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November 2017 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

Wed, 2017-11-22 13:09

On November 15, NNLM PSR presented Health Aging: Promoting Healthy Living in Older Adults through Quality Health Information for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar with speakers, Stephanie Dailey and Olivia Kent from the National Institute of Aging (NIA); and Andrew Plumer from the Reference and Web Services Section at the National of Library of Medicine. The webinar focused on seniors and their use and access to quality health information. Resources from NIA were highlighted as well as NLM’s MedlinePlus. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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NLM Recruiting for 2018-19 Associate Fellowship Program!

Tue, 2017-11-21 14:26

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2018-19 Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program designed for recent library science graduates (within the past two years) and early-career librarians. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2018 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the NLM web site. The application deadline is January 26, 2018. Up to five candidates will be selected for the program.

The September through August program is a one-year residency program (with an optional second year) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship, offering a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff. The program is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:

  • Data analysis of programs and services such as extramural grants, indexed journal articles, controlled vocabularies, datasets, and customer inquiries.
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational awareness videos.
  • Social media outreach.
  • And more, including legislative tracking, web site enhancement, disaster information outreach studies, and review of next generation discovery interfaces.

The Associate Fellowship financial support includes:

  • Annual stipend of $54,972.
  • Additional funding to support purchase of group health insurance.
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation support.
  • Full support for attendance at local and national conferences.

For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.

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NLM 2018 Cataloging and Metadata News

Tue, 2017-11-21 14:07

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) adopted the 2018 MeSH vocabulary for cataloging on November 20, 2017. Accordingly, MeSH subject headings in LocatorPlus were changed to reflect the 2018 MeSH vocabulary as of that date. When year-end processing activities are completed later in November, the NLM Catalog database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2018 MeSH. Until then, there will be a hiatus in the addition of new and edited bibliographic records to the NLM Catalog.

The Winter version of the NLM Classification, to be published in mid-to-late-January 2018, will encompass changes resulting from new and changed MeSH terms for 2018 as well as additional minor updates to the index. The main index terms will continue to link to 2017 MeSH until the Winter 2018 edition is published in January 2018. An NLM Classification number appears in many terms in the MeSH Browser and is supplied annually by the NLM Cataloging and Metadata Section (CaMMS) when the MeSH term points to a single classification number in the Classification Index. These class numbers are current as of the Winter 2017 edition of the NLM Classification. They will be updated with the publication of the 2018 Winter edition in January 2018.

Generally, vocabulary changes in NLM bibliographic records for books, serials, and other materials were implemented as they were applied for citations in MEDLINE. For additional information, refer to MEDLINE Data Changes—2018. The Expression of Concern publication type is the only new 2018 Descriptor that cannot be used for cataloging. Six new geographic descriptors were added. Most of these place names already have Table G notations in the NLM Classification. The rest will be added with the 2018 Winter edition of the NLM Classification.

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NLM Resources for Family Caregivers

Mon, 2017-11-20 14:55

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the National Library of Medicine offers resources to support family caregivers through information on MedlinePlus and through multilingual information for family caregivers on HealthReach. HealthReach provides materials for caregivers (documents, video, and audio) in multiple languages related to home care and caregivers, including:

  • For the Caregiver (11 languages): This three-page handout educates people who take care of a loved one with cancer at home about managing their role as caregiver. It provides recommendations for ways caregivers can manage stress and take care of themselves, ask family and friends for help, and communicate with the loved one who has cancer about expectations and limits.
  • Home Care Instructions After Surgery (12 languages): This eight-page illustrated handout provides common instructions for home care for people recovering from surgery. It clarifies that patients should follow any instructions given to them by their doctor or nurse that are based on their specific needs. It outlines what to do and what not to do for the first 24 hours after surgery. The document contains guidelines and helpful tips for home care, discussing medicines, activity, diet and bowel movement, and incision care.
  • Using a Medicine Spoon or Dropper (3 languages): This six-page illustrated handout educates parents and caregivers about how to use a medicine spoon or dropper to measure liquid medicine for children and adults.
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El Virus Del Zika Webinar

Thu, 2017-11-16 14:23
The California Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Health Initiative of the Americas of UC Berkeley, invites you to participate in Zika Virus Webinar that will provide information on:
  • The transmission of the Zika Virus
  • How to prevent the virus
  • What to do if you plan to travel to places with Zika
  • Who should be tested for Zika
  • Where to find educational resources about Zika for the community
The free webinar is conducted in Spanish! Please share this information with your Spanish speaking clientele! Fecha: 5 de diciembre del 2017 Hora: 10:00 am (hora de California) Duracion: 1 hora Idioma: Español Gratuito ¡Regístrese Ahora!
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2018 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Available for Download!

