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The National Library of Medicine has announced two additions to the NLM Digital Collections, the Library’s free online repository of biomedical resources including books, still images, videos, and maps.
Incunabula: A collection of books and broadsides printed in Europe before 1501 includes over forty items from the Library’s world-renowned collection of more than 580 incunabula on subjects relating to science and medicine, from printed classical works of Galen and Hippocrates to materials on the plague and other “pestilences.” Incunabula (from the Latin for “cradle”) are books and other materials produced with movable type on a printing press between the mid-1450s through the end of 1500 — the infancy of the age of printing. This digital collection will grow over time as the Library scans more incunabula titles.
World War 2, 1939-1949: A collection of U.S. government documents includes more than 1,500 federal, state, and local government publications. Among the variety of materials included are government reports, first aid manuals, informational pamphlets, and recruitment materials that demonstrate the efforts of government, military personnel, health professionals, and scientists, among others, on the home front and overseas during and immediately following the Second World War.
All of the content in NLM Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. As with all printed materials added to the NLM Digital Collections, items from these new collections will also be included in the Internet Archive, and as part of the Medical Heritage Library through the ongoing collaboration with that international digital curation collaborative. More information about the content of these two new digital collections is available from the NLM History of Medicine Division Reference Desk.
NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for October-December 2016:
- Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
- Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
- Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
- Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
- Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
- Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
- Loansome Doc Summary Statistics (Report 5-1B)
NLM has also released the following DOCLINE yearly statistical reports for January-December 2016:
- Ranked List of Serial Titles – Borrower (Report 1-8B)
- Ranked List of Serial Titles – Lender (Report 1-8D)
- Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-1AY)
- Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1BY)
- Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Report 1-2AY)
- Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2BY)
Please note: Reports 1-11A, 1-1AT and 1-22A are only distributed to libraries that have entered requests in DOCLINE for other libraries. Report 2-14 is only distributed to resource libraries.
DOCLINE statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. 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 the Reports section of DOCLINE’s FAQ page.
There are several class offerings coming up from the NNLM Training Office (NTO). Class details and registration links are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin, or you can visit Training Opportunities to see a schedule of classes that are open to all regions.
PubMed® for Librarians Series: Six Classes
Sessions on January 19 and 25; February 1, 8, 16, and 23, 10:00-11:30 AM PST. Learn about concepts such as using MeSH to build a search, PubMed’s Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) feature, building and refining PubMed searches, using PubMed features that facilitate evidence-based searching, and customizing PubMed searches with the NCBI feature.
Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly
Sessions on either January 11 or February 15, 10:00-11:00 AM PST offer a brief review of the types of assessment available and different methods to use for instantaneous feedback, from low tech polling to one-minute papers.
NLM Webinar: 2017 MeSH Highlights, January 27, 9:00-10:00 AM PST
This session provides a 30-minute highlights tour of the 2017 MeSH, followed by a Q&A with MeSH experts.
Running from March 1 through 31, this class offers the opportunity to discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases with a guided, self-paced, online format involving thirteen independent modules.
Tox Town has upped its game in 2017 with an updated and easier to navigate homepage and a new color scheme. Engaging photo-realistic neighborhoods are now programmed with HTML 5 so you can easily view the site on your computer and hand held devices. Explore the imaginary neighborhoods (city, farm, port, town, US Southwest) where you will find the same trusted information you have come to expect from Tox Town!
In December 2016, the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) released NICHSR ONESearch. This consolidated search site allows researchers to search two unique databases and two specialized web portals with one simple search:
NICHSR ONESearch will return the same results as a similar search within each of the individual resources. Please note that only HSRProj utilizes MeSH indexing within its records. The ONLY way to search HSRProj using MeSH is to go directly to HSRProj. The unified resource is intended to complement HSR and public health literature in PubMed and the journals in the NLM Catalog by providing access to curated grey literature. Additional details and illustrations are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
On December 15, 2016, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a new Customer Support portal with answers to the questions that customers ask most often. Access the portal from the “NLM Customer Support” link in the top right corner of the NLM Web site.
From the Customer Support portal you can access information categorized by “Help Topics” and FAQs on “Most Popular Topics” including, “I found an error or mistake in PubMed; how do I get it fixed?” and “How do I get the full text of the article?” NLM will continue to build its knowledge base of frequently asked questions so that customers can find information quickly. However, you still have the option of filling out the “Contact NLM” form. In the form, NLM also encourages you to suggest questions to add to the portal. To help make this a useful resource, at the bottom of each question and answer page you can rate the article. Love it? Give it a “thumbs up.” Not helpful? Give it a “thumbs down” and then use the “Contact Us” button to tell NLM what would improve the answer. NLM welcomes and value your feedback!
In the latest posting of the NLM in Focus newsletter, Dr. Patricia F. Brennan answered a wide range of questions regarding NLM, as well as her personal interests, as she approaches 100 days of service since her September 12 swearing-in ceremony. Not surprisingly, Dr. Brennan expresses a great deal of enthusiasm for data science initiatives. She also addresses progress and future plans for NLM’s strategic planning process, why she values communication with social media, and her plans for accomplishments in the next 900 days of her tenure as NLM director. It’s definitely worth checking out!
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge program has announced the 2017 spring semester of The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science. The series runs through May, meeting weekly on Fridays at 9:00-10:00am Pacific Time. No registration is required. The first semester of the series in fall 2016 covered data management and data representation. The new semester will cover computing, data modeling, and overarching topics. Archives of previous presentations are available. This is a joint effort of the BD2K Training Coordinating Center, the BD2K Centers Coordination Center, and the NIH Office of the Associate Director of Data Science.
Earlier this year, the National Library of Medicine received a generous gift from The DeBakey Medical Foundation to support enhanced access to the Michael E. DeBakey Archives at the NLM and to establish the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine. Michael E. DeBakey (1908-2008) was a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world.
Following on the first call for applications to the Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, NLM has announced the five 2017 Michael E. DeBakey Fellows. Over the course of the next year, these individuals will undertake their research projects onsite in the History of Medicine Division of the Library, primarily in the Michael E. DeBakey archives, which reflect the vast range of subjects from Michael E. DeBakey’s professional career–from surgery to health care policy, medical libraries and expanding access to medical information, medical technology to medical ethics, military medicine to veteran health, humanitarianism to international diplomacy in the medical arena. The archives contain correspondence, administrative records, diaries, transcripts, publications, speeches, conference and awards material, subject files, photographs, and audiovisual media, which reflect the vast expanse of Dr. DeBakey’s life, achievements, and interests as a world-renowned medical statesman, innovator, and champion of humanitarianism and life-long learning.
The National Library of Medicine, in conjunction with NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), has published an Administrative Supplement funding opportunity available to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, in some cases, with other grant or cooperative agreement mechanisms. These administrative supplements provide funds to active awards of participating Institutes and Centers in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of digital research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.
The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess the impact of the informationist’s participation. Applications are due by March 15, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of the applicant’s organization. Direct questions to Alan VanBiervliet, Ph.D., National Library of Medicine.