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NIH Issues Request for Information on Proposed Provisions for a Future Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

PSR News - Thu, 2018-10-11 19:17

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public comments on proposed key provisions that could serve as the foundation for a future NIH policy for data management and sharing. The feedback obtained will help to inform the development of a draft NIH policy for data management and sharing, which is expected to be released for an additional public comment period upon its development. Comments on the proposed key provisions will be accepted electronically through December 10, 2018.

NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the proposed key provisions on November 7, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. PST. Check out details about the webinar, including how to register. For further perspective on the topic, visit the latest Under the Poliscope blog post by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz. For questions about the proposed provisions, contact the NIH Office of Science Policy.

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New Joint NSF/NLM Funding Announcement: Generalizable Data Science Methods for Biomedical Research

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-10-11 15:33

Significant advances in technology, coupled with decreasing costs associated with data collection and storage, have resulted in unprecedented access to vast amounts of health- and disease-related data. The National Library of Medicine and the Division of Mathematical Sciences in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (DMS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) recognize the need to support research to develop innovative and transformative mathematical and statistical approaches to address important data-driven biomedical and health challenges. The goal of this interagency program is the development of generalizable frameworks combining first principles, science-driven models of structural, spatial and temporal behaviors with innovative analytic, mathematical, computational, and statistical approaches that can portray a fuller, more nuanced picture of a person’s health or the underlying processes.

Specific information concerning application submission and review process is through the National Science Foundation via solicitation NSF-19-500. Applicants may opt to submit proposals via Grants.gov or via the NSF FastLane system. For applications that are being considered for potential funding by NLM, the PDs/PIs will be required to submit their applications in an NIH-approved format. Anyone invited to submit to NIH will receive further information on submission procedures. Applicants will not be allowed to increase the proposed total budget or change the scientific content of the application in the submission to the NIH. The results of the first level scientific review will be presented to NLM Board of Regents for the second level of review. NLM will make final funding determinations and issue Notices of Awards to successful applicants. NLM and DMS anticipate making 8 to 10 awards, totaling up to $4 million, in fiscal year 2019. It is expected that each award will be between $200,000 to $300,000 (total costs) per year with durations of up to three years. The application submission window deadline is in early January, 2019.

Collaborative efforts that bring together researchers from the biomedical/health and the mathematical/statistical sciences communities are a requirement for this program and must be convincingly demonstrated in the proposal. While the research may be motivated by a specific application or dataset, the development of methods that are generalizable and broadly applicable is preferred and encouraged. Proposals should clearly discuss how the intended new collaborations will address a biomedical challenge and describe the use of publicly-available biomedical datasets to validate the proposed models and methodology. Applicants are expected to list specific datasets that will be used in the proposed research and demonstrate that they have access to these datasets. The Data Management Plan should describe plans to make the data available to researchers if these data are not in the public domain. Some of the important application areas currently supported by the National Library of Medicine include the following:

  • Finding biomarkers that support effective treatment through the integration of genetic and Electronic Health Records (EHR) data;
  • Understanding epigenetic effects on human health;
  • Extracting and analyzing information from EHR data;
  • Understanding the interactions of genotype and phenotype in humans by linking human sensor data with genomic data using dbGaP;
  • Protecting confidentiality of personal health information; and
  • Mining of heterogeneous data sets (e.g. clinical and environmental).

Inquiries should be directed to Jane Ye, PhD at the National Library of Medicine, (301) 594-4882.

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NLM’s Tox Town Website Gets a New Look!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-10-11 14:22

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur. Enhancements of the new design, informed by extensive user research, include:

  • Enhanced search optimization
  • Improved readability

New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:

  • New Community Action Tools Page with guidance for community engagement and resources for finding local data;
  • Newly added Reduce Your Risk information with practical steps to avoid and address exposure; and
  • New content organization into Sources of Exposure and Chemicals and Contaminants rather than previously used neighborhood scenes.

Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish-language materials.

