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The National Institute of Mental Health Issues Request for Information (RFI) for its 2020 Strategic Plan for Research Update

PSR News - Fri, 2019-12-13 18:26

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is updating its Strategic Plan for Research to guide the Institute’s research efforts and priorities over the next five years. It has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for public comment to assist with this process. The draft Strategic Plan will be publicly available for review during the comment period. Responses will be accepted through January 2.

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Apply by January 10 for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 18:13

Applications are open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians Spring 2020 (February 24 – April 24). The course is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) and goes beyond the basics of research data management. The training will expand on concepts from RDM 101:Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians.

Enrollment is limited to 40 participants. The application deadline is January 10, 2020.

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December 16 Informational Webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 18:03

NIH will be hosting an informational public webinar on the Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and Supplemental Draft Guidance on Monday, December 16, from 6:30 to 11:00 a.m. PST. The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the draft policy and answer any clarifying questions about the public comment process. Public comments will NOT be accepted via the webinar but must instead be sent electronically by Friday, January 10.


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TOXNET Update: LactMed Moved to Bookshelf

PSR News - Thu, 2019-12-05 17:43

As noted previously in the Technical Bulletin, TOXNET will be retired on December 16. One of the most popular TOXNET databases is the Drugs and Lactation Database, usually called LactMed, which has been moved to the NCBI Bookshelf and will continue to be updated there. LactMed is a curated database of drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. It includes information on the levels of such substances in breast milk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. Records may include a summary, therapeutic alternatives to selected drugs, references to the scientific literature, and links to credible organizations and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases.

LactMed debuted in 2006 and has grown to nearly 1,500 records. It is heavily used by both healthcare providers and the public. With the decision to retire the TOXNET interface, LactMed has been moved to a different platform, NCBI’s Bookshelf. You can already access LactMed at its new Bookshelf location. Users who would like more information about using the new interface can find it at Accessing LactMed Content from NCBI Bookshelf or as a PDF.

Since the TOXNET API and mobile site will also be retired, LactMed data will no longer be available through those means. In addition, the LactMed apps for Android and iOS devices will be retired. Current users of the LactMed apps are encouraged to continue accessing LactMed via Bookshelf. Alternatively, the dataset can be downloaded from NLM’s Data Distribution site and through the NLM Open Access subset.

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December 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2019-12-03 11:46

illustration of food covering half of the face of a clockCheck out the December 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: Veggie Eating Boosted By Tasty Names
    Everyone knows they should eat more vegetables. But only about 10% of Americans eat the recommended number of veggies per day. A recent study found that tasty descriptions can encourage people to make healthier choices.
  • Health Capsule: Safety Tips for Physical Activity
    Staying active is key for good health. No matter your age or fitness level, getting more physical activity will help support your body and mind. Experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.
  • Featured Website: Finding Treatment for Drug Use Disorder
    If you or a loved one needs treatment for a drug use problem, it can be challenging to know where to start. NIH has step-by-step guides to finding treatment for teens and adults, as well as guides for friends and family. Find more information on treatment options and available resources.

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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Register for 2020 MeSH Classes Coming in January!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-02 15:31

Join the National Library of Medicine and NNLM Training Office for two training events in January 2020, highlighting the 2020 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and how to adjust to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.

  1. NLM Webinar: 2020 MeSH Highlights
    Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2020 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) on Friday, January 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST. A brief presentation will feature:

    • Updates to the Infections tree
    • Additional clinical trial publication types
    • Updates to Cell Death terms
    • Additional terminology for myotoxicity and ototoxicity.

    Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer questions.

  2. NNLM Class: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
    Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join NNLM for MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching on Friday, January 17, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST to learn:

    • How does this affect your PubMed searches?
    • What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy?
    • How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches?
    • How do you check your saved searches and alerts?

For more information about 2020 MeSH, visit What’s New in MeSH.

