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NLM Releases Beta Phase of MeSH RDF

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The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a second beta release of MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings) RDF around June 18, 2015. The first beta release of MeSH RDF was published in November 2014 for selected institutions and organizations. Since that time, NLM Linked Data Infrastructure Working Group has been working with the selected institutions to test and evaluate MeSH RDF. Feedback from these and other interested parties have provided NLM with data on the potential use cases for MeSH RDF. This second beta release of MeSH RDF is designed to address some of our users’ needs and to improve the product. In addition to updating the MeSH RDF content to the 2015 version of MeSH, the new beta release includes a proof of concept for multi-lingual capability. Specific changes to the MeSH RDF schema, including changes to the URI structure, are documented in the release notes available at This second beta phase is now open to any interested parties and NLM is encouraging any potential users of MeSH RDF to test this new beta version and provide comments and feedback.

Job Ad: Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries

View details – Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries

Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries
El Paso
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ctr
HSC – El Paso
Library Elp
Plans and directs the overall operation of a major department (with institutional oversight) and provides leadership for staff members. Meets ORP eligibility requirements. Under executive direction, performs highly varied administrative duties involving the use of independent judgment and professional skills. Responsible for all employees assigned to area.
  • Works closely with TTUHSC El Paso Provost on matters associated with library services; provides updates as directed; follows through on all directives efficiently and effectively to meet departmental objectives on behalf of institution
  • Directs operations and all library activities on the TTUHSC El Paso campus
  • Evaluates informational needs of the TTUHSC El Paso community and responds to those needs
  • Maintains library facilities to support institutional educational goals and objectives
  • Plans, directs, and monitors extramural library services to unaffiliated populations in the region, including users from the general public
  • Prepares and submits internal and external reports on library organization, resources, funding, book stock, and staffing
  • Performs all duties associated with position of Records Management Officer and Archivist of TTUHSC El Paso
  • Directs the development, marketing, and updating of all library services contracts throughout the region
  • Serves as administrative library liaison for TTUHSC El Paso
  • Serves as Rare Books purchaser for institution. Directs the development and maintenance of a library collection of books, periodicals, records, films, tapes and a variety of other library materials
  • Serves as member of national, state, local library organizations at the discretion of supervisory authority
  • Works closely with institutional leadership and participates in SACS related activities in preparation for separate institutional accreditation; collaborates with TTUHSC library leadership to ensure compliance with SACS standards under scope of responsibility during transition
  • Directs and controls the expenditure of departmental fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets. Prepares and submits annual library budgets for approval
  • Plans and administers program of library services; submits recommendations on library policies and services to governing body, and implements policy decisions
  • Analyzes, selects, and executes recommendations of personnel in accordance with institutional policies and procedures; submits annual evaluations and conducts periodic review for insurance of productivity expectations
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s preferred. Seven years progressively responsible management experience required. Education beyond bachelor’s level may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.
  • Master’s degree from ALA accredited library school
  • Ability to manage and plan complex multisite schedules of library operations
  • Language familiarity with at least two modern languages (as well as at least one classical language)
  • Familiarity with Texas state educational organizational, legislation, regulations, and operations
  • Experience with the National Network of Libraries for Medicine (NNLM) and maangement of an NNLM Resource Library
  • Experience with electronic resources, electronic lending resources, and library consortia
  • Effective team building
As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.
Resume / CV
Cover Letter
Other Documents Supporting Qualifications
Full Time
Salary commensurate with related education, experience and/or skills
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.
Up to 25%
Other Administrative

Health Literacy and Palliative Care Conference

Institute-of-MedicineRegistration is now open for The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy’s  July 9, 2015  Health Literacy and Palliative Care Conference.

The conference will feature presentations and discussions focused on the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care- medical care for serious illness focused on symptom management and improving the quality of life.  The conference can be attended in-person or via webcast and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m EST.

For a more detailed description and/or to register for the conference visit The Institute of Medicine’s Health Literacy and Palliative Care conference page.

NIH Approves Strategic Vision to Transform National Library of Medicine

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.

New NLM Traveling Exhibition: Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

The National Library of Medicine recently debuted a new traveling exhibition entitled Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. This exhibition takes a closer look at the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and the hidden fears of science and technology. It also showcases the role of humans discovering the mysteries of nature and the responsibilities that goes along with it.

