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New NNLM PSR All of Us Project & Outreach Assistant: Jerry Kauppila!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-08-28 13:20

Hi, my name is Jerry Kauppila.

Jerry Kauppila in front of Eagle River Store, with camera around neck, eating ice cream cone.

Ice Cream and Photography!

I am excited to join the All of Us team at the NNLM PSR as the Project and Outreach Assistant, and look forward to working on this research and outreach program.

Born and raised a “Yooper” on the southern shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I headed south and west chasing the sun and a variety of job opportunities. I fell in love with Southern California and all it has to offer with great trails for hiking/running, miles of beaches, amazing food, and diverse culture. I saw the boom and bust of the internet startup age, was blessed with the opportunity to teach computers to elementary students, and filled my memoirs with tales from flower shops across the country–who knew the stories could be so crazy?! More recently I have found a passion for street photography, and expanding my knowledge for creating content for social media and marketing.

If you are interested in finding out more about me, follow my Instagram account or send me an email.

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Apply Now for NNLM Online Course: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians!

PSR News - Fri, 2018-08-24 16:44

Health sciences librarians are invited to apply for the online course, Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, offered by the NNLM Training Office (NTO). The course is a free, 7-week online class with engaging lessons, practical activities and a final project. The course runs from October 15 – December 14, with a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants.

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to data issues and policies in support of developing and implementing or enhancing research data management training and services at your institution. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. Course topics include an overview of data management, choosing appropriate metadata descriptors or taxonomies for a dataset, addressing privacy and security issues with data, and creating data management plans.

Applications must be submitted by September 20. Additional details and the online application are available by visiting the NTO website. For questions, contact the NTO.

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Hurricane Lane Resources to Support Hawaiian Islands

PSR Newsletter - Thu, 2018-08-23 19:33

On August 21, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Lane. The emergency proclamation allows the state to be proactive by pre-positioning state assets to support county emergency responders.  On August 22, the President approved Governor Ige’s request for presidential disaster declaration to provide appropriate assistance for emergency measures to save lives and protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.

With assistance from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), we have compiled many hurricane resources including information guides with curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.

Key National Resources

Key Hawaii Resources

Emergency Alerts

Social Media




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September is National Preparedness Month!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-08-20 16:36

Every September, National Preparedness Month reminds us to take time to prepare for disasters, which can happen any time. This year’s theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Each week in September, NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will distribute email messages highlighting NLM, NIH, and other government resources that will assist everyone in learning how to prepare for disasters. In addition, DIMRC will host a webinar September 20, at 10:30am PDT entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations. It will feature speakers from DIMRC along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Also, the recording and slides are now available from the August 9 Disaster Information Specialist webinar Data Management in Disasters & Public Health Emergencies, featuring National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow Nicole Strayhorn, who discussed the results of her project to identify open data sources and data sharing policies used during disasters and public health emergencies. Access the recording and slides, as well as a handout of all the links mentioned during the webinar, by visiting the DIMRC website. And finally, follow DIMRC on Twitter to stay prepared all year long!

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Comics’ Medicinal Value Featured in NLM Traveling Exhibit Hosted by San Diego Public Library

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2018-08-20 15:55

by Laura S. Kyle
Assistant, Arts and Culture Exhibitions
San Diego Public Library

The medical world is opening to comic books. No, your surgeon isn’t learning scalpel technique from Superman, but professional caregivers and their patients increasingly turn to graphic literature when communicating about sickness and death.

Man dressed as Han Solo looking at one the Graphic Mediicine displays

A costumed Hans Solo learns about the emergence of medical graphic literature from an NLM exhibit at the San Diego Public Library.

It makes sense: Although they carry authority, words are distant and weak just when the human experience is most complex and deeply nuanced. Add pictures, however, and interpretation comes into play. What’s ineffable begins to be understandable. Think of an emoji. That’s the message behind a traveling exhibit from the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. “Text and images work together to create meaning neither conveys alone,” states a banner in the exhibit, titled Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn.

