The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2019-20 Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program designed for recent library science graduates (within the past two years) and early-career librarians. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2019 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the NLM web site. The application deadline is January 25, 2019. Three to six candidates will be selected for the program.
The September through August program is a one-year residency program (with an optional second year) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship, offering a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-reviewed publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and products of the NLM. The program is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:
- Data analysis of programs and services such as extramural grants, indexed journal articles, controlled vocabularies, datasets, and customer inquiries.
- Creation of online tutorials and educational awareness videos.
- Social media outreach.
- And more, including legislative tracking, web site enhancement, disaster information outreach studies, and review of next generation discovery interfaces.
The Associate Fellowship financial support includes:
- Annual stipend of $56,233.
- Additional funding to support purchase of group health insurance.
- Up to $1,500 in relocation support.
- Full support for attendance at local and national conferences.
For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.
Elizabeth Fee, PhD, died from complications of ALS, on October 17, 2018. Dr. Fee served most recently as NLM Senior Historian and previously as Chief of the NLM History of Medicine Division (HMD). She recently retired to become an independent researcher, continuing her world-renowned scholarly research in the history of medicine and public health. Dr. Fee was born in Ireland in December, 1946, daughter of John Fee and Deirdre Fee. As a child, she traveled with her parents to China, Malaysia, India, Egypt and throughout Europe and Great Britain, eventually going to school in her native Ireland. She was a Cambridge scholar, completing her coursework in biology, although equally gifted in mathematics. She continued her education at Princeton University where she earned her PhD in the History of Philosophy and Science. Dr. Fee began teaching at the State University of New York at Binghamton and was extremely popular as a scholar of science and medical history, as well as new and controversial courses in human sexuality. She moved to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore in the 1980s, where she was a professor. Baltimore is also where she met and fell in love with her lifetime partner and wife, Mary Garafolo, an artist and a nurse. They married in Vancouver, Canada, in 2005.
Following her tenure at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Fee dedicated twenty-two years of outstanding service to NLM, as chief of the History of Medicine Division. In this leadership role, she supported internal staff development, and brought subject specialists from all over the world to surface and explore the rich historical collections held by NLM. Under her leadership, HMD reached new levels of global access and support for broadly-based scholarship. These were some of her proudest achievements alongside paving the way for the division to restructure formally to include three sections: Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, Images and Archives, and the Exhibition Program, with which we are all familiar today. Combined with widespread support of the value of history as part of NLM’s institutional mission, this administrative accomplishment confirmed and assured the role of the history of medicine for future generations as NLM continues to grow, to reach millions of individuals annually, and to share important historical medical stories and connect them to current events which inform the lives of NLM’s many stakeholders.
Over the course of her entire career, Dr. Fee authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited nearly thirty scholarly books and hundreds of articles, all containing her masterful prose which inspires new ways of learning and understanding the history of medicine and public health, and its significance for today and the future. Dr. Fee’s impressive body of scholarship will continue to help us understand profoundly that key figures and major events of the past have valuable currency today as we think critically about public health, epidemic disease, and the interplay of science and society as it touches of the lives of millions of people, as it has for centuries.
NIH Issues Request for Information on Proposed Provisions for a Future Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has just issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit public comments on proposed key provisions that could serve as the foundation for a future NIH policy for data management and sharing. The feedback obtained will help to inform the development of a draft NIH policy for data management and sharing, which is expected to be released for an additional public comment period upon its development. Comments on the proposed key provisions will be accepted electronically through December 10, 2018.
NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the proposed key provisions on November 7, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. PST. Check out details about the webinar, including how to register. For further perspective on the topic, visit the latest Under the Poliscope blog post by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz. For questions about the proposed provisions, contact the NIH Office of Science Policy.
The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a new design for the Tox Town website, which provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur. Enhancements of the new design, informed by extensive user research, include:
- Enhanced search optimization
- Improved readability
New Tox Town features reflecting consumers’ frequently asked questions include:
- New Community Action Tools Page with guidance for community engagement and resources for finding local data;
- Newly added Reduce Your Risk information with practical steps to avoid and address exposure; and
- New content organization into Sources of Exposure and Chemicals and Contaminants rather than previously used neighborhood scenes.
Due to low usage, the website no longer contains Spanish-language materials.
