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NIH Genome Sequencing Program targets the Genomic Bases of common, Rare disease

The National Institutes of Health will fund a set of genome sequencing and analysis centers whose research will focus on understanding the genomic bases of common and rare human diseases. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of NIH, January 14, 2016 launched the Centers for Common Disease Genomics (CCDG), which will use genome sequencing to explore the genomic contributions to common diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and autism. NHGRI also announced the next phase of a complementary program, the Centers for Mendelian Genomics (CMG), which will continue investigating the genomic underpinnings of rare, typically inherited diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy. “Advances in DNA sequencing are creating tremendous new opportunities for exploring how the genome plays a role in human disease,” said NHGRI Director Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. “Our continued focus on both rare and common diseases promises to reveal important aspects about the genomic architecture of a wide range of human disorders.”CCDG researchers plan to examine a select group of disorders in order to develop approaches for using genome sequencing to study common disease more broadly. By sequencing an expected 150,000 to 200,000 genomes of individuals with these diseases, the CCDG program aims to improve understanding of how genomic differences among people influence disease risk and to develop models for future studies of common disease.

NHGRI is one of the 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health. The NHGRI Extramural Research Program supports grants for research and training and career development at sites nationwide. Additional information about NHGRI can be found at

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award Nominations Due May 1

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine ( seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award (Nomination form).


  • 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.
  • The nomination 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.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form (see attached)
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

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

Email:, Fax:  301-657-1296

NLM Announces Pill Image Recognition Challenge

From NLM:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced its Pill Image Recognition Challenge January 19, 2016 in the Federal Register at The Pill Image Recognition Challenge will also be posted on The submission period for the Challenge is April 4, 2016 to May 31, 2016, with winners announced August 1, 2016. More information about the Challenge itself can be found on the Web site at

Summary: The Pill Image Recognition Challenge is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Challenge under the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-358). Through this Challenge, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of NIH, seeks algorithms and software to match images of prescription oral solid-dose pharmaceutical medications (pills, including capsules and tablets). The objective of the Challenge is the development and discovery of high-quality algorithms and software that rank how well consumer images of prescription pills match reference images of pills in the authoritative NLM RxIMAGE database. NLM may use all or part of any Challenge entry (i.e., algorithm and software) to create a future software system and a future API (Application Programming Interface) for pill image recognition; the system will be freely usable and the API will be freely accessible.

Call for Submissions: Late Breaking Lightning Talks at MLA 2016

The 2016 MLA/CHLA/ABSC/ICLC Joint Planning Committee invites submissions for Late Breaking Lightning Talks that support the theme, “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture.” Submit using MLA’s online abstract submission site starting on Monday February 15, 2016 and ending at 6:00 p.m., central time, on Monday February 29, 2016.

Keep in mind that Lightning Talks are brief, focus on one main point, and are verbally oriented.  They will be strictly limited to no more than 5 minutes of presentation time.  All Late Breaking Lightning Talks will be presented during the 9-10:25 am session on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

Plan to submit your structured abstract for your research project or program description using the structured abstract guidelines.  When submitting structured abstracts, authors will decide whether their abstract is a research abstract or program description abstract:

  • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Program Description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.

Authors should select carefully, as different criteria are used to assess research and program description abstracts. All criteria for both kinds of abstracts are available in the Papers and Posters FAQ.

Late Breaking Lightning Talks acceptance or decline letters will be sent by Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

For more information, contact:  Carrie Iwema, AHIP  (

Download the full Call for Submissions (includes both English and French).

Job Ad: Librarian for Research and Resource Services, OSU-CHS Medical Library, Tulsa, OK

The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Medical Library seeks an experienced Research Librarian to provide up-to-date and timely information to OSU-CHS faculty, staff, students, physicians and other health care providers, as well as the general public. Topics usually are related to the health sciences.  Although NLM and other web-based biomedical databases are used extensively, the Research Librarian also helps users locate specific information within the library’s print and multimedia collection. This position reports to and works closely with the lead Research Librarian in searching databases, developing LibGuides, bibliographies, systematic reviews, statistical reports, and assisting users.  The Research Librarian also assists with the management of an extensive electronic resources collection.

A full job announcement for this position can be found at

More information about the campus can be found at

Job Ad: Outreach Coordinator in Little Rock, Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library seeks an outgoing, knowledgeable librarian for the position of Outreach Coordinator. The University and the Library have strong commitments to outreach and service to the state of Arkansas, with an increasing emphasis on outreach as a hallmark of these institutions. We are looking for a flexible team player capable of leading multi-department outreach team. This librarian must have a positive attitude toward service and a strong ability to connect with people in a genuine manner. It is also imperative that this librarian be able to represent UAMS, NN/LM and NLM with the utmost professionalism.