The exhibit’s six banners explain the elements of graphic literature and why the genre is so effective for medical communication. From a patient’s perspective, graphic literature’s friendly and familiar approach can counterbalance the cold, hard facts of medicine. For caregivers, it can open insight to a patient’s experience and provide feedback on quality of care. What’s more, well-designed graphics can convey a wealth of technical information at a memorable glance.

Each banner has examples from medical graphic texts such as Cancer Vixen: A True Story, by Marisa Acocella Marchetto; Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me, by Sarah Leavitt; and Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, by MK Czerwiec. The exhibit’s curator, Ellen Forney, herself creates such literature about her own experiences as a patient.

Until recently, the exhibit was at an especially opportune venue: San Diego’s Central Library during July 2018, just a few blocks from Comic-Con, the granddaddy of popular culture events. San Diego’s Comic-Con is such a big deal that events spill over into the Central Library. As a result, thousands of attendees were exposed to Graphic Medicine and the emerging concept of graphic medical literature. The exhibit generated an unusual amount of interest and heavy viewing traffic while in San Diego. The NLM has received numerous requests from organizations hoping to borrow the already wait-listed exhibit. Send your organization’s application today!

And that thing about Superman teaching surgeons? It’s not so far-fetched. Penn State University, for example, has a Graphic Medicine press. Among its offerings are “comics used in medical training and education, as well as monographic studies and edited collections from scholars, practitioners and medical educators.”

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AAHSL and NLM Announce 2019 Leadership Fellows and Mentors

PSR News - Wed, 2018-08-15 19:32

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have announced the five members of the 2018-2019 cohort of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one-year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 54% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries. The program provides a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences for fellows and offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with the cohort of participants. Fellows are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. Mentors work closely with their fellows throughout the year, and host their fellow’s visit to their library. The candidate pool for fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognition of a substantial record of leadership accomplishment and potential for a director position.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows and Mentors 2018-2019

Blair Anton, MLIS, MS, AHIP, Associate Director, Informationist Services, William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

Mentor: Melissa De Santis, MLIS, AHIP, Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO.

Amy Blevins, MALS, Associate Director for Public Services, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN.

Mentor: Terrie R. Wheeler, AMLS, Director, Samuel J. Wood Library and C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY.

Mellanye Lackey, MSI, AHIP, formerly Associate Director of Education and Research, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; currently transitioning to a new position and library in 2019.

Mentor: Chris Shaffer, MS, AHIP, University Librarian, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Information Management, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

Katherine (Katie) Prentice, MSIS, AHIP, Associate Director for User Experience & Assessment, Schusterman Library, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, OK.

Mentor: Ellen Nordre Sayed, MLS, MAcc, AHIP, Director, MCW Libraries, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Randall Watts, MDiv, MS, AHIP, Associate Director/Associate Professor, Health Sciences Library, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN.

Mentor: M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, Associate Vice President Academic Affairs, Executive Director, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.

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New NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian: Nora Franco!

PSR Newsletter - Fri, 2018-08-10 19:31

Hola! My name is Nora Franco, and I would like to say hello as the new Consumer Health Librarian for the NNLM PSR at UCLA! My passion for medical librarianship began as an LIS student at the University of North Texas, where I was first exposed to the array of librarian specializations, including health sciences librarianship. While in the Health Informatics program, I was able to complete an internship at the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), part of the Specialized Information Services (SIS) division at NLM. Joining the PSR team makes me feel things have come full circle!

