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DOCLINE Account Passwords

Adapted from NLM:

On January 7, 2016, NLM will implement new standards for DOCLINE account passwords. Instructions on how to meet the password requirements will be emailed to all DOCLINE libraries on January 6, 2016. Please adhere and change your password on January 7 or soon after. If your password has not changed by February 1, 2016, it will be done for you. Changes to DOCLINE will not occur until January 7, therefore all passwords created before that date will fail to meet the new system requirements.

User IDs not used to log in during 2015 will be deleted on February 1, 2016. Also, libraries without active User IDs will be set to non-participant status.

If you have any questions, please contact the NN/LM SCR office at 713-799-7880 or

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), Launches Health Literacy Tool Shed Website

 Adapted from NLM:
The National Library of Medicine, in partnership with Boston University School of Medicine has announced the creation of the Health Literacy Tool Shed. The online database allows users to obtain information of more than 100 health literacy research instruments and compare them to others.
Robert A. Logan Ph.D., senior staff, National Library of Medicine explains, “The new Health Literacy Tool Shed helps users choose the right instrument for their research or practice. It also helps researchers assess core issues, such as the impact of health literacy on health outcomes and health care utilization.”
For more information, please visit the Health Literacy Tool Shed webpage.

PubMed for Nurses: New Tutorial Available

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial is available now from the PubMed Online Training page on the National Library of Medicine Web site. This tutorial was created specifically to help nurses efficiently find literature using PubMed. Its concise, targeted content consists of five videos with exercises to test your knowledge. The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes.

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial was researched, designed and developed by Megan Kellner from Maryland’s iSchool, the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, in consultation with nurses and librarians who serve nurses around the United States.

nurse sitting at computer

Job Ad: Collections Manager at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Research Medical Library

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Research Medical Library seeks an experienced manager to lead our Collections team. The collections manager provides vision and leadership in the management of the library’s online and print resources including discovery and access. The collections manager provides direct supervision of two collections librarians and our interlibrary loan supervisor. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated abilities delivering innovative solutions.

It is an exciting time in our library as we are transitioning from our current ILS to a discovery system and back-end of supporting applications.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, is one of the largest and most respected centers devoted to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world.  As part of that mission, we provide education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.  The Research Medical Library supports the mission of MD Anderson by providing premier collections, research support, and education to the faculty, staff, and students.

Required: Master’s degree in library or information sciences from an ALA-accredited program

Required: Six years of library experience in collections or resource management, including four years of supervisory experience

Preferred: Library management experience in collections or resource management acquired in a health sciences or academic library

Preferred: Membership in the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals

Minimum Starting Salary: $67,200

You must apply online at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s

Please include a cover letter, your resume or CV, and names of three professional references.

Review of applications begins January 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Researchers Identify How Scientists Fabricate Their Data

In the November 2015 Issue of the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Jeff Hancock and David Markowitz uncovered the process in which scientists falsify their data. In the article, “Linguistic Obfuscation in Fraudulent Science“, Hancock and Markowitz identified retracted papers from 1973 to 2013 and created an obfuscation index, which based on scale, examined the level of falsified data. This includes vague language, jargon, etc.

Markowitz states, “We believe the underlying idea behind obfuscation is to muddle the truth, Scientists faking data know that they are committing a misconduct and do not want to get caught. Therefore, one strategy to evade this may be to obscure parts of the paper. We suggest that language can be one of many variables to differentiate between fraudulent and genuine science.”

The researchers are hoping for a computerized system that would help identify a potentially fraudulent paper, depending on obfuscated language but this method is not proven due to false-positive ratio. They believe that more research is need for consideration at this time. For more information, please visit: Stanford News.

The National Library of Medicine 2016 MeSH Update Announced

Adapted from NLM:

The National Library Medicine, (NLM) has updated its MeSH terms for 2016. MeSH is the controlled vocabulary thesaurus used to index articles by NLM. Changes include, 438 Descriptors added, 17 Descriptors terms updated, 9 Descriptors removed and 1 Subheading deleted.  For more information, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin webpage.

Gratitude: During the Holidays and Year-Round

The Harvard Mental Health Letter recently published an article entitled “In Praise of Gratitude” which recognized the holiday season as being a good time to review the mental health benefits of gratitude. According to the article, gratitude is a “thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.” This can be applied to the past, the present, and the future and it is a beneficial thing to cultivate as a habit.

