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NIH MedlinePlus Magazine Fall 2019 Now Available Online!

3 hours 36 min ago

basketball player on a cover of NIH MedlinePlus magazine

The Fall 2019 issue of NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is now available! Featured in the issue is NBA star, Kevin Love, who talks about his experiences with anxiety and the importance of removing stigma surrounding men and mental health. In addition, the issue features articles on stuttering, family medical history, Lewy body dementia and sleep.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. To receive a print version, use the order form to have the magazine delivered to your home or office. It ships four times a year and is free to subscribers.

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NLM Announces First Venues Selected for Exhibitions Connect Initiative!

5 hours 29 min ago

The National Library of Medicine has announced the first fourteen (14) sites selected as part of Exhibitions Connect, an initiative that encourages host venues to engage with and disseminate NLM health information resources to their communities as part of the experience of hosting NLM banner exhibitions.

Over forty libraries responded to the Call for Requests to feature Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America and use their hosting of this exhibition as an occasion to connect patrons and colleagues with NLM health information resources. A panel of NLM staff reviewed the responses and selected fourteen proposals considered exceptional. Congratulations to the three NNLM PSR sites selected: Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, AZ; California State University, Fullerton, Pollak Library; and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson!

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Mon, 2019-11-18 14:52

As noted previously in the NLM Technical Bulletin, TOXNET will be retired on December 16. Most content will remain available through other NLM databases, as well as from external websites. Currently available information about where to find that content appears in the Technical Bulletin.

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MedlinePlus News

Fri, 2019-11-15 14:48

MedlinePlus has retired the How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials page in English and Spanish. Guides for creating health materials for a general audience are available from the National Institutes of Health, the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and others. You can also explore the resources in the updated MedlinePlus topic on Health Literacy.

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American Indian/Alaska Native Health and Arctic Health Portals Will Retire on December 16!

Fri, 2019-11-15 13:55

The American Indian and Alaska Native Health portal will be retired on December 16, 2019. Visit the MedlinePlus American Indian and Alaska Native Health page for information about this topic. The Arctic Health portal moved to a new home on September 28, 2018, with the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Content from NLM-hosted Arctic Health has been moved to the new site and the search engine has been enhanced. The current NLM Arctic Health site will no longer be available after December 16.

If you have any questions, contact the NLM Support Center.

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Next NNLM RDM Webinar on December 6: Data Visualization

Thu, 2019-11-14 18:15

Register for the next session of the NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) Webinar Series on December 6, 10:00-11:00 AM PST, Data Visualization: Theory to Practice. The NNLM 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. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding a library’s role in RDM, getting started, data management planning, and different RDM tools.

Description: This presentation will take data visualization instruction to the next level for you to start creating your own visualizations. This webinar will consist of an overview of data visualization, a discussion of ethical considerations to take when creating visualizations, and a demonstration of a free, in-browser data visualization tool that you can start using immediately.

Presenter: Negeen Aghassibake is the Data Visualization Librarian at the University of Washington Libraries under the Assessment and Planning department.

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NIH Issues Request for Public Comment on Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

Wed, 2019-11-13 16:11

The NIH has released a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing and supplemental draft guidance for public comment. The purpose of this draft policy and supplemental draft guidance is to promote effective and efficient data management and sharing that furthers NIH’s commitment to making the results and accomplishments of the research it funds and conducts available to the public. Complete information about the draft Policy and draft supplemental guidance can be found on the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) website. Stakeholder feedback is essential to ensure that any future policy maximizes responsible data sharing, minimizes burden on researchers, and protects the privacy of research participants. Stakeholders are invited to comment on any aspect of the draft policy, the supplemental draft guidance, or any other considerations relevant to NIH’s data management and sharing policy efforts that NIH should consider.

NIH has established a web portal to facilitate commenting. Comments must be received no later than January 10, 2020. For additional details about NIH’s thinking on this issue, visit Dr. Carrie Wolinetz’ latest Under the Poliscope blog post, “NIH’s DRAFT Data Management and Sharing Policy: We Need to Hear From You!” NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the draft policy in the near future. Details will be available soon.

