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NLM’s Women’s Health Resources to Retire

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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…)

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

Thursday, October 1st, 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.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2015-2016

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Future Leadership Committee has announced the Fellows of the 2015-2016 National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries, through a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences, and a formal mentor pairing with an academic health sciences library director.

Rick L. Fought, MLIS, AHIP

Assoc. Professor & Head, Electronic &Collection Services, Health Sciences Library
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN

Mentor: Andrea Twiss-Brooks, MS, MSLS
Co-Director, Science Libraries Division, Head of Collection Services,
The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Stephanie Kerns, MLS

Assoc. University Librarian for Information & Research Services & Assoc. Professor
Oregon Health & Science University Library, Portland, OR

Mentor: Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. VP & Director, Medical Center Libraries & Technologies, Assoc. Professor Community & Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Edward G. Miner Library, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS, MS HAIL

Library Director, UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA
Mentor: Holly Shipp Buchanan, MLn, MBA, EdD, FMLA, AHIP
Executive Director, Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Professor, School of Medicine,
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

J. Dale Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP

Executive Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Mentor:  Anthony Frisby, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine & Director, Center for Teaching & Learning & the Scott Memorial Library,
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie J. Schulte, MLIS
Assoc. Professor & Head, Research & Education Services
Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Mentor: Patricia Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. Dean for Library Services & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

NCBI Webinar on LinkOut: Linking to Datasets, Databases and More

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

On October 2nd, NCBI staff will present a webinar on LinkOut, an NCBI service that allows you to link directly from NCBI databases to a wide range of relevant information beyond the NCBI systems. This webinar will provide an overview of the service and highlight resources that participate in LinkOut, with a special emphasis on resources beyond full text articles, including databases, datasets and research tools.

If you use NCBI databases, produce databases, datasets or resources, or are a librarian supporting research and data science, this webinar is for you.

Date and time: Friday, October 2, 2015 12:00PM EDT Registration URL:

After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. The webinar and any materials will also be archived on the Webinars and Courses page, where you can also find information about future webinars.

* LinkOut:

* NCBI on YouTube:

* NCBI Webinars and Courses:

New multi-agency RFI on exascale computing

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

RFI on Science Drivers Requiring Capable Exascale High Performance Computing (

Purpose: This is a multi-agency request for information to identify scientific research topics and applications that need High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities that extend 100 times beyond today’s performance on scientific applications. Currently, computational modeling, simulation, as well as data assimilation and data analytics are used by an increasing number of researchers to answer more complex multispatial, multiphysics scientific questions with more realism.

Background: This is a request for information from NSF, DOE, and NIH for community input identifying scientific research that would benefit from a greatly enhanced new generation of HPC and in support of the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) (

Request for Information: All responses must be submitted to by October 16, 2015

New Health and Medical Reference Guidelines from ALA

Friday, September 18th, 2015

The American Library Association’s RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) recently announced updated Health and Medical Reference Guidelines, recently approved at the June 2015 ALA annual conference. The description is:

These guidelines are for all information services staff (hereafter referred to as “staff”), regardless of questions or library type. Health and Medical Reference refers to questions that pertain to any aspect of health, medicine, or biomedicine, including but not limited to consumer health, patient health, public health, environmental health, complementary and alternative medicine, biomedical research, and clinical medicine.

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist staff in responding to health or medical inquiries. For staff who rarely answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to assist staff to be prepared and feel confident that they are providing the best possible response. For staff who regularly answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to ensure that reference skills are well-rounded.

The guideline’s sections are:

1.0    Role of Information Services Staff
2.0   Reference Transaction Professional Behavior
3.0   Ethics
Related Guidelines and Sources

New MLA Website

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Medical Library Association members may have noticed we have a new website. Powered by the online community platform Socious, the new site provides greater consistency among various MLA Section, Special Interest Group, and Committee units. MLA members use the email address and the same password as the previous site. Read MLA Director of Communications Elizabeth Lund’s post, “7 Things to Try on the New MLANET.”

Call for Nominations: Fellows and Honorary Members of the Medical Library Association

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

MLA’s greatest assets are the collective wisdom of its members and the support received from friends and affiliates.  Some of our colleagues have made sustained and outstanding contributions to the profession and are deserving of recognition as Fellows of MLA.  Individuals who are not members but who have similarly contributed in a significant way to advancing the missions of the Association and profession may also be recognized as Honorary Members.  Please consider nominating a colleague for Fellow or a non-member for Honorary Member status (FMLA).  Peer recognition builds a stronger community!

Nominations are due to MLA November 1, 2015.  Please visit MLANET at  for details and to access the nomination application form.  Please email Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, Jury Chair, at for additional information or questions.

Native Voice Traveling Exhibition–Apply Now!

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Outreach Activities

Apply Now: ‘Native Voices’ 

Traveling Exhibition

ALA Public Programs Office


About the NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.



About the ALA

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit



The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is now accepting applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

The opportunity is open to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries. Libraries serving Native populations are especially invited to apply, and partnerships between libraries and Native-serving organizations are encouraged. The exhibition will tour from February 2016 through June 2020.

Exhibition Materials

Up to 104 selected sites will receive:

  • the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan period;
  • a $250 programming grant;
  • training through a required project webinar and online project support materials; and
  • a publicity kit to help with local promotion.

Native Voices requires 35 linear feet of display space and comprises six standing banners, six iPads pre-loaded with video content and six iPad stands. No internet connection is required, but an electrical connection is needed.

How to Apply

For full guidelines and to apply online, visit Applications are due Nov. 6, 2015.