In November 2018, DOCLINE libraries were sent email invitations to preview DOCLINE 6.0. The email provided users instructions to test their new Google login accounts and to review and update their library and holdings information. If you have not accessed DOCLINE 6.0, here are some helpful resources and video tutorials:
- Setting up Google login for DOCLINE
- Logging into DOCLINE
- Verify that your Google Account works
- Reviewing/Updating Library Profile
- Reviewing/Updating Holdings
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently working with third-party ILL software vendors to ensure their systems are compatible with the new DOCLINE. They are also validating the routing algorithm that matches borrow requests to lenders to ensure that this functionality is working properly. Once this work is complete, NLM expects to migrate to DOCLINE 6.0 in early 2019.
Refer to the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs page for more information. If you need assistance, please reach out to the National DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) or write to the National Library of Medicine Help Desk. The NDCO will be closed from Monday, December 24, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, and will return to normal office hours on Wednesday, January 2.
The archived recording of the December 7 session for the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series is now available. The topic is “Wikidata, Librarians and Research Data Management,” and is presented by Katie Mika, Wikidata expert and librarian from the University of Colorado Boulder. This webinar introduces the WikiCite initiative to build a database of open citations to support free and computational access to bibliographic metadata and identifies simple, high impact ways to get involved. As experts in the intersection of bibliographic metadata, information discovery, and interdisciplinary research, librarians are a tremendous resource for this community. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
MEDLINE/PubMed citations and the MeSH translation tables are now updated to reflect 2019 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping. The citations newly indexed with 2019 MeSH since November 27 are available for searching in PubMed. NLM has resumed daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed. Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2019 MeSH vocabulary. Visit MEDLINE Data Changes—2019 for details on the data changes.
Other pertinent articles:
The Alliance for the Implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (AiCPG) has just issued a press release announcing the launch of a new medical guideline tool, “Guideline Clearinghouse 2.0,” scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. The resource is designed to replace the best features of AHRQ’s National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC), which is no longer supported. Until the launch occurs, a searchable database of over 1,000 archived summaries previously published in the NGC is available. Also currently available is a compiled list of free medical guideline tools.
The AiCPG is a non-profit organization, governed by medical societies, with a mission dedicated to systematically promoting the availability, dissemination, and implementation of clinical practice guidelines to improve patient outcomes. AiCPG’s new clearinghouse will provide free access to thousands of summarized full-text clinical practice guidelines, with the planned addition of hundreds of new guideline summaries in the coming months. Registration is not required in order to access the guideline summaries.
Join the National Library of Medicine and NNLM Training Office for two events in January 2019, covering an introduction to 2019 Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) and adjusting to MeSH changes in PubMed searches and alerts.
- NLM Webinar: 2019 MeSH Highlights
Date and time: Friday, January 4, 2019, 10:00 – 10:30 AM PST
Join NLM staff for a highlight tour of the 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). A 20-minute presentation will feature:
- Addition of systematic reviews publication type
- Additional clinical trial publication types
- Subheading changes for manpower, secretion, and utilization
- Additional terminology for data, neoplasms, and other topics.
Following the presentation, Indexing and MeSH experts will be available to answer your questions.
- NNLM Webinar: MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching
Date and time: Friday, January 11, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30 AM PST
Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. Join this session 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?
This class includes some content from the class Advanced PubMed: MeSH.
The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division has announced the 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series. All lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Lectures are also live-streamed globally and archived by NIH VideoCasting, which is made possible through a generous gift to the NLM from the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Foundation.
The centerpiece of the 2019 series will be Viral Networks, Reconnected: A Digital Humanities/History of Medicine Research Forum, a special program reuniting three scholars who participated in the January 2018 Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through a grant to Virginia Tech, and hosted by NLM. Christopher J. Phillips of Carnegie Mellon University, A. R. Ruis of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah Runcie of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will share the progress of their research and their thoughts about the future of digital humanities and the history of medicine. This special program will be held on Thursday, April 4, from 2:00–4:00 p.m EDT. It is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities, as part of the partnership between NLM and NEH to collaborate on research, education, and career initiatives.
The Lecture Series will also feature the following presentations. Interviews with the speakers in the History of Medicine Lecture Series are published in Circulating Now, the blog of the NLM History of Medicine Division. Explore interviews with past lecturers on the blog and stay informed about the Lecture Series on Twitter at #NLMHistTalk.
