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NN/LM SCR Update Recording Now Available

Did you miss the November 5 NN/LM SCR Update?   Listen to the recording and find out more about:

  • NLM’s responsive design-based databases
  • The redesign of DailyMed
  • New features of DOCLINE 5.0
  • NN/LM SCR staff updates
  • New classes
  • Available funding opportunities

Have any questions after the webinar?  Contact Michelle Malizia.

NIH Director’s Statement on Dr. Lindberg’s Retirement

Dr. Donald Lindberg

From: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health:

It is my honor to recognize and congratulate one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and a pioneer in applying computer and communications technology to biomedical research, health care, and the delivery of health information wherever it is needed.  Don Lindberg, M.D., who has been the director of the National Library of Medicine for more than 30 years, has informed me that he plans to retire at the end of March 2015.  I want to thank Don for his outstanding service to NIH, to the global biomedical research community, and to health professionals, patients, and the public.  Trained as a pathologist, Don re-invented himself as an expert and groundbreaking innovator in the world of information technology, artificial intelligence, computer-aided medical diagnosis, and electronic health records.  As the first President of the American Medical Informatics Association, many consider Don the country’s senior statesman for medicine and computers.

Don has created programs that changed fundamentally the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed.  Think about it—when Don began, NLM had no electronic journals in its collection, few people owned personal computers, and even fewer had access to the Internet.  He introduced numerous landmark projects such as free Internet access to MEDLINE via PubMed, MedlinePlus for the general public, the Visible Human Project, ClinicalTrials.gov, the Unified Medical Language System, and more.  Don also created the National Center for Biomedical Information (NCBI).  NCBI has been a focal point for “Big Data” in biomedicine for decades, providing rapid access to the data generated by the Human Genome Project and now to massive amounts of genetic sequence data generated from evolving high-throughput sequencing technologies.  GenBank, PubMed Central, and dbGaP are just some of the many NCBI databases that support and enable access to the results of research funded by NIH and many other organizations.

Betsy Humphrey and Donald Lindberg

While serving as NLM’s director, Don was drafted to lead important interagency programs.  He was the founding Director of the National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications in the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and was named by the HHS Secretary to be the U.S. National Coordinator for the G-7 Global Healthcare Applications Project.  He has always been ahead of the curve in taking advantage of new developments in computing and networking, ensuring that the NLM computer center has the reliability, security, and high speed connections necessary to keep pace with rapidly rising demands.

Don has been equally concerned with delivering high quality health information to everyone, including health professionals and the public in disadvantaged rural areas and inner cities.  He established NLM’s important outreach initiatives, expanding the scope of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and entering into longstanding and successful partnerships with minority serving institutions, tribal and community-based organizations, and the public health community.  Don is not a self-promoter, so sometimes these trailblazing efforts seem to appear magically.  Those of us who know better, however, understand they came about because of Don’s tireless energy, scientific acumen, and unwavering focus and determination.  We will miss Don as a preeminent leader at NIH, who brought NLM into the modern age of biomedical information.  We also, however, will continue to benefit from his wisdom, drive, and accomplishments.  Please join me in congratulating Don on a job extraordinarily well done and wishing him the best in his future pursuits.

November Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

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The November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:

Features:

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Steps Toward a Healthier Life

Diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, and other serious issues. But the most common type of diabetes, called type 2 diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you know what steps to take.

Parkinson’s Disease: Understanding a Complicated Illness

Parkinson’s disease can rob a person of the ability to do everyday tasks that many of us take for granted. There’s no cure, but treatment can help.

Health Capsules:

Progress Toward a Bird Flu Vaccine

Participating in Alzheimer’s Research

Featured Website: Safe to Sleep

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!
Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

 

Updates and Important Dates Related to the ACA

5 steps screen shotNow that Halloween is past and we have turned the page to November, the next Open Enrollment Period for the Health Insurance Marketplace is just around the corner!
Open Enrollment at HealthCare.gov begins on November 15th, and concludes on February 15, 2015. Although the Open Enrollment Period targets consumers yet not enrolled in a health insurance plan, individuals who currently have coverage through the Marketplace will want to review their plan and decide whether to make changes during the Open Enrollment Period as well. The “5 Steps to Staying Covered through the Marketplace” has been created to help consumers better understand the renewal process. In brief, the steps are:

1.) Review

2.) Update

3.) Compare

4.) Choose

5.) Enroll

From Coverage to Care Screen ShotFrom Coverage to Care (C2C) is another initiative from CMS designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to the primary care and preventive services that are right for them. C2C resources are available to download and print in English and Spanish. Other resources include consumer tools and an 11-part video series.