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Abstract Display Option Added For PubMed Labs Search Results

PSR News - Wed, 2018-10-10 18:59

The community response to the launch of PubMed Labs has been outstanding. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to test new features at PubMed Labs, for example, the addition of a new view for search results. In response to user feedback, “Abstract” has been added to the DISPLAY OPTIONS of the PubMed Labs search results. Click the ‘gear’ icon at the top right of the results page and then click “Abstract” to see the new view.

Please note that PubMed Labs includes only a limited set of features, and not the full set of PubMed tools. The absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination.

Abstract display in PubMed Labs search results

Abstract display in PubMed Labs search results

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Community Health Maps Online Tutorial Available

PSR News - Wed, 2018-10-10 15:54

Community Health Maps (CHM) provides information about low/no cost mapping tools. The National Library of Medicine developed the resource with a focus on increasing capacity within under-served and at-risk communities. The CHM workflow can also be used by individuals and organizations needing to collect, analyze, and visualize mapping data. The blog is a mixture of mapping apps, software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have used the Community Health Maps workflow.

A self-paced, online tutorial has been developed to highlight the tools available in Community Health Maps to help users gain the skills needed to assist communities and individuals in collecting and mapping health-related data: to build a plan for collecting data; to create the forms for capturing data points; to use a mobile device to collect the data; and to visualize health data by creating online and printable maps that can be customized to meet the needs of audiences and stakeholders.

This course provides continuing education credit (CE), through the Medical Library Association (MLA), and/or a certificate of completion by enrolling in the course with NLM’s free Learning Management System.

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Apply by December 1 for the 2019 MLA Research Training Institute!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-10-09 19:31

Applications are open through December 1 for the 2019 cohort of the MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The heart of the RTI is a weeklong, residential, immersive workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. The institute offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Many of the twenty open slots for the institute are supported by either full or partial scholarships. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.

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Clem McDonald, MD, Named as First NLM Chief Health Data Standards Officer

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-10-03 19:41
Dr. Clem McDonald

Clem McDonald, MD

NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Clem McDonald, MD, to the newly created position of Chief Health Data Standards Officer for the National Library of Medicine. His appointment will be effective November 1, 2018. The new position demonstrates NLM’s strong and enduring commitment to health data standards. The Chief Health Data Standards Officer’s responsibilities will involve integrating standards efforts across the Library, including the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) interoperability standard, Common Data Elements, and the vocabularies specific to clinical care (e.g., RxNORM, LOINC, SNOMED). The chief will also develop partnerships with industry, academia, and other federal agencies to advance the use of health data standards in clinical practice, public health, and observational data, including sensors.

For the last 12 years, Dr. McDonald served as Director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) and Scientific Director of its intramural research program. His research focuses on clinical informatics; tools based on HL7’s FHIR to facilitate the use of electronic health records and research bases; the analysis of large clinical databases; the promotion, development, enhancement, and adoption of clinical messaging and vocabulary standards; and text de-identification. Prior to coming to NLM, Dr. McDonald served as the Regenstrief Professor of Medical Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Director of the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, a privately endowed research institute working to integrate research discovery, technological advances, and systems improvement into the practice of medicine. Dr. McDonald developed the Regenstrief Medical Record, one of the first electronic health record systems, and introduced the use of randomized trials to study health information systems. With NLM support, he and his colleagues developed the first Health Information Exchange, now loaded with 6 billion results from hospitals across Indiana. He also initiated the Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC) database observations for laboratory tests, clinical measurements, and clinical reports, and he was one of the founders of the Health Level 7 (HL7) message standards, used in hospitals today.

Effective November 1, Milton Corn, MD, Deputy Director of NLM for Research and Education, will also assume the responsibilities of Acting Scientific Director, LHNCBC. Olivier Bodenreider, MD, PhD, Chief of the Cognitive Science Branch at LHNCBC and a Principal Investigator in NLM’s Intramural Research Program, has been selected to become Acting Director, LHNCBC. Jerry Sheehan, NLM Deputy Director, will provide executive oversight and guidance.

