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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Save the Dates: 2015-2016 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course

“…by far the best educational experience I have had in my years of being a librarian.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever had such a comprehensive professional development opportunity.”
[I am] “confident going back to my institution and teaching these resources as well as starting an information service.” 
               — Comments from recent class participants

Are you a health science librarian in the United States who offers (or wants to offer) bioinformatics services at your institution? The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015-2016. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel, lodging and related costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course. Successful completion of this pre-course is required to continue to Part 2.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Previous graduates of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” online course are encouraged to apply and may audit Part 1 in preparation for Part 2.

Interested in taking only the online version of the “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” course? Watch for an upcoming second announcement of an offering in January – February, 2016.

Important Dates:
Monday, August 10, 2015 – Application materials will be posted, linked from a detailed announcement here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
Monday, September 14, 2015 – Application deadline.
Monday, October 5, 2015 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed.
Monday, October 26, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins.
Monday, March 7, 2016 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM.

Mark your calendars for this extraordinary training opportunity!

NIH News Release: Request for Information for an NIH-wide Strategic Plan

In order to advance the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) mission, an NIH-wide Strategic Plan is in development. The goal of this 5-year plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the Strategic Plan that identifies areas of opportunity across all biomedicine and unifying principles to guide NIH’s support of the biomedical research enterprise. The aim is to pursue crosscutting areas of research that span NIH’s 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

You can review the framework in NIH’s Request for Information (RFI) ) and on the NIH website, and provide feedback via the RFI submission site. Stakeholder organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional societies) are encouraged to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole. The NIH plans to also host webinars to gather additional input. These webinars will be held in early to mid-August.

Your input is vital to ensuring that the NIH Strategic Plan positions biomedical research on a promising and visionary path. NIH appreciates your time and consideration in assisting with this effort and hope you’ll consider responding to this RFI.

Responses for this RFI are due August 16, 2015.

 

Webinar: Thursday July 30, 2015 – Using SciENcv to Create Your NIH Biosketch

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

NCBI staff will present a webinar on SciENcv, our platform for maintaining your record of research accomplishment in the form of a CV. In this webinar, we’ll show you how to use SciENcv to maintain your scientific record and generate the new BioSketch.

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7147698960003179522

A recording will be posted on the NCBI YouTube account after the live presentation; subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified. To see upcoming webinars and materials from past presentations, visit the Webinars and Courses page.

National Health Observances – August 2015

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of August. Click on each topic to learn more and consider promoting one or more of these health observances within your institution.

Beyond the SEA: August 19, 2015 – Caring for You, Caring for Me: Outreach to Caregivers – an NN/LM SE/A Funded Project.

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Karen Marshall, J.D., Founder and Executive Director, Kadamba Tree Foundation, Washington, DC.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator at npatters@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: Karen Marshall of the Kadamba Tree Foundation will discuss her organization’s NN/LM SE/A funded project to expand an adaptation of the Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving’s “Caring for You, Caring for Me” Education and Support Program for Family and Professional Caregivers (CYCM). Researchers have found that caregivers need to obtain information about various aspects of their caregiving roles as well as experience support and linkage with other caregivers. To meet these needs, Kadamba Tree has adapted CYCM’s skill building modules to also help caregivers become effective gate keepers of quality health information for their families. Ms. Marshall will discuss the program goals and Kadamba Tree’s partnerships with local community-based health and advocacy organizations to deliver the program.

Presenter Bio: Karen Marshall, J.D., Founder and Executive Director of the Kadamba Tree Foundation, a nonprofit located in Washington, DC offers education and support programs to family caregivers. She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law and is a former family caregiver. In addition to being a certified facilitator of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving’s (RCI) evidence-informed “Caring for You, Caring for Me Program,” she is also a certified interventionist for RCI’s evidence-based Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregivers Health (REACH) intervention.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland