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NLM requests feedback for new Discovery Tool

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Locator Plus Logo

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

insurance form

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

Image of damage caused by a hurricane

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.

NLM ILL Survey To Be Released

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Answers marked on a questionnaire

NLM ILL survey coming soon!

NLM will be inviting DOCLINE libraries to participate in a survey on interlibrary loan practices and needs of the health science libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and Canada. This is your opportunity to help shape resource sharing programs of the future.

NLM initiated this survey to investigate the reasons for the declining use of DOCLINE and current practices of libraries regarding resource sharing. The number of ILL requests entered into DOCLINE has decreased 46% since 2002 while Loansome Doc requests declined 68% in that same period. Your response to this survey is very important and will help us to understand the resource sharing needs of librarians in the NN/LM and Canada, and how NLM can best meet those needs now and in the future. We look forward to your participation.

The survey has 30 questions that we estimate will take about 12 minutes to complete.

NLM will be sending the invitation email via SurveyMonkey to the address of each library’s ILL contact reported in their DOCLINE institution record. If the listed ILL contact has previously opted out of receiving emails from SurveyMonkey, please contact DOCLINE at to receive a link to the survey.

MedlinePlus Search Cloud Widget Updated

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of the MedlinePlus search cloud widget code in English and Spanish. The NLM has enhanced the code by replacing the Flash code with Javascript.  Please make sure your site uses the latest code for this widget. The NLM will support older versions of this widget for a limited time through March. For details, go to

Widgets are small applications that allow you to access MedlinePlus content directly from your own websites. You can embed the following widgets in blogs, personalized homepages, and other websites. Once you embed the widget on your site, MedlinePlus takes care of the technical maintenance and updates the content automatically.









NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

DIMRC Website as seen on a tablet

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.

Take a few moments to explore responsive web design by opening the pages in your desktop browser. Try changing the size of the browser window and see what happens. The text and images on the site will respond to the size of the browser window you create. Also try opening the pages on a tablet or other mobile device. The websites will again respond and present the information in a format that is appropriate for the device you are using. No data or information is lost, the pages simply respond to the device or window.







NLM Partners in Two IMLS 21st Century Grants

Sunday, January 6th, 2013


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that NLM is a partner with two institutions in supporting the hands-on education of library science students in leadership development; and in the management and preservation of 21st century cultural heritage institutions.

With the Association of Research Libraries, NLM is a partner in providing a host site for library school students to complete a fellowship that offers exposure to the management and operations of a research library. The fellowship, available to graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups, supports six-week internships where students are provided hands-on projects, introduction to the issues facing libraries and extensive mentoring and leadership development, priming them for careers in research libraries. Two fellows will be joining NLM in the summer of 2013.

The partnership with Catholic University of America will support internships for students in its Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration. Students will be educated in the organization, management, and preservation of materials. The internship at NLM will provide the hands-on education needed to develop skills in selection of materials for preservation; choices in the arena of digitization; and decisions to be made in accessibility and presentation of objects both physically and in the online environment. Students are expected to join NLM for internships beginning summer 2014.

Additional information can be found at the IMLS grant announcements.