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NNLM Webinar on August 7, “Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy”

Tue, 2019-07-09 14:07

Registration is now available for the one-hour NNLM webinar on Wednesday, August 7, at 11:00 AM PDT, Graphic Public Health: Comics for Health Literacy, Health Promotion, and Advocacy, hosted by the New England Region. The medium of comics is uniquely suited for conveying health information in engaging, economical, and culturally sensitive ways. Comic narratives also offer a means for public health practitioners to share their dilemmas and a multiplicity of perspectives on complex health issues and policies. Comics can disclose the political, emotional, and ethical dimensions of public health practice. And importantly, graphic public health can also give voice to the people in our communities who are impacted by the policy and programmatic decisions made by public health officials. Meredith Li-Vollmer from Public Health – Seattle & King County will share examples of how she has applied comics to health literacy, health promotion and advocacy for public health. She will also discuss aspects of the creative process of developing graphic public health.

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POPLINE Database to Retire on September 1, 2019!

Mon, 2019-07-08 15:15

POPLINE has been a valuable resource to the population, family planning, and reproductive health community for over 40 years. The collection of more than 400,000 records has provided students and researchers worldwide with access to journal articles, reports, books, unpublished resources, and full-text documents (to users in low- and middle-income countries). POPLINE is managed by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, which ends on September 10, 2019. The POPLINE website will retire on September 1. Since POPLINE’s inception in 1973, many free resources have become available and offer alternative access to journal articles. These resources collectively meet the majority of POPLINE user requests. For a list of resources offering alternative access to journal articles and other details, visit the POPLINE retirement announcement.

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PubMed Labs Update: Library LinkOut using Outside Tool

Mon, 2019-07-08 15:06

Library icons now appear in PubMed Labs for libraries participating in the Library LinkOut using Outside Tool service. Because PubMed Labs is a responsive website, the icons appear whether you are accessing Labs from a desktop, tablet, or mobile device. Library patrons can activate a participating library’s Outside Tool in two ways: by accessing PubMed through a special URL, or by using My NCBI.

To display the library’s Outside Tool icon using a custom URL, append the string ?otool=NameAbbr to the PubMed Labs URL:
Replace NameAbbr with the Outside Tool User Name assigned by NCBI

Users affiliated with more than one library can activate icons for up to five institutions at one time using a comma-delimited URL in the format:,NameAbbr2
Where each NameAbbr is a different Outside Tool User Name assigned by NCBI

To display your Outside Tool icon using My NCBI:

1. Sign into My NCBI
2. Click the NCBI Site Preferences link, and then click Outside Tool under PubMed Preferences
3. Select your library from the list of available Outside Tool services. At this time, only one Outside Tool can be selected in My NCBI.

For further details and illustrations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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Closure of National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services

Wed, 2019-07-03 13:02

As the National Library of Medicine (NLM) implements its Strategic Plan, 2017-2027, it is making organizational changes that include the closure of the Specialized Information Services (SIS) division, effective June 30, 2019, and the transition of many SIS programs into other parts of NLM. This integration serves to not only improve discoverability of and access to SIS resources by NLM’s broad set of users, but also enables NLM to leverage its talents and resources to improve overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Over the next few months, some SIS resources and programs will transition to other parts of NLM, be integrated into other NLM resources, made accessible on partner sites, or discontinued. We will provide notice of these changes as they are made. Links to SIS resources and programs in their new locations will be shared on the SIS homepage.

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DOCLINE 5.2 No Longer Available on July 31, 2019

Tue, 2019-07-02 19:00

DOCLINE 5.2 at will no longer be available on July 31st, 9PM ET. The final group of DOCLINE and Loansome Doc Request Statistic Reports in version 5.2 (quarterly and semi-annual) will be made available mid-month. Users are urged to download or otherwise save 5.2 Request Reports for future reference. The only data request available after July 31 will be in DOCLINE 6.0, for requests placed after March 1, 2019. Semi-annual (July 2018 – February 2019) reports to be posted:

screenshot of DOCLINE login page with Tugger the DOCLINE mascot

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July 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2019-07-01 13:10

Illustration of child using virtual reality touching shapesCheck out the July 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: Test Your Home for Radon
    Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. It causes thousands of deaths each year. Testing your home for radon is easy. You can do it yourself.

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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Apply by July 16 for a Sewell Travel Stipend to Attend APHA Annual Conference in Philadelphia!

Fri, 2019-06-28 15:41

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee invites applications for 2019 Sewell Stipends to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, November 2-6, 2019. This year’s theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For equity. For action. For health. Visit the APHA Annual Meeting Website for more information about the conference. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 16, at 11:00 PM CDT.

