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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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NLM’s ToxTutor Resource Adds New Content!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-09-11 18:44

The National Library of Medicine’s ToxTutor has added new content and topics:

Section 3 (Toxic Effects):

  • “Microbiome” topic added

Section 5 (Toxicity Testing Methods):

  • Additional “Finding Information about Alternatives to Animal Testing” content
  • Microphysiological Systems as used in “tissue chip” and “Organs-on-chips” models added
  • “Human-on-a-Chip” content added
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) as an emerging approach added
  • Combining “chips” AND iPSCs information topic added

Section 6 (Risk Assessment):

  • Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) content added
  • “What to Consider when Reading about a New Exposure Study” topic added

Section 7 (Exposure Standards and Guidelines):

  • Food Safety in the European Union topic added

New sections:

Section 15 Intuitive Toxicology and Risk Communication

Section 16 Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Health, and One Health

ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases. While a knowledge of anatomy and physiology is not required for viewing ToxTutor, the Introduction to the Human Body from the National Cancer Institute provides a good introduction to the topic.

This course is approved for 3 contact hours for California Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHSs) and National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) REHS/RSs. To take the tutorial and receive a certificate, please register and complete the tutorial through our free learning management system.

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Updated Homepage and Logo Coming for Mobile Device Users of PubMed Labs

PSR News - Mon, 2018-09-10 16:41

PubMed Labs is a responsive Web site that can generate different display options depending on a user’s device size, e.g., mobile phones. Mobile device users that access PubMed Labs will soon notice a slightly updated homepage and logo. Additionally, the “What is PubMed Labs?” question will be replaced by “What’s new for PubMed Mobile?” The production PubMed Mobile ad to PubMed Labs will also be modified to encourage users to try the new PubMed Labs mobile design.

Side by side comparison of PubMed Labs and PubMed Mobile

Updated PubMed Labs homepage for mobile users.

PubMed Labs is under active development and new features and functionality are regularly added. Please note the absence of a PubMed feature in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the Labs Feedback button. For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Learn Life-Saving Skills

PSR News - Mon, 2018-09-10 15:17

This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Learn Life-Saving Skills. The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:

If you are already a trained medical responder, check out resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit® to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills. 

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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Register Now for New NLM Webinar Series Beginning September 6!

PSR News - Wed, 2018-09-05 18:30

Registration is available for a new National Library of Medicine five-week interactive webinar series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health. Sessions will focus on the roles and products of the NLM related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records (EHRs) systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support clinical researchers.

Dates and times will be Thursdays at 9:00 AM PDT, beginning September 6. Webinars will consist of brief presentations, activities, and Q&A and will run about 30 minutes. The first session of the series will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE). Overall goals of the series are for participants to be able to:

  • Use the jargon associated with health IT to be able to communicate effectively with IT staff and administrators.
  • Name relevant health data standards and describe how they are used.
  • Describe NLM products and services that enrich and inform EHRs and other health data systems.
  • Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process.
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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Make and Practice Your Plan!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-09-04 17:19

The first weekly theme provided by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center for this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan. provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home. At the National Library of Medicine, National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.

Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.

Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database. If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training. Lastly, there are two webinars this week of interest:

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September 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-09-04 11:49

Illustration of a woman opening a window Check out the September 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: Preventing Shingles
    Shingles most commonly occurs in adults over 50, but it can appear at any age. There are now two shingles vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can help prevent shingles or lower the extent of the effects it may cause.

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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August 2018 Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-08-31 14:02

On June 20, NNLM PSR hosted Highlights from the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications (SC) Institute for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. The session presented highlights from six participants who attended the FORCE11 training course at the University of California, San Diego, on July 30 to August 3, 2018. Featured speakers included Andrea Lynch, Anneliese Taylor, Mary Linn Bergstrom, Allegra Swift, Bethany Myers and Martin Brennan. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

As noted during the webinar, the FORCE2018 Conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on October 11 & 12, 2018. Details of the conference and registration information can be found in a NewsBits posting.

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FORCE2018 Conference October 11-12 in Montreal, Canada

PSR News - Thu, 2018-08-30 18:42

Registration is available for the FORCE2018 (The Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship) conference, a different kind of meeting where stakeholders come to the table for a discussion on an open future for scholarly communications and changing the ways scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. It looks beyond publication, to the needs of all involved in the research enterprise, including the producers and the users of research.

FORCE2018 is organized by FORCE11, a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders, that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing. Individually and collectively, the overall aim is to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. Talks on this year’s program cover many themes, including:

  • Open Data, Open Source and Open Scholarship
  • Research classification and interdisciplinary research
  • New ways to share research results
  • Reproducibility
  • Community outreach and impact

The FORCE2018 Conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on October 11 & 12, 2018, at the New Residence Conference Center at McGill University. Pre-conference workshops will be held on October 10. With its 11 universities and a vibrant tech sector, the academic-business connection is strong and thriving in Montreal. Artificial intelligence, high tech, gaming, neuroscience, data-hosting and shared services are just some of the businesses that have made a home in the largest French-speaking city outside France.

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NNLM Evaluation Office Launches Evaluation Basics On-demand Moodle Series!

PSR News - Thu, 2018-08-30 17:49

On September 1, the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) will launch the opportunity to learn basic evaluation methods for community and user assessment, project and evaluation planning, and basic data collection and evaluation techniques through an on-demand series of classes. This is especially useful to anyone responsible for designing and implementing evaluation of projects or services.

There are four EvalBasics courses. NEO recommends taking them in order but it is not required. Each class takes approximately one hour to complete and is worth one (1) Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit, so a total of four credits is possible for the entire series:

  • EvalBasics 1: Learn a three-step process for conducting community assessment for program development
  • EvalBasics 2: Identify desired objectives and create an outcomes-based project plan using logic models
  • EvalBasics 3: Develop strong evaluation tools such as questionnaires by following three key principles
  • EvalBasics 4: Understand how to set standards, analyze data, and make judgments about a program’s value in order to make decisions about its future

You can also register by visiting the NNLM Training Schedule and then scroll down to the “Classes On Demand” section.

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Four New MedlinePlus Health Topic Pages on Opioids!

PSR News - Tue, 2018-08-28 18:58

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of four new MedlinePlus health topic pages on the subject of opioids:

Check them out!

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