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NNLM New England Region Hosts the New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon & Workshop

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2019-04-19 17:11

On April 10th, the NNLM New England Region (NER) hosted the New England Graphic Medicine ComicCon at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.

RX A Graphic Memoir book cover

The day was filled with sessions for artists, educators, and librarians, discussing the joining of science and art in graphic medicine mediums to help promote NNLM’s mission:

“…to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.”

The conference kicked off with keynote speaker, and current NNLM Reading Club Kit author, Rachel Lindsay. Rachel presented Reclaiming Patient Narrative Through Graphic Medicine, and discussed her life story that led to the creation of RX: A Graphic Memoir. You can find out more about RX by applying for a reading club kit containing Rachel’s book.

One of the panelists, Maki Naro, is a self-proclaimed illustrator, science communicator, and nerd. Maki talked about Creating Science Comics: Communicating Big Ideas in Small Panels. In 2014, Maki’s comic Vaccines Work. Here are the Facts was published on his website. is a site that “looks at what is going down in the world, all in comics form.” Vaccines Work remains one of the site’s most relevant and popular posts as measles and whooping cough outbreaks continue around the nation.

Vaccines Work. Here are the Facts.

Gluten The Facts and The Fad

Cover of booklet from Vermont dairy farm seriesOther sessions included collection management, course and program design, and a case study of a cartooning project connecting migrant dairy workers in Vermont with cartoonists to document mental health issues associated with trauma and isolation, El Viaje Más Caro / The Most Costly Journey.

NER is leading the way in supporting graphic medicine as a means of communicating the NNLM mission. This conference was a great jumping off point. PSR members can apply now for several graphic medicine titles in our reading club kits, and watch out for more graphic medicine tie-ins in the near future!

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Report on the 4th Annual “Data Day” at the University of Cincinnati

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-04-17 18:11

by Elena Azadbakht
Health Sciences Librarian
University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

In early 2018, I secured a spot in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s inaugural RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, conducted by the National Training Office (NTO). I learned quite a bit about research data management (RDM) during the eight-week online course. At the time, I was the Health and Nursing Librarian at the University of Southern Mississippi, and I wrote about my RDM 101 experience in a post on the Southern Chapter’s blog, Southern Salutations. I have since moved into my current position as the Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), but I remain intensely interested in developing a robust RDM program.

During the first week of April, I visited the University of Cincinnati (UC) for a few days, also courtesy of the NNLM NTO. I attended UC’s 4th annual Data Day and had the opportunity to learn about the University of Cincinnati Libraries’ data initiatives in the meantime. Amy Koshoffer, UC Science Informationist and a RDM 101 course mentor, graciously served as my host for the trip. Rebecca Morgan, librarian at the University of Louisville, also attended. It was nice to have a “buddy” who was there with similar aims.

Rebecca and I met with the Research and Data Services (RDS) team as well as liaisons and informationists at the UC Health Sciences Library. We also toured key library and campus spaces. All the while, we learned about how the RDS team does their work, such as taking a close look at their consultation form/log, and how their RDM program came about and has evolved. It was amazing hearing about these things from the people doing the work in the context in which it takes place (as opposed to reading about it in a formal publication or presentation.)

Data Day was a bit different than what I’d expected, but in a good way. Before studying the schedule, I had imagined it would be almost entirely hands-on skills development – the “how” of research data. And while the event featured a power session that introduced participants to the R programming language, most of the day’s sessions focused instead on the big picture of research data – the “why.” Drawing in over 100 attendees, Data Day serves as a community building venture for those interested in data and data issues at UC and within the region. This year’s theme was Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Data. Keynote speakers included Amanda J. Wilson, Head of the NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, who presented on the All of Us Research Program, and Debra Guadalupe Duran, Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, who discussed big data’s impacts on health disparities.

