Archive for the ‘NLM Announcements’ Category
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 email@example.com.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, which is intended to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world’s largest and most treasured history of medicine collections.
Circulating Now will bring the NLM’s diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine. Whether you are familiar with NLM’s historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, Circulating Now will be an exciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.
Kicking off Circulating Now will be a series of posts that draws on the NLM’s historical collections and associated others to reenact in a unique way a tumultuous event in medical and American history which occurred 132 years ago this summer: the assassination of, and attempts to save, our nation’s twentieth President, James A. Garfield.
Visit Circulating Now at:
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act health form applications this year? In October, patrons are expected to come to public libraries in great numbers to learn about new insurance requirements and options available. Libraries will need to know about the resources that will help library patrons.
The upcoming American Library Association’s Annual Conference will include a panel discussion entitled, Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1. The session will take place Sunday June 30 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm in the McCormick Place Convention Center Room S501BCD. Speakers include Jackie Garner, Medicaid consortium administrator; Susan Hildreth, director of Institute of Museum and Library Services, Ruth Holst, associate director at the National Network of Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kendra Morgan, senior program manager, OCLC Webjunction.
Friday, May 17th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce for the third year the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders, and others (paid or volunteer) that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:
- Information needs assessment;
- Roles in providing disaster health information;
- Practices and methods in information sharing;
- Skills development;
- Information retrieval;
- Resource development; and/or
- Document access.
Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information in a way useful to all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery workers, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, all-hazards, and emergency topics. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations on disaster health information needs among and to the mutual benefit of librarians, information specialists, or informationists and the disaster workforce.
Eligible projects will be based on a partnership or collaboration that includes at least one library or information center and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities.
Awards are offered for a minium of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 for a one-year project.
Information about previous years’ projects: 2011 projects and 2012 projects.
Proposals are due to NLM on June 20, 2013 by 2 pm ET.