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NLM Funds Study to Forecast Long-Term Costs of Data

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-10-03 19:39

The National Library of Medicine has teamed up with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to conduct a study on forecasting the long-term costs for preserving, archiving, and promoting access to biomedical data. The study is being conducted as part of the NLM’s efforts to develop a sustainable data ecosystem, as outlined in both the NLM Strategic Plan and the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science. Such an ecosystem is possible because the products and processes of research are now digital by default, and increasingly sophisticated and powerful computation can now be brought to data, rendering meaning that had previously been hidden. Across the biomedical sciences, decisions must be made about where in this ecosystem to invest limited resources to maximize the value of the data for scientific progress; strategies are needed to address question such as: What is the future value of research data? For how long must a dataset be preserved before it should be reviewed for long-term archiving? And what are the resources necessary to support long-term data storage?

For this study, NASEM will appoint an ad hoc committee to develop a framework for forecasting these costs and estimating potential benefits to research. The committee will examine and evaluate:

  • Economic factors to be considered when examining the life-cycle cost for data sets (e.g., data acquisition, preservation, and dissemination);
  • Cost consequences for various practices in accessioning and de-accessioning data sets;
  • Economic factors to be considered in designating data sets as high value;
  • Assumptions built in to the data collection and/or modeling processes;
  • Anticipated technological disruptors and future developments in data science in a 5- to 10-year horizon; and
  • Critical factors for successful adoption of data forecasting approaches by research and program management staff.

The committee will provide a consensus report and two case studies illustrating the framework’s application to different biomedical contexts relevant to NLM’s data resources. Relevant life-cycle costs will be delineated, as will any assumptions underlying the models. To the extent practicable, NASEM will identify strategies to communicate results and gain acceptance of the applicability of these models. As highlighted in a recent blog post, NASEM will host a two-day public workshop in late June 2019 to generate ideas and approaches for the committee to consider. Further details on the workshop and public participation will be made available in the coming months.

NLM is supporting NASEM’s efforts to solicit names of committee members, as well as topics for the committee to consider. Suggestions should be sent to Michelle Schwalbe, Director of NASEM’s Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics, or Elizabeth Kittrie, NLM Senior Planning and Evaluation Officer.

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NLM Funding Opportunity: Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

PSR News - Wed, 2018-10-03 16:39

The NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities funding program is focused on putting research knowledge into practice by providing information resources tailored to meet the needs of health disparity populations and their health care providers. A project can develop and deploy a new information resource or service, or expand and improve an existing resource or service in order to meet the needs of a health disparity population. For a proposed project to be competitive there must be evidence that the intended audience is a health disparity population and/or their healthcare providers. The application deadline is October 22, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant organization.

This program is focused on the second goal in the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027, “To reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.” Accomplishing this goal involves understanding and meeting the needs of the stakeholders: scholarly, clinical and community. NLM intends to commit $750,000 in FY 2019 to fund up to five awards. Budgets up to $150,000 for one year, $300,000 over two years or $450,000 over 3 years, in direct costs, may be requested. Applicants may request up to three years for the project period.

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October 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-10-01 12:34

illustration of a man holding neck due to pain and talking to a doctor Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: What Are Electronic Cigarettes?
    Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that people use to heat liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The inhaled vapor may contain nicotine, flavorings, and toxins — including ones that cause cancer.

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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Network Members in the Spotlight!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:50

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements!

Jerry Kauppila is the new NNLM PSR Program and Outreach Assistant for the NNLM All of Us program effective August 15.

Nora Franco is the new NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, beginning August 1.

M. Wynn Tranfield is the new Physical and Basic Sciences Librarian at UCLA, effective August 8.

Jennifer Fiterre is the new medical librarian at Marshall Community Health Library in Cameron Park, CA.

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor for academic information management at the University of California, San Francisco, began a three-year term as the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) senior representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) on July 1.

Terry Henner, Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine Savitt Medical Library, is the author of the article “A Community and Medical Library Collaboration to Address Senior Caregivers Barriers to Health Services Access,” published in the April-June 2018 issue of the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet.

Jeff Loo is the new Clinical Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Library.

Andrea Lynch, Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Lee Graff Medical & Scientific Library at the City of Hope, is featured in a video chat as part of her participation in the NNLM Biomedical and Health Research Data Management (RDM) for Librarians spring 2018 course, followed by a two-day Capstone Summit held at the NIH campus.