- Thursday, February 28: Oliver Gaycken, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Core Faculty in the Film and Comparative Literature Programs of the University of Maryland, speaking on Fantastic Voyages Through the Historical Audio-Visual Collections at the National Library of Medicine, involving a series of case studies this extraordinary and world-renowned audio-visual collection.
- Thursday, May 23: Andrew T. Simpson, PhD, 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Duquesne University, offering the 3rd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine on Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and His Influence in the Changing Business of Healthcare and the Delivery of American Medicine.
- September 19: Miriam Posner, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Information Studies Department of the University of California Los Angeles, offering the 11th Annual James H. Cassedy Lecture in the History of Medicine, on Mind-Body Problems: Lobotomy, Science, and the Digital Humanities. Dr. Posner’s lecture is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities.
- Thursday, October 17: Ted Brown, PhD, Professor of History and Medical Humanities, University of Rochester, offering a special lecture in honor and memory of Elizabeth Fee, PhD (1946–2018) on The World Health Organization’s Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978: What Was It Then, Where Is It Now?
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2018, in the 25th round of the program, including two projects at San Francisco Public Health Foundation. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to all the recipients!
AIDS Foundation Houston
“Project HELP (HIV Education Learning and PrEP)”
With focus on individuals in the Fifth Ward, an underserved Houston neighborhood with a high HIV prevalence rate, the goal of Project HELP is to use community stakeholders, trained as community health workers (CHWs), to disseminate HIV/AIDS and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) resources to improve and increase access to accurate information. Project HELP will disseminate National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS information resources. In addition, in collaboration with the University of Houston Honors College Community Health Worker Initiative (CHWI), Project HELP will include information about the AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) PrEP website training trainings for local health care providers and community members on how to become CHWs. AFH will educate the CHWs on how to use the NLM HIV/AIDS and PrEP resources, implement community outreach techniques, and develop HIV and PrEP fact sheets and resource cards. The training information provided will engage and encourage individuals to access NLM HIV/AIDS resources and the AFH PrEP website as the “go to” resources for accurate information. The AFH and CHWI training will prepare CHWs to also implement outreach activities. To support the effort of the CHWs, AFH will launch a digital campaign to heighten awareness of the NLM HIV/AIDS resources among the general public.
Black Girl Health
“Pop the Question (PTQ) (phase 4)”
Pop the Question (PTQ) IV is a national social media campaign using Facebook and Instagram to increase awareness about HIV prevention, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). By connecting Black women to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS resources, educating them about PEP and PrEP, offering them support, and teaching them how to transfer this knowledge to their own self-care, Black Girl Health (BGH) can educate African American women to make informed decisions regarding their health. The nationwide social media campaign targets African American women 18 to 55 years of age through engagement with a national social media influencer. BGH will create a culturally relatable media campaign that will disseminate PEP and PrEP information via engaging videos, support the message with infographics that further relate information on PEP/PrEP medications, and direct women to the BGH website through a ‘call to action’ assessment quiz that encourages interactive engagement and connects visitors to NLM HIV/AIDS and PEP/PrEP resources, including AIDSinfo and PrEP Navigator. The PTQ campaign benefits public health by engaging African-American women with high-quality, relatable information that encourages them to take preventative measures to control their health. The campaign also gives community organizations, navigators, and advocates culturally relevant resources to use when interfacing with clients.
Comunidades Unidas/Communities United
“PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for your Future“
The goal of the Comunidades Unidas’ PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for Your Future project is to increase the accessibility of HIV/AIDS-related health information and resources among Latinx (Latino/Latina) and LGBTQ+ individuals, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM), residing in Salt Lake County, Utah. Comunidades Unidas aims to fight stigma and empower these populations to better prevent, manage, and treat HIV/AIDS via increased connection to National Library of Medicine (NLM) online HIV/AIDS resources and information and access to local pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services. Comunidades Unidas, in collaboration with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, will train staff, promotoras (community health workers), and youth leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, NLM online resources, and local HIV prevention services such as PrEP. Once trained, these individuals will act as ambassadors and peer mentors of the project and disseminate information and provide navigation assistance for resources related to PrEP and other HIV/AIDS prevention services.
