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Dr. Patricia Brennan, the new Director of the National Library of Medicine

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

On September 12, 2016, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, was sworn in as the 19th director of the Library and the fourth person to serve as director since the institution became the National Library of Medicine 60 years ago. She is not only the first woman but also the first nurse to hold this position.

In her remarks, Dr. Brennan addressed a number of health and information issues. She relayed that her focus, while working as a nurse and an industrial engineer, was of reaching into the home because the place where most health occurs is in the home. But since most people do not want strangers traipsing through their private domain, addressing the health needs of individuals at the point of when they need it presented a challenge and required innovative solutions. She made further comments about the role of NLM and the need to make health information accessible at the point of need for both professionals and for consumers and innovative solutions will be required to meet those needs. Dr. Brennan remarked that by looking at the past  it can become part of our present. She recognized the work of past NLM leaders which has led to some wonderful contributions over the years and even will continue to influence the present and the future. Dr. Brennan’s speech illustrated her knowledge and awareness of the present needs of researchers, healthcare professionals, and healthcare consumers but also emphasizing that NLM be ready for what lies ahead.

Dr. Brennan mentioned she would be working with the NLM Board of Regents on a one-year strategic planning initiative to create a vision for the future of the National Library of Medicine. She looks forward to working with all those associated with the National Library of Medicine to work together in achieving future goals so that NLM can continue to be a vital component in the world of research, information, and health. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health,  shared “We’re on your team and want to make this dream turn into something really spectacular and you’re just the right leader to make this happen.”

We all welcome Dr. Brennan as she takes the helm of NLM and leads it into the future. Watch the full swearing in ceremony https://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?Live=19671&bhcp=1

Health Hotlines to be Retired

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Health Hotlines was developed by NLM as a community service to help the public locate health-related information from organizations with toll free numbers. Organizations listed included such categories as Federal, State, and local government agencies, information and referral centers, professional societies, support groups and voluntary associations.

NLM has decided it will no longer update the Health Hotlines database because most of the information is now readily available through web search engines and because many of the organizations no longer have toll free numbers. Health Hotlines will remain online until the end of January, 2017, at which time it will be retired.

National Library of Medicine Announces 2016 Association of Health Care Journalists–NLM Journalism Fellows

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

NLM announced the 2016 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellows class featuring seven reporters and editors representing diverse media backgrounds.

The 2016 AHCJ-NLM Fellows are:

  • Rachel Bluth (@RachelHBluth), reporter, Kaiser Health News
  • Shannon Firth (@shannonfirth), Washington reporter, MedPage Today
  • Julio Ochoa (@julioochoa), editor, WUSF-Health News Florida
  • David Wahlberg (@davidkwahlberg), health/medical reporter, Wisconsin State Journal
  • Leigh Ann Winick (@LeighAnnWinick), medical producer, CBS News
  • Paula Andalo (@paula_andalo), senior managing editor, HolaDoctor
  • Laura Beil (@LJBeil), independent journalist, Dallas

Now in its eighth year, the program brings journalists selected by AHCJ to NLM for four days of training to better use some of NLM’s health information resources, such as PubMed, PubMed Health, Genetics Home Reference,TOXMAP, ClinicalTrials.gov, and MedlinePlus. This year’s Fellows class will be at NLM Sept. 26-30.

“The key to good health is getting the very best health information,” said NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “Certainly health care journalists play a key role in informing the public about health and medicine. I’m gratified that this talented group will get an in-depth look at NLM information services, to help them do their important work more effectively.”

The 2016 AHCJ-NLM Fellows also will receive briefings about health care issues, such as a health disparities research update, as well as consumer health resources provided by the National Cancer Institute. For the third year, the Fellows will meet with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to learn more about comparative clinical effectiveness research. (more…)

New in PMC: New Search Result Filters and Updated Reference List Display

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

As of August 2016, PMC is home to four million articles! To make this wealth of full-text content easier to navigate, PMC has rolled out a few updates:

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. These filters replace the Limits page and allow you to more readily:

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Videos Featuring NLM Resources for Nurses

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Does your library serve nurses or nursing students?

If so, then check out the latest video from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) regarding the freely available resources nurses and nursing students will find invaluable in their research.

NLM Resources for Nurses: Research

In less than four minutes learn about 15 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to support nursing research and promote quality health outcomes.

And once you’ve watched it, please share this video with your colleagues, patrons, and students. Information like this wants to be shared!

Want to alert nurses and nursing students about where their patients can find quality consumer health information?

If so, then check out the latest video from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) about the various resources that NLM freely provides which clinicians can recommend to their patients.

NLM Resources for Nurses: Patient Education

In only 2 ½ minutes learn about 11 different resources—all free, reliable and online—to help patients and their families learn more about diseases, disorders, conditions, and treatments.

And once you’ve watched it, please share this video with your colleagues, patrons, and students. Quality health information can make a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families.

Want more videos on quality health resources? Subscribe to the NLM YouTube Channel and check out the playlists.

NLM is the world’s largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals, and members of the public use NLM services every day. Check out the many resources NLM has to offer today!

Upcoming PNR Rendezvous and PNR Partners webinars in August

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

This month’s PNR Rendezvous guest speaker will be Andrew Plumer, Outreach Librarian for the National Library of Medicine (NLM). His presentation, NLM’s K-12 Resources: Supporting the Teacher, Engaging the Student, will be Wednesday August 17 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time.

The National Library offers a wide selection of resources to assist the educator and engage the students. Web portals designed with educator input focusing on such topics as environmental health, chemical and toxicological hazards in the community and genetics.  The National Library of Medicine offers other databases that can be used as adjuncts to existing classroom lessons.  It isn’t all just web portals and databases, the NLM has created a series of animations dealing with environmental health issues and games covering  multiple issues  including chemistry, biology and environmental health.

How do I connect to PNR Rendezvous?
You can participate in this free, web-based interactive session from your desk with your computer and telephone.

  • Please click here https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm to test your computer prior to the meeting. The diagnostic test will prompt you if you need to update Flash, check your connection speed and install an Adobe Connect add-in. If you have problems with these steps, please call your information technology department for help.
  • Go to the following website and login as a Guest, using your own name: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous.
  • Once in the web meeting a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box (lower left-hand corner) on the screen.

PNR Partners will be the next day on August 18 from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific Time. (more…)