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NLM Releases New “About MedlinePlus” Website Information

Wed, 2019-11-13 15:14

The information about MedlinePlus on the website has been expanded and updated, with the following highlights:

To streamline this area of MedlinePlus, the FAQs, awards and recognition page, milestones page, bibliography, and MedlinePlus tour have been discontinued. When applicable, these links have been redirected to related content on MedlinePlus. As always, feedback is welcome. Use the “Customer Support” button at the top of any page to submit a comment or question.

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New Online Tutorial Available on Health Insurance Enrollment!

Tue, 2019-11-12 19:08

The Public Library Association (PLA) has released a new online tutorial to help consumers sign up for health insurance. The course, Using to Enroll in Health Insurance, covers the basics of securing coverage through, the health insurance exchange website operated by the U.S. federal government. This 18-minute online tutorial explores the processes of determining eligibility, preparing to enroll, creating an account, and finding local help to successfully enroll in an ACA health insurance plan. It was created as part of PLA’s Libraries Connecting You to Coverage initiative, a national partnership to assist uninsured consumers with ACA enrollment made possible by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Community Catalyst. The tutorial is accessed through, PLA’s free online digital literacy training curriculum designed to help people increase their digital skills.

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November 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Fri, 2019-11-01 18:44

Illustration of a person getting an MRICheck 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:

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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New NNLM Center for HIV/AIDS Outreach!

Thu, 2019-10-31 15:10

The new NNLM HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Coordination Center (NACC) has been established at the NNLM New England Region office. Its goal is to enhance communication with current, past, and potential HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project (ACIOP) awardees and Community Based Organizations working on HIV initiatives to improve access to trusted NIH and NLM HIV/AIDS information resources. The web site includes a blog with two initial posts. More are on the way! You can also subscribe for email summaries of the blog posts and/or subscribe to the NACC listserv. The NACC Twitter handle is @NLM_HIV.

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Recording for the Midday at the Oasis Webinar on Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations Now Available!

Thu, 2019-10-31 12:36

On October 16, NNLM PSR hosted Health Information Needs of Immigrant Populations for the Midday at the Oasis webinar series. In this session, Carli Zegers, PhD, APRN-NP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas School of Nursing and Health Studies; Edwin Rodarte, Senior Librarian, Emerging Technologies & Collections, Los Angeles Public Library; and Nora Franco, NNLM PSR Consumer Health Librarian, address the health issues, public health implications, and health literacy needs of immigrant populations. To view the webinar, visit the Midday at the Oasis page or click on the YouTube video player below.

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NLM Board of Regents Approves NLM Collection and Preservation Policy

Wed, 2019-10-16 16:13

On September 11 the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents (BOR) approved the NLM Collection and Preservation Policy. The 2019 policy provides the framework for NLM collection and preservation activities and acknowledges the changing landscape of scholarly communications and growth in electronic publishing. The policy aligns with the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, recognizing the interconnected nature of the biomedical and scientific literature with data and other research objects in a digital landscape. Other considerations include funder policies for public access; the development of several heavily used NLM databases including PubMed; changes in the volume, formats and expectations of research outputs; and the overall increase in data and digital objects. The policy recognizes that the scope of the collection may change over time, and that NLM collecting efforts must be flexible to support a variety of NLM, National Institutes of Health, and other federal policies, initiatives, and programs.

The BOR adopted the Collection Development Policy of the NLM in 1976 and subsequently updated it in 1983 and 1992. The NLM Preservation Policy was adopted in 1986 to fulfill the mandate to maintain and preserve the biomedical literature. The new NLM Collection and Preservation Policy combines these two policies, as both collection and preservation of biomedical materials are integral to NLM’s mission.

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New Self-Paced NLM Course for Disaster Information Specialists!

Tue, 2019-10-08 13:44

The new course In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning defines and describes continuity of operations planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan in case of emergencies. This course also provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan. This self-paced course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, and  provides four MLA continuing education (CE) credits.

This course was developed by Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services / School of Nursing Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia. Dan is the former coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Emergency Preparedness Initiative. To see a complete list of free online courses and learn how to earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist certificate, review the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) Training Course page.

