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NLM Technical Bulletin Discontinues “Print This Issue” Feature

Wed, 2018-04-25 17:30

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.

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NCBI Webinar on May 2: Using NCBI’s MedGen in Clinical Practice

Wed, 2018-04-25 17:19

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

Register here

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.

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Data Filters in PMC and PubMed

Tue, 2018-04-24 18:11

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.

PubMed Central
Users can now search on or append searches with filters to discover articles with specific types of associated data.

  1. Use has suppdata[filter] to find articles with associated supplementary material.
  2. Use has data avail[filter] to find articles that include a data availability or data accessibility statement.
  3. 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.

PubMed
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).

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NNLM Course Offering Begins April 30: Planning Outcomes-Based Programs

Fri, 2018-04-20 15:50

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.

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April 2018 Citizen Science in Libraries Webinar Recording Now Available!

Thu, 2018-04-12 17:02

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.

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NLM’s Community Health Maps Resource Supports Citizen Scientists and Communities

Wed, 2018-04-11 16:21

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:

To learn more, visit this blog post from NLM in Focus.

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Upcoming Format Change for MeSH-MARC and NLM Bibliographic Record Distribution

Wed, 2018-04-11 16:04

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.

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NNLM Historical Overview for 1985-2015 Published!

Mon, 2018-04-09 19:58

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!

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PMC Implements Updates to Article Displays

Fri, 2018-04-06 19:50

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.

For further details and graphics, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. Send any feedback about these changes to the PMC Help Desk.

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National Public Health Week: Focus on Injury and Violence Prevention

Thu, 2018-04-05 14:16

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

Coping with Violence Resources

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NLM @ MLA – 2018

Wed, 2018-04-04 17:46

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.

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Webinar: “Citizen Science in Libraries” on Wednesday, April 4

Mon, 2018-04-02 19:26

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.

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NLM History of Medicine Lecture on April 5

Mon, 2018-04-02 18:59

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.

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Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on HealthReach Now Available!

Mon, 2018-04-02 16:06

The archived recording of the March 28 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages, presented by Laura Bartletta and Michael Honch from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch at the National Library of Medicine. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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April 2018 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2018-04-02 15:57
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Check out the April 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: Learn About Obesity and Cancer Risk
    Doctors can’t always explain why one person gets cancer and another doesn’t. But research has shown that certain risk factors may increase a person’s chance of getting cancer. One risk factor is obesity, or having too much body fat.

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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March 2018 Midday at the Oasis Webinar Recording Now Available!

Wed, 2018-03-28 16:06

On March 27, NNLM PSR presented Perspectives in Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was the featured presenter. The session introduced health sciences librarians to the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility. It focused on the roles of the librarian as colleague and instructor. Necessarily this webinar linked the concepts of cultural competence and cultural humility to healthcare, which is the stakeholder community that health sciences librarians support. The webinar also explored personal identities and cultures and how these particular elements translate to a deliberate practice of cultural competence and cultural humility in the workplace. 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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NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data—EDirect Office Hours on April 25

Tue, 2018-03-27 16:55

On Wednesday, April 25, 11:30am-12:30pm PDT, join National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff for EDirect Office Hours. Aimed at intermediate and advanced EDirect users, this one-hour session serves as a forum where participants can get answers to EDirect questions, meet other members of the EDirect user community, and learn something new about EDirect. If you have a particular problem you’re trying to solve with EDirect but don’t know where to start, or need expert advice on the best way to extract specific information from NLM databases, then join EDirect Office Hours, an occasional series of interactive webinars, starting April 2018. Each session begins with a brief presentation on an EDirect feature or topic not covered in a previous class. The rest of the session is devoted to answering audience questions, examining EDirect use cases, and building workable solutions to problems. If you have a particular problem or question you want addressed, submit it when you register or ask during class.

This program is designed for intermediate and advanced EDirect users, including those who have completed the EDirect for PubMed course. If you are new to E-utilities and EDirect, you are encouraged to start with Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed or EDirect for PubMed. Recordings of these classes are currently available.