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Margaret McGhee Appointed Chief of NLM Public Services Division!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-12-02 15:01

woman smiling dressed in a business suit

Margaret McGhee

National Library of Medicine Associate Director for Library Operations Joyce Backus has announced the appointment of Margaret McGhee as Chief, NLM Public Services Division. She will assume this role on December 9. Ms. McGhee will lead the Division responsible for several key NLM programs, including MedlinePlus, the main web site, customer service, management and preservation of the collection, and delivery of onsite services and interlibrary loans. Ms. McGhee brings solid experience in serving a variety of library users to her new position.

Ms. McGhee comes to NLM from the NIH Library, whose mission is to serve the biomedical researchers, clinicians and administration of the NIH, where she is the Chief of the Education Services Branch. She has experience overseeing the Library’s efforts to optimize customer experience using the Balanced Scorecard strategic planning tool, and managing the informationist program, bibliometrics services, instruction and training, communications, and outreach and marketing program.

From 2016-2018, Ms. McGhee was the Head of the Collection Management Unit in the Preservation and Collection Management Section of NLM, where she directed a portfolio to maintain the physical collections and provide information services to library users. She served as the Technology Librarian in the NLM National Network Office managing library services, contracts and grants from 2014-2016. From 2005-2014 she was a Librarian in the MEDLARS Management Section of NLM’s Bibliographic Services Division, supporting MEDLINE/PubMed and other NLM databases. She started her professional career in 1984 as a Technical Literature Searcher at CPC International in Bedford Park, IL. Margaret has an MLIS from the University of Texas, Austin, and BS degrees in biology and chemistry from Quincy University, IL.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on the New PubMed Now Available!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-11-27 12:40

The November 20 recording of the NNLM Resource Picks webinar, The New PubMed, is now available. Hosted by Karen Coghlan, New England Region’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, the webinar provides an overview of the new, modern PubMed with its updated features including advanced search tools, saving citations to a Clipboard, options for sharing results, and the new “Cite” button. It also provides the reasons for the change and how this new improved PubMed will make mobile searching easier. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below or go to the NNLM Resource Picks YouTube page.

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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Fall 2019 Now Available Online!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-11-21 16:35

basketball player on a cover of NIH MedlinePlus magazine

The Fall 2019 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is NBA star, Kevin Love, who talks about his experiences with anxiety and the importance of removing stigma surrounding men and mental health. In addition, the issue features articles on stuttering, family medical history, Lewy body dementia and sleep.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. To receive a print version, use the order form to have the magazine delivered to your home or office. It ships four times a year and is free to subscribers.

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NLM Announces First Venues Selected for Exhibitions Connect Initiative!

PSR News - Thu, 2019-11-21 14:43

The National Library of Medicine has announced the first fourteen (14) sites selected as part of Exhibitions Connect, an initiative that encourages host venues to engage with and disseminate NLM health information resources to their communities as part of the experience of hosting NLM banner exhibitions.

Over forty libraries responded to the Call for Requests to feature Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America and use their hosting of this exhibition as an occasion to connect patrons and colleagues with NLM health information resources. A panel of NLM staff reviewed the responses and selected fourteen proposals considered exceptional. Congratulations to the three NNLM PSR sites selected: Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, AZ; California State University, Fullerton, Pollak Library; and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson!

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New Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) Platform Update!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-11-20 18:29

Electronic Fund Transfer System logo with the letters EFTS and the DOCLINE Billing Component underneath it

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has developed the specifications of a new Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) platform. MLA will proceed with actual development and implementation if a minimum of 750 users sign up for the new platform by January 10, 2020. As of November 20, 2019, nearly 500 libraries have signed up to receive a user agreement.

EFTS is an online billing system for interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions that collects an ILL charge from a borrowing library, on behalf of the lending library, and pays it to the lender, less a transaction fee.

  • Participating libraries are able to exchange funds for the payment of ILLs instead of creating their own invoices and writing checks to each other.
  • EFTS only processes the financial component of ILL transactions between a borrower and a lender, using ILL transaction information provided to EFTS by the lender.
  • The National Library of Medicine DOCLINE platform is the preferred service to match a lender with a borrower.
  • The fulfillment of the ILL is managed outside of EFTS and DOCLINE by the lender.

