NHGRI Seminar Series: “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch: Lessons beyond the Base Pairs”

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) was established originally as the National Center for Human Genome Research in 1989 to lead the International Human Genome Project. NHGRI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency ( The Human Genome Project, which had as its primary goal the sequencing of the 3 billion DNA letters that make up the human genetic instruction book, was successfully completed in April 2003. Launched in 2012, the NHGRI History of Genomics Program aims to collect and organize historic materials related to the field of genomics and NHGRI as an organization. Efforts include digitization of relevant assets and database development, generation of oral histories chronicling the experiences of genomics leaders and NHGRI staff, production of scholarly work related to major genomics accomplishments, and expansion of the general knowledge about the history of genomics among the scholarly community and the general public. Efforts include digitization of relevant assets and database development, generation of oral histories chronicling the experiences of genomics leaders and NHGRI staff, production of scholarly work related to major genomics accomplishments, and expansion of the general knowledge about the history of genomics among the scholarly community and the general public.


Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health. Elke Jordan, Ph.D., Former Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. Mark Guyer, Ph.D., Former Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. TITLE:  “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch:  Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs” DATE:  Thursday, December 3, 2015 TIME:  2:00-3:00 p.m. EST LOCATION:  National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater SPONSOR:  NHGRI History of Genomics Program 

The NHGRI History of Genomics Program: An Archival and Scholarly Initiative

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 “Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute”

BD2K Updates from NIH and NSF

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) updates from NIH and NSF

The National Science Foundation recently posted an article on advances in big data and the management of chronic diseases.

The National Institutes of Health has released new Data Science Funding Opportunities: The new NIH Common Fund program Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity has released funding opportunities including one for a bioinformatics center. Applications are due March 18, 2016.

Article of Interest: How to hijack a Journal.

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day

December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. The annual observance highlights the advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and care since the AIDS epidemic was first reported three decades ago. World AIDS Day is also an occasion to reflect on the ongoing challenges to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Here are some AIDS resources:

  • AIDSource: The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information
  • AIDSinfo: a website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public
  • The Centers for Disease Control’s webpage on World AIDS Day
  • collaborates with departments and agencies across the Federal government to provide HIV/AIDS related information

#WAD2015 #WorldAIDSDay2015
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MedlinePlus Connect: Linking Patient Portals and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Consumer Health Information

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) , and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) that links patient portals, patient health record (PHR) systems, and electronic health record (EHR) systems with IT and health providers which provide relevant, authoritative patient health information from  at the point of need.

MedlinePlus Connect Quick Facts

Resources and News

More Information

Find out more details about how MedlinePlus Connect works, what codes it accepts, and what it looks like within an electronic health record or patient health portal.

Did You Know? Blogs to Follow from the National Library of Medicine

Blogs serve many purposes. They can operate as a social networking service by building relationships with their readers and other bloggers, as well as be used to relay information and news in an attractive content format. You probably have your favorite blogs that you follow, but the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has several offerings that you may want to consider adding to your reading lists.

  • NLM In Focus – an inside look at the NLM. Highlights the people and products making a difference in scientific discovery and public health; the research conducted by NLM scientists and grantees; the library’s fascinating collections; and the unique ways NLM and its partner libraries bring information to the public.
  • Circulating Now – from the Historical Collections of the NLM. This visually striking blog evokes the living quality of the NLM’s historical collections and the stories they offer about the experience of health and disease across ten centuries and around the world.
  • National Training Center’s (NTC) blog – the NTC offers e-learning and in-person classes related to NLM products and services. Their blog, which resides on the NTC’s homepage, is useful for technical news about NLM’s resources as well as content related to instruction and presentation.
  • Outreach Evaluation Resource Center’s (OERC) blog – The OERC builds capacity for health information outreach evaluation in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Their blog is the link to news and discussion about evaluation and health information outreach.
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National Library of Medicine

NCBI to hold three-day genomics hackathon in January

Shared from NCBI:

From January 4th to 6th, NCBI will host a genomics hackathon focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data.* Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed for twelve teams, in the following sections: Network Analysis of Variants, Structural Variation, RNA-Seq, Streaming Data and Metadata, and Neuroscience/Immunity. The working groups will build pipelines to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Please see the application for specific team projects.

* Specific projects are available to other developers or mathematicians.


After a brief organizational session, teams will spend three days analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets. Participants will analyze and combine datasets in order to work on these problems. This course will take place at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.


Datasets will come from the public repositories housed at NCBI. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to include other datasets and tools for analysis. Please note, if you use your own data during the course, we ask that you submit it to a public database within six months of the end of the hackathon.


All pipelines and other scripts, software and programs generated in this course will be added to a public GitHub repository designed for that purpose.  A manuscript outlining the design of the hackathon and describing participant processes, products and scientific outcomes will be submitted to an appropriate journal.


To apply, complete this form: (approximately 10 minutes to complete).

Applications are due December 1 by 5 pm ET. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants; prior students and prior applicants will be given priority in the event of a tie. Please note: applicants are judged based on the motivation and experience outlined in the form itself.  Accepted applicants will be notified on December 4th by 2 pm ET, and have until December7 at 5 pm to confirm their participation. Please include a monitored email address, in case there are follow-up questions.

Note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this program. A working knowledge of scripting (e.g., Shell, Python) is necessary to be successful in this event. Employment of higher level scripting or programming languages may also be useful. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event.  No financial support for travel, lodging or meals can be provided for this event.  Also note that the course may extend into the evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this possibility.

Please contact with any questions.

Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

The NN/LM SCR administrative office will be closed November 26th and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen Monday, November 30th.

If your institution is closed during the holiday weekend, please set up your out-of-office for DOCLINE.

DOCLINE System Maintenance: LocatorPlus

Adapted from NLM:

Due to system maintenance, these LocatorPlus features of DOCLINE will be unavailable on Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 6:00am to 2:00pm Mountain Time, 7:00am to 3:00pm Central Time:

  • Searching LocatorPlus
  • Borrow/UniqueKey requests using LocatorPlus keys (NLM Unique ID, ISSN, ISBN, OCLC, Journal Title Abbreviation)
  • Serial Holdings Update/View

If you have any questions, please contact the NN/LM SCR administrative office or DOCLINE Customer Service at US 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)/ Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2).