The community response to the launch of PubMed Labs has been outstanding. The National Library of Medicine is continuing to test new features at PubMed Labs, for example, the addition of a new view for search results. In response to user feedback, “Abstract” has been added to the DISPLAY OPTIONS of the PubMed Labs search results. Click the ‘gear’ icon at the top right of the results page and then click “Abstract” to see the new view.
Please note that PubMed Labs includes only a limited set of features, and not the full set of PubMed tools. The absence of a PubMed tool in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination.
Community Health Maps (CHM) provides information about low/no cost mapping tools. The National Library of Medicine developed the resource with a focus on increasing capacity within under-served and at-risk communities. The CHM workflow can also be used by individuals and organizations needing to collect, analyze, and visualize mapping data. The blog is a mixture of mapping apps, software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have used the Community Health Maps workflow.
A self-paced, online tutorial has been developed to highlight the tools available in Community Health Maps to help users gain the skills needed to assist communities and individuals in collecting and mapping health-related data: to build a plan for collecting data; to create the forms for capturing data points; to use a mobile device to collect the data; and to visualize health data by creating online and printable maps that can be customized to meet the needs of audiences and stakeholders.
This course provides continuing education credit (CE), through the Medical Library Association (MLA), and/or a certificate of completion by enrolling in the course with NLM’s free Learning Management System.
Applications are open through December 1 for the 2019 cohort of the MLA Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) research fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form. The heart of the RTI is a weeklong, residential, immersive workshop held in Chicago, July 15–19, 2019, with follow-up activities and support, mentoring, and membership in an ongoing research community. The institute offers numerous scholarship opportunities. Many of the twenty open slots for the institute are supported by either full or partial scholarships. For questions regarding the institute, application process, or scholarships, check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact Project Director Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA.
The NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities funding program is focused on putting research knowledge into practice by providing information resources tailored to meet the needs of health disparity populations and their health care providers. A project can develop and deploy a new information resource or service, or expand and improve an existing resource or service in order to meet the needs of a health disparity population. For a proposed project to be competitive there must be evidence that the intended audience is a health disparity population and/or their healthcare providers. The application deadline is October 22, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant organization.
This program is focused on the second goal in the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027, “To reach more people in more ways through enhanced dissemination and engagement pathways.” Accomplishing this goal involves understanding and meeting the needs of the stakeholders: scholarly, clinical and community. NLM intends to commit $750,000 in FY 2019 to fund up to five awards. Budgets up to $150,000 for one year, $300,000 over two years or $450,000 over 3 years, in direct costs, may be requested. Applicants may request up to three years for the project period.
Check out the October issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:
- Managing Pain: Moving Beyond Opioids
There are many different ways to treat pain. Learn about the options beyond prescription medication.
- Pain in the Ear: Fending off Ear Infections
Find out how to lower your chances of getting an ear infection.
- Q&A: Dr. David Williams on Managing Chronic Pain
Dr. Williams, associate director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan, talks about chronic pain management.
- Health Capsule: What Are Electronic Cigarettes?
Electronic cigarettes are battery powered devices that people use to heat liquid into a vapor that can be inhaled. The inhaled vapor may contain nicotine, flavorings, and toxins — including ones that cause cancer.
- Health Capsule: Birthing Options for Full-Term Pregnancy
A study found that, for healthy pregnancies, inducing labor after full term (39 weeks) rather than waiting for natural labor doesn’t increase the risk of major complications for newborns.
- Featured Website: Lab Test Information
Learn about more than 100 common lab tests, such as the blood glucose test, complete blood count, and vitamin D test.
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!
NLM Disaster Information Specialist Webinar on October 18: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data!
The next NLM Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar will be held Thursday, October 18, at 10:30 am PDT. It is open to anyone wishing to attend. Some of you may remember speaker Lisa Federer from her UCLA days!
TOPIC: Sharing and Management of Disaster-Related Data
Managing and sharing data have become important issues in the context of research data. When it comes to disaster-related data, when time is of the essence, it’s even more important to ensure that data are properly collected, managed, and curated. Data must also be shared with the appropriate stakeholders to get information out to everyone who needs it, when they need it. This webinar will discuss best practices for data management and data sharing and how they apply to disaster-related data.
