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

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!

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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Report on the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference

Fri, 2019-03-08 16:36

by Jill Barr-Walker, MPH, MS
Clinical Librarian
Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) Hospital Library
University of California, San Francisco

While 70% of the global health workforce is made up of women, only 25% of the leadership in this field are women. Does this sound familiar? To some extent, it should: women represent 83% of the librarian workforce in academic libraries but only 60% of university library directors [1]. Although data on health sciences library directors isn’t available, we know that women represent 87% of the health sciences librarian workforce but make almost 8% less than male counterparts in equivalent positions [2]. This salary disparity cannot be explained by the commonly held belief that women are less likely to negotiate: research shows that when librarians in non-administrative roles negotiate salary, women are less successful than men [3].

an illustrator drawing a whiteboard during a conference

The conference artist illustrates a talk on #metoo and global health.

With the help of a National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR) professional development award and these figures in mind, I traveled to the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to learn more about the movement to empower women leaders in global health.

Learning from internationally-known women leaders from places like WHO, the UN, MSF, The International Council of Nurses, public health schools at Harvard & Colombia, The Lancet, and various government organizations throughout Africa, Europe & South America was an incredible opportunity. Conference attendees learned about the scope of this problem worldwide and discussed potential solutions; this allowed me to think about ways to position myself to be an advocate for women in global health at my institution, and start thinking about how to address this issue within the field of Library Information Studies (LIS). I learned about organizations that exist to facilitate leadership abilities for women as well as additional tools and resources for people interested in contributing to research and scholarship in this field. Most of all, this conference confirmed for me that the issues of sexism, sexual harassment, and advancing women’s leadership are legitimate and important scholarly fields of inquiry.

I was also inspired by ideas for actions that can be taken by anyone interested in helping to grow women leaders in their institution and their field. I intend to incorporate many into my own work, including actively encouraging and involving younger women in leadership; refusing to serve on panels that do not contain equal representations of men and women and rejecting conferences that support “manels”; encouraging researchers to disaggregate data by gender and race to help identify issues unique to different populations; recognizing how intersectionality and multiple identities affect women’s opportunities for and interest in leadership; and being mindful in the use of language that reinforces sexist, colonial hegemonies (e.g., instead of “giving someone a voice,” provide an opportunity for them to speak and use their own voice). Attending the conference reignited my passion for global health, and I have renewed my outreach efforts to our hospital’s Global Medicine division in order to become more involved with information provision around research and clinical work in this area.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the conference advocated a key message: we cannot attempt to correct the gender disparities in leadership without considering the intersections of race, gender, and leadership. Out of the 60% of women academic library directors mentioned above, how many are white? One ARL publication suggests up to 94% [1]! We know that librarians are overwhelmingly white (up to 87% in some fields); it should not be a surprise to learn that women of color are underrepresented in library leadership positions and overrepresented in library staff (e.g., non-librarian) positions [4]. In addition to creating space for younger women and those new to the field, white librarians must be mindful to do the same for women of color who are facing additional barriers in our predominantly white field.

What do we want librarianship to look like going forward? I encourage everyone to consider this question and think about how we as individuals, institutions, and professional organizations can work to meet this goal. To quote Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija, Chief Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria and a WLGH conference favorite, “If they don’t give us a seat at the table, we bring our own chair. If they don’t allow us to bring the chair, we sit on the table.”

Thanks to NNLM PSR for supporting my attendance at this conference and showing support for women leaders in global health — and beyond!

Further reading

  • Lew S, Yousefi B. Feminists among us: Resistance and advocacy in library leadership. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2017.
  • Chou, RL, Pho A. Pushing the margins: women of color and intersectionality in LIS. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2018.
  • Galbraith Q, Kelley H, Groesbeck M. Is there a racial wage gap in research libraries? An analysis of ARL libraries. College & Research Libraries. 2018 Nov 1;79(7):863.
  • Global Health 50/50. Global health 50/50 report. 2018.


  1. Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Annual salary survey (2009-10). 2010.
  2. Corcoran K, Medical Library Association. MLA compensation and benefits survey. 2013.
  3. Silva E, Galbraith Q. Salary negotiation patterns between women and men in academic libraries. College & Research Libraries. 2018 Apr 4;79(3):324.
  4. American Library Association. Diversity counts: 2012 update.
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Coming Soon: An Updated PubMed!

