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NIH Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

Please consider responding to this RFI if you have an interest or stake in data management and data sharing strategies. It is your opportunity to offer guidance to NIH on the priorities it considers at they look at: “(1) how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, (2) how to set standards for citing shared data and software.”

Read more about this RFI

They need your comments by December 9, 2016

Comments can be submitted electronically to the following webpage:  or mailed to: Office of Science Policy (OSP), National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, or by fax to: 301-496-9839 by December 29, 2016.



Asian American Health Portal to Retire on November 21, 2016

On November 21, 2016, the Asian American Health portal will be retired in order to concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials.

Alternatively, MedlinePlus offers consumer health information including material that targets the specific health concerns of Asian American populations and HealthReach provides multilingual consumer health and patient education materials. /da

Dr. Patti Brennan launches new blog

The new Director of the world’s largest biomedical library, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dr. Patti Brennan, launches her new blog today! Learn what’s on her mind & share your views:  /da

MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress.

mtextmessagingThe National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress.

Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online:

Please help promote the launch by using the following posts on Twitter and Facebook.


The holidays can bring uninvited guests: anxiety, depression, stress. Get mental health texts from @medlineplus: text MP Health to 468311


The holiday season can bring uninvited guests: anxiety, depression, stress. Sign-up for holiday mental health texts from MedlinePlus: text MP Health to 468311 or click here:

If you have any questions, please use the Contact Us link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page to send the MedlinePlus team a message. /da


New MeSH Browser

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

NLM: Seeking Audacious Goals and Compelling Questions

The National Library of Medicine is undertaking a strategic planning process and is asking for input from its broad stakeholder community. This includes you, our Network members. Please ensure that your feedback  is included in their strategic visioning.The Request For Information closes on January 9, 2017.
NLM is seeking audacious goals and compelling questions in four areas:
  1. Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics
  2. Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science
  3. Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health
  4. Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century  /ch


NN/LM Training Needs Assessment

A heads up that on Tuesday afternoon (11/15/2016) you’ll be receiving a questionnaire from your state coordinator that will help the NN/LM Training Office and the NN/LM MCR learn about your training needs.

By completing the questionnaire you will will help us develop programs:

  • on the topics you want
  •  at the right level
  •  in a format that works for you

Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the questionnaire by November 30, 2016. We’d greatly appreciate your input! /ch


NLM Resources Help Students Prepare for National History Day

The National Library of Medicine is helping young historians discover its rich collections related to the National History Day 2017 theme, “Taking a Stand.”

Through NLM resources, students can discover individuals taking a stand for the inclusion of women and African Americans in medicine; for improved mental health care and for recognizing domestic violence as a serious health issue. They can also discover how individuals took stands on smoking, AIDS, and other health issues, and how the federal government took a stand against the mislabeling of foods and drugs sold to the public and helped standardize packing.

For more information, please visit NLM in Focus. /da


Debrief and Discuss BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Weekly Sessions With Your Colleagues Now Fortified with MLA CE Contact Hours

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/discussoin 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: Data Wrangling, Normalization & Preprocessing 

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

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

Recruiting for NLM Deputy Director

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