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NLM: 2015 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has announced the funding of partnerships between libraries and organizations with disaster-related responsibilities. The purpose of these projects is to improve the use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, etc. These projects will use online resources on disaster topics including those from NLM.

The 2015-2016 projects are:

City of Portland, Public Health District
“Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries”
Portland, ME
In partnership with:
Portland Public Library
The City of Portland, Public Health Division and the Portland Public Library will develop the role of libraries in disaster health emergency response in Cumberland County, Maine through training library staff on preparedness and disaster health information and creating a role for library staff to assist during a public health emergency.

Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library
“The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”
St. Louis, MO
In partnership with:

St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council for Emergency Response (MARCER)
Boone County Department of Emergency Management
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)

The Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library are collaborating with four emergency management agencies across Missouri to increase awareness and knowledge of National Library of Medicine information resources among emergency responders and reference librarians through a train-the-trainer format. This project will expand the role of Missouri reference librarians by partnering with local emergency responders and will increase the capacity of Missouri emergency managers, disaster planners, public health professionals, and reference libraries to access accurate and evidence-based information on disaster topics.

University of Washington Health Sciences Library
“RRAIN Washington – Response and Recovery App in Washington Phase II”
Seattle, WA
In partnership with:
Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Washington State Emergency Management Division

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division aims to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington by developing a project website and mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington). This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is intended to enhance first responder decision making by providing easy access to reliable health information for statewide disaster response and recovery.

For more information concerning these projects and others, please visit Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards

National Library of Medicine: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) Research Resource on Domestic Violence

Monday, September 14th, 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology of NLM has created a new health services research resource on domestic violence. The new resource has been created to supplement NLM’s most recent exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives. Material can be found on Health Services Research Information Central’s web portal, HSR Info Central. The portal is designed to inform individuals involved in the detection, prevention and treatment services for the underserved. The domestic violence page includes the subjects of Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion, Child Abuse and Maltreatment and Elder Abuse.

HSR Info Central assists researchers by providing search queries from various NLM databases in an effort to assist users in locating published medical literature, clinical effectiveness research, current HSR projects, etc. The resource also identifies important guidelines, assessment mechanisms and measures.

Feedback on the Domestic Violence page would be appreciated. Please send comments to: HSRIC Suggestions

New NLM Resource for Nursing Standards and Interoperability

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

From NLM:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new web page – Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability. The page is a resource for nurses, students, informaticians and anyone interested in nursing terminologies for systems development. It describes the role of SNOMED CT and Laboratory Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) in implementing Meaningful Use in the United States, specifically for the nursing and care domain.

NLM has provided this resource in response to the position statement released by the American Nurses Association (ANA) that reaffirms support for use of recognized terminologies in coding nursing problems, interventions and observations (SNOMED CT) and in nursing assessments and outcomes (LOINC). In addition to SNOMED CT and LOINC, the Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability page provides information about other highly utilized Nursing Terminologies. The resource page provides a new video tutorial that describes how to use the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus Browser to find Concept Unique Identifiers (CUIs) and extract concept-level synonyms between SNOMED CT and other nursing terminologies. Additionally, links to other NLM Terminology resources and helpful resources are provided.

DOCLINE Support of Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Ending October 1

Friday, September 4th, 2015

DOCLINE will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9, as of October 1, 2015.  DOCLINE may continue to work with these browsers, however we will not test new versions of DOCLINE and Loansome Doc with them, nor fix any future issues that occur only in IE8 or IE9.

Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10, as of January 2016, we therefore encourage users to upgrade to IE11, if possible.  See

We understand the challenges of different browser version requirements from multiple systems in library environments and in particular hospitals, so we encourage libraries to begin talking to their local IT departments about upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, or the latest version of Firefox.  Users upgrading their browsers should update browser settings for use with DOCLINE.  See

Please note that we are finishing up development of DOCLINE 5.2. This release will be tested with the current Internet Explorer version (11) and the previous version (10), as well as Firefox.  5.2 will add a library schedule feature, and will allow multiple ‘out of office’ date ranges over the course of a year.

If you have questions, reach out to DOCLINE customer support by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE and filling out the Ask a Question form or at

— The DOCLINE Team

DOCLINE Customer Service
National Library of Medicine
US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)
Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2)

NN/LM SCR Office to be closed on Mon., Sep. 7

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine and the administrative office NN/LM South Central Region will be closed Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day.

DOCLINE will be available, but DOCLINE’s TimeTriggered Actions will NOT run on Monday.  For more information about TimeTriggered Actions, see the FAQ at:

DOCLINE Customer Service will not be staffed, however participants may send a message to NLM via the Contact Us link within DOCLINE or at  NLM staff will be available to respond to your questions on the next business day.

Have a safe and healthy holiday!

History of the Labor Day holiday.

history of labor day

Job Ad: Director, National Library of Medicine

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, is recruiting for the position of Director, National Library of Medicine.  A description of the position, qualification requirements, and application procedures are outlined in the vacancy announcement available on the NIH Executive Jobs website.

Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in and qualified for.

Send in Your Application to Participate in “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Librarians specializing in health and related sciences are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in ‘helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Online Pre-Course and In-Person Course Components
The two parts to “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” are listed below. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).

Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” an online (asynchronous) course, October 26-December 11, 2015.
An additional offering of this class will be in January-February 2016.

Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, March 7-11, 2016.

Application deadline: September 14, 2015

For more information and a link to the application, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin article: K. Majewski. NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Jul-Aug;(405):e4.

NLM Releases Beta Phase of MeSH RDF

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

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The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a second beta release of MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings) RDF around June 18, 2015. The first beta release of MeSH RDF was published in November 2014 for selected institutions and organizations. Since that time, NLM Linked Data Infrastructure Working Group has been working with the selected institutions to test and evaluate MeSH RDF. Feedback from these and other interested parties have provided NLM with data on the potential use cases for MeSH RDF. This second beta release of MeSH RDF is designed to address some of our users’ needs and to improve the product. In addition to updating the MeSH RDF content to the 2015 version of MeSH, the new beta release includes a proof of concept for multi-lingual capability. Specific changes to the MeSH RDF schema, including changes to the URI structure, are documented in the release notes available at This second beta phase is now open to any interested parties and NLM is encouraging any potential users of MeSH RDF to test this new beta version and provide comments and feedback.

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.