Archive for the ‘News from NLM/NIH’ Category
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.
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 email@example.com
Monday, August 29th, 2016
From Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, National Library of Medicine:
“NLM is looking for candidates to apply for these two vacancies, Chief of the Public Services Division and Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Both are important leadership positions and we welcome candidates looking to contribute to NLM’s programs and mission as we move into the strategic planning process with our new Director, Patti Brennan.
For more information, refer to the NLM web site or watch these videos which briefly describe each of the programs and how to apply for a federal job.
Both jobs will be posted on USAJobs.gov, and linked on the NLM Job Openings page September 6-19, 2016. Both are GS15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300.”
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
From the Friends of the National Library of Medicine:
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (http://fnlm.org/) seek your nominations for this year’s
- 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, 2016 via mail, fax, or email (details below):
Mail: Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax: 301-657-1296
Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.
Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the website was constructed by user feedback received through a website survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:
- Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
- Addition of images for topics
- Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas
The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.
NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to: email@example.com.
Go to AIDSource: http://aids.nlm.nih.gov/
Want to see a demo of the site? Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, on October 14 from noon -1pm ET for a webinar with the Project Manager.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
From the National Library of Medicine:
HMD has posted an announcement on USAJOBS (https://www.usajobs.gov/) for an archivist to coordinate the historic audio visuals program of the Images & Archives Section in the History of Medicine Division of NLM. Images and Archives Section desires a public-service oriented leader who is a seasoned professional archivist or librarian experienced in film and video collections. Ideal candidates should also be proactive problem solvers who work well as part of a team and thrive in dynamic, changing environments. The historic audio visuals archivist is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, arranging, describing, reproducing, preserving, and providing reference, access, and outreach services for a collection of approximately 10,000 film and video titles. The successful candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge of archives and audiovisual materials.
All US citizens may apply on USAJobs using this link: https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410020300
Federal government employees and former Federal government employees who are Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) may apply on USAJobs using this link: https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/409193500
The announcement opened today, July 16th, and will close on Monday, July 20th. The short time period reflects NLM’s effort to expedite the hiring of talented individuals and is not an indicator of a pre-selected candidate.
Please share the announcement with anyone you know who made be interested. Questions about the announcement can be directed to
Lisa Stevens, Human Resources Specialist
Friday, June 12th, 2015
NLM has been recording geographic locations and publications types in the MARC21 fields 651 and 655 respectively since 1999 to match indexing practices in subject assignment. This differs from LC’s practice of putting geographic locations in 650 $z and publication types in 650 $v. In 1999, 80% of medical libraries responding to the announcement of this practice being adopted at NLM, indicated that subjects in this format would be difficult to incorporate in their OPAC. NLM therefore continued to provide a specially programmed output with a traditional subject string of 650 $a $x $z $v for subscribers to Catfile. See the example at the end of this announcement.
In 2005, NLM once again surveyed the community and proposed discontinuing the special programming to create traditional subject strings and to distribute records as they appear in LocatorPlus. At that time, a small majority of libraries were in favor of such a proposal. However, those who were opposed were very passionate about the issue and made some compelling arguments for keeping the strings. NLM made some minor changes to the record distribution programs at that time to ease some of the complexities its catalogers had been encountering in trying to code subjects for proper output, but continued to output traditional subject strings.
It is now 10 years since this issue has been considered, and NLM believes that the environment has changed enough to once again propose discontinuing the practice of creating artificial subject strings for subscribers to Catfile. Rather than traditional OPACs, many libraries are using discovery systems that search across different input streams and provide faceted searching options. The library community is planning to make much more use of linked data, particularly with the future adoption of BIBFRAME. Long subject strings do not work well in a linked data environment, and in fact, we are seeing many libraries breaking up the traditional LCSH subject string into its component parts using the FAST vocabulary. MeSH has recently been released in RDF triples that correspond to data in 650 $a and $x, 651 or 655 fields. NLM believes the time is now appropriate to stop creating artificial subject strings and distribute NLM records exactly as they appear in our database. This would mean that libraries that take copy from both NLM and OCLC would not have to edit one form or another to have consistency in their catalogs.
NLM is asking the medical library community to let us know what the effect would be on your institution if NLM were to discontinue distributing its MARC cataloging bibliographic records with artificially reconstructed subject strings. Records in MARC format would continue to have MeSH headings combined with the appropriate topical subheadings (650 $a $x), but geographic locations, and publication types would be carried in separate fields in the record, rather than as subfields of the MeSH heading. This would mean that records distributed to bibliographic utilities and other licensees would be identical to the records in LocatorPlus.
Please send your comments by August 31, 2015 to:
Head, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Room 1N11
Bethesda, MD 20894
NLM will announce the final decision on whether or not to implement this change by September 30, 2015. Any changes to distribution files will not occur until calendar year 2016.
Friday, June 12th, 2015
From the National Institutes of Health:
“National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., approved a federal report (PDF – 163KB) that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library. This vision, presented today at the 110th meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), calls for NIH to position the NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine that promotes and accelerates knowledge generation, dissemination and understanding in the United States and internationally. The report also cites the need to make NLM the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise. In addition, the report recommends dramatically expanding NLM’s activities to include research conducted beyond NIH’s walls to funded institutions, enabling it to have a greater and wider impact on data science than ever before. NIH plans to work with Congress to implement the necessary infrastructure changes to move this vision forward.”
Read more: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2015/od-11.htm
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
From NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys:
The NLM Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH (ACD) will present its vision and recommendations for an expansive and exciting future for NLM to the full ACD on June 11, 2015.
The presentation is scheduled to begin at 11:15 am. You will find the full agenda for the ACD meeting at http://acd.od.nih.gov/meetings.htm
The meeting will be broadcast live and also archived so you will be able to watch it at http://videocast.nih.gov/
The text of the report will be posted on the ACD website soon after the meeting. Recruitment for a new permanent NLM Director will begin shortly thereafter, too.
Friday, May 8th, 2015
From NLM DOCLINE Team:
For those attending MLA, please note that there will not be a DOCLINE Users Group meeting this year. We will post a presentation after MLA with information on DOCLINE activities.
We invite you to:
** Monday, May 18th from 1:30 – 3:30 pm (Booth #419) A DOCLINE team member will be available to hear your feedback and answer questions.
For a complete list of NLM activities at MLA 2015, see:
DOCLINE users should consider attending the Resource Sharing SIG meeting so that you can share ideas with colleagues on issues related to ILL.
** Tuesday, May 19th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in Room 616A of the Hilton.
Have a great meeting.
– The DOCLINE Team
DOCLINE Customer Service
National Library of Medicine
US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)
Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2)