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Archive for February, 2012

Genetic Testing Registry Launched

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., unveiled the Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) today at NIH’s observance of international Rare Disease Day.  The GTR, available at, features a versatile search interface that allows users to search by test, condition, gene, genetic mutation, and laboratory.  It also serves as a portal to other medical genetic information, with context-specific links to practice guidelines and a variety of genetic, scientific, and literature resources available through the National Library of Medicine at NIH.  To view video tutorials on how to use the GTR, to go to:

The GTR staff appreciates the comments it received from interested stakeholders during GTR’s development and welcomes additional feedback as you become familiar with the Registry.  To submit comments and questions, please use

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Part 1: Prevention & Preparendess
Seattle: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Part 2: Response & Recovery
Seattle: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Announcing the Journal of eScience Librarianship

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The inaugural issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship ( is now available!

The Journal of eScience Librarianship is an online open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences. It is published by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The inaugural issue includes the Proceedings of the Third Annual University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarian e-Science Symposium held in the Spring of 2011. Feature articles include topics such as DataONE, librarian competencies, and the various levels of data services.

The Journal of eScience Librarianship explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and is currently seeking submissions related to education, outreach, collaborations, current practices, and reviews of relevant resources and tools, by contributors from all areas of the globe. Articles covering both the theoretical and practical applications are welcomed. The journal also provides special features in each issue which include book reviews on subjects of interest to librarians supporting eScience and information on new technologies.

To subscribe to The Journal of eScience Librarianship‘s email announcements, personalized email updates according to your custom criteria, or the journal’s RSS feed, please visit

Rendezvous: All About Drugs at NLM

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Edit: A recording is now available at

Pillbox, DailyMed, MedlinePlus and more! The National Library of Medicine hosts a suite of drug information resources, each with a different slant. Where to begin?

Come join us on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 1pm Pacific time (Noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain) during our free monthly webcast at for a session presented by Gail Kouame, PNR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator where she will help demystify where to go for what type of drug information. Feel free to share any pearls you’ve discovered along the way too!

If you are unable to join us then, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast at the Rendezvous website later.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

For more information please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous? to test your computer connection as a Flash update may be needed. We look forward to seeing you at the webcast!

Randomized Clinical Trial Results in PubMed

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Of recent interest to medical librarians is an article that was published in BMJ regarding search results in PubMed and how evidence from randomized clinical trials is retrieved. Here is some updated information from the National Library of Medicine, Bibliographic Services Division:

Re: Wieland LS, Robinson KA, Dickersin K. Understanding why evidence from randomised clinical trials may not be retrieved from Medline: comparison of
indexed and non-indexed records. BMJ. 2012 Jan 3;344:d7501. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d7501. PubMed PMID: 22214757.

Readers of this article should recognize that the authors assumed no changes took place in the NLM indexing of Randomized Controlled Trial
[publication type]. In fact, NLM has made changes since 2005 that we think affect the conclusions and projections made in the article. These changes
are: (more…)