Archive for the ‘NLM Announcements’ Category
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Angela B. Ruffin, Ph.D, Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Network Office is retiring at the end of February 2014. Angela has been the Head of the National Network Office (NNO) for over 14 years. Prior to becoming the Head of the NNO, she had 10 years of experience coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. Her tremendous leadership and dedication to outreach has helped the NN/LM program, and the NN/LM SCR in particular, provide superior health information services to a myriad of communities, including healthcare providers, health sciences librarians, public librarians, community based organizations, public health departments, and members of the general public.
Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Please join us in congratulating Angela on her retirement!
Friday, February 21st, 2014
Launched in 2009 this unique collection of blogs is a growing array of insightful perspectives on health and healthcare. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Health and Medicine Blog Collection was conceived of and is managed by the NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group. The nine-member multidisciplinary team was tasked with not only looking for online content to archive but with creating the collection criteria, quality control standards, and much more. Since this was as new project and the field of born digital archives was also new standards for metadata and copyright also needed to be explored as the project moved forward.
Began as a pilot project, the initial focus included only 12 blogs but the collection has since expanded to include 31 blogs. The project utilizes Internet Archive’s Archive-It service. Archive-It is a subscription web archiving service that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content and is used by over 275 organizations across the globe.
Blogs currently archived in the project include e-Patient Dave and The Adventures of an Ambulance Riding Librarian. Both healthcare professionals as well as patients use blogs for communications and this project attempts to archive blogs from both perspectives. Some of the blogs include first hand perspectives about living with illness.
Because online communications through blogs has become an important point of information exchange about the fast changing topics of health and medicine the NLM’s blog archive project continues to grow. In the future the NLM envisions collaborating with other groups to capture important but unpublished studies and other information including scientific news and content communicated during natural disasters and emergencies.
Thursday, February 20th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Web site.
For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.
The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition Web site content material and other NLM online educational/science resources., composed of four units. Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours. These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.
While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.
About the Native Voices Web site
The Native Voices Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices) allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland. Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.
For more about K -12 Resources from the National Library of Medicine, this month’s SCR CONNECTions featured an overview of this and other databases and online exhibitions which include classroom materials. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html#Archives for a recording of the session and presentation material.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The work of the NN/LM SCR is profiled in the January 23, 2014 NLM In Focus. The post includes accomplishments, funding highlights and demographic information on the five-state Region. The NLM in Focus electronic newsletter gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the National Library of Medicine and how its vast resources are being used to improve public health and safety, and advance science and medicine.
NLM in Focus features articles about events at NLM, the library’s programs and services, research projects, fascinating collections, and its outreach efforts in the US and abroad. The talents and efforts of the people at NLM, its partner libraries, and its grantees are showcased. The newsletter also explores trends and new technologies, and delivers helpful news you can use.
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director, National Library of Medicine, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.
“In terms of genuinely sustained, visionary, and high-impact leadership in using networked information to transform everything from consumer health care to fundamental research in molecular biology and related disciplines, I can’t think of any organization that can match the record of the National Library of Medicine under Don Lindberg’s leadership,” noted CNI executive director Clifford Lynch. “He has been responsible for an incredible string of strategic and often prescient commitments that have changed our world. Don is a wonderful choice for the Paul Evan Peters Award.”
Donald Lindberg has worked as a scientist for over 50 years, becoming widely recognized as an innovator in applying computer technology to health care, medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. In 1984 he was appointed director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library, a post that he still holds. As NLM’s director, he has spearheaded countless transformative programs in medical informatics, including the Unified Medical Language System, making it possible to link health information, medical terms, drug names and billing codes across different computer systems; the Visible Human Project, a digital image library of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies; the production and implementation of ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world; and, the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a national resource for molecular biology information and genetic processes that control health and disease. Today, NLM has a budget of $327 million, more than 800 employees, and digital information services that are used billions of times a year by millions of scientists, health professionals, and members of the public.
Selection committee member George Strawn (director, National Coordination Office for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development [NITRD] Program) recounted, “I met Don Lindberg 20 years ago, when, in addition to his NLM duties, he was serving as the first director of the interagency National Coordination Office for what is now called NITRD. I have valued his vision and leadership since that time. For example, his long-term support for Semantic Medline predated the Semantic Web by at least a decade and now portends a revolutionary mode of scientific discovery.”
“It’s a pleasure to honor Donald Lindberg, who has contributed so much to the use of computers and information technology in health care,” stated EDUCAUSE president and CEO Diana Oblinger. “He was a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, and his visionary leadership at the National Library of Medicine has transformed the way we all access biomedical literature. I’m honored to join with CNI and ARL in recognizing his achievements with the Paul Evan Peters Award.”