Thu, 2017-11-16 13:52

The National Library of Medicine is currently conducting its annual maintenance process known as Year-End Processing (YEP) for 2018. The MeSH Browser currently points to the 2018 MeSH vocabulary with a link to the 2017 MeSH vocabulary. The Browser contains MeSH heading records that may include Scope Notes, Annotations, Entry Terms, History Notes, Allowable Qualifiers (Subheadings), Previous Indexing, and other information. It also includes Subheading records and Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs) for substances and diseases that are not MeSH headings. You can download 2018 MeSH from links on the MeSH homepage. The PubMed MeSH database and translation tables will be updated to reflect 2018 MeSH by the end of November when YEP activities are complete and the newly maintained MEDLINE data are available in PubMed.

This year 113 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology. During YEP, NLM updates MeSH headings on MEDLINE citations. 471 new MeSH Headings, plus three new Publication Types, were added to MeSH in 2018. A complete list of the new 2018 MeSH headings is available in PDF format, see New Headings with Scope Notes, Annotations and Tree Locations. Three new Publication Types are available for 2018. Two of the new Publications Types are types of clinical trials. In order to improve indexing consistency and efficiency and to make MEDLINE searching easier and more straightforward, the subheading /contraindications was deleted, and three new MeSH headings were created to replace it.

For details on these and many other updates, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Resources for American Diabetes Month

Wed, 2017-11-15 16:19

November is American Diabetes Month, to raise awareness about a condition that impacts one in 10 Americans. MedlinePlus describes some of the serious health problems caused by diabetes, such as damage to your eyeskidneys, and nervesheart disease, stroke, and even the need to remove a limb. The National Library of Medicine offers a number of web resources to provide tailored health information about diabetes for special populations, such as parents, Native Americans, and individuals who speak languages other than English:

  • Parents: If a child has been diagnosed with diabetes, parents can check the MedlinePlus page Diabetes in Children and Teens for links to information on diagnosis, treatment, living with diabetes, related issues, statistics, clinical trials, how to find an expert, and more.
  • Native Americans and Alaska Natives: The Diabetes page on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal offers resources for treatment and prevention of diabetes in Native American communities and personal stories of Native Americans living with diabetes.
  • Information in Multiple Languages: Search HealthReach for patient resources in multiple languages and formats (document, audio, or video) related to diabetes, such as the three-page handout “Diabetes” in 13 languages or the brochure “Diabetes and Your Feet” in 4 languages. Also check the Spanish-language version of MedlinePlus for information and resources about diabetes.
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Updates for NLM’s Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information Page!

Wed, 2017-11-08 13:53

The National Library of Medicine’s Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information page offers reliable links to help health professionals learn how to serve culturally diverse populations. In addition to topics such as cultural competency, health literacy, limited English proficiency, data related to minority health and health disparities, and health resources in multiple languages, new sections and resources were recently added to the page, including:

  • Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Multilingual consumer health information related to addiction and substance use disorders.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Resources (under Health Resources in Multiple Languages) – Find videos in American Sign Language (ASL) providing reliable health information.
  • Searches in OMHRC Catalog and PubMed – Find search results on topics like health literacy and cultural competency from HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Catalog (a database of publications related to minority health) and PubMed.
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NLM Issues Updated Guidance on Data Deposit and Linking in PMC

Tue, 2017-11-07 14:01

In response to the growing interest in the availability of data associated with articles, PubMed Central (PMC) is reviewing current practices around data and seeking feedback on how to best serve the data needs of the research community. As part of these efforts, the PMC policy statement on supplementary data was recently updated to more clearly articulate the requirement that any supplementary data (images, tables, video, or other documents / files) that are associated with an article must be deposited in PMC with an article. The search filter “has suppdata[filter]” can be used in PMC to discover records with associated supplementary data files.

In addition to providing supplementary data with an article, NLM is also encouraging journals and authors to make research data available in a public repository and to include the relevant data citation(s) in the paper. Guidance for PMC data providers on tagging data citations is available in the Tagging Guidelines. This guidance is based on the JATS4R recommendations on data citations.

Starting October 2017, the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system will also accept deposits of small datasets accompanying deposits of funded author manuscripts for inclusion of PMC. Guidance for authors is available in the NIHMS FAQ. To submit suggestions on future directions in data for PMC to consider, please visit

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October 2017 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

Mon, 2017-11-06 16:29

On October 18, NNLM PSR presented How Librarians and Information Professionals can make a difference in combating Predatory Publishers for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. In the webinar, the speakers, Dr. Mark Langdorf, Editor-In-Chief, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health and Linda Murphy, Health Science Librarian, discussed the growing concerns of open access publishing and what actions librarians and information professionals can take in combating predatory publishers. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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New Beta Version Available for Public Testing!

Fri, 2017-11-03 18:41

A new beta version of is now available for public testing. Key features of this beta version include:

  • updated search for the “Recruiting and not yet recruiting” studies feature on the homepage
  • new location search option enables you to limit your search based on the distance (number of miles radius) from a specified location
  • updated “Search Results” page design that brings the list of studies found closer to the top of page
  • updated “Glossary” design provides term definitions while continuing to view the page containing the terms

screenshot of the new beta version of

This beta version of is the latest component in a series of changes that started earlier this year to enhance users’ ability to search, display, and review information about clinical research studies (see First in a Series of Changes to Improve Usability for Stakeholders). Another set of updates was released in September.

The National of Library of Medicine welcomes comments, questions, and suggestions on this new beta version of There are two methods to provide feedback:

  • Respond to the online survey by clicking on the “Give us feedback” link at the top of the beta site.
  • Click on “Customer Support” in the footer of both the Web site and the beta version of the Web site to link to the NLM Customer Support page. Then click on Contact NLM at the top of the NLM Customer Support page.
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November 2017 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Fri, 2017-11-03 12:55
Illustration of a smiling heart

Check out the November 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: Out of Breath? Get Tested for COPD
    Many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) don’t realize they have it. COPD is a serious lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. Shortness of breath, a constant cough, and wheezing can all be symptoms.

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 Interlibrary Loan Service: Two Changes Effective January 1, 2018

Fri, 2017-11-03 12:37

In addition to using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE system, libraries can soon send interlibrary loan (ILL) requests to NLM via Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), saving libraries already using OCLC time and effort by integrating these requests into their existing workflows. The change gives libraries wanting to borrow materials from NLM three possible avenues for placing requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. DOCLINE, which has served medical libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1985, efficiently routed more than one million ILL requests in Fiscal Year 2017. As a national library, NLM will continue to serve as a library of last resort for ILL, meaning that libraries should first try to fill requests from local or regional libraries before submitting them to NLM.

In addition, NLM will raise the fee for filling an interlibrary loan request from $9.00 to $12.00. The long overdue price increase will help keep the NLM 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.

Source: NLM Technical Bulletin, 2017 Nov-Dec; (419):e2

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Lab Test Information Available in MedlinePlus!

Thu, 2017-11-02 17:51

MedlinePlus now has lab test information in English and Spanish. From “Albumin Blood Test” to “Yeast Infection Test,” MedlinePlus currently has 50 lab tests listed, with 75 more coming in the next year. Visitors can learn about their laboratory tests, including what the lab test is used for, why their doctor ordered it, how the test will feel, and what the results may mean. Lab test information articles were added in response to a need for Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) mappings in MedlinePlus Connect.

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New NLM Resources for the Opioid Crisis

Thu, 2017-11-02 16:01

Opiates are chemicals that come from the poppy flower. A synthetic form, opioids, are used in medications. On October 26, 2017, Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric D. Hargan declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis. A public health emergency declaration lasts for 90 days and can be extended. Yesterday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released a report that includes 56 recommendations for action. Following is a list of resources that provide authoritative information on the opioid crisis:

National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources:

Libraries and the opioid crisis:

Related event:

  • December 6 and 7, 2017, the HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will host an Opioid Symposium and Code-a-Thon to promote and employ innovative ways to leverage technology and data to address the nationwide opioid epidemic.
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Public Library Association Announces Partnership with NNLM for “Promoting Healthy Communities” Training Initiative

Wed, 2017-11-01 16:14

Responding to the sizable proportion of Americans who visit libraries to check out health guidance, the Public Library Association (PLA) has announced a partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to train public librarians to better provide consumer health information. Research suggests that those librarians have an important role to play. According to a 2010 study, 37% of library users, including 57% of seniors living in poverty, used public library computers to seek health information. But a 2013 survey of public librarians showed that a third of respondents were unfamiliar with resources that could help patrons with health-related queries. PLA Deputy Director Scott G. Allen said the new initiative, called Promoting Healthy Communities, is designed to tailor medical information for librarians serving a general audience.

