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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Ann Viera Honored by UT Institute of Agriculture

ThompsonVieraThe University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has awarded librarian Ann Viera a J.E. Moss Achievement Award. Viera is Veterinary Medicine Librarian at the Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library.

The J.E. Moss Achievement Award, established in memory of J.E. and Ann Moss, recognizes excellent achievement in teaching, research and extension services for the Institute of Agriculture.

To learn more about the award and award ceremony, please visit: http://www.lib.utk.edu/news/2015/08/moss-award/.

National Health Observances – September 2015

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of September. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2015 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Free Online Classes Available for Registration

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for two new upcoming online classes.

Public Health Information on the Web

  • August 24 – September 11, 2015
  • Tuesday Webinars: August 25, September 1, and September 8 (11-12 pm ET)
  • 4 MLA CE

Grants and Proposal Writing

  • August 24 – September 11, 2015
  • Tuesday Webinars: August 25, September 1, and September 8 (1-2 pm ET)
  • 4 MLA CE

Where: Free, Online via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

Presenter: Sheila Snow-Croft, MLIS, MA, Public Health Coordinator. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A). Contact Sheila at: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

These classes use Moodle, a free online course management system that does not require a software download. There will be three 1 hour Adobe Connect webinars along with discussions and assignments. If attending the live webinars is not possible, recordings will be available for viewing afterwards.

Register: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html.

Please visit http://nnlm.gov/sea/training to see other free online classes available for registration.

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.

 

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