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DOCLINE Account Passwords

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Adapted from NLM:

On January 7, 2016, NLM will implement new standards for DOCLINE account passwords. Instructions on how to meet the password requirements will be emailed to all DOCLINE libraries on January 6, 2016. Please adhere and change your password on January 7 or soon after. If your password has not changed by February 1, 2016, it will be done for you. Changes to DOCLINE will not occur until January 7, therefore all passwords created before that date will fail to meet the new system requirements.

User IDs not used to log in during 2015 will be deleted on February 1, 2016. Also, libraries without active User IDs will be set to non-participant status.

If you have any questions, please contact the NN/LM SCR office at 713-799-7880 or nnlm-scr@library.tmc.edu.

PubMed for Nurses: New Tutorial Available

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial is available now from the PubMed Online Training page on the National Library of Medicine Web site. This tutorial was created specifically to help nurses efficiently find literature using PubMed. Its concise, targeted content consists of five videos with exercises to test your knowledge. The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes.

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial was researched, designed and developed by Megan Kellner from Maryland’s iSchool, the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, in consultation with nurses and librarians who serve nurses around the United States.

nurse sitting at computer

MLA Webinar Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Texas Medical Center Library hosted and I along with other Texas Medical Center Health Sciences Librarians attended the informative and thought provoking webinar entitled, “Precision Medicine:  What Is It and Why Should I Care” on December 9, 2015. Carrie Iwema, PhD, MLS, AHIP, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh presented on Precision Medicine. Iwema defined Precision Medicine, discussed the significance of NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative and Cohort Program, the importance of Precision Medicine now, short-term goals of utilizing Precision Medicine to target adult and pediatric cancers.  Iwema also discussed the long-term goals of NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort program which was implemented to encourage a million plus Americans to volunteer and contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of data-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. Iwema also discussed ethical, legal and social issues that arise when utilizing Precision Medicine.

  • Iwema stated that, “Precision Medicine is an  emerging approach for disease prevention and treatment that takes into account people’s individual variations in genes, environment, and lifestyle; whereas, The Precision Medicine Initiative will generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice”.
  • The Precision Medicine Initiative was mentioned in the State of the Union address this year, President Obama announced that he’s launching the “Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) — a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease”. The PMI aims to leverage advances in genomics, emerging methods for managing and analyzing large data sets while protecting privacy, and health information technology to accelerate biomedical discoveries. The Precision Medicine Initiative will allow clinicians to structure their treatment, prevention strategies to people’s unique characteristics, including their genome sequence, microbiome composition, health history, lifestyle, and diet.
  • NIH Precision Medicine Cohort Program http://www.nih.gov/precision-medicine-initiative-cohort-program  a major  component of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative is the development of a research cohort that will engage a million or more Americans who volunteer to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of data-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment.

Several Precision Medicine resources were also highlighted and included in the webinar such as: Genomic Discoveries to Clinical Applications:  http://blogs.cdc.gov/genomics/2015/10/29/genomic-discoveries/  , NHGRI Genetic Tests FAQ: http://www.genome.gov/19516567 , Genetic Testing Registry: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr.

Be sure to frequently peruse MLA’s Professional Development page http://www.mlanet.org/p/cm/ld/fid=43 for its upcoming webinar offerings! Typically, health science libraries serve as host for these invaluable informative webinars where you can also obtain continuing education credit.

 

NCBI Webinar: “Accessing 1000 Genomes Project Data”

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Adapted from the NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Nov-Dec;(407):b9.

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NCBI Webinar: “Accessing 1000 Genomes Project Data” on December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015, NCBI staff will demonstrate how to access 1000 Genomes data through SRA, dbVar, SNP and BioProject, as well as through tracks on annotated human sequences in the graphical sequence viewer and Variation Viewer. Attendees will also learn how to display, search, and download individual and genotype level data through the dedicated 1000 Genomes Browser that allows searching by chromosomal position, gene names and other genome markers.

Date and Time: December 17, 2015 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. MT; 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. CST
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5168155820927556866

After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also find information about future Webinars on this page.

