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Archive for February, 2012

Reminder: PubMed for Trainers Coming to Our Region

Friday, February 24th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center is bringing their PubMed for Trainers course to Syracuse, NY, April 16-30, 2012.  The course requires attendance at all sessions, both online and  in-person:

  • Online session:                                                April 16, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                                April 18, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • In-person session in Syracuse, NY:             April 24, 2012 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                                April 30, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)

Seating is limited.  For class details and to register, see: for Trainers.

NLM Resources Updates

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Versioning in PubMed

PubMed now supports versioned citations.  Revisions, scientific updates, and updates of reviews are examples of content that could be versioned:

Mobile TOXNET Access

Mobile TOXNET Access. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Jan-Feb;(384):b10

Now you can access the NLM TOXNET with any mobile device.  Mobile TOXNET is an easy to use, mobile-optimized Web interface covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas.

Launch mobile TOXNET at

PubMed Results Added to NLM Main Web Site Search Spotlight

Dine B, Heiland-Luedtke J. PubMed Results Added to NLM Main Web Site Search Spotlight. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 Jan-Feb;(384):e5.

In January, the NLM Main website search added PubMed results to its spotlight feature.  The new “PubMed Citations” tab includes the first five citations returned by PubMed.  The results include the title of the citation linked to its PubMed record.  Clicking on the “See more article citations…” link retrieves the complete results set for the search term(s) in PubMed.

The spotlight displays up to three tabs depending on the search term(s):

  • “NLM Selected Resources” highlights NLM products and services
  • “MedlinePlus Health Information” highlights the most relevant MedlinePlus health topic
  • “PubMed Citations” highlights the first five article citations as returned by PubMed

Announcing Frameworks for Data Management Curriculum and Evaluation of User Needs for Repository Software

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Recognizing a pressing need for data management education in the sciences, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have collaborated on an IMLS National Leadership Planning Grant, “Planning a Data Management Curriculum  and Requirements for a Collaborative Repository,” to develop frameworks for a case based data management curriculum for science, health sciences, and engineering students at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to identify user needs for repository software for storing data sets.

The purpose of this grant has been to develop:

  • a flexible, case based curriculum that teaches data management best practices to students enrolled in a broad range of scientific disciplines
  • an evaluation of user requirements for open source software for storing data generated by student research projects

The libraries have worked with faculty, curriculum, evaluation, and instructional design consultants to develop Frameworks for a Data Management Curriculum, a modular case-based approach for data management instruction. Included in these frameworks are lesson plans for seven course modules, real life research cases, readings, assignments, a simplified data management plan, a prototype of developed content for one module, and assessment questions and answers.  The modular design of the curriculum allows faculty to pick specific course module(s) that are relevant to their courses.   The curriculum could be delivered by faculty or librarians in a variety of ways:  face-to-face classes, as self-paced online modules, or a hybrid format.

The Research Computing and Academic Support Group at WPI conducted testing of three open source software programs to evaluate user requirements for storing data.  A summary of the testing process and a matrix of the results of the software testing are available on the project website below the heading “Project Deliverables.”

For further information, contact Donna Kafel, Project Coordinator at

Data Curation for Information Professionals

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Save the date for “Data Curation for Information Professionals” event on Friday, March 16, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm (registration 1:30 to 2 pm). Please pre-register online at Coffee/tea will be served.

Participants in this event, which is approved for MLA Continuing Education credit (1.5 hours), will gain a working knowledge of the need for data curation; a greater understanding of the role of libraries in data management planning; the experiences of two specific libraries with their researchers’ data management needs; and where to find resources for help, including examples from ARL libraries and data management planning guides created by National Science Foundation directorates.  With the participation of attendees, we will also explore how data curation applies in different settings, such as hospitals.

The speakers are Patricia Hswe, Digital Collections Curator at Penn State University Libraries, and Yasmeen Shorish, Assistant Professor and Science Librarian at James Madison University.  Their work is described briefly below.

Patricia Hswe is the Digital Collections Curator at Penn State University Libraries.  She provides Digital Curation Services, which includes addressing user needs in the context of the Libraries’ Digitized Collections; offering data management services to faculty and students, via both consultations and a Research Data Management Toolkit; and contributing to the development of a new suite of publishing and curation services, currently being developed under Program Sigma.  Her research interests include the curation of digital collection content and data; use and users of digital resources; use cases – their documentation, their role in curation; wayfinding in the context of virtual environments; and research data literacy at the graduate-student level.  Read more about Patricia’s work at

Yasmeen Shorish is the Science Librarian at James Madison University, and a current member of MLA.  A graduate of the Data Curation Education Program within the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) program at the University of Illinois, Yasmeen brings best practice experience to the dynamic and evolving field of digital preservation.  She received the Health Sciences Information Management Award from GSLIS and interned at the Health Sciences Library, UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.  Having worked in the Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois – Chicago, she is well aware of the complexities surrounding data management of health information.  Research areas include data management and curation, attitudes towards data sharing among researchers, and the shifting landscape of scholarly communication.