EFTS has been operated by the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) since 1996, when UCHC and NLM collaborated to create it. In May, 2019, UCHC informed EFTS users that UCHC would cease EFTS operations on December 31, 2019, later extended to December 31, 2020. This announcement has understandably created major concerns for the many libraries that depend on the EFTS service. Since this announcement, MLA, UCHC, and NLM have collaborated on an MLA solution to launch a new and enhanced EFTS platform. UCHC has agreed to extend the current EFTS operations until MLA’s EFTS platform is operational to ensure a continuity of service.

For information on the new EFTS features, enhancements, and fees, and to request a user agreement, please consult the EFTS information page. MLA has also collected answers to questions current EFTS users and potential participants may have:

  • MLA will send out the user agreement to the list of libraries who requested a user agreement, once it has been completed and vetted by several libraries.
  • All libraries that want to use the new EFTS need to sign up, with one agreement per DOCLINE LIBID (Library Identification).
  • There is no automatic sign up of libraries in a consortium (each library needs to sign up individually).
  • If you replied to UHCH’s May 2019 survey regarding your willingness to kickstart a new EFTS platform, you still need to sign up.
  • If you are a current user of EFTS, you will have the option to pay the new registration fee using your current EFTS funds and will have the option to have your funds transferred directly from the current EFTS to the new EFTS.
  • If you are not a current user of EFTS, please join the new EFTS. MLA forecasts to have it active in April 2020.

For more information, contact Kevin Baliozian, MLA executive director.

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The “New” PubMed Is Here!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-11-18 17:36

An updated version of PubMed is now available! The new PubMed will become the default in spring 2020 and will ultimately replace the legacy version. You can also click on the new blue banner on the legacy PubMed home page to try the new PubMed. The new responsive layout offers better support for accessing PubMed content with the increasingly popular small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The interface is compatible with any screen size, which provides a fresh, consistent look and feel throughout the application, no matter how you access it. A single, responsive website means that the features you use on the desktop are also available on your mobile device, including library icons for libraries participating in the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service. Find highly relevant articles more easily using the Best Match sort, now the default sort order in PubMed. Best Match uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm that is trained on aggregated user searches. The Best Match algorithm ranks search results according to several relevance signals. For more information about Best Match, visit the article, Best Match: New relevance search for PubMed.

screenshot of the new website with a blue background and a search function

The new PubMed homepage

The new PubMed includes the following features you rely on for searching, as well as saving and sharing your results.

  • Access the same trusted database of more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature.
  • Activate the default filters or customize the filter menu to meet your needs.
  • Use the Results by Year graph to see trends in literature over time or to refine your search results by publication year.
  • Save your search results to a file, email your results to yourself or a colleague, or send your results to a clipboard, collection, or your NCBI My Bibliography.
  • Go to the advanced search page to search for terms in a specific field, see the search details, review your search history and combine searches to create complex search strings.
  • Save your search and create an email alert.

NLM will continue adding features and improving the user experience, ensuring that PubMed remains a trusted and accessible source of biomedical literature today and in the future. For more details on the features in the new PubMed, watch the recorded webinar, “A New PubMed: Highlights for Information Professionals.

Other articles of potential interest:

The New PubMed Updated: Homepage, User Guide, My NCBI Alerts and Collections, and More
PubMed Labs Update: Using Filters
PubMed Labs Update: Library LinkOut using Outside Tool
PubMed Labs Update: Add Citations to the Clipboard
PubMed Labs Update: Advanced Search, History, and Search Details
An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way

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PSR News - Mon, 2019-11-18 14:52

As noted previously in the NLM Technical Bulletin, TOXNET will be retired on December 16. Most content will remain available through other NLM databases, as well as from external websites. Currently available information about where to find that content appears in the Technical Bulletin.

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Report on The Open Access 2019 Conference

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-11-18 14:44

By Daina Dickman, MA, MLIS, AHIP
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Sacramento State University

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Open Access 2019 Conference: Open for Whom? Research Equity for Campus and Community, at San Jose State University, with the assistance of an NNLM PSR Professional Development Award. The conference theme focused on research equity, and I was able to hear many thoughtful presentations and speakers from California (and one presenter visiting from Texas). I presented my own paper on censorship concerns in medical library institutional repositories as part of a panel with Melissa Seelye of San Francisco State University, exploring the tensions between open access ideals and corporate interests. As a focused one-track conference, a common conversation was contributed to by all presenters and attendees.