Evelyn Kobayashi, Library Manager of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Health Sciences Library in San Leandro, CA, was featured in a post on NLM’s Circulating Now blog about hosting the Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions NLM traveling exhibit in September 2018.

Kathleen Carlson, former Education Librarian at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, is the author of the article “One Librarian’s Participation in the 19th International Conference on Grey Literature (GL19),” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Carrie Grinstead, Medical Librarian at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Health Sciences Library, is the lead author of the article “ProjectShare: Partnering With Nursing Professionals to Track Local Research,” published in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, volume 18(3), 2018.

Kelli Hines, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western University of Health Sciences Harriet & Philip Pumerantz Library, co-authored the article, “Accuracy and Usability of Medication Identifiers for Solid Oral Medications,” published online in the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy in July, 2018.

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NLM Disaster Information Specialist Webinar on October 18: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-09-27 14:19

The next NLM Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar will be held Thursday, October 18, at 10:30 am PDT. It is open to anyone wishing to attend. Some of you may remember speaker Lisa Federer from her UCLA days!

TOPIC: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data

Managing and sharing data have become important issues in the context of research data. When it comes to disaster-related data, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important to ensure that data are properly collected, managed, and curated. Data must also be shared with the appropriate stakeholders to get information out to everyone who needs it, when they need it. This webinar will discuss best practices for data management and data sharing and how they apply to disaster-related data.

SPEAKER: Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian, National Library of Medicine

Lisa joined NLM in August 2018. Previously, Lisa was a Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she led the library’s Data Services Team and designed a curriculum of data-related training. She holds an MLIS from UCLA, and graduate certificates in Data Science from Georgetown University and New York University.

LOGIN: Meeting URL (Open in Internet Explorer browser):

Event Key: 1234

Audio conference information:

When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. NLM suggests using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar. If you cannot use VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number. OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.

  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
  • Access code: 626 798 379

If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, press # on your phone and you will be connected.

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Celebra y Prepárate for Hispanic Heritage Month!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-09-26 19:53

September 15 marks the kickoff of Latino/a (Latinx), also known as Hispanic Heritage Month! Fun fact: the month of observing and honoring Latinx History started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded to a full 30 days in 1988. In addition to celebrating our history, nurturing and rejoicing in our health is equally as important! We know filling our plates with healthy food choices and exercising are among the many ways to improve our health – but have you added preparing for disasters and emergencies to this list? When disasters or emergencies occur we may suffer from psychological or physical trauma, but organizing ourselves ahead of time may aid or prevent them if we do experience these events. September is also National Preparedness Month, and me siento muy excited (Selena fans will appreciate the joke), to share both Spanish and English resources available to help people create their personal plans.

The 2018 themes are found on Listo.Gov and listed below, along with coinciding resources and topics. Visit the links for more information and feel free to send me your thoughts and suggestions!

Planee Para Un Emergencia Foto

La imagen muestra a una mujer embarazada con una burbuja de pensamientos que contiene imágenes que representan elementos de los preparativos que se enumeran a continuación. Logotipo de Habilidades para Salvar Vidas en forma de salvavidas. Logotipo Listo con una marca de verificación.

Week 1: Make and Practice Your Plan

Week 2: Learn Life Saving Skills

  • Practice fire drills & escape plans.
  • Install natural gas & smoke detectors.
  • Gather supplies in case of power outages.

Week 3: Check Your Coverage

Week 4: Save For an Emergency

Do you feel ready if a disaster or emergency occurs? What resources or tools have you used to help you prepare? As this video demonstrates, you can’t add a disaster to your calendar ahead of time, but you can add your plan. So the next time you celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, take a moment to refresh your plan and ready yourself!

Nora standing next to the Discovery of Gold mural outside the Hispanic Reading Room in the Library of Congress

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Upcoming NNLM Data Webinar on October 12: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-26 16:25

Register now to join NNLM for the next session of the Research Data Management webinar series: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library, on October 12, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT. This webinar will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. It will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot. The instructors will be Doug Joubert and Candace Norton from the NIH Library.

The NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) webinar series is a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities.

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Call for Volunteers: NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 7 Focusing on Women’s Health!

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-09-26 16:15

Participate in the NNLM Fall Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Wednesday, November 7, and make it more successful than the April event, which focused on rare diseases! To achieve this goal, join the Wikipedia Help Team and NNLM staff across the nation and volunteer for a one-hour shift between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST to add citations to, and improve existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health, using trusted NLM and NIH resources. Utilize your research skills to make Wikipedia a better, more evidence-based resource for people looking for information on women’s health! In order to participate, you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event.

Sign up to provide virtual support to participants by contacting RML staff listed in the Schedule Table. Our own Nora Franco, PSR Consumer Health Librarian, will participate from 1:00-2:00 PM PST. Also, plan to attend and register for the three-part NNLM Wikipedia Fall 2018 Edit-a-thon training on October 3, 17, and 31, 11:00-11:30am PDT. If you are unable to attend all sessions, registrants will receive a recording of the entire training. Session 1 on 10/3 will provide an introductory overview on the importance of Wikipedia for librarians, and will give information about the Edit-a-thon. In Session 2 on 10/17, learn how to be prepared by creating a Wikipedia account, editing articles on medical topics, and getting ready for the event day. The final session on 10/31 will provide a highlight of women’s health resources from the NLM, including how to identify and evaluate pertinent information resources for possible use in the Edit-a-thon.

On November 7, you can follow along with all the fun on Twitter, with hashtag #citeNLM2018!

illustration of a woman looking at a computer screen with hashtag citeNLM2018

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Feedback Requested: Respond to the NNLM PSR Funding Award Survey by October 5!

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-09-20 18:43

We invite your participation in NNLM PSR’s Funding Awards survey! Please submit responses by Friday, October 5.

This questionnaire is designed to assist us with a better understanding of interest in NNLM funding awards and to ascertain if there are unmet needs among Network members. Feedback will also be used to simplify the application process. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It includes a few open-ended questions about ideal funding scenarios. Responses will be used to shape future award offerings and the allocation of NNLM PSR resources.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to the results!

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Computer Science Pioneer Dr. Alan Kay to Deliver Lindberg-King Lecture on September 26

PSR News - Thu, 2018-09-20 18:40

NLM has announced that computer science pioneer Alan Curtis Kay, PhD, will deliver this year’s Lindberg-King Lecture on Wednesday, September 26, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT. The talk, titled The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It. But Is It Already Too Late?, will be broadcast live and archived for later viewing on NIH VideoCasting.

A child prodigy, Dr. Kay was an original member of the seminal Xerox-PARC group, and for his myriad innovations in computer science was awarded computer science’s highest honor, the Turing Prize. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Lindberg-King Lecture honors former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, and former NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education Donald West King, MD. The event is co-sponsored by the NLM, Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Feedback Requested: Respond to the NNLM PSR Funding Award Survey by October 5!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-19 14:08

We invite your participation in NNLM PSR’s Funding Awards survey! Please submit responses by Friday, October 5.

This questionnaire is designed to assist us with a better understanding of interest in NNLM funding awards and to ascertain if there are unmet needs among Network members. Feedback will also be used to simplify the application process. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It includes a few open-ended questions about ideal funding scenarios. Responses will be used to shape future award offerings and the allocation of NNLM PSR resources.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to the results!

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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Check Your Insurance Coverage

PSR News - Mon, 2018-09-17 16:12

This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage. Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster. Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home?

Lastly, remember to attend the webinar entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations, on Thursday, September 20, at 10:30am PT. It will feature speakers from the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Find login details on our Disaster Information Specialist Webinars page.

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities for 2019

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-12 18:48

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, diseases and organisms that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2019 version of MeSH, and other global changes.

Important Dates

  • November 28, 2018: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
  • Mid-December 2018: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2019 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 28 to mid-December, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2018.

In addition, an alternate link to provide access to 2019 MeSH is available from the top navigation bar on the MeSH Browser homepage. The default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2018 MeSH for now. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2019 MeSH and the alternate link to 2018 MeSH.

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