“Frontline TEACH Online: Empowering HIV Professionals to Take Control of Their Education”
The Frontline TEACH Online project goal is to close the gaps in competence among professionals in HIV and allied fields by providing high-quality, accessible educational content geared towards health care and social services professionals working with people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Frontline TEACH Online also aims to address the gaps in provider competency that prevent people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) from engaging in care by targeting professionals who are key gatekeepers in stemming the tide of HIV infection. Philadelphia FIGHT will develop eight webinars, which can be viewed sequentially or out-of-sequence, to create a time-test FIGHT treatment education program for health care providers and prescribers, nurses, social workers and case managers, community health workers, frontline staff, and others working with PLWHA. The program content will address provider competency through high-quality HIV educational information developed from NLM resources.
The Prevention Collaborative, LLC
“Amigos y Amantes” (“Friends and Lovers”)
The goal of this project is to continue and expand the work of a currently funded National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) initiative to create and market HIV educational online and print resources that feature information and links to NLM HIV/AIDS resources, using original, serialized stories on Instagram. To help reduce stigma, the Prevention Collaborative will create two new stories featuring relatable characters based on actual community members, who will help develop the structure and content of the stories. All stories will reference and link to NLM resources to engage the target communities in three key topics of HIV education: advocacy of regular HIV testing and the use of NLM resources to find testing locations; endorsement of PrEP/PEP for HIV prevention; and promotion of the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. The intended nationwide audience for the proposed project is men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals of color who are living with or at risk for HIV infection, and anyone affected by HIV (e.g., family members or caregivers of people living with HIV). Trained peer outreach specialists will use the Instagram platform and content to engage with followers and provide additional harm reduction counseling and links to resources. All work will be conducted by the partner organizations in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team with expertise in research, content development, health education, HIV/AIDS, and outreach to MSM and transgender communities.
San Francisco Public Health Foundation
“HIVEOnline.Org: Improving Access to Comprehensive, HIV-Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Information”
HIVEonline.org is a virtual hub for disseminating best practices, has become a comprehensive online resource for HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health. HIVE aims to improve online access to, and knowledge about, HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV. HIVE will expand its online science-based content on pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment as prevention/undetectable equals untransmittable, use preferred language, and improve access to the National Library of Medicine’s online HIV/AIDS information. HIVE aims to increase HIVonline.org retrievability, functionality, and accessibility to help people affected by HIV have safe pregnancies, reproductive autonomy, and access to state-of-the-art health care.
San Francisco Public Health Foundation
The pleasePrEPme website expands access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) through an online searchable, location responsive national PrEP provider directory, in collaboration with PrEPLocator.org; local HIV-prevention resources in English and Spanish for patients and providers in all 50 states; and experienced navigators to provide assistance via online chat, text, or phone. The goal of the project is to improve access to PrEP services by meeting the need for no-cost, fully accessible PrEP navigation training for frontline staff, case managers, PrEP navigators, administrators, and other non-clinician staff at clinics and departments of public health. The training content will include video and print media and NLM resources such as AIDSinfo, MedlinePlus, AIDSource (particularly the PrEP Navigation Resources pages of the website), and ClinicalTrials.gov. The project will be promoted via social media and email outreach, utilizing listservs such as the California PrEP Navigators Google Group, and social media channels such as pleasePrEPme’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The benefits of an online PrEP navigation training program include staff’s ability to complete modules from their office or home, without the time or expense of travel.
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
“HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care”
The HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care project is a collaborative effort among UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC); AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.; the Worcester Public Library; and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to increase use of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources in Worcester, MA. The project will increase access to NLM HIV/AIDS information resources, PrEP navigator resources, and other HIV/AIDS-related information resources by developing a web-based training module and health education information, and training outreach workers to support the health information needs of clients visiting the UMMHC HIV/AIDS clinics.
Additional information about this funding program, including an overview and list of projects funded in previous years, is posted on NLM’s Specialized Information Services website. These awards are issued annually, and the request for proposals is announced every spring. If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, now is not too early to begin consideration of project proposals and identifying potential collaborative partner organizations!
The archived recording of the November 28 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic is LactMed and LiverTox. The presentation familiarizes participants with the drug toxicity resources LactMed and Livertox available online from the National Library of Medicine.
Presenter: James E. Knoben, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA serves as Drug Information Consultant in the Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine. He provides expert advice to NLM with respect to drug-related databases and serves as the NLM editor for LactMed and LiverTox.