Wed, 2019-03-06 19:43

As the biomedical literature increases at a significant rate in PubMed, NCBI has continuously experimented and investigated ways to improve the overall search quality and user experience. An updated version of PubMed, which will eventually replace the current version, is now available on the experimental PubMed Labs platform. The updated version of PubMed includes the following features. To see graphical illustrations from PubMed Labs, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

  • Enhanced Search Results
    PubMed now offers a new relevance sort option named Best Match as an alternative to the default date sort, making it easier for users to find what they seek. Best Match uses a state-of-the-art machine learning algorithm that is trained on aggregated user searches. The Best Match algorithm ranks search results according to several relevance signals, including an article’s popularity, its publication date and type, and its query-document relevance score. Full details about Best Match are available in the PLOS Biology article, Best Match: New relevance search for PubMed.

    Search results now include snippets, which are highlighted text fragments from the article abstract that are selected based on their relatedness to the query and give users additional information to help them decide if an article is useful. Additional improvements to the interface make it easier to discover related content, e.g. similar articles, references, and citations. Also, in the updated version of PubMed, the underlying document data that is indexed has been newly generated by merging content from PubMed, Bookshelf, and PubMed Central (PMC), so that relevant information not ordinarily available in a PubMed record, e.g. reference citations from PMC, can be displayed.

  • Responsive Design
    The updated PubMed features a mobile-first, responsive layout that offers better support for accessing PubMed content with the increasingly popular small-screen devices such as mobile phones and tablets. The interface is compatible with any screen size, which provides a fresh, consistent look and feel throughout the application, no matter how it is accessed.
  • Updated Technology
    The updated version of PubMed uses Solr, an open-source enterprise search system, for document indexing, and MongoDB for storage and retrieval. In addition to its scalability and reliability, Solr also provides many powerful out-of-the-box search functionalities, such as wildcards (‘*’), groupings, and joins. For example, unlike the current version of PubMed, the updated version does not limit the number of variants for wildcards. The MongoDB storage solution provides default data replication between different data centers, which ensures redundancy. The updated PubMed runs on a modern cloud architecture that provides scalability and a reliable backup environment. The updated PubMed uses the Django Web framework on the front-end, making use of the latest web technologies and standards.
  • User-Driven Development
    The updated PubMed continues to be validated by prioritizing and aligning features based on user research including usability testing and continuous feedback from users.

Please note the updated version does not include the complete set of features currently found in PubMed; however, NLM is iteratively adding functions and improving the system. Feedback is welcome! Submit comments, questions, or concerns using the PubMed Labs Feedback button.

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Apply Now for a 2019-2020 NNLM PSR Funding Opportunity!

Thu, 2019-02-28 18:52

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Call for Applications (CFA) for our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2019–2020! Calls for Applications have also been issued for NNLM PSR Outreach Mini-Awards and Professional Development Awards. In addition, there are two new categories of awards: All of Us Community Engagement Awards and All of Us Technology Improvement Awards! Complete details for the awards, including the number available, maximum funding amount, potential projects, and application instructions, are available on the NNLM PSR web site. Proposals submitted by Friday, April 12, will receive priority consideration.

Applications will be accepted continuously and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. All NNLM PSR Network members are eligible to apply for any of the awards. Project activities or professional development events must be conducted between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020, and funding will be distributed on a cost-reimbursement basis. Award recipients are required to submit activity reports, exhibit evaluation reports, professional development evaluation reports, and final project reports, as applicable. Upon completion of projects or events, all award recipients are expected to submit an article for the NNLM PSR Latitudes newsletter blog, with highlights of the experience and lessons learned.

Express Outreach Awards are designed to increase awareness of health information resources by health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, Regional Extension Centers, and minority health practitioners. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support smaller projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming or one-day events such as health fairs. Both awards have the ultimate goal of promoting knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for healthcare providers and consumers. Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to improve skills by attending professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines.

The new All of Us Technology Improvement Award supports infrastructure that improves access to consumer health information in public libraries or other organizations (e.g., for the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that enhances the capacity of a library or organization to improve health literacy). The All of Us Community Engagement Award is broader and is designed to support projects that improve health information literacy; access to high-quality biomedical and health information; and awareness of clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program.

