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NLM Grant for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Man Writing

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) awards Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers, and historians of the health sciences. Grants are awarded for major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, historical studies, and other useful organizations of knowledge in clinical medicine, public health, biomedical research, and the informatics/information sciences relating to them. The scholarly work may be prepared for publication in print or electronic media, or both.

NLM Grants for Scholarly Works can be used to support several types of scholarly projects, including but not limited to:

  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of medicine, public health and the life sciences, the development of medical research and health services, bioethics, and studies on the interrelationship of medicine and society
  • Scholarly works in the history or philosophy of biomedical informatics, computational biology, health information sciences, health communications, or health sciences librarianship
  • Analytical and comprehensive critical reviews which identify the present status of research and practice in various health-related fields, addressing advances which have been made, problems requiring examination, and emerging trends

Researchers are encouraged to explore the depth and breadth of NLM’s historical collections, which include materials on medical informatics and medical librarianship, veterinary medicine, homeopathy and alternative medicine, nursing and midwifery, modern genetics, mental health and human psychosocial development, tropical medicine and epidemiology, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, war and medicine, and many other topics.

Letter of Intent deadlines: January 21, 2013, January 20, 2014

Application due dates: February 21, 2013, February 20, 2014


NLM Announces New Genetics Resource for Secondary School

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

GeneEd website screenshot

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

3-d image of cell

GeneEd is a portal that teachers can use to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide as a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from NHRGI help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts.

Specialty pages including Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments highlight those tools that teachers may find particularly helpful.  Other specialty pages such as Careers in Genetics and Highlights allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of Genetics along with links to different careers related to the science of Genetics. gets a beta makeover

Monday, August 20th, 2012

On August 13, 2012, visitors to the Web site and the accompanying Protocol Registration System (PRS) Information Web site (designed for data providers) saw a link to a beta site including a new integrated homepage and updated graphic design for the site ( Visitors will also have access to new and reorganized written content about clinical research, background information about the site, searching for studies, and maintaining study records. However, core functions of the site — including the basic and advanced search, search results options, and the study record data – will remain the same. The new site interface will run in parallel with the previous version for approximately four weeks after launch. After appropriate testing and additional minor changes it will permanently replace the previous interface.

PubMed Central Gets a New Moniker

Monday, August 6th, 2012

PMC image

What’s in a name? PubMed Central, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, has shortened its name to PMC in order to avoid confusion with PubMed. What’s also new is PMC’s look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.

More information on this and other PMC changes is available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Professionals Shaking Hands

The  Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 1, 2012, deadline for potential fellows for the 2012-2013 experience. The Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced Program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort.

Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Applications due: August 1, 2012

More information is available at NLM’s  News and Events.

WISER App Update

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Image of the WISER App from the iPad

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced an update for the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) app. WISER for iOS 3.0 adds native support for the iPad in addition to support for the iPhone and iPod touch. This update also features some improved graphics and provides iPads with access to many WISER features including WISER’s protective distance mapping feature.

Check out what’s new in this release:

WISER for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:

The NLM also announced that additional updates for WISER are coming soon, including the following:

  • Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) integration (
  • Updates to WISER’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to the newly released 2012 edition.
  • WISER for Android 3.0, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform.

Drug Information Portal Goes Mobile

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Screenshot of the mobile drug information portal site

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently launched a mobile version of the Drug Information Portal.

The mobile interface provides access to information for over 31,000 drugs. Names, usage, and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites, using their mobile version when available. Spell checking and auto-suggest are also used during input.

Smartphone devices will be automatically redirected to the mobile version of the Drug Information Portal. Learn more about the Drug Information Portal from the June 25 NLM Technical Bulletin announcement.

Find out more about mobile sites from the NLM by visiting the Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites.

NIH News in Health July 2012

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Man eating

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published the July 2012 edition of the NIH News in Health. Information in this issue includes:

  • Adopting a vegetarian diet
  • Health effects of massage therapy
  • Impact of NIH Research


Update on Disaster Information Specialization from MLA

Thursday, June 28th, 2012


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is funding a series of continuing education courses with the Medical Library Association (MLA). These courses may be used to lead to a Basic or Advanced certificate, “Disaster Information Specialization,” which will be available from MLA for completion of courses and other activities focused on the information aspects of disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Three courses were taught the week of May 19 in-person at MLA in Seattle and are now (or will be) available online. These three courses, plus an additional two online courses from FEMA, meet the requirements for a Basic-level certificate.

• Disaster Information Sources: The Basics

• Information Roles in Disaster Management

• US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Additional enrichment courses are being developed and their CE contact hours may be used toward the requirements for the Advanced-level certificate.

• Disaster Situations in an International Context

• A Seat at the Table: A Step-by-Step Approach to Working with Local Responders

• Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response

Most of these courses will be offered June-August in a classroom setting or online at no cost. Please see the following links for more information. If you have any questions about the planning of the Disaster Information Specialization program, please contact Kathleen Combs, Director, Professional Development, MLA at 312-419-9094 x29 or

CLASSROOM COURSES, schedule/info/how to register, Also scroll down for more about the specialization.

ONLINE LIVE, June 27-28, US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies, info at

ONLINE LIVE, July 18-19, Information Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery, link available soon.

ONLINE LIVE, Aug 23-24, Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response, link available soon.

ONLINE LIVE, Aug 29-30, A Seat at the Table:  Approach to Working with Local Responders, link available soon.

ONLINE LIVE, Disaster Situations in an International Context, date and link available soon.

ONLINE ARCHIVED, Disaster Information Sources: The Basics, course available at

Connect with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

social media icon cube

Stay on top of the latest news from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) with this full list of social media links: Not only will you find quick access to Twitter, Facebook, and blog posts from the South Central Region, now you can find links to the social media sites and blogs from other Regions as well as the National Training Center (NTC), Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), and more.

For a comprehensive list of social media and news links from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) visit