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NLM’s New Traveling Exhibition

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

NLM Exhibition_From DNA to BeerThe 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: along with links to the online exhibition at

For more information on all of the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibitions, go to: .

Government Shutdown: National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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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

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.

New Subject Guides from NLM

Monday, September 16th, 2013

NLM Subject Guides

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Reference and Web Services Section, Public Services Division, compiled a select set of subject guides: 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.Subject Guides Menu

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.


Feedback requested: NN/LM SCR Programming

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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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.

NLM requests feedback for new Discovery Tool

Monday, July 29th, 2013

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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

A New Blog from the NLM’s History of Medicine Division: Circulating Now

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

HMD Blog historical photo 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:

Affordable Care Act Panel Discussion at ALA

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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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.





Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013

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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.

NLM Preservation Week Webinar

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Digital Memories: Preserving Personal Digital Photos, Documents, and Videos


Sponsored by
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
National Network Office
National Library of Medicine
April 23, 2013 from 3-4 PM ET (2-3 CT, 1-3 MT, 12-1 PT)

As part of National Preservation Week (April 21 – 27), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will sponsor a one hour webinar for NN/LM members on preserving personal digital photos, documents and videos.  A panel of NLM staff including Walter Cybulski from the Preservation and Collection Management Section and Stephen Greenberg, Christie Moffatt, and Ginny Roth from the History of Medicine Division will discuss how to preserve personal digital information.
Calling Number: 1-888-850-4523
Participant Code: 825882

Now It’s Even Easier to Donate Journals to NLM

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Picture of bookshelfSince April, 2009, the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Journal Donation System has made it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard. The system was designed for DOCLINE libraries and was restricted to titles listed in their DOCLINE holdings. On January 4th, 2013, NLM launched Version 2 of the system. Enhancements make it possible for non-DOCLINE libraries to use the system. In addition, all libraries now can offer titles not owned by NLM. The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page. In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301)496-0081 or NLM will pay shipping for volumes needed. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, a total of 8,230 gifts have been added to the collection.