SPEAKER: Lisa Federer, Data Science and Open Science Librarian, National Library of Medicine
Lisa joined NLM in August 2018. Previously, Lisa was a Research Data Informationist at the National Institutes of Health Library, where she led the library’s Data Services Team and designed a curriculum of data-related training. She holds an MLIS from UCLA, and graduate certificates in Data Science from Georgetown University and New York University.
LOGIN: Meeting URL (Open in Internet Explorer browser):
Event Key: 1234
Audio conference information:
When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. NLM suggests using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar. If you cannot use VOIP option:
Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number. OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.
- Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
- Access code: 626 798 379
If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, press # on your phone and you will be connected.
Upcoming NNLM Data Webinar on October 12: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library
Register now to join NNLM for the next session of the Research Data Management webinar series: Planning, Developing, and Evaluating R Curriculum at the NIH Library, on October 12, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT. This webinar will describe a pilot project to evaluate current R training at the NIH Library, and based on an evaluation of the data, revise the library’s R training curriculum. It will include a discussion of the development of a training plan, weekly R check-in sessions, managing documents using Open Science Framework (OSF), and an evaluation of the pilot. The instructors will be Doug Joubert and Candace Norton from the NIH Library.
The NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) webinar series is a collaborative, bimonthly series intended to increase awareness of RDM topics and resources. The series aims to support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities.
NLM has announced that computer science pioneer Alan Curtis Kay, PhD, will deliver this year’s Lindberg-King Lecture on Wednesday, September 26, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT. The talk, titled The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It. But Is It Already Too Late?, will be broadcast live and archived for later viewing on NIH VideoCasting.
A child prodigy, Dr. Kay was an original member of the seminal Xerox-PARC group, and for his myriad innovations in computer science was awarded computer science’s highest honor, the Turing Prize. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Arts. He is the president of the Viewpoints Research Institute and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Lindberg-King Lecture honors former NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, and former NLM Deputy Director for Research and Education Donald West King, MD. The event is co-sponsored by the NLM, Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and the American Medical Informatics Association.
We invite your participation in NNLM PSR’s Funding Awards survey! Please submit responses by Friday, October 5.
This questionnaire is designed to assist us with a better understanding of interest in NNLM funding awards and to ascertain if there are unmet needs among Network members. Feedback will also be used to simplify the application process. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. It includes a few open-ended questions about ideal funding scenarios. Responses will be used to shape future award offerings and the allocation of NNLM PSR resources.
We appreciate your participation and look forward to the results!
This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Check Your Coverage. Make sure your library or agency is covered in the event of a disaster. Power outages, floods, fires, etc., can damage your physical space and disrupt service to your patrons and clients. Do you have backup plans for your staff and your library if a disaster strikes close to home?
- Take a look at sample Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans in the Disaster Lit® database.
- Learn about a backup email communication system for health facilities that relies on ham radio operators for support.
- Check out your regional medical library to find information about state emergency medical management offices.
- For the Pacific Southwest Region, please refer to the State & Federal Emergency Contacts page of PSR’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Resource Guide.
Lastly, remember to attend the webinar entitled Planning for Disaster: Partnerships Ensure Continuity of Operations, on Thursday, September 20, at 10:30am PT. It will feature speakers from the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) along with Ann Holman from Darnall Medical Library, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Find login details on our Disaster Information Specialist Webinars page.
Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, diseases and organisms that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2019 version of MeSH, and other global changes.
- November 28, 2018: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
- Mid-December 2018: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2019 MeSH.
For details about the impact on searching from November 28 to mid-December, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2018.
In addition, an alternate link to provide access to 2019 MeSH is available from the top navigation bar on the MeSH Browser homepage. The default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2018 MeSH for now. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2019 MeSH and the alternate link to 2018 MeSH.
The National Library of Medicine’s ToxTutor has added new content and topics:
Section 3 (Toxic Effects):
- “Microbiome” topic added
Section 5 (Toxicity Testing Methods):
- Additional “Finding Information about Alternatives to Animal Testing” content
- Microphysiological Systems as used in “tissue chip” and “Organs-on-chips” models added
- “Human-on-a-Chip” content added
- Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) as an emerging approach added
- Combining “chips” AND iPSCs information topic added
Section 6 (Risk Assessment):
- Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs) content added
- “What to Consider when Reading about a New Exposure Study” topic added
Section 7 (Exposure Standards and Guidelines):
- Food Safety in the European Union topic added
Section 15 Intuitive Toxicology and Risk Communication
Section 16 Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Health, and One Health
ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases. While a knowledge of anatomy and physiology is not required for viewing ToxTutor, the Introduction to the Human Body from the National Cancer Institute provides a good introduction to the topic.
