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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA’s Systematic Reviews Webinar

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-05-22 16:05

NNLM PSR sponsored nine sites for the recent MLA webinar, “Developing and Managing a Systematic Review Service.” The live webcast, part two of MLA’s five-part series dedicated to systematic reviews, was attended by a total of 75 people. Feedback for the session was good and several hosts reported that the series has been timely for their needs.

If you would like to view a recording of the webcast, please complete this brief survey. 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. Please note: Codes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and preference will be given to NNLM PSR members.


Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine
Host: Adrienne Brodie


Charles R. Drew University
Cobb Learning Resource Center
Host:  Darlene Parker-Kelly  

University of California, San Francisco
Parnassus Library
Host: Min-Lin Fang  

Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, South Sacramento, CA
Host: Ana Macias

University of California, San Diego
UCSD Biomedical Library
Host: Karen Heskett

American University of Health Sciences
AUHS Library
Host: June Kim

Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente Medical Office, Drug Information Library, Downey, CA
Host: Mary White


University of Hawaii
Hosts: Walter Benavitz and Mabel Trafford


University of Nevada, Las Vegas
UNLV School of Medicine
Host: Rebecca Snyder

Thanks to all the hosts who made it possible for members from our region to attend! In July 2018, NNLM PSR will be sponsoring another MLA webinar: “Aligning the Three Pillars of Effective Instruction: Outcomes, Teaching, and Assessment for Health Sciences Librarians.” Be on the lookout for an announcement from the PSR-News email list.

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NNLM PSR Mini-Award Highlights for Mount Saint Mary’s University “Mount Wellness” Training Project

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-05-17 16:09

by Rebekah Tweed Fox
Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Los Angeles, CA

In 2017, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) launched a comprehensive wellness movement, “Mount Wellness,” to help its community become, and remain, healthier. The MSMU Libraries, in an effort to support the campus initiative, created a plan to reach students through their own wellness efforts in three different ways.

Mount Saint Mary's Exhibit DisplayMSMU Libraries’ Mount Wellness Display

The MSMU Libraries received an outreach mini-award from the NNLM Pacific Southwest Region, and with this support, the first goal was to create and promote a physical space within the J. Thomas McCarthy Library dedicated to healthy furniture and the promotion of reliable medical resources. Next, a drop-in workshop was conducted within the library, for students, faculty, and staff. The workshop introduced the MSMU community to the new active space and demonstrated MedlinePlus as a valuable alternative to other less reliable web resources, or Googling, for everyday medical queries. Lastly, the libraries partnered with the Wellness Department by adding a librarian-led training one-shots for campus Peer Wellness Advocates. These MSMU peer coaches worked with fellow students to promote a healthier student life. The library viewed this opportunity as an opportunity to branch out to other students, who may never use the library.

Peer Wellness Advocate Training
In the Fall of 2017, the MSMU Wellness Department hired eighteen students to act as Peer Wellness Advocates for other MSMU students and to discuss wellness related issues and promote healthy campus life. We believed that working with these students, and training them to use reliable research resources, would be a valuable tool for their work. In November of 2017, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Rebekah Tweed Fox, held three one-hour training sessions to teach the Peer Wellness Advocates the basics in how to navigate MedlinePlus. During these training sessions, she covered common “Googleable” questions, such as “how to treat symptoms of the common cold” and “common reasons for a headache.” Other highlights of the instruction session included navigating the Spanish language resources and how to locate printouts for students seeking specific information.

NLM ResourcesMedlinePlus Bookmarks & Raffle Prizes

At the end of April, we followed up with our Peer Wellness Advocates to see how they used MedlinePlus throughout the spring semester. The students overwhelmingly agreed or strongly agreed that the training helped their ability to find useful health information, that they used at least one tool demonstrated in the session during the semester, and that they planned to use MedlinePlus in the future. We viewed this response as very positive feedback and will plan on hosting additional trainings for new Peer Wellness Advocates next fall.