The online component of the exhibition features various tools, including lesson plans developed by teachers and a higher education module for college students and instructors. The traveling banner exhibition is currently available.

If you are interested in Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature or maybe others, please visit  NLM’s page on booking a traveling exhibition.


June issue of NIH News in Health

Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark

HIV and AIDS: Know the Facts
Treatments Work, but Prevention Is Key

Today, people infected with HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—can live full, healthy lives, in large part because of medicines and other discoveries made with NIH support. Read more about HIV prevention and treatment.

Questions for your Dr

Talking With Your Doctor
Make the Most of Your Appointment

Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both make smart choices about your health. Read more about talking with your doctor.


Health Capsules:

Mapping Language Problems in the Brain

Healthy and Fun Family Recipes

Featured Website: NIH’s National Cancer Institute

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.

New Venn Diagram for PubMed Searches

There is now a new, easy way to generate Venn diagrams based on a PubMed search. Called “PubVenn“, it is an experimental project of Ed Sperr, M.L.I.S. The description is:

“PubVenn takes a complex PubMed search and divides it into its constituent parts. It then searches those disparate parts and shows the piles of citations they return using a proportionally-sized venn diagram.”

Users also report you can search multiple authors to see a visualization of their co-authorship collaborations.

Take some time to explore this interesting tool and see what Venn diagrams result for your search terms.
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Spotlight on NN/LM SCR Staff: Lindsy Frazer

NN/LM SCR Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator

Oklahoma Liaison

Areas of expertise/Interest: evidence-based practice, systematic reviews, instruction, outreach, health information literacy

Hometown: Streamwood, IL

Education: B.A in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University, M.S. in Human Biology from the University of Indianapolis, MLIS from Dominican University and Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Dominican University

Favorite Books: The God of Small Things, The World According to Garp, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Free Time: Olympic Weightlifting, eating at new restaurants, reading


Phone: (713) 799-7103


Job Ad: Senior Director of the HSC Libraries UTHSCSA



The Senior Director of the Health Science Center (HSC) Libraries is a critical institutional partner who will promote and lead the Health Science Center’s efforts to position the Library as a forward- thinking learning environment and research resource center for our exemplary faculty, students, and staff. As libraries are transformed to become learning centers that promote multiple modalities of engagement across the HSC and external community, the Senior Director will play a pivotal role in shaping how the Library is both a repository of accumulated knowledge and information and an innovative stimulator for knowledge creation.

Reporting to the Vice President, Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, the Senior Director of Libraries has principal responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Provides leadership in establishing the library as the primary repository of accumulated knowledge and information for the UTHSC and as a stimulator for knowledge creation;
  • Develops library services to meet the mission and strategic plan of the UTHSC including education, research, clinical care, and community service, and leads library strategic and annual planning efforts;
  • Manages, with the Library’s leadership team, the professionals and staff on all campuses, assuring that they carry out their duties efficiently and effectively and in compliance with institutional policies and procedures;
  • Manages the library’s budget and monitors expenditures for the purpose of ensuring the proper mix and level of library holdings while providing effective programs; and projects future budget needs for the collection, personnel, equipment, facilities, and services;
  • Assures that information about library programs and services is communicated in a systematic and timely manner to constituents, library staff, campus administration, and library partners;
  • Seeks opportunities to work with partners on campus and in the community to promote and improve library services and programs, including grant-writing and fund-raising activities, in coordination with the Office of Institutional Advancement;
  • Represents the UTHSC and the library in national, regional and statewide library consortia and organizations;
  • Oversees management of the library physical facilities, including new construction, renovations, furniture repair and replacement, and plans for future improvements to facilities; and
  • Undertakes additional or special duties as

Minimum Requirements: Master’s Degree in Library Science, or Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association, and seven years of professional library experience.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with administrative and/or managerial and supervisory responsibilities, in an academic library environment, and in particular, an academic health center environment.

Further information about this position is available at select the Library Operations button.


Presentation on the Vision and Recommendations for NLM’s Future

Message from National Library of Medicine Acting Director Betsy Humphreys:

The NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH (ACD) will present its vision and recommendations for an expansive and exciting future for NLM to the full ACD on June 11, 2015.

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 11:15 am. You will find the full agenda for the ACD meeting at

The meeting will be broadcast live and also archived so you will be able to watch it at

The text of the report will be posted on the ACD website soon after the meeting. Recruitment for a new permanent NLM Director will begin shortly thereafter, too.