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Archive for June 14th, 2013

Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself (TechTime Session)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Presenter:       Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date:                June 20, 2013

Time:                11 am – Noon

No registration required.

Description: Learn tips to protect yourself, your family, and your library users in our highly connected world.  Topics will include:

  • What you need to know about your personal information on the Web
  • How others get information about your online activities
  • How to protect yourself from phishing emails and scams
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • What to do if your online privacy is compromised
  • Risks of cloud computing

Award Recipient Project Reports (Lunch with the RML Session)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Presenter:       Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date:                June 27, 2013

Time:                Noon – 1 pm

No registration required.

Awardee: Lydia Witman, Clinical Librarian, Pennsylvania Hospital
Project: Mobilizing Knowledge Resources: iPad Use by Hospital Clinicians

Awardee: Annamore Matambanadzo, AIDS Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania (ACSWP)
Project: Targeted HIV/AIDS Outreach to Consumers

Awardee: Jeff Garvey, Hunter-Rice Library, Samaritan Medical Center
Project: Northern New York Critical Access Hospital Project

BD2K: Data Catalog RFI Published

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The NIH BD2K initiative is considering the development of a biomedical Data Catalog to make biomedical research data findable and citable, as PubMed does for scientific publications.  Such a Data Catalog would make it easier for researchers to find, share, and cite data, as well as the publications and grants that they are associated with. A Data Catalog is distinct from a data repository, but would help make data in such repositories more easily findable and citable in a consistent manner. In addition to supplying core, minimal metadata to ensure a valid data reference, it is envisioned that a Data Catalog would include links out to the location of the data, to the NIH Reporter record of the grant that supported the research, to relevant publications within PubMed or journals, and possibly to associated software or algorithms.  Please refer to the link below for an RFI on this topic and share with interested communities: Request for Information (RFI): Input on Development of a NIH Data Catalog  (NOT-HG-13-011) National Human Genome Research Institute.

Supreme Court Rules in Key Gene Patent Case

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against Myriad Genetics in an important gene patenting case.  Summarizing the decision, the Wall Street Journal wrote, “The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that human genes isolated from the body can’t be patented, a victory for doctors and patients who argued that such patents interfere with scientific research and the practice of medicine…Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the court, said the genes Myriad isolated are products of nature, which aren’t eligible for patents.”  The news services added, “However, the ruling wasn’t a complete loss for Myriad. The court said that DNA molecules synthesized in a laboratory were eligible for patent protection…The court adopted the position advanced by the Obama administration, which argued that isolated forms of naturally occurring DNA weren’t patentable, but artificial DNA molecules were.”

Accessing Free Biomedical Literature in Disasters

Friday, June 14th, 2013

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Meeting

WHEN:  Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM ET  **Please note this meeting is a change from June 13th** 

SPEAKERS:  Claire Allen, Knowledge Manager for Evidence Aid and Maria Collins, Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine

Evidence Aid, established following the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004, uses knowledge from Cochrane Reviews and other systematic reviews to provide reliable, up-to-date evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major healthcare emergencies. There are currently four freely available ‘special collections’ which have, to date, used Cochrane Reviews to inform resources for earthquakes, resources for flooding and poor water sanitation, resources for PTSD and resources for burns.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) works in partnership with major publishers to provide free temporary access for healthcare professionals to full text articles from major biomedical title during/after disasters. This Emergency Access Initiative is activated for a specified time when agreed upon by NLM and the publishers.

Join us to learn more about these resources and how they can be accessed!

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 20th, click on

  • Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
  • A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
  • Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
  • For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907



MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations,  send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

NIMH Seeks Proposals for an Outreach Partner in Pennsylvania

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations to conduct mental health education and outreach in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the following 22 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Organizations with experience in addressing mental health disparities are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submitting inquiries is June 21, 2013. The proposal deadline is August 22, 2013.

Applicants are selected as NIMH Outreach Partners through a competitive review process, and receive an annual award of $7,500 for one (1) year with a renewable option for two (2) subsequent years to: a) disseminate NIMH research and educational materials statewide; b) conduct science-based outreach project(s) addressing mental health disparities; and c) promote involvement in NIMH and National Institutes of Health research. Participation in the Outreach Partnership Program provides organizations with numerous opportunities to stay abreast of the latest advances in mental health research, interact with leading researchers in the field, and provide input about the mental health needs in their state

For more details, see the solicitation on the NIMH Outreach Partnership Program webpage:

MCH Library Releases Guides to Resources about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The MCH Library presents a new knowledge path about intimate partner violence (IPV). The knowledge path directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and responding to IPV within the home and the community.  Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, researchers, employers, and advocates can use the knowledge path to learn more about IPV, for program development, and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions.

View the knowledge path online at

Companion resource briefs include the following:

2013-2014 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

“NLM continues to be pleased with the success of this collaboration with AAHSL,” said NLM director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. “Since 2002, this leadership program has been invaluable in preparing library managers who are rising stars to move into directorship positions.”

AAHSL president M.J. Tooey said, “AAHSL was one of the early organizations to recognize the importance of identifying and preparing future leaders. Our program, in partnership with NLM, has for more than a decade been a model for best practices in association leadership development programs. We are justifiably proud of the program and of the future leaders it has nurtured.”

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Fifty-five fellows have participated in the program in the first eleven classes. To date, twenty-two fellows have been appointed to director positions.

“The program has been invaluable to me as I guide and develop a library at a new medical school,” said Nadine Dexter, fellow, class of 2006-2007, and director at University of Central Florida. “I am using many of the concepts and principles, as well as tapping into the network of colleagues. Even when the program is over, ideas and connections continue.”

Tania Bardyn, fellow, class of 2010-2011, and director, University of Washington, said, “The things taught in the program are not just about being a director, but about the means of leading, identifying the key issues we face today in health sciences libraries, and thinking of it as your ticket to change librarianship.”

Evelyn Morgen, mentor, class of 2011-2012, and director at University of Connecticut, stated, “I think both of us—my fellow and I—added to our leadership skills and to our understanding of current issues facing academic medical libraries. It was especially interesting to see all this from the perspective of multiple institutions and ranges of career development.”

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to:

  • Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
  • Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
  • Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
  • Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
  • Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
  • Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
  • Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
  • Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 1, 2013, deadline for potential fellows for the 2013-2014 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by August 1.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb, Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

PCORI Research Methods Webinar Now Online

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The June 4th PCORI research standards webinar (with audio) from AcademyHealth is available online:  “Using the PCORI Methodology Standards to Generate Robust, Relevant, and Timely Evidence for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.” (90 min.)

Social Media in the Emergency Management Field: 2012 Survey Results

Friday, June 14th, 2013

The Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), in partnership with the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), funded the development and nationwide distribution of a 56-question survey to state, county, and local emergency management and response agencies in late 2012 to answer questions about social media use in emergency management. This report provides a description of the survey and key findings. Read it to learn how those in emergency management use Social Media, and what they consider gaps and barriers are to this media.