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Resources for Diverse Populations for Alcohol Awareness Month

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

From the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Outreach and Special Populations branch:

Many Americans drink occasionally, and moderate drinking is probably safe for many people.  However, some people should not drink at all, including alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people taking certain medicines, and people with certain medical conditions.  April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and health professionals can find a variety of free online resources from National Library of Medicine (NLM) to help diverse populations learn more about responsible alcohol consumption:

  • General Public – Find reliable resources about alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol abuse on MedlinePlus, including links to basic information, prevention and risk factors, statistics, journal articles, health check tools, information for specific populations (men, women, teens, seniors), and more.
  • Multilingual Populations – Find documents, audio, and video in multiple languages related to alcohol on HealthReach.  Also find links to resources in multiple languages on alcoholism at MedlinePlus.
  • Individuals with HIV/AIDS – AIDSource provides links to reliable resources on how drug and alcohol use can impact the health of individuals with HIV/AIDS.

NLM Webinar: Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Want to do more with PubMed?
Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want?
Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start?

Join National Library of Medicine (NLM) staff on Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm EDT for a one-hour introductory webinar designed to teach you more powerful and flexible ways of accessing NLM data, starting with the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for PubMed and other NCBI databases. This presentation is part of the Insider’s Guide, a series aimed at librarians and other information specialists who have experience using PubMed via the traditional Web interface, but now want to dig deeper. This class will start with the very basics of APIs, before showing you how to get started using the E-utilities API to search and retrieve records from PubMed. The class will also showcase some specific tools and utilities that information specialists can use to work with E-utilities, helping to prepare you for subsequent Insider’s Guide classes. They will finish by looking at some practical examples of E-utilities in the real world, and hopefully inspire you to get out and put these lessons to use!

View the class page to register. Questions? Contact The Insider’s Guide.

Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present the three-part webinar series, Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed.

This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, and we encourage students to follow along. Before registering for these classes, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed“, or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
  • Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
  • Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).
  • Install the EDirect software (for more information, see the Installing EDirect page).

Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.

Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data: Tuesday, February 21, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML: Tuesday, February 28, 1-2:30 PM ET
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions: Tuesday, March 7, 1-2:30 PM ET

Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series.

Details and Registration

Multilingual Resources for Children’s Dental Health

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children should learn the benefits of brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups from an early age, to prevent cavities and dental problems in adulthood. The American Dental Association named February 2017 as National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the National Library of Medicine has multilingual information about children’s dental health available for free online.

  • Check MedlinePlus for a collection of reliable links related to Child Dental Health, and use the Medical Encyclopedia on MedlinePlus to find instructions on brushing your child’s teeth and preventing tooth decay in early childhood.  Various informational handouts in seven languages about child dental health can be downloaded on MedlinePlus.
  • Browse HealthReach for topics like dental care and oral hygiene to view and download patient information in over a dozen languages, including audio and video options for some records.  For instance, the brochure Healthy Teeth, Health Kids is available in 13 languages, with audio downloads in eight languages.  Use the split-screen view on HealthReach to view the document in English and a second language simultaneously.

NLM and Government Resources for Locating Health Services and Organizations

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:

Do you often need help finding local health services?  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers a curated list of links to online directories, to help you locate libraries, health professionals, services, and facilities close to you. At MedlinePlus, you can browse a list of directories organized under topics including:

  • Libraries
  • Doctors and Dentists – General
  • Hospitals and Clinics – General
  • Doctors and Dentists – Specialists
  • Other Healthcare Providers
  • Hospitals and Clinics – Specialized
  • Other Healthcare Facilities and Services

If you need to locate an organization providing information on a specific health topic, try browsing the organizations list on MedlinePlus, either organized by health topic or listed alphabetically by name.

Other government resources that can help you locate health services nearby include:

  • HealthFinder.gov – This site from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides links to websites to help you find local doctors, dentists, other healthcare providers, health centers, home healthcare services, health organizations, and public libraries.
  • Eldercare Locator – This tool from the Administration on Aging (AoA) allows you to search by zip code, city, or state for health services to assist older adults and their families.  You can also search by topic for local services, such as adult day programs, Alzheimer’s disease services, behavioral health services, caregiver services, and more.

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine seek nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award.

Nominations:

  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these.
  • Nominations must be in writing and contain at least the following elements:
    • The official nomination form
    • A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than 5 pages please
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae
    • Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • All nominations must be received by May 1, 2017 via mail, fax, or email (details below):

Mail to:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814

Email: ronica.lu@fnlm.org
Fax: 301-657-1296

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.