This course is approved for 3 contact hours for California Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHSs) and National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) REHS/RSs. To take the tutorial and receive a certificate, please register and complete the tutorial through our free learning management system.
PubMed Labs is a responsive Web site that can generate different display options depending on a user’s device size, e.g., mobile phones. Mobile device users that access PubMed Labs will soon notice a slightly updated homepage and logo. Additionally, the “What is PubMed Labs?” question will be replaced by “What’s new for PubMed Mobile?” The production PubMed Mobile ad to PubMed Labs will also be modified to encourage users to try the new PubMed Labs mobile design.
PubMed Labs is under active development and new features and functionality are regularly added. Please note the absence of a PubMed feature in PubMed Labs does not mean it is planned for elimination. To submit comments, questions, or concerns, use the Labs Feedback button. For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.
This week’s theme for National Preparedness Month is Learn Life-Saving Skills. The first person on the scene is the first responder, even if they are not a professional. There are several ways to learn basic lifesaving skills:
- First Aid Training (American Red Cross)
- You are the Help Until the Help Arrives (Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA))
- Stop the Bleed (Department of Homeland Security (DHS))
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) (FEMA)
If you are already a trained medical responder, check out resources for first aid and other live-saving skills in Disaster Lit® to earn continuing education (CE) credit while renewing your skills.
Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.
Registration is available for a new National Library of Medicine five-week interactive webinar series, Clinical Information, Librarians and the NLM: From Health Data Standards to Better Health. Sessions will focus on the roles and products of the NLM related to applied medical informatics, particularly as applied to electronic health records (EHRs) systems and clinical research. The series is specially designed for health sciences librarians and other health information specialists seeking to serve more active roles in their health IT team and better support clinical researchers.
Dates and times will be Thursdays at 9:00 AM PDT, beginning September 6. Webinars will consist of brief presentations, activities, and Q&A and will run about 30 minutes. The first session of the series will touch on terminology standards, including the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and its vocabularies (including ICD-10, SNOMED CT, RxNorm, and LOINC), and tools such as the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) and the Common Data Elements (CDE). Overall goals of the series are for participants to be able to:
- Use the jargon associated with health IT to be able to communicate effectively with IT staff and administrators.
- Name relevant health data standards and describe how they are used.
- Describe NLM products and services that enrich and inform EHRs and other health data systems.
- Identify roles for librarians on the health IT team and in the research process.
The first weekly theme provided by NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center for this National Preparedness Month is Make and Practice Your Plan. Ready.gov provides tips for putting together your family/household plan. Don’t forget to plan for your pets, property, and critical documents. Commuters should also have a plan in case a disaster occurs while they are traveling between work and home. At the National Library of Medicine, National Preparedness Month also means that responders and healthcare workers should review and update their plans. Responders can start by packing their Digital Go Bag. Save valuable time with tools on your laptop or smart device for responder safety, surveillance and alerts, psychological health, and medical and health information.
Pro tip: internet access may be slow or nonexistent in a disaster. Check the offline functionality of your apps ahead of time by turning on Airplane mode on your device.
Is your organization building or revising its disaster playbook? You will find over 3,000 exercises and plans in the Disaster Lit® database. If your plan is up to date, learn how NLM is developing virtual reality tools to plan and run collaborative exercises and training. Lastly, there are two webinars this week of interest:
- Preparedness and Response for Public Health Emergencies, the Mission of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, hosted by the NNLM Southeastern Atlantic Region on September 6. Speaker: Dr. George Korch, Senior Science Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), US Department of Health and Human Services
- How to Save a Life – Administering Naloxone 101, hosted by the NNLM New England Region on September 5. Speakers: Bonnie White EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CCM, Interim Assistant Dean, MCPHS University, Worcester, MA; AND Francis Melaragni, MBA, CMA, Director of Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Business Program, MCPHS, Boston, MA