The new PLA-NNLM partnership intends to address the knowledge gap in a variety of ways, including podcasts, webinars, conference sessions, and a dedicated website set to launch later this year. That site will provide information for librarians on what NNLM information is accessible, streamlined versions of that information for a consumer health audience, and recommendations for how libraries can promote their role as a health information desk. Throughout the nine-month initiative, PLA and NNLM will assess health information needs among public librarians and share free resources and professional development opportunities that will help public library staff better serve their patrons’ consumer health needs. The initiative will increase the capacity of public libraries to provide quality health reference services by holding training programs and webinars, publishing articles and podcasts about successful library programs, and helping dozens of library staff gain the Consumer Health Information Specialization credential from MLA.

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NNLM Sponsors PLA Preconference Session for Public Librarians on March 20!

Thu, 2017-10-26 16:28

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is partnering with the Public Library Association (PLA) to present a full-day preconference at the 2018 PLA meeting on Tuesday, March 20, Stand Up for Health: Health & Wellness for Your Community. PLA is offering a limited number of stipends to support travel to the meeting for public librarians interested in attending the preconference. In addition, public librarians completing the class will receive certification for Level One of the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization program, at no cost to the individual! Register by February 23 to take advantage of Advanced registration discounts.

The preconference content will include a review of core competencies of providing health and wellness services, methods for understanding a community’s needs, and creating fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put this new expertise to work. This preconference is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and NNLM designed to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services

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Five NNLM Online Classes and Webinars in November 2017

Wed, 2017-10-25 15:23

Each month, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine provides free professional development opportunities for public health professionals and librarians. In November 2017, NNLM course offerings include evaluation of health information in the news, exploration of nutrition information resources, partnerships with community health workers, and more. Check out the following five classes and webinars designed to meet your training needs:

  • Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines (November 1-November 30, 2017) – Often the first place library patrons will hear about health issues is in the media. This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories.
  • Discovering TOXNET (November 6-December 18, 2017) – Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided hands-on tutorials, and discovery exercises. TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.
  • Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources (November 6-December 1, 2017) – Join this self-paced course on nutrition information resources available through government resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
  • Partnering with Community Health Workers (Nov 8, 2017, 8:00-9:00AM PT) – Community Health Workers (CHWs) play a crucial role in improving the health literacy of their communities. They have a unique understanding of those they serve and can facilitate communication and trust. By partnering with CHWs, libraries can improve the effectiveness of their community health outreach initiatives. Learn more about the role that CHWs play in their communities and how to develop fruitful partnerships.
  • HRSA’s Resources and Initiatives for Native American Communities (November 15, 2017, 1:00-2:00PM PT) – The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of Regional Operations for Region 10 will share some of its initiatives and activities within the Native American community as it pertains to behavioral health, chronic disease, education, human trafficking and substance abuse.
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Submit Your Feedback for NNLM Data Science and Data Management Training Needs Assessment!

Tue, 2017-10-24 19:43

Are you interested in learning about biomedical and health research data management? Would you like more information on a specific area of data science/data management?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Data Management Working Group is interested in feedback on NNLM members’ training needs on data science and data management. This field is broad in scope; encompassing a wide variety of areas including the generation, characterization, management, storage, analysis, visualization, integration, and use of data relevant to biomedical and health research. Participation in this training needs assessment will provide direction for future NNLM educational opportunities. Please respond by November 30, 2017!

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NLM Resources on Asthma in Multiple Languages for Respiratory Care Week 2017

Mon, 2017-10-23 14:40

October 22-28 is Respiratory Care Week 2017, and the National Library of Medicine offers patient handouts in multiple languages on prevention and care for asthma and other lung diseases through HealthReach. Multilingual resources related to asthma include handouts on asthma triggers, nebulizer treatments, peak flow meter, and more:

  • Asthma (12 languages) – This six-page handout educates people about asthma, a chronic disease that affects your airways, making it hard to breathe. It describes signs of asthma and lists things that can trigger an attack. It discusses things you can do to take care of yourself if you have asthma and recommends ways to prevent asthma attacks.
  • Asthma Triggers (English and Spanish) – This one-page poster educates people about asthma triggers. The document identifies ten major asthma trigger, including cigarette smoke, pollen, animals, and indoor mold, and offers advice to reduce exposure to them.
  • Peak Flow Meter (7 languages) – This four-page illustrated handout educates people about how to use a peak flow meter, which is a device that measures air flow out of the lungs to show how well a person’s asthma is under control. It provides step by step instructions for using a peak flow meter.
  • Nebulizer Treatments (6 languages) – This eight-page illustrated handout educates people about nebulizer treatments, which are also called breathing treatments, aerosol treatments, or med nebs. It provides step by step instructions for how to take a nebulizer treatment with a mask or mouthpiece, and identifies those symptoms for which treatment should be stopped. The document contains instructions for preparing medicine, as well as for cleaning the nebulizer equipment to prevent infections.
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