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NLM Closed November 11, 2014 – Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

NLM will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2014 in observance of Veterans Day.

The NN/LM, SE/A office will be open for business as usual that day.

NLM History of Medicine Division Planning Upgrade to Improve Access

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/) is planning an upgrade to improve access to and usage of its Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) database, the main online access point to over 70,000 digital images from our historical collections.

We invite you to take part in a brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3TV5QD2 so we may better understand your current use of IHM and what new features you would wish this resource to offer in the future.

This survey has been approved by the National Library of Medicine’s Survey Review process and responses will be anonymous.

For direct access to IHM, please visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/ihm/.

For more information about IHM, including its contents and development, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/ihmfact.html.

Thank you for your participation.

Kenneth M. Koyle, Deputy Chief
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD
301-496-5407
ken.koyle@nih.gov

NIH Policy Support Statement

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries and the Medical Library Association urge journal publishers to fully support authors who are federally mandated to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.  Many authors are confused by the varied approaches and policies of different journals for submitting articles to PubMed Central. This issue will become even more pressing beginning July 1, 2013, when NIH will delay processing an award if publications arising from it are not in compliance with the Policy.  Additionally, authors and their institutions need publisher support to address prior lapses in compliance, dating back to 2008, as failure to do so will adversely affect future grant funding. 

On behalf of academic health centers, health sciences schools, libraries and more importantly, journal authors, we ask that:

·         Publishers allow authors to submit to PubMed Central the final published versions of their articles published after April 7, 2008, related to awards that will have an anticipated start date of July 1, 2013.  We ask that this permission be communicated to authors via the journal website and other relevant communication mechanisms between now and July 1, 2013. 

·         Going forward, publishers consider entering into an NIH Portfolio agreement with PubMed Central, wherein the journal commits to depositing all articles funded by the NIH (as defined by the NIH Public Access Policy), starting with a specified volume/issue or publication date.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/about/faq/#q15.

Authors in academic health centers are increasingly aware of the importance of selecting journals that simplify compliance.  Publisher assistance with the compliance process would strengthen ties with their authors, an important market, and establish a strong pipeline for future cutting-edge research articles.   Also, it would avoid the potential problem of researchers inadvertently violating publisher agreements when attempting to bring older publications into compliance.  Finally, having a standard, easy solution for all authors would reduce publisher workload in consulting with individual authors to bring older articles into compliance.

Any delay in grant awards will have an adverse effect on major research institutions that thrive on competitive NIH funding.   Publishers have a major role in the compliance process.  We strongly encourage them to streamline the process and offer all possible assistance to authors mandated to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.

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The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) supports academic health sciences libraries and directors in advancing the patient care, research, education and community service missions of academic health centers through visionary executive leadership and expertise in health information, scholarly communication, and knowledge management.

Founded in 1898, the Medical Library Association (MLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, educational organization of 4,000 individual and institutional members in the health sciences information field that provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.

NLM ILL Survey Coming Soon

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

NLM will be inviting DOCLINE libraries to participate in a survey on interlibrary loan practices and needs of the health science libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and Canada.  This is your opportunity to help shape resource sharing programs of the future.

NLM initiated this survey to investigate the reasons for the declining use of DOCLINE and current practices of libraries regarding resource sharing.  The number of ILL requests entered into DOCLINE has decreased 46% since 2002 while Loansome Doc requests declined 68% in that same period.  Your response to this survey is very important and will help us to understand the resource sharing needs of librarians in the NN/LM and Canada, and how NLM can best meet those needs now and in the future.  We look forward to your participation.

The survey has 30 questions that we estimate will take about 12 minutes to complete.

NLM will be sending the invitation email via SurveyMonkey to the address of each library’s ILL contact reported in their DOCLINE institution record.  If the listed ILL contact has previously opted out of receiving emails from SurveyMonkey, please contact DOCLINE at https://docline.gov/docline/help/contact_nlm/ask.cfm  to receive a link to the survey.

 

TOXNET® and Beyond Training

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) “TOXNET® and Beyond” training will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM ET at the National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Building 38A, 4th Floor Training Room (45-412), Bethesda, MD 20894.

You can register at http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html?schedule_id=2037

This course is designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM’s TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. The course will also teach students how to utilize NLM’s environmental health and toxicology portal which provides resources beyond the TOXNET® databases. Students will learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. Among the databases highlighted will be TOXLINE, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus. The course, taught by NLM instructors, will be conducted in a computer lab and includes lectures, online demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.

TOXNET® is a free class and is awarded 6.0 MLA continuing education credits. The agenda can be found at http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=5

Contact the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) at http://nnlm.gov/ntc/contact-ntc/