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MedlinePlus Connect: Linking Patient Portals and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Consumer Health Information

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) , and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) that links patient portals, patient health record (PHR) systems, and electronic health record (EHR) systems with IT and health providers which provide relevant, authoritative patient health information from  at the point of need.

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Find out more details about how MedlinePlus Connect works, what codes it accepts, and what it looks like within an electronic health record or patient health portal.

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar

Friday, November 13th, 2015

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Simple Steps to Ensuring Your Graphics and Videos Pass the Section 508 Check

Professional communicators everywhere are embracing graphics as a medium to convey their messages in new and interesting ways. Agencies are attracting larger audiences by presenting content in the form of videos, photos, charts, graphs, infographics and similar multimedia on a variety of platforms. But let’s make sure the message reaches everyone!

The Section 508 standards require that all members of the public, as well as federal employees with disabilities have access to the data and information provided by the Government. Graphics are one example of data that needs to meet Section 508 standards. As many organizations move away from the traditional print product and text-only documents into digital and online media, this change can present challenges for screen readers and other assistive technology. This Best Practices webinar will offer you some simple steps to ensuring that your graphics pass the check every time.

Join us on November 18th from 11:00-12:300 Mountain, 12:00-1:30 Central Time for this free online training event brought to you by the Federal Communicators Network (FCN), the U.S. Access Board and the U.S. Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC). You’ll have a chance to learn from our presenters about writing effective ALT tags, developing 508-compliant graphics, and more!

For more information and to register, visit

Free Web Content on Your Website From NIHSeniorHealth

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Web content syndication is the process by which websites can receive automatic updated content to their site. This is an arrangement that obviously can be mutually beneficial to both parties. Oftentimes this is a service for cost, but now with NIHSeniorHealth, you can get quality information on health and aging delivered to your website for free!

An older man and an older woman are smiling and looking at a tablet. A younger adult man is smiling and looking at the tablet with them. NIHSeniorHealth is the National Library of Medicine‘s (NLM) web site for older adults, generally age 60+. It was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the NLM, both part of the National Institutes of Health.

It has senior-friendly features and health topics include general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions. New topics are regularly added to the site.

Their Free Web Content from NIHSeniorHealth page provides instructions for three simple steps to setting up an account and syndicating their reliable, easy to understand health information for senior citizens to your website. Contact NIHSeniorHealth staff for any further assistance.

NIH Data Science Webinar Presentation: Data-level Metrics

Monday, October 26th, 2015

LECTURE TITLE: Data-Level Metrics
DATE: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 8:00-10:00am Mountain, 9:00-11:00am Central
SPEAKER: Martin Fenner

Martin Fenner has been the DataCite Technical Director since August 2015. From 2012 to 2015 he was the technical lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics project. Dr. Fenner has a medical degree from the Free University of Berlin and is a Board-certified medical oncologist.


The Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) is launching a new “Frontiers in Science” webinar series.  NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) is pleased to co-host one of the first sessions as part of our bi-weekly Speaker Series.

The DataONE repository network, California Digital Library, and Public Library of Science (PLOS) from October 2014 – October 2015, worked on an NSF-funded project to explore metrics – including citations, downloads and social media –  for about 150,000 datasets. This presentation will summarize the major hurdles to complete this work, the most important findings, and some ideas for moving forward, including implementation as a production service.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Sonynka Ngosso, at 301-402-9816. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

Please join us for this exciting talk!

Webinar Details:

Online link:
Password: $Peakerseries15

Dial-In for Audio Only: 1-855-244-8681
Event number: 733 789 875

On-site:  Shady Grove, room 2W910 – 912

E-Learning Institute Fellowship for Creating E-Learning Products

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Shared from the Public Health Foundation:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Public Health Foundation (PHF), invites distance learning professionals who are responsible for developing online training products to apply to participate in the E-Learning Institute (ELI) Fellowship. The ELI Fellowship empowers education and training professionals from state and local health departments and public health organizations with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to create quality e-learning products.

As part of the fellowship program, participants will create an online training product, receive mentoring support from CDC and outside e-learning experts, collaborate with peers, and take part in online learning opportunities. Participants will also travel to the CDC offices in Atlanta, GA to attend an in-person orientation and a final showcase event where they will present their e-learning products and receive constructive feedback from their mentors and peers.

To learn more and apply visit

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.

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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.