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NCBI Minute Webinar: Downloading Genome Data from the NCBI FTP Site

Dear Network members!

Do you work with your genomics department or simply want to know how to download genomic sequences for your favorite species to your computer? Read on to learn more!

The next NCBI Minute webinar will teach attendees how to use the Web and the command line to quickly access and download genomic sequence and annotation files for a species, metagenome or taxonomic group of interest.

Date and time: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:00 PM EDT

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page.

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August Discover Webinar

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Resources for Addressing Community Health Needs

August 24, 2016 1pm MT/ 2pm CT,

Presenter: Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator, NN/LM MCR

There are numerous factors that have the potential to influence the health of your community members including quality of life, health behaviors, utilization of and access to health care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

In this hands-on session you will:

  • Utilize tools for researching these factors at the local level.
  • Identify authoritative health information resources for program planning.
  • Identify potential community partners.

Who should attend?

  • Public libraries and community organizations planning health outreach activities.
  • K-12 staff involved in student health care and/or health and science curriculums (librarians, nurses, teachers).
  • Public health grant writers.
  • Anyone who interested in knowing about these great resources.

NYU School of Medicine seeking medical librarians to pilot data management education materials…prepare to get your data geek on!

Dear Data Enthusiasts! 

NYU School of Medicine is seeking medical librarians to pilot education materials developed with funds the Big Data to Knowledge Initiative at NIH.

The purpose of this two part program is to facilitate medical librarians ability to teach research data management concepts at their institutions.

The pilot is recruiting for Part 1, which consists of roughly 3 contact hours where students will be walked through 7 models focusing on the practice and culture of research and best practices of research data management.  

Part 2, not currently available, will focuses on a teaching toolkit that includes slides, scripts, and evaluation materials medical librarians can use to teach an in-person intro class on research data management.  

Students can start taking the modules right away but registration is required. Students are asked to email Kevin Read  or Alisa Surkis to confirm your participation or if you have any questions.


New NLM Director on Role of NLM

Dr. Brennan, the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, describes her vision of the role of NLM in the Ideas and Opinions column of the  Annals of Internal Medicine. In the article she recognized that the    “…National Network of Libraries of Medicine serve as local outreach centers around the country bringing the NLM resources to patients and providers.” /ch

PMC Updates

PMC (PubMed Central) has rolled out the following updates. For details about these improvements see the New in PMC site:

  1. Search Result Filters: On all search results pages, you will now see filters (similar to PubMed’s filters) on the left-hand side that allow you to filter your results by article attributes, publication date, research funder, and search fields.
  2. Reference List Display:  Using related article data available in PMC, articles that cite papers that have been either retracted or named in a Findings of Research Misconduct and not yet retracted, will now include a red hyperlink to the relevant notice directly from the articles reference list. /ch

Patricia Brennan Starts as NLM Director

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, started as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), on Monday, August 15, 2016.  She is the first woman and the first nurse to serve in this role. What’s her vision for NLM? Check out this video where she talks about what it means to make information available at the point of need. /ch


Request for Information (RFI): Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories

Is your library involved in biomedical digital repositories? Is your library interested in getting involved in biomedical digital repositories? This RFI gives more than a glimpse into what the National Institutes of Health goals are in this area of health information access.  This is a real opportunity for libraries to get in on the ground floor to shape future funding….read on!  jb

“Increasing access to digital research data presents significant scientific opportunities to enhance return on investment, expand accountability, and accelerate discovery and progress. To seize these opportunities, data must be managed and shared appropriately; shared data must be citable to make clear their origin and allow the authors of the data to accrue recognition; and the importance of infrastructure, such as data repositories, must be appreciated. Data often must be considered in conjunction with other related digital objects including experimental and analytical workflows, standards, data annotations, and software that act on data. As such, shared data should conform to the FAIR principles, i.e., findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (

The goal for NIH data management and sharing is to make publicly-funded data broadly accessible to support reuse, reproducibility and discovery while simultaneously balancing the costs and benefits. The many aspects of the data landscape must be considered in implementation of the new NIH data sharing policies. In addition to the current RFI, an RFI on NIH Data Sharing Strategies will be released in the near future to collect the community’s input on these topics.”

Full announcement.

August Breezing Webinar

Breezing Along with the RML

Altmetrics: How Librarians, Faculty & Researchers Use Alternative Impact Metrics

August 17, 2016 10am MT/ 11am CT,

Altmetrics is a measure of the visibility of scholarly works utilizing online tools, particularly social media. But how does it differ from citation counts for example, one common measure of research impact? And are there other ways to use altmetrics for library services? Lilian Hoffecker will present an overview of altmetrics comparing them to other metrics, and provide examples on how researchers and librarians utilize them. Dr. Sarah Sutton will present an overview of the results of recent research conducted with a team of librarians, vendors, and LIS educators related to academic librarians’ and academic faculties’ familiarity with and use of altmetrics in the conduct of their regular duties in collection development, assessment, and scholarly communication support.


  • Lilian Hoffecker is a research librarian and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Library where she is responsible for conducting comprehensive literature searches in support of systematic reviews. Her research interests in bibliometrics and scholarly communication has led to her current collaboration examining the influence of English and other languages to research visibility.
  • Dr. Sarah W. Sutton is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She is a member of a team of librarians, vendors, and LIS educators that conducts research on academic librarians’ and academic faculties’ familiarity with and use of altmetrics. The team’s research results have been presented at national and international conferences such as the American Library Association’s annual conference, Electronic Resources in Libraries, ALISE, NASIG, and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods in Libraries.

New Course Offering: Big Data in Healthcare: Exploring Emerging Roles

This is a course for librarians who are interested in an introduction on how clinical data can and is playing a role in patient care?

Health Sciences Librarians who take this Medical Library Association approved course (9 contact hours) will help them better understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area.

This is a semi-self-paced course (“semi” meaning there is a completion deadline based on your cohort). The classes run in seasonal cohorts: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.

Course content comes from information shared by the expert presenters at the March 7, 2016 “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes Forum”, top reading picks from the NN/LM MCR & PNR Data Curation/Management Journal Clubs, recommended reading from Club members, and taking the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from the Big Data University.

Students will wrap up the course by articulating their views on why health sciences sector librarians should or should not become involved in supporting big data initiatives by sharing a 500-800 word essay. Students are encouraged to be brave and bold in their views so as to elicit discussions about the roles librarians could play in this emerging field.

More info here.

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September is Go4Life® Month

September  Go4Life® Month. Did you know the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has a variety of free materials to help seniors become and stay physically active? Go4Life sample exercises,  exercise guide book, easy-to-print tip sheets with information about the health benefits of physical activity, even tools for setting goals and tracking progress, NIA’s got it all! What’s more, all the information in these resources is based on research in people ages 50+.  Your library may want to sponsor Go4Lifeprogramming in September and now’s the time to start planning.

This year’s theme is #Fit4Function, focusing on the practical benefits of exercise and physical activity, like being able to drive, carry groceries into the house, do yardwork, walk the dog – all activities important to older adults. /ch