Lindberg’s interest in the potential intersection between information technology and the biological sciences stretches back to the early days of his career. He joined the pathology faculty at the University of Missouri in 1960, where he developed the first automated lab system and an automated patient history acquisition system. He implemented an automated statewide system for interpreting electrocardiograms, as well as other medical applications for the computer. Around this time, Lindberg also began publishing articles in a field that would come to be known as medical informatics, including “The Computer and Medical Care,” which appeared in 1968.
As NLM director, Lindberg convinced the United States Congress that the Library was an essential information conduit, facilitating the decision-making process of scientists and pharmaceutical companies, and, ultimately, benefiting patients and the general public, thereby securing the organization’s robust future. “Don is a long-standing advocate for free public access to health information through NLM’s MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus Connect,” said Elliott Shore, ARL executive director. “His leadership continues to play a critical role in the integration of biomedical information systems and services, fostering a well-informed society.”
A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Lindberg has received numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious Morris F. Collen, MD, Award of Excellence of the American College of Medical Informatics, and the Surgeon General’s Medallion of the US Public Health Service. He received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and an undergraduate degree from Amherst College.
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
The National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program has a new traveling banner exhibition: From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry. The exhibition explores some of the processes, problems, and potential inherent in technologies that use microorganisms for health and commercial purposes. Over the past two centuries, scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques using and modifying life forms like yeast, molds, and bacteria, to create a host of new therapies and produce better foods and beverages. The exhibition illustrates the history of this dynamic relationship among microbes, medicine, technology, and industry, which has spanned centuries.
This newest exhibition is now available for booking. More information about the traveling exhibition can be found on the booking page at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/fromdnatobeer-bookinfo.html along with links to the online exhibition at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/fromdnatobeer/index.html.
For more information on all of the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibitions, go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/exhibitions.html .
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Due to the lapse in government funding, the National Library of Medicine will be closed until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://usa.gov.
DOCLINE remains available at this time. DOCLINE customer service and ILL staff are not able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.
PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on the PubMed website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period.
The NN/LM SCR office is open.
Monday, September 16th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Reference and Web Services Section, Public Services Division, compiled a select set of subject guides: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/Subject_Guides/subjectguidesonselectedtopics/index.html. These guides can serve as research starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Each guide lists a variety of resources, many of which are Internet accessible and free. These subject guides consist of many resources but should not be considered completely comprehensive.
Released guides cover Health Statistics, Library Statistics, and Conference Proceedings. Two additional guides will be available in late fall covering Drug Information and Genetics/Genomics. The topics for these Subject Guides are drawn from the most frequently asked questions that the Reference and Web Services staff encounters in e-mails and onsite. The staff plans to update the guides, reviewing them as needed to maintain their links and content.
The Subject Guides are listed on the left side of the screen. Clicking on the ‘plus’ sign will give you the complete list of sub-categories for the Guides. Additionally, you can click “Next Section” at the bottom of each page to move on to the following sub-category of resources.
NLM hopes you find the Subject Guides useful, and welcomes your comments or suggestions. For comments, use the link on the front page of the Subject Guides.
Monday, August 19th, 2013
The NN/LM SCR is extending an invitation for all Network members to provide feedback about the strengths of the program and future directions we should take.
This feedback will help us prepare for an upcoming site review from the National Library of Medicine on October 9, 2013. The goal of the site review is to help the NN/LM SCR and NLM understand how we are serving our Network members, learn how we can strengthen the program to meet current and emerging needs in the Region, and gather ideas for how NLM can support the national network.
To access our feedback form, please click on the link below. You can answer as many questions as you want or provide other comments:
The responses from this questionnaire will be provided unedited (but without names attached) to those involved in the site review, specifically the site review team along with staff from NN/LM SCR and NLM. These responses may also be included in the site team’s written report.
Your responses are very important to us, so please take a few moments to send your feedback! We will be collecting feedback through September 6, 2013.
Monday, July 29th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine recently started a new project for selecting and implementing a modern Web-based discovery and delivery platform to provide innovative search and delivery of the wide range of NLM collection resources. The project will be carried out in phases with the initial goal of replacing LocatorPlus, the NLM online public access catalog.
As you are aware NLM recently requested feedback on how you use LocatorPlus. This is in support of a project to implement a new system to provide search and delivery of the wide range of NLM collection resources. We sent a number of specific questions seeking this feedback. Rather than responding to these questions we would like to ask you to provide us general feedback on how LocatorPlus meets your needs and what we could improve. Your comments can still be provided to Iris Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.