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NLM Adopts New Library Services Platform

PSR News - Fri, 2020-03-27 17:33

As part of the modernization of NLM’s infrastructure, it will replace the Voyager Integrated Library System with the Library Services Platform, Alma. Voyager was implemented at NLM in 1998 for library management operations, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, circulation, and preservation. For enhanced integration of, and public access to, the NLM collection, NLM will also replace WebVoyage Classic (LocatorPlus) and SFX OpenURL link resolver with PrimoVE. NLM will begin the migration to these products in March 2020 and expects the process to take 12-15 months. The decision to modernize infrastructure, consolidate systems, and streamline workflows aligns with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

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NLM Responds to the Coronavirus Pandemic

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2020-03-24 19:13

The National Library of Medicine is working on multiple fronts to improve researchers’ understanding of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the novel coronavirus) and aid in the response to COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus). By enhancing access to relevant data and information, NLM is demonstrating how libraries can contribute in real time to research and response efforts during this crisis.

NLM is using PubMed Central®, its digital archive of peer-reviewed biomedical and life sciences journal literature, to expand access to full-text articles related to coronavirus. These activities build on recent requests from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and science policy leaders of other nations calling on the global publishing community to make all COVID-19-related research publications and data immediately available to the public in forms that support automated text-mining.

NLM has stepped up its collaboration with publishers and scholarly societies to increase the number of coronavirus-related journal articles in PMC, along with the available data supporting them. NLM is adapting its standard procedures for depositing articles into PMC to make it easier and faster to submit articles in machine-readable formats. NLM is also engaging with journals and publishers that do not participate in PMC but whose publications are within the scope of the Library’s collection. A growing number of publishers and societies are taking advantage of these flexibilities. Submitted publications are being made available as quickly as possible after publication for discovery in PMC and through the PMC Text Mining Collections for machine analysis, secondary analysis, and other types of reuse.

This enhanced collection of text-minable content enables AI and machine-learning researchers to develop and apply novel text-mining approaches that can help answer some of the many questions about coronavirus. Along these lines, NLM and leaders across the technology sector and academia joined OSTP on Monday, March 16, to announce the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19). Hosted by the Allen Institute for AI, CORD-19 is a free and growing resource that was launched with more than 29,000 scholarly articles about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses. CORD-19 represents the most extensive machine-readable coronavirus literature collection available for text mining to date. This dataset enables researchers to apply novel AI and machine learning strategies to identify new knowledge to help end the pandemic.

NLM’s other important resources in these efforts include:

  • NLM’s GenBank Sequence Database — NLM created the Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 data hub, where people can search for, retrieve, and analyze sequences of the virus that have been submitted to GenBank.
  • NLM’s Sequence Read Archive (SRA) — NLM’s SRA is the world’s largest publicly available repository of unprocessed sequence data which can be mined for previously unrecognized pathogen sequence. For example, a team from Stanford University recently reported that in a search of certain metagenomic datasets in the SRA, they identified a 2019-nCoV-like coronavirus in pangolins (a long-snouted mammal). This type of genetic sequence research can play an important role in understanding how the virus originated and is spreading.
  • NLM Intramural Research Contributions — NLM has a multidisciplinary group of researchers comprised of molecular biologists, biochemists, computer scientists, mathematicians and others working on a variety of problems, including some that relate to SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. One such project is LitCovid, a resource that tracks COVID-19 specific literature published since the outbreak.
  • NLM is also providing targeted searches within several of its other information resources to help users find data and information relevant to COVID-19. These searches, available through the NLM home page, include information on clinical studies related to COVID-19 listed in, and articles related to the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 in PubMed, NLM’s database of citations and abstracts to more than 30 million journal articles and online books.
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Publishers Continue Commitment to Combat COVID-19 by Extending Access to Resources

PSR News - Mon, 2020-03-23 16:26

Sharing the worldwide concern about the spread and impact of COVID-19, publishers recognize the crucial role they can play in supporting the response to this crisis and advancing the research that will be critical in combating the virus. In immediate response to the epidemic announcement by the World Health Organization, members of the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) moved to:

  • Provide immediate free access to all relevant peer-reviewed publications to ensure that for the duration of the outbreak, research and data quickly reaches the widest possible audiences. More than 32,000 articles, chapters, and other resources related to COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related epidemics have already been made available in this manner;
  • Accelerate the review and publication of articles that are relevant to researchers currently addressing the crisis;
  • Enable the use of artificial intelligence and other tools to analyze the freely available research content through open, interoperable systems such as Crossref and other aggregated solutions; and
  • Continue to offer researchers the full range of publisher systems and solutions to enhance their abilities to address the global health crisis.

