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NLM retiring GeneEd on March 31, 2019

Tue, 2019-03-12 20:54

GeneEd, a resource of genetics education materials for grades 9 to 12, will retire on March 31, 2019.  Selected content has been integrated into Genetics Home Reference (GHR) to create a single access point at the National Library of Medicine for consumer level genetics information.

The determination of what content to add to GHR was based on a survey of GeneEd users and on an analysis of usage metrics. Find the GeneEd materials in the “Classroom” section If you have any questions, please contact NLM customer support at

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Who Am I? 12 Notable Women in Medical History

Tue, 2019-03-12 20:52

From NLM in Focus:

It’s Women’s History Month.

To celebrate, we’re once again profiling 12 women who were pioneers in the field of health and medicine—with a twist. We wrote about them in first person as if they had access to today’s news.

If you don’t see your favorite amazing woman from medical history on this list, maybe we covered her last year. If not, please tell us about her by commenting below.

How many can you identify?

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All of Us Research Program launches Speaker Series in partnership with the National Library of Medicine

Tue, 2019-03-12 20:50

The All of Us Research Program will launch a Speaker Series in partnership with the National Library of Medicine on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. ET with an inaugural talk by National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins. Dr. Collins will discuss the importance of All of Us, how far the research program has come, provide a preview of the program’s future, and take questions from viewers.

The All of Us Research Program Speaker Series will be streamed through YouTube Live .  Closed captioning in English and Spanish will be available.

In the coming months, the series will feature experts from a variety of health and wellness fields focusing on topics such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and mental health and will address how All of Us may help find the answers to important health questions. Designed as online educational conversations, the series will engage viewers on the following upcoming topics:

  • You’re one in a million—now what?
  • What precision medicine means for treating disease
  • Participant Portal 101

For more information, visit

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Take Flight with These Summer Reading Program Ideas

Tue, 2019-03-12 16:28

Summer readers will explore a Universe of Stories as part of this year’s Collaborative Summer Library Program.

If your public library is still gathering ideas for summer reading activities, take a look at NNLM’s summer health programming page created in cooperation with the program.

The page provides links to ready-made programs as well as a schedule of upcoming webinars that can aid your summer reading program planning. You will find even more ideas – such as kids’ programs that let them make stardust or edible DNA – in the 2019 Summer Health Programming Manual.

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The NNLM and the Public Library Association are teaming up to bring awareness about NIH’s All of Us Research Program

Wed, 2019-03-06 19:41

The Public Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of medicine are joining together to support the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program in an effort to accelerate research and improve health.

Find out more about their partnership by going to ALA news.

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March Breezing Along with the RML – Report from ALA Midwinter Preconference Attendees

Tue, 2019-03-05 16:45

Wednesday, March 20 – 2 MT/ 3 CT


Join us for Breezing Along with the RML – Report from ALA Midwinter Preconference Attendees

For the March session of Breezing Along with the RML, we will hear from two network members who attended the Implicit Bias, Health Disparities, and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity preconference that was offered at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in January 2019. You’ll also hear more about how these preconference attendees received professional development funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Regional Medical Library that made their trips possible.

· Levi Dolan, Graduate Library Assistant, University of Missouri Health Sciences Library
· Robin Newell, Executive Director, Emporia Public Library

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Join the Megathon Challenge to Help Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research

Mon, 2019-03-04 14:32

April 13th is Citizen Science Day, aimed at involving everyday folks in carrying out real-world scientific research.

Public libraries and their communities will have the opportunity to participate in the Megathon Challenge from 1:30 to 3:30 pm EST to help speed up Alzheimer’s research by playing an online game called Stall Catchers.

What is Stall Catchers?

Stall Catchers is a citizen science game where players, also known as “catchers,” around the world analyze real data. The app is part of the EyesOnALZ project led by Cornell University.

How do you play?

Players review recorded images of blood vessels in the brains of mice and try to identify the vessels as flowing or stalled. Anyone from the ages of 6 to 88 years old can participate. No specific knowledge or scientific background is required.

Why should I join the Megathon Challenge?

Your efforts will help answer important questions about a drug that could be used in Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Enlisting the aid of citizen scientists who play the game could save researchers a year in sifting through data for the project.

How can I become a catcher?

To join the “catching” event, sign-up at Once you’ve joined, you will be taken to Stall Catchers to start practicing and to become familiar with the game before the main event.

Can my library host a Megathon Challenge event?

