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NLM Recruiting for 2017-18 Associate Fellowship Program!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its 2017-18 Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program designed for recent library science graduates and early-career librarians. All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2017 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the NLM web site. The application deadline is January 27, 2017. Up to five candidates will be selected for the program.

The September through August program is a one-year residency program (with an optional second year) for recent library science graduates interested in a career in health sciences librarianship, offering a formal curriculum with exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of the NLM web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff. The program is located at the National Library of Medicine on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

The Associate Fellowship provides knowledge and skills in project work ranging from:

  • Data analysis of programs and services such as extramural grants, indexed journal articles, controlled vocabularies, datasets, and customer inquiries.
  • Creation of online tutorials and educational awareness videos.
  • Social media outreach.
  • And more, including legislative tracking, web site enhancement, disaster information outreach studies, and review of next generation discovery interfaces.

The Associate Fellowship financial support includes:

  • Annual stipend of $53,435.
  • Additional funding to support purchase of group health insurance.
  • Up to $1,500 in relocation support.
  • Funding to support attendance at local and national conferences.

For questions, contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator.

MEDLINE Marks Its 45th Year!

October 2016 marks the 45th anniversary of MEDLINE! The NLM Technical Bulletin has published an article with a timeline chart showing notable MEDLINE and current events occurring in 1971, 2006, and the present day. Also included is an infographic presentation of some of the information in the chart. Much has changed since 1971, when MEDLINE included 236 indexed journals and operated on an IBM 360/50 mainframe computer. Today it includes 5,618 indexed journals and PubMed runs on approximately 62 standard Linux servers! In 1971 The French Connection won the Best Picture Academy Award and Joy to the World by Three Dog Night was the #1 song according to Billboard Magazine. In 2016, the final videocassette recorder was manufactured by the Japanese company Funai and in January Adele’s Hello was the #1 song.

Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Process October 6-27!

You are invited to participate in the upcoming Healthy People 2020 public comment process, which will be open from October 6 through October 27, 2016. The Healthy People team is seeking comments on an objective that is being considered as a potential addition to the HIV topic area. The proposed objective was developed by the HIV workgroup, which is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It has been reviewed by the Healthy People 2020 Federal Interagency Workgroup (FIW), and is now being presented for public review and comment. All comments received will be carefully reviewed by the HIV workgroup, the Healthy People 2020 FIW, and other Healthy People 2020 stakeholders.

NLM Announces Important Dates for MEDLINE/PubMed 2017 Year-End Processing Activities

The National Library of Medicine is currently involved in MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. These include changing the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) main headings and subheadings as well as Supplementary Concept Records that standardize names and associated numbers for chemicals, protocols, and diseases that are not main headings. The MeSH edits include maintaining existing MEDLINE citations to conform with the 2017 version of MeSH, and other global changes.

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2016: NLM expects to temporarily suspend the addition of fully-indexed MEDLINE citations to PubMed. NLM will continue to add Publisher-supplied and in process citations.
  • Mid-December 2016: PubMed MEDLINE citations, translation tables, and the MeSH database will have been updated to reflect 2017 MeSH.

For details about the impact on searching from November 16 to mid-December, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Impact on Searching During Fall 2016. For background information on the general kinds of changes made annually, visit Annual MEDLINE/PubMed Year-End Processing (YEP): Background Information.

Videocast on October 4: Louis W. Sullivan, MD, Former US Secretary of Health and Human Services

Louis W. Sullivan, MD, US Secretary of Health and Human Services (1989–1993), gave a 90-minute presentation about his life story, and racial disparities and medical care on October 4, A Personal Perspective on Race, Opportunity and the US Health System, which was archived for future viewing. Dr. Sullivan grew up in rural Georgia during the period of legally-sanctioned and enforced racial segregation, which impacted him, his family, and the black community. He was inspired to become a physician when, at age 5, he met the only black physician in Southwest Georgia. After becoming a hematologist and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, he went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, followed by an appointment as US Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Sullivan developed initiatives to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity in the US Department of Health and Human Services and in the nation’s health workforce. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve the effectiveness of the US health system and the diversity of its workforce. The elimination of disparities in health care, which exist between whites and the nation’s underserved minorities, is an ongoing priority of Dr. Sullivan. He’ll discuss progress to date and remaining challenges.

AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center Program Requests Suggestions for Systematic Review Topics

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Program wants to hear from you about important topics for systematic evidence reviews. Nominations may be submitted online through October 31. The vision for AHRQ’s EPC Program is that all health care decisions are based on the best available evidence, resulting in the best possible health outcomes. The EPC Program funds 13 EPCs across the United States and Canada to conduct rigorous, comprehensive evidence reviews of the scientific literature. These reviews focus on a variety of clinical, behavioral, economic, and other issues. EPC evidence reviews are publicly available and may be used to support and inform activities, such as the development of clinical practice guidelines, policies, and translation materials.

The EPC program’s principles are to be: stakeholder-driven, scientifically rigorous, and independent and unbiased. Therefore, it’s critical that they hear from you regarding which topics to examine. EPC will review every proposed topic with these selection criteria: Appropriateness, importance, duplication, feasibility, potential impact of a new systematic review, and value. For more information about the topic nomination process, contact: To see what others have suggested, visit the AHRQ Effective Healthcare Program web site.

University of Michigan Offers Live Streaming of NCBI Discovery Workshops October 4-6

Remote site registration is available for a series of three three-hour NCBI Discovery Workshops hosted by the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan on October 4-6, with instructors Peter Cooper, Ph.D., and Wayne Matten, Ph.D. The sessions will be streamed using BlueJeans. The workshops are:

  • Tuesday, 10/4, – Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST
  • Wednesday, 10/5, – A Practical Guide to NCBI BLAST
  • Thursday, 10/6, – EDirect: Command Line Access to NCBI’s Biomolecular Databases

Health Hotlines Database To Be Retired January 2017

Health Hotlines was developed by NLM as a community service to help the public locate health-related information from organizations with toll free numbers. 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 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.

NLM Funding Opportunity: Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities

The National Library of Medicine has just issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is December 16, 2016.

NLM expects to commit $500,000 in Fiscal Year 2017 to fund up to five awards. The earliest expected project start date is July, 2017. Applicants may request up to three years for the project period. Budgets up to $100,000 for one year, $200,000 over two years or $300,000 over 3 years, in direct costs, may be requested. The total amount requested need not be the same in each year for a multiple year project, but needs to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs, also called overhead or indirect costs, are not covered by this FOA.

NLM Job Announcements: Two Leadership Positions Now Posted Through September 19

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.

Both jobs are posted on, and linked on the NLM Job Openings web page through September 19. Both are GS-15 level positions, with a salary range of $128,082-$160,300.