I would ultimately like to host a similar, albeit smaller, event here at UNR. My co-workers and I are brainstorming ways we can support RDM and data science skills development on our campus. Amy and her colleagues emphasized educational activities as a starting point, e.g., tailored workshops based on the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum, and described how they came together to create a strategic plan and a set of goals for data at UC. Rebecca also noted how her library has established a similar sort of group. Since my return, we’ve made plans to establish a data working group within the UNR Libraries. We already have a LibGuide, a Canvas module available to all faculty and staff, and have led a few workshops on RDM. But we’ll use UC and others as a guide when developing our own goals in this area.

Not everything I encountered or heard about at UC is applicable or achievable at UNR – at least not immediately. But I feel a lot more confident that we’re on the right track with RDM and data science. Over time, some of the distinctive aspects of UC’s program will find their way into our work at UNR. Starting small and planning on a “slow burn” is perfectly okay! Moreover, visiting other campuses and their libraries is invigorating, as is meeting colleagues who are interested in the same topics and issues as you are. Apart from Rebecca, I also met librarians from Miami University (in Oxford, OH) and the University of Kentucky who attended Data Day. Now I have a handful of fellow librarians that I can easily reach out to when an interesting data-related idea springs to mind or when planning a data-related activity or event. Although I’m not adverse to cold calling other librarians who I’ve noted are doing interesting activities, it is great to have built a rapport with specific individuals within the NNLM and RDM communities! This was also one of the primary benefits of the RDM 101 course itself.

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Register Now for NLM LinkOut Consolidation Informational Webinars on 4/26 and 5/9!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-04-17 15:07

Join the National Library of Medicine for a webinar to answer questions about the LinkOut Consolidation Announcement. A 15-minute presentation will review what this consolidation means for libraries, and how to continue to see your library’s icon in PubMed. Following the presentation, there will be a 30-minute question and answer session with LinkOut experts. This webinar is aimed at librarians whose institutions currently have a LinkOut for Libraries service set up. The webinar will be hosted twice with the same content to allow as many participants as possible.

Date and Time: Friday, April 26, 9:00-9:45am PDT

Date and Time: Thursday, May 9, 11:00-11:45am PDT

After the live presentations, recordings will be available on the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources Web page and in the Learning Resources Database.

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Recording of April DOCLINE Talkline Webinar Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:45

The recording of the April 2019 DOCLINE Talkline webinar is now available. DOCLINE Talkline is a webinar series from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) to promote and educate users on DOCLINE, LOANSOME Doc, and other resource sharing programs from the National Library of Medicine. To view the webinar, click on the YouTube player below.

Presenters, Erin Latta, NNLM DOCLINE Coordinator and Lis Unger, NLM DOCLINE Team Lead provided an overview of features in DOCLINE 6.0, including:

  • Routing options,
  • Type-ahead/auto-suggest menus,
  • Retired Requests display,
  • Receipting Lend Requests,
  • Updated Library Profile,
  • Journals & Holdings,
  • Switch Library,
  • Lend Alerts – Rush & Urgent Patient Care,
  • Delivery Method(s), and
  • International Offerings.

If you have any questions or feedback about DOCLINE 6.0, write to the NLM Help Desk, view the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs, or contact the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.

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NLM Now Accepting Applications for the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine for 2020

PSR News - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:25

The National Library of Medicine has announced that applications are open for the 2020 Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, supporting research in NLM’s historical collections, which include the Michael E. DeBakey papers, representing the diverse areas in which he made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy. The NLM collections span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.

Anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status, who has not previously received this Fellowship may apply, including non-U.S. citizens. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 30, 2019. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by The DeBakey Medical Foundation, in honor and memory of Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008), a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. He was a visionary supporter of the NLM, playing a pivotal role in its transformation from the Armed Forces Medical Library in the 1950s, in the establishment of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the 1960s, in launching NLM’s outreach initiatives in the 1990s, and in promoting the digitization of its indexes to pre-1960s journal articles.

