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NLM is Recruiting!

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Ever consider working at the worlds largest health sciences library?  The National Library of Medicine is now recruiting for 13 information specialists positions. One of them in the office that oversees the NN/LM program. Applications must be in by Dec 5, 2016. There’s a quick turn around in order to fill these vacancies quickly. Information is on the NLM Job Openings page and USA Jobs.  /ch

Simple, Free, and Painless: Community Engagement at Your Library

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm CT / 10:00am – 11:00am MT

Community engagement is easier than you think, and its benefits can be extraordinary. In this hands-on session we’ll explore why community engagement can make a difference to your library, and discuss simple steps to get you started. You’ll leave the session with 40+ plus ideas for community engagement, and a customized plan for your library and your community.

Speaker: Jennifer Peters is the Community Engagement Administrator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. She has worked as an archivist, a nonprofit executive, fundraiser, and currently oversees statewide programs to encourage libraries to build partnerships and engage with their community.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

To join the meeting:

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter the session number: 620 309 599 and password: webinar
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:

*Call in – Call: 1-877-668-4493 (US/Canada Toll-free)

  • Enter this access code: 620 309 599 #
  • Enter the participant code given to you in the application and press #

*Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection.

  1. If you are using a mobile device, your event password is: webinar

To view live captioning, open in a separate browser window.

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

For more information about this webinar, please visit: /da


Loansome Doc: Robust Access to Full Text Articles

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Many health professionals have access to full text articles thanks to their academic or hospital  health sciences library.  Those practitioners, and the public who are not affiliated with those kinds of libraries of course need to use alternative services. Loansome Doc is that robust alternative service.  Most people in health sciences librarianship are familiar with the service.  Those who aren’t familiar will discover it’s administered by the National Library of Medicine.  An unaffiliated health professional, or the public, can register and choose an “ordering library.”  After the ordering library accepts them, all they need do is to find the article they need, using PubMed, and then order it.  Usually the ordering library will charge a small fee for the article and can deliver it quickly.  A health sciences library, using DOCLINE, can opt to offer the service and become a Loansome Doc provider.  The MidContinental Region needs more providers too. If you are interested in providing this vital service talk to your state coordinator.  [jh]

MedPrint: Medical Serials Print Preservation Program

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

MedPrint is a joint initiative of the NN/LM and the National Library of Medicine to retain and preserve biomedical literature in print format.  DOCLINE users indicate their commitment to hold a title they have in print by choosing the radio button in a journal title’s record in their serial holdings  – “Will hold title for national commitment“.   The NLM runs reports and if it’s a title that they still need, and if most of the issues in your title are complete, they will ask you to sign an agreement. Every MedPrint participant agrees to hold the title(s) for 25 years. It’s a long time, but it will help ensure that journal articles are accessible since access to  copies in the electronic environment cannot not always be guaranteed.  Several libraries in the MidContinental Region have signed on to the program.   If you are concerned about print accessibility and learn more in depth you can read more about the program here.    [jh]

Debrief and Discuss Data Wrangling-BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Weekly Sessions With Your Colleagues (MLA CE Contact Hours Available)

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Dear Network member data geeks or those interested in learning neat things about data and how it will save the planet…

Please consider joining a 30 minute debrief/discussion shortly following the BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science weekly webinars. The debriefing/discussion will start after a 10 minute break after the series session ends.

If you attend both the debriefing and BD2K GFDS can earn you 2 MLA CE contact hours. No registration is required.

If you can’t attend the live sessions, you can participate asynchronously.

