The National Library of Medicine has decided to discontinue PubMed Health effective October 31, 2018, as the majority of information it provides is available in more heavily used NLM resources, such as PubMed, Bookshelf, and MedlinePlus. By focusing attention on these highly used platforms, NLM will be able to better serve users and meet the needs for access to quality health and medical information.
PubMed Health was introduced eight years ago as a portal for systematic reviews as well as consumer health information. Systematic reviews have been, and will remain, findable through PubMed, and the full text (when available) will continue to be accessible through Bookshelf. One simple way to limit PubMed search results to systematic reviews is to mark the check box for them in “Customize” under “Article types,” located in the top left corner of the search results page. The decision to discontinue PubMed Health and focus on NLM highly used platforms aligns with the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, which outlines interdependent goals, including Goal 2: to “Reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.”
Within the next year, PubMed will be adding “Systematic Review” as a Publication Type [pt], which will allow users to find systematic reviews by including the phrase in their search query (e.g., breast cancer AND systematic review[pt]). Also within the next year, PubMed will include a default check box for systematic reviews. You can get a sense of how that will look by visiting PubMed Labs, NLM’s Web site for experimenting with potential new features and interfaces for PubMed. Most of the consumer health information in PubMed Health, such as information on diseases, conditions and medications, is available through MedlinePlus. NLM remains fully committed to providing health information for patients and the general public. Key publications in PubMed Health that provide education on understanding and interpreting research, such as Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics and Testing Treatments: Better Research Through Better Healthcare, will continue to be available on the Bookshelf.
Two National Library of Medicine websites have been honored with 2018 Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts (AIVA), an assembly of professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. In the award category for government websites, the website for the National Library of Medicine exhibition Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! earned an award of excellence, and the website for the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine earned an award of distinction. Link Studio, an interactive design and medical illustration company, designed both websites in collaboration with National Library of Medicine staff.
The Exhibition Program of the National Library of Medicine creates lively and informative exhibitions and educational resources that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the collections of the National Library of Medicine. This most recent exhibition, Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!, explores the emerging genre of medical literature that combines personal narratives and the comic medium. The special display on which the website is based, can be seen in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division reading room through January 3, 2019. The traveling adaptation of Graphic Medicine can be seen in libraries across the country. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to health and disease. The website provides information about and access to the Library’s historical collections which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe.
Registration for the first session of the NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series is now available. Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding will be offered on Thursday, June 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT. The instructor will be Margaret Henderson, Health Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University Library.
Summary: There is more to RDM services than the technical skills necessary for data management. Soft skills and non-technical skills are very important when setting up RDM services, and continue to be important to the sustainability of services. Reference skills, relationship building, negotiation, listening, facilitating access to de-centralized resources, policy knowledge and assessment, are all important to the success of a service. Margaret Henderson will discuss these skills and show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.
For additional information or questions, contact Tony Nguyen.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) have announced the opening of applications for the 2018-2019 Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is June 15, 2018. Visit the informational brochure for full program details, listings of past years’ cohorts, and application instructions.
The purpose of the Leadership Fellows Program is to prepare emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They are paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors, NLM and AAHSL, will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is designed for librarians with prior management experience. In most cases, a minimum of five years is the baseline for candidates to be given consideration. Applicants should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, regardless of the type of library background or current setting.
Both fellows and mentors have reported how valuable the program has been to them for their own personal growth as a leader and for shaping their career as an academic health sciences library director. The program has also had a high success rate with 53% of fellows being hired as academic health sciences library directors or interim directors, and many others being promoted to positions with higher administrative responsibilities.
Information for potential mentors is also available in the application brochure. Letters/emails of interest in becoming a mentor should be sent electronically to Pat Thibodeau by June 15, 2018.
On April 18, the National Library of Medicine released a new design and improved functionality for the Learning Resources Database. This database makes it easy to find educational resources for NLM products and services by allowing users to search multiple areas of the library through one search interface. This site focuses on recorded tutorials, videos, and Websites. Information about upcoming live classes and Webinars is now linked in the navigation bar.
The new design is meant to improve user experience and is based on user feedback. The backend database and search functions have also been rewritten, which should result in greater stability. An Application Programming Interface (API) is also available to auto-populate NLM learning resources on your own Web site. Documentation on how to use the API is available through the Help menu. Sample code and examples of pages currently utilizing the API are available under the Help’s API for Developers section.
Call for Applications Issued for the 2019 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine
In cooperation with the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, the NLM is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2019 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, which supports research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine including but not limited to NLM’s collection of Michael E. DeBakey papers, which encompass the diverse areas in which DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy, and includes material from the early 1900s to 2009. Overall, the NLM collections span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation.