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

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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 (http://www.nih.gov/about/). 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.

SPEAKERS:

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

nih genome project

 “Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute”

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

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/overview.html is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM)https://www.nlm.nih.gov/, National Institutes of Health (NIH)http://www.nih.gov/ , and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) http://www.hhs.gov/ 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 MedlinePlus.gov https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/  at the point of need.

MedlinePlus Connect Quick Facts

Resources and News

More Information

Find out more details about how MedlinePlus Connect works https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/howitworks.html, what codes it accepts, and what it looks like within an electronic health record or patient health portal.

NCBI to hold three-day genomics hackathon in January

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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.

Organization:

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:

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.

Products:

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.

Application:

To apply, complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cjTUDLcfVcioWJkjc47tna5Ex-zbmOpSgFE96B5wuPE/viewform (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 ben.busby@nih.gov with any questions.

Louisiana Resource Libraries: Mid-year Highlights

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Our three Louisiana Resource Libraries have been very productive throughout the midpoint of the 2015-2016 contract year.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Libraries

  • Carolyn Bridgewater, Reference / Outreach Librarian conducted a demonstration at St. Landry United Methodist Church’s Mini-Health and Wellness Resource Fair on  “NLM’s Resources for Seniors” highlighting:  MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and a Gallery of Mobile Apps & Sites.
  • Librarians viewed MLA’s Webcast  “Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians Webinar” lead by:   Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA adjunct faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, exhibited at: Louisiana Rural Health Association (LRHA), Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN), Fletcher Technical Community College’s Benefits & Health Fair and the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH)

Louisiana State University Shreveport Health Sciences Library

  • Conducted a class entitled:  “Where to Find It: Online Health Information” for physicians seeking information on evidence-based resources and reliable consumer health resources for their patients. The resources highlighted were DynaMed, healthelinkswww.healthelinks.org/about.html , and MedlinePlus, CME credit was provided.
  • Librarians staffed the Bossier Parish Central Library Fall Festival and promoted NLM resources.
  • Librarians conducted a BioStart Library Orientation at LSU Health Center in Shreveport. The Librarians conducted an orientation which included demonstrations of healthelinks, MedlinePlus, PubMed, Genetics, Home Reference, and ClinicalTrials.gov. The librarians also gave the students a lesson on DNA replication with the “DNA Double Helix” game on MedlinePlus.

Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences-Tulane University 

  •  Conducted a Health Equity training through Health Literacy Training at the Common Ground Health Clinic (CGHC).
  •  Conducted a MedlinePlus class for public librarians at New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) and Algiers Regional Branch Public Library.
  •  Trained seniors to use MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth and other online NLM resources at Rosa Keller Library for senior citizens living in the New Orleans Broadmoor neighborhood utilizing iPads and desktop computers.

Kudos to our Resource Libraries for their superb outreach efforts keep up the good work.

NCBI to Hold Three-Day Genomics Hackathon in January

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Reposted from NCBI News http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/11-13-2015-january-genomics-hackathon/

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.

Organization

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

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.

Products

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.

Application

To apply, complete this form (approximately 10 minutes to complete). Applications are due by 5pm ET on December 1. 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 5pm on December 7 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 ben.busby@nih.gov with any questions.

 

Job Ad: Library Services Coordinator

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas invites applications for a Library Services Coordinator. The mission of the Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library is to actively support all aspects of patient care, clinical research and education, by providing timely and relevant information and resources to medical and healthcare system staff, patients and their families, students and the community.

The Library Services Coordinator position is the frontline person responsible for the day-to-day administrative aspects of the health sciences library, including all aspects of circulation, technology assistance and interlibrary loan activities. This position is responsible for reports and statistics for the library director. Provides support to the family health and patient libraries and health literacy service lines.  Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with Cook Children’s medical staff and departments, medical students, nurse residents and all staff.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in library services from an American Library Association accredited program required.
  • Position requires at least 3 years of experience in a healthcare library.
  • Experience in the field of health literacy and consumer health information.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.

Please apply online at http://www.cookchildrens.org/Careers/positions/Pages/default.aspx