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New NLM Customer Support Portal

NLM has launched a new Customer Support portal with answers to the questions that its customers ask most often. You can access the portal from the “NLM Customer Support” link in the top right corner of the NLM Web site. At this portal, NLM answers librarian questions like, “I found an error or mistake in PubMed; how do I get it fixed?” and “Why can’t I find a citation in PubMed when other citations from the same journal are there?” The portal also has answers to questions frequently asked by consumers such as, “Can I get advice about my disease?” For more information on this portal check out the article in the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch

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

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: Computing Overview

Speakers: Patricia Kovatch, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Webinar Date/Time: January 6, 2017 / 10 am MT-11 am CT

Debrief Date/Time: January 6, 2017 / 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

Reminders From Member Services

These friendly reminders are a service of your MCR Member Services Coordinator and apply primarily to DOCLINE participants:

  • We encourage all DOCLINE users to  participate in the Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS.) It’s an efficient and easy way to pay for your interlibrary loans borrowed from other libraries. Here are 5 reasons to join.  To learn more about the program click here
  • Likewise, DOCLINE users can participate in the Loansome Doc program. This program provides full text access to unaffiliated heath professionals.  Any DOCLINE library has the ability provide this vital service.
  • Why not consider committing to the MedPrint – Medical Serials Print Preservation progam? We can’t always be certain that journal articles will be available electronically.


Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians

Apply now!  The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is accepting applications from December 12, 2016 through January 27, 2017.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status no later than February 17, 2017. This institute qualifies  for NN/LM MCR Professional Development funding.

The Institute will be held April 24 – 28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged. /ch


2017 MeSH Now Available in PubMed/MEDLINE

As of December 12, 2016, PubMed/MEDLINE citations, the NLM Catalog, and the MeSH translation tables were updated to reflect 2017 MeSH. For more information see the NLM Technical Bulletin article. /ch

NLM Funding for Informationist Services


the National Library of Medicine, in conjunction with NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), published an Administrative Supplement opportunity available to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, in some cases, with other grant or cooperative agreement mechanisms (see details in the Activity Code listing of which ICs will accept applications for each activity code).  These administrative supplements provide funds to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of digital research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess the impact of the informationist’s participation.

To review the announcement, please go to the NIH grants page.  Click here to see projects of  past recipients.

 Applications are due by: March 15, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

 Direct any questions to:

Alan VanBiervliet, Ph.D.
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Telephone: 301-594-4882


Information and News: Free Online Course “Health in Humanitarian Crises”



From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion list:   The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering a free online course “Health in Humanitarian Crises.” The course, which starts February 6, 2017, lasts for three weeks, and will require approximately four hours of work per week. The course will answer questions such as:

  • What are the key health needs in humanitarian crises?
  • How can we develop responses to health needs in humanitarian settings with maximum impact?
  • How will we respond to health needs in the future?

The course will be particularly relevant to healthcare practitioners and NGO staff, especially those in low- and middle-income countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. It will also be valuable to individuals studying health or development and to anyone with an interest in the challenges of delivering healthcare in a crisis setting.

Learn more about the course and how to register:

The DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB archives are available at



Happy Holidays from the NN/LM MCR

Skating by to wish you Happy Holidays
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Share How You Manage Stress on Instagram #NCCIHManageStress

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health wants to learn: Do you use mind and body techniques—like yoga, meditation, tai chi, or a relaxation technique—to manage your stress? If so, they invite you to use #NCCIHManageStress to post a picture on your Instagram account of your favorite mind and body approach and tell them in the caption how it helps you to manage your stress. Make sure your account isn’t private and use #NCCIHManageStress in your post so your picture is visible. They will regram their favorites all month! /da

New Human Genome Resources Site

The new Human Genome Resources site offers access to visualization and analysis tools available for the human genome, as well as other relevant tools like BLAST, the NCBI remapping service and databases that provide human molecular data. The resources are sorted into categories like Find, View, Download and Learn, making it easier to find what you need. NCBI has a news post on using the site. /ch