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Apply Now! NLM Associate Fellowship Program

The NLM Associate Fellowship Program offers 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-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of the services and product of the National Library of Medicine.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Rotation at the NIH Library (by arrangement)
  • Experienced mentors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to complete a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($53,435 in 2016)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation funding

Who is eligible?

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 2017.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Fellowship program webpage. Application deadline is January 27, 2017.  Between 4 and 6 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-827-4284 or

The National Library of Medicine is located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. The 317-acre campus boasts plenty of green space, where we have regular cultural events for staff and the public. Excellent restaurants, shops, transportation, and entertainment make Bethesda a great place to work, and the wealth of museums, monuments, parks, sports and cultural activities in the Washington metropolitan area provides ample recreation opportunities. A metro subway station (Medical Center on the red line) and bus stops on the NIH campus provide access to DC, suburban Maryland, and North Virginia. We also have free parking.

NLM and NIH are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects diversity. NLM hires, promotes, trains, and provides career development based on merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity), parental status, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or political affiliation.

Updated Disaster Health Information Courses from NLM

NLM disaster health information courses have been updated and reformatted for 2017! These self-paced online courses allow you to earn CE credits from the Medical Library Association, and can lead to an MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. These courses can also be accessed in the Public Health Foundation TRAIN.

The enhanced NLM Disaster Health Training Courses & Resources include:

  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
  • US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
  • Information Roles in Disaster Management
  • A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
  • Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context
  • CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives): Health Information Resources

The courses are part of the NLM Disaster Information Specialist program, which facilitates a network of librarians and information professionals in the disaster workforce ready to take on the role of “information first responder” in their communities. The program comprises three parts:

  • Online training courses
  • Monthly webinars
  • Connecting with others through email and social media

Learn more about how the Disaster Information Specialist program can support you and connect you to like-minded information professionals.

For questions about these courses, or to learn about more Disaster Health Information opportunities from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, please contact Michelle Burda.

#Glaucoma Awareness Month: Resources from NLM

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the Glaucoma Research Foundation estimates that more than 3 million people in the US are affected by the condition.  According to MedlinePlus, Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve, and it is a leading cause of blindness in the US.  The National Library of Medicine hosts a variety of online resources targeted towards different populations, which can help a wide range of people learn more about diagnosis and treatment options for glaucoma:

  • The General Public:  The Health Topics page on glaucoma at MedlinePlus provides a simple summary and links to useful diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and research links. Members of the public can also learn about the genetic risks for early-onset glaucoma from the Genetics Home Reference website.
  • Older Adults: The NIHSeniorHealth website offers a detailed but easy-to-understand article on glaucoma, listing symptoms and tests, treatment, tips for protecting your vision, and frequently asked questions about the condition.
  • Multilingual Resources: Resources in 12 languages about glaucoma are available on MedlinePlus.  Also find multilingual patient information about glaucoma at HealthReach.

Upcoming Classes for January

NNLM is kicking off the new year with a variety of training opportunities! Here is a list of some of our upcoming January offerings. To see class offerings for February and beyond, visit our training schedule.

Starting Today! From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet
Sponsored by SEA / January 9 through February 6, 2017 / Details and Registration

Registration Closing Soon! Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) Knowledge Center – Your Source for Minority Health Information – Resources and Health Statistics
Sponsored by MAR / January 10, 2017 , 12:00-1:00 PM ET / Details and Registration

Assessing Community Needs and Assets: Key Data Collection Strategies for Planners and Grant Writers
Sponsored by SCR / January 11, 2017, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET / Details

Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly
Sponsored by NTO / January 11, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET / Details and Registration

What is Bioinformatics Librarianship?
Sponsored by NTO / January 12, 2017 1:00-2:00 PM ET / Details and Registration

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine
Sponsored by MAR / January 13, 2017, 12:00-1:30 PM ET / Details and Registration

New Roads to Follow: Supporting and Advocating for Data Visualization in the Library
Sponsored by MAR / January 17, 2017, 1:00-2:00 PM ET / Details and Registration

Data Science 101: An Introduction for Librarians
Sponsored by SEA / January 18, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM ET / Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed
Sponsored by NTO / January 19, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM ET / Details and Registration

PNR Partners (Open Insight Program)
Sponsored by PNR / January 19, 2017, 4:00-5:00 PM ET / Details

From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
Sponsored by MAR / January 23 through February 10, 2017 / Details and Registration

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH
Sponsored by NTO / January 25, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM ET / Details and Registration

NNLM Resource Picks: PubMed Update
Collaborative series / January 25, 2017, 3:00-4:00 PM ET / Details

Love Your Data Week

From the LYD Week Planning Committee:

Love Your Data week is right around the corner on February 13-17, 2017! This year’s theme is emphasizing data quality for researchers at any stage in their career.  Visit our website: or follow us on Twitter #LYD17 or #loveyourdata to gain inspiration, share ideas, and find new ways to promote data services and resources at your library and beyond! Please tell us if you plan to participate and we will list your institution’s name on the site so we can continue to grow the community of data lovers.

More details will be available soon!

Job Posting: NNLM MAR Executive Director

From the NNLM MAR Executive Director:

Happy New Year, MAR colleagues!  I am writing to let you know that I have accepted an appointment to serve as the Associate Director for Research, Instruction and Clinical Information Services at the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System (HSLS).  As you know, HSLS is also home to the NNLM MAR Regional Medical Library office, so I will not physically be moving too far.  My tenure as the Executive Director for MAR has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career and it has been my pleasure to work closely with many of you in our region.  Beginning January 16, and continuing until the new MAR Executive Director is on board, I will split my time between my new position at HSLS and my current position as MAR’s Executive Director.