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Reorganization for NLM Outreach Services!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-04-10 19:34

Joyce Backus, NLM Associate Director for Library Operations, has announced that the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) will be renamed the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) and become NLM’s organizational home for outreach. This renamed office will be led by Amanda J. Wilson, who has served as the head of the NNCO since January 2017. Beginning in June 2019, OET will include the program and staff of the National Network Coordinating Office and additional staff with primary outreach responsibilities from the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) and other NLM organizations. SIS staff and any other NLM staff assigned to the OET will receive formal notices in May 2019 and reassigned in June 2019. OET will work with staff in NLM program areas, including the Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL), to improve coordination of outreach activities within NLM and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Establishment of OET follows the extensive work of the NLM Outreach Functional Audit team. The audit created an overview of all NLM outreach activities and demonstrated the extent to which outreach is an NLM-wide effort. The report recommended the creation of a central office to coordinate and lead NLM’s outreach activities, while recognizing that some outreach activities are closely tied to specific programs and services and should remain within their program units. NLM Leadership agreed with these recommendations, which support the NLM Strategic Plan. As the new outreach home, the NLM Office of Engagement and Training (OET) will provide for NLM and NNLM: 

  • A leader for outreach with budgetary authority for outreach activities
  • Consolidation of staff whose work is primarily outreach and who are now distributed
  • Authority to plan and coordinate outreach activities
  • Evaluation standards and guidelines for outreach and engagement assessment
  • Liaisons with key NLM units to coordinate closely-related activities
  • Shared resources, including a single Learning Management System, to increase efficiency and reduce duplication
  • Increased efficiency for acquisitions to reduce duplication
  • Leadership of a community of practice

Creating this home for outreach will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities, ease the burden on subject matter experts, and produce a more accountable and coherent approach to this vitally important function across NLM. The OET will have primary responsibility for developing trans-NLM outreach materials, as well as planning, coordinating, and evaluating outreach efforts across NLM. Communications strategies for outreach efforts will be developed by OCPL in collaboration with OET for consistency of messaging, branding, and promotion, including social media and the NNLM.

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My Bibliography Version 3.0 Coming Soon!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-04-10 17:57

My Bibliography is an application developed by the National Library of Medicine to help organize citations to your publications and to assist eRA Commons users with managing publication or product compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. My Bibliography version 3.0, the redesigned and rebuilt new version to be released soon, includes useful new tools and a streamlined interface that facilitates a workspace to quickly view publications’ compliance status, initiate submissions to the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS), and organize publications and awards data using the new searching, filtering, and sorting options. To see a series of illustrations previewing the new interface, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. There is an additional article with more information for eRA Commons users.

My Bibliography’s streamlined interface displays options to manage citations, add citations, search, and sort at the top of the page. The unique URL to share bibliographies with others is also found at the top of the page. There are three options to add author-specific article citations: using the My Bibliography citation search tool to find citations in PubMed, uploading citations from a file, or using My Bibliography templates to create citations manually. Citations stored in My Bibliography can be downloaded in MEDLINE format by checking the boxes next to the citations to include in an export file and selecting the option “Export file (MEDLINE)” in “Manage citations.” Citations can be sorted by author name (either in ascending or descending order), by publication date (newest to oldest or oldest to newest), or by recently updated citations. Locating citations can be accomplished by entering article PMCID, citation PMID, article title words, author name, DOI, or journal title in the search box. Citations stored in My Bibliography can be shared with others using the personal URL displayed at the top of the page. The public version of My Bibliography displays all the citations currently stored in your bibliography.

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Santiago Canyon College Library Hosts NLM’s “Pick Your Poison” Traveling Exhibit

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-04-10 14:57

by Alice Ho
Santiago Canyon College Library
Orange, CA

After traveling across the country for three years, the NLM traveling exhibit Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions arrived in Southern California. From March 27 to May 3, students and library users will be able to enjoy this nicely done exhibit at the Santiago Canyon College library in the city of Orange.

Banners with individual topics on tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and opium for the Pick Your Poison exhibit

NLM’s “Pick Your Poison” Traveling Exhibit

This exhibit explores the use of tobacco, alcohol, opium, cocaine and marijuana in the history of America. It demonstrates some of the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of these mind-altering drugs from medical miracle to social menace. The exhibit was developed by the National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, and was curated by Dr. Manon Parry, Professor of Medical History at the Vrje Universiteit, Amsterdan, and Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Public History at the University of Amsterdam.

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PubMed Labs Update: Add Citations to the Clipboard!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2019-04-09 15:47

The Clipboard feature is now available in PubMed Labs, allowing users to temporarily save and collect selected citations from one or more searches. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to develop features on the PubMed Labs platform, and this new version of PubMed will eventually replace the current PubMed. Visit An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way for more information.

Add Items to the Clipboard in PubMed Labs
To add items to the Clipboard from search results, use the “More actions” icon at the top of the page and choose “Send to: Clipboard.” A drop-down menu of options will display where users may add selected items, all results on the page, or all results to the Clipboard (up to a maximum limit of 500 citations). Individual items can also be added to the Clipboard from the abstract page using the “More actions” icon.

screenshot of the adding items feature on the pubmed labs page

Send citations from search results to the Clipboard

View and Curate Items in the Clipboard
Navigate to the Clipboard by clicking the “Clipboard” link under the search box. This link will only appear after one or more items have been added to the Clipboard; the link is not present when the Clipboard is empty. On the Clipboard page, use the check boxes to select items to be saved, emailed, or removed from the Clipboard. The Clipboard can store up to a maximum of 500 citations at a time and will expire after eight hours of inactivity. Future updates will add the ability to permanently save items to My NCBI Collections. In the meantime, please use the save or email options to retain results from PubMed Labs.

PubMed Labs is under active development and new features will be introduced on a regular basis as the system is enhanced. Please note that the absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. NLM welcomes feedback. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the “Feedback” button available on each page of PubMed Labs.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on ToxTutor Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-04-08 17:48

The archived recording of the March 27 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic is ToxTutor, a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases. The webinar is presented by Dr. Pertti (Bert) Hakkinen, the Senior Toxicologist and the Toxicology and Environmental Health Science Advisor at NLM. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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NLM @ 2019 MLA Annual Meeting!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2019-04-05 18:59

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 3-8 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Attend the following sessions to learn more about National Library of Medicine products and services, and also visit Booth 208 (May 4-6) to talk with NLM staff!

NLM Update
Tuesday, May 7 (11:00 – 11:55)
Location: Grand Ballroom CDEF (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)
Speakers: Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director; Janice Kelly, Acting Deputy Director, Specialized Information Services; Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations; Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office

Other NLM Sessions

DOCLINE Users Group
Sunday, May 5 (Noon – 12:55)
Location: Randolph 1AB (East Tower, Concourse/Bronze Level)
PubMed Update
Sunday, May 5 (1:00 – 1:55)
Location: Randolph 1AB (East Tower, Concourse/Bronze Level)
Elevating Health Equity: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Join us as we #CiteNLM and help improve health articles on Wikipedia with trusted, evidenced-based information from NLM products.
Monday, May 6 (2:00 – 3:25)
Location: Grand Ballroom B (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

NLM Booth Schedule
The NLM booth (#208) will be open Saturday, 5-7:30pm, Sunday noon-5:30, and Monday 10-5. Rather than the previous emphasis on theater presentations, there will be experts on hand to answer questions, take feedback, and discuss the latest NLM news. This approach focuses directly on talking to the users, trainers, and promoters of NLM products. Online updates will still be presented through the NLM website, blogs and social media, webinars, and the NLM Technical Bulletin. A table is available with a list of NLM products, the times representatives will be at the NLM booth, and links to any recent news. Feel free to stop by the booth anytime with questions or feedback!