STM is now announcing further steps that have been taken by its members to enhance the use of these resources, to ensure that these will available for additional analysis and reuse, including by machine tools and artificial intelligence. Participating publishers will:

  • Ensure that publications related to COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related epidemics are available in both human- and machine-readable formats, with rights to enable text and data mining, re-use and secondary analysis;
  • Work to support others – including the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and the World Health Organization (WHO) – who are creating centralized collections of these resources for researchers’ use, by making publisher resources available through these portals including PubMed Central (PMC) and other repositories; and
  • Ensure that data related to publications are also available, where possible.
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Maricopa County Southeast Regional Library Hosts the NLM Traveling Exhibit “The Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America”

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-03-19 17:42

by Jennifer Gallagher, Adult Services Supervisor
Southeast Regional Library
Maricopa County Library District
Gilbert, AZ

Southeast Regional Library, a branch of the Maricopa County Library District, in Gilbert, AZ, was honored to be selected to host the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, The Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America, from January 6 to February 15, 2020. The six-banner traveling exhibition explored how U.S. party politics shaped the response to the Yellow Fever epidemic in 1793 Philadelphia, raising questions about the balance of science and ideology in the nation’s response to a given disease, a timely topic.

The exhibit tied in with the library’s efforts to promote the National Library of Medicine’s databases to provide reliable up-to-date consumer health information to the public. The National Library of Medicine provided bookmarks and flyers on resources such as Medline Plus,, and their All of Us Community Engagement Network. The library was able to highlight these sources as a place for the general public to find answers to their health questions. The library also stresses evaluating information that is found elsewhere to be sure information is current, unbiased, and fact-based. In addition to the Yellow Fever exhibit, the library displayed books on evaluating medical information, working with your doctor, and navigating today’s healthcare system.

Southeast Public Library has recently been active in supporting the concept of citizen science as a way to engage our community with important issues that affect us all. The library has worked with Arizona State University and to encourage people of all ages to find scientific projects that interest them, learn more about how these projects are making a difference in our world, and then contribute to these projects by adding data as citizen scientists. The library has citizen science kits that customers can check-out to help in data collection and provides programs for the public to learn more about opportunities to become involved in citizen science efforts. Citizen science engagement is a great way to connect scientific and medical researchers and interested members of the public and local community partners studying local health concerns.

The library also planned to address another local health concern, West Nile Virus, during citizen science month this April. Arizona led the country in deaths and cases from West Nile virus last year. Citizen scientists can use the Globe Observer App and their mobile phones to map mosquito habitats and identify species of mosquito larvae that carry West Nile Virus and other vector borne illnesses. However, this program has been cancelled due to the much larger global health crisis of COVID-19. We hope to be able to offer this program later this summer.

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National Health Service Corps Scholarship Applications Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2020-03-19 14:20

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has released the 2020 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Scholarship Program. The application cycle closes on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 4:30 PM PDT. The NHSC Scholarship Program provides scholarships to health profession students pursuing careers as primary care providers in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need, underserved communities. The scholarship includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend. After completion of graduation/training, recipients fulfill their service commitment at one of more than 20,000 NHSC-approved sites throughout the nation and its territories. Each scholar serves for a minimum of two years and receives one year of financial support (up to four years) for each year of service at an NHSC-approved site found on the Health Workforce Connector.

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Update: New PubMed Features

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-03-16 15:57

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) continues to develop features in the new PubMed site, which will replace the legacy PubMed in late spring 2020. Several features have been recently added or updated in the new PubMed:

  • Summary display includes the full author list and other citation details
  • Send to: Citation manager is available
  • RIS format is replaced by PubMed format
  • Search details include individual term translations
  • Citations in the Clipboard have been added to History as search number #0.

The summary display format has been updated to include more citation details, such as the full author list. Labels indicating retractions and other important updates to the original publication are included, as well as labels for free articles when a link to the free full-text article is available. Also, you can now download citations in PubMed format, which matches the MEDLINE format from the legacy site. The PubMed format uses Unicode UTF-8 character encoding; diacritics such as accent marks will now be preserved in your exported file. Citations can be saved in PubMed format as a text (.txt) file or an .nbib file for use with citation management software. See Save citations as a text file and Cite an article in the PubMed User Guide for more information.

