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Glossaries at SIS: Terminology for HIV/AIDS, Disasters, Toxicology and More

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations branch:

Whenever you learn about a new health topic, you’ll need to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, which is when a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:

Apply Now! NLM Associate Fellowship Program

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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 kathel.dunn@nih.gov

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

Friday, January 13th, 2017

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

Monday, January 9th, 2017

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.

BD2K 2017 Webinar Series: Fundamentals of Data Science

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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:

SECTION 3: COMPUTING

  • 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)

SECTION 4: DATA MODELING AND INFERENCE

  • 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)

SECTION 5: ADDITIONAL TOPICS

  • 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.

Flu Shot Resources from NLM

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The flu, also called influenza, is a potentially serious respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses, and getting the flu vaccination every year is the best way to lower your chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others.  National Influenza Vaccination Week 2016 is December 4-10, and the National Library of Medicine offers helpful information and reliable links about the flu shot for many different populations:

  • The General Public: Find a short summary of how the flu shot works, who should get the flu shot, and the latest news and resources about the shot on MedlinePlus.
  • Multilingual Resources: Find information on influenza and the flu vaccination in a dozen or more languages on HealthReach.  Information about the flu shot is also available in over 20 languages on MedlinePlus.
  • Native American Communities: The American Indian Health portal offers links to statistics, information for researchers/health professionals/educators, and general information on the flu, targeted towards Native American communities.
  • Older Adults: On NIH Senior Health, older adults can learn about recommended immunizations for anyone older than 50, including the influenza vaccination.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS: Access links about recommended vaccinations for individuals living with HIV/AIDS on AIDSource, including information about the flu shot.

Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Save the Date!  The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Applications for the Institute will be accepted beginning on Dec 12, 2016.

https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/datavizinstitute

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.

A final schedule will be available in early December,  including 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

Visit their website to stay up-to-date on program details and to apply (beginning December 12, 2016).

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

Resources for Hospice Palliative Care

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by healthcare professionals and volunteers who give medical, psychological, and spiritual support to the terminally ill, while palliative care is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. Hospice care always included palliative care.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, and both patients who are seriously ill and their caregivers will often need guidance and information on hospice and palliative care options when facing end-of-life treatment.  The National Library of Medicine provides a number of resources on palliative and hospice care, to help with these difficult decisions:

  • Information for the general public: MedlinePlus provides Health Topics pages on both palliative care and hospice care, including links to basic information, clinical trials, journal articles, and more.  Both pages are also available in Spanish, by selecting the “Español” link in the top left corner of the page (below the search box).
  • Information for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth page on end-of-life care includes information on pain/symptom management, addressing mental and emotional issues, care options, planning and paying for care, information for caregivers, and resources for coping with grief.
  • Information for caregivers: The NLM 4 Caregivers social media campaign provides a Pinterest board linking to reliable resources on end-of-life care, including printable information sheets and booklets on end-of-life care from government and non-profit organizations.

NIH Requests Information on Strategies for Data Management, Sharing and Citation

Monday, November 21st, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts, NIH published a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks public comments on strategies for data management, sharing, and citation in order to consider:

  1. what, when, and how data should be managed and shared; and,
  2. setting standards for citing shared data and software.

The complete RFI, as well as instructions on how to comment, can be found on the NIH OSP website.  The final response date is December 29, 2016.  NIH will consider all public comments before taking next steps.

Additional information about the importance of this RFI can be found in an “Under the Poliscope” blog published today by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy.

For more information, please contact the NIH Office of Science Policy by email at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov or by telephone at 301-496-9838.

Request for Participation: NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Are you a family caregiver, or do you know or work with family caregivers?  Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey, and help National Library of Medicine to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information.

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXNLGV