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DataScience@NIH News: Patti Brennan Promotes 10 Advances in Data Science

2 hours 36 min ago
The 2015 report from the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director regarding the future of the National Library of Medicine recommended that “NLM should be the intellectual and programmatic epicenter for data science at NIH and stimulate its advancement throughout biomedical research and application.” Read summaries about NLM’s efforts from the past two years and learn about their plans for the future. 


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NIH Data Commons Webinar: Tomorrow – Friday 6/23 12-2PM ET

5 hours 53 min ago

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.
Please join the webinar from your computer, tablet, or smartphone here.

Join by phone:
1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in toll number (US/Canada)

Meeting number (access code): 625 237 220
Password: ABJ2mrn2

Potential applicants are encouraged to send emails ahead of the webinar to: Please indicate that it is a “Webinar Question” in the subject line.



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Moodle Course Offering Now Open – (Registration is limited) Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

6 hours 3 min ago

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites you to participate in Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles. This course will be primarily held via the Moodle platform with optional WebEx discussions. This course is designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

Dates: July 24 – September 24, 2017

Register: To register for this class, please visit:

The class size for this course is limited to 25 students. We will begin a waitlist if there are more interested in participating.

Course instructors for the summer session are John Bramble, Mid-Continental Region, Derek Johnson, Greater Midwest Region, Elaina Vitale, Mid-Atlantic Region, and Tony Nguyen, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Please contact John or Tony with questions.

Description: The Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles course will help health sciences librarians better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

Participants will have the opportunity to share what they learned with the instructor from each section of the course content either through WebEx discussions or Moodle Discussions within each Module. These submissions can be used to help support the student’s views expressed in the final essay assignment.

Objectives: Students who successfully complete the course will:

  • Explain the role big data plays in clinical patient outcomes.
  • Explain current/potential roles in which librarians are supporting big data initiatives
  • Illustrate the fundamentals of big data from a systems perspective
  • Articulate their views/options on the role health sciences sector librarians is in supporting big data initiatives

NOTE: Participants will articulate their views on why health sciences librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians should play in this emerging field. Participants are encouraged to allow their views to be published on a NNLM online blog/newsletter as part of a dialog with the wider health sciences librarian community engaging in this topic. Your course instructors will reach out to you following the completion of the course.

On top of information gained, being a part of the big data in clinical care dialog, and earning 9 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association, students may earn an IBM Open Badge program from the Big Data University.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there are completion deadlines). While offered primarily asynchronously, your course instructors plan to offer opportunities in which participants can join a WebEx discussion to discuss some of the content.

Course Expectations: To complete this course for nine hours of MLA contact hours, participants are expected to:

  • Spend 1-2 hours completed the work within each module.
  • Commit to complete all activities and articulate your views within each module.
  • Complete course requirements by the deadline established in each module.
  • Coordinate with a course instructor to publish your observations/final assignments on a NNLM blog/newsletter
  • Provide course feedback on the Online Course Evaluation Form

Grading: Grades for this course is simply a pass/fail grading system. When your submission meets the assignment’s expectations, you will receive full credit for the contact hours for that Module. For submissions that are unclear or incomplete, you may be requested for more information until your instructor approves.

  • For discussion posts, your activity will be marked as complete after you’ve submitted a discussion AND your instructor assigns a point to mark as complete
  • If you participate in WebEx Journal Club Discussions (when available), your instructor will assign points in the Discussions for that module.
  • Students have the option to accept fewer contact hours. However, you will need to inform your course instructors ahead of time.
Categories: RML Blogs to be retired in August 2017

Wed, 2017-06-21 09:01

On August 1, 2017, the Web site will be retired., the first government Web site designed for older adults, was launched in 2003 by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The site provided evidence-based health information to millions of older adults in a format geared to their cognitive and visual needs.

Beginning in August, will redirect visitors to the Health and Aging section of NIA Web site. The NIA Go4Life website, NIHSeniorHealth YouTube Channel, and MedlinePlus are additional resources for older adults and their families.

Read more in the NLM Technical Bulletin.


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DataScience@NIH News: Beta Testing Begins for NIH’s All of Us Research Program

Mon, 2017-06-19 11:25


Eric Dishman, director of the All of Us Research Program, recently announced they have started enrolling beta testers for the All of Us Research Program. Dishman reports this is a major milestone in progress to date with several more to be to come.

(Full Announcement)

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Update to Immersive Workshop Funding

Tue, 2017-06-13 09:58

The MidContinental Region has updated the Immersive Workshop Funding to extend the length of time that awardees have to complete their professional development event. The project performance period is now May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019. We will continue to accept applications until funds are expended.

The Immersive Workshop Funding opportunity seeks to support a library in developing and hosting a multi-day interprofessional training event. Each funding recipient will receive up to $14,000. The workshop must take place by April 30, 2019.

Visit our funding webpage for more information and application instructions:


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Webinar Series: Command Language Searching of PubMed

Fri, 2017-06-09 12:24

Remember the days when searching MEDLINE required intensive training? Or maybe that was before your time. NLM is starting a series of online training for command language searching of PubMed. This series will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 75-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. EDirect requires access to a Unix environment but we will send easy installation instructions for Windows and Mac computers before the class starts. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome! This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, as well as homework exercises between sessions. Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 100 students per offering.

