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Upcoming Class: Discovering TOXNET

From the National Training Office (NTO):

Anything on this list below spark questions? If so, join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for Discovering TOXNET to learn how to use TOXNET to find answers to questions about:

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Environmental Justice
  • Hazards of Arts and Crafts Materials
  • Lead and Human Health
  • Outdoor Air
  • Pesticide Exposure
  • Water Pollution
  • Pesticides Used for Mosquito Control
  • Drugs and chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed
  • Superfund Sites (Remember Love Canal?)
  • Environmental releases of over 600 toxic chemicals by U.S. industrial facilities
  • Health effects of chemicals in more than 10,000 common household products
  • Dose-response assessment for over 500 chemicals
  • Over 400,000 chemicals

Learn about TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine (NLM) environmental health databases with a self-paced, online course. TOXNET is a web-based suite of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment, regulations plus occupational safety and health.

This is a 4 week, self-paced course, from March 1 through March 31, 2017.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Discovering TOXNET is taught online in thirteen independent modules.
  • You can pick and choose the modules you want to complete and receive CE credit for what you complete.
  • Modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, Household Products Database, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, Drug Information Portal and an introductory module.
  • Students work on their own over a period of 4 weeks.
  • Instructors are available to answer questions via email and provide assistance throughout the course.
  • MLA Continuing Education credit is available for the modules you complete, for a total of 12 CE credits.
  • The course is offered through Moodle and includes guided interactive online tutorials, videos, and discovery exercises.

Details and Registration : Look for the Login button to start the registration process

NLM and Government Resources for Locating Health Services and Organizations

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

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

Center for Open Science Webinar Series

The Center for Open Science is offering 3 webinars in February!

OSF 101 – Get started with the OSF + manage your research workflow!
Feb 1, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
This webinar will get you up to speed on using the Open Science Framework, show helpful tips and tricks, and give you a launching pad for managing your first OSF project!
Details and Registration

Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology
Feb 8, 2017, 1:00 PM EST
The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, a large scale effort to explore reproducibility, has published the first five Replication Studies in eLife. We discuss the findings.
Details and Registration

How Registered Reports and Preregistration Help Early Career Researchers
Feb 28, 2017, 10:00 AM EST
In this webinar, Chris Chambers (Professor, Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre) will discuss the benefits that scientists gain from having work peer reviewed before results are known.
Details and Registration

Visit the Center for Open Science YouTube channel to explore recordings of past webinars.

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

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

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

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: https://loveyourdata.wordpress.com/ 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!