Founded in 1879, UAMS is the only academic health sciences center in Arkansas. The UAMS Library supports the education, clinical, research, and outreach activities of six colleges (Graduate School, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), a comprehensive medical center, and several institutes of excellence. The UAMS Library serves the health information needs of the citizens in Pulaski County and provides support to the rest of the state through a nationally renowned network of Regional Center Libraries (formerly AHECs).  This Library also serves as the only resource library in the state for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Faculty, staff, and students work and study in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment.  Information on the beautiful, vibrant city of Little Rock can be found at


The E&RS faculty is a team of five librarians directly reporting to the Head of Education and Reference Services. This faculty position participates in coverage of daily reference activities including providing one-on-one end user education, teaching classes, answering reference questions, and providing assistance with basic literature searching. This librarian coordinates the off-campus outreach activities of the Library and works closely with other members of reference to support the educational, research, and clinical information needs of an academic health sciences center.

All reference librarians participate as active members of the Library’s Liaison Team acting as liaison to departments, programs or colleges as assigned.They also serve on library, university, professional and/or public service committees and contribute to the departmental and the Library’s strategic planning processes.


All reference librarians hold faculty status and are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities in a manner of their choosing. Activities may include service to local, regional or national professional associations. Contributions to the profession’s knowledge base via original research, presentations at conferences, consultations as a topic expert, creation of and teaching continuing education courses and/or original publications are included. The pursuit of expertise and improvement of skills via continuing education are encouraged for all reference librarians.


  • Plans and coordinates UAMS Library’s outreach programs throughout Arkansas (exhibits and classes) to meet designated outreach responsibilities as a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine;
  • Manages National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) subcontract awards;
  • Compiles, writes and completes all reports and invoices (written and online), for the subcontract, quarterly reports and outreach activity reporting system;
  • Prepares RFP proposals annually for NN/LM SCR Outreach Subcontract Award;
  • Coordinates with Library’s Administrative office to ensure timely submission of RFP & grant paperwork and all travel requests;
  • Leads the Library’s Outreach Team and coordinates meetings, communication and training;
  • Organizes, arranges, conducts and/or coordinates volunteers for exhibits at
  • professional conferences of health professionals and librarians;
  • health fairs for the general public;
  • Organizes, arranges,  teaches and/or coordinates volunteers to teach classes for non-affiliated health professionals, librarians, and any target groups identified in the NN/LM subcontract;
  • Travels within Arkansas, as needed, (via a rental vehicle outside of Little Rock) to conduct or promote NN/LM Outreach activities and UAMS Library resources and services;
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge of all NLM databases, websites and resources in order to teach and promote them effectively;
  • Represents the UAMS Library at NN/LM SCR Outreach Committee meetings;
  • Coordinates and assists with any special projects related to outreach activities.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program

o   Recent graduates and upcoming spring graduates are encouraged to apply

  • Experience providing reference services in an academic or health sciences setting
  • Experience providing outreach services in an academic or health sciences setting
  • Experience with biomedical resources and databases (including MEDLINE)
  • Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and as the leader of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) with physicians, hospital administrators, researchers and other health professionals at the colleague level
  • Ability to make high quality, professional presentations
  • Excellent program planning skills
  • Ability to build collegial, partnership level relationships both on and off campus
  • Experience utilizing social media applications, innovative communication technologies and mobile technologies
  • Commitment to providing high-quality customer service
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and participation in professional activities
  • Valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, and ability to lift/move equipment, and exhibiting materials.


  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or additional training in a biomedical science field
  • Experience with evaluation and assessment of library resources and services
  • Demonstrated ability to create successful outreach plans and to oversee the design of promotional materials, coordinate work flows, and implement projects
  • Experience teaching and/or making public presentations at the academic health sciences level
  • Experience providing NN/LM-funded outreach services  (at Resource Library or Regional Medical Library level)
  • Experience as a NN/LM grant writer/reviewer OR experience writing grant proposals at the academic, NN/LM or NIH level
  • Experience using the NLM Outreach Application & Online Contract Reports System
  • Significant experience searching and teaching MEDLINE, other biomedical/health-related databases and consumer health resources
  • Experience in an academic medical center and/or life sciences background
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Fluency in any other non-English languages


Minimum salary is $45,000, commensurate with education and experience. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track faculty appointment with a competitive benefits package with 22 days vacation, 11 holidays, and 12 days sick leave annually, and retirement plan options including TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. UAMS will contribute an amount equal to 5% of your salary to your retirement account; your contributions over 5% are matched by UAMS up to 10%.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  Priority will be given to applications received by February 12, 2016.  Please email a letter of application, curriculum vita, and names of 3 professional references (with full contact information) to:

