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2016 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 National Library of Medicine Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course. One section will be held April 3-9 and another September 11-17 in Young Harris, Georgia. Applications will be accepted until December 7. All applicants will be notified by the end of January or early February of their application status. Travel, hotel, and meals of all successful applicants will be paid for by Georgia Regents University (soon to be Augusta University).

To Prepare Your Application:

  • Describe your short term goals (3-5 years) related to your reasons for wanting to take this course (approx. 300 words.)
  • Summarize your research experience with this course subject (approx. 300 words)
  • State your expectations. Describe what you hope to gain by taking this course (approx. 300 words.)
  • Submit your CV with your application.
For more information and to apply, visit For questions, contact Adrienne Hayes at

Increased Funding for Emerging Technology Awards

Friday, September 4th, 2015
We have opened our Emerging Technology Awards up for a new round of funding (application). The total amount of funding per project has been increased to $7,000. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted through Friday, October 16, 2015.
The purpose of the Emerging Technology Award (ETA) is to assist libraries in the integration of new and emerging technologies in their institutions to promote health information services.

Potential emerging technologies include but are not limited to: 3-D printing and/or scanning, wearable technologies, application of the “Internet of Things” for health purposes, the use of gamification for the promotion of health information or the creation of mobile applications focused on health information or increasing access ton high quality health information. Special emphasis is given to projects that utilize products or services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Examples of resources including but not limited to; resources available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites, free NLM Application Programing Interface (API) and the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Eligibility: Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:

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.

NN/LM Web Developers Conference

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

NN/LM South Central Region Technology Assistant Melissa Salas and Associate Director Jon Goodell attended the annual NN/LM Web Developers Conference May 14 in Austin, Texas. The website infrastructure is administered by NN/LM’s Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC) and content is produced by the various NN/LM Regional Medical Libraries, Offices, and Centers.

NN/LM Web Developers Conference Attendees

NN/LM Web Developers Conference Attendees Survey

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 is an online training website that offers over 3,500 professionally produced video courses on topics such as computer programming, graphic design, web development and project management. Hundreds of software applications are covered and new courses are added each week.

Get Ready for a New MedlinePlus! – April 28

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the premiere consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, will be debuting a new look and interface starting April 28.

Based on a website design concept called “Responsive Design“, this new look will be fully compatible with using the website on a desktop/laptop, tablet, and/or cellphone.

The new MedlinePlus desktop/laptop view will have a 3-column look; tablet view will have a 2-column look; and cellphone view will consist of 1 column.

The great features and sections of MedlinePlus will remain, making it possible for health consumers to access and utilize its quality, reliable and up-to-date information anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The image below is a preview of the upcoming new MedlinePlus homepage with each of its various displays.

new medlineplus 2015

How to Speak IT Panel Discussion Webinar

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Crossposted at SEA Currents (

Date and Time: Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

Presenters: Nadine Dexter, MLS, AHIP, Director, Harriet F Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Devica Samsundar, MLS, AHIP, Corporate Director, Library & Information Services, Baptist Health South Florida. Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, Senior Medical Librarian & Department Head at S. E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University.

Moderator: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Chair, NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen at

Summary: This webinar, sponsored by the NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee, will provide firsthand insight in communicating and working with your institution’s IT department. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to share a story or everyday experience working with IT – the triumphs as well as any lessons learned, or take-away tips for successful collaborations with IT. What made the encounter successful? What tips can you offer attendees who are facing challenges working with IT to accomplish a tech project, or just in general daily tasks?

Bio: Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, is currently the Senior Medical Librarian and Department Head at S.E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University where she is working with IT and the College of Medicine curriculum committees to implement innovative programming to facilitate learning in a growing, dynamic medical school. In her previous role as Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Health Professions Division Library, Nova Southeastern University, Amanda was tasked with leading a change in culture by implementing an iPad lending program and an award-winning circulation program for iOS apps focused on enhancing student engagement and academic success.

Bio: Devica Samsundar, MLIS, AHIP has held various positions in the library at Baptist Health South Florida since 1991. Currently she is the Corporate Director of Library & Information Services, where one of her responsibilities is to oversee the life cycle of electronic resources for the institution. In her prior roles as Manager of Electronic Resources and Electronic Resources Librarian she was responsible for administration, support, and evaluation of electronic resource.

Bio: Nadine Dexter, MLS, D-AHIP, is responsible for the successful start-up, planning, direction, and operation of all administrative and service functions of the Health Sciences Library. She is currently working with faculty and staff to create an environment that promotes growth, creativity and motivation throughout the College. She is also working on developing and applying technology tools for teaching, learning, assessment and outreach; as she is preparing for integrating library-training programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment. Nadine will also provide for the strategic use of knowledge resources and developing partnerships that support sources of external funding.

Bio: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Barker is the University of Virginia’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, and also serves as chair of the Technology Program Advisory Committee for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL:

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection:

Get a quick overview:

A computer (with Flash installed)

  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL:

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection:

Get a quick overview:

Website Migration Complete

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The infrastructure for all National Network of Libraries of Medicine websites is operated by the Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC) at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle, WA. Thanks to the excellent work of Michael Boer, Aron Beal, and Deric Ruhl of the Web-STOC team and Melissa Salas in my library, we recently completed our migration to a new website content management system (March 30, 2015). I also want to recognize Emily Hurst, Naomi Gonzales, and Michelle Malizia for their significant contributions to the SCR migration, and to Web-STOC’s understanding of what the RMLs would need. We hope you like it!

Each NN/LM Region and Center has hundreds of pages of content. From an IT perspective this is a major project management success. The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center was the first NN/LM Center to complete its migration (February 12, 2015). The MidContinental Region and South Central Region both went live March 30.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library

March 2015 SCR Website

New Environmental Health and Toxicology Game

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store (

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy Webinar

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, recently gave a webinar on PubMed Central submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography, and SciENcv.

A YouTube video recording of the webinar is embedded below.