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MedPrint: DOCLINE Users Can Get on Board

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. If you are concerned about accessibility and want to participate you can read more about the program here 


Joint Meeting: NN/LM Pac-Man vs Ghosts

Retro gaming is returning. You’ll find Pokeman Go in Des Moines, but even more important you’ll find Pac-man at the Joint Meeting!  Yes, Ghost Barriers will be converging on the conference on Monday October 24, 2016 for NN/LM Pac-Man vs Ghosts: Librarians Overcome Barriers. You’ll be introduced to the RML staff of the MidContinental and Greater Midwest Regions. You’ll merge with them to battle the Ghost Barriers in the Des Moines Exhibit Hall from noon to 1:30pm. Victory will be won with strategies that overcome the challenges we face in being effective professionals. Don’t miss out on the action! /ch

Webinars on Final Rules

The final rules (link is external) for were recently released. Do you help colleagues who submit information to or do you want to have a better understanding about what these rules require?  The National Library of Medicine invites you to three live webinars on the final rule for Clinical Trials Registration and Results Information Submission (42 CFR part 11). The sessions will be recorded.

Link to Webinar Registration

  1. September 27, 2016, 11-12:30MT, 12 – 1:30pmCT – a broad overview of the final rule, including the compliance and effective dates.
  2. October 5, 2016, 11-12MT, 12 – 1pmCT – requirement for registering clinical trials
  3. October 11, 2016, 11-12MT, 12 – 1pmCT – requirements for submitting results /ch

Test Beta Version of MeSH Browser

A beta version of the Medical Subjects Heading (MeSH) Browser is ready for testing. The beta version will be available for approximately two months, until mid-November.

Both the current browser and the beta version will access the same data so that users can compare the search and retrieval functionality between the two systems. The new version is being developed to take advantage of new technology and improve functionality.

NLM would like your feedback on the beta version of the MeSH Browser during the test period. Please send comments and questions to NLM Customer Service with “MeSH Browser beta version” in the Subject field. /ch Final Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule (link is external) that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information.  At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy (link is external) for registering and submitting summary results information to for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A news release includes links that provides summaries and a table to better understand the changes.

Important elements of the final rule include:

  • Providing a checklist for evaluating which clinical trials are subject to the regulations and who is responsible for submitting required information;
  • Expanding the scope of trials for which summary results information must be submitted to include trials involving FDA-regulated products that have not yet been approved, licensed, or cleared by the FDA;
  • Requiring additional registration and summary results information data elements to be submitted to, including the race and ethnicity of trial participants, if collected, and the full protocol;
  • Requiring additional types of adverse event information; and
  • Providing a list of potential legal consequences for non-compliance. /ch

Keep or Discard Abstracting and Indexing Publications That Ceased Publication

NLM has published an FAQ about the MEDLINE and non-MEDLINE content of the Hospital Literature Index, the Hospital and Health Administration Index, the Index to Dental Literature, and the International Nursing Index. These abstracting and indexing publications are no longer published and you may be debating whether to keep them or not. The FAQ offers some things to consider. /ch

Health Promotion through Health Observances in Your Community

Health Promotion through Health Observances in Your Community / Friday, September 16, 10-11AM MT, 12-1PM ET.  Presenter: Lydia N Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Description: Health Promotion focuses on enabling communities to have the tools to improve their health. In this session learn about a variety of health and wellness tools that can be used to provide members of your community with strategies of how to maintain healthy lifestyles using health observances to create a culture of health awareness. Through the use of National Health Observances, community and faith-based agencies, health departments, libraries, schools and health care providers can help raise awareness about important health topics. Get ready for the 2017 calendar year now by learning about ready-to-use resources such as toolkits, slideshows, social media materials and more. /da

Participants will receive 1 MLA CE.

Details and Registration:


NLM Job Announcements: Head of National Network Coordinating Office (RML program) and Chief of the Public Services Division

NLM is looking for candidates to apply for two vacancies, Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and Chief of the Public Services Division. Both are important leadership positions for candidates looking to contribute to NLM’s programs and mission as it moves into the strategic planning process with their new Director, Dr. Patti Brennan.

For more information, refer to the NLM web site or watch these videos which briefly describe each of the programs and how to apply for a federal job.

Both jobs are posted on and linked on the NLM Job Openings page until September 19, 2016.  Job openings at NLM are typically only open for five days. Both are GS15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300. If you have questions about applying for these positions, please contact Sheri Liggett, PHR, 301-402-7521, or /ch

REMM: Major Content Update


The Radiation Emergency Medical Manage (REMM) Website Team announced a major content update effective August 2016. Here is what’s new on REMM.  Visit the website and learn more about this valuable tool for healthcare providers!  [jh]

Special Alert! The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science – weekly sessions start this Friday, Sept 9, 2016 at 10am MT/11am CT

Attention data enthusiasts

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program is pleased to announce The BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science.

The 1 hour series starts Friday, September 9th with Introduction to big data and the data lifecycle (Mark MusenStanford) and will run all year once per week at 10am MT / 11am CT 2noon-1pm ET.

To join the meeting online, click here.
To join by phone only: +1 (872) 240-3311; Access Code: 786-506-213

This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center (TCC), the BD2K Centers Coordination Center (BD2KCCC), and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science. For up-to-date information about the series and to see archived presentations, go to this website.