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NIH Issues Request for Information on Proposed Provisions for a Future Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

Thu, 2018-10-11 19:17

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public comments on proposed key provisions that could serve as the foundation for a future NIH policy for data management and sharing. The feedback obtained will help to inform the development of a draft NIH policy for data management and sharing, which is expected to be released for an additional public comment period upon its development. Comments on the proposed key provisions will be accepted electronically through December 10, 2018.

NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the proposed key provisions on November 7, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. PST. Check out details about the webinar, including how to register. For further perspective on the topic, visit the latest Under the Poliscope blog post by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz. For questions about the proposed provisions, contact the NIH Office of Science Policy.

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NLM’s Tox Town Website Gets a New Look!

Thu, 2018-10-11 14:22

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur. Enhancements of the new design, informed by extensive user research, include:

  • Enhanced search optimization
  • Improved readability

New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:

  • New Community Action Tools Page with guidance for community engagement and resources for finding local data;
  • Newly added Reduce Your Risk information with practical steps to avoid and address exposure; and
  • New content organization into Sources of Exposure and Chemicals and Contaminants rather than previously used neighborhood scenes.

Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish-language materials.

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Abstract Display Option Added For PubMed Labs Search Results

Wed, 2018-10-10 18:59

The community response to the launch of PubMed Labs has been outstanding. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to test new features at PubMed Labs, for example, the addition of a new view for search results. In response to user feedback, “Abstract” has been added to the DISPLAY OPTIONS of the PubMed Labs search results. Click the ‘gear’ icon at the top right of the results page and then click “Abstract” to see the new view.

Please note that PubMed Labs includes only a limited set of features, and not the full set of PubMed tools. The absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination.

Abstract display in PubMed Labs search results

Abstract display in PubMed Labs search results

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Community Health Maps Online Tutorial Available

Wed, 2018-10-10 15:54

Community Health Maps (CHM) provides information about low/no cost mapping tools. The National Library of Medicine developed the resource with a focus on increasing capacity within under-served and at-risk communities. The CHM workflow can also be used by individuals and organizations needing to collect, analyze, and visualize mapping data. The blog is a mixture of mapping apps, software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have used the Community Health Maps workflow.

A self-paced, online tutorial has been developed to highlight the tools available in Community Health Maps to help users gain the skills needed to assist communities and individuals in collecting and mapping health-related data: to build a plan for collecting data; to create the forms for capturing data points; to use a mobile device to collect the data; and to visualize health data by creating online and printable maps that can be customized to meet the needs of audiences and stakeholders.

This course provides continuing education credit (CE), through the Medical Library Association (MLA), and/or a certificate of completion by enrolling in the course with NLM’s free Learning Management System.

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Apply by December 1 for the 2019 MLA Research Training Institute!

Tue, 2018-10-09 19:31

Applications are open through December 1 for the 2019 cohort of the MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The heart of the RTI is a weeklong, residential, immersive workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. The institute offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Many of the twenty open slots for the institute are supported by either full or partial scholarships. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.

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NLM Funding Opportunity: Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

Wed, 2018-10-03 16:39

The NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities funding program is focused on putting research knowledge into practice by providing information resources tailored to meet the needs of health disparity populations and their health care providers. A project can develop and deploy a new information resource or service, or expand and improve an existing resource or service in order to meet the needs of a health disparity population. For a proposed project to be competitive there must be evidence that the intended audience is a health disparity population and/or their healthcare providers. The application deadline is October 22, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant organization.

This program is focused on the second goal in the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027, “To reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.” Accomplishing this goal involves understanding and meeting the needs of the stakeholders: scholarly, clinical and community. NLM intends to commit $750,000 in FY 2019 to fund up to five awards. Budgets up to $150,000 for one year, $300,000 over two years or $450,000 over 3 years, in direct costs, may be requested. Applicants may request up to three years for the project period.