Fellowships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to individual applicants, not to institutions, to help offset the costs associated with visiting and using the NLM collections, but may not be used for institutional costs or overhead (e.g. clerical costs, supplies, or other attendant project expenses). Applications are welcome from anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. To submit an application, visit the online application portal, which is maintained by FAES in cooperation with the NLM. Details about the application process and required documents are available from the Fellowship website mentioned above. To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to FAES, via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 28, 2018. NLM will announce awards by the end of the calendar year.
The Genetics Home Reference website was first launched on April 25, 2003, at NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications. The creation of Genetics Home Reference coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome. Genetics Home Reference was designed to provide a bridge between the public’s interest in human genetics and the rich technical data that has emerged from the Human Genome Project and subsequent genomic research. The site began with 19 health condition summaries and 16 gene summaries. Fifteen years later, it offers summaries of more than 1,200 genetic conditions, 1,450 genes, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA. The information is written by NLM staff and reviewed by experts in the field.
In 2016, the website was redesigned with a more modern look and feel, better navigation, and more educational images. Usability was also improved for mobile and tablet users. Genetics Home Reference continues to be an important and useful source of health information, with an average of 1.8 million users and 3.5 million page views per month. New information and updates are added regularly. Recent and upcoming content includes:
- New pages on a variety of health conditions, particularly common, complex diseases with a genetic component (such as diabetes, mental illnesses, and hair loss)
- Q&As about the genetics of normal traits, such as longevity and athletic ability
- User-friendly explanations of complex genetics concepts, including secondary findings in genetic testing and genome editing (CRISPR)
- A guide to navigating direct-to-consumer genetic testing (such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com)
- Images of individuals with specific genetic diseases, through a partnership with the Genetic Alliance
Effective with the March – April 2018 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin, the “Print this issue” feature will be removed from the issue cover homepage. NLM will continue to produce the HTML version of the NLM Technical Bulletin but will no longer produce a PDF file of each closed issue. PDF files for May 1969 through January-February 2018 will still be available on the Previous Issues page.
On Wednesday, May 2, join National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff for a Webinar on MedGen, the NCBI portal to clinical genetics. It will cover how to find information in MedGen on genetic phenotypes, clinical features of disorders, and more. You will also learn how to retrieve actionable information such as practice guidelines for a condition, get a list of available genetic tests in GTR (Genetic Test Registry), and easily access resources such as GeneReviews, OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man), ClinicalTrials.gov, the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, and MedlinePlus.
Date and time: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9:00—9:30 AM PDT
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the Webinar. After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future Webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.
Are you looking for journal articles with associated data sets? New search filters in PubMed Central (PMC) and PubMed aim to increase the discoverability of articles and citations with associated data information.
Users can now search on or append searches with filters to discover articles with specific types of associated data.
- Use has suppdata[filter] to find articles with associated supplementary material.
- Use has data avail[filter] to find articles that include a data availability or data accessibility statement.
- Use has data citations[filter] to find articles that include data citation(s).
Alternatively, use has associated data[filter] to find all articles with any type of data section described above.
Users can search on or append searches with data[filter] to find citations with related data links in either the Secondary Source ID field or the LinkOut – Other Literature Resources field (both located below the abstract). These data links may be to records in other NLM databases (e.g., GenBank) or external data repositories (e.g., figshare, Dryad).
The NNLM Evaluation Office is offering a 5-week workshop on outcomes-based program planning, running from April 30 – June 4. In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” Participants will learn how to identify desired outcomes, create an outcomes-based project plan using logic models, and then write objectives and evaluation plans based on those logic models. It provides an ideal framework for developing funding proposals, sets the stage for setting up a quality control system to make sure your project stays on track, and provides a structure for final reports.
This workshop is approved for 8 hours of MLA Continuing Education credit. It will take place through the Moodle platform. It is a 5-module workshop occurring over five weeks. While it can be completed at one’s own pace, there is a lot of interaction so participants are encouraged to complete it one week at a time. For questions, contact Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, NNLM Evaluation Office.
On April 10, NNLM PSR presented Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond. The featured presenters were Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice at Arizona State University and the founder of SciStarter, a citizen science database and platform, and Dan Stanton, Associate Librarian in the Engagement and Learning Services Department of the Arizona State University Library. The session introduced health sciences librarians to the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility. This webinar provides a general overview of citizen science, highlight recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcase free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14, 2018. To view the webinar and presentation slides, visit the Citizen Science in Libraries page or click on the YouTube video player below.
Note: To switch to full screen, click on the full screen icon in the bottom corner of the video player. To exit the full screen, press Esc on your keyboard or click on the Full screen icon again. If you have problems viewing full screen videos, make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Adobe Flash Player.
