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Comic: The Amazing Captain Fit – from LSUHSC-Shreveport Librarians!

Health sciences librarians Talicia Tarver and Deidra Woodson have created The Amazing Captain Fit, a health-related comic book. Tarver and Woodson collaborated with illustrator Nick Fechter, an LSU-S graphic art student, and consulted with Dr. John Vanchiere from the Department of Pediatrics. The authors’ goals are to improve health literacy and combat obesity among young children. Production of the comic book was funded by the Health Information Literacy Award given by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.

The Amazing Captain Fit

The Amazing Captain Fit

Texas Library Association: Austin, TX 2015

NN/LM South Central Region Coordinators Lindsy Frazer and Marcus Spann attended last week’s Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin, TX. This was a great opportunity to  raise awareness of authoritative sources of biomedical information across our five state region. The Texas Library Association is the largest state library association. More than 7,000 attended this year. Lindsy and Marcus met librarians from public, school, academic and special libraries.  We plan to exhibit at TLA next year when it will be held in Houston, TX, and hope to see you there!

Recording Available: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

On March 5, NCBI hosted a full-to-capacity webinar outlining the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create biosketches.  The slides and Q & A are available on the NCBI FTP site (http://1.usa.gov/1BUTIHM). The March 5 recording is available on the NCBI You Tube channel.

A live re-broadcast of the webinar will be held on April 21, 2015.

RMLs and Offices Cooperative Agreement Technical Assistance Webinar

The National Library of Medicine is holding a “Nuts and Bolts” Technical Assistance Webinar to help applicants apply for the cooperative agreements and supplements for the Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) and Offices.

You are encouraged to submit questions by 12 PM ET, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 to: NLMRMLQuestions@mail.nih.gov.

The Technical Assistance Webinar will be held on:

  • Thursday April 23, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm CST / 1:00-2:00 MT
  • Webinar URL – https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlm_rml_423/
  • Teleconference number: 1-866-579-8110 Participant Code: 571542 (this will be recorded)

Please refer to the National Network Office page for additional information related to the Network program and funding opportunity announcement.

PubMed Mobile Update

Canese K. PubMed Mobile Update. NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Mar-Apr;(403):e5. 2015 April 16 [posted]

PubMed Mobile has been updated with a number of styling modifications and additional enhancements including a “Trending articles” feature on the homepage

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NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge

NLM Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information (RFI)

Responses, to Help with Project Planning Purposes, Due May 15, 2015

As part of its ongoing work to develop an infrastructure and tools for identifying prescription pills, the National Library of Medicine announces a new Request for Information (RFI), the details of which appear below. This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this RFI is to obtain knowledge and information for project planning purposes. The government will not award a contract on the basis of this notice, or otherwise pay for information solicited by it. Proprietary information should be clearly marked. The requested information is for planning and market research purposes only and will not be publicly released.

This Request for Information (RFI) is a pilot for a forthcoming Pill Image Recognition Challenge for visually identifying pills. The Challenge has as its main objective the development and discovery of high-quality software that matches images of unknown prescription pills to images in the RxIMAGE database. The pilot will help ensure that the Challenge is successful.

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Get Ready for a New MedlinePlus! – April 28

MedlinePlus, the premiere consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, will be debuting a new look and interface starting April 28.

Based on a website design concept called “Responsive Design“, this new look will be fully compatible with using the website on a desktop/laptop, tablet, and/or cellphone.

The new MedlinePlus desktop/laptop view will have a 3-column look; tablet view will have a 2-column look; and cellphone view will consist of 1 column.

The great features and sections of MedlinePlus will remain, making it possible for health consumers to access and utilize its quality, reliable and up-to-date information anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The image below is a preview of the upcoming new MedlinePlus homepage with each of its various displays.

new medlineplus 2015

Job Ad: Texas Tech HSC Executive Director of Libraries

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is seeking an Executive Director of Libraries that will provide leadership for the library and assure alignment with the vision, mission and strategic plan of the University.  The Executive Director must have a proven ability to interact effectively and productively with diverse individuals and groups.  The Executive Director of the Libraries will provide a clear vision of the evolving role of the Libraries and how they directly support the strategic initiatives and intellectual core of the university.  As the chief administrative officer of the TTUHSC Libraries, the Executive Director reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences compose one integrated library system that serves the needs of TTUHSC students, faculty and staff in academic programs across all schools and campuses, as well as those enrolled in distance education programs.  The library system includes three physical locations and extensive electronic resources accessible through secured remote access.  The central administration of the TTUHSC Libraries is located in the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences in Lubbock.  Other physical sites include the Harrington Library of the Health Sciences in Amarillo and the Library of the Health Sciences in Odessa.