Wellness in the Library Workshop and “Healthy Furniture”
MSMU Libraries used funds from the NNLM mini-award to purchase two standing desks, a bike peddler, an air stepper, two balance disks, two standing mats, and two standing desk converters. The libraries additionally used funds to design and order a poster and popup banner for use at future MSMU Wellness fairs. On Tuesday, March 23, we held a drop-in workshop in the McCarthy Library to promote MedlinePlus and showcase our new “healthy” furniture. We held the event shortly during and after a campus-wide farmers market. We thought this would help encourage students, with healthy eating on their minds, to stop by and try out the new furniture. We additionally held a raffle for two Hydro Flasks to encourage students to sit through a fifteen-minute discussion of MedlinePlus and to ask follow-up questions on how the website could be utilized. Overall, we had around twenty students drop in for the workshop. We received positive feedback on the new furniture, with multiple requests for more exercise equipment in various additional areas of the library.

In conclusion, we viewed all three aspects of our project as a success! Anyone wishing additional project information may feel free to contact at Rebekah Tweed Fox.

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NLM to Discontinue PubMed Health on October 31

PSR News - Thu, 2018-05-17 15:11

The National Library of Medicine has decided to discontinue PubMed Health effective October 31, 2018, as the majority of information it provides is available in more heavily used NLM resources, such as PubMed, Bookshelf, and MedlinePlus. By focusing attention on these highly used platforms, NLM will be able to better serve users and meet the needs for access to quality health and medical information.

PubMed Health was introduced eight years ago as a portal for systematic reviews as well as consumer health information. Systematic reviews have been, and will remain, findable through PubMed, and the full text (when available) will continue to be accessible through Bookshelf. One simple way to limit PubMed search results to systematic reviews is to mark the check box for them in “Customize” under “Article types,” located in the top left corner of the search results page. The decision to discontinue PubMed Health and focus on NLM highly used platforms aligns with the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, which outlines interdependent goals, including Goal 2: to “Reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.”

Within the next year, PubMed will be adding “Systematic Review” as a Publication Type [pt], which will allow users to find systematic reviews by including the phrase in their search query (e.g., breast cancer AND systematic review[pt]). Also within the next year, PubMed will include a default check box for systematic reviews. You can get a sense of how that will look by visiting PubMed Labs, NLM’s Web site for experimenting with potential new features and interfaces for PubMed. Most of the consumer health information in PubMed Health, such as information on diseases, conditions and medications, is available through MedlinePlus. NLM remains fully committed to providing health information for patients and the general public. Key publications in PubMed Health that provide education on understanding and interpreting research, such as Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics and Testing Treatments: Better Research Through Better Healthcare, will continue to be available on the Bookshelf.

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NLM History of Medicine and Graphic Medicine Websites Receive Awards

PSR News - Tue, 2018-05-15 16:25

Two National Library of Medicine websites have been honored with 2018 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), an assembly of professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. In the award category for government websites, the website for the National Library of Medicine exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! earned an award of excellence, and the website for the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine earned an award of distinction. Link Studio, an interactive design and medical illustration company, designed both websites in collaboration with National Library of Medicine staff.

The Exhibition Program of the National Library of Medicine creates lively and informative exhibitions and educational resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collections of the National Library of Medicine. This most recent exhibition, Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!, explores the emerging genre of medical literature that combines personal narratives and the comic medium. The special display on which the website is based, can be seen in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division reading room through January 3, 2019. The traveling adaptation of Graphic Medicine can be seen in libraries across the country. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. The website provides information about and access to the Library’s historical collections which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.

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NNLM Research Data Management Webinar on June 14

PSR News - Fri, 2018-05-04 14:43

Registration for the first session of the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series is now available. Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding will be offered on Thursday, June 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT. The instructor will be Margaret Henderson, Health Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University Library.

Summary: There is more to RDM services than the technical skills necessary for data management. Soft skills and non-technical skills are very important when setting up RDM services, and continue to be important to the sustainability of services. Reference skills, relationship building, negotiation, listening, facilitating access to de-centralized resources, policy knowledge and assessment, are all important to the success of a service. Margaret Henderson will discuss these skills and show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.

For additional information or questions, contact Tony Nguyen.

