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Archive for July, 2016

For Medical Literature Expertise, Ask a Librarian

Thursday, July 28th, 2016


As the role of medical librarians expands, their instruction and research skills are being utilized in healthcare settings to produce high quality systematic reviews, contribute to establishing practice guidelines, and consult about meaningful use. A librarian is the guide to learning how best to evaluate the medical literature and find evidence-based resources. In a time of economic challenges for many institutions, librarians can continue to increase value by offering services and participating on teams to improve access to resources, knowledge of healthcare providers and as a result, patient care.

Rachel Walden, Associate Dean of Learning Resources at the Quillen College of Medicine Library in Mountain Home, Tennessee, has a letter to the editor published in the August issue of the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Her letter responds to an earlier letter to the editor about evaluating medical literature. Rachel adds the points that medical librarians have specialized training and are an important part of evaluation information. They can also offer the education needed to help researchers better assess the information and chose the best source. The freely accessible article is available at:

For more information on this topic, see:

  1. Aldrich AM, Schulte SJ. Establishing a new clinical informationist role in an academic health sciences center. Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(2):136-46. Epub 2014/04/17. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.897511. PubMed PMID: 24735263.
  2. Cruse P, Protzko S. Librarian contributions to clinical practice guidelines. Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(3):327-34. Epub 2014/07/16. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.925710. PubMed PMID: 25023021.
  3. Dorsch JL, Perry GJ. Evidence-based medicine at the intersection of research interests between academic health sciences librarians and medical educators: a review of the literature. J Med Libr Assoc. 2012;100(4):251-7. Epub 2012/11/08. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.100.4.006. PubMed PMID: 23133324; PMCID: PMC3484942.
  4. Nix AT, Huber JT, Shapiro RM, 2nd, Pfeifle A. Examining care navigation: librarian participation in a team-based approach? J Med Libr Assoc. 2016;104(2):131-7. Epub 2016/04/15. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.104.2.007. PubMed PMID: 27076800; PMCID: PMC4816480.
  5. Sollenberger JF, Holloway RG, Jr. The evolving role and value of libraries and librarians in health care. Jama. 2013;310(12):1231-2. Epub 2013/09/26. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.277050. PubMed PMID: 24065006.

Bringing Health Information to the Community

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Have you subscribed to the BHIC blog? The “Bringing Health Information to the Community”(BHIC) blog  has been a medium to share resources with underserved and underrepresented communities since 2004. A collaboration of five different NN/LM Regions, the BHIC blog offers links to free resources, updated webpages and toolkits, free or low-cost conferences, webinars and training, and funding opportunities. It’s a valuable source to those who work with vulnerable populations, including public and academic libraries, healthcare entities, community-based organizations, social workers, healthcare providers and students. Read the BHIC, which is updated on a regular basis, at:  or subscribe to receive a daily email digest here:


Call for Public Feedback for bioCADDIE DataMed DDI Prototype

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

NIH is pleased to announce an opportunity to evaluate and provide feedback on a prototype biomedical Data Discovery Index (DDI) called DataMed (  Developed through the BD2K biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery Indexing Ecosystem project (bioCADDIE,, the prototype allows users to find and access biomedical data sets from multiple sources based on key attributes.  DataMed is an element of the NIH BD2K Commons, the vision for an interconnected digital ecosystem of resources around data and other research digital objects. This opportunity to shape the prototype in a direction that will benefit all intended users is an exciting point in the evolution of the DataMed Index and an essential ingredient is participation by a broad group of users.

The bioCADDIE development team welcomes your feedback here to increase their understanding of how the website is perceived and experienced by visitors like you.  Please send your feedback on any problems, issues, or suggestions for improving DataMed through the following ways:

  1. Contact Form (no login required)
  2. Questionnaire (no login required)
  3. Report an Issue on GitHub (GitHub account is required)


MedlinePlus changes

Friday, July 1st, 2016

On Tuesday, July 12th, 2016, the MedlinePlus team will update the domain to “” for all page URLs on the English and Spanish MedlinePlus sites, including health topic pages, drug monographs and encyclopedia articles.

For example, the URL for the English health topic page “Asthma” will change from



The URL for the Spanish health topic page “Asthma” will change from


The old URLs will automatically redirect to the new URLs for the foreseeable future. However, we suggest updating your pages to point to and concurrent with this update.

This update does not change the site contents or design.

Contact MedlinePlus for questions about this update at

Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2016-2017

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016. The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged. Learn more about this leadership program and how to apply at