Nora Franco

Nora Franco

I come to the West Coast after living on no coast, AKA the Midwest, working as an embedded Clinical Medical Librarian for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Health Sciences Library. For anyone unfamiliar with the history of Clinical Medical Librarians, the program began nationally at UMKC through a National Library of Medicine grant. While in Kansas City, I worked closely with the School of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy constituents. One of my favorite instructional sessions that I developed was a Consumer Health Information Resources course for the Drug Information Center. Not only was I able to expose pharmacy residents to quality health information resources, including NLM products, but I was able to learn about provider-patient communication, and how medical librarians can facilitate the development of them. Other activities while at UMKC and Kansas City include:

I am very fortunate and excited to work closely alongside other PSR staff members, particularly Kelli Ham, former PSR Consumer Health Librarian. While Kelli takes on her new position with the All of Us Research Program, I will assist her in many of her outreach efforts. Feel free to reach out to me with questions or to get to know me better by sending an email message, or giving me a call at 310-794-6572. I look forward to meeting and learning from the variety of PSR Network members!

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DOCLINE 6.0 Release Update

PSR News - Thu, 2018-08-09 15:17

DOCLINE 6.0 will be released in mid-to-late September.  Adjusting the release date allows NLM the necessary time to accommodate user needs.  This release will ensure that all DOCLINE libraries have a new, secure login.  In addition, all borrowing requests, including those for indexed articles or books, can be placed using either the PMID or manual methods.

Look for new features soon!  Based on your feedback, the DOCLINE Team at NLM will be adding new features on a continuous basis over the next months based on priority, with the most critical features first, followed by reports, activity summary, contact library, and additional requesting methods.  New features will be announced as they are released.

Once the DOCLINE Team announces the preview period, it is recommended that DOCLINE users try the redesigned system, test the new login, and familiarize yourself with the interface.  The existing DOCLINE will remain in use for borrowing and lending during this time.

Please continue to send the DOCLINE Team feedback.  Your suggestions will be considered for possible inclusion in a future update.

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August 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-08-06 11:37

Illustration of a child wearing the robotic exoskeleton in a laboratory
Check out the August 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:

  • Q & A: Dr. Steve Cole on Loneliness
    Excerpts from a conversation with Dr. Cole, who heads the NIH-funded Social Genomics Core Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 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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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA Education Webinar

PSR Newsletter - Wed, 2018-08-01 11:44

NNLM PSR sponsored seven sites for the MLA webinar, Aligning the Three Pillars of Effective Instruction: Outcomes, Teaching, and Assessment for Health Sciences Librarians. Feedback was positive and several hosts reported that the session was effective for both new and experienced teachers. One host commented, “The webinar was great! It was exactly what I was looking for to build the skills of our team.” Another noted that the webinar was “very practical and transferable to other librarians who teach in various areas, such as data science or scholarly communication.”

We have a limited number of surplus access codes for the webinar. Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in viewing the recording. Once your request has been approved, you will be emailed a code that will provide access to resources, an evaluation, and a certificate to claim 1.5 MLA CE contact hours.

The following sites hosted the live webcast:


Central Arizona Biomedical Libraries
Host: Adrienne Brodie


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

Kaiser Permanente
Host: Ana Macias

Mount Saint Mary’s University
Host: Danielle Salomon

Western University of Health Sciences
Host: Kelli Hines


Hawaii State Hospital
Host: Lisa Anne Matsumoto


University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Mary Schultz

Thanks to everyone who made it possible for members from our region to attend! In November 2018, NNLM PSR will sponsor another MLA webinar: Using Stories to Support Academic Instruction and Health Education. Be on the lookout for an announcement from the PSR-News email list.

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Recording of Inaugural DOCLINE Talkline Webinar Recording Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-30 18:03

The recording of the inaugural DOCLINE Talkline webinar on July 25 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 gave an overview of the upcoming redesigned DOCLINE 6.0. In this session, attendees were able to:

  • Understand the Google sign-in process,
  • Link accounts to DOCLINE, and
  • Get a sneak peek at library records in the redesigned DOCLINE.