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October 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2018-10-01 12:34

illustration of a man holding neck due to pain and talking to a doctor Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: What Are Electronic Cigarettes?
    Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that people use to heat liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The inhaled vapor may contain nicotine, flavorings, and toxins — including ones that cause cancer.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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NLM Disaster Information Specialist Webinar on October 18: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data!

Thu, 2018-09-27 14:19

The next NLM Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar will be held Thursday, October 18, at 10:30 am PDT. It is open to anyone wishing to attend. Some of you may remember speaker Lisa Federer from her UCLA days!

TOPIC: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data

Managing and sharing data have become important issues in the context of research data. When it comes to disaster-related data, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important to ensure that data are properly collected, managed, and curated. Data must also be shared with the appropriate stakeholders to get information out to everyone who needs it, when they need it. This webinar will discuss best practices for data management and data sharing and how they apply to disaster-related data.

SPEAKER: Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian, National Library of Medicine

Lisa joined NLM in August 2018. Previously, Lisa was a Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she led the library’s Data Services Team and designed a curriculum of data-related training. She holds an MLIS from UCLA, and graduate certificates in Data Science from Georgetown University and New York University.

LOGIN: Meeting URL (Open in Internet Explorer browser):

Event Key: 1234

Audio conference information:

When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. NLM suggests using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar. If you cannot use VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number. OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.

  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
  • Access code: 626 798 379

If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, press # on your phone and you will be connected.

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Upcoming NNLM Data Webinar on October 12: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library

Wed, 2018-09-26 16:25

Register now to join NNLM for the next session of the Research Data Management webinar series: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library, on October 12, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT. This webinar will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. It will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot. The instructors will be Doug Joubert and Candace Norton from the NIH Library.

The NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) webinar series is a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities.

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Computer Science Pioneer Dr. Alan Kay to Deliver Lindberg-King Lecture on September 26

Thu, 2018-09-20 18:40

NLM has announced that computer science pioneer Alan Curtis Kay, PhD, will deliver this year’s Lindberg-King Lecture on Wednesday, September 26, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT. The talk, titled The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It. But Is It Already Too Late?, will be broadcast live and archived for later viewing on NIH VideoCasting.

A child prodigy, Dr. Kay was an original member of the seminal Xerox-PARC group, and for his myriad innovations in computer science was awarded computer science’s highest honor, the Turing Prize. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Lindberg-King Lecture honors former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, and former NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education Donald West King, MD. The event is co-sponsored by the NLM, Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Feedback Requested: Respond to the NNLM PSR Funding Award Survey by October 5!

Wed, 2018-09-19 14:08

We invite your participation in NNLM PSR’s Funding Awards survey! Please submit responses by Friday, October 5.

This questionnaire is designed to assist us with a better understanding of interest in NNLM funding awards and to ascertain if there are unmet needs among Network members. Feedback will also be used to simplify the application process. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It includes a few open-ended questions about ideal funding scenarios. Responses will be used to shape future award offerings and the allocation of NNLM PSR resources.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to the results!

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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Check Your Insurance Coverage

Mon, 2018-09-17 16:12

This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage. Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster. Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home?

Lastly, remember to attend the webinar entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations, on Thursday, September 20, at 10:30am PT. It will feature speakers from the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Find login details on our Disaster Information Specialist Webinars page.

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing Activities for 2019

Wed, 2018-09-12 18:48

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, diseases and organisms that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2019 version of MeSH, and other global changes.

Important Dates

  • November 28, 2018: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
  • Mid-December 2018: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2019 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 28 to mid-December, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2018.

In addition, an alternate link to provide access to 2019 MeSH is available from the top navigation bar on the MeSH Browser homepage. The default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2018 MeSH for now. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2019 MeSH and the alternate link to 2018 MeSH.

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NLM’s ToxTutor Resource Adds New Content!