Funding is anticipated to support approximately eight non-local librarians (traveling significant distances) and two librarians local to the conference area. The award will provide reimbursement for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration. Non-local librarians receive additional funds to help offset the cost associated with travel. Applications are welcome from all librarians who work with public health practitioners, students, staff, and faculty. Early-career librarians and librarians who are not members of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration section are welcome to apply. For questions, contact Kate Nyhan.

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PubMed Development Update from NLM

Wed, 2019-06-26 19:10

The new PubMed is under active development on the PubMed Labs platform. NLM encourages users to try PubMed Labs for the newest features and improved mobile experience. The appearance and layout will change as features are added, tested, and refined; however, you can get a good idea of how the new PubMed will look and function by trying out PubMed Labs. Feedback is welcome and may be submitted using the feedback button available on each page of PubMed Labs.

NLM anticipates announcing the new PubMed in September 2019 and beginning next year, users will be directed to the new PubMed by default. NLM will continue to run the old system in parallel for a period of time after the new site is launched. If the launch date is extended, NLM will also extend the time that the legacy system is available so that users will have access to both systems for several months.

Watch the NLM Technical Bulletin for future updates and announcements!

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University of Pittsburgh Systematic Review Workshop Retires in July!

Thu, 2019-06-20 14:58

As the saying goes, all good things come to an end! After nearly 10 years, librarians at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) have decided to retire the popular Systematic Review Workshop: the Nuts and Bolts for Librarians. This intensive workshop has been offered three times/year since November 2009, growing out of an internal working group to address the growing number of requests from Pitt faculty for systematic reviews. Since then, the workshop has provided instruction to more than 700 participants from across the country and Canada. The upcoming July 15-17 workshop will be the final session. There are a few remaining slots available for this course.

Instructors who contributed to this course over the years include Charles Wessel, Mary Lou Klem, Melissa Ratajeski, Linda Hartman, Barbara Folb, Rose Turner, Andrea Ketchum, and Ahlam Saleh (now at University of Arizona Health Sciences Library). Their expertise not only guided the development of the library’s systematic review service, producing over 116 publications in peer-reviewed journals co-authored by HSLS librarians, but also contributed to similar success from workshop participants!

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NNLM MidContinental Region Webinar on July 17, Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers

Thu, 2019-06-20 14:48

On July 17, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT, NNLM Midcontinental Region will host a webinar featuring Dr. Judy Pasek, STEM Liaison Librarian with the University of Wyoming Libraries, speaking about research conducted at the Universities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado about the data management needs of graduate students. Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.

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New NLM Tutorial: Drug Terminologies and RxNorm

Thu, 2019-06-20 14:40

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a new tutorial on medical terminologies and RxNorm. This training session, of particular interest to health sciences librarians and other health information specialists, provides an overview of basic concepts of medical terminologies (including what they are and why they are important), followed by a deep dive into RxNorm, an NLM-authored medical terminology specializing in drug information. To obtain one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credit for completing the course, register for this on-demand, self-paced class.

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NLM and Medical Heritage Library to Expand Public Access to Collections

Wed, 2019-06-19 19:56

The National Library of Medicine signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) to promote free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine and the human health sciences. Under the agreement, the MHL will include digitized NLM historical materials and associated metadata in its free and open archive of historical resources. Additionally, staff of the organizations will exchange expertise to ensure and share accurate metadata for the materials, data-driven analyses of usage of the materials, as well as transparent and open engagement efforts with researchers who could benefit from knowing about the free availability of the materials.

MHL—a nonprofit organization—is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries promoting free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Through the partnership with the MHL, the NLM strengthens its connections to U.S. and international peer institutions and their communities, including Harvard University, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Wellcome Library in London and the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé in Paris. NLM holds collections spanning ten centuries of global medical history. “This agreement supports the shared goals of NLM and MHL to open these collections to new audiences and provide access that supports a variety of current and developing research methods,” said Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division.

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NLM Collection Development Manual Moves to New Platform

Tue, 2019-06-18 13:33

The Collection Development Manual of the National Library of Medicine, which establishes boundaries for the Library’s permanent collection and provides a framework for the selection of biomedical materials, is changing its name to Collection Development Guidelines of the National Library of Medicine and moving to NLM’s Bookshelf. The name change reflects emphasis on the integrating nature of the resource, in which updates are continuous and new information is incorporated with existing information. The resource will no longer be issued as discrete editions.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan 2017-2027 provides new opportunities to improve the experience of audiences. As part of this effort, NLM is consolidating resources to fewer common platforms. Therefore, the Guidelines will be hosted on Bookshelf with other NLM documentation and publications. Links to the Manual will be redirected to the new Guidelines through June 30. If your organization has links to the Manual, please update them to the Guidelines.