For me, a highlight of the conference was hearing Alexa Hight, of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s presentation about the open access publishing fund her library administers. I am always interested in the creative and practical ways that libraries can promote open access publishing as a viable path for scholarship at their institutions.

As a new librarian to the Pacific Southwest Region, I appreciated the chance to meet and network with new local colleagues, including the health sciences librarian at San Jose State University. I highly recommend that health sciences librarians consider conferences that aren’t just focused on medical librarianship. I always come away with new ideas which I am excited to apply to my own work, and appreciate the opportunity to share the medical librarian perspective with colleagues from other areas of librarianship. Smaller regional conferences are also a great place to practice your presentation skills before the MLA Annual Meeting!

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MedlinePlus News

PSR News - Fri, 2019-11-15 14:48

MedlinePlus has retired the How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials page in English and Spanish. Guides for creating health materials for a general audience are available from the National Institutes of Health, the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and others. You can also explore the resources in the updated MedlinePlus topic on Health Literacy.

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American Indian/Alaska Native Health and Arctic Health Portals Will Retire on December 16!

PSR News - Fri, 2019-11-15 13:55

The American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal will be retired on December 16, 2019. Visit the MedlinePlus American Indian and Alaska Native Health page for information about this topic. The Arctic Health portal moved to a new home on September 28, 2018, with the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Content from NLM-hosted Arctic Health has been moved to the new site and the search engine has been enhanced. The current NLM Arctic Health site will no longer be available after December 16.

If you have any questions, contact the NLM Support Center.

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Next NNLM RDM Webinar on December 6: Data Visualization

PSR News - Thu, 2019-11-14 18:15

Register for the next session of the NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) Webinar Series on December 6, 10:00-11:00 AM PST, Data Visualization: Theory to Practice. The NNLM RDM webinar series is a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding a library’s role in RDM, getting started, data management planning, and different RDM tools.

Description: This presentation will take data visualization instruction to the next level for you to start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

Presenter: Negeen Aghassibake is the Data Visualization Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries under the Assessment and Planning department.

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NIH Issues Request for Public Comment on Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

PSR News - Wed, 2019-11-13 16:11

The NIH has released a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental draft guidance for public comment. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing that furthers NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public. Complete information about the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be found on the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) website. Stakeholder feedback is essential to ensure that any future policy maximizes responsible data sharing, minimizes burden on researchers, and protects the privacy of research participants. Stakeholders are invited to comment on any aspect of the draft policy, the supplemental draft guidance, or any other considerations relevant to NIH’s data management and sharing policy efforts that NIH should consider.

NIH has established a web portal to facilitate commenting. Comments must be received no later than January 10, 2020. For additional details about NIH’s thinking on this issue, visit Dr. Carrie Wolinetz’ latest Under the Poliscope blog post, “NIH’s DRAFT Data Management and Sharing Policy: We Need to Hear From You!” NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the draft policy in the near future. Details will be available soon.

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NLM Releases New “About MedlinePlus” Website Information

PSR News - Wed, 2019-11-13 15:14

The information about MedlinePlus on the website has been expanded and updated, with the following highlights:

To streamline this area of MedlinePlus, the FAQs, awards and recognition page, milestones page, bibliography, and MedlinePlus tour have been discontinued. When applicable, these links have been redirected to related content on MedlinePlus. As always, feedback is welcome. Use the “Customer Support” button at the top of any page to submit a comment or question.

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New Online Tutorial Available on Health Insurance Enrollment!

PSR News - Tue, 2019-11-12 19:08

The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. The course, Using to Enroll in Health Insurance, covers the basics of securing coverage through, the health insurance exchange website operated by the U.S. federal government. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan. It was created as part of PLA’s Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative, a national partnership to assist uninsured consumers with ACA enrollment made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst. The tutorial is accessed through, PLA’s free online digital literacy training curriculum designed to help people increase their digital skills.

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