The research on the benefits of practicing gratitude is extensive: the article mentions the work of Drs. Emmons and McCullough and Dr. Martin Seligman. We are warned that although it may feel contrived at first, the mental state of gratitude grows stronger with use and practice. There are some ways listed to help us cultivate gratitude on a regular basis:

  • Write a thank-you note: to others and occasionally, to yourself!
  • Thank someone mentally: when there is no time to write a thank-you note
  • Keep a gratitude journal
  • Count your blessings: Pick a number — such as three to five things — to identify each week
  • Pray
  • Meditate: instead of a mantra, try focusing on what you’re grateful for

MLA Webinar Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Texas Medical Center Library hosted and I along with other Texas Medical Center Health Sciences Librarians attended the informative and thought provoking webinar entitled, “Precision Medicine:  What Is It and Why Should I Care” on December 9, 2015. Carrie Iwema, PhD, MLS, AHIP, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh presented on Precision Medicine. Iwema defined Precision Medicine, discussed the significance of NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative and Cohort Program, the importance of Precision Medicine now, short-term goals of utilizing Precision Medicine to target adult and pediatric cancers.  Iwema also discussed the long-term goals of NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort program which was implemented to encourage a million plus Americans to volunteer and contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of data-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment. Iwema also discussed ethical, legal and social issues that arise when utilizing Precision Medicine.

  • Iwema stated that, “Precision Medicine is an  emerging approach for disease prevention and treatment that takes into account people’s individual variations in genes, environment, and lifestyle; whereas, The Precision Medicine Initiative will generate the scientific evidence needed to move the concept of precision medicine into clinical practice”.
  • The Precision Medicine Initiative was mentioned in the State of the Union address this year, President Obama announced that he’s launching the “Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) — a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease”. The PMI aims to leverage advances in genomics, emerging methods for managing and analyzing large data sets while protecting privacy, and health information technology to accelerate biomedical discoveries. The Precision Medicine Initiative will allow clinicians to structure their treatment, prevention strategies to people’s unique characteristics, including their genome sequence, microbiome composition, health history, lifestyle, and diet.
  • NIH Precision Medicine Cohort Program  a major  component of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative is the development of a research cohort that will engage a million or more Americans who volunteer to contribute their health data over many years to improve health outcomes, fuel the development of new treatments for disease, and catalyze a new era of data-based and more precise preventive care and medical treatment.

Several Precision Medicine resources were also highlighted and included in the webinar such as: Genomic Discoveries to Clinical Applications:  , NHGRI Genetic Tests FAQ: , Genetic Testing Registry:

Be sure to frequently peruse MLA’s Professional Development page for its upcoming webinar offerings! Typically, health science libraries serve as host for these invaluable informative webinars where you can also obtain continuing education credit.


NCBI Webinar: “Accessing 1000 Genomes Project Data”

Adapted from the NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Nov-Dec;(407):b9.

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NCBI Webinar: “Accessing 1000 Genomes Project Data” on December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015, NCBI staff will demonstrate how to access 1000 Genomes data through SRA, dbVar, SNP and BioProject, as well as through tracks on annotated human sequences in the graphical sequence viewer and Variation Viewer. Attendees will also learn how to display, search, and download individual and genotype level data through the dedicated 1000 Genomes Browser that allows searching by chromosomal position, gene names and other genome markers.

Date and Time: December 17, 2015 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. MT; 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. CST
Registration URL:

After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also find information about future Webinars on this page.

Efficiently Finding Elusive Disaster Health Information Webinar December 10

Shared from NLM

WHEN:  Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 11:30pm MT, 12:30pm CT

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  “Efficiently Finding Elusive Disaster Health Information”
Disaster health literature published in biomedical journals is indexed and available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed database. However, professionals in the field of disaster preparedness and response often need information that is (1) available quicker than the journal publishing cycle can provide and (2) is from authoritative sources who publish on the Web rather than in commercial journals. Searching the Web can be a mammoth and time-consuming task. Luckily there is a more efficient and effective way to get the information you need – Disaster LitSM, the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health available from NLM Disaster Health. Using this online database, you can find materials from sources such as CDC, the American Public Health Association, World Health Organization, Rand Corporation, American College of Emergency Physicians, most federal agencies and hundreds of others. The collecting and evaluating has already been done for you – just search using words (or text words) and phrases (just like Google or Bing), filter results by author, source, date, and publication type and get annotated references and links to the resource on the Web.

Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from NLM Disaster Health will discuss how to satisfy your information needs for disaster and public health information when PubMed is just not enough. They will also discuss what kind of information is available in Disaster Lit and will demonstrate how best to do your searches.

**Please note that we are now using WebEx technology for our webinars**

Meeting URL:
Event Password: 1234