Yes! Your library can be a part of the worldwide event by filling out an easy online form. To learn more about how your library can get involved, visit SciStarter to find helpful tools and resources. They include the Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science, which provides the information you need to succeed with citizen science activities at your library. Establishing your library as a place for your community to practice citizen science will aid research while allowing your patrons to understand their world better.


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Need a Program Idea for March? Participate in the National Health Observances on Nutrition, Women’s History, and Poison Prevention

Fri, 2019-03-01 19:23

March features National Nutrition Month, Women’s History Month and National Poison Prevention Week.

Libraries can engage their communities in these health-related celebrations with helpful resources and promotional materials offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The materials are part of a campaign that NNLM is launching to supply libraries with materials and programming ideas based on noteworthy national health observances like National Immunization Awareness Month in August or Family Health History Day in November. The selection of available materials will be updated monthly as new health observances approach.

Resources and promotional materials for March are available at  Here is a list of the items:

National Nutrition Month

Women’s History Month National Poison Prevention Week
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Subscribe to the New NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network Newsletter

Wed, 2019-01-30 14:16

Sign up for the new online newsletter to help you keep track of the latest news with the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network. If you’re interested in hearing about funding and programming opportunities for your library or organization, the All of Us Research Program, health information classes, training sessions, or the latest health information resources and services available, then this newsletter is for you.

If you would like to learn more about the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, visit

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Breezing Along with the RML – Join us tomorrow – January 16

Tue, 2019-01-15 17:47

The January 2019 topic is to further explore the new NLM Strategic Plan, introduce the NNLM National Initiatives, and provide a preview of the 2019-2020 funded awards.

Join us tomorrow, January 16, 2019
2:00pm MT/ 3:00pm CT

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Opportunity to Collaborate with the All of Us Journey!

Fri, 2019-01-11 18:39

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine would like to invite public libraries and community organizations to host the All of Us Journey when it visits the MidContinental Region on the following tentative dates:

St. Louis, MO—Monday, April 22- Friday, April 26

Wichita, KS –Tuesday, May 7- Friday, May 10

Lincoln, NE –Tuesday, May 14- Saturday, May 18

Omaha, NE–Tuesday, May 21 – Friday, May 24

The Journey, a project related to the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, is a hands-on traveling exhibit that engages community members in learning about the emerging field of precision medicine.

Through an ongoing national tour, the Journey invites visitors to join the landmark All of Us Research Program, designed to accelerate research and improve health. The program aims to sign up a million or more people to provide their health information in order to improve diversity in health research.

The Journey can make visits to events and venues within 2-3 hours of the area during that period. If you or an organization you know is interested in hosting the Journey or you know of any suitable events going on, please contact or (801) 581-5242.

This opportunity is brought to you by the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network, an initiative made possible in partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program.

The mission of the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is to help public libraries support the health information needs of their communities by providing funding, training and partnership opportunities. In addition, the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network will provide opportunities for NNLM Network Members to engage with the All of Us Research Program.

Please feel free to check out the Community Engagement Network website for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Find more information on the All of Us Research Program here.

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January NIH News in Health

Wed, 2019-01-09 16:46

Check out the January 2019 issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Download a PDF version for printing.

Shake it OffIllustration of a calendar with mood icons

Boosting Your Mood

Have you ever had a bad mood you just couldn’t shake? Certain healthy habits can help you stay healthier and improve your mood.


Managing Multiple SclerosisIllustration of a woman talking with her doctor

Treatment Can Delay Future Attacks

No one knows why multiple sclerosis starts. But treatment may help stop it from getting worse.

Health Capsules:

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January Breezing Along with the RML

Wed, 2019-01-09 16:38

Join us next Wednesday, January 16th at 2 MT/3 CT for Breezing Along with the RML.

The January 2019 topic is further exploring the new NLM Strategic Plan, introduce the NNLM National Initiatives, and provide a preview of the 2019-2020 funded awards.


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Join us for Breezing Along with the RML – Professional Development Funding

Tue, 2019-01-08 19:12

Breezing Along with the RML (webinar)

Wednesday – February 20, 2019 – 1:00-2:00P MT, 2:00-3:00P CT


Have you been pondering your 2019 professional development? Are you wondering how other librarians in the region decide when selecting development opportunities? This month we are featuring three MCR network members who will share their experiences from recent conferences and trainings.

You will hear more about the professional development funding from the MCR that made their trips possible, and learn if what our panelists hoped to take away from the event matched up to reality.