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Meet the Newest Member of the NLM Board of Regents, Carlos R. Jaén, MD, PhD!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-05-03 18:36
Dr. Carlos JaenCarlos Jaén, MD, PhD

The National Library of Medicine welcomes the newest member of the NLM Board of Regents: Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD, PhD. Dr. Jaén is chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. His research focuses on preventive care for people with chronic diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. From 2005-2008, he served on the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. To get to know him better, Dr. Jaén addressed the same questions posed to current Board members in February.

  1. Very briefly, what is your background?
    I am a family physician, epidemiologist, and primary care health services researcher. My research, over the last 20 years, is focused on understanding “real world” primary care practices and how to best promote change towards improved patient-centered care.
  2. How did you feel when you received your invitation from the Secretary of HHS to serve on the Board of Regents?
    I felt honored and a sense of responsibility to bring the voice of practicing primary care physicians, patients, and communities to the deliberations and implementation of the strategic plan of the National Library of Medicine.
  3. Why are you serving on the Board of Regents?
    Because I believe that I can bring a needed perspective to the Board of Regents. NLM needs to be grounded in the needs of patients, families, and clinicians on the front lines. This need must be balanced with the goal of accelerating discovery and advancing health through data-driven research. Ultimately, we must use the best information and discoveries to address health and health care for all.
  4. Tell us something surprising about yourself.
    As a native Panamanian, I love Latin dancing and playing Latin drums!

The Board of Regents serves as an advisory body to the secretary of Health and Human Services, the director of NIH, and the director of NLM on important aspects of policy regarding the Library. In addition, the Board is the final review body for NLM’s extramural grant program. It was established in 1956 by the same Act that created the National Library of Medicine. The Board meets three times a year in February, May, and September. The Board is currently comprised of eighteen members, including nine ex officio members.

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Apply for the 2018-2019 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program by June 15!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-05-03 18:19

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have announced the opening of applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is June 15, 2018. Visit the informational brochure for full program details, listings of past years’ cohorts, and application instructions.

The purpose of the Leadership Fellows Program is to prepare emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors, NLM and AAHSL, will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with prior management experience. In most cases, a minimum of five years is the baseline for candidates to be given consideration. Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, regardless of the type of library background or current setting.

Both fellows and mentors have reported how valuable the program has been to them for their own personal growth as a leader and for shaping their career as an academic health sciences library director. The program has also had a high success rate with 53% of fellows being hired as academic health sciences library directors or interim directors, and many others being promoted to positions with higher administrative responsibilities.

Information for potential mentors is also available in the application brochure. Letters/emails of interest in becoming a mentor should be sent electronically to Pat Thibodeau by June 15, 2018.

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NLM Announces Selection of 2018-2019 Associate Fellows!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-05-03 14:47

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the selection of its 2018-2019 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program is a residency fellowship at NLM on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The one-year program, beginning in September every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.

Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, said about the incoming Associate Fellows,

“The 2018-2019 Associate Fellows cohort arrive at an exciting time for NLM and for biomedical libraries. NLM is embarking on an implementation of the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. The Associate Fellowship Program is one component of the third pillar in NLM’s strategic plan foundation: inspire and empower the data-driven workforce of the future. We are looking forward to seeing and realizing with the Associate Fellows their next steps as the workforce of the future.”

Stacy BrodyStacy Brody

Stacy Brody received her MI degree from Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, in May 2018. While completing her degree, Stacy worked for the Rutgers University Libraries, providing reference and instruction services for students and faculty. Additionally, she interned at the New York Botanical Gardens Mertz Library and Cornell University Mann Library. She holds a BS in Agriculture and Plant Science from Rutgers University.

Sarah ClarkeSarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke received her MSLS degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2017. While completing her degree, Ms. Clarke was employed as a contract librarian at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), where she provided reference support, performed (animal alternatives) literature searches, and delivered interlibrary loan requests. Prior to working at USAMRIID, Ms. Clarke worked at the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s Office of Research Protections where she worked on projects tracking international human use protocols, and managed the Volunteer Registry Database System. Ms. Clarke is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has a Disaster Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association. She holds a BA in English from the University of Maryland University College.

Amelia LlorensAmelia Llorens

Amelia Llorens received her MSIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Llorens worked as Serials Intern and later as Monographs Intern at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, where she selected collection items for preservation and assisted with technical services. She spent her final semester of her MSIS working at the Dell Medical School Library creating online instructional materials and teaching instructional sessions. She holds a BA in women’s and gender studies from Carleton College.