Location:  Thomas Jefferson University, Bluemle Life Sciences building (10th and Locust), Room 105.  See campus map with links to directions:

Pre-register at Online registration closes on Thursday March 15 at 12 pm.
(To renew your chapter membership or to join, please visit our website at

Registration cost:

MLA/SLA Philadelphia chapter member $15
Non-member $20

Student $10

Nominations for the Frank B. Rogers Award

Friday, February 24th, 2012

THE FRANK B. ROGERS AWARD was established in 1989 by the Director, NLM and is supported from a gift donated anonymously by an NLM employee.  The purpose of this award is to recognize an employee who has made a significant contribution to the Library’s fundamental operational programs and services.

CRITERIA:  Any individual who is currently employed or was employed in the National Library of Medicine in 2011 is eligible.  Through his or her job, the employee must have directly made a contribution that has 1) resulted in a substantial improvement to one of the Library’s programs or services; 2) resulted in an important new program or service; or 3) resulted in a more effective operation of a program or service.  Employees who have received another form of recognition for this contribution are not eligible.

PROCEDURES:  Nominations should be submitted to the Director, NLM by March 23, 2012.  Any employee of the Library or its user community can submit a nomination.  Nominations must include an explanation of the activity that warrants consideration, the employee’s relation to the activity, and the significance of the activity on fundamental operations.  Nominations do not require clearance through regular administrative channels.  Submit nominations in a sealed envelope marked:

Attention:       Director, NLM

Contents:       Nomination for the Frank B. Rogers Award

The presentation of the award, which consists of a special plaque, will be made at the May meeting of the Board of Regents.


Mr. Todd Danielson, Chair             Dr. Clement McDonald

Mr. Sheldon Kotzin                          Mr. Ivor D’Souza

Dr. David Lipman                             Dr. Steven Phillips

Dr. Milton Corn                                 Dr. Valerie Florance

For further information, please contact Kelli Langley ( at 301-496-6491.

Tox Town Adds Uranium

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Tox Town has added Uranium to the list of toxic substances on the chemical pages.  Uranium is a radioactive element that is used in nuclear power plants and military applications.  For information on uranium, how you might be exposed, and how it can affect your health, visit the English and Spanish pages listed below.



Ask a Librarian (February 2012)

Friday, February 24th, 2012

This month’s “Ask a Librarian” column in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants features pain treatment resources and information on achieving focused search results:

Free registration is required to access JAAPA’s columns and articles, and you may choose Institution/Library as a profession.

Please contact me if you are interested in writing a guest column for “Ask a Librarian.”

Patricia J. Devine, MLS
Network Outreach Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Pacific Northwest Region
Health Sciences Library and Information Center, Box 357155
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

Phone: (206)543-8275

Call for Proposals: Building Evidence for Decision Making

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Public Health Services & Systems Research INSIDE Track e-Alert

The solicitation seeks to produce evidence to inform public health practice and policy decisions through natural experiments that will compare systems with change in organizational structures, legal infrastructure, financing mechanisms, and service delivery strategies to systems without changes.

Approximately $1.4 million will be awarded to up to 7 applicants.  Awards will fund projects in three priority areas:

  • Organization and Governance
  • Financing and Resource Allocation
  • Staffing and Delivery Models

Click here for more information about the call for proposals and how to apply online.

MAR Funding Available for 2012-2013

Monday, February 20th, 2012

We are pleased to announce NN/LM MAR funding has been posted for the 2012-2013 contract year.  This funding is for projects beginning May 1, 2012.  Application deadline is April 1, 2012.

Receiving funding is a great way to provide outreach, create new or expand existing services, and get recognized within your institution or community.  We encourage all Network members to review these opportunities and consider applying!

Details are available at:

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Middle Atlantic Region

Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
200 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Advancing the progress of medicine and improving the public health
through access to health information:

Hurry! One Award Available for Upcoming PubMed for Trainers

Friday, February 17th, 2012

MAR has funding available for the upcoming PubMed for Trainers course but only for one Professional Development Award.  Details for the course are listed in the previous blog post.  Instructions to apply for the award are available at: