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PubMed for Librarians: Six Free 90-Minute Continuing Education Webinars in March & April!

Wed, 2018-02-21 15:20

Registration links are available for the next PubMed for Librarians webinar series, offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO). Further details are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction
Date and time: Thursday, March 8, 10:00—11:30 AM PST

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH
Date and time: Thursday, March 15, 10:00—11:30 AM PDT

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping
Date and time: Thursday, March 22, 10:00—11:30 AM PDT

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search
Date and time: Thursday, March 29, 10:00—11:30 AM PDT

PubMed for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features
Date and time: Thursday, April 5, 10:00—11:30 AM PDT

PubMed for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI
Date and time: Thursday, April 12, 10:00—11:30 AM PDT

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New Course for Disaster Information Specialists: Social Media Analysis During Disasters!

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:59

For emergency managers, information specialists, and others responding to large-scale disasters, it is challenging to filter through the volume of noise on social media to identify valid, actionable information. This new course, Social Media Analysis During Disasters, will help participants develop and implement a plan to effectively monitor and analyze disaster information on social media. This self-paced course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and provides three MLA continuing education (CE) credits. To review a list of additional free online courses to earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist certificate, visit the NLM DIMRC Training Courses webpage.

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New MedlinePlus Feature: Healthy Recipe of the Week!

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:28

On February 9, MedlinePlus released the new feature, Healthy Recipe of the Week, intended to spotlight recipes provided by NIH institutes. Recipes use fat-free milk, small amounts of vegetable oil, lean cuts of meat, poultry without the skin, fish, beans, fruits, vegetables, and lots of fresh herbs and spices for flavor. Try the first recipe for healthy beef casserole today. Bon appetit!

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New Maximum Length for PubMed Custom Filters Coming in April

Mon, 2018-02-12 19:30

In April 2018, NLM will start limiting the length of PubMed custom filters to 4,000 characters, and asterisks (*) for truncation will no longer be allowed in these filters. The limitation of this My NCBI feature is being introduced to address resource-intensive demands on the system and to continue providing a rapid response time for all PubMed users. Custom filters appear on the right sidebar menu in PubMed and are configured in My NCBI.

Users of custom filters in PubMed that contain more than 4,000 characters and/or an asterisk (*) for truncation can prepare for this change now by updating the custom filters. For any search(es) affected by this change, click on the gear icon and edit the search so that it contains fewer than 4,000 characters and no asterisks. After the new rules are implemented, custom filters that exceed 4,000 characters and/or include an asterisk (*) will be disabled. Custom filters that do not exceed 4,000 characters or include any asterisks (*) will not be affected. An alternative is to create a My NCBI saved search to use in place of a filter. For further details and graphic illustrations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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New Wellness Toolkits from NIH!

Fri, 2018-02-09 18:34

The National Institutes of Health has released Your Healthiest Self: Wellness Toolkits, featuring science-based health tips in five different areas: Your Surroundings; Your Feelings; Your Body; Your Relationships; and Your Disease Defense. Each area has checklists of tips to print for yourself or share with others. The wellness toolkits link to dozens of NIH resources, fact sheets, and articles for more information.

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MetaMap – A Tool For Recognizing UMLS Concepts in Text

Fri, 2018-02-09 13:44

MetaMap is a highly configurable program developed by Dr. Alan (Lan) Aronson at the National Library of Medicine to map biomedical text to the UMLS Metathesaurus or, equivalently, to discover Metathesaurus concepts referred to in text. MetaMap uses a knowledge-intensive approach based on symbolic, natural-language processing (NLP) and computational-linguistic techniques. Besides being applied for both IR and data-mining applications, MetaMap is one of the foundations of NLM’s Medical Text Indexer (MTI), which is being used for both semiautomatic and fully automatic indexing of biomedical literature at NLM.

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DOCLINE Libraries: Update Your Maximum Cost to Match NLM’s Changed Interlibrary Loan Fee

Thu, 2018-02-08 14:39

On January 1, 2018, NLM’s fee for filling an interlibrary loan request changed from $9.00 to $12.00. This long overdue price increase will help keep NLM’s ILL service a national leader and ensure that NLM can continue to deliver efficient service and maintain a fast turnaround time to complete incoming requests. In light of this change, NLM asks libraries to increase their Maximum Cost to at least $12 before routing requests to NLM.

DOCLINE libraries can update their default Maximum Cost, or change it on a request-by-request basis. For questions, please review the Interlibrary Loan FAQs or contact NLM Customer Service.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on Genetics Home Reference Now Available!

Wed, 2018-02-07 18:55

The archived recording of the January 31 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Genetics Home Reference, presented by Stephanie Morrison, MPH, Team Coordinator for Genetic Home Reference at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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February 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Fri, 2018-02-02 16:06
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Check out the February 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: How to Find a Cancer Doctor
    Cancer changes your life and the lives of those around you. Finding the right cancer doctor (called an oncologist) and treatment facility is an important step to getting the treatment and support you need.
  • Featured Website: Bullying Prevention
    Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior among peers where there is power imbalance. Find out how to spot the signs and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.

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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PubMed Commons to Be Discontinued

Thu, 2018-02-01 18:19

PubMed Commons has been a valuable experiment in supporting discussion of published scientific literature. The service was first introduced as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 and was reviewed in 2015. Despite low levels of use at that time, NIH decided to extend the effort for another year or two in hopes that participation would increase. Unfortunately, usage has remained minimal, with comments submitted on only 6,000 of the 28 million articles indexed in PubMed.

While many worthwhile comments were made through the service during its 4 years of operation, NIH has decided that the low level of participation does not warrant continued investment in the project, particularly given the availability of other commenting venues. The discontinuation plan is as follows:

  • New comments will be accepted through February 15, 2018.
  • Comments will continue to be visible on the PubMed and PubMed Commons websites through March 2, 2018.
  • Users wishing to access the comments after March 2, 2018, will be able to download them from NCBI’s website.
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Five NNLM Online Courses and Webinars Coming in February!

Tue, 2018-01-30 13:43

Each month, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) offers free professional development opportunities. During February 2018, NNLM is offering online classes and webinars about big data in healthcare, providing consumer health information in libraries, acting as a liaison with health professionals, grants and proposal writing, and providing reliable health information to older adults:

  • Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles (February 5 to March 30): This 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.
  • Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library (February 6 to March 13): This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists.
  • Learning to Liaise with Health Professions (February 7, 11:00AM – 12:30PM PST): Attendees will explore various health professions and educational environments, such as community colleges, hospitals, universities, and more. Next, the course will focus on how educational standards for health professions inform library instruction, research support, and collection services.
  • Grants and Proposal Writing (February 15, 11:00AM – 12:00PM PST): Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal.
  • Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information (February 22, 8:00 – 10:00AM PST): This “train the trainer” class is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.
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NLM Online Course Announcement: EDirect for PubMed, part of the Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data

Thu, 2018-01-25 19:38

Registration is available for a newly expanded series of interactive workshops which will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access the exact PubMed data needed, in the most appropriate format. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus optional “office hours”), participants 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 participants will receive easy installation instructions for Windows and Mac computers before the class begins. 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. Each session begins at 10:00 AM PT and runs approximately 90 minutes. Seven (7) hours of MLA CE credit are available for students who attend the first five sessions and complete the homework assignments, and complete the open-book exam no later than Monday, March 26. Registration is also available for an introductory webinar, Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed, on Tuesday, February 13.

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NNLM Webinar on February 21: Cultural Competence for Information Professionals

Thu, 2018-01-25 19:28

According to the National Association of Social Workers, cultural competence is “a congruent set of behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable a person or group to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” The one-hour webinar, Cultural Competence for Information Professionals, sponsored by the NNLM MidContinental Region, will provide an introduction to cultural competence, discuss why it is important and how it applies to the work of information professionals. The session will be held on February 21, 9:00-10:00 AM PST, and will feature guest speaker Shaundra Walker, PhD, Interim Library Director of the Ina Dillard Russell Library at Georgia College.

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January 2018 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

Fri, 2018-01-19 19:21

On January 17, NNLM PSR presented Social Workers in the Public Library, the Glendale Experience for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Featured speakers included Tiffany Barrios, Library Supervisor and Mary Leasure, Social Worker, at the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, California. The webinar session focused on a grant funded partnership between a local homeless service agency and Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department to serve homeless patrons, with or without mental illness. You can view the webinar by visiting the Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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NNLM Webinar on February 14: “Preparing for the Worst – Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness”

Fri, 2018-01-19 15:55

The NNLM South Central Region (SCR) is hosting the one-hour webinar, Preparing for the Worst: Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness, on Wednesday, February 14, at 8:00am PST. Registration is not required. The presentation will focus on surfacing and discussing some practical “best practices” when considering organizational preparedness and operational resilience. Key points during this brief include: capturing vulnerabilities, mitigation applied, knowing where your agency fits, the value of networking, communications and resource acquisition before and during disasters. The featured speaker will be Bill Icenogle, Director of Emergency Management at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. He is credentialed as a Louisiana Emergency Management – “Professional” through the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA).

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WISER 5.1 Now Available!

Thu, 2018-01-18 18:57

WISER 5.1 is now available on all platforms! The following new features are included in this release:

  • CHEMM (“CHEMM 2.0”) has extensive new and updated content, e.g., guidance and reference materials.
  • New Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for airborne chemicals (AEGL) data from the EPA.
  • Data updates based on the latest Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) content.
  • Android: Upgrades for KitKat. OS 4.4 is now required. Protective distance “point into the wind” feature added for devices with a compass.
  • Windows: Completely new installer. Leverages new features of .NET. Version 4.6.1 is now required.
  • Fixes to Emergency Response Guide UN searches (duplicates now displayed) across all platforms.
  • Many smaller updates and bug fixes.

Also, check out WISER’s new series of YouTube videos. These videos introduce WISER’s functionality, walk through a known substance scenario, and explore WISER’s protective distance mapping feature in detail. WebWISER enhancements and WISER version 5.2 coming soon!

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Resources Addressing Radiation Emergencies

Wed, 2018-01-17 18:55

The false alert sent to everyone in Hawaii this past Saturday caused panic and alarm. Now that it is clear there is no immediate threat, this unfortunate incident can serve as a reminder to prepare for all types of hazards and emergencies. Do you know what to do in the case of a radiation emergency? The CDC created a webpage with a simple, clear public message for what to do after a nuclear detonation. Also available is the CDC infographic, Nuclear Weapon.

NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) resource gives healthcare providers guidance on diagnosis and treatment during radiation emergencies. It also provides:

In addition, Module 5 of the NLM Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) course focuses on REMM. The course as a whole provides a comprehensive background on all CBRNE threats. A Disaster Lit® search finds numerous freely available documents and resources on preparing for and responding to radiation emergencies.

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Apply for a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Award!

Wed, 2018-01-17 15:24

National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day will mark its fifth anniversary on Saturday, May 5! You can help protect your community from wildfire by applying for a $500 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day grant through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) by March 2. NFPA welcomes applications for one of 150 funding awards for $500 to work on a community wildfire hazard mitigation project. Develop a plan now to work with partners and identify wildfire risks in your community. NFPA’s Firewise USA site has resources you can use to understand your risk. To view past projects, visit the Success Stories, including one occurring in San Diego County in 2016.

A free webinar will be held on Thursday, January 18, 11:30am-12:30pm PST, Completing a Successful Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Funding Application. The featured presenter will be Faith Berry, NFPA Associate Project Manager, Wildland Fire Protection. Anyone in the United States and the US territories can apply, including school groups, youth groups, church groups, fire departments, and residents in areas across the United States that are at risk from wildfire.

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Submit Your Ideas on Research Priorities for the NIH All of Us Research Program by February 9!

Wed, 2018-01-17 14:54

The NIH All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide, who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

In preparation for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop, which will be held on March 21–23 in Bethesda, MD, program planners are seeking input of your ideas for research questions that the All of Us Research Program could help answer, through a tool known as a “use case.” The information provided will be used to identify key research priorities and requirements (such as data types and methods) for future versions of the All of Us protocol. The deadline for submitting a use case for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop is February 9.

For further details, visit the workshop announcement.

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NIH MedlinePlus Salud Winter 2017 Issue Now Available!

Fri, 2018-01-12 19:53
Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas on the cover of NIH Medlineplus Salud Magazine

The Winter 2017 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is now available online! Featured on the front cover of the issue is the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, who speaks out about his fight with cancer. The issue also discusses journalist Liz Hernandez and how Alzheimer’s has affected her family, breast cancer and Latinas, latest ashthma research, tips for your doctor visit, clinical trials and more!

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine and NIH MedlinePlus Salud are free, trusted consumer guides to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information at (español). These magazines present the best in reliable, up-to-date health information, showcase the latest breakthroughs from NIH-supported research, and feature people from all walks of life talking about how they’ve handled their health challenges. NIH MedlinePlus Salud is a bilingual publication, with articles in both English and Spanish.

Both magazines are available online in HTML and PDF format. Free print subscriptions are also available for US addresses.

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