Presenter: Philip O. Anderson, Pharm.D., FCSHP, FASHP is the author of LactMed and a Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where he heads the course on drug information. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
The National Library of Medicine adopted the 2019 MeSH vocabulary for cataloging on November 19. Accordingly, MeSH subject headings in LocatorPlus were changed to reflect the 2019 MeSH vocabulary and appear in that form as of November 19. When year-end processing (YEP) activities are completed in late November, the NLM Catalog database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2019 MeSH. Until then, there will be a hiatus in the addition of new and edited bibliographic records to the NLM Catalog. The Winter version of the NLM Classification, to be published in mid-to-late-January 2019, will encompass changes resulting from new and changed MeSH terms for 2019 as well as additional minor updates to the index. The main index terms will continue to link to 2018 MeSH until the Winter 2019 edition is published in January.
An NLM Classification number appears in many terms in the MeSH Browser and is supplied annually by the NLM Cataloging and Metadata Section (CaMMS) when the MeSH term points to a single classification number in the Classification Index. These class numbers are current as of the Winter 2018 edition of the NLM Classification. They will be updated with the publication of the 2019 Winter edition in January.
For a complete list of updates, including changes and additions to qualifiers (subheadings) and publication types, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
The National Library of Medicine is seeking host sites for the 2019-2020 second year for its current group of NLM Associate Fellows. The deadline for letters of interest is April 1, 2019. Information on hosting NLM Associate Fellows is available on the NLM web site. Host sites are health sciences libraries which can offer a strong opportunity for an early-career health sciences librarian, with exposure to the full range of work and experiences of the institution. NLM is seeking host sites that are willing to fund the stipend and health insurance, while NLM provides funding for professional development, interview, colloquium attendance, and relocation.
Following is brief backgrounds on the Associates. You are welcome to contact them to ask for their resumes or further understand their interests. All of the Associates are interested in a second year.
- Stacy Brody is interested in public health, policy, ethics, and outreach. She enjoys planning events, facilitating partnerships, and building coalitions. She also has experience teaching in formal and informal settings. Familiar with online tools, such as Canva, Piktochart, Hootsuite, and Sprout Social, she has utilized them in marketing and content creation. For her second year, she is interested in learning to conduct systematic reviews and to explore health information provision to diverse populations, from policy makers to patients.
- Sarah Clarke is interested in research data management, reference, systematic reviews, and working as a liaison to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.
- Amelia Llorens is interested in consumer health, data visualization, and organization of information. She has experience with Qlik and database experience using MySQL and PHP. She is willing to learn new tools and programming languages.
- Cecelia Vetter is interested in instruction, health information literacy, scholarly communication, reference, and clinical librarianship.
- Paije Wilson is interested in biomedical research data management, reference, scholarly publishing, health literacy, and instruction. She is greatly interested in expanding on her skills in data management and gaining professional experience in instruction. Ultimately, she is excited to learn anything that may help future practitioners, researchers, and students in the medical field.
For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.
Following its April 27, 2018, call for applications to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, NLM has announced its seven 2019 DeBakey Fellows. NNLM PSR is represented among the recipients by Michael Kronenfeld, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA, University Librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library, A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences; and Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, PhD, Professor Emerita Arizona State University, for their research project, The History of Health Science Librarianship.
For a complete list of Fellows and other information about the program, visit the NLM web site. Congratulations to all the recipients!
Check 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:
- Plan Your Plate: Shifting to a Healthy Eating Style
Healthy eating is one of the best ways to prevent or delay health problems.
- Safe Sleep for Baby: Reducing the Risk of SIDS
There are many ways to reduce a baby’s chances for sleep-related deaths.
- Health Capsule: Probiotic May Stop Staph
A new study suggests that people who have a certain helpful microbe, or probiotic, in their gut may be less likely to have harmful “staph” germs.
- Health Capsule: Inspire Others to Move More and Eat Better
More than two of every three adults carry excess weight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk of diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and other health problems. Communities across the country need help.
- Featured Website: Personal Stories
Have you ever wondered who takes part in clinical research studies? Hear personal stories from volunteers and researchers who are helping others and moving science forward.
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!