• Lilian Hoffecker, Strauss Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado (Force2018, Montreal, Quebec)
• Marie St. Pierre, Clinical Library, Children’s Hospital Colorado (“Innovations in Nursing Information Literacy,” MLA, Atlanta, Georgia)
• Amanda Sprochi, J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library, University of Missouri (Mountain West Data Librarian Symposium, Boulder, Colorado)


Suzanne Sawyer


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Applications Open for RDM 102: Beyond Research Data Management for Biomedical and Health Sciences Librarians

Wed, 2019-01-02 16:20
Applications are due this Friday – January 4, 2019

Biomedical and health sciences librarians are invited to participate as students or mentors in a rigorous online training course going beyond the basics of research data management. This course will expand on concepts covered in RDM 101: Biomedical and Health Research Data Management Training for Librarians, and threaded throughout will be the librarian’s role in research reproducibility and research integrity and include practice in using Jupyter notebooks. Mentors will assume the role of a researcher with a dataset seeking data services support and will scope research questions to form the basis for mentee projects.

The major aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the support of data science and open science with the goal of developing and implementing or enhancing data science training and services at participants’ institutions. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course topics include an overview of data science and open science, data literacy, data wrangling, data visualization, and leadership. The course will run February 20 – April 12, 2019.

Both student and mentor applications are due January 4, 2019.
Additional details and online applications are available at
For questions, please contact the NTO at or Shirley Zhao at

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Let Us Help You Reach Your Learning Goals in 2019

Thu, 2018-12-27 19:02

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has a variety of training opportunities for you in 2019. From in-person classes, to live webinars, to self-paced classes, we’ve got you covered. Check out the training calendar to see what’s coming up and reserve your seat! Feeling nostalgic? Many sessions offered in the last few years are archived and available anytime for you to watch on the NNLM YouTube Channel.

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NLM Announces 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series

Thu, 2018-12-27 18:53

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the 2019 History of Medicine Lecture Series. All lectures are free, open to the public, and held in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium, building 38A located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Lectures are also live-streamed globally and archived by NIH VideoCasting.

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Open-i Provides Access to Over 3.7 Million Images

Thu, 2018-12-27 18:47

Have you tried Open-i? It’s a service of the National Library of Medicine, enabling you to locate open source images contained in PubMed Central articles. Learn more about the contents of Open-i and the use of images in your projects.

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December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available.

Thu, 2018-12-27 18:39

As the year comes to a close, you can count on NIH News in Health for health information to help you in the new year. In the December 2018 issue learn about the eating style that’s best for health,  discover ways to reduce a baby’s chance of sleep-related deaths, and read about how a probiotic might stop Staphylococcus aureus, or staph.

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Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications

Wed, 2018-12-19 13:16

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is pleased to announce open registration for the third cohort of Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications! This course is designed both for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; and also for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. The 16-week, self-paced Moodle course reviews basic biology concepts and takes a deep dive into NCBI Molecular Biology Databases. It is worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. Successful participants are invited to join an Alumni Forum which includes discussion and monthly learning opportunities. The third cohort of the course will run January 14 – May 3, 2019.

There are four major due dates to successful complete this course:

  • Pre-Work: January 25, 2019
  • Part I: February 22, 2019
  • Part II: March 29, 2019
  • Part III: May 3, 2019

Subject Matter Experts/Additional Instructors for this course include: Dr. Peter Cooper, PhD and Dr. Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine.


Week 1 (Jan 14-18): Genetics Basics

Week 2 (Jan 21-25): Genetics Basics

Part 1

Week 3 (Jan 28-Feb 1): Introduction

Week 4 (Feb 4-8): Molecular Biology Techniques

Week 5 (Feb 11-15): NCBI Nucleotide

Week 6 (Feb 18-22): BLAST Sequence Similarity

Part 2

Week 7 (Feb 25-Mar 1): NCBI Gene

Week 8 (Mar 4-8): Basics of Proteins

Week 9 (Mar 11-15): NCBI Protein and Structure Databases

Week 10 (Mar 18-22): Clinical Applications

Week 11 (Mar 25-29): Catch Up Week

Part 3

Week 12 (Apr 1-5): Ethics and Policy in Bioinformatics

Week 13 (Apr 8-12): What’s Next in Genomic Research

Week 14 (Apr 15-19): Synthesis

Week 15 (Apr 22-26): Synthesis and Evaluation

Week 16 (Apr 29-May 3): Additional catch up days (if needed)

Note: Registration closes January 7, 2019 at 11:59pm of your time zone. This course is limited to 60 participants. A 20-seat wait list is also available. Registration preference given to residents of the United States.

Contact with questions.

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