The National Library of Medicine is seeking candidates to apply for two important leadership vacancies, Chief of the Public Services Division and Head of the National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. NLM invites applications from candidates who are looking to contribute to the Library’s programs and mission as the strategic planning process proceeds with the new director, Dr. Patricia (Patti) F. Brennan. More information can be found in the following two 13-minute videos, which briefly describe each of the programs and how to apply for a federal job.
Registration is available for the inaugural session of a new bi-monthly NN/LM collaborative webinar series, NN/LM Resource Picks, which will be held on September 28, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT. Every two months, NN/LM and/or NLM staff will highlight NLM resources. Coming up first is Don’t Wait, Communicate About Disaster Preparedness, hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region.
The National Library of Medicine releases new tools and updated resources on a regular basis. To easily find the latest highlights on these updates, NLM offers a number of news feeds, blogs, bulletins, and social media accounts, including:
- News from Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division: Learn about the latest updates from Outreach and Special Populations Branch, Disaster Information Management Research Center, Environmental Health and Toxicology, and more.
- NLM News and Events: View the latest announcements, press releases, videos, and links to newsletters, RSS feeds, and the professional meeting exhibit schedule for the NLM.
- NLM in Focus: This blog features detailed posts about major events, resources, and news from the NLM.
- NLM Technical Bulletin: Learn about updates to the content and user interfaces for many of the online resources from NLM, especially PubMed.
- NLM on Social Media: Follow the NLM through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or join an email list to get the latest updates in your inbox. Also learn about the social media accounts and email update lists for SIS.
Notice has been issued for the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data (U01) Cooperative Agreement Funding Announcement. The purpose of this BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support the development, improvement and implementation of tools and approaches that increase the efficiency and effectiveness of digital curation processes used to characterize and describe the digital data used in or resulting from biomedical research. Potential topics to be addressed include:
- Approaches that drive curation to become more standardized. For example, interfaces to assist in the assignment of metadata by proposing terms from accepted ontologies.
- Tools and templates to facilitate consistent use of community-defined standards such as common data elements and standards used by archival resources such as GenBank, SRA, Biosample, etc.
- Automated or semi-automated approaches to merging (harmonizing) disparate or heterogeneous data sets for purposes of new research.
- Approaches that improve the speed and accuracy of extracting metadata information from text or other digital sources, and linking the information to a data set or other digital asset.
- Approaches that support data annotation at points throughout the research lifecycle (data gathering, preparation of data for sharing, public sharing of data sets, submission or review of articles supported by data sets, etc.).
- Approaches for distributed approaches to curation processes that increase the efficiency, completeness, accuracy or quality of the digital asset.
- Approaches that apply curation earlier in the data generation life cycle, such as tools that ensure metadata for high through-put research data sets are accurately and consistently captured and transmitted with the data files.
- Approaches that can be applied in more than one subject domain.
The opening submission date is November 15, with an application due date of December 15. The maximum project period is 4 years. Direct costs are limited to a maximum of $350,000 in each year. The earliest award state date is August, 2017. NIH intends to fund an estimate of 7-10 awards, corresponding to a total of $4 million, for fiscal year 2017.
One of the core competencies of disaster medicine is knowing how to “identify authoritative sources for information in a disaster or public health emergency.” Librarians and information professionals with this competency can support their communities with high-quality information throughout the disaster cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The National Library of Medicine has developed a series of courses with an emphasis on disaster health information. The courses are currently being updated and formatted for self-paced study online. Two courses listed below are now available. The courses meet the requirements for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization, as well as core competencies for public health professionals and others through the Public Health Foundation’s learning management system, TRAIN. By the end of the year, there will be four more courses: US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Information Roles in Disaster Management; A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders; and Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context.
Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
This class provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery. This self-paced course introduces key sources from the National Library of Medicine, federal and nonfederal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information are covered.
CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive): Health Information Resources
This class provides an overview of the concepts of CBRNE, including a review of National Library of Medicine resources and tools that provide health-related information to support planning, response, and recovery from the effects of these potential hazards.
The new Director of the National Library of Medicine, Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, puts a strong focus on precision medicine in the vision she describes for NLM: “I believe the National Library of Medicine has an important role to play in the Precision Medicine Initiative…and I believe that role’s going to be showing up in a number of the existing services already seen in the Library…” The National Institutes of Health defines precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” To learn more about precision medicine and how NIH is already playing an important role in the Precision Medicine Initiative, visit the following NLM resources:
- Genetics Home Reference: Read the guide What is precision medicine? for a simple overview on the subject, and get additional insights on precision medicine topics like: “What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine? What about pharmacogenomics?” and “What is the Precision Medicine Initiative?” Genetics Home Reference also provides this information in a printable PDF that was published on August 9, 2016.
- MedlinePlus Magazine: The Fall 2015 issue of the MedlinePlus Magazine has an article describing the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative, along with stories of how precision medicine has already saved lives.
- PubMed: Search through a wide range of articles indexed in PubMed on the topic of precision medicine, including many systematic reviews available in free full text.
The 2016 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellows class features seven reporters and editors representing diverse media backgrounds.
The 2016 AHCJ-NLM Fellows are:
- Rachel Bluth, reporter, Kaiser Health News
- Shannon Firth, Washington reporter, MedPage Today
- Julio Ochoa, editor, WUSF-Health News Florida
- David Wahlberg, health/medical reporter, Wisconsin State Journal
- Leigh Ann Winick, medical producer, CBS News
- Paula Andalo, senior managing editor, HolaDoctor
- Laura Beil, 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 September 26-30. AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,500 members, AHCJ’s mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are based at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. According to NLM’s MedlinePlus, psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick red skin with silvery scales. The condition may be hard to diagnose, since it has similar symptoms to other skin diseases. Following is a short list of resources related to psoriasis available from National Library of Medicine databases:
- Consumer Health Information on Psoriasis – MedlinePlus has a Health Topics page on psoriasis, which includes many helpful links to reliable organizations and online research about the condition. The page is also available in Spanish. In addition, a detailed encyclopedia entry on psoriasis is available, which lists causes, symptoms, tests, treatments, support groups, outlook, prevention, and when to contact a medical professional.
- Clinical Trials on Psoriasis – ClinicalTrials.gov includes a list of nearly 200 open clinical trials related to psoriasis.
- Full-Text Biomedical Research Articles on Psoriasis – A search on psoriasis in PubMed Central (PMC) provides access to nearly 28,000 full-text research articles.
On August 17, NN/LM PSR presented Mapping Your Community’s Health for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS and Jennifer Rewolinski, B.S. Community Health, National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Service, were the presenters. Colette talked about the Community Health Maps blog for information on low cost mapping tools for community-based organizations. Jennifer covered a case study on mapping curb ramp accessibility for an assisted living facility as an example of community maps. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis Archives page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.
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A weekly webinar-based lecture series, BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, is a series of high-level didactic overviews across the range of topics important for data science, intended to provide a general biomedical audience with an appreciation of the elemental issues related to data science research and applications. The series will be held each Friday at 9:00-10:00am Pacific Time, beginning September 9, 2016, and running through May 19, 2017. Join from your computer, tablet, or smartphone by visiting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/786506213. You may also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311, Access Code 786-506-213. Registration is not required. Bookmark the webinar link for easy access!
The initial set of confirmed data science lecturers includes: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia). This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Coordination Center, and the BD2K Centers Coordination Center. A dedicated webpage with additional information, the complete schedule of speakers, and a collection of all the recorded lectures will be available soon.