Cecelia VetterCecelia Vetter

Cecelia Vetter received her MLIS degree from University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. While completing her degree, Ms. Vetter worked in the University of Maryland Special Collections and University Archives providing reference services, teaching information literacy sessions, and planning outreach events. At the University of Maryland, Ms. Vetter was also a Research and Teaching Fellow providing information literacy sessions to first year students and serving as a mentor to other MLIS students. Ms. Vetter has also interned at the Smithsonian Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and holds a BA in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Pajie WilsonPaije Wilson

Paije Wilson received her MLIS degree from the University of Iowa in 2018. While completing her degree, Mrs. Wilson worked at the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Library as a graduate student processor, where she processed rare and archival materials and retrieved materials for researchers. She also worked as a research assistant for the University of Iowa’s Department of Dentistry, which entailed carrying out research requests and managing citations for a professor of pediatric dentistry. Additionally, Mrs. Wilson completed a mentorship with the Hardin Library for Health Sciences, where she shadowed medical librarians in their daily activities. Preceding graduate school, Mrs. Wilson worked as a part-time librarian at the Spirit Lake Public Library, and as a student reference librarian at Buena Vista University. Mrs. Wilson holds BA degree in English and a minor in biology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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Learning, Networking, and Sharing: Report on the April 10-11 NNLM Research Data Management Course Capstone Summit

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-05-02 19:43

by Andrea Lynch, MLIS
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library
City of Hope
Duarte, CA

As part of the culmination of the NNLM Biomedical and Health Research Data Management for Librarians spring 2018 course (NNLM RDM course), a two-day Capstone Summit was held April 10-11, 2018, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Over 40 medical and health sciences librarians attended the impactful event, along with representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and various team members from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) regional network offices. It was a great opportunity to meet (in-person) fellow cohort participants as well as to get to know our NLM and NNLM colleagues while getting feedback on our Capstone Project plans.

group picture of attendees at the research data management capstone summit in bethesdaResearch Data Management Capstone Summit Attendees

The first day began with a meet & greet and a welcome from the NLM and NNLM representatives. We then had an opportunity to meet our mentors as well as fellow mentees supported by our assigned mentor. Then came the part of the event I was most anticipating, a presentation by NLM Director, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan. She highlighted the NLM Strategic Plan and addressed a myriad of questions. We then presented our Capstone Projects in small groups and received feedback from our peers and other course mentors. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, then went back to work participating in roundtable discussions on topics such as scalability and tools & technology supporting research data management programs and services. We were then fortunate enough to hear a presentation by a panel of experts at NLM and NIH, including Dr. Dina Demner-Fushman from NLM; Dr. Ben Busby of NCBI; and Lisa Federer of the NIH Library. We ended the day with an activity where we each wrote our best idea pertaining to research data management program success, and then collectively and anonymously rated each idea to come up with the handful of best ideas amongst the group.

The second day began with a group activity, with a goal of sharing our Capstone Project plans and getting high-level feedback. We then performed a group activity collecting aggregated feedback about the RDM course within small groups. Next up, Regina Raboin, Associate Director of the Lamar Soutter Library and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB), presented an overview and recent changes pertaining to the journal. She encouraged the course participants to submit manuscripts detailing their Capstone Projects once completed. The final presentation was by Kevin Read and Alisa Surkis of NYU with case study highlights from the academic medical libraries who participated in a NNLM Middle Atlantic Region Pilot Project on research data management. The concluding remarks from Amanda Wilson from NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, as well as Ann Glusker & Ann Madhavan from NNLM Pacific Northwest Region did a great job of synthesizing the event’s outcomes and inspiring us to forge ahead on our Capstone Projects!

The Capstone Projects are due at the end of August. So, be on the lookout for those updates from NNLM and/or the respective course cohort participants. If you are going to the Medical Library Association annual meeting this month, please attend Sheila Green’s Lighting Talk detailing her experience participating in the NNLM RDM course, which is scheduled on the afternoon of May 22, 2018 (Sheila is a speaker during the Lighting Talk #5 session from 3:00 to 4:25 p.m.). Also, visit NNLM’s RD3 website for interesting research data management developments and RDM-related news, updates, and initiatives. The NNLM Research Data Management Working Group is very active and will update the site regularly. Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for the JeSLIB special issue on research data management and for a database of Capstone project reports on the NNLM RD3 site.