NNLM PSR sponsored seven sites for the MLA webinar, Who Doesn’t Love a Good Story? Using Stories in Academic and Community-Based Health Education. Discussion focused on narrative storytelling and how it can be used to support academic health sciences instruction and community-based education initiatives. Several site hosts commented positively about the content and interactive teaching aspect of the webinar (the benefits and challenges of using stories were debated, and relevant applications were shared).
We have a limited number of surplus codes to access a recording of the webinar. Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in viewing the recording. Once your request has been approved, you will receive a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours.
The following sites hosted the live webcast:
Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Host: Adrienne Brodie
University of California, San Francisco
Host: Min-Lin Fang
Host: Ana Macias
San Diego State University
Host: Margaret Henderson
Santa Clara Valley Health and Human Services
Host: Judith Mills
Hawaii State Hospital
Host: Lisa Anne Matsumoto
University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Mary Schultz
Thank you to all of our hosts! Please subscribe to the PSR-News email list for announcements about 2019 sponsorships.
NLM has announced the notable data changes made to MEDLINE during the annual maintenance known as Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2019. Highlights include:
- For 2019, 73 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology.
- 402 new MeSH Headings, plus 20 new Publication Types, were added to MeSH in 2019. A complete list is available in PDF format, New Headings with Scope Notes, Annotations and Tree Locations.
- Twenty new publication types are available for 2019; 16 will be used only by NLM Cataloging and four will be used for MEDLINE indexing.
- For 2019, NLM has continued its project of reviewing subheadings in order to improve indexing consistency and efficiency and to make MEDLINE searching easier and more straightforward. The new MeSH heading Workforce was created to replace /manpower.
For a complete list of updates, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
NLM Introduces “Exhibitions Connect,” a New Opportunity for Institutions Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibitions!
The National Library of Medicine has announced a new opportunity to enhance dissemination of and engagement with NLM health information resources, better serving libraries and cultural institutions that host NLM traveling exhibitions. Exhibitions Connect, an NLM Exhibition Program opportunity, provides curated collections of informative and promotional materials related to the topics explored in NLM exhibitions and tailored to host venues. Additionally, it promotes collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The first project of this opportunity kicks off in April 2019, with the launch of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner, bilingual traveling exhibition exploring the rise of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic up to the present day.
The year-long initial project will send two copies of Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar to nine NNLM member libraries identified by the NLM traveling exhibition services team, in cooperation with the Network. These libraries will work with NNLM staff to disseminate and utilize NLM health information resources. The NLM will provide each host venue with a selection of English- and Spanish-language health information resources related to HIV/AIDS and tailored to the needs of academic, health sciences, and public libraries, including printed materials; links to webinars, databases, and consumer health information; and sample social media posts. Among the participating libraries are Florida International University in Miami; Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA; Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, OH; and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY.
NLM anticipates announcing a second project as part of Exhibitions Connect in June 2019, featuring the upcoming traveling exhibition Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, which explores how experts and parents tried to limit Rubella’s impact in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States. Alongside Exhibitions Connect, the NLM will maintain its regular schedule of traveling exhibition services, with 41 copies of 21 banner exhibitions touring libraries and cultural institutions throughout North America and Europe.
On November 19, ECRI launched a new version of the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (NGC), now redeveloped into the ECRI Guidelines Trust. The NGC was previously funded and maintained by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and was a well respected single aggregated point of access to medical practice association developed evidence-based guidelines for medical and health practices. It was freely available to all users. In the summer of 2017, the AHRQ’s budget was reduced and support for maintaining and hosting the Clearinghouse ended. Shortly afterward, the non-profit ECRI Institute promised to work with AHRQ to take up and continue this project. The ECRI Institute became involved because they actually built and maintained the database on ARHQ’s behalf and had been the sole contractor involved for the 20 years or so of its existence as a government utility.
The new site is easy to use and is freely available. It does require registration, but allows the choice of “medical librarian” as a profession in the registration screen. After running an initial search, results can be refined by a number of different filters, including whether it was scored for quality of evidence using their detailed TRUST algorithm. Some listed guidelines are not scored; either they do not meet all standards for inclusion despite respectable sources, or their developers denied permission. It’s easy to tell whether they are scored or not, but this might be confusing for people who don’t realize that some findable guidelines do not actually meet their standards for full inclusion. It’s also very easy to find information about their process and standards, but you do have to know enough to want to look for the information.