That being said, I hope you will consider applying, or share the below recruitment announcement with qualified candidates and via applicable listservs and communication channels.


Renae Barger

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) is seeking an enthusiastic, forward-thinking Executive Director for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM).  Funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through a cooperative agreement, HSLS serves as the regional medical library headquarters for the Middle Atlantic Region, one of eight regions in the NNLM nationwide program.  NNLM MAR comprises Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  The NNLM mission is to ensure health professionals, researchers, the public health workforce, patients, families and the general public have access to quality health information.


The Executive Director is responsible for leadership, development, administration, and evaluation of all programs of the Middle Atlantic Region, including outreach services such as project funding, training, presentations, exhibits and other types of public programs.  The successful candidate will bring a dedication to outreach and educational programs which increase access to quality health information; be skilled in managing a high-performing unit; possess strong networking and collaborative skills; and have vision for national and regional programs that shape the future of the NNLM.

Review of candidates will begin February 1 and will continue until the position is filled.  A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be viewed at:


Health Literacy Webinar Series

From the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority:

Up to one half of the United States  population may be at risk for medical misunderstandings, medical mistakes, excess hospitalizations, and poor health outcomes due to low health literacy.  This series of webinars will provide the attendees with potential interventions and assist our patients with understanding their health care needs.

Webinar #1: Health Literacy: Developing Written Educational Materials
February 16, 2017, 12-1pm ET
Register Now

Webinar #2: Health Literacy: Managing Discharge or Transitions in Care
April 13, 2017 (tentative)

Webinar #3: Health Literacy: Informed Consent
July 25, 2017 (tentative)

Webinar #4: Health Literacy: Effective Visuals
September 28, 2017 (tentative)

This webinar educational offering will provide 1 hour of CE credit for registered nurses only.

For questions about this series, please contact the Patient Safety Authority by phone: 717-346-0469, or by email:

BD2K 2017 Webinar Series: Fundamentals of Data Science

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program is pleased to announce the spring semester of The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science.  This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

The series will run through May, meeting once per week at 12-1pm Eastern Time/9am-10am Pacific Time. No registration is required.

For more information and to join the lecture, visit the series event page.

This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center, the BD2K Centers Coordination Center, and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science.

The first semester of the series covered Data Management and Data Representation.  This semester will cover computing, data modeling, and overarching topics. You can also explore archived presentations on the series YouTube channel.

The scheduled topics for January-May of 2017 are as follows:


  • 1/6/17:   Computing Overview (Patricia Kovatch, Mount Sinai)
  • 1/13/17: Workflows/pipelines (Rommie Amaro, UCSD)
  • 1/20/17: Running a Data Science Lab (Trey Ideker, UCSD)
  • 1/27/17: Modern Computing: Cloud, Parallel, Distributed, HPC (Umit Catalyurek, GA Tech)
  • 2/3/17:   Commons: lessons learned, current state (Vivien Bonazzi, NIH)


  • 2/10/17: Data Modeling Overview (Rafael Irizarry, Harvard)
  • 2/17/17: Supervised Learning (Daniela Witten, U Washington)
  • 2/24/17: Unsupervised Learning (Ali Shojaie, U Washington)
  • 3/3/17:   Algorithms, incl. Optimization (Pavel Pevzner, UCSD)
  • 3/10/17: Bayesian inference (Mike Newton, U Wisconsin)
  • 3/17/17: Data issues: Bias, Confounding, and Missing data (Lance Waller, Emory)
  • 3/24/17: Causal inference (Joe Hogan, Brown)
  • 3/31/17: Data Visualization tools and communication (Nils Gehlenborg, Harvard)
  • 4/7/17:   Modeling Synthesis (John Harer, Duke)


  • 4/14/17: Open science (Brian Nosek, UVa)
  • 4/21/17: Data sharing (Christine Borgman and Irene Pasquetto, UCLA)
  • 4/28/17: Ethical Issues (Bartha Knoppers, McGill)
  • 5/5/17:   Reproducible Research (John Ionnaidis, Stanford)
  • 5/12/17: Additional considerations for clinical data (Zak Kohane, Harvard)
  • 5/19/17: SUMMARY and NIH context

Reasonable accommodation: Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Tonya Scott at 301-402-9827. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

Apply Now: The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is accepting applications from December 12, 2016 through January 27, 2017.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than February 17, 2017.

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged.

The Institute will include topics such as:

  • Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
  • Bibliometric Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Version Control with Git and GitHub
  • Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
  • Data Cleaning and Preparation
  • Web Scraping
  • Analyzing Textual Data
  • Mapping and Geospatial Visualization
  • Publisher and Funder Data Use Agreements

The Institute will be held April 24 – 28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Visit the NCSU Libraries event page to apply, and to stay up-to-date on program details.

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is offered through a collaboration between the NCSU Libraries and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI).

Upcoming Open Science Webinars

Preregistration on the Open Science Framework
January 4, 2017, 12:00 PM EST
Learn more about how preregistration can improve the rigor of your science, and how you can win a prize for publishing your preregistered work.
Details and Registration

Introduction to Preprints
January 11, 2017, 10:30 AM EST
In this half-hour introduction to preprints, we’ll go over what preprints are, their benefits both pre- and post-publication, and locations to upload preprints, including the OSF’s new preprint servers.
Details and Registration

Registered Reports for Journal Editors
January 17, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
Registered Reports is a publishing format in which peer review occurs before results are known. In this webinar, you will learn about this publication format and how to implement it.
Details and Registration