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Webinars on Final Rules

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The final rules (link is external) for were recently released. Do you help colleagues who submit information to or do you want to have a better understanding about what these rules require?  The National Library of Medicine invites you to three live webinars on the final rule for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information Submission (42 CFR part 11). The sessions will be recorded.

Link to Webinar Registration

  1. September 27, 2016, 11-12:30MT, 12 – 1:30pmCT – a broad overview of the final rule, including the compliance and effective dates.
  2. October 5, 2016, 11-12MT, 12 – 1pmCT – requirement for registering clinical trials
  3. October 11, 2016, 11-12MT, 12 – 1pmCT – requirements for submitting results /ch

Test Beta Version of MeSH Browser

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A beta version of the Medical Subjects Heading (MeSH) Browser is ready for testing. The beta version will be available for approximately two months, until mid-November.

Both the current browser and the beta version will access the same data so that users can compare the search and retrieval functionality between the two systems. The new version is being developed to take advantage of new technology and improve functionality.

NLM would like your feedback on the beta version of the MeSH Browser during the test period. Please send comments and questions to NLM Customer Service with “MeSH Browser beta version” in the Subject field. /ch Final Rules

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule (link is external) that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information.  At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy (link is external) for registering and submitting summary results information to for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A news release includes links that provides summaries and a table to better understand the changes.

Important elements of the final rule include:

  • Providing a checklist for evaluating which clinical trials are subject to the regulations and who is responsible for submitting required information;
  • Expanding the scope of trials for which summary results information must be submitted to include trials involving FDA-regulated products that have not yet been approved, licensed, or cleared by the FDA;
  • Requiring additional registration and summary results information data elements to be submitted to, including the race and ethnicity of trial participants, if collected, and the full protocol;
  • Requiring additional types of adverse event information; and
  • Providing a list of potential legal consequences for non-compliance. /ch

Keep or Discard Abstracting and Indexing Publications That Ceased Publication

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

NLM has published an FAQ about the MEDLINE and non-MEDLINE content of the Hospital Literature Index, the Hospital and Health Administration Index, the Index to Dental Literature, and the International Nursing Index. These abstracting and indexing publications are no longer published and you may be debating whether to keep them or not. The FAQ offers some things to consider. /ch

NLM Job Announcements: Head of National Network Coordinating Office (RML program) and Chief of the Public Services Division

Monday, September 12th, 2016

NLM is looking for candidates to apply for two vacancies, Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and Chief of the Public Services Division. Both are important leadership positions for candidates looking to contribute to NLM’s programs and mission as it moves into the strategic planning process with their new Director, Dr. 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 are posted on and linked on the NLM Job Openings page until September 19, 2016.  Job openings at NLM are typically only open for five days. Both are GS15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300. If you have questions about applying for these positions, please contact Sheri Liggett, PHR, 301-402-7521, or /ch

REMM: Major Content Update

Thursday, September 8th, 2016


The Radiation Emergency Medical Manage (REMM) Website Team announced a major content update effective August 2016. Here is what’s new on REMM.  Visit the website and learn more about this valuable tool for healthcare providers!  [jh]

Special Alert! The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science – weekly sessions start this Friday, Sept 9, 2016 at 10am MT/11am CT

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Attention data enthusiasts

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program is pleased to announce The BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

The 1 hour series starts Friday, September 9th with Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle (Mark MusenStanford) and will run all year once per week at 10am MT / 11am CT 2noon-1pm ET.

To join the meeting online, click here.
To join by phone only: +1 (872) 240-3311; Access Code: 786-506-213

This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC), the BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC), and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science. For up-to-date information about the series and to see archived presentations, go to this website.


New CHIS Certification Funding Available

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

If you are a librarian that has completed continuing education requirements for the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), and would like to apply for the certificate, we have a new funding award to support you.

Each award covers the fee for one CHIS certificate application (up to $75). The application for the certificate must take place between May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017.

Learn more about funding requirements at:

Questions? Contact Christian Minter at

Professional Development Funding Still Available!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Looking for money to attend a professional development activity that occurs before April 20, 2017? Apply for the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award (approximately $1,500 per award).

This award is for health sciences librarians or academic/community college librarians that are liaisons to health science programs. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of clinical big data, emerging technologies, health information literacy, and effective health science librarianship practices.

Learn more about application requirements at: Questions? Contact Christian Minter at

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Call for Applications: K-12 School Partnership Award

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under a cooperative agreement grant with the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), announces the availability of the K-12 School Partnership Award.

The purpose of this funding is to support new or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, academic, or health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) to promote and/or introduce NLM health information resources that could serve as a model for other partnerships. Examples of projects include raising awareness of NLM health information resources, participation in health fairs, or developing media resources featuring NLM health information resources. The NN/LM MCR will fund two awards up to $2,500 each.

Single year Awards: Project performance period will begin and end within the NN/LM MCR budget period: May 1, 2016 thru April 30, 2017.

  • Application Due Date: September 30, 2016
  • Notification of Award: October 10, 2016

Prior awarded projects:

  1. Public library partnership with a six county prevention coalition to provide teen health outreach programming in the areas of youth mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse, and depression.
  2. Academic library partnership with a middle school and a volunteer community health organization to instruct students on evaluating and using online health information.
  3. Public library partnership with an elementary school to conduct  fun after school programming for K-3 on health topics incorporating play to engage participants in healthy behaviors and body functions.
  4. High school library partnership with health careers academy to create public service announcements relevant to the student’s medical and bioscience curriculum.
  5. Hospital library partnership with a school serving K-8 students with chronic illnesses to provide instruction to bolster health literacy skills.

For application instructions and to access the online submission form click here.

Award contact: Dana Abbey @ or 303/724-2110.