The return of this well-used resource is very welcome, but ECRI will need resources to be able to continue its production. Users at institutions that can afford to pay large amounts of money often have access to these guidelines through resources like ClinicalKey, but other users have had to spend a great deal of time and effort seeking them out and evaluating them individually from a wide variety of sources. The Clearinghouse’s users include many who are unable to pay a large subscription fee for a resource like this.
FORCE11 has announced that the third annual FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) will take place at UCLA from August 5 to 9, 2019. With this move, FORCE11 begins a long-term collaboration with the UCLA Library to plan and present FSCI, and improve understanding and engagement with the fast-changing world of research communication on campuses everywhere. FSCI started in 2017 as a partnership between FORCE11 and the University of California at San Diego. Now setting down roots in Los Angeles, FSCI is a week-long summer school in open research for researchers, librarians, publishers, university administrators, funders, students and post-docs that incorporates intensive coursework, seminars, group activities, lectures and hands-on training. Participants learn from leading experts, have the chance to discuss the latest trends and to gain expertise in new technologies. FSCI is transdisciplinary and relevant across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
“Working together with the academic community to explore frontiers in research communications is key to changing practices,” said Ginny Steel, UCLA Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian. “The UCLA Library has been actively involved in efforts to enhance and expand scholarly discourse through openness, and the summer institute will be a valuable forum for us to consider the opportunities and challenges in concert with the international research community. We look forward to welcoming everyone in August.”
FSCI courses explore changing practice in data-sharing, authorship, peer review, research assessment, publishing and more. There are courses for those who know very little about current trends and technologies and courses for those ready to pursue advanced topics. FSCI covers scholarly communication from a variety of disciplinary, regional and international perspectives. Course information and registration will be available in the spring. To stay updated on details as they emerge, sign up to receive email updates, join the Facebook page, follow @force11rescomm on Twitter, or visit FSCI2019@UCLA online.
The Fall 2018 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is soprano Renée Fleming, who teams with NIH to explore sound, health, and the power of music. The issue also features articles on new treatment for deep vein thrombosis, research updates on polycystic ovary syndrome and fighting fibromyalgia with complementary health.
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.
Apply by January 4 for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians!
Biomedical and health sciences librarians are invited to participate as students or mentors in RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians, a rigorous NNLM online training course going beyond the basics of research data management, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). This course will expand on concepts covered in RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians. The librarian’s role in research reproducibility and research integrity will be threaded throughout the course, which will also include practice in using Jupyter notebooks through an open-source browser-based application (jupyterhub) that allows users to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations, and narrative text. The major aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions.
Applicants must have previous training or experience in research data management through the RDM 101 course or attest to these learning objectives. Applications are open to health science information professionals working in libraries located in the US; or with permission of the instructors, persons living outside the US with LIS training and wishing to obtain a position in a US based library. A letter of institutional support is required. Enrollment is limited to 40.
The online asynchronous component of the program is six weeks, running from February 20 – April 5, including a catch-up week, and then followed by a synchronous online session during the week of April 8. Participants can expect to spend about six hours each week on coursework and the project. There is no charge for participating in the program. MLA CE credit will be awarded (TBD). Mentors will assume the role of a researcher with a dataset seeking data services support. They will work with groups of 4-5 mentees. Mentors will be compensated $1,000 for their time and required to submit a W-9 and a contract with the University of Utah. For more details and knowledge requirements, consult the course description link at the beginning of this message. To apply, submit the online application form, and upload PDFs of a current CV and letter of institutional support by January 4, 2019. For questions, contact Shirley Zhao, RDM Project Lead and Training Development Specialist.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives. The public comment period will be open from December 3, 2018 through January 17, 2019. Previous public comments on the proposed Healthy People 2030 framework helped shape the vision, mission, foundational principles, plan of action, and overarching goals for Healthy People 2030. In this public comment period, input is needed on the proposed Core, Developmental, and Research objectives. Please read the objective selection criteria, which will be available by December 3, prior to reviewing and commenting on the proposed objectives.
Healthy People 2030 will have 3 types of objectives: Core, Developmental, and Research. You may comment on individual Core objectives and on the set of Developmental and Research objectives for each topic area. Proposed objectives are organized by Healthy People 2020 topic areas—except for objectives related to opioids, which can be found in the new Opioids topic area. The final objectives may be organized differently in Healthy People 2030.