RML staff members are available to answer questions about the awards, or to discuss potential project ideas. We look forward to seeing your proposals!

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Network Members in the Spotlight

Thu, 2019-02-28 14:14

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!

Elisa Cortez is the new Medical Education and Clinical Outreach Librarian at the University of California, Riverside, Orbach Science Library. She was previously at Loma Linda University Libraries for 18 years, most recently as Chair of User Services at the Del Webb Library.

Elizabeth Grossman is the new Medical Librarian at Scripps Memorial Hospital Medical Library in La Jolla, CA. She replaces Kimberly Baker, who retired in April 2018.

Ann Glusker is the new Sociology, Demography and Quantitative Research Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, beginning March 1. She was previously the Librarian/Research and Data Coordinator for the Regional Medical Library in the Pacific Northwest Region.

Mary Wickline, medical librarian at the University of California, San Diego, passed away on December 8 after a long illness. She was the liaison to the Nursing and Allied Health Department and over the years helped many of its members with their projects for academic advancement. Mary was also a faithful volunteer for NNLM PSR exhibits!

Mabel Trafford, Medical Library Manager at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, is featured in a BMJ Insider’s Newsletter article posted online on November 30.

Jill Barr-Walker and Iesha Nevels, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Library, are co-authors of the article “Creating value through outreach in a hospital setting: a case study from Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital Library,” published in the October 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

David Coleman, Medical Librarian & Informationist at Straub Medical Center Arnold Library in Honolulu, is the primary author of the article, “Impact of a Collaborative Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Education Program on Clinical Operations” published online in the Journal of Hospital Librarianship, October, 2018.

Mellanye Lackey is the newly appointed Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Pat Vader, Executive Director of the Pumerantz Library at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, retired on February 1, 2018, after 20 years of service. She initially joined the staff in 1999 to migrate the card catalog database from DOS program to a graphical user interface call SIRSI Workflows. Karoline Almanzar, MLIS, is now Interim Director of the Pumerantz Library. She has worked at Western University for 18 years.

Yamila El-Khayat, Outreach Services Librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) has received a part-time appointment to the NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center (TEC) as Participant Engagement Coordinator. She is currently at 20% effort and will transition to 40% effort on May 1.

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Borrowing and Lending Coming to DOCLINE 6.1 on March 4!

Mon, 2019-02-25 19:15

On March 4, 2019, DOCLINE 6.1 will be released with all ILL borrowing and lending functions.

Transition schedule:

  • Borrowing will END in the original DOCLINE on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at noon EST.
  • Borrowing will BEGIN in DOCLINE 6.1, Monday, March 4, 2019, at 8:00 AM EST.

During the four-day hiatus, libraries will not be able to create new ILL requests. This allows NLM to modify both systems, gives time for current requests to complete, and will serve to reduce confusion regarding requests. Open requests from legacy DOCLINE will NOT be moved to DOCLINE 6.1.

Lenders may wish to turn on lend alert notification emails or set themselves inactive in the old system. Borrowers should consider cancelling any requests still routing in original DOCLINE after DOCLINE 6.1 is released.

After March 4:

  • If you need to update lend requests placed before February 28, go to original DOCLINE.
  • If you need to request items after March 4, go to DOCLINE 6.1.

Original DOCLINE will remain available through July 1, 2019, for Loansome Doc lending and access to pre-March ILL request data. The Original DOCLINE vs. New DOCLINE 6.1 – what can I do where? page provides a quick way to determine which version of DOCLINE you should use to complete common DOCLINE and Loansome Doc tasks.

More information, including quick tour videos of borrow and lend, will be made available soon on the Path to the redesigned DOCLINE. Also, refer to the DOCLINE 6.0 FAQs page for more information. If you need assistance, please reach out to the National DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO) or write to the National Library of Medicine Help Desk.

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Yamila El-Khayat Joins NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center as Participant Engagement Coordinator!

Fri, 2019-02-15 17:00

The NNLM All of Us Training and Education Center (TEC) has announced the appointment of Yamila El-Khayat, MA, Outreach Services Librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library, to the role of TEC Participant Engagement Coordinator. Yamila joined the TEC at 20% effort on February 1 and will transition to 40% effort beginning May 1. In this role, Yamila works alongside Lydia Collins, TEC Participant Engagement Lead, on key projects such as the All of Us Speakers Series and the All of Us Editorial Calendar, and will be a strategic collaborator with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Center.

