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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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NNLM Training Class: Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, January 29 – May 18

Fri, 2018-01-12 19:24

Registration is available for the new National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) learning opportunity, Bioinformatics and Biology Essentials for Librarians: Databases, Tools, and Clinical Applications, a 16-week, self-paced course worth 25 hours of continuing education credit from the Medical Library Association. The course will run January 29 – May 18. Registration closes January 24.

An introductory, online bioinformatics course for librarians conducted in the Moodle learning management system, this course is designed for librarians who offer, or intend to offer, bioinformatics services; as well as for librarians who use bioinformatics information on a periodic or irregular basis to serve their patrons. Modules offer in-depth exploration of several NCBI databases, including Gene, Nucleotide, Protein, Structure, ClinVar, MedGen, and Gene Testing Registry, as well as guided instructions on using BLAST to identify genetic sequences. Course content is provided in the form of videos, hands-on exercises, readings, discussion posts, and open book quizzes. The course concludes with synthesis activities built upon actual reference questions received at the NCBI Help Desk, and the creation of a personal bioinformatics action plan.

Subject Matter Experts for this course include Peter Cooper, PhD and Bonnie Maidak, PhD, MLS, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine; and Emir Khatipov, PhD, National Library of Medicine. This course is limited to 25 participants. A 10-seat waitlist is also available. For more information, contact Molly Knapp, Training Development Specialist, NNLM Training Office. Additional details are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Webinar on February 13: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data—Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

Thu, 2018-01-11 15:20

Want to do more with PubMed?
Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?
Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Registration is available for a one-hour introductory webinar on Tuesday, February 13, 10:00-11:00 am PST, designed to teach more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper.

This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, in preparation for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. The class will end with a look at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully provide inspiration to get out and put these lessons to use!

For questions, contact NLM.

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It’s Not Too Late to Participate in National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 2018!

Wed, 2018-01-10 18:50

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® to be held January 22-28, 2018 links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health. Register your educational event or activity and join with hundreds of communities around the country participating in this annual observance.

Do you need event ideas?

Here are a few easy activity ideas to consider:

NIDA offers these and other FREE science based materials. Plan to order your materials by January 15 to receive them in time for NDAFW 2018.

For more information, contact Brian Marquis at NIDA at

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Join NIH Institutes and Centers for #NIHhealthy2018 Events in January!

Wed, 2018-01-10 17:32

Next week’s #NIHhealthy2018 campaign will include the following NIH-wide social media events to help you start the new year off right!

  • A four-hour Twitter town hall on January 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST. The town hall will include a Periscope live video panel at 9:00, and a Q&A with NIH Director Francis Collins at 11:30. Throughout the four hours, NIH Institutes and Centers will be sharing information on managing stress and anxiety (9:00-10:00); healthy eating, exercise, and healthy aging (10:00-11:00); general health and wellness, and disease prevention (11:00-12:00); and kicking unhealthy habits (12:00-1:00). Follow the conversation and ask your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #NIHhealthy2018.
  • A Facebook Live event on January 18 at 10:00. The Facebook Live will cover the same four topics listed above, and will feature experts from NIA, NIMH, NHLBI, and NCI. Tune in at on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST with your questions!
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DOCLINE Quarterly & Yearly Statistical Reports Now Available!

Wed, 2018-01-10 11:51

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for October-December 2017. It’s important to note that request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. The reports include:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-1A)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Summary Statistics Report (Report 5-1B)

NLM has also released the following DOCLINE yearly statistical reports for January-December 2017:

  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Borrower (Report 1-8B)
  • Ranked List of Serial Titles – Lender (Report 1-8D)
  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-1AY)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1BY)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-2AY)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2BY)

DOCLINE statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online User Guide or in the NLM Customer Support Knowledgebase.

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Catalog Display Changes for Journal Titles Not in the NLM Collection

Mon, 2018-01-08 15:33

Beginning in 2018, LocatorPlus and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Catalog displays were modified to better indicate which journals were not selected for the NLM collection. LocatorPlus and the NLM Catalog are public search interfaces to the bibliographic data about the NLM collection. Finding a record for a journal in either resource does not necessarily mean that NLM collects the title. A journal record may be added to the catalog for the following reasons:

  • the journal is selected for the NLM collection;
  • to support the processes of NLM products and services such as PubMed Central (PMC), MEDLINE, GenBank, interlibrary loan, and others.

NLM considers hundreds of journals annually but many are not selected for the collection. These journals may not be selected because they are out of scope, or because they do not demonstrate sound editorial practices, effective peer review or scientific merit. Journal selection is based on the journal guidelines from the NLM Collection Development Manual. The journal record in the catalog indicates the Library’s decision. Not selected journal title records may support:

  • the NIH Public Access Policy and research articles deposited in PMC as a result of NIH funding;
  • DOCLINE libraries in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, which perform interlibrary loan and document delivery services.

In LocatorPlus, a not selected journal can be identified from the following fields in the “Summary View:”

  • Electronic Links: Access not provided by NLM
  • Location: Not at NLM
  • Call Number: Not selected

NLM no longer provides electronic links to journals that are not in the collection. For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

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NLM Announces 2018 History of Medicine Lecture Series

Mon, 2018-01-08 15:17

The National Library of Medicine has announced its History of Medicine Lecture Series for 2018. Complete details are available from the NLM History of Medicine Division. Kicking off the series on Monday, January 29, at 8:00 am PST will be Stevens Institute of Technology’s Theresa MacPhail, PhD, Assistant Professor Science and Technology Studies, who will speak on The Evolution of Viral Networks: H1N1, Ebola, and Zika. Author of The Viral Network: A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic (Cornell University Press, 2014).

The NLM History of Medicine Lecture Series promotes awareness and use of NLM historical collections for research, education, and public service in biomedicine, the social sciences, and the humanities. The series also supports the commitment of the NLM to recognize the diversity of its collections–which span ten centuries, encompass a range of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe–and to appreciate the individuals of various disciplines who value these collections and use them advance their research, teaching, and learning.

All NLM History of Medicine Lectures are free, open to the public, live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived by NIH VideoCasting. Interviews with the speakers in the History of Medicine Lecture Series are published in Circulating Now, the blog of the NLM History of Medicine Division. Explore interviews with past lecturers on the blog and stay informed about the Lecture Series on Twitter at #NLMHistTalk.

Additional events in the 2018 Lecture Series include:

  • March 1: A Conversation about Graphic Medicine, a special program in conjunction with Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well Drawn, a new NLM special display, traveling banner exhibition, and online exhibition launching soon
  • April 5: Trevor Owens, Head of Digital Content Management, Library of Congress, who will speak on Scientists Hard Drives, Databases, and Blogs: Preservation Intent and Source Criticism in the Digital History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • May 24: Heidi Morefield, MSc, 2017 NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine, Doctoral student, Department of the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, who will offer the 2nd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine, on the subject of Transplanting Technology: Dr. Michael DeBakey and Cold War Technology Transfer
  • September 20: David S. Jones, MD, PhD, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University, who will offer the 10th Annual James H. Cassedy Memorial Lecture in the History of Medicine, on the subject of Making the Case for History in Medical Education
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January 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2018-01-08 13:09
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Check out the January 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: Become Your Healthiest Self
    Make better health your resolution all year round. You can learn simple ways to prevent disease and improve your relationships, emotional well-being, physical health, and surroundings.
  • Featured Website: PregSource
    How common is morning sickness? How does pregnancy affect sleep? Does chronic disease or disability change the pregnancy experience? Pregnant women are helping researchers answer questions like these by joining the PregSource research project.

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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NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on January 31 Will Feature Genetics Home Reference!

Thu, 2018-01-04 19:56

Registration is available for the next NNLM Resource Picks webinar on Wednesday, January 31st at 12:00 PM PDT. It will feature National Libary of Medicine’s Stephanie Morrison and will provide an introduction and exploration of Genetics Home Reference. Genetics Home Reference is the NLM website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions.

NNLM Resource Picks is a collaborative, bimonthly, webcast series featuring the NLM resources to increase awareness of these resources as well as encourage their integration by libraries and other organizations to more fully serve their colleagues and communities.  Recordings of past sessions are available on the NNLM Resource Picks page. Past webinars include:


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NLM Resources for Cervical Health Awareness Month

Thu, 2018-01-04 14:21

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The National Library of Medicine resources MedlinePlus and HealthReach provide resources in multiple languages on such topics as cervical cancer screening and HPV, including:

  • It’s a Simple Test – Cervical Cancer Screening (15 languages) – This one-page handout educates women about regular pap tests for cervical cancer screening. It uses a brief conversation between two women to convey basic information about the importance of getting a pap test on a regular basis.
  • Colposcopy (10 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout helps women prepare for a colposcopy, which is a test done to check the vagina and cervix for abnormal cells.
  • Female Exam and Pap Smear (11 languages) – This six-page illustrated handout educates women about the female exam and pap smear, which are regular health exams and tests they should have. It discusses the female pelvic exam to check for diseases of the vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries, the breast exam, and the pap smear, which checks for cancer of the cervix.
  • Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) — HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know (23 languages) – This two-page Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) educates people about the vaccination for the human papillomavirus (HPV). It explains that HPV types are associated with many cancers, including cervical cancer in females, as well as genital warts in both females and males, and that HPV infection usually comes from sexual contact.
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NNLM Moodle Class, “Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles” February 5 – March 30

Wed, 2018-01-03 18:02

The National Network of Librarians of Medicine (NNLM) invites participation in the eight-week Moodle course, Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles, designed to help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. In addition to the Moodle platform, the course will include optional WebEx discussions. Course running dates are February 5 – March 30, 2018. Class size is limited to 60 students. This is a Medical Library Association approved course that will earn students 9 contact hours.

Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the March 7, 2016 NNLM Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum, top selections from the NNLM MCR Data Curation/Management Journal Club and NNLM PSR Data Curation/Management Journal Club’s articles, NINR’s Nursing Research Boot Camp, recommended readings from previous cohorts, and Big Data University’s Big Data Fundamentals online course.

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NLM Resources for Meeting Health Goals in 2018!

Wed, 2018-01-03 17:32

National Library of Medicine online resources provide tools to improve your safety, fitness, and diet in the new year! Following are a few examples of how NLM can help you meet your health goals for 2018:

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Delay for NLM Resource Sharing Availability via OCLC

Fri, 2017-12-22 16:31

The new National Library of Medicine (NLM) interlibrary loan (ILL) resource sharing program through the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has been delayed until after January 1, 2018. For additional information, visit NLM Interlibrary Loan Service: Two Changes Effective January 1, 2018.

Notice will be provided when a new 2018 implementation date is determined and when resource sharing through OCLC is available. Until then, DOCLINE and the NLM ILL Web Portal remain as options for borrowing from NLM.

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