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NLM’s Learning Resources Database Redesigned

PSR News - Wed, 2018-05-02 14:09

On April 18, the National Library of Medicine released a new design and improved functionality for the Learning Resources Database. This database makes it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services by allowing users to search multiple areas of the library through one search interface. This site focuses on recorded tutorials, videos, and Websites. Information about upcoming live classes and Webinars is now linked in the navigation bar.

The new design is meant to improve user experience and is based on user feedback. The backend database and search functions have also been rewritten, which should result in greater stability. An Application Programming Interface (API) is also available to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your own Web site. Documentation on how to use the API is available through the Help menu. Sample code and examples of pages currently utilizing the API are available under the Help’s API for Developers section.

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Call for Applications Issued for the 2019 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine

PSR News - Mon, 2018-04-30 18:00

In cooperation with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, the NLM is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2019 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, which supports research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine including but not limited to NLM’s collection of Michael E. DeBakey papers, which encompass the diverse areas in which DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy, and includes material from the early 1900s to 2009. Overall, the NLM collections span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation.

Fellowships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, to help offset the costs associated with visiting and using the NLM collections, but may not be used for institutional costs or overhead (e.g. clerical costs, supplies, or other attendant project expenses). Applications are welcome from anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. To submit an application, visit the online application portal, which is maintained by FAES in cooperation with the NLM. Details about the application process and required documents are available from the Fellowship website mentioned above. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to FAES, via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 28, 2018. NLM will announce awards by the end of the calendar year.

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NLM’s Genetics Home Reference turns 15!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:38
Genetics Home Reference celebrating 15 years

The Genetics Home Reference website was first launched on April 25, 2003, at NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications. The creation of Genetics Home Reference coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome. Genetics Home Reference was designed to provide a bridge between the public’s interest in human genetics and the rich technical data that has emerged from the Human Genome Project and subsequent genomic research. The site began with 19 health condition summaries and 16 gene summaries. Fifteen years later, it offers summaries of more than 1,200 genetic conditions, 1,450 genes, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA. The information is written by NLM staff and reviewed by experts in the field.

In 2016, the website was redesigned with a more modern look and feel, better navigation, and more educational images. Usability was also improved for mobile and tablet users. Genetics Home Reference continues to be an important and useful source of health information, with an average of 1.8 million users and 3.5 million page views per month. New information and updates are added regularly. Recent and upcoming content includes:

  • New pages on a variety of health conditions, particularly common, complex diseases with a genetic component (such as diabetes, mental illnesses, and hair loss)
  • Q&As about the genetics of normal traits, such as longevity and athletic ability
  • User-friendly explanations of complex genetics concepts, including secondary findings in genetic testing and genome editing (CRISPR)
  • A guide to navigating direct-to-consumer genetic testing (such as 23andMe and
  • Images of individuals with specific genetic diseases, through a partnership with the Genetic Alliance
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NLM Technical Bulletin Discontinues “Print This Issue” Feature

PSR News - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:30

Effective with the March – April 2018 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin, the “Print this issue” feature will be removed from the issue cover homepage. NLM will continue to produce the HTML version of the NLM Technical Bulletin but will no longer produce a PDF file of each closed issue. PDF files for May 1969 through January-February 2018 will still be available on the Previous Issues page.

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NCBI Webinar on May 2: Using NCBI’s MedGen in Clinical Practice

PSR News - Wed, 2018-04-25 17:19

On Wednesday, May 2, join National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff for a Webinar on MedGen, the NCBI portal to clinical genetics. It will cover how to find information in MedGen on genetic phenotypes, clinical features of disorders, and more. You will also learn how to retrieve actionable information such as practice guidelines for a condition, get a list of available genetic tests in GTR (Genetic Test Registry), and easily access resources such as GeneReviews, OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man),, the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, and MedlinePlus.