Many of you may already know Yamila from her extensive outreach to diverse communities, in support of the NNLM PSR mission. She also has knowledge and experience with the All of Us Research Program through her work with the All of Us Arizona Consortium. Welcome to Yamila in her new role with the NNLM!

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Citizen Science Day is April 13 – Libraries Everywhere will Participate in the Megathon Challenge!

Thu, 2019-02-14 17:25

Libraries are quickly becoming community hubs for citizen science as a way for their communities to engage in real scientific research in need of their help. NNLM PSR recently funded a citizen science project with SciStarter and the Arizona State University, Increasing Awareness of, and Engagement in, Citizen Science Through Libraries, which will help libraries everywhere plan a Citizen Science Day event and learn more about citizen science. Thousands of projects are free and easily accessible to people everywhere, anytime, regardless of age, interests, or location through SciStarter, a research affiliate of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at the Arizona State University (ASU).

Libraries nationwide are invited to join the effort to introduce citizen science in their communities on Citizen Science Day, April 13, 2019, by participating in the “Megathon Challenge,” an event sponsored by Stall Catchers to accelerate research on Alzheimer’s disease. In this game format, people all over the world will analyze real research data in a process that would normally take researchers over one year to complete. To find out more about hosting the Megathon challenge for your library, register for the one-hour NNLM webinar Citizen Science Day 2019: Add Real Scientific Research to Your Library Programming! on February 20, 1:00-2:00 PM PST.

You can also  sign up now (link goes to a Google form) to learn more about hosting a Citizen Science Day event in your library and visit the SciStarter Citizen Science Day page to stay apprised of further details. Many free tools and resources are available to help you introduce citizen science to library users and to plan a Citizen Science Day event in your library. You are also invited to join weekly, open planning calls each Wednesday at 1:00 PM PT via Zoom ( or phone (646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 272 718 633). Agendas, FAQs, timelines, contact information, and more are available in a shared Google Folder.

We look forward to supporting your participation in the burgeoning citizen science movement!

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University of the Pacific Hosts NLM’s “Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care” Traveling Exhibit!

Tue, 2019-02-12 19:01

by Mark P. Christiansen, PhD, PA-C
Associate Clinical Professor
Program Director and Chair
Department of Physician Assistant Education
University of the Pacific
Sacramento, CA

Two adult women looking at NLM traveling exhibit display

Physician Assistants visiting the exhibit hosted in the Grand Salon

University of the Pacific has had the honor and privilege of hosting the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, Physician Assistants: Collaboration and Care. This exhibit commemorates the profession from its start at Duke University in 1967 to the present day. The exhibit highlights the collaboration of physician assistants (PAs) with a variety of other medical fields and shows how PAs have shared their knowledge with diverse communities to ensure that quality health care reaches all corners of the globe.

Two female students in white coats holding a bouquet of flowers smiling for the camera

Class of 2020 celebrating their White Coat Ceremony

University of the Pacific’s PA Program inaugural cohort of students started in January 2017, and the first class will graduate this spring. The program recently held a White Coat Ceremony for the second cohort of students (Class of 2020). This event marks the end of the student’s didactic year and the beginning of their clinical rotations. The exhibit was on display at the venue for the ceremony, giving friends and family a better understanding of the journey their PA student has embarked on, and the impact they will soon have on their patients and on society at large.

For the remainder of its stay at Pacific, through March 2, the exhibit has been centrally located in the Library on the Sacramento campus where all of the university’s programs have access to it. On February 8, an open house event was held in the Grand Salon of the Library to allow members of the campus and the greater community to view the display and to learn more about the history of the PA profession.

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NLM Announces Retirement of the Loansome Doc System on July 1!

Mon, 2019-02-04 15:06

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with commitments to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. To begin the transition, new user registrations for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4. In addition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes Suggested Messaging from Libraries to Loansome Doc Users, a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users, such as PubMed’s “Send to: Email” feature, NCBI Outside Tool OpenURL-based service, Customized PubMed URL/Document Delivery, and Local ILL Software or web-resources. The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

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Take a Look at What’s Ahead for NNLM in 2019!