Community-based organizations, environmental health groups, public health agencies, and emergency management departments are in a better position to serve their populations when they are able to collect and maintain their own data, rather than relying solely on national or state agencies, or on majority-institution partners to provide data to them. The National Library of Medicine’s Community Health Maps (CHM) offers information and guidance regarding low and no cost resources to help students, teachers, community members, and researchers. It is a mixture of mapping apps/software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have successfully implemented a mapping workflow as part of their work. Examples of maps created using the CHM workflow include:
- Noise pollution and health
- Food and water access differences across an East Coast island
- Curb Ramp Accessibility around an assisted living facility
- Locations of migrant camps and urgent care facilities in Charleston, SC
- Water depth, salinity, E. Coli and coliform bacteria in yards, streets, and parks associated with Miami King Tides
To learn more, visit this blog post from NLM in Focus.
Beginning June 1, 2018, the National Library of Medicine plans to start distributing MeSH-MARC files in UTF-8 rather than MARC-8 format. NLM bibliographic records will also be distributed in UTF-8 later this year. Any institution that will experience issues with these plans should contact NLM Customer Support by April 30, 2018.
Test your historical knowledge of NNLM by answering the following questions:
- What year saw the adoption of the official name, National Network of Libraries of Medicine?
- Which five-year NNLM contract period included the establishment of three new NNLM Centers?
- Which five-year NNLM contract period received extra funds to support consumer health projects?
- In what year did NLM and NNLM expand professional outreach efforts to include the public health workforce?
- Which five-year NNLM contract period incorporated Internet connectivity work into its goals?
- Which five-year NNLM contract period added a new emphasis on emergency preparedness to its mission?
Feeling stumped? Then check out the newly published article by Susan Speaker, An historical overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 1985–2015, in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association!
In collaboration with Europe PubMed Central, PMC has implemented several updates to the article display in order to enhance the transparency and readability of the content. Navigating from the PMC record to the PubMed record has been made easier by the addition of hyperlinked PubMed IDs (PMIDs) in the upper right-hand corner of article records. Clicking the PMID link will take you to the corresponding citation record in PubMed. The PMC Disclaimer link has also been moved out of the Copyright and License information section for easier discovery and access. This page describes what content is included in PMC as well as other important NCBI and NLM disclaimer information.
Additionally, two changes have been implemented to improve the functionality of author names. Users now can click on an author name to view the author’s affiliation(s). Users also have the option of running a quick author name search in PMC by clicking the linked author name in “Find articles by [author name].” And finally, figures and tables have been moved from thumbnail displays to inline with the article display to make them easier to view. Users still can click on the figure/table title or “Open in separate window” (as available) link for a closer look.
Today’s theme for National Public Health Week focuses on Injury and Violence Protection. Check out these National Library of Medicine resources to prepare for and respond to incidents of gender-based violence during and after disasters:
The NLM Public Health Resources Tutorial is a portal to explore five topic areas: Consumer Health, Disasters and Public Health Emergencies, Environmental Health and Toxicology, Health Services Research, and HIV/AIDS. The Disasters & Public Health Emergencies section links to two modules; Disaster Health Literature and Introduction to CBRNE Incidents. The tutorial and other training for disaster health information is available from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).
Gender-Based Violence and Disaster Literature Resources
- Disaster Lit®: Gender Based Violence search
- Health Resources on Pregnant Women in Disasters and Emergencies
Coping with Violence Resources
The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 19-23, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Attendees are invited to visit the National Library of Medicine exhibit booth 145 (May 19-21) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are recorded and made available on the NLM Web site shortly after the meeting.
The NLM Update will be held Tuesday, May 22, 11:00 – 11:55 am, in the Centennial Ballroom (Atrium Tower, Ballroom Level). Speakers will include Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine, Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, and Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office.
Are you interested in citizen science? Are you looking for new ways to engage with your community members, and would you like to encourage science discovery with more of your users? If you answered yes to any of the above, then don’t miss this exciting webinar hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NNLM PSR), Citizen Science in Libraries: Fostering Community Connections on Citizen Science Day and Beyond, on Wednesday, April 4, at 9:00 AM PDT. The featured presenter will be Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice at Arizona State University and the founder of SciStarter, a citizen science database and platform. She will describe several citizen science projects in public libraries in Arizona that are part of an IMLS grant, and she will share resources and information to spark ideas for your library. You will also learn about funding opportunities that may be available for health-related programs and citizen science projects through your NNLM regional medical library. Registrations are encouraged!
Citizen science enables people from all walks of life to engage in formal and informal research to advance fields spanning astronomy to zoology. This webinar will provide a general overview of citizen science, highlight recent activities to support libraries as community hubs for citizen science, and showcase free resources available to librarians who want to jump in now by promoting citizen science at libraries leading up to, during, and after Citizen Science Day on April 14.
Trevor Owens, PhD, will speak at 11:00 AM PDT on April 5th at the National Library of Medicine on Scientists’ Hard Drives, Databases, and Blogs: Preservation Intent and Source Criticism in the Digital History of Science, Technology and Medicine. He is the Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress and the author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, is in press with Johns Hopkins University Press. The presentation will be livestreamed globally and archived for future viewing. An interview with Dr. Owens about his work was featured in NLM’s Circulating Now blog.