Tue, 2018-09-11 18:44

The National Library of Medicine’s ToxTutor has added new content and topics:

Section 3 (Toxic Effects):

  • “Microbiome” topic added

Section 5 (Toxicity Testing Methods):

  • Additional “Finding Information about Alternatives to Animal Testing” content
  • Microphysiological Systems as used in “tissue chip” and “Organs-on-chips” models added
  • “Human-on-a-Chip” content added
  • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) as an emerging approach added
  • Combining “chips” AND iPSCs information topic added

Section 6 (Risk Assessment):

  • Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) content added
  • “What to Consider when Reading about a New Exposure Study” topic added

Section 7 (Exposure Standards and Guidelines):

  • Food Safety in the European Union topic added

New sections:

Section 15 Intuitive Toxicology and Risk Communication

Section 16 Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Health, and One Health

ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases. While a knowledge of anatomy and physiology is not required for viewing ToxTutor, the Introduction to the Human Body from the National Cancer Institute provides a good introduction to the topic.

This course is approved for 3 contact hours for California Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHSs) and National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) REHS/RSs. To take the tutorial and receive a certificate, please register and complete the tutorial through our free learning management system.

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Updated Homepage and Logo Coming for Mobile Device Users of PubMed Labs

Mon, 2018-09-10 16:41

PubMed Labs is a responsive Web site that can generate different display options depending on a user’s device size, e.g., mobile phones. Mobile device users that access PubMed Labs will soon notice a slightly updated homepage and logo. Additionally, the “What is PubMed Labs?” question will be replaced by “What’s new for PubMed Mobile?” The production PubMed Mobile ad to PubMed Labs will also be modified to encourage users to try the new PubMed Labs mobile design.

Side by side comparison of PubMed Labs and PubMed Mobile

Updated PubMed Labs homepage for mobile users.

PubMed Labs is under active development and new features and functionality are regularly added. Please note the absence of a PubMed feature in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the Labs Feedback button. For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Learn Life-Saving Skills

Mon, 2018-09-10 15:17

This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Learn Life-Saving Skills. The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:

If you are already a trained medical responder, check out resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit® to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills. 

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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Register Now for New NLM Webinar Series Beginning September 6!

Wed, 2018-09-05 18:30

Registration is available for a new National Library of Medicine five-week interactive webinar series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health. Sessions will focus on the roles and products of the NLM related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records (EHRs) systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support clinical researchers.

Dates and times will be Thursdays at 9:00 AM PDT, beginning September 6. Webinars will consist of brief presentations, activities, and Q&A and will run about 30 minutes. The first session of the series will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE). Overall goals of the series are for participants to be able to:

  • Use the jargon associated with health IT to be able to communicate effectively with IT staff and administrators.
  • Name relevant health data standards and describe how they are used.
  • Describe NLM products and services that enrich and inform EHRs and other health data systems.
  • Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process.
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National Preparedness Month Weekly Theme: Make and Practice Your Plan!

Tue, 2018-09-04 17:19

The first weekly theme provided by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center for this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan. Ready.gov provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home. At the National Library of Medicine, National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.
 

Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.

Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database. If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training. Lastly, there are two webinars this week of interest:

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September 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Tue, 2018-09-04 11:49

Illustration of a woman opening a window Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Preventing Shingles
    Shingles most commonly occurs in adults over 50, but it can appear at any age. There are now two shingles vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can help prevent shingles or lower the extent of the effects it may cause.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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August 2018 Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

Fri, 2018-08-31 14:02

On June 20, NNLM PSR hosted Highlights from the FORCE11 Scholarly Communications (SC) Institute for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. The session presented highlights from six participants who attended the FORCE11 training course at the University of California, San Diego, on July 30 to August 3, 2018. Featured speakers included Andrea Lynch, Anneliese Taylor, Mary Linn Bergstrom, Allegra Swift, Bethany Myers and Martin Brennan. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

As noted during the webinar, the FORCE2018 Conference will be held in Montreal, Canada, on October 11 & 12, 2018. Details of the conference and registration information can be found in a NewsBits posting.

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