Thu, 2019-01-24 20:00

In a recent blog post, Amanda J. Wilson, head of NLM’s National Network Coordinating Office, laid out priorities for NNLM in the upcoming year.

Engaging through All of Us: All of Us is a nationwide program with the ambitious goal of enrolling one million or more diverse participants. As an All of Us partner, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine develops activities and creates opportunities to provide health resources through public libraries. The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network funds outreach projects and develops programming to raise awareness about All of Us and improve health literacy. The NNLM partnership has reached 16 states and more than 500 individuals through 150 Network-sponsored activities and events. In addition, last November the Community Engagement Network launched the NNLM Reading Club to help libraries address health information needs through book clubs.

Equipping a Data-Ready Workforce of Librarians: Since the NNLM Training Office (NTO) launched the training program Biomedical & Health Research Data Management for Librarians in January 2018, there have been two cohorts. The program works to better equip health information professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to support research and deliver improved services to their institutions, communities, and colleagues. NNLM RD3: Resources for Data-Driven Discovery supports their ongoing activities. In addition, videos from the 2018 research data management webinar series are available on YouTube. Topics range from Wikidata to data visualization and from library research data management services to teaching R for statistical computing. In 2019, a new course debuts, Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians. This second-level course will cover advanced topics in research data management, including science communications and the role of data management in data sciences and open science. (The application period for this course closed January 4.)

Editing Wikipedia: The world’s largest medical library continues to increase its presence on the world’s largest online encyclopedia. Through two national edit-a-thons last year, Network members helped improve available health information by editing Wikipedia articles related to rare diseases and women’s health. In total, participants made 1,441 edits to 315 articles, which, collectively, have been viewed over four million times. They also engaged with their peers and with NNLM staff on Twitter via the hashtag #CiteNLM2018. The first Wikipedia #CiteNLM Edit-a-Thon of 2019, Elevating Health Equity, will be held this May during the Medical Library Association annual meeting!

Through these activities and more, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is looking to expand our reach, enhance our impact, and entice more medical librarians to join our efforts to improve the public health and the public’s access to trusted, quality health information. If you aren’t already a member, consider joining. You’ll be glad you did!

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New Organizational Developments for NLM Coming in 2019!

Sat, 2019-01-05 18:25

In her first blog post of 2019, NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan had many exciting updates to share. First, as of January 1, NLM has a new organizational chart that anticipates the outcome of a first phase of reorganization that will be implemented over the coming year. This initial phase focuses on consolidating NLM staff and related programs into fewer divisions and offices to improve efficiency and our overall effectiveness. Details of these changes will continue to be worked on during the year, with regular updates on the progress and the implications for specific NLM programs and services.

Missing from the new organizational chart is the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division, the place within NLM that addressed the health information needs of specific communities, including Native Americans, minority-serving institutions, and urban teens. Commitment to these and other populations traditionally underserved within health care have not wavered, but NLM is working to ensure both the sustainability of this notable work and its integration into the fabric of the new NLM. The new, streamlined organization will incorporate within other offerings the critical information resources and services SIS originally provided.

Second, the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, situated within the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications since the early 1990s, has closed. This unit offered many innovations over the years, advancing health computing to the 21st century and launching one of NLM’s most incredible ventures, the Visible Human Project. NLM will continue to make the Visible Human data available, but staff from the Office will be incorporated into other branches of the Lister Hill Center.

The third arm of the reorganization integrates the creative design and development services of the Audiovisual Programs Development Branch, also from the Lister Hill Center, into NLM’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison. This realignment will help incorporate advanced media and visualization techniques into NLM’s robust communication programs to better inform the public of the many information services and research advances.

Finally, NLM is renaming its Office of Health Information Programs Development the Office of Strategic Initiatives (OSI). OSI will play a key role in advancing NLM efforts in data and open science, program evaluation, and the strategic plan implementation.

Along with these changes there will be assessment of staff skills and evaluation of interests to best align those skills and interests with NLM’s evolving needs. NLM is committed to retaining its federal staff as functions are realigned, and will do its best to ensure matching of the talented staff with work they enjoy and the Library needs.

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NNLM PSR Membership Update

Thu, 2018-12-20 18:18

As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to provide you with a year-end update of membership changes in the Pacific Southwest Region.  We are pleased to announce 47 new members have joined the network since the beginning of the year.  Please join us in welcoming our new network members!