Other Marketplace updates have already and will continue to take place as the date for the Open Enrollment Period gets closer. Several changes to the HealthCare.gov website and application process have been made which are designed to make the process simpler, faster, and more intuitive. You can visit the site today to begin to see these changes.

The NN/LM SCR is working to continue to provide information for our Network members on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace. The ACA Resources page on the website has been recently updated to include these and other resources.

Upcoming webinar: The NN/LM SCR office will be hosting a special webinar on November 18, 2014 presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Region VI Office on the topic of Preparing for Open Enrollment. Please watch our listserv and other sources for specifics on this webinar.

 

 

Update on Important Resource: RHIN Becomes HealthReach

HealthReach logoThe Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.

Earlier this month, the National Library of Medicine (Specialized Information Services Division) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations.

Currently, there is not a great deal of change between the “old” RHIN and the “new” HealthReach; over the next several months new resources will be added.  This was intentional in order to help provide continuity of service throughout the transition.  Please use the new Twitter handle @NLM_HealthReach and the new URL http://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov .  Over the next several months the site will transition from the .org to the .gov site. Feedback is welcome through the “Contact Us” link on the website.

Professional Development Award Report: The 29th NASIG Annual Conference

North American Serials Interest Group

Guest Author: Yumi Yaguchi, MSIS, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) – Amarillo, Harrington Library of the Health Sciences

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 29th North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX, May 1-4, 2014. My attendance was funded by an NN/LM SCR Professional Development Award.

NASIG is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and continuing resources and the issues of scholarly communication since 1985. Serving as a supervisor of Serials and ILL Specialists, this professional development project increased my awareness and practical knowledge and skills in serials and continuing resource management.

The NASIG annual meeting consists of two parts, preconference (intensive training courses for library personnel) and conference (sessions and presentations, vendor exhibits, receptions, business meetings, etc.). Among those valuable programs, I am reporting on two preconference intensive training classes and one conference session.

Building Your Licensing and Negotiation Skills Toolkit (taught by Claire Dygert, Assistant Director for Licensing and E-Resources, Florida Virtual Campus)

The training class consisted of two parts, (1) licensing electronic resources, and (2) cultivating good negotiation skills for dealing with vendors.

In the first part, I learned what a license agreement is and why the contract is needed for library electronic resources. Related laws and regulations that the license agreements rely on were introduced. Recommended practice guidelines for electronic resources were also addressed (e.g., Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU), Florida Virtual Campus Guidelines for E-Resource License Agreements. In the second part, the negotiation process for electronic resources was explained step-by-step, from planning and information gathering to developing a proposal based on the information collected. Several tips for cultivating good negotiating skills, which are required for successful deals, were introduced.

There was also a very informative discussion among participants about emerging license issues, including concerns in health sciences libraries. The ambiguous definition of “authorized” users (e.g., physicians work for an affiliated teaching hospital for a local medical school) in the legal agreement is one example. Electronic book ILL issues were also addressed, including the ongoing electronic book ILL project at Texas Tech University and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, through Greater Western Library Alliance, in collaboration with Springer.

In addition to numerous practical tips in transactions in electronic resource licensing, the presenter’s unique approach and perspectives on licensing negotiations impressed me.  Good negotiation skills are required for successful deals. To achieve the goal, the lecturer emphasized the importance of building a negotiation support system. The assistance can be obtained outside of the library such as through the Office of Finance on campus or even external resources such as negotiation skill seminars offered by private sectors. Librarians sometimes overlook “out-of-library” resources. Learning from unsuccessful deals or mistakes will be beneficial for the next contract renewal or new contract review. The lecturer introduced her personal experiences, such as managing “problematic” vendor representatives and the importance of keeping all the records throughout the transaction and negotiation processes. The lecturer also recommended a book titled The Librarian’s Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services as “the Bible” for licensing negotiation . I am currently reading it and, as recommended, it is a good resource for librarians who need to read and interpret license agreement documents and prepare for a successful negotiation.

Big Deals and Squeaky Wheels: Taking Stock of Your Stats (taught by Angie Rathmel, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Lea Currie, Head of Content Development, University of Kansas (KU))

The training class taught a wide variety of tools, technologies, and techniques in electronic resource assessment for decision making in collection development. The hands-on activity of generating resource usage statistics using actual data and spreadsheets was included. Several key concepts and initiatives in electronic resource usage and statistics were addressed, such as COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources), SUSHI (Standardized Usage Harvesting Initiative) protocol, and PIRUS (Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics). Throughout this in-class experience, the analysis of publishers’ “Big Deal” electronic journal packages was the focus.

