OpiRescue is a free overdose support tool provided by OpiSafe. The recommended steps for responding to an overdose provided in this application have been developed by SAMHSA and are publicly available in the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Toolkit.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has opened up access to their below peer-reviewed journals through August 31, 2017:
The NNLM membership certificates for renewing members have arrived in the RML office in Salt Lake City. Those will be mailed to renewing members in the near future. We will alert members when they have been mailed. The certificates will be mailed only to those who renewed their NNLM memberships.
If your institution did not yet renew, there is still time. You will just need to take less than 10 minutes to fill out a form online. Please click HERE to start that process. After you do that, we will send a membership certificate in the mail along with current information about our services.
Please contact us if you’ve any questions about your institution’s membership status or how to renew your NNLM membership.
Congratulations to Network members, Mabee Learning Commons of the MidAmerica Nazarene University and Eccles Health Sciences Library of the University of Utah! Each of these libraries is a recipient of one of the NNLM MCR Technology Improvement Awards.
Bruce Flanders, Coordinator of the Mabee Learning Commons and Director of the Mabee Library, is leading an collaboration to “empower students to make more informed and healthy lifestyle choices and have a stronger sense of identity within the university community.” They are using students as well as instructors to develop content for a flat screen display.
Tallie Casucci, Innovation Librarian, will establish a virtual reality space within the Eccles Library to “experiment with VR, discover its capabilities, use VR patient and student education modules, and learn to develop VR” products.
It’s not too early to think about applying for a 2018 Technology Improvement Award. See our web site for information. /ch
The NAS recently launched a study on how to move “toward an open science enterprise.” This is to support the acceleration of scientific progress through the creation of important tools to give wide access to scientific research results and supporting data. The NAS Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) ad hoc committee will lead this 1.5 year study that explores broadening access to scientific research results data.
Two hospital librarians, Basia Delawska-Elliott and Donna Belcinski, are guest authors posting to Dr. Patti Brennan’s blog this week. Check out how they describe the impact of the librarian in “NLM Musings from the Mezzanine.” Consider how you can use this posting to increase your visibility with your stakeholders. Kudos to Dr. Brennan for giving hospital librarians this space! /ch
Long-time senior policy advisor Jerry Sheehan has been appointed as NLM Deputy Director. Dr. Patti Brennan stated, “I have personally known Jerry for over 15 years and find in him creativity, wise counsel, and clear thinking. Upon my arrival to NLM, I was delighted to reconnect with him and to work together on integrating data science and open science into the NLM portfolio.” Sheehan started his new position effective July 31, 2017. /ch
MedPrint: The Cooperative Effort to Preserve Print
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) are continuing their partnership in the quest to preserve print copies of biomedical journal titles through the Medical Serials Print Retention Program (MedPrint.) The NLM initially identified 250 titles to preserve in print The program is cooperative and voluntary and those libraries choosing to participate do not receive funding from the NLM for storage or maintenance. The NLM has seven guidelines for libraries interested in participating. Among the notable points are that a MedPrint library has to be a DOCLINE participant. All those libraries joining the program sign an agreement and check each title retained as a MedPrint title in their DOCLINE holdings. The program needs more participants! More information, including how to sign on may be found on the MedPrint homepage
LoansomeDoc: Collaborative Effort to Provide Access to the Unaffiliated
Loansome Doc (LD) is a handy article ordering system hosted by the National Library of Medicine. Anyone, including the targeted population of unaffiliated health professionals, may register and use the system for free. This system allows users to order and access articles for approximately the same cost that a health professional, affiliated with health sciences library privileges may pay. (In many instances full text articles may be accessed for free.) The NNLM encourages all DOCLINE participants to provide LD services to unaffiliated health professionals. Erin Latta is the contact for those who want to know more about providing LD services. 24 DOCLINE libraries in the region are now LD providers.
Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) Efficient billing program for ILLs
The Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) is a collaborative project between the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the University of Connecticut Health Center. It’s used by 1,357 libraries nationally and is an efficient method for those institutions using DOCLINE to pay their interlibrary loan bills. 71 institutions in the MidContinental Region currently participate in the program. The program is free and it’s easy to join. Contact: Jola Sliwinski, Program Coordinator.
National attention is focused on the opioid crisis, and communities are struggling to respond. In this webinar, national leaders from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will share data and the science about opioid addiction, and dispel some common misconceptions about treatment and recovery. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and will receive information about additional resources. There is no charge, but registration is required.
When: Wed, Aug 9, 2017 10:00 -11:15 MT, 11-12:15 CT. /ch
The NIH is inviting researchers, clinicians, educators (including librarians), patients, and the public to join the NIH Data Sciences Special Interest Group. The main goals of the group are to aid in disseminating new information, resources and activities; provide a place where the community can discuss and facilitate collaboration; and a place to share data and findings toward the common goal of improving the quality of life for all.
The NNLM membership certificates, suitable for framing, have arrived in the RML office in Salt Lake City and we will sending those in the mail in the near future. Our staff is working to process them and we will alert members when they have been mailed. The certificates will be mailed only to those who renewed their NNLM memberships.