New Network Members





Also in 2018, the following libraries began participation in DOCLINE, NLM’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) request routing and order referral system.

New DOCLINE Libraries

  • West Coast Ultrasound Institute
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Community Memorial Health System
    Ventura, CA
  • Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute
    Emeryville, CA
  • Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Library
    Los Angeles, CA

Network membership is free and offers a variety of benefits and services.  Complete the Member Application to become a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the Pacific Southwest Region.  For more information, please go to our Members page.

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NLM 2018 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

Wed, 2018-12-05 19:39

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2018, in the 25th round of the program, including two projects at San Francisco Public Health Foundation. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to all the recipients!

AIDS Foundation Houston
“Project HELP (HIV Education Learning and PrEP)”
With focus on individuals in the Fifth Ward, an underserved Houston neighborhood with a high HIV prevalence rate, the goal of Project HELP is to use community stakeholders, trained as community health workers (CHWs), to disseminate HIV/AIDS and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) resources to improve and increase access to accurate information. Project HELP will disseminate National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS information resources. In addition, in collaboration with the University of Houston Honors College Community Health Worker Initiative (CHWI), Project HELP will include information about the AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) PrEP website training trainings for local health care providers and community members on how to become CHWs. AFH will educate the CHWs on how to use the NLM HIV/AIDS and PrEP resources, implement community outreach techniques, and develop HIV and PrEP fact sheets and resource cards. The training information provided will engage and encourage individuals to access NLM HIV/AIDS resources and the AFH PrEP website as the “go to” resources for accurate information. The AFH and CHWI training will prepare CHWs to also implement outreach activities. To support the effort of the CHWs, AFH will launch a digital campaign to heighten awareness of the NLM HIV/AIDS resources among the general public.

Black Girl Health
“Pop the Question (PTQ) (phase 4)”
Pop the Question (PTQ) IV is a national social media campaign using Facebook and Instagram to increase awareness about HIV prevention, specifically pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). By connecting Black women to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS resources, educating them about PEP and PrEP, offering them support, and teaching them how to transfer this knowledge to their own self-care, Black Girl Health (BGH) can educate African American women to make informed decisions regarding their health. The nationwide social media campaign targets African American women 18 to 55 years of age through engagement with a national social media influencer. BGH will create a culturally relatable media campaign that will disseminate PEP and PrEP information via engaging videos, support the message with infographics that further relate information on PEP/PrEP medications, and direct women to the BGH website through a ‘call to action’ assessment quiz that encourages interactive engagement and connects visitors to NLM HIV/AIDS and PEP/PrEP resources, including AIDSinfo and PrEP Navigator. The PTQ campaign benefits public health by engaging African-American women with high-quality, relatable information that encourages them to take preventative measures to control their health. The campaign also gives community organizations, navigators, and advocates culturally relevant resources to use when interfacing with clients.

Comunidades Unidas/Communities United
“PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for your Future“
The goal of the Comunidades Unidas’ PrEParate para tu futuro / PrEP for Your Future project is to increase the accessibility of HIV/AIDS-related health information and resources among Latinx (Latino/Latina) and LGBTQ+ individuals, specifically men who have sex with men (MSM), residing in Salt Lake County, Utah. Comunidades Unidas aims to fight stigma and empower these populations to better prevent, manage, and treat HIV/AIDS via increased connection to National Library of Medicine (NLM) online HIV/AIDS resources and information and access to local pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) services. Comunidades Unidas, in collaboration with the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, will train staff, promotoras (community health workers), and youth leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention, NLM online resources, and local HIV prevention services such as PrEP. Once trained, these individuals will act as ambassadors and peer mentors of the project and disseminate information and provide navigation assistance for resources related to PrEP and other HIV/AIDS prevention services.

Philadelphia FIGHT
“Frontline TEACH Online: Empowering HIV Professionals to Take Control of Their Education”
The Frontline TEACH Online project goal is to close the gaps in competence among professionals in HIV and allied fields by providing high-quality, accessible educational content geared towards health care and social services professionals working with people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS. Frontline TEACH Online also aims to address the gaps in provider competency that prevent people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) from engaging in care by targeting professionals who are key gatekeepers in stemming the tide of HIV infection. Philadelphia FIGHT will develop eight webinars, which can be viewed sequentially or out-of-sequence, to create a time-test FIGHT treatment education program for health care providers and prescribers, nurses, social workers and case managers, community health workers, frontline staff, and others working with PLWHA. The program content will address provider competency through high-quality HIV educational information developed from NLM resources.