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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Dr. Dina Paltoo Named NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development

PSR News - Mon, 2018-07-30 17:45

NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, has announced the appointment of Dina Paltoo, PhD, MPH, as NLM Assistant Director for Policy Development. In this role, she leads NLM’s policy and legislative activities which promote access to scientific data and information, as well as health information technology. Dr. Paltoo had performed the duties in an interim capacity since April 2018 while on detail from the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP), Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her official appointment took effect July 9, 2018.

Dr. Paltoo was previously the Director of the Division of Scientific Data Sharing Policy within the OSP. While there, she was responsible for overseeing NIH policy efforts in scientific data sharing and management, open science, and genomics and health. Prior to taking on that role, she was the Director of OSP’s Genetics, Health, and Society Program. Dr. Paltoo joined OSP from NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, where she was a program director in genetics and pharmacogenetics and led activities to promote the sharing of these and other data. She has also served as a scientific advisor on the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Personalized Healthcare Initiative, was a National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellow, and taught at Howard and Morgan State Universities. Dr. Paltoo received her PhD in physiology and biophysics from Howard University, was a postdoctoral fellow in cellular biophysics and biochemistry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and earned an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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DOCLINE 6.0 E-mail Updates

PSR News - Fri, 2018-07-27 13:21

Beginning July 27, all NLM emails about the DOCLINE 6.0 upgrade will come from They will not be posted on the DOCLINE-L listserv. Those who subscribe to DOCLINE-L will receive emails about DOCLINE 6.0 only occasionally, and only from the DOCLINE Team.

The new service allows the DOCLINE team at NLM to better support libraries through the transition to DOCLINE 6.0 with:

  • Full HTML messages,
  • Images,
  • Direct links to webinars, DOCLINE support, help videos, and more.

The DOCLINE-L discussion listserv will still be available. If you are subscribed to DOCLINE-L, you will remain a member of the listserv. If you have any questions, write to the NLM help desk, view the DOCLINE FAQs, or the National DOCLINE Coordination Office.

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NLM Establishes a Five-Year Development Plan for MEDLINE!

PSR Newsletter - Tue, 2018-07-24 14:38

In December 2016, the National Library of Medicine established the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) Indexing Assessment Project to evaluate the impact on users of assigning MeSH terms to MEDLINE citations. The project findings confirmed the value of MEDLINE indexing and the value of applying selected non-subject metadata to MEDLINE citations. In response to the findings and as part of its Strategic Plan, NLM created the five-year development plan, MEDLINE 2022. A Working Group, comprised of members from across all NLM departments, was charged with the plan’s implementation.

MEDLINE 2022 has eight specific goals describing challenges that must be addressed to maintain the usefulness of MEDLINE as a tool for discovering and analyzing the biomedical research literature:

  1. Investigate the use of authoritative vocabularies in MEDLINE indexing in addition to, or as a partial replacement for MeSH, for some topics or types of metadata, for example, chemical names.
  2. Implement a range of indexing methods to ensure the timely assignment of MeSH or terms from other approved vocabularies to MEDLINE citations.
  3. Support the discoverability of content.
  4. Support the pharmacology and toxicology research communities by sustaining and improving the discoverability of chemical information in MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  5. Support NIH and other funding organizations by ensuring the discoverability of funding information in MEDLINE/PubMed.
  6. Support the genetics research community by adding relevant gene information to MEDLINE/PubMed citations.
  7. Support the NLM pivot to data science as described in the new NLM Strategic Plan.
  8. Update MEDLINE journal requirements to support these goals and strategies.

The goals of MEDLINE 2022 align with the goals of the NLM Strategic Plan, most importantly Goal 1: Accelerate discovery and advance health by providing the tools for data-driven research. MEDLINE has provided access to the biomedical literature for more than 45 years, evolving as publishing and information retrieval have evolved. The MEDLINE 2022 project aims to ensure that MEDLINE continues to evolve to meet the needs of users in an age of data-driven discovery. NLM will keep its many stakeholders informed of progress with the implementation of MEDLINE 2022 by publishing future NLM Technical Bulletin articles with details about different aspects of this project.

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