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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, , 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 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

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 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 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.


  • 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

NIH Image Gallery on Flickr

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Adapted from DigitalGov:

Looking for health or science related images? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH Image Gallery on Flickr.

The Image Gallery offers a wide variety of scientific, biomedical and disease related imagery as well as photos of NIH leadership, labs, buildings and major historical events. Additionally, you can find NIH infographics, b-roll, and the latest research images.

The Flickr site was developed as a means to distribute images to the press and public while ensuring proper license, permissions and copyright protections are documented. The majority of the images offered are free to reuse with proper credit given.

For more information please see this article from Digital Gov –

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Nov. 1

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

If you have no health insurance through an employer, your chance to shop for  2016 healthcare coverage began Nov. 1, 2015. We are now in the open enrollment period for your coverage to start as early as Jan. 1, 2016.

Some resources for you to explore that may assist you in this process, or that you can use to assist your clients, are:

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NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists”

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

On November 12th, 2015, NCBI will present “PubMed for Scientists”, a webinar that will show you how to search biomedical literature more efficiently with PubMed. NCBI staff will teach you how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow your search, find full text articles, and set up an e-mail alert for new research on your topic. Also, NCBI staff will answer your questions about searching PubMed.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30-12:30am CST, 12:30-1:30pm EST

Registration URL:

After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel:

The webinar and any materials will also be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page by clicking the Archived Webinars & Courses tab. You can also check the Webinars & Courses page to find information about future webinars.

NCBI Webinars and Courses:

New on the NCBI YouTube Channel: Learn how to view track sets and store track collections

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Two new videos on the NCBI YouTube channel will show you how to view track sets in all of the NCBI genome browsers and Sequence Viewer displays and how to store and share custom sets of tracks in track collections.

“NCBI Recommended Tracks” presents track sets, which allow you to instantly tailor your display to a specific need, while “My NCBI Track Collections: Introduction” shows you how to store and share tracks in custom sets are called track collections. If you’d like to learn more about track sets and collections, you can read the FAQ on the Sequence Viewer page.

Subscribe to the NCBI YouTube channel to receive alerts about new videos ranging from quick tips to full webinar presentations.

* “NCBI Recommended Tracks”:
* “My NCBI Track Collections: Introduction”:
* Track sets and collections FAQ:
* NCBI on YouTube:

NN/LM SCR Staff Attend and Present at SCC/MLA 2015

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Adela, Marcus, Michele, and Jon attended SCC/MLA 2015 in Little Rock this week (#SCCMLA2015 on Twitter, Photos on Facebook). It was a great conference with several NN/LM SCR activities:

Saturday, October 3

  • NN/LM SCR Outreach Committee Meeting
  • NN/LM SCR Hospital Advisory Committee Meeting (Dual Solo Hospital Library Chat Web Meeting)
  • NN/LM SCR Technology Advisory Committee Meeting
  • NN/LM SCR Library Student Outreach Award Recipients Meeting

Monday, October 5

  • NLM Exhibit
  • “Developing a Systematic Review Service in Six Months.” Beatriz Varman, Ashlynn Kogut, Adela Justice (NN/LM SCR), Kate Krause, Marianne Galati, The Texas Medical Center Library (Poster Presentation)
  • “Creating a Multi-Institutional Library Liaison Program.” Beatriz Varman, Emily Couvillon, Adela Justice (NN/LM SCR), Kate Krause, Ashlynn Kogut, Marianne Galati, The Texas Medical Center Library (Poster)
  • “A Review of the First Three Years of a Novel Leadership Development Program.” Katherine A. Prentice, Schusterman Library, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa; Jon Goodell, NN/LM SCR; Michele L. Whitehead, Lewis Library, UNT Health Science Center Fort Worth (Poster)
  • “The Texas Medical Center Library’s Centennial: A Year of Celebration.” Adela Justice (Lightning Talk)
  • “What Does Law Have to do with it?” A Sampling of Laws, Cases, Regulations Every Medical Librarian and Public Health Worker Needs to Know.” Michele Woods (Lightning Talk)
  • “Outreach for Information Professionals.” Marcus Spann (Lightning Talk)

Tuesday, October 6

  • NLM Update by Associate Director Jon Goodell during the SCC/MLA Business Meeting

We can’t wait to see everyone again next year at SCC/MLA 2016 in Galveston October 21-26!

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…)