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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

NLM Request for Information

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine is undertaking a Strategic Planning Process and is soliciting input from its broad stakeholder community, including our Network members. Please ensure that your feedback is included in our strategic visioning.

Response Date: January 9, 2017

Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Health Information Programs Development
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone:  301-496-2311
Email relevant to this RFI: NLMStrategicPlan@nih.gov

Job Posting: NLM Deputy Director

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine has posted the position for a new Deputy Director. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, December 22, 2016.

Vacancy announcement number: NIH-NLM-SES-2017-1820064

USAJOBS Vacancy announcement

NLM Job Openings

Updated “ToxTutor” Toxicology Tutorial

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has updated its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor. ToxTutor is a self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology.

For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject.

ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year.

ToxTutor is produced by the Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) of the National Library of Medicine.

Younger students (ages 7-11) can also get a basic introduction to toxic household chemicals through the interactive game ToxMystery!

Asian American Health Portal to be Retired

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

From the  National Library of Medicine:

To concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials, NLM will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016. Please use HealthReach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities. In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholder to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. If you have any questions or comments please contact Laura Bartlett.

Finding Health Twitter Chats

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

From the NLM Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Twitter chats are a great way for healthcare professionals to learn about resources related to specific health topics, raise public awareness of heath issues, and share their organization’s resources with other professionals and the general public.  During a Twitter chat, one or more accounts hosting the chat will pose questions through their tweets, and attendees of the chat will answer the questions through tweets that include a hashtag specific to the chat (like #HIVAgingChat).

Where can you find information on upcoming Twitter chats specifically on health topics? Here are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may want to attend:

  • Follow NLM Twitter Handles – If you follow NLM_OSP (the Twitter account for the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch), then you’ll often see announcements on upcoming Twitter chats related to health awareness and outreach topics.  There are currently 18 Twitter accounts maintained by National Library of Medicine, and many of the accounts promote and participate in health-related Twitter chats on a regular basis.
  • Check FYI Weekly Health Resources Newsletter – The Office of Minority Health publishes a weekly email bulletin called FYI: Weekly Health Resources, which lists information on grants, fellowships/scholarships, program resources, and more (including upcoming Twitter chats) related to minority health.
  • Check the Twitter Chat Schedule on Symplur – The website Symplur tracks popular healthcare-related hashtags and also includes a weekly schedule of healthcare tweet chats, including a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled tweet chats.

For similar announcements and opportunities from the Middle Atlantic Region, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

Recruiting for NLM Associate Fellows

Monday, October 17th, 2016

From the National Library of Medicine (NLM):

Interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and digital communication? So are we.

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 Web at: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/applicinfo.html.

NOTE: 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