Susan Steelman, MLIS

Head of Education & Reference Services

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library

Electronic submissions are required.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

The National Library of Medicine’s YouTube Channel

Online video consumerism has been booming for awhile and the trend continues to grow. With more of us participating in online video environments–be it online learning or posting/watching videos on social media sites–it’s a good time to remember to add the National Library of Medicine’s excellent YouTube channel to your viewing mix!

national library of medicine youtube channelThe NLM YouTube channel was born five years ago this month in January 2011 with the following description: “Videos from the world’s largest medical library include the latest tips for harnessing NLM resources, gems from the history of medicine, glimpses of our vast and varied outreach programs and services, and recordings of exhibitions, lectures and special events.”

There are playlists such as History of Medicine, Training which includes tutorials on NLM’s numerous databases, Outreach and Services and much more!

Its diverse offering of videos is sure to cover topics of interest for health professionals, medical librarians, students and health consumers. So if you haven’t viewed the NLM YouTube channel in awhile, take some time today and see what they have to offer!

Job Ad: Library Services Coordinator in Fort Worth, TX

Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, TX seeks an innovative, versatile, service-oriented librarian for a new position at one of the top pediatric institutions in the U.S. The Library Service line at Cook Children’s includes a health sciences library, a family health library, patient library and health literacy/patient education. This person will be part of a professional team working directly with physicians, health care providers, and families. They will be knowledgeable about the changing environment of health care, technology, health literacy, and marketing in a health care environment. This person will be highly motivated, flexible, detail oriented, attentive to deadlines, and able to take initiative and work autonomously.

Responsibilities include:
As the Library Services Coordinator, this librarian will collaborate with physicians, health care providers, and clinical units to provide evidence-based research. This library professional will work with the patient education and health literacy coordinator (RN) to provide background research and write/edit patient education, discharge instructions and information resources. Will coordinate statistics and assist in preparing dashboards and high-level board reports. Participates in the strategic planning for all services lines provided by Library Services. Develops marketing strategies to increase awareness of the research services provided by the health sciences library. Works with the family health librarian to provide evidence-based information to families and patients. Coordinates with library director and family librarian to locate grant and award opportunities. Trains and educates physicians, health care providers, and other library users in the use of library resources and services. Assists with review of licenses and collection development for the health sciences library. Provides interlibrary loan services for Cook Children’s staff and outside libraries. This librarian also manages the health sciences library’s online resources and serials.

Minimum Qualifications: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Position requires 3-5 years of library experience, preferably in health care. Preferred experience in health literacy and consumer health. Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, and customer service. Knowledge of medical and nursing databases. Ability to engage physicians and staff in the library and clinical setting. Strong commitment to teamwork. Knowledge of or interest in health literacy.

Preferred qualifications: Experience working with clinicians at all levels. Knowledge of MeSH and medical terminology.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Apply online at

“Health Sciences Librarians – Saving you time so you can save lives”
Karen L. Keller, MLS
Director, Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library
Matustik Family Health Library/Bomar Patient Library
Health Literacy and Patient Education
Copyright Manager
Cook Children’s
801 Seventh Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76104
voice 682.885-1802
fax 682.885.4177

Job Ad: Reference/Instructional Services Librarian at the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library

The Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library invites applications for reference/instructional services librarian. Minimum requirements/experience includes: Master’s degree from American Library Association (ALA)–accredited library school or graduation with a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school within 6 months of job posting; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong service orientation; demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team; initiate, plan, and organize projects; excel in evolving and challenging electronic environments; potential for continuing professional growth and commitment to lifelong learning; search experience in Ovid, EBSCO, National Library of Medicine, and other interfaces.

Salary: $40,000–$55,000. Rank: Nontenured, minimum rank of assistant professor. For more information and application instructions, visit, select “search listings” on the left, and enter requisition number 24320. Contact:Shari Clifton, Chair, Search Committee. The University of Oklahoma is an EOE/AAE. Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Video Prize Challenge: My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient

Shared from HHS:

The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently kicked off the My Preparedness Story: Staying Healthy and Resilient Video Challenge on The contest invites young people between the ages of 14 and 23 to submit a creative video—up to 60 seconds long—showing how they help their families, friends, and community protect their health during disasters and every day. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and we’ll post the top entries on the My Preparedness Story Video Challenge website so that other people can vote on them. Submissions could be used to help others learn better ways to prepare their communities for disasters and emergencies. And contestants could win up to a $2,000 grand prize. Entries are due on March 28, 2016 at 11 p.m. EST.