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NLM Releases Newly Revised Health Statistics Tutorial!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-04-03 15:22

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) at NLM has just announced the release of the newly revised tutorial, Finding and Using Health Statistics. Written by staff at AcademyHealth, this tutorial is aimed at students, librarians, and other professionals interested in an introduction to the principles behind health statistics.

This new, interactive course is divided into four sections:

  • About Health Statistics
  • Common Terms
  • Health Data Sources
  • Finding Health Statistics
the glossary section of the National Information Center on Health Services Research  & Health Care Technology website

National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology Glossary

Each section contains a quiz to help you determine your understanding of the course. The section on Finding Health Statistics provides an overview of the key organizations important in any research that requires statistical information. A detailed glossary is also included in the course. The course is eligible for 3 CE hours from the Medical Library Association. A certificate is also available upon completion of the course.

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PubMed Labs Update

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-04-01 16:25

The National Library of Medicine continues to develop features on the PubMed Labs platform, and this new version of PubMed will eventually replace the current PubMed. Visit An Updated PubMed Is on Its Way for more information.

Advanced Search, including the Advanced Search Builder and History with search details, is now available in PubMed Labs. The tools that are included with Advanced Search help users to:

  • search for terms in a specific field
  • combine searches and build large, complex search strings
  • see how each query was translated by PubMed
  • compare number of results for different queries

screenshot of the pubmed labs homepage

Additional functionality, such as the ability to save a search to My NCBI, will be added to the Advanced Search page in future updates. Please note, the layout and appearance of Advanced Search and other pages in PubMed Labs may change as updates and new features are introduced.

Advanced Search Builder

In Advanced Search, users can construct searches using the builder tools under “Add terms to the query box,” as well as create and edit search strings directly in the “Query box.”

  • All Fields: Use the pull-down menu to limit a search term to a specific field.
  • Enter a search term: Terms entered here are added to the Query box, tagged with fields from the All Fields menu, and use the selected Boolean operator.
  • Boolean operators: Add search term to the Query box using the selected Boolean operator. The default operator is AND; if desired, choose OR or NOT from the pull-down menu. Selecting an operator will cause it to become the new default.
  • Show Index: Show Index displays an alphabetical list of terms and number of citations in PubMed for each term. Browse the index for all fields or within a specific field selected from the All Fields menu.
  • Query box: Combine search terms manually or use the Advanced Search Builder tools above to add terms to the Query box.
  • Search / Add to History button: Once a search string is created in the Query box, use Search to run the search and see results in PubMed Labs. Alternately, use the pull-down menu to switch the button to “Add to History;” this will add the search string from the Query box to History without leaving the Advanced Search page.

History with Search Details

  • Search column: Searches are numbered in chronological order. Search numbers may be used in place of the search string itself when combining queries (e.g., #1 OR #2). A repeated query will move to the top of History but will retain its original numbering. History is limited to the last 100 searches.
  • Actions: Add, delete, or save a query. Adding queries from History places the search string into the Query box to be used in the next search. Deleting a query removes it from History. “Save” functionality will be added to Actions in a future update.
  • Query: This column shows previous search strings as entered by the user.
  • Search details: PubMed may modify or add search terms to a search to optimize retrieval, e.g., using Automatic Term Mapping. Click the down arrow next to a query to expand search details and see how the search was translated.
  • Results: The total number of citations retrieved for that query. Click the number to see the search results in PubMed Labs.
  • Time: Timestamp of when the search was conducted.
  • Download: Click Download to generate a CSV file of current History items.
  • Delete: Click “Delete” to remove all queries from History; otherwise, History expires after eight hours of inactivity.

