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NIH Approves Strategic Vision to Transform National Library of Medicine

Monday, June 15th, 2015

On Thursday June 11, 2015, the NIH Advisory Committee to Director Dr. Francis Collins presented a report describing their recommendations for positioning NLM for future opportunities. Watch the recording. and read the report.

The Advisory Committee to the Director made the following recommendations:

  • Continually evolve to remain a leader in assimilating and disseminating accessible and authoritative biomedical research findings and trusted health information to the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers worldwide.
  • Lead efforts to support and catalyze open science, data sharing, and research reproducibility, striving to promote the concept that biomedical information and its transparent analysis are public goods.
  • Be the intellectual and programmatic epicenter for data science at NIH, including becoming the center of intellectual and programmatic activities in biomedical data science, and stimulate its advancement throughout biomedical research and application.
  • Strengthen its role in fostering the future generation of professionals in biomedical informatics, data science, library sciences, and related disciplines through sustained and focused training efforts.
  • Maintain, preserve, and make accessible the nation’s historical efforts in advancing biomedical research and medicine, thereby ensuring that this legacy is both safe and accessible for long-term use.
  • Have new NLM leadership evaluate what talent, resources, and organizational structures are required to ensure NLM can fully achieve its mission and best allocate its resources.

Presentation on the Vision and Recommendations for NLM’s Future

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Message from National Library of Medicine Acting Director Betsy Humphreys:

The NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH (ACD) will present its vision and recommendations for an expansive and exciting future for NLM to the full ACD on June 11, 2015.

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 11:15 am. You will find the full agenda for the ACD meeting at

The meeting will be broadcast live and also archived so you will be able to watch it at

The text of the report will be posted on the ACD website soon after the meeting. Recruitment for a new permanent NLM Director will begin shortly thereafter, too.

NLM Emergency Access Initiative Activated for Nepal Earthquake

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine 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.

Survey: The Community Health Maps Project

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine is actively seeking participation from community organizations such as clinics, schools, libraries, health departments, faith-based and community-based institutions. The NLM is currently working on the Community Health Maps project. The CHM project is to identify and promote easy-to-use mapping tools for the public. In order to make this project a success, public feedback is needed. If you are a participant or know an individual who is part of a community organization, please complete/share the GIS user needs survey at For more information about the Community Health Maps project, it is located at

Recording Available: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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 ( 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

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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:

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 –
  • 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.

NLM Pill Image Recognition Challenge

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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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Betsy L. Humphreys Named Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, serving as US Member and founding Chair of the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Organisation. She has contributed to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting.

Humphreys, who joined the NLM in 1973, previously led the NLM’s Library Operations Division and directed the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced processing, retrieval, and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources.

Ms. Humphreys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, and the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

She received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Photo of Betsy Humphreys

New Funding Opportunities From NLM

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has announced new funding opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries and supporting offices for the 2016-2021 period of performance (NLM Announcement). This is the program helps us provide training and subcontract funding opportunities in the five state South Central Region of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as the eight full-time positions in the NN/LM South Central Region office here at The Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas.

In addition to the Regional Medical Library program, NLM has announced funding opportunities for serving as one of five NN/LM national offices. These offices are the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office, the NN/LM Web Services Office, the NN/LM Training Office, the NN/LM Evaluation Office, and the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office.

All levels of governance at The Texas Medical Center Library are committed to continuing our work with the National Library of Medicine to support the biomedical information and training needs of the South Central Region. We are a consortial library serving the 56 institutions and 112,000 employees of The Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. We are on track to submit a strong application to continue serving as the Regional Medical Library for the South Central Region.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library

New Environmental Health and Toxicology Game

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store (

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.