Archive for the ‘Health Sciences’ Category
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
PMC (PubMed Central) has rolled out the following updates. For details about these improvements see the New in PMC site:
- Search Result Filters: On all search results pages, you will now see filters (similar to PubMed’s filters) on the left-hand side that allow you to filter your results by article attributes, publication date, research funder, and search fields.
- Reference List Display: Using related article data available in PMC, articles that cite papers that have been either retracted or named in a Findings of Research Misconduct and not yet retracted, will now include a red hyperlink to the relevant notice directly from the articles reference list. /ch
Monday, August 15th, 2016
Is your library involved in biomedical digital repositories? Is your library interested in getting involved in biomedical digital repositories? This RFI gives more than a glimpse into what the National Institutes of Health goals are in this area of health information access. This is a real opportunity for libraries to get in on the ground floor to shape future funding….read on! jb
“Increasing access to digital research data presents significant scientific opportunities to enhance return on investment, expand accountability, and accelerate discovery and progress. To seize these opportunities, data must be managed and shared appropriately; shared data must be citable to make clear their origin and allow the authors of the data to accrue recognition; and the importance of infrastructure, such as data repositories, must be appreciated. Data often must be considered in conjunction with other related digital objects including experimental and analytical workflows, standards, data annotations, and software that act on data. As such, shared data should conform to the FAIR principles, i.e., findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (http://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201618).
The goal for NIH data management and sharing is to make publicly-funded data broadly accessible to support reuse, reproducibility and discovery while simultaneously balancing the costs and benefits. The many aspects of the data landscape must be considered in implementation of the new NIH data sharing policies. In addition to the current RFI, an RFI on NIH Data Sharing Strategies will be released in the near future to collect the community’s input on these topics.”
Friday, August 12th, 2016
Breezing Along with the RML
Altmetrics: How Librarians, Faculty & Researchers Use Alternative Impact Metrics
August 17, 2016 10am MT/ 11am CT, https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2
Altmetrics is a measure of the visibility of scholarly works utilizing online tools, particularly social media. But how does it differ from citation counts for example, one common measure of research impact? And are there other ways to use altmetrics for library services? Lilian Hoffecker will present an overview of altmetrics comparing them to other metrics, and provide examples on how researchers and librarians utilize them. Dr. Sarah Sutton will present an overview of the results of recent research conducted with a team of librarians, vendors, and LIS educators related to academic librarians’ and academic faculties’ familiarity with and use of altmetrics in the conduct of their regular duties in collection development, assessment, and scholarly communication support.
- Lilian Hoffecker is a research librarian and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library where she is responsible for conducting comprehensive literature searches in support of systematic reviews. Her research interests in bibliometrics and scholarly communication has led to her current collaboration examining the influence of English and other languages to research visibility.
- Dr. Sarah W. Sutton is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She is a member of a team of librarians, vendors, and LIS educators that conducts research on academic librarians’ and academic faculties’ familiarity with and use of altmetrics. The team’s research results have been presented at national and international conferences such as the American Library Association’s annual conference, Electronic Resources in Libraries, ALISE, NASIG, and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Libraries.
Monday, August 8th, 2016
This is a course for librarians who are interested in an introduction on how clinical data can and is playing a role in patient care?
Health Sciences Librarians who take this Medical Library Association approved course (9 contact hours) will help them better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.
This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there is a completion deadline based on your cohort). The classes run in seasonal cohorts: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.
Course content comes from information shared by the expert presenters at the March 7, 2016 “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum”, top reading picks from the NN/LM MCR & PNR Data Curation/Management Journal Clubs, recommended reading from Club members, and taking the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from the Big Data University.
Students will wrap up the course by articulating their views on why health sciences sector librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians could play in this emerging field.
More info here.
Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, August 8th, 2016
September Go4Life® Month. Did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Go4Life sample exercises, exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all! What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+. Your library may want to sponsor Go4Lifeprogramming in September and now’s the time to start planning.
This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults. /ch
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) invites you to this 3 week self-paced, asynchronous introduction to cultural competency, the unique health information needs of refugees and immigrants, and relevant health information resources.
From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information
August 15th, 2016 – September 6th, 2016
This class is designed to assist librarians and others who work with diverse populations in locating health information. The resources presented are selected for their emphasis on providing culturally relevant information in the preferred language of the population. Background information on refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and their unique health issues will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several Internet resources. The class will be taught via Moodle and includes short readings, videos, and activities.
This class has been approved for 4 hours of continuing education credits by the Medical Library Association for each part and is eligible for MLA Level I and Level II CHIS.
Sunday, July 31st, 2016
From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:
Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations
WHEN: Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 1:30pm ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPIC: Reports from two Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects: “Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries” and “The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”
Meeting URL: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8a65b50dbc9bb5b3b970b34b7c71b752
Event Password: 1234
For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html
Thursday, July 28th, 2016
If you use NCBI only through a Web browser (like Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.), NCBI’s change will not noticeably affect you. The only change you should notice after the deadline is that a green lock icon should appear inside the box, and the web addresses of the NCBI pages you visit will start with
If you or those at your institution maintain software that uses NCBI APIs or accesses NCBI servers through the Web, you should review instructions prepared by NCBI and act before the deadline (Sept 30, 2016) to ensure uninterrupted service.
NLM is making this change to improve security and privacy, and by Federal government mandate. /ch
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 (https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/coping.html) or explore the materials in our Disaster Lit® database. If you have not already joined, you can register for email updates (via GovDelivery: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNLMDIMRC/subscriber/new) or join our email discussion list (https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dimrclistserv.html).
If you are interested in getting involved more deeply in disaster response, take a look at our Disaster Information Specialist program (https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialist.html) 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.
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)