For more information and to register

Note: In order to register, you will need to create a free account on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Web site. Be advised that account creation and confirmation may take up to 24 hours. /ch

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NLM @ MLA: Recordings Available

Fri, 2017-06-09 12:07

Did you miss some of the National Library of Medicien presentations at the annual meeting of the Medical Library Association or want to see them again? Recordings of NLM contributions to the annual meeting are now up on the NLM web site. Included is the NLM Update and presentations on many of NLM’s resources including MedlinePlus, DOCLINE, NICHSR ONESearch, HealthReach, and data resources. There’s something of interest for everyone. Check out the current issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin for details. /ch

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Job Posting: NNLM Middle Atlantic Region

Fri, 2017-06-09 11:45

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) is extending the search for Health Professions Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM MAR). The Health Professions Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs, focusing on NLM resources and increasing access to biomedical and health information, directed toward community health professionals, minority health professionals and public health workers. We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine.
Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply is available./ch

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NIH Plan to Implement Limits on Grant Support

Tue, 2017-06-06 14:12

Lawrence A. Tabak, NIH Principal Deputy Director, will report to the Advisory Committee to the Director on the Grant Support Index. Your researchers may be interested in watching this section of the meeting.
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Time: 11-12:30 MT, 12-1:30CT

The plan that NIH has proposed limiting principle investigators to 3 RO1 grants or 21 points has stirred up controversy. The plan is to encourage and support early and mid-career investigators in a time of reduced research dollars. Additional information on the plan may be found on the NIH website.

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Final Chance: Spring Questionnaire

Tue, 2017-05-30 10:44

The Spring Questionnaire gives us feedback on how effective our activities were last year. Only you can tell us. The last day to complete it is May 31, 2017. If you haven’t completed the questionnaire, please do. It only takes 10 min. For those you who have already submitted your responses–Thank you!/ch


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NCBI Hackathon Still Accepting Applications

Mon, 2017-05-15 13:09

NCBI Hackathon
June 19-21, 2017
New York Genome Center
New York City, NY

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will assist in a bioinformatics hackathon at the New York Genome Center (NYGC). This hackathon will focus on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS) data, proteomics and metadata. They are looking for librarians who code to participate on a team to develop a curriculum for teaching advanced concepts and skills in data discovery and retrieval. Deadline to apply is Monday, May 22nd.  For more information and to apply, visit: .  If you have questions, contact Ben Busby at


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Alert: Spring Questionnaire to Arrive Soon

Tue, 2017-05-09 17:50

We’re in the midst of Spring which means our spring questionnaire will soon arrive in your email queue. We’d really like your response. Your responses will tell us whether we accomplished what we hoped to for the first year of our new funding cycle and set us up for some of the programming we’re planning for year 2.  /ch

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OLC Collaborate Nebraska 2017

Mon, 2017-05-08 11:44

OLC Collaborate Nebraska 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm CT
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE

Join your fellow online learning professionals, educators, and administrators to discuss trends and challenges in online learning in health science education. You will get the chance to hear from regional experts regarding current and emerging trends in online learning, and collaborate with your regional peers during group discussions on top-of-mind challenges that may impact the future of online learning – and your career. There will also be a technology demonstration and poster session.

Registration fee: $125 for OLC members (find out if your institution is a member), $185 for non-members. Includes lunch.

For more information and to register, visit:



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Accepting Applications: Technology Improvement Award

Fri, 2017-05-05 16:44

TITLE: NNLM MCR Technology Improvement Award

DESCRIPTION OF AWARD: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the Technology Improvement Award.

The Technology Improvement Award seeks to enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software that is utilized to ensure access to high quality health information.

The NNLM MCR will fund awards up to $1,500 each.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday June 2, 2017 – Midnight MT

FUNDING PERIOD: May 1, 2017-April 30, 2018


QUESTIONS TO: Alicia Lillich @

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Anti-Germ Warfare Posters from 1952

Fri, 2017-05-05 16:07

During the Korean War, Chinese newspapers reported that American forces were conducting germ warfare. A Patriotic Health Movement was launched in China, and the Communist Party mobilized people to eliminate pests to prevent disease and contribute to war effort. Health posters were created to support this anti-germ warfare campaign. Visit the Circulating Now blog to read more about this campaign, and see images of some of the health posters.


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Q & A with MCR Staff

Fri, 2017-05-05 15:08

Breezing Along with the RML: MCR Updates
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 10 am MT/ 11am CT

This session will feature information and updates from the MCR staff. We want to hear from you too! If you have questions for us on projects that are doing, or reasons why we aren’t doing certain activities, or anything that is on your mind — please let us know. The presentation will be based on the questions that we receive.

You can submit your questions here: Please send in your questions by Wednesday, May 31.

You can register for the webinar here: 


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Fri, 2017-05-05 11:30

Meet up with NLM at MLA. A schedule of NLM activities that include the NLM Update, the Leiter Lecture by Director Patricia Brennan, and a whole host of presentations at the NLM exhibit theater is available in the NLM Technical Bulletin. Make plans for including NLM in your MLA activities. /ch

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New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians – Registration Open

Mon, 2017-05-01 06:24

2017 New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians
June 14-16, 2017
University of Massachusetts Amherst

This year’s topics are: Geosciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Biomedical Research. For each of the focus topics covered, Science Boot Campers will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the field and its foundational ideas
  • Understand and be able to use terminologies for the field
  • Identify the big questions that this field is exploring
  • Discuss new directions for research in this field
  • Discuss what questions research in this field is addressing
  • Understand how research is conducted, what instrumentation is used, and how data is captured
  • Identify how researchers share information within their fields beyond publications
  • Share insights into what current research in the field is discovering and implications of these discoveries
  • Share insights into how researchers in specific fields collaborate with librarian subject specialists now and how they might collaborate in the future.
  • Identify new ways that librarians can support their research communities

Full Registration: $275 (Includes 2 nights lodging, all meals & breaks,3 days instruction)

For more information and to register:

**Looking for professional development funding? Up to $1,500 is available for librarians from NNLM MidContinental Region. For more info, visit:



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