The TTUHSC library system has collections in excess of 321,000 bound volumes; more than 62,000 electronic books; subscriptions to more than 24,000 electronic journals; and access to more than 500 electronic databases.

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational requirement: A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from an accredited American Library Association Program or an international equivalent

Prior Experience:  The candidate is required to have at least 5 years of progressive and accomplished experience in library administrative/leadership roles that include significant responsibilities for budgetary oversight and resource planning, preferably in an academic health sciences library or similar setting

Annual Salary: Commensurate with experience

Special Instructions to Applicants
Texas Tech University Health Sciences center requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Please apply online at http://careers.texastech.edu and search for Req# 2908BR.

The TTUHSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

How to Speak IT Panel Discussion Webinar

Crossposted at SEA Currents (nnlm.gov/sea)

Date and Time: Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

Presenters: Nadine Dexter, MLS, AHIP, Director, Harriet F Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Devica Samsundar, MLS, AHIP, Corporate Director, Library & Information Services, Baptist Health South Florida. Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, Senior Medical Librarian & Department Head at S. E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University.

Moderator: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Chair, NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: This webinar, sponsored by the NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee, will provide firsthand insight in communicating and working with your institution’s IT department. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to share a story or everyday experience working with IT – the triumphs as well as any lessons learned, or take-away tips for successful collaborations with IT. What made the encounter successful? What tips can you offer attendees who are facing challenges working with IT to accomplish a tech project, or just in general daily tasks?

Bio: Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, is currently the Senior Medical Librarian and Department Head at S.E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University where she is working with IT and the College of Medicine curriculum committees to implement innovative programming to facilitate learning in a growing, dynamic medical school. In her previous role as Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Health Professions Division Library, Nova Southeastern University, Amanda was tasked with leading a change in culture by implementing an iPad lending program and an award-winning circulation program for iOS apps focused on enhancing student engagement and academic success.

Bio: Devica Samsundar, MLIS, AHIP has held various positions in the library at Baptist Health South Florida since 1991. Currently she is the Corporate Director of Library & Information Services, where one of her responsibilities is to oversee the life cycle of electronic resources for the institution. In her prior roles as Manager of Electronic Resources and Electronic Resources Librarian she was responsible for administration, support, and evaluation of electronic resource.

Bio: Nadine Dexter, MLS, D-AHIP, is responsible for the successful start-up, planning, direction, and operation of all administrative and service functions of the Health Sciences Library. She is currently working with faculty and staff to create an environment that promotes growth, creativity and motivation throughout the College. She is also working on developing and applying technology tools for teaching, learning, assessment and outreach; as she is preparing for integrating library-training programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment. Nadine will also provide for the strategic use of knowledge resources and developing partnerships that support sources of external funding.

Bio: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Barker is the University of Virginia’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, and also serves as chair of the Technology Program Advisory Committee for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

A computer (with Flash installed)

  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

NIH Funding Opportunity: Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations. NA populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness, oral diseases, and HIV-infection. The intervention program should be culturally appropriate and promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles, improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic diseases, the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, oral disease, or HIV-infection. The intervention program should be designed so that it could be sustained within the entire community within existing resources, and, if successful, disseminated in other Native American communities. The long-term goal of this FOA is to reduce mortality and morbidity in NA communities. For the purposes of this FOA Native Americans include the following populations: Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian. The term ‘Native Hawaiian’ means any individual any of whose ancestors were natives, prior to 1778, of the area which now comprises the State of Hawaii.

Letter of Intent Due Date: 30 days before the application due date
Application Due Date: May 12, 2015
Learn more here: PAR-14-260

For more information on American Indian health, visit the Specialized Information Services American Indian Health page. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this web site brings together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research. It includes links to evaluated health information from an assortment of resources, web sites, and databases.

Michael Honch
Outreach Intern
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Desk: 301.443-7635
michael.honch@nih.gov