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Responsive Design for M+Connect Web Application

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine released a new version of the MedlinePlus Connect Web application. The new version uses responsive web design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen. Web application response pages will now automatically change their layout to fit the screen of the user.

Here’s an example Connect response page with the new responsive design: SNOMED CT 445243001 – Ulcerative Colitis

Resize your desktop browser window to tablet and phone widths to see the page layout adapt.

Even more good news: the entire MedlinePlus sites in English and Spanish now also have a responsive design.  This means that users who click through the Connect Web application pages to find information on will also have a user experience tailored for their device.  (See our announcement page at for more details.)

Some other MedlinePlus Connect pages that now use a responsive design are:

Please contact Jennifer Jentsch,, for questions or feedback about the new version of the MedlinePlus Connect Web application.


Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects (Admin Supp)

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Notice Number: NOT-LM-15-006

Key Dates Release Date: April 28, 2015 Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: May 29, 2015 First Estimated Application Due Date: July 30, 2015 Earliest Estimated Award Date: September 15, 2015 Earliest Estimated Start Date: September 30, 2015

Related Announcements PA-13-276

Issued by National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Eye Institute (NEI) National Institute on Aging (NIA) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)


The NLM and other participating NIH Institutes and Centers intend to promote an ongoing initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for administrative supplements to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, depending on each participating Institute or Center’s preferences, with active P01, P20, P30, P50, R21, R34, U01, U19, U24, UM1 and U54 grants. These administrative supplements for informationist services provide funds to awarded research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The FOA is expected to be published in May 2015 with an expected application due date in July 2015.

This FOA will provide support through Administrative Supplements to active awards of the participating Institutes and Centers.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages eligible NIH awardees as described above, who are interested in integrating an informationist into their research teams for the above-stated purposes to begin to consider applying for this new FOA. Interested eligible awardees are encouraged to begin seeking collaborative arrangements with informationists at their institutions or another institution as appropriate. Informationists are information specialists, usually health sciences librarians, who have graduate training and practical experience that provides them with disciplinary background in biomedical, behavioral or biological sciences and in library and information sciences/informatics. Their cross training provides informationists with a unique perspective on the acquisition, synthesis, management and use of information in research. Informationists work as team members with research scientists and health professionals, and are sometimes called in-context or ‘embedded’ information specialists for that reason.

Details of the goals, application instructions, and budget for the forthcoming FOA are expected to be similar to the previous issuance, PA-13-276.



Please direct all inquiries to: Alan VanBiervliet, Ph.D. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Telephone: 301-594-1297 Email:

MedlinePlus Releases New Responsive Web Design

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Today, MedlinePlus ( and MedlinePlus en español ( released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See our announcement page for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile ( sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at and .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

The world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.

NLM Community Health Maps (CHM) Survey

Monday, April 27th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is conducting a survey of users of low-cost and easy-to-use online mapping tools (GIS).

The Community Health Maps (CHM) project identifies and promotes tools that seek to meet the mapping needs of communities and community organizations such as clinics, schools, libraries, health departments, faith-based, and community-based groups. These tools can be used to collect and visualize health statistics and local resources, compare data across locations, and explore trends.

So that NLM can improve CHM and tailor it the specific requirements of our users, please take our GIS user needs survey at

For questions regarding this survey, please contact Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLIS at

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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