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Women’s Health Resources to be Retired

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

On Monday, October 5 NLM will be retiring the Women’s Health Resources (WHR,) / information portal that was started in partnership with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) in 2008. All those accessing the site will be redirected from the WHR portal to the Office of Research on Women’s Health homepage (

NLM appreciates the assistance of ORWH in the development of the portal and for providing outreach project funding to libraries to promote the portal and sex and gender differences in research among university faculty and students. We will continue our partnership by helping ORWH develop avenues for those seeking to search NLM databases such as PubMed and Clinical Trials for research on women’s health.

Register Now: First offering of NCBI NOW (Next generation sequencing Online Workshop) to begin October 13, 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
From October 13th to October 23rd, NCBI will present the first iteration of NCBI NOW, a free online experience aimed at those new to next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 1,000 participants who sign up through the ORAU Portal: Since enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, please only sign up for this educational opportunity if you will be able to participate fully.
Learners will watch 6-7 videos (average video duration: 45-60 minutes) online during the first 7 days of the course. These videos will cover the basics of NGS data, preprocessing, quality control and alignment strategies for both DNA-Seq and RNA-Seq, as well as a brief discussion of downstream analysis. Additionally, we will demonstrate how to leverage BLAST tools for NGS analysis.
Next, participants will apply a selection of RNA-Seq alignment algorithms over three days (1-2 hours per day), mapping RNA-Seq data to GRCh38 chromosome 20. Finally, participants will compare the results of these mappers for specific genes. Throughout the course, participants will be able to post questions at Biostars; experts from NCBI and elsewhere will be available online to answer questions.
Learners will emerge from the course equipped to map their own RNA-Seq or DNA-Seq data to the human genome, understand the options for downstream analysis, and use their understanding of the basic steps of data processing to interact more effectively with bioinformatician collaborators.

Recording of NLM Board of Regents September 2015 Meeting

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The recordings of the videocast of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Board of Regents (BOR) September 2015 are available for viewing at  There are two separate recordings, one for each day of the meeting. For you reference, the meeting agenda is below.

The live videocasts and the videocast recordings of future NLM BOR meetings will be available to the public at  General information about the NLM BOR and dates of future meetings are available at

Click on the date below to access the recordings.

Wednesday, September 16

  • 9:00 Meeting opens, Ms. Gail Yokote, Chair
  • 9:00 Report from the Office of the Surgeon General, PHS, RADM Scott Giberson
  • 9:20 Report from the NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins
  • 9:55 Report from the Acting NLM Director, Ms. Betsy Humphreys
  • 10:45 NIH Strategic Plan, Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Deputy Director, NIH
  • 11:30 Presentation of Regents Award, Ms. Gail Yokote
  • 11:40 Lunch
  • 1:00 NLM/FDA Medical Device Information Partnership, Ms. Terrie Reed, FDA, and Mr. Ivor D’Souza
  • 1:45 Predicting Smoking Relapse through a Bayesian Model for fMRI Biomarker Identification, Ms. Sharon Chiang, Rice University
  • 2:45 Extramural Programs Report, Dr. Valerie Florance
  • 3:30 Recess

Thursday, September 17

9:00 Responses to NIH Request for Information to Assist NLM Working Group, Dr. Barbara Rapp

9:45 Precision Medicine Initiative:  Informatics Implications, Dr. Joshua Denny, Vanderbilt University

10:45 Pathogen Sequences Update, Dr. Michael Feldgarden

11:30 Adjournment

U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

For the fifth year, NLM is funding projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations with disaster-related responsibilities. The partners will work together to improve the use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics including those from the National Library of Medicine.

The 2015-2016 projects are:

  • City of Portland, Public Health District

“Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries”
Portland, ME

In partnership with:
Portland Public Library
The City of Portland, Public Health Division and the Portland Public Library will develop the role of libraries in disaster health emergency response in Cumberland County, Maine through training library staff on preparedness and disaster health information and creating a role for library staff to assist during a public health emergency.

  • Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library

“The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”
St. Louis, MO

In partnership with:

St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council for Emergency Response (MARCER)
Boone County Department of Emergency Management
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)

The Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library are collaborating with four emergency management agencies across Missouri to increase awareness and knowledge of National Library of Medicine information resources among emergency responders and reference librarians through a train-the-trainer format. This project will expand the role of Missouri reference librarians by partnering with local emergency responders and will increase the capacity of Missouri emergency managers, disaster planners, public health professionals, and reference libraries to access accurate and evidence-based information on disaster topics.

  • University of Washington Health Sciences Library

“RRAIN Washington – Response and Recovery App in Washington Phase II”
Seattle, WA
In partnership with:
Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Washington State Emergency Management Division

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division aims to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington by developing a project website and mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington). This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is intended to enhance first responder decision making by providing easy access to reliable health information for statewide disaster response and recovery.

For further information about these and previous years’ projects visit:

The National Library of Medicine (  is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (  to learn more about disaster-related health information resources and tools.

AIDSource: A Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Web Site from the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new Web site, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.


Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the Web site content on their mobile device. The Web site is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the Web site was constructed by user feedback received through a Web site survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in Web site navigation, including a menu on all pages of the Web site that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource Web site are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource Web site. Please send your comments to:

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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