If your institution did not yet renew, there is still time. You will just need to take less than 10 minutes to fill out a form online. Please click HERE to start that process. After you do that, we will send a membership certificate in the mail.
Please contact us if you’ve any questions about your institution’s membership status.
ERuDIte is the educational resource discovery index that supports biomedical researchers, a service of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC) Web Portal. ERuDIte functions to:
- Identify, store and synthesize large volumes of relevant educational resources in a scalable fashion
- Maintain a schema that aligns with other resource collection initiatives to promote data sharing
- Serve high-quality, up-to-date educational content to the biomedical community (and research community at large) that not only teaches Data Science concepts but also supports the practical application of such concepts into specific analysis tasks
- Aid learners in navigating the vast number of resources pertaining to Data Science through semi-automatic tagging and prerequisite identification
- Provide an individualized learning path through recommendations tailored to learners’ interests, experience, and progress over time
Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2017-2018
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 28, 2017. /ch
The National Library of Medicine has created a number of portals and lists with numerous resources on opioid abuse, addiction, and treatment.
- Diverse Populations – Public, Multiple Languages, and Healthcare Professionals (Outreach and Specific Populations Branch bulletin, 2017-05-10)
- Opiate Addiction and Treatment Portal (SIS Environmental Health and Toxicology)
- Response to the opioid epidemic – includes those listed in the Diverse Populations link as well as several other federal sites (DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv archives) /ch
The NIH Citizen Science Working Group, made up of several dozen NIH staff, investigates and shares best practices related to citizen science and crowdsourcing, and engages with other agencies and groups promoting citizen science in other fields. One of the primary purposes of the group is to explore how to incorporate citizen science into biomedical research while maintaining NIH’s high level of scientific and ethical standards.
The concept of Citizen Science is to take a collaborative approach to research that involves the public who are not only research subjects or advisors, but directly act as collaborators and partners. They are using similar concepts found in crowdsourcing they defined as:
1. voluntary involvement or contributions solicited from unknown individuals (aka “the crowd”), be they experts or not;
2. opening a line of scientific inquiry to a group of experts (typically achieved through prizes and challenges).
If you or someone you know would like to get involved, consider joining the newly established (2016) Citizen Science Association and get started today. jb
Dina Mikdadi’s, Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, has written a nice article on “The Power of Provenance” on the DataScience@NIH blog. Mikdadi makes comparisons with the Federal Depository Library’s early efforts using “open framework” concepts making US federal publications freely accessible to US libraries (and the public) to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable) data principles, making data more widely accessible. jb
Wednesday, July 5 10am CT
Online webinar hosted by the Nebraska Library Commission
NCompass Live registration and information – register by July 3rd
PubMed, PubMed Central, MEDLINE, MedlinePlus… They’re not the same? What’s the difference? How would I use them? If these are questions you have, join Annette Parde-Maass (MCR Coordinator) as she gives a brief overview of these free databases from the National Library of Medicine, showcases some useful features, and takes questions about these robust sites.
From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:
“Long viewed as guardians of safe spaces for children, library staff members have begun taking on the role of first responder in drug overdoses,” CNN reported last week (“The opioid epidemic is so bad that librarians are learning how to treat overdoses,” by Darran Simon, June 23, 2017). American Libraries also recently reported on the same issue (“Saving lives in the stacks: how libraries are handling the opioid crisis,” by Anne Ford, June 21, 2017).
Though the severity of the current crisis is shocking, it is not surprising to find public librarians supporting the needs of their communities.
The National Library of Medicine has compiled resources to assist librarians and other first responders to ensure that they understand the complex legal and medical issues this crisis presents:
- Searching the Disaster Lit® database for ‘opioid’ retrieves guidelines, training material, reports, fact sheets, conference proceedings, and congressional testimony.
- A report by the RWJF Network for Public Health Law describes overdose Good Samaritan laws in each state, as well as state laws about access to naloxone, the drug used to treat overdose victims.
- The Department of Justice developed a briefing guide for first responders about fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic. The high potency of opioids such as fentanyl has put responders at increased risk; e.g., a police officer in Ohio overdosed after brushing fentanyl residue from his clothes.
- MedlinePlus has a good overview of opioid abuse and addiction and links to many additional resources.
Discover other ways librarians respond to disasters and emergencies with the NLM Disaster Health bibliography, and stay tuned for more information later this summer about an NLM Disaster Health webinar on this topic.
Submitted by Robin Taylor, MLIS
Disaster Information Management Research Center [jh]
The NIH Common Fund and the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program cordially invite you to view an informational webinar for the NIH Data Commons Pilot Phase Research Opportunity Announcement RM-17-026 on Friday, June 23, 2017 from 12-2 PM US EDT.
The purpose of the announcement is to invite applications from applicants who have an interest in performing high impact, cutting-edge scientific and computing activities necessary to establish an NIH Data Commons. The goal of the NIH Data Commons is to accelerate new biomedical discoveries by providing a cloud-based platform where investigators can store, share, access, and compute on digital objects (data, software, etc.) generated from biomedical research and perform novel scientific research including hypothesis generation, discovery, and validation. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative approaches to one or more key computational, data, analytical and scientific capabilities of the Data Commons. These key capabilities are described in detail in the announcement.
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