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New MEDLINE Publisher Portal and Email Address

Tue, 2019-06-18 13:09

The National Library of Medicine has announced the launch of the MEDLINE Publisher Portal, a new platform for submitting and managing MEDLINE applications. The platform allows publishers to submit an application for a journal to be reviewed for MEDLINE and provides a unique link for publishers to track the progress of the review. Many publishers may be familiar with the interface, due to similarities with the PMC Publisher Portal used for PMC applications. With the first application, a publisher or society will be prompted to enter information about the journal and the publishing organization. Users wanting to avoid re-entering publisher information should apply using the Sign In feature, which will create a Publisher Profile and prevent the need to re-enter this information in subsequent applications.

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Screenshot of new MEDLINE Publisher Portal

The former MEDLINE Review Application was decommissioned on June 17. Applications submitted prior to June 17, but not yet reviewed, will be transferred to the new MEDLINE Publisher Portal. Publishers/editors with applications in this state do not need to take further action. NLM also announced that all MEDLINE application communication should now go to

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National Library of Medicine Announces the Release of WISER Version 5.4

Mon, 2019-06-10 13:50

National Library of Medicine WISER 5.4 is now available on all platforms. WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. It provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. Here’s what’s new in this release:

  • News and notifications, much like this one, now provide details about each WISER release.
  • Detailed bibliographies are now available for much of the substance data within WISER.
  • Protective distance mapping now supports the export of KML (Keyhole Markup Language) data on the WISER for Windows and WebWISER platforms.
  • Redesigned the WISER for Windows protective distance mapping capability.
  • Smaller updates and bug fixes.

Coming Soon

  • Sharing and collaboration updates
  • New substances requested by users
  • Additional data improvements.
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NLM Historian Susan Speaker, PhD, Honored for JMLA Article Providing NNLM Historical Overview from 1985-2015

Wed, 2019-06-05 18:47

The professional association Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) honored NLM historian Susan L. Speaker, PhD, with its 2019 ALHHS best article award. Dr. Speaker received this prestigious honor for “Historical Overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 1985-2015,” which was published in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The article is publicly available in NLM’s PubMedCentral. Dr. Speaker’s ALHHS award follows on the NLM itself honoring her article in September 2018, when she received the NLM Board of Regents Award for her outstanding scholarship in documenting the history of the NNLM.

In researching and writing the history of the past three decades of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and its Regional Medical Libraries (RML), Dr. Speaker examined a wide range of primary sources, including records of the NNLM/RML located in the NLM archives, library periodical literature, RML directors’ meetings minutes, statements of work for RML contracts, RML annual reports, RML newsletters and blogs, and other associated materials. She also held informal conversations with National Network Coordinating Office staff members. Dr. Speaker’s research resulted in a rich and original history of the evolution of the NNLM during the internet age as it expanded its mission to include providing health information resources to academic researchers and the public. Reflecting historical change and the vision of NLM’s previous leadership, Dr. Speaker’s article is especially timely and valuable following the announcement that the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) will be renamed the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) and become NLM’s organizational home for outreach.

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June 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2019-06-03 12:04

Illustration of a father talking to his teenage sonCheck out the June 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:

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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2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Announced!

Fri, 2019-05-31 19:41

The National Library of Medicine has announced the solicitation of proposals for 2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The proposal submission deadline is July 12!

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these projects:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
  • Public libraries wishing to serve communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library, or department of public health.

The primary point of contact for the solicitation is Angela Hawn, ORAU Procurement Section Manager.

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New NNLM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinar Series Begins June 19!

Wed, 2019-05-29 19:03

With a unique collaboration of NNLM, the Medical Library Association, and the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, registration is now available for all sessions of the just announced webinar series, Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. The series begins on June 19 with Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place. Each session will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized inter-sectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences. All webinars are one hour in duration, and will be held at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. One hour of MLA CE credit is available per session, and will remain available for one year after the live broadcast. Webinars are free, but register early since each session is limited to 1,000 participants! Recordings of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training website and on

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Register Now for the Next NNLM Research Data Management Webinar on June 7!

Fri, 2019-05-24 15:36

The next session of the NNLM RDM webinar series, Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study, will be held Friday, June 7, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT. This introductory-level webinar session will walk you through the process of planning and conducting an environmental scan while demonstrating a data tool and strategies for using data for decision-making. This webinar will provide a jump-start opportunity to explore the concept of data and introduce an easy-to-use data analysis tool (Voyant Tools). The case study findings will be presented and show how this approach can be applied to other entry level data projects so that participants will walk away with the confidence to jump in and start exploring their own data. The session will be recorded for future viewing.

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