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PubMed Development Update from NLM

Wed, 2019-06-26 19:10

The new PubMed is under active development on the PubMed Labs platform. NLM encourages users to try PubMed Labs for the newest features and improved mobile experience. The appearance and layout will change as features are added, tested, and refined; however, you can get a good idea of how the new PubMed will look and function by trying out PubMed Labs. Feedback is welcome and may be submitted using the feedback button available on each page of PubMed Labs.

NLM anticipates announcing the new PubMed in September 2019 and beginning next year, users will be directed to the new PubMed by default. NLM will continue to run the old system in parallel for a period of time after the new site is launched. If the launch date is extended, NLM will also extend the time that the legacy system is available so that users will have access to both systems for several months.

Watch the NLM Technical Bulletin for future updates and announcements!

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University of Pittsburgh Systematic Review Workshop Retires in July!

Thu, 2019-06-20 14:58

As the saying goes, all good things come to an end! After nearly 10 years, librarians at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) have decided to retire the popular Systematic Review Workshop: the Nuts and Bolts for Librarians. This intensive workshop has been offered three times/year since November 2009, growing out of an internal working group to address the growing number of requests from Pitt faculty for systematic reviews. Since then, the workshop has provided instruction to more than 700 participants from across the country and Canada. The upcoming July 15-17 workshop will be the final session. There are a few remaining slots available for this course.

Instructors who contributed to this course over the years include Charles Wessel, Mary Lou Klem, Melissa Ratajeski, Linda Hartman, Barbara Folb, Rose Turner, Andrea Ketchum, and Ahlam Saleh (now at University of Arizona Health Sciences Library). Their expertise not only guided the development of the library’s systematic review service, producing over 116 publications in peer-reviewed journals co-authored by HSLS librarians, but also contributed to similar success from workshop participants!

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NNLM MidContinental Region Webinar on July 17, Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers

Thu, 2019-06-20 14:48

On July 17, 1:00-2:00 PM PDT, NNLM Midcontinental Region will host a webinar featuring Dr. Judy Pasek, STEM Liaison Librarian with the University of Wyoming Libraries, speaking about research conducted at the Universities of Wyoming and Northern Colorado about the data management needs of graduate students. Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.

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New NLM Tutorial: Drug Terminologies and RxNorm

Thu, 2019-06-20 14:40

The National Library of Medicine has announced the release of a new tutorial on medical terminologies and RxNorm. This training session, of particular interest to health sciences librarians and other health information specialists, provides an overview of basic concepts of medical terminologies (including what they are and why they are important), followed by a deep dive into RxNorm, an NLM-authored medical terminology specializing in drug information. To obtain one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credit for completing the course, register for this on-demand, self-paced class.

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NLM and Medical Heritage Library to Expand Public Access to Collections

Wed, 2019-06-19 19:56

The National Library of Medicine signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) to promote free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine and the human health sciences. Under the agreement, the MHL will include digitized NLM historical materials and associated metadata in its free and open archive of historical resources. Additionally, staff of the organizations will exchange expertise to ensure and share accurate metadata for the materials, data-driven analyses of usage of the materials, as well as transparent and open engagement efforts with researchers who could benefit from knowing about the free availability of the materials.

MHL—a nonprofit organization—is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries promoting free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. Through the partnership with the MHL, the NLM strengthens its connections to U.S. and international peer institutions and their communities, including Harvard University, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Wellcome Library in London and the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de Santé in Paris. NLM holds collections spanning ten centuries of global medical history. “This agreement supports the shared goals of NLM and MHL to open these collections to new audiences and provide access that supports a variety of current and developing research methods,” said Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division.

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NLM Collection Development Manual Moves to New Platform

Tue, 2019-06-18 13:33

The Collection Development Manual of the National Library of Medicine, which establishes boundaries for the Library’s permanent collection and provides a framework for the selection of biomedical materials, is changing its name to Collection Development Guidelines of the National Library of Medicine and moving to NLM’s Bookshelf. The name change reflects emphasis on the integrating nature of the resource, in which updates are continuous and new information is incorporated with existing information. The resource will no longer be issued as discrete editions.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Strategic Plan 2017-2027 provides new opportunities to improve the experience of audiences. As part of this effort, NLM is consolidating resources to fewer common platforms. Therefore, the Guidelines will be hosted on Bookshelf with other NLM documentation and publications. Links to the Manual will be redirected to the new Guidelines through June 30. If your organization has links to the Manual, please update them to the Guidelines.

