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AIDSinfo Website Gets an Update and Redesign!

The AIDSinfo website was updated on April 15th and includes a new design and an improved look and feel. Major enhancements include:

  •  Reorganization of patient education materials: all patient education materials are now located in a new Understanding HIV/AIDS section of the website. AIDSinfo patient education materials include fact sheets, infographics, an HIV/AIDS glossary, and webpages highlighting the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
  • Increased prominence of apps: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Drug Database, and Glossary apps are now prominently featured in each section of the website.
  • Enhanced search functionality: an updated search feature allows users to quickly find relevant resources.
  • Increased linking between AIDSinfo resources: AIDSinfo resources are now linked to each other across the website. For example, patient fact sheets are now linked directly from the guidelines pages, so health care providers can easily access materials for their patients.

Online Interactive Health Literacy Training Available!

Both the general public and health information professionals should be familiar with the important topic of health literacy. According to MedlinePlus, health literacy is defined as “how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them.” A number of interactive online trainings are available for the general public to help everyone improve their own health literacy. Online trainings are also available for public health professionals to help them improve their ability to teach health literacy to the general public. Here’s a quick overview of a few online trainings available from government websites:

DOCLINE Quarterly Statistical Reports Now Available!

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for January-March 2017:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Throughput Report (Report 5-1B)

DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Request reports are not archived and should be saved quarterly by libraries who wish to have a historical record of statistics. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in NLM’s Knowledgebase website.

NLM Activities at MLA 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 26-31, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA. Attendees are invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth 309 (May 28-30) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are recorded and made available on the NLM Web site shortly after the meeting.

The NLM Update will be Tuesday, May 30, 11:00 – 11:55 am, in Ballroom 6. Speakers will include Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations; Patricia Flatley Brennan, NLM Director and Interim NIH Associate Director for Data Science; Daniel R. Masys, Co-Chair, Board of Regents Strategic Planning Committee and Affiliate Professor, Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Leiter Lecture will be held Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, in Ballroom 6, featuring a presentation by Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine.

For additional details and a schedule of NLM Theater presentations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Request for Information: NNLM Seeks To Understand Library Research/Data-Related Services!

With the arrival of Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as the new Director of the National Library of Medicine, the NNLM is thrilled to see her excitement, enthusiasm, and emphasis on the importance data plays and will play in biomedical discovery and delivery of healthcare. This means that if your library is supporting data-related research anywhere along the research lifecycle, the RML would like to know about it. We are conducting an environmental scan seeking to understand a variety services, such as staffing, job titles/descriptions, terms used to promote services, content use (original vs links to content), etc. Note to Library Directors: If you would like to make sure your research/data-related services librarian in involved in this scan, please contact your NNLM regional office.

Each Regional Medical Library is reaching out to their Network members with a brief questionnaire, including a series of questions designed to help increase our understanding about how Network members support the research/data-related efforts at their institutions. This understanding will inform NNLM on the types of research/data-related services being provided by NNLM Network member institutions to their communities. Understanding who provides research/data-related services will improve communication with those experts and the NNLM. Please complete the questionnaire by April 21.

The NNLM is broadly defining research/data services librarians as those who provide a wide range of expertise in training, consultation, or information access support for researchers at any point along the research data lifecycle. Training might include teaching data visualization, metadata standards, or data related requirements from funders, such as NIH or NSF. Consultation services may include developing or maintaining a service framework to manage researcher’s data throughout the research lifecycle. It could include collaboration with researchers to find or create data, develop effective data management strategies, analyze or visualize data, or preserve/store data. Research/data services librarians might support biomedical big data or assist with access/training on specialty software packages for statistical, geospatial, or qualitative data analysis.

Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on NLM Traveling Banner Exhibitions Now Available!

The archived recording of the March 29 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Making the Most of Your National Library of Medicine Traveling Banner Exhibition, hosted by Patricia Tuohy, Head of the Exhibition Program at NLM. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Scholarships Available to Attend the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3 in Knoxville, TN!

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee Medical Center are hosting the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3 at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN. The Summit will focus on assessing and promoting changes in the healthcare system to reduce barriers for low health literacy patients. Course topics will include an in-depth look at the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations and the methods used to assess the health literacy status of hospitals and other healthcare settings. Attendees will participate in hands-on sessions including the evaluation of printed patient education materials, the development healthcare provider oral communication skills, and the application of The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers needs assessment tools.

Information professionals are eligible for the $100 registration rate through May 19. Scholarships are also available for up to five librarians, to cover the cost of registration only. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 17.

Events for April 2017 National Minority Health Month!

April is National Minority Health Month, and the 2017 theme is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, which emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work being done across the nation to help achieve health equity. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) offers a number of events and promotional materials to celebrate National Minority Health Month 2017, including:

  • #Bridge2Health Twitter Town Hall at 10:00 AM PDT on April 12 will highlight examples from around the country of community-based efforts to address health disparities.
  • Other events include the NIMHD Twitter Chat on April 25 from 11:00am-12:00pm PDT and the HHS OMH Health Equity Thunderclap on April 28 at 10:00 AM PDT.
  • Twitter and Facebook posts to share.
  • Graphics to share on websites or through social media.

IMLS Grant Opportunities for Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced two grant programs designed to enhance library services for Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian communities. The deadline for submitting applications is May 17, 2017.

  • Native American Library Services (NALS) Enhancement Grants are competitive grants of up to $150,000 for two years. They are available to any library that has an active NALS Basic grant, but does not have an active Native American Enhancement or Native Hawaiian grant. Projects covered under these grants may enhance existing library services or implement new library services. Grant guidelines and descriptions of previously funded projects are available on the IMLS website.
  • Native Hawaiian Library Services grants of up to $150,000 for two years are available to nonprofit organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians. The grants are designed to enhance existing library services or implement new ones. Grant guidelines are available on the IMLS website.

RxNorm Completes the Prescribable Name (PSN) Project

The National Library of Medicine has announced that the April 2017 RxNorm monthly release contains a Prescribable Name (PSN) for all RxNorm normal forms for active human drugs sold in the United States (US) with a few exceptions. Drugs without a PSN include allergenic extracts and certain forms containing three or more ingredients. PSNs are user-friendly synonyms of RxNorm normalized drug names and are meant to be used as display names in e-prescribing systems. Unlike other RxNorm synonyms, there can only be a single PSN associated with an RxNorm concept (i.e., RxNorm Concept Unique Identifier or RXCUI). RxNorm editors create PSNs based upon the drug label on DailyMed. PSNs may contain common ingredient abbreviations and tall man lettering, and their strengths may not be normalized as they are in the RxNorm normalized names.

PSNs were first introduced in the July 2014 release of RxNorm. NLM would like to thank the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for help with funding this project, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) for help with organizing content discussions with stakeholders. The addition of PSNs to RxNorm is a major step towards improving the efficiency and accuracy of drug information management in e-prescribing systems.