PubMed Labs is not yet connected to My NCBI. Therefore, items such as search results and History in PubMed Labs cannot currently be saved to a My NCBI account. This functionality will be added in future updates; in the meantime, use Save and Email Citations to save citations from PubMed Labs. For additional information, visit New Features in PubMed Labs: Email and Save Citations, Find Associated Data, and More

PubMed Labs is under active development, and new features will be introduced on a regular basis as the system is enhanced. The absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. To submit comments, questions, or concerns use the “Feedback” button available on every page of PubMed Labs.

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April 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-04-01 12:54

Illustration of different ways to access health careCheck out the April 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:

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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Announcing the NNLM Spring 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on May 6!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2019-03-28 14:35

When was the last time you used Wikipedia? With more than 7 billion views a year on over 155,000 health topic pages, Wikipedia may be the most popular online health information resource. Acknowledging that Wikipedia is a highly trafficked source for health related topics, it is vital to improve the content and citations provided in health and medicine articles to ensure that health professionals, patients, and other library users have access to high-quality, reliable information.

Building on the success of two past events, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is continuing its efforts to improve consumer health information on Wikipedia with its third Edit-a-Thon event on May 6, 2019. Using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Genetics Home Reference, we will be working to add citations to existing Wikipedia articles related to health equity. New to editing Wikipedia? Get ready for the event by watching this one-hour previous training hosted by Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. In this introductory session, Dr. Heilman provides an overview of the importance of Wikipedia and demonstrates how to add a citation to existing articles.

New for this Edit-a-Thon is an in-person editing session held at the Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. Led by Aimee Gogan, Alicia Lillich, and Elaina Vitale, the immersion session will describe the importance of Wikipedia as a resource for health information and how librarians can utilize their research skills to make Wikipedia a better evidence-based resource. Not only will attendees participate in live editing of health equity articles, they will become part of a community of Wikipedians dedicated to improving health information. If you will be attending MLA, please join us on Monday, May 6, from 2:00 PM – 3:25 PM for this lively and engaging session!

Whether you attend the immersion session at MLA or host an event at your organization, we look forward to working with you on May 6 to improve health equity information on Wikipedia. Check out to learn more about the event and make sure to follow along on Twitter throughout the day with the hashtag #citeNLM to ask questions, post photos, and share your Wikipedia experience. See you on May 6!

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NLM Announces LinkOut Services Consolidation at the End of 2019!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-03-25 15:51

Today the National Library of Medicine announced the consolidation of the LinkOut for Libraries programs into a single service: Library LinkOut using Outside Tool. NLM formerly provided three library services to allow PubMed users to access full text journal content through their institutional subscriptions: LinkOut via Submission Utility, LinkOut Local, and Outside Tool, which has seen great success and use. To continue providing excellent service, it became evident that upgrading and streamlining the system would be both necessary and beneficial. Each library’s holdings files include tens of thousands of PubMed queries for each journal subscription. Using new technology will provide a streamlined approach for more efficient, effective, and reliable daily PubMed indexing. No functionality will be lost as a result of this change.

Library LinkOut using Outside Tool, which has been renamed to Library LinkOut, has important advantages for libraries and their patrons. Libraries can place their icon on every PubMed citation. A link resolver directs users to the full text of an article that is available in the library or to the library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. Libraries no longer generate and maintain their extensive holdings records in the Submission Utility. NLM staff can now process new account registrations quickly. PubMed Mobile will be replaced by the new and responsive PubMed site that will display Library LinkOut icons. Considering over 40% of PubMed users access the site using a mobile device such as a phone or tablet where the icons are currently not visible, this will be a great improvement. Library users will not lose access to their library’s journals subscriptions during this transition, as the publisher supplied icons typically link to the same full text content.