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New MEDLINE Publisher Portal and Email Address

Tue, 2019-06-18 13:09

The National Library of Medicine has announced the launch of the MEDLINE Publisher Portal, a new platform for submitting and managing MEDLINE applications. The platform allows publishers to submit an application for a journal to be reviewed for MEDLINE and provides a unique link for publishers to track the progress of the review. Many publishers may be familiar with the interface, due to similarities with the PMC Publisher Portal used for PMC applications. With the first application, a publisher or society will be prompted to enter information about the journal and the publishing organization. Users wanting to avoid re-entering publisher information should apply using the Sign In feature, which will create a Publisher Profile and prevent the need to re-enter this information in subsequent applications.

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Screenshot of new MEDLINE Publisher Portal

The former MEDLINE Review Application was decommissioned on June 17. Applications submitted prior to June 17, but not yet reviewed, will be transferred to the new MEDLINE Publisher Portal. Publishers/editors with applications in this state do not need to take further action. NLM also announced that all MEDLINE application communication should now go to

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National Library of Medicine Announces the Release of WISER Version 5.4

Mon, 2019-06-10 13:50

National Library of Medicine WISER 5.4 is now available on all platforms. WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. It provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. Here’s what’s new in this release:

  • News and notifications, much like this one, now provide details about each WISER release.
  • Detailed bibliographies are now available for much of the substance data within WISER.
  • Protective distance mapping now supports the export of KML (Keyhole Markup Language) data on the WISER for Windows and WebWISER platforms.
  • Redesigned the WISER for Windows protective distance mapping capability.
  • Smaller updates and bug fixes.

Coming Soon

  • Sharing and collaboration updates
  • New substances requested by users
  • Additional data improvements.
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NLM Historian Susan Speaker, PhD, Honored for JMLA Article Providing NNLM Historical Overview from 1985-2015

Wed, 2019-06-05 18:47

The professional association Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences (ALHHS) honored NLM historian Susan L. Speaker, PhD, with its 2019 ALHHS best article award. Dr. Speaker received this prestigious honor for “Historical Overview of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 1985-2015,” which was published in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association. The article is publicly available in NLM’s PubMedCentral. Dr. Speaker’s ALHHS award follows on the NLM itself honoring her article in September 2018, when she received the NLM Board of Regents Award for her outstanding scholarship in documenting the history of the NNLM.

In researching and writing the history of the past three decades of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and its Regional Medical Libraries (RML), Dr. Speaker examined a wide range of primary sources, including records of the NNLM/RML located in the NLM archives, library periodical literature, RML directors’ meetings minutes, statements of work for RML contracts, RML annual reports, RML newsletters and blogs, and other associated materials. She also held informal conversations with National Network Coordinating Office staff members. Dr. Speaker’s research resulted in a rich and original history of the evolution of the NNLM during the internet age as it expanded its mission to include providing health information resources to academic researchers and the public. Reflecting historical change and the vision of NLM’s previous leadership, Dr. Speaker’s article is especially timely and valuable following the announcement that the National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) will be renamed the Office of Engagement and Training (OET) and become NLM’s organizational home for outreach.

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June 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

Mon, 2019-06-03 12:04

Illustration of a father talking to his teenage sonCheck out the June 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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2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Solicitation Announced!

Fri, 2019-05-31 19:41

The National Library of Medicine has announced the solicitation of proposals for 2019 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects, from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Awards are offered for up to $50,000. The proposal submission deadline is July 12!

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval; skills development, resource development and dissemination; PrEP navigator resource development and dissemination; and/or equipment acquisition. Emphasis will be placed upon small businesses and the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these projects:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community. This encompasses both individual groups wishing to enhance their own services, as well as several cooperating for the purpose of this project;
  • Public libraries wishing to serve communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve the public health in the area of HIV/AIDS-related services;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services to the affected community; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project. At least one of the organizations managing the project must be a community-based organization, library, or department of public health.

The primary point of contact for the solicitation is Angela Hawn, ORAU Procurement Section Manager.

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New NNLM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Webinar Series Begins June 19!

Wed, 2019-05-29 19:03

With a unique collaboration of NNLM, the Medical Library Association, and the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, registration is now available for all sessions of the just announced webinar series, Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt. The series begins on June 19 with Diversity & Social Justice: A Starting Place. Each session will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized inter-sectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences. All webinars are one hour in duration, and will be held at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. One hour of MLA CE credit is available per session, and will remain available for one year after the live broadcast. Webinars are free, but register early since each session is limited to 1,000 participants! Recordings of each webinar will be available on the NNLM Training website and on

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Register Now for the Next NNLM Research Data Management Webinar on June 7!

Fri, 2019-05-24 15:36

The next session of the NNLM RDM webinar series, Using Data for Decision-Making: An Environmental Scan Case Study, will be held Friday, June 7, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT. This introductory-level webinar session will walk you through the process of planning and conducting an environmental scan while demonstrating a data tool and strategies for using data for decision-making. This webinar will provide a jump-start opportunity to explore the concept of data and introduce an easy-to-use data analysis tool (Voyant Tools). The case study findings will be presented and show how this approach can be applied to other entry level data projects so that participants will walk away with the confidence to jump in and start exploring their own data. The session will be recorded for future viewing.