The RIS file format has been removed and replaced with PubMed format. The PubMed format provides the complete bibliographic data—including PubMed specific fields—requested by many users, which the RIS format could not accommodate. See PubMed format in the PubMed User Guide for more information about the data included in PubMed format.

Send to: Citation manager is available with the same functionality as in the legacy PubMed. Use Send to: Citation Manager to export citations in PubMed format as an .nbib file, which can be used by many citation management programs. See Export citations into citation management software in the PubMed User Guide. Individual term translations are included with the search details in History, available on the Advanced Search page. Translations show how each term was processed using PubMed’s search rules and syntax. For example, PubMed may modify or add terms to a search to optimize retrieval, such as: MeSH terms, British/American spellings, singular/plural word forms, and other synonyms. See How PubMed works: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) in the PubMed User Guide.

Citations in the Clipboard are represented in your History by the search number #0, which may be used in Boolean search statements. For example, to limit the citations you have collected in the Clipboard to English language articles, use the following search: #0 AND english [la]. This does not affect or replace the Clipboard contents. See Save citations temporarily using the Clipboard and History in the PubMed User Guide for more information.

For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Acquires the Papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD

PSR News - Thu, 2020-03-12 15:16

The National Library of Medicine has announced the acquisition of the papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. This is the first collection of papers from a former HHS Secretary acquired by the NLM and will be part of the archival collections of the world’s largest medical library. Dr. Sullivan is an African American physician who served as secretary of HHS from 1989-1993 and as dean and president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) from 1975-1989 and from 1993-2002. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH was first established as an Office under the NIH Director through Secretary Sullivan in 1990 and was elevated to an Institute in 2010.

The Louis W. Sullivan Papers consist of his HHS chronological correspondence, action/briefing files, daily calendars, speeches, news clippings, White House memorabilia, event photographs, and honorary degrees and awards. The collection documents Secretary Sullivan’s efforts to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use, including stopping the introduction of Uptown, a cigarette designed for marketing to minority communities; introduce new and improved food labels; initiate a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative; and increase the National Institutes of Health budget over $5 billion.

Dr. Sullivan earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in 1954 and his medical degree in 1958 from Boston University School of Medicine. After holding positions at Harvard Medical School, Seton Hall College of Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, and Boston City Hospital, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse College in 1975 to serve as dean and director of the Medical Education Program. Under his leadership, the Medical Education Program became independent from Morehouse College in 1981 and was renamed Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). Dr. Sullivan served as president and dean of MSM prior to and following his tenure as secretary of HHS. He was also chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002-2009 and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006.

Dr. Sullivan is chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions and is the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). He is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Press) and his autobiography Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine (with David Chanoff, 2014, University of Georgia Press).

The NLM History of Medicine Division houses the papers of prominent public health leaders, including other officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (and its predecessor the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare), including Faye Abdellah, Edward Brandt, Emery Johnson, and June Osborn; the papers of NIH Directors Harold Varmus, Bernadine Healy, Donald Fredrickson, James A. Shannon, Robert Marston; and the papers of Surgeons General Regina Benjamin, Jocelyn Elders, C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Julius Richmond, and Luther Terry. Information about Dr. Sullivan’s papers and the hundreds of other manuscript collections held by the NLM History of Medicine Division is available through NLM’s online finding aids, detailed research guides to manuscript collections.

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Dianne Babski Named Acting Associate Director of NLM’s Division of Library Operations!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-03-09 18:31

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Diane Babski

National Library of Medicine Director Patti Brennan has named Dianne Babski as Acting Associate Director, Division of Library Operations (LO) at the National Library of Medicine effective March 1, 2020. In this role, Ms. Babski is responsible for the budget, facilities, administration, and overall management of one of NLM’s largest divisions. She is responsible for more than 450 staff who provide health information services to a global audience of health care professionals, researchers, administrators, students, historians, patients, and the public. In her acting role, Ms. Babski oversees a national network of over 8,000 academic health science libraries, hospital and public libraries, and community organizations to improve access to health information. Ms. Babski will also serve as the Scientific Review Administrator to the federal advisory committee recommending journals for MEDLINE (Literature Selection Technical Review Committee) and will represent NLM to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the Association of Research Libraries.