The Prevention Collaborative, LLC
“Amigos y Amantes” (“Friends and Lovers”)
The goal of this project is to continue and expand the work of a currently funded National Library of Medicine (NLM) HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) initiative to create and market HIV educational online and print resources that feature information and links to NLM HIV/AIDS resources, using original, serialized stories on Instagram. To help reduce stigma, the Prevention Collaborative will create two new stories featuring relatable characters based on actual community members, who will help develop the structure and content of the stories. All stories will reference and link to NLM resources to engage the target communities in three key topics of HIV education: advocacy of regular HIV testing and the use of NLM resources to find testing locations; endorsement of PrEP/PEP for HIV prevention; and promotion of the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. The intended nationwide audience for the proposed project is men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals of color who are living with or at risk for HIV infection, and anyone affected by HIV (e.g., family members or caregivers of people living with HIV). Trained peer outreach specialists will use the Instagram platform and content to engage with followers and provide additional harm reduction counseling and links to resources. All work will be conducted by the partner organizations in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team with expertise in research, content development, health education, HIV/AIDS, and outreach to MSM and transgender communities.

San Francisco Public Health Foundation
“HIVEOnline.Org: Improving Access to Comprehensive, HIV-Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health Information” is a virtual hub for disseminating best practices, has become a comprehensive online resource for HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health. HIVE aims to improve online access to, and knowledge about, HIV-informed sexual and reproductive health information for people affected by HIV. HIVE will expand its online science-based content on pre-exposure prophylaxis, post-exposure prophylaxis, and treatment as prevention/undetectable equals untransmittable, use preferred language, and improve access to the National Library of Medicine’s online HIV/AIDS information. HIVE aims to increase retrievability, functionality, and accessibility to help people affected by HIV have safe pregnancies, reproductive autonomy, and access to state-of-the-art health care.

San Francisco Public Health Foundation
The pleasePrEPme website expands access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) through an online searchable, location responsive national PrEP provider directory, in collaboration with; local HIV-prevention resources in English and Spanish for patients and providers in all 50 states; and experienced navigators to provide assistance via online chat, text, or phone. The goal of the project is to improve access to PrEP services by meeting the need for no-cost, fully accessible PrEP navigation training for frontline staff, case managers, PrEP navigators, administrators, and other non-clinician staff at clinics and departments of public health. The training content will include video and print media and NLM resources such as AIDSinfo, MedlinePlus, AIDSource (particularly the PrEP Navigation Resources pages of the website), and The project will be promoted via social media and email outreach, utilizing listservs such as the California PrEP Navigators Google Group, and social media channels such as pleasePrEPme’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. The benefits of an online PrEP navigation training program include staff’s ability to complete modules from their office or home, without the time or expense of travel.

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
“HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care”
The HIV/AIDS Information at the Point-of-Care project is a collaborative effort among UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC); AIDS Project Worcester, Inc.; the Worcester Public Library; and the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to increase use of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources in Worcester, MA. The project will increase access to NLM HIV/AIDS information resources, PrEP navigator resources, and other HIV/AIDS-related information resources by developing a web-based training module and health education information, and training outreach workers to support the health information needs of clients visiting the UMMHC HIV/AIDS clinics.

Additional information about this funding program, including an overview and list of projects funded in previous years, is posted on NLM’s Specialized Information Services website. These awards are issued annually, and the request for proposals is announced every spring. If you are interested in pursuing this funding opportunity, now is not too early to begin consideration of project proposals and identifying potential collaborative partner organizations!

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NLM Seeks Host Sites for 2019-2020 Second-Year NLM Associate Fellows: Apply by April 1!

Tue, 2018-12-04 18:55

The National Library of Medicine is seeking host sites for the 2019-2020 second year for its current group of NLM Associate Fellows. The deadline for letters of interest is April 1, 2019. Information on hosting NLM Associate Fellows is available on the NLM web site. Host sites are health sciences libraries which can offer a strong opportunity for an early-career health sciences librarian, with exposure to the full range of work and experiences of the institution. NLM is seeking host sites that are willing to fund the stipend and health insurance, while NLM provides funding for professional development, interview, colloquium attendance, and relocation.

