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NLM Director Retirement Program

On Monday, March 30, NN/LM South Central Region Director L. Maximilian Buja, MD and I had the honor of attending the retirement program of National Library of Medicine Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD. Having been appointed in 1984, Dr. Lindberg is the longest serving NLM Director. His impact on biomedical communication, medical informatics, and medical librarianship, is significant.

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 Biotechnology 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.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, and several others, shared many wonderful achievements and anecdotes. Please read the NIH Director’s statement (excerpt above) on Dr. Lindberg’s retirement to learn more about his career and accomplishments.

Added April 16, 2015: Video Tributes

Here are a few photos of the program and reception.

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Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

Website Migration Complete

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. 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! nnlm.gov/scr

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). 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
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

March 2015 SCR Website

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Native and Distance Services Librarian Pat Bradley, MLS, AHIP, was the 2014 recipient.

Nominations:

  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form (http://fnlm.org/pdfs/2015DeBakeyAwardNominationForm.pdf)
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • Nominations must be received by June 1, and can be submitted via mail, email or fax:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814

Fax: 301-657-1296

Email: ronica.lu@fnlm.org

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In 1982, legislation was signed in the U.S. designating a National Child Abuse Prevention Week. In 1983 we graduated to an entire month of awareness, to be recognized each April. The purpose of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is for families and communities to come together and work to prevent child abuse and neglect.

The state of Texas has the organization Prevent Child Abuse Texas and you can find your local state chapter from the Prevent Child Abuse America homepage.

As always, our own MedlinePlus is an excellent resource for this topic as well.

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End of Year Funding Emerging Technology and PDA

We still have limited funds for two types of subcontract awards for the for the current funding period ending April 30, 2015.  The Emerging Technology Award provides up to $4,500 per award, while the the Professional Development Award provides up to $1,500 per award.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We exhibited alongside this organization at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Houston in 2013, promoting NLM resources such as MedlinePlus’s Nutrition page.

Although the month of March is coming to a close, it is always a good time to review your nutrition habits and evaluate them. There are so many quality nutrition websites out there, such as:

These websites are a good educational start in your mission to eat well. Don’t forget about helpful apps that are available for your smartphone and devices. There are several of us here in the NN/LM SCR office that are using the Fooducate app, for example, which allows you to scan barcodes of food items and learn everything you wanted to know (and didn’t want to know!) about potential purchases.

Happy and healthy eating to you all!

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Community Health Status Indicators 2015 (CHSI 2015)

The National Library of Medicine has partnered with the CDC on the implementation of Community Health Status Indicators. (CHSI 2015) The purpose of CHSI 2015 is to provide heath profiles for the 3,143 counties in the United States. Social factors and the environment can have a direct correlation on an individual standard of living, especially health. If you or someone you know is interested to know about various factors that affect or influence health care outcomes, this is a good place to start. In addition, CHSI 2015 follows the directive of Healthy People2020 by seeking to inform the public about their social and physical environment which in turn, is a catalyst for healthier lifestyles for all.

http://wwwn.cdc.gov/CommunityHealth

 

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New Environmental Health and Toxicology Game

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 (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

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.

Medlibs and Liaison Roles

Crossposted from medlibschat.blogspot.com

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1BP7mFA

Medlibs and Liaison Roles
Thursday, March 26th, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by TMC Librarian Rachel Helbing (@rhelbing)

Liaison librarianship is a strategy that encourages the provision of customized and relevant services to defined user groups. The most important – and challenging – aspects of this model are making contact and establishing meaningful relationships with potential library users.

See this article for tips on successful liaising http://rusa.metapress.com/content/k6737757m0745331/

Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and especially welcome students and newcomers. Some questions to consider as we meet to chat on Thursday:

  • Do you act as a liaison between your library and its users, formally or informally?
  • To whom do you liaise? i.e. academic departments/institutions,  student groups, clinician groups (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.), committees, professional organizations, others? 
  • How did you initiate contact?
  • How did you build your list of contacts?
  • How do you keep users up-to-date on library news and services?
  • Do you advocate for users’ needs within your library?
  • Has your library done team-based liaising?
  • How do you maintain relationships in the midst of personnel changes?
  • How do you measure return on investment (ROI) on the resources put into liaising?
  • What strategies have been most/least successful?
Not So Dangerous Liaisons

Image Modified by Rachel Helbing

 

NLM and the Internet (National Library of Medicine, 1994)

This short video chronicles the National Library of Medicine’s introduction to, and use of, the internet via Gopher, MOSAIC, and other early internet-driven resources for information search and retrieval.