Ms. Babski has served as the Deputy Associate Director for LO since April 2013. As Deputy, she led the inaugural year for the Data Science @NLM Training Program for NLM staff, served as acting head of the Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and Acting Head of the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology. Prior to joining NLM in 2005, Ms. Babski worked in the Scientific Review Program of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, developing peer review tools and database resources. She also worked on the NASA SPACELINE data project that supplied space life sciences citations and indexing to MEDLINE. She has a BS in Biology and Biochemistry and Master of Information Management (MIM) from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Register Now to Attend the Healthy People 2030 Launch on March 31!

PSR News - Mon, 2020-03-09 15:01

On March 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will unveil the latest edition of Healthy People! The event is at the George Washington University, and registration is available to attend the event via webcast. Healthy People 2030 is a set of science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving health and well-being in the United States. At the event, the new Healthy People 2030 goals and objectives will be highlighted. The session will also feature a panel discussion showcasing how select organizations and communities have successfully used Healthy People to promote health and address the social determinants of health, health equity, and well-being.

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Now Available: New Quick Tours and On-Demand Class for the “New” PubMed

PSR News - Fri, 2020-03-06 16:31

PubMed Essentials is intended for students, health care professionals, and researchers looking for quick training on the new PubMed. In a series of nine brief, interactive lessons, PubMed Essentials covers the basics of using PubMed. This series of tutorials, listed below, is available in three formats:

What is in PubMed? 3 min(s) PubMed: Find articles on a topic 1 min(s) PubMed subject search: How it works 4 min(s) PubMed: Find articles by author 2 min(s) PubMed: Find articles from a citation 2 min(s) PubMed: Find articles by journal 2 min(s) PubMed: Find the latest treatments for a disease or disorder 2 min(s) PubMed: Get the full text for an article 2 min(s) PubMed: Save searches and set e-mail alerts 2 min(s)
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April 2 Training Webinar for the #citeNLM Spring 2020 Event!

PSR News - Thu, 2020-03-05 15:00

The next NNLM #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place on April 30, focusing on articles related to Preventive Health and Wellness. During the all-day online event, you are invited to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus, PubMed, and Genetics Home Reference. Participants can follow the hashtag #citeNLM on Twitter throughout the day to ask questions, post photos, and share personal experiences. Librarians, educators, and other aspiring Wikipedians can also join the spring campaign by hosting an event for their students, faculty, or communities.

Participate in the hands-on training on April 2 to learn more!

Date and time: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT

In this one-hour webinar, presenters will review:

  • The role of Wikipedia and the importance of edit-a-thons
  • Participating in the #citeNLM Virtual Edit-a-thon by joining the event dashboard
  • How to become a Wikipedia editor
  • Citing NLM resources and best practices for editing articles on medical and health topics
  • Hosting your own in-person event anytime in April using the #citeNLM Guide for Organizers

For more information about #citeNLM and to join the spring 2020 campaign, visit the project page.

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March 2020 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2020-03-02 12:16

illustration of man lifting weights with a personal trainer assisting himCheck out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Improving Care Through Telehealth
    Technology can be especially valuable for people in remote areas or places with few medical professionals. Using portable devices, health care providers can test and treat patients without them coming into the office.
  • Featured Website: Asian-Language Resources
    Get information about conditions that affect your bones, joints, muscles, and skin in several Asian languages. NIH has free, easy-to-read information in Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Apply Now for a 2020-2021 NNLM PSR Funding Award!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2020-02-27 15:28

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2020–2021! CFAs have also been issued for NNLM PSR Outreach Mini-Awards and Professional Development Awards. Funding opportunities for All of Us awards will be announced in April. Complete details for the awards, including the number available, maximum funding amount, potential projects, and application instructions for the new online applications accessed on and submitted through the website, are available on the NNLM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, April 10 will receive priority consideration.

After April 10, applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, until all award funds are allocated. All NNLM PSR Network members are eligible to apply for any of the awards. Project activities and professional development events must be conducted between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2021. No extensions beyond 4/30/21 will be possible since this is the last year of the current five-year NNLM funding cycle. Funding will be distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis. Award recipients are required to submit activity reports, professional development evaluation reports, and final project reports, as applicable. Upon completion of projects or events, all award recipients are expected to submit an article for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog, with highlights of the experiences and lessons learned.

Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, and minority health practitioners. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers. Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to improve skills by attending professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines.