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Recording for the September 2019 NNLM Resource Picks Webinar Is Now Available!

Fri, 2019-10-04 18:53

The September 25 recording of the NNLM Resource Picks webinar, Finding Clinically-Relevant Genetic Information, is now available. Peter Cooper, NCBI staff scientist, provides an introduction to resources for finding clinically-relevant genetic information. The webinar also includes an overview and search demonstrations of three NCBI Clinical databases:

  1. Explain the validity of clinical variation information in the ClinVar database.
  2. Locate information about a genetic condition related to a specific list of symptoms using MedGen.
  3. Locate tests for a clinical feature, gene or disease using the Genetic Testing Registry.

View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below or go to the NNLM Resource Picks YouTube page.

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October 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Fri, 2019-10-04 18:40

Illustration of older adults volunteering to build a houseCheck 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:

  • Eye Safety Tips for Kids
    It’s important for kids to learn how to take care of their eyes and know what to do if they’re injured, so they can act fast and get help.
  • Cancer Information Service
    If you have cancer questions, NIH specialists can help. Get free information on clinical trials, finding treatment, the latest cancer research, and more.

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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DOCLINE 6.2 Now Available!

Tue, 2019-10-01 15:37

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of DOCLINE version 6.2, with multiple-PMID requesting! As of October 1, the “Got PMID? Get Article!” input field, and the Place Request: PMID option in the Borrow menu now support input of multiple PMIDs. With this release, borrowers can retrieve up to five PubMed article citations, select all (or some) citations, add/modify request information (ex. Patron Name, Need by date, routing) as needed, and complete their requests.

The new request “Success!” system message for multiple-PMID requests includes both the PMID and citation of each request, as well as the lender. New information included in the “Success!” display includes: Borrowing Library name (to assist those responsible for multiple libraries), Patron Name (if input by borrower), date/time requests were placed, and submitting user.

DOCLINE 6.2 also adds:

  • Updated Manual request receipts with second Author field (if input by borrower);
  • Updated Journals Search to include user options when “No Journal Found;”
  • Manual request form updated with user help;
  • Borrow button labels updated for clarity;
  • User Account application emails updated;
  • Additional help on “Permission Denied” login error message (for trouble-shooting account issues);
  • Additional search options on Administration Dashboard for customer support; and
  • Updated NLM Customer Support links in website.

Check out the quick tour video for an overview of the feature. A complete list of release changes is available.

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Introducing NNLM Delivery!

Fri, 2019-09-27 13:24

NNLM Delivery is now available! This free document delivery, storage and retrieval service is open to all NNLM Member institutions. It does not replace DOCLINE but can be used to facilitate sending interlibrary loan articles (via a link) if emailing an attachment is not feasible due to file size.

The service was formerly called MARDelivery and was only available in the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR). That service will be discontinued on November 1, 2019. MARDelivery users should begin using NNLM Delivery by October 7 to ensure continuity of access and service.

If you are new to NNLM Delivery, here are steps to get started:

You can also watch the August 28 recording of an information session provided by Michelle Burda and Hannah Sinemus from MAR.

If you have questions about Membership in the Pacific Southwest Region, please feel free to email us.

If you have technical questions or experience any issues in using NNLM Delivery, please contact the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR).

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NLM Classification Updated

Mon, 2019-09-23 15:45

The NLM Classification, is updated two times a year. The 2019 winter version, published January 31, encompassed changes to the NLM Classification resulting from new and changed 2019 Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) terms as well as additional minor updates to the index and schedule. The 2019 summer version, published September 23, encompasses the systematic review of the QW (Microbiology. Immunology) and QX (Parasitology) schedules and other miscellaneous updates.

Additional information about the scope of the 2019 summer edition is available. Contact NLM for further information, questions, or comments.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on Disaster Health Literature Now Available!

Tue, 2019-09-17 15:16

The recording of the NNLM Resource Picks webinar, Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC): Disaster Health Literature, is now available. Recorded on July 31, 2019, the session provides an overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster preparedness, response, and recovery workforce. The webinar is presented by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Content Managing Editor of Disaster Lit: Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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