What made this training class unique was that (1) KU invented their own methods and criteria to evaluate their collection based on the resource usage data, and (2) based on the criteria, KU created their own formula and worksheet to do statistical analysis. They do not rely on vendors’ electronic resource assessment products. In the hands-on session, participants used the Excel spreadsheet developed by KU to generate the “custom” statistics they desire. They also mentioned their collaboration with ILL librarians to decide how ILL usage data is incorporated in the statistical analysis.

Wangling Metadata from HathiTrust and PubMed to Provide Full-text Linking to The Cornell Veterinarian (presented by Steven Folsom, Metadata Librarian, Cornell University)

I thought this presentation was one of the most forward-thinking conference presentations.  Their ongoing project includes metadata addition and revision to provide full-text linking via LinkOut to the Cornell Veterinarian from HathiTrust Digital Library in PubMed. Several metadata additions and edits have been made to enable the linking. For example, to meet the requirement for the PubMed citation data, which must be formatted in XML, holdings information from the Hathi METS metadata files was normalized to communicate with the PubMed XML data files for the Cornell Veterinarian articles. The project is still in process, and I am very interested in how this ambitious project will go. Specifically, this experimental project will give some hints and insights to the institutions which prepare their own open access publication or plan how their open access digital publications, repositories, and archives will be truly accessed by end users in an easier and more cost effective manner.

For more information about the Meeting:
NASIG 2014 Program
NASIG 2014 Presenters’ Slides & Handouts: http://www.slideshare.net/NASIG/tag/nasig2014

For questions, please feel free to contact Yumi Yaguchi at 806-354-5581.

New MedlinePlus Mobile Sites in English and Spanish

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Yesterday, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets. Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:
• Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
• Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites
• Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages
• Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively. Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol. Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

Cheryl Rowan named 2014 SCC Librarian of the Year

Cheryl RowanI am pleased to announce that Cheryl Rowan, the NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator, recently received the 2014 Librarian of the Year Award by the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA).  This award recognizes a mid-career librarian for outstanding contributions in health sciences librarianship.   Cheryl’s first encounter with the NN/LM SCR occurred in October 2008 when she was a recipient of the Library Student Outreach Award.   In June of 2009, she joined the NN/LM SCR office as the Public Health Coordinator.  In that position, she taught numerous classes on health literacy, statistics and outreach to minority and underserved populations.  It was due to these and other accomplishments that she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.  She conducted presentations at national and regional conferences including the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Conference, Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit, Eight National Conference on Quality Health Care for Diverse Populations, Texas Library Association and American Library Association.

In December of 2012, she moved into the Consumer Health Coordinator position where she has taken a lead role in the dissemination of information on the Affordable Care Act.  She has provided training on this topic to numerous library associations throughout the South Central Region.  During Cheryl’s tenure, she has created numerous classes including: Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources, From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations, and Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as 1,2,3.

As the Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR, I want to publicly thank Cheryl for her contributions to the NN/LM SCR program and her impact on librarians, health professionals and consumers throughout the country.  This honor is well deserved.  I look forward to continuing to work with Cheryl in the future.

October Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

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The October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:

Features:

Sweet Stuff:  How Sugars and Sweeteners Affect Your Health
Is sugar really bad for us? How about artificial or low-calorie sweeteners? Learn more about the sweet things most of us eat and drink every day.

Cold, Flu, or Allergy:  Know the Difference for Best Treatment
You’ve got sniffles, sneezing, and a sore throat. Is it a cold, flu, or allergies? Learn to tell them apart so you can choose the best treatment.

Health Capsules:

Genetic Clues to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

NIH Health Information at Your Fingertips

Featured Website: It’s a Noisy Planet

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Update on the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Ebola

Since publishing our previous blog post on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the South Central Region has seen the first official imported case of Ebola.

On September 30, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first imported case of Ebola in the United States. The patient, a man who traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, “did not have symptoms when leaving West Africa, but developed symptoms approximately five days after arriving in the United States”. After being given experimental treatments, the patient passed away on October 8, 2014. The CDC is currently monitoring the people that have come into contact with the patient, although the risk of infection is very low.

From the CDC:

Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with:

  • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
  • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
  • infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food.

A person must be exhibiting symptoms in order for Ebola to spread. Ebola has an incubation period of up to 21 days and the average time for symptoms to appear is 8-10 days. These symptoms often include fever, severe headaches, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and unexplained hemorrhaging. Isolation precautions and proper sterilization are the primary methods of prevention.

As these developments impact our region, the NN/LM SCR is committed to connecting you with quality health information resources. To register for an upcoming webinar on Managing Health Information Resources regarding Ebola hosted by the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), visit their page.

An additional webinar, entitled Fighting Ebola and Infectious Diseases with Information, also featuring presenters from DIMRC will take place on October 14, from 1pm-2pm CT.