To find out about further award details, new online application procedures, and hear highlights of previously awarded projects, please register to join us for an informational funding webinar on March 11 at 1:00 PM PDT! Also available is the NNLM PSR Funding Guide, designed to answer questions about the entire award process, from application to final reporting. And remember that RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

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NNLM PSR Exhibit Presence at the University of Arizona Annual Connect2STEM Event in Phoenix Makes an Impact!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2020-02-26 16:26

Note: Nora Franco and Naomi Bishop collaborated on the following post.


woman with sunglasses and white jacket at an exhibit display holding up a small yellow poster

Nora Franco, NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian

Nora Franco, Consumer Health Librarian, and Kelli Ham, Community Engagement Librarian for NNLM PSR, both attended the 5th annual Connect2STEM event at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. The event is officially the largest STEM-related event held in downtown Phoenix on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The scope and scale of the event allowed Nora and Kelli to provide outreach in several of PSR’s program areas, including consumer health, citizen science, and the All of Us Research Program.

Consumer Health Outreach

Nora staffed an exhibit table for the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library with Librarian Naomi Bishop and intern Kelley Howard. Naomi and Kelley designed a quiz to promote health literacy skills and a very popular zine-making station to engage with the families and exhibit visitors. The event provided the community with opportunities to interact with simulated medical environments such as hospitals and surgical centers, as well as witness live dissections on cow eyeballs and hearts! Many families had elementary age children, but there were activities for all ages, including infants, toddlers, and teens. One grandparent who filled out a comment card at the end of the day stated:

two library staff showing a heart model to an elementary student

Naomi Bishop, University of Arizona Librarian, showing a heart model to attendees at one of many Connect2STEM activities.

“It was great that the different exhibits appealed to all ages. My grandkids were 5 years, 7 years and 9 years, and it was appropriate for all. The teaching demonstrations were out of this world. Everything was well thought out and the demonstrators did an excellent job explaining things.”

Exhibit visitors learned about MedlinePlus and the use of consumer health information, and the event was a great opportunity for the community to learn about health sciences librarianship. Many of the teens and young adults were very interested in the sciences or research but not necessarily set on becoming a healthcare professional. When presented with the idea of becoming a health sciences librarian working with researchers and health information, their eyes lit up! Overall, the Connect2STEM was a unique opportunity to engage youth of all ages and let them experience the wonders of STEM hands-on, encouraging them to one day pursue a degree or occupation in one of the related fields.

two librarians at an exhibit booth displaying some of the information materials

Dan Stanton, University of Arizona Research and Engagement Librarian, and Kelli Ham, NNLM PSR Community Engagement Librarian

Citizen Science and the NIH All of Us Research Program

Connect2STEM was the perfect opportunity to introduce the concept of citizen science and how lay people without a science background can participate in meaningful research. Arizona State University librarian Dan Stanton joined Kelli at the booth to showcase citizen science kits and to highlight several health-related projects on SciStarter for Citizen Science Month in April. Exhibit visitors were excited about the projects and to learn that many of the kits are available for check out at several public libraries in the greater Phoenix area.

In addition to citizen science materials, Kelli provided information about precision medicine, All of Us, Genetics Home Reference, and MedlinePlus. The exhibit was situated next to the All of Us Arizona table, providing the opportunity to reinforce related concepts and distribute informational handouts and brochures. Visitors were intrigued and interested in contributing to research, healthy communities, and learning more about their own health.


The Connect2STEM event was a highly successful outreach event. Traffic to the two separate booths was non-stop the entire day, reaching at least 250 visitors. Many thanks to our network member librarians Naomi Bishop and Dan Stanton in helping us achieve our outreach goals!

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Fewer Journals Now Required to Participate in DOCLINE!

PSR News - Wed, 2020-02-26 14:26

NLM’s DOCLINE Team has announced revised DOCLINE Eligibility Guidelines and Library Responsibilities. The most significant change is the number of journals required to join DOCLINE, which has been reduced from twenty-five to ten, enabling more libraries to participate.

Interested libraries meeting the new eligibility criteria can sign up using the application form. DOCLINE web pages have been updated to reflect this change.

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NLM Welcomes Applications to the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2021

PSR News - Mon, 2020-02-24 18:19

The National Library of Medicine has announced the opening of the application period for the 2021 Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, supporting research onsite at the NLM in its historical collections. The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine, which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. The collections also include the Michael E. DeBakey papers, representing the diverse areas in which Dr. DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy, along with the papers of many other luminaries in science and medicine.

Anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status, who has not previously received this Fellowship may apply. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. Group applications should be submitted under the name of a single principal researcher. To apply for the Fellowship, visit the online application portal. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

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Reaching the Arizona Public Health Workforce

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2020-02-24 17:51
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Jean McClelland, Program Director for Community Based Health Information Resources, Health Promotion Sciences Department, The University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; Emily Waldron; Julie Botnick; and Julia Flannery outside the Pima County Health Department.

Did you know that the National Network of Libraries of Medicine serves the public health workforce?

In February 2020, Julie Botnick, Education & Outreach Librarian at NNLM PSR, embarked on a multi-day road trip around beautiful southern Arizona to conduct classes for public health departments across the region. With an invitation and extensive organizational support from Emily Waldron, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator at the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Julie visited the Pima County Health Department in Tucson; Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales; and Cochise Health and Social Services in Bisbee.

The 90-minute trainings consisted of an introduction to NNLM, NNLM PSR, and how NNLM supports the public health workforce; a “jigsaw” activity using their Community Health Needs Assessment; an overview of the evidence-based public health framework, including the three domains of influence, the hierarchy of evidence, and working in groups to formulate a research question using the PICO (Problem/Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) framework; and accessing reliable scholarly materials produced and distributed by the National Library of Medicine, specifically around the topic of mental health, such as MedlinePlus for consumer health information in multiple languages and PubMed Central, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature .

two women in front of a timeline of public health services in Nogales

Emily Waldron and Patty B. Molina in front of the timeline of public health services in Nogales.

If your public health organization would like to receive the benefits of being NNLM members, including opportunities to apply for funding awards, access to free informational materials, and training opportunities, apply today to join NNLM!

Thanks go to the hosts at the public health departments, Julia Flannery, Organizational Development Program Manager, Pima County Health Department; Patty B. Molina, Senior Director, Community Health Services, Mariposa Community Health Center; and Rachel Butterworth, Accreditation Coordinator, and Carrie Langley, Director, both of Cochise Health and Social Services.

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Save the Date for #citeNLM Spring 2020 on April 30!

PSR News - Wed, 2020-02-19 19:21

NNLM’s Spring Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will take place on Thursday, April 30, and this year’s topic is Preventative Health & Wellness. Kelsey Cowles, NNLM Middle Atlantic Region Academic Coordinator, and Liz Waltman, NNLM Southeastern/Atlantic Region Education and Communications Coordinator, will host a training webinar on April 2, from 11am-12pm PDT. Sign up for the training webinar to learn more about the editing process and hosting your own in-person event and edit with us on the #citeNLM Outreach Dashboard!

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NIH Issues Request for Information Seeking Public Input on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025

PSR News - Tue, 2020-02-18 19:25

In order to advance its mission and fulfill a request from Congress, NIH developed the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2016–2020: Turning Discovery Into Health. This plan outlines a vision for biomedical research to capitalize on new opportunities for scientific exploration and address new challenges for human health. Now NIH seeks public input on the framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025 through a Request for Information issued February 12. This request invites public feedback via the RFI submission site. The deadline to respond is March 25.

The framework articulates NIH’s priorities in the following key areas:

  • Biomedical and Behavioral Science Research
  • Scientific Research Capacity
  • Scientific Integrity, Public Accountability, and Social Responsibility in the Conduct of Science

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NLM Classification 2020 Winter Edition Now Available

PSR News - Wed, 2020-02-12 16:14

The 2020 MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) vocabulary was evaluated for inclusion in the Classification index. Several additions and changes were made to the Index and Schedules based on this review. All main index headings are now linked to the 2020 vocabulary in the MeSH Browser. A mini-systematic review of the W 775-867 Medicolegal Examination section was conducted. Additional minor updates were made to the Index and Schedules.

Summary Statistics for the 2020 Winter Edition

  • 59 index main headings added (49 from 2020 MeSH)
  • 155 index entries modified
  • 5 index headings deleted
  • 11 class numbers added (visit Class Numbers Added and Canceled (Current Edition))
  • 338 class number captions or notes modified
  • 3 schedule range headers modified
  • 2 class numbers canceled

More detailed information about the scope of the 2020 winter edition is available. The 2020 summer version will be published in mid-to-late August 2020. It will encompass the systematic review of the WD (Disorders of Systemic, Metabolic or Environmental Origin, etc.) and WO (Surgery) schedules and other miscellaneous updates. The PDF version will be published annually in the fall.

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