This week’s topic is: Part 2 of Data Wrangling, Normalization & Preprocessing 

Speakers: Joseph Picone, Temple University and Sanda Harabagiu, University of Texas at Dallas

Webinar Date/Time: December 2, 2016 / 10 am MT-11 am CT

Debrief Date/Time: December 2, 2016 / 11:10 am MT-12:10 pm CT

If you are new to the topic or series, past sessions have been posted to the BD2KCCC’s YouTube Channel

The debrief/discussion will be held online here:

To shape the discussion, we will address these questions:

  1. In the context of health information access (organization of information, research, findability, etc.) what role can the librarian play to support researchers in their data lifecycle at your institution?
  2. What assets do librarians have to bring to the table?
  3. What skills do librarians need?
  4. What Resources are needed?
  5. Who are the most important stakeholders librarians need to align with to get a seat at the table?

Summaries of the discussions will be posted to at a location to be announce in the future (likely in the P2PP).

If you have questions about this post, please contact or 801 585 5743 – jb

When I Returned: Partnerships Between Comics and Healthcare

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

This event will be of particular interest to people working with veterans, interested in medical communication, and/or interested in medical humanities. It will be live streamed.

  • When: Monday, December 5th, 2016, 12:00-1 MT, 1-2 CT
  • Register
  • Description: James Sturm, co-founder of The Center for Cartoon Studies and the Pulitzer Prize winning Seattle newspaper The Stranger, will discuss the collaboration between the CCS and the White River Junction VA Medical Center that led to the creation of the collection of short comics, When I Returned. These comics explore the experiences of New England veterans ranging from experiences in German P.O.W. camps to coping with PTSD. Additionally, the role of comics in applied fields, such as medicine, will be considered. A Q&A will follow. When I Returned may be read digitally (

This event is sponsored by the NN/LM New England Region. /ch

Free Webinar to Learn About NLM Associate Fellowship Program

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

You are invited to a National Library of Medicine (NLM) webinar on the NLM Associate Fellowship Program.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 2:00 pm MT/ 3:00 pm CT

Are you…

  • 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/or digital communication?
  • Interested in joining a cohort of recent library science graduates in learning through curriculum, project work, mentoring, conference attendance, field trips, publications, and presentations?
  • Interested in a one-year fellowship that launches your career and includes a stipend of $53,435, financial support for health insurance, relocation funding, and fully-backed conference attendance?

Then JOIN US! Hear from Kathel Dunn, Coordinator of the NLM Associate Fellowship Program; current Associates Kendra Godwin, Megan Kellner, Tyler Moses, and Candace Norton; second year associate Loan Nguyen; and alumni associate Erin Foster, now a Data Services Librarian at Indiana University School of Medicine. They’ll talk about the interview process, learning about NLM, mentoring opportunities, conference attendance, project work, and more!

Registration is not required.
To join the meeting:
Use this link:
Meeting number (access code): 624 303 320
Meeting password: nlm8600


New MeSH Browser

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

NLM has totally redesigned and rebuilt the MeSH Browser. Public testing of the Beta version that began in September will end next week. This is when the new MeSH Browser will take over as the production version.  More details are available in the current issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch

Recruiting for NLM Deputy Director

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Are you a top-level executive interested in a career with the Nation’s premiere biomedical research center?  Do you want to make a difference in this country’s healthcare?  Do you have what it takes to serve as the Deputy for the National Library of Medicine?  Do you want to perform challenging work in a collegial environment, while enjoying quality of work/life flexibilities and a competitive compensation package? The National Library of Medicine is recruiting a Deputy Director who shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library and intramural research and development activities. The Deputy works closely with the Director in developing plans and programs, and formulating Library policy, and is responsible for the day-to-day program operations of the NLM and its intramural research program. The position has been posted on USAJOBS. Applications must be received by Dec 22, 2016. /ch


Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference 2017

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Attendance at this conference is eligible for NN/LM MCR Professional Development funding. Information on applying is available on our Professional Development Award page (

The 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice conference  is scheduled for June 18-21, 2017 in Philadelphia. The theme of EBLIP9 is “Embedding and Embracing Evidence.” This conference, which occurs every two years, focuses on the discovery and application of evidence to the practice of librarianship. The Call for Papers and Posters is open through November 15, 2016. /ch