Following is brief backgrounds on the Associates. You are welcome to contact them to ask for their resumes or further understand their interests. All of the Associates are interested in a second year.

  • Stacy Brody is interested in public health, policy, ethics, and outreach. She enjoys planning events, facilitating partnerships, and building coalitions. She also has experience teaching in formal and informal settings. Familiar with online tools, such as Canva, Piktochart, Hootsuite, and Sprout Social, she has utilized them in marketing and content creation. For her second year, she is interested in learning to conduct systematic reviews and to explore health information provision to diverse populations, from policy makers to patients.
  • Sarah Clarke is interested in research data management, reference, systematic reviews, and working as a liaison to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.
  • Amelia Llorens is interested in consumer health, data visualization, and organization of information. She has experience with Qlik and database experience using MySQL and PHP. She is willing to learn new tools and programming languages.
  • Cecelia Vetter is interested in instruction, health information literacy, scholarly communication, reference, and clinical librarianship.
  • Paije Wilson is interested in biomedical research data management, reference, scholarly publishing, health literacy, and instruction. She is greatly interested in expanding on her skills in data management and gaining professional experience in instruction. Ultimately, she is excited to learn anything that may help future practitioners, researchers, and students in the medical field.

For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.

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NNLM PSR Sponsors MLA’s “Using Stories” Webinar

Mon, 2018-12-03 01:00

NNLM PSR sponsored seven sites for the MLA webinar, Who Doesn’t Love a Good Story? Using Stories in Academic and Community-Based Health Education. Discussion focused on narrative storytelling and how it can be used to support academic health sciences instruction and community-based education initiatives. Several site hosts commented positively about the content and interactive teaching aspect of the webinar (the benefits and challenges of using stories were debated, and relevant applications were shared).

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

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

San Diego State University
Host: Margaret Henderson

Santa Clara Valley Health and Human Services
Host: Judith Mills


Hawaii State Hospital
Host: Lisa Anne Matsumoto


University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Mary Schultz

Thank you to all of our hosts! Please subscribe to the PSR-News email list for announcements about 2019 sponsorships.

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NLM Introduces “Exhibitions Connect,” a New Opportunity for Institutions Hosting NLM Traveling Exhibitions!

Fri, 2018-11-30 19:06

The National Library of Medicine has announced a new opportunity to enhance dissemination of and engagement with NLM health information resources, better serving libraries and cultural institutions that host NLM traveling exhibitions. Exhibitions Connect, an NLM Exhibition Program opportunity, provides curated collections of informative and promotional materials related to the topics explored in NLM exhibitions and tailored to host venues. Additionally, it promotes collaboration with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The first project of this opportunity kicks off in April 2019, with the launch of Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner, bilingual traveling exhibition exploring the rise of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic up to the present day.

12 banner displays of the surviving and thriving exhibition

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture/Sobrevivir y Prosperar: SIDA, Política y Cultura, a 12-banner traveling exhibition

The year-long initial project will send two copies of Surviving and Thriving/Sobrevivir y Prosperar to nine NNLM member libraries identified by the NLM traveling exhibition services team, in cooperation with the Network. These libraries will work with NNLM staff to disseminate and utilize NLM health information resources. The NLM will provide each host venue with a selection of English- and Spanish-language health information resources related to HIV/AIDS and tailored to the needs of academic, health sciences, and public libraries, including printed materials; links to webinars, databases, and consumer health information; and sample social media posts. Among the participating libraries are Florida International University in Miami; Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA; Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, OH; and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY.

NLM anticipates announcing a second project as part of Exhibitions Connect in June 2019, featuring the upcoming traveling exhibition Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic, which explores how experts and parents tried to limit Rubella’s impact in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States. Alongside Exhibitions Connect, the NLM will maintain its regular schedule of traveling exhibition services, with 41 copies of 21 banner exhibitions touring libraries and cultural institutions throughout North America and Europe.

For more information about Exhibitions Connect and NLM traveling banner exhibitions, contact or join the LISTSERV, Making Exhibition Connections.

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