Date and time: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:00—9:30 AM PDT

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the Webinar. After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future Webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

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Data Filters in PMC and PubMed

PSR News - Tue, 2018-04-24 18:11

Are you looking for journal articles with associated data sets? New search filters in PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed aim to increase the discoverability of articles and citations with associated data information.

PubMed Central
Users can now search on or append searches with filters to discover articles with specific types of associated data.

  1. Use has suppdata[filter] to find articles with associated supplementary material.
  2. Use has data avail[filter] to find articles that include a data availability or data accessibility statement.
  3. Use has data citations[filter] to find articles that include data citation(s).

Alternatively, use has associated data[filter] to find all articles with any type of data section described above.

Users can search on or append searches with data[filter] to find citations with related data links in either the Secondary Source ID field or the LinkOut – Other Literature Resources field (both located below the abstract). These data links may be to records in other NLM databases (e.g., GenBank) or external data repositories (e.g., figshare, Dryad).

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Report on the “Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care and the Systematic Review of Evidence” Online Course

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2018-04-20 19:01

by Hannah Schilperoort, MLIS, MA
Information Services & Nursing Liaison Librarian
Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

With great thanks to a NNLM PSR Professional Development Award, I was able to participate in a Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) self-paced online course, Module 1: Introduction to Evidence-Based Health Care and the Systematic Review of Evidence, the first module in a four-part series of the online JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Program. A complete list of JBI online courses is also available.

The four online modules are designed as a less in-depth overview of the content taught in the four-day, in-person JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program offered at the University of Adelaide; University of California, San Francisco JBI Centre; and other JBI partner locations. To become a certified JBI reviewer who can submit protocols and reviews to the JBI Library, one must attend the in-person training. At least one person on the systematic review team must be a certified JBI reviewer in order to use the JBI systematic review software and publish in the JBI Library.

I am the Nursing Liaison Librarian at Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California. A few members of the nursing faculty have expressed interest in conducting systematic reviews following JBI methodology (the preferred methodology for nurse researchers) with hopes that I would partner with them as a co-author to conduct the reviews. I have experience conducting systematic reviews as part of a systematic review support service at the Norris Medical Library, but we tend to use Cochrane Collaboration methodology.

JBI has many excellent online resources, such as the JBI Reviewers’ Manual and Critical Appraisal Tools. The JBI Reviewers’ Manual is very comprehensive, and an excellent resource for anyone wanting to learn about JBI systematic review methodologies. In addition to these resources, I wanted a more structured approach, but did not currently have the time and funding for the in-person training, so I hoped that the JBI online courses would provide a good alternative to the in-person training.

The online course covers:

  • JBI history, mission, vision, and structure.
  • JBI resources for evidence based healthcare and research.
  • JBI approach to evidence based healthcare.
  • JBI systematic review process, with emphasis on developing and documenting the research question and search strategy in the protocol and final report. (Appraisal, extraction, and synthesis are covered in modules 2-4 in the four-part online series.)
  • SUMARI, the JBI protocol and review software suite designed to assist with all development and archival functions of a review, from protocol to final report.

After completing the online course, I have a better understanding of the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology of conducting systematic reviews. I learned that for reviews of effectiveness the JBI process is similar to that of Cochrane Collaboration. However, JBI also provides guidance for conducting systematic reviews of qualitative studies. This is important because a significant amount of nursing research is qualitative.

JBI courses are designed for nurse researchers rather than librarians. Thus, the sections about developing a search strategy will seem a little rudimentary to a librarian. However, I still found these sections useful because the specific expectations of conducting and presenting the search in a JBI protocol and review are described in detail. JBI also explicitly recommends that the systematic review team include a librarian or information professional.

I now have a better understanding of the JBI systematic review process and am better prepared to answer questions from the nursing faculty about JBI methodology and software. To use the JBI software and publish in the JBI Library, one of the nursing faculty must attend the JBI in-person training, and when that happens I feel confident that I am prepared to be an integral part the systematic review team!