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NLM Announces 2019-2020 Associate Fellows!

Thu, 2019-05-23 15:16

The National Library of Medicine has announced the four new Associate Fellows of the 2019-2020 cohort; Brenna Cox, Sharon Han, Eden Kinzel, and Louise To. The Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year residency fellowship at NLM. The program begins in September of every year, offers a robust educational and leadership experience, ranging from formal lectures and presentations to projects in operations, research and development, policy, and data analysis, all within the context of the role of a national library on the national and international stage.

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New NLM Video Released: Data Discovery in PMC and PubMed

Thu, 2019-05-23 15:04

Over the last two years, the National Library of Medicine has been exploring efficient ways to link the literature with associated datasets. The new nine-minute video Data Discovery in PMC and PubMed looks at the outcomes of those explorations thus far. Topics covered include identifying the sources of datasets and data linkages in these resources, opportunities to expose the data associated with articles, and future plans. NLM hopes these efforts enable knowledge generation and discovery. Check out the video and provide NLM with feedback on what would be of highest value to your institution!

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NLM Video Announcing Plans for Release of a New NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS)

Thu, 2019-05-23 14:58

The National Library of Medicine has announced plans to release a new NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system later this year. The ten-minute video A New NIHMS (and PACM API) to Support Public Access provides context for the decision to rebuild the NIHMS and helps prepare librarians for changes to anticipate. The current NIHMS system has supported the NIH Public Access Policy since 2005 and has received more than 800,000 submissions. Today, NIHMS supports the policies of ten additional government agencies as well as numerous non-governmental organizations. It is NLM’s hope that this new system will allow continued support of public access to publicly-funded research results for decades to come. The video also provides an update on a new feature in a related tool, API access to data from the Public Access Compliance Monitor (PACM). For more information, visit API Access to the Public Access Compliance Monitor.

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NLM Launches a New Exhibition about the Rubella Vaccine

Wed, 2019-05-22 19:53

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first commercially available vaccine to prevent rubella, the National Library of Medicine has announced Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the Rubella Epidemic of 1964, a new banner exhibition and companion online adaptation, opening June 3. It will be on display through September 25 in NLM’s History of Medicine Division Reading Room. The online adaptation of Rashes to Research includes an education component featuring a new K-12 lesson plan and a university module, and a digital gallery that further explores the historic collection of the NLM using the works from NLM Digital Collections.

Rashes to Research highlights the work of researchers and parents to limit the impact of rubella in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States. During the rubella epidemic that raged in 1964, 20,000 children were born with serious heart, hearing, and vision problems related to rubella exposure during pregnancy. While the nation’s scientists rushed to create a vaccine and develop better screening tests, families faced difficult, complicated decisions about current and future pregnancies.

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NNLM Webinar on June 19: Libraries Connecting You to Coverage

Tue, 2019-05-21 15:23

The NNLM Pacific Northwest Region is hosting a one-hour webinar on June 19 at 1:00 PM PDT focusing on the Public Library Association’s (PLA) health insurance education initiative, Libraries Connecting You to Coverage. The session will help public library staff better understand the importance of health insurance literacy, how to promote accurate health information and resources, and how to develop partnerships to advocate for a healthy community. Registration is encouraged but not required.

An additional webinar will be offered on October 16, continuing the health insurance literacy theme.

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Now Available: NLM Update Presentation Slides from MLA 2019!

Tue, 2019-05-21 14:50

The NLM Update was held at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association on May 7. Four speakers presented progress related to NLM’s Strategic Plan, organizational and physical changes to NLM, the redesign of PubMed, and activity in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The NLM Update slides are available for viewing.

  • Jerry Sheehan, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine (slides: 2 – 26)
  • Janice Kelly, Acting Deputy Director, Specialized Information Services (slides: 27 – 30)
  • Joyce Backus, Associate Director, Library Operations (slides: 31 – 57)
  • Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (slides: 58 – 81)
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New MedlinePlus Videos!

Mon, 2019-05-20 14:42

NLM’s MedlinePlus team has launched a new resource, MedlinePlus Videos for hosted NLM video content. Five animated videos in English and four in Spanish explain topics in health and medicine, and answer frequently asked questions about diseases, health conditions, and wellness issues. Videos are accompanied by outline and transcript. Currently featured are naloxone usage in opioid overdose, good and bad cholesterol, histamine, antibiotic resistance, and gluten’s role in celiac disease. Videos are presented in understandable language, and each page includes links to MedlinePlus health topic pages, to locate more information about the subject.

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