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Libraries Responding to Crises

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

Did you know libraries can play an active role in a community’s response to a crisis? They can provide information about local events and services, create reading lists and research guides, and offer less-traditional services to their communities in the wake of tragedy.  Even the simplest gesture can have meaning.

If your library wants to help your community process recent events, but is unsure how to begin, you might find inspiration in two recent articles. Community discussion spaces, moments of silence, counseling, lectures, LibGuides, and teen reading lists—there are ideas for everyone:

For more resources, see our guide to coping with disasters, violence, and traumatic events ( or explore the materials in our Disaster Lit® database. If you have not already joined, you can register for email updates (via GovDelivery: or join our email discussion list (

If you are interested in getting involved more deeply in disaster response, take a look at our Disaster Information Specialist program ( and consider taking one of the courses offered, or attending one of our monthly webinars.

Submitted by Robin Taylor, Librarian/Contractor Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center.


New NIH funded biomedical data search engine prototype launched July 2016

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Launched in July 2016, DataMed is a NIH funded biomedical data search engine that is currently in development.

Members of the data scientist community are encouraged to test and provide feedback.

DataMed’s an online tool for users to discover data sets across data repositories/aggregators and will possibly allow users to search beyond outside these boundaries sometime in the near future. DataMed indexes the core metadata available for most datasets.

DataMed works within the FAIR guiding principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) of datasets and assists users to find datasets and information on how they can be accessed.

The number data repositories, selected by bioCADDIE (biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery Index Ecosystem), in this early release represents a small portion of the biomedical data available. bioCADDIE requests the data science research community to make recommendations on which data repositories DataMed should cover next. (Make your suggestions here)


Webinar: Important Changes to NCBI Web Protocols

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Date and time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016. 10MT, 11CT

Register Here (

The next NCBI Minute will discuss NCBI’s upcoming switch to the secure HTTPS protocol. Through this NCBI Minute, you’ll learn how this change will affect your access to NCBI pages and services and what you should do to have a smooth transition.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page. /ch

Webinar: The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Presented by: Kay Dickersin, Ph.D., Director, The Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

When: Monday, July 25, 2016, 11-12 MT, 12 -1 CT

Presented via NIH Videocast (

For planning purposes please register. (

Whether discussing priorities for comparative effectiveness research (CER) from a funder’s or researcher’s perspective, understanding knowledge gaps, or setting guidelines for care, systematic reviews of existing research hold the promise of scientifically summarizing “what works” at any point in time. Dr. Dickersin will review models of how systematic reviews are being used globally to plan, implement, and derive recommendations from CER. Dr. Dickersin will then review some of the existing challenges to using systematic reviews and methods being used to address these challenges.

Dr. Dickersin will accept questions about her presentation via email at and on Twitter with #NIHMtG.

For more information, contact the Office of Disease Prevention at

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, contact Jonathan Hicks at or (301) 827-5564. Closed captioning will be provided. /ch

Call for Submissions to the Merge & Converge Tech Forum: Partnering with Technology Champions

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Would you like to share your success story for collaborating with technology champions outside of the library?

The Merge & Converge Tech Forum Planning Group is looking for panelists who want to share their IT collaboration success stories as either a “technology therapy” for those of us struggling with new technology initiatives in our institutions or an inspiration to those of us looking for new and exciting ventures.  Have you participated in your college’s Learning Management System (LMS), integrated library resources in your hospital’s Electronic Health Record (EHR), collaborated on 3D printing/imaging, Big Data projects, instructional technologies, or other exciting tech projects?

If so, we want to hear from you and (if possible) your non-library technology collaborators! [NOTE: Some funding may be available to defray the cost of attendance for non-library personnel]

The Tech Forum will be taking place on Monday, October 24 from 3:30-5pm central time. The full conference schedule is available at

If you are interested in serving on this panel, please fill out the following form by Monday, August 1, 2016. Submissions should be around 250 words or less. Panelists will be notified of acceptance by September 1, 2016.


MEDLINE/PubMed Production Improvement

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Beginning in the fall of 2016, NLM will provide publishers with access to the PubMed Data Management System for direct publisher editing of citations.This will mean that publishers will be responsible for updating and correcting publisher supplied citations. This will also mean that librarians should contact the publisher when they see errors in the citation.

In parallel, a new Indexing Management System is also in development to improve the indexing workflows for assigning MeSH terminology to MEDLINE/PubMed citations. More details are available in the Jul-Aug 2016 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch

Free Webinar – Teaching Topics: Open & Close with Impact

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact

Will be offered twice: August 25th and September 22nd

1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm CT

Spend 60 minutes with Jessi Van Der Volgen and Rebecca Brown, Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. After attending this session you will be eligible for one hour of MLA CE credit.

Here are the questions we’re hoping to answer for you today:

  1. Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
  2. What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
  3. What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
  4. What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
  5. How can I support critical thinking till the very end?
  6. How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

Registration is required. For more details, visit: 


Wellcome Trust to Launch Open Access Journal

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Wellcome Trust, one of the biggest non-governmental funders of biomedical research, plans to launch it’s own open access journal. This online journal will publish Wellcome-funded research only and is scheduled to start this fall. The model will be of  immediate publication followed by transparent invited peer review, with inclusion of supporting data.

Full press release from Wellcome Trust

Science Insider posting


July Breezing and Discover Webinars

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Breezing Along with the RML

Librarians Involved in EHRs

July 20, 2016 10am Mountain/ 11am Central

This session will feature a panel of librarians discussing opportunities and challenges for librarians to be involved in supporting clinical care through Electronic Health Record Systems. Panelists will discuss their current projects, how their library got involved with their EHR, and suggestions for how viewers can start a similar process at their own institutions.

Panelists are:

  • Erica Lake, Associate Director, Hope Fox Eccles Health Library, University of Utah
  • Kelsey Leonard, Health Information Services Librarian, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville
  • Meghan D. Evans, Community Health Librarian, Geisinger Health System

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Health Information Resources for Seniors

July 27, 2016 1pm Mountain/ 2pm Central

Presenter: Annette Parde-Maass, Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

As America’s 65-and-over population potentially doubles in the next 35-years, knowing where to find reliable information about senior health will be crucial. This webinar will demonstrate senior health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other centers that address needs at various ages and levels of health. Participants will learn about the sites, how to navigate them, and ways to promote and teach them to senior populations and caregivers.

Registration is not required for either session. Captioning will be provided, and the sessions will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

Apply for: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, /ch