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Whenever learning about a new health topic, it helps to become familiar with a new set of terms related to the topic, and a glossary may come in handy. Specialized Information Services at the National Library of Medicine provides access to glossaries covering a range of health topics, from HIV/AIDS to disaster-related terminology:
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!
In the second posting on her new blog, NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan describes her experience presenting a keynote message at the 2016 AMIA Symposium in Chicago. She encouraged all attendees to participate in NLM’s strategic planning process by responding to the Request for Information, to help NLM chart its third century. She stated that in addition to its commitment to maintain archival knowledge of books, journals, and manuscripts; NLM’s future will include data and virtual information!
If you are a family caregiver or know or work with family caregivers, take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey. Responses should take about five minutes to complete. The purpose of this survey is to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information. The National Library of Medicine will use the survey results to enhance its understanding of the information needs of family caregivers.
The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health. Users that sign up for the campaign will receive three text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support; such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.
To subscribe, text MP Health to 468311 or sign up online for subscription type SMS/Text Message. An email subscription is also available via the online sign up.
Subscribe now to the newly launched blog, NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, and learn what’s on the mind of NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan. In her initial post, Dr. Brennan reveals her first impressions of the Library and invites us to join her on this journey. The blog is the perfect space for two-way dialogue, so go ahead and share your thoughts and audacious ideas, as NLM enters its strategic planning cycle and prepares for its third century of existence! You can also follow Dr. Brennan on Twitter.
Registration is available for the next session in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series, Getting Social: Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility, on November 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM PST. It will provide helpful tips and practices to ensure that your agency’s social media content attracts the largest possible audience while being accessible to individuals with disabilities. Presenters will review best practices for preparing and deploying social media that is accessible to all citizens. They also will provide an overview of the Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit, a key accessibility resource developed by the ePolicyWorks team in the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy that offers tips to improve the accessibility of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs. Featured speakers include Hope Adler, ePolicyWorks, Communications Project Manager; Emily Ladau, ePolicyWorks, Communications Consultant; and Timothy P. Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board (moderator).
On March 29, 2017, the NN/LM Resource Picks webinar series will feature the NLM Traveling Exhibition Program. To provide the most beneficial and informative presentation, staff at the Traveling Exhibition Program have asked potential attendees to complete a very short, five-question survey by November 18, 2016.
Twitter chats are a great way for healthcare professionals to learn about resources related to specific health topics, raise public awareness of heath issues, and share their organization’s resources with other professionals and the general public. During a Twitter chat, one or more accounts hosting the chat will pose questions through their tweets, and attendees of the chat will answer the questions through tweets that include a hashtag specific to the chat, e.g., #HIVAgingChat. Following are three ways to locate Twitter chats related to health and wellness topics, which healthcare professionals on Twitter may wish to attend:
- Follow NLM Twitter Handles: If you follow NLM_OSP, the Twitter account for the National Library of Medicine Outreach and Special Populations Branch, then you’ll often see announcements on upcoming Twitter chats related to health awareness and outreach topics. There are currently 18 Twitter accounts maintained by NLM, and many of the accounts promote and participate in health-related Twitter chats on a regular basis.
- Check FYI Weekly Health Resources Newsletter: The Office of Minority Health publishes a weekly email bulletin called FYI: Weekly Health Resources, which lists information on grants, fellowships/scholarships, program resources, and more, including upcoming Twitter chats related to minority health.
- Check the Twitter Chat Schedule on Symplur: The website Symplur tracks popular healthcare-related hashtags and also includes a weekly schedule of healthcare Twitter chats, with a list of upcoming one-time and irregularly scheduled chat sessions.