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NIH Funds Development of Robots to Improve Health, Quality of Life

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Robots to help visually impaired identify and grasp objects, increase mobility in elderly, and promote curiosity and determination in children.

As part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), the National Institutes of Health announced that it will fund the development of three innovative co-robots — robots that work cooperatively with people. Two of the robots will improve health and quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and the third will serve as a social companion for children that inspires curiosity and teaches the importance of hard work and determination. Funding for the NIH projects will total approximately $2.2 million over the next five years, subject to the availability of funds. (more…)

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs Announced

Friday, November 13th, 2015

As a part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Administration’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative and to accelerate the emerging field of data science, NSF announced four awards last week, totaling more than $5 million, to establish four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) across the nation.   These new hubs (West, Midwest, South, and Northeast) are expected to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen national security, and fuel the growth and development of Smart Cities in the US.   (more…)

iCite Bibliometric Tool Now Available from NIH

Friday, November 13th, 2015

iCitea new tool from National Institutes of Health, helps users access a dashboard of bibliometrics for papers associated with a portfolio or articles from PubMed or Web of Science. Users can upload the PubMed IDs of articles of interest, specify years and article types, and toggle individual articles on and off. Then, iCite displays the number of articles, articles per year, citations per year, and a new metric called the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR). The RCR can help determine the extent to which NIH awardees maintain high or low levels of influence on their respective fields of research. The iCite tool contains data for papers published during 1995-2013, and only for those appearing in a journal indexed in theirs data sources (PubMed Central, European PubMed Central, CrossRef, or Web of Science). (more…)

NLM’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Site Redesigned

Friday, October 9th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) site has been redesigned.  REMM now includes a more modern banner, a refreshed color palette and font style, and a new navigation system.

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What’s New in the Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition

Friday, August 21st, 2015

[guest post by Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). Contact Tony at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu]

New Media Consortium recently released the Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition that identifies trends, challenges, and emerging technologies. The report is designed to examine new technologies and determine their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. In review of the new report and comparing it to the 2014 Report, the following new points were discovered:

Important Developments in Technology for Academic and Research Libraries

The following new tools and technologies were identified that will likely drive planning over the next several years: (more…)

Webinar: Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) announces…
Please join us for this free webinar, geared specifically to the needs of small libraries (and featuring one of our ARSL board members, Julie Elmore!):

Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries
Wednesday, August 19, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/w6a703s7m0fm&eomv
How do you maximize your technology resources? When should you replace computers? How do you manage software updates? Do you have enough bandwidth to support patron Internet use? Technology decisions can be difficult to make, but a technology plan can help you focus your efforts.

Join us for this free webinar to learn from small libraries that have used technology planning to make better decisions, be more prepared, and improve services to their communities. Even with limited time and resources, a technology plan can help your library stay up-to-date. We will share tips and tactics to help you create a plan for your library’s technology. (more…)