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NN/LM Training Needs Assessment

Learning: you do it every day because you’re curious and you want to stay informed. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can help you learn what you care about…and we’d like to do it on your terms.

Please complete our training needs assessment. By doing so, your responses will guide NN/LM in developing programs:

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

This needs assessment is being conducted by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) and is estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete. It will close on November 30, 2016. Your response is sincerely appreciated.


Free Webinar to Learn About NLM Associate Fellowship Program

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


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