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NNLM Course Offering Begins April 30: Planning Outcomes-Based Programs

PSR News - Fri, 2018-04-20 15:50

The NNLM Evaluation Office is offering a 5-week workshop on outcomes-based program planning, running from April 30 – June 4. In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” Participants will learn how to identify desired outcomes, create an outcomes-based project plan using logic models, and then write objectives and evaluation plans based on those logic models. It provides an ideal framework for developing funding proposals, sets the stage for setting up a quality control system to make sure your project stays on track, and provides a structure for final reports.

This workshop is approved for 8 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit. It will take place through the Moodle platform. It is a 5-module workshop occurring over five weeks. While it can be completed at one’s own pace, there is a lot of interaction so participants are encouraged to complete it one week at a time. For questions, contact Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, NNLM Evaluation Office.

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NNLM “All of Us” National Program Launches May 6: You Can Get Involved!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-04-18 19:41
All of Us Research Program

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is excited to announce the official launch of the NIH All of Us Research Program on Sunday, May 6, 2018! This national event will be held in seven local communities throughout the United States and will be broadcast via this website and on Facebook Live.

The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health. Program goals are to develop a more effective way to treat disease by considering individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biology. This initiative comes from the key element from the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Additional information about this Program is available through the Precision Medicine – All of Us Research Program website. Program information is available for download in English and Spanish. NNLM Network Members can learn about involvement opportunities at a one-hour webinar on April 30th at 11:00am PDT.

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April 2018 Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-04-12 17:02

On April 10, NNLM PSR presented Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond. The featured presenters were Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice at Arizona State University and the founder of SciStarter, a citizen science database and platform, and Dan Stanton, Associate Librarian in the Engagement and Learning Services Department of the Arizona State University Library. The session introduced health sciences librarians to the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility. This webinar provides a general overview of citizen science, highlight recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcase free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14, 2018. To view the webinar and presentation slides, visit the Citizen Science in Libraries page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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Eric Dishman to Deliver 2018 NLM/MLA Leiter Lecture Videocast on May 9

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-04-12 15:57
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Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the 2018 Joseph Leiter National Library of Medicine/Medical Library Association Lecture on Wednesday, May 9, at 10:30 AM PDT, in the Lister Hill Auditorium on the NIH Campus. The lecture is open to the public. It will be broadcast live on the Web (and later archived) at: The featured presentation will be Precision Communications for Precision Health: Challenges and Strategies for Reaching All of Us. Among other topics, he will discuss these challenges and strategies:

  • Meeting communities where they are (understanding their needs, concerns around research, meeting their literacy levels, etc.);
  • Widening the definition of precision health and conveying the fact that All of Us is more than a genomics program;
  • Ethics and logistics of targeting with marketing analytics; and
  • Balancing the promise, with the hype and vision, with the need for patience.

As director of All of Us, Dishman leads the agency’s efforts to build a national research program of one million or more US participants to advance precision medicine. Previously, he was an Intel fellow and vice president of the Health and Life Sciences Group at Intel Corporation, where he was responsible for driving global strategy, research and development, product and platform development, and policy initiatives for health and life science solutions. His organization focused on growth opportunities for Intel in health information technology, genomics and personalized medicine, consumer wellness, and care coordination technologies.

Dishman is widely recognized as a global leader in health care innovation with specific expertise in home and community-based technologies and services for chronic disease management and independent living. Trained as a social scientist, he is known for pioneering innovation techniques that incorporate anthropology, ethnography, and other social science methods into the development of new technologies. He also brings a unique personal perspective, as a cancer patient for 23 years and finally cured thanks to precision medicine, to drive a person-centric view of health care transformation.

“Eric Dishman is the perfect speaker at the perfect time,” noted NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “His message about the power of people to advance scientific discovery is a strong one. Also, as was announced last year, NIH’s All of Us Research Program and NLM are teaming up to raise awareness about this landmark effort to advance precision medicine. As our colleagues at the Medical Library Association know so well,” she continued, “libraries serve as vital community hubs. NLM’s collaboration with All of Us presents a perfect opportunity to help the public understand how health research impacts all of us. By pairing our National Network of Libraries of Medicine members with public libraries to reach local communities, we hope to contribute to medical breakthroughs that may lead to more tailored disease prevention and treatment solutions for generations to come.”

The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the MLA and the NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. He served as NLM Associate Director for Library Operations from 1965 to 1983.

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