LinkOut via Submission Utility and LinkOut Local will be available during the transition period, but libraries will need to switch to Library LinkOut to continue seeing their icon in the new PubMed. NLM will no longer process new registrations for the other services. NLM anticipates defaulting users to the new PubMed in late summer 2019 and will continue to run the old system in parallel until the end of 2019. To register for Library LinkOut (i.e., Outside Tool), libraries will need to set up a working link resolver that directs users to the full text of an article or to the library’s ILL service. Libraries will also need an ILL form that can pre-populate with PubMed citation information. Complete information on the registration process can be found in the NCBI Bookshelf.

To help with this transition, every LinkOut account will receive an email notice. A list of frequently asked questions is also available. Additionally, NLM staff will hold a webinar in April about these changes to LinkOut for Libraries and answer questions about the transition. Details about the webinar will be announced soon. Questions about this process may be directed to the NLM Support Center.

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NLM’s Radiation Medical Emergency Management (REMM) Resource Receives Major Update!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2019-03-20 15:22

The National Library of Medicine’s Radiation Medical Emergency Management (REMM) has been updated. This resource provides guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies.

New on the Mobile REMM app:

  • A new version of the Mobile REMM app, which contains selected pages from online REMM, was released in the App Store and Google Play Store. This new version reflects the content updates published on REMM online.
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FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute @ UCLA August 5-9: Course Selection and Registration Now Open!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-03-18 19:50

The UCLA Library has partnered with FORCE11 to present the 2019 FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI) August 5-9. Course curriculum and registration information are now available!

Courses have been established for all levels, from absolute beginner to advanced.They are also aimed at different audiences such as:

  • Researchers
  • Institution Administrators
  • Funders
  • Publishers
  • Librarians
  • Students

Scientific and Scholarly Communication is in the middle of a system-wide disruption. These changes have affected every aspect of research, from its practice, to its administration, to its use. There are new forms of publication, new standards and expectations, new ways of measuring and demonstrating success, new dangers and pitfalls. The Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute at UCLA (FSCI) is a summer school that helps people learn how to navigate this new world. Its instructors include leading practitioners from the world of research, libraries, publishing, and research administration. Its courses range from basic orientations through classes in the most advanced topics. Its goal is to provide a friendly, community-based way of learning about and keeping up to date on the latest trends, technologies, and opportunities that are transforming the way science and scholarship is done.

FSCI is organized by FORCE11 (The Future of Research Communication and eScholarship) in collaboration with the UCLA Library. FORCE11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that arose organically to study and facilitate new developments in knowledge creation and communication. Membership is open to all who share this interest!

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Recent PubMed Enhancements Support Searching for Systematic Reviews

PSR News - Thu, 2019-03-14 18:23

The National Library of Medicine recently added new terminology about systematic reviews to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). In addition, the PubMed search filter for systematic reviews has been updated. To learn more about these and related changes to MeSH, MEDLINE, and PubMed, visit:

  • 2019 MeSH Highlights: This webinar, presented in January 2019, explained the changes in MeSH for 2019, including the introduction of the publication type “Systematic Review” and subject heading “Systematic Reviews as Topic.” A recording of the webinar is available.
  • MEDLINE Data Changes—2019: This article details the MEDLINE data changes implemented with the 2019 MeSH. NLM added the publication type “Systematic Review” retrospectively to appropriate existing MEDLINE citations. With this re-indexing, you can retrieve all MEDLINE citations for systematic reviews and identify systematic reviews with high precision.
  • PubMed Updates February 2019: NLM updated the search strategy for the Systematic Reviews filter to focus retrieval on citations to systematic reviews. The Systematic Reviews filter was originally introduced in PubMed in 2002 (New PubMed Filter: Systematic Reviews).
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Join the New NLM Traveling Exhibition Listserv!

PSR News - Wed, 2019-03-13 17:17

Are you interested in the latest news on NLM traveling exhibitions, as well as current happenings and information about NLM health information resources that can enhance hosting of a traveling exhibit? If so, then join the new Making Exhibition Connections listserv, just launched by NLM Traveling Exhibition Services. You can also share experiences about hosting an exhibition!

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