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NLM Joins National Capital Area Institutions to Host “Flu! The 1918 Spanish Influenza in American and World History,” a Summer Seminar for K-12 Teachers

Tue, 2018-03-27 14:38

During the week of July 16, NLM will join the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and The Catholic University of America, to host Flu! The 1918 Spanish Influenza in American and World History, a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for K-12 Teachers, organized by Virginia Tech through an NEH grant to that institution. Flu! will provide selected K-12 teachers from around the country with an opportunity to read and discuss the most recent scholarship on the 1918 Spanish Flu written by American and world historians as well as interdisciplinary studies by epidemiologists, demographers, and public health scholars. In addition, participants will have opportunities to pursue their own research topics using the diverse collections and resources of the host institutions. Seminar participants will acquire a broader understanding of the role of disease and health in American and world history, an awareness of how historical precedents inform current plans for dealing with global pandemics, and an appreciation of a complicated topic that engages scholarly as well as broad general interest.

Participants in the workshop are selected through a nationally competitive process, administered by the NEH, which closed on March 1, 2018. The selected teachers are offered a stipend for their participation through the NEH-awarded grant, intended to cover travel, lodging and other costs. The final roster of participating teachers will be posted on the seminar website in late spring. At NLM, teachers will study unique and rare print materials, including pamphlets, journals, and public health reports, to advance their research projects on the history of the 1918 Spanish Flu. The visit will provide them with a unique opportunity to examine primary sources in their original print form as well as materials that are not available in any digital collection. Also at NLM, the teachers will learn about historical and current perspectives on the 1918 influenza pandemic from the distinguished epidemiologist Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Dr. David Morens, senior advisor to the director of NIAID. The participation of Drs. Taubenberger and Morens in the seminar continues their longstanding and valued engagement with the NLM, NEH, and Virginia Tech. Previously, during the summer of 2015, they contributed to The Spanish Influenza of 1918, an NEH-funded summer seminar also organized by Virginia Tech.

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Join the NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on April 17!

Wed, 2018-03-21 18:36

Are you interested in improving the consumer health information available on Wikipedia? Do you want to utilize your librarian research skills towards making Wikipedia a better, evidence-based resource? Have you always wanted to participate in an edit-a-thon? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine on April 17th as we add citations to existing Wikipedia articles on rare diseases! We’ll be working on those diseases listed by the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, using trusted National Library of Medicine resources like Genetics Home Reference, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

If you’re new to adding citations, NNLM will be hosting a webinar with Dr. James Heilman, a physician and active WikiProject Medicine editor. Dr. Heilman will give attendees an overview of the importance of Wikipedia, and will demonstrate how to add a citation. NNLM’s webinar with Dr. Heilman is scheduled for 11am-12pm PDT on Thursday, March 29th. Participants are encouraged to register for the training even if they can’t attend, as all registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar. Please note: you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event to be able to participate.

NNLM staff from across the nation will be available Tuesday, April 17th from 9 am ET to 9 pm ET to support you as you add citations. Follow along with the fun on Twitter by checking hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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NNLM Online Course Offering: Community Assessment, March 26 – April 27, 2018

Wed, 2018-03-14 14:39

The NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) is offering a five-week workshop, EvalBasics 1 Community Assessment, running from March 26 through April 27. Community assessment is the essential fact-finding phase of program development. You form a picture of a target community or user group in order to develop beneficial programs and services for it. But community assessment, particularly for outreach programs, can be so much more than an evaluation activity. It provides opportunities to meet leaders who provide entry into the community, initiate relationships with potential collaborators, and express your interest in the lives of the people you want to serve. In this workshop, participants will learn a four-step process for conducting community assessment that includes data collection, interpretation, and use.

This workshop is approved for 8 hours of MLA Continuing Education (and CHIS) credit. It will take place through the Moodle platform, and can be completed at one’s own pace. For questions, contact Karen Vargas, NEO Evaluation Specialist.

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