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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.
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 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) supports librarian researchers in the United States and has issued a call for applications for IRDL 2017. IRDL seeks librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. Twenty librarians will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The year-long experience begins with a summer workshop on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, from June 3 – June 11, 2017. The application deadline is January 13, 2017. Awards will be announced in early March 2017. Funding for participants is provided by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Loyola Marymount University.
To learn more about this program, check out the recording of the 75-minute informational webinar Librarian as Researcher: Emerging Roles, which featured presentations from four IRDL Scholars; Don Jason, Carolyn Schubert, Lisa Federer, and Electra Enslow.
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.
Louis Sokoloff (1921-2015) was an American physician and neuroscientist whose innovative research methods and tools transformed the study of brain structure and function. During nearly six decades at the National Institute of Mental Health, he developed new experimental methods, combining techniques and mathematical descriptions from biochemistry, enzyme kinetics, and physiological studies to accurately measure cerebral blood flow and metabolism. Using radioactive 2-deoxyglucose tracers, he was able to make real-time images of living animal brains under various physiological conditions, showing which brain regions were most active at a given moment. This work, which definitively linked regional metabolic activity to particular brain functions, constituted a quantum leap for brain-mapping research. It was also rapidly adapted to positron emission tomography (PET) scanning technology, which soon became essential for studying and diagnosing brain disorders and many types of cancer. He received a Lasker Award in 1981 in recognition of this important “bench-to-bedside” translational research.
Now available from the National Library of Medicine is a selection from the papers of Dr. Sokoloff, on the National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science® Web site. Profiles in Science is a digital project of the Library that provides online access to archival collections of twentieth- and twenty-first century leaders in science, medicine, and public health. The Louis Sokoloff Papers Profiles in Science site features correspondence, published articles, interviews, and photographs from the Louis Sokoloff Papers held by NLM. Visitors to Profiles in Science can view, for example, photos from Sokoloff’s childhood and early career, correspondence with colleagues and students, and experimental brain images produced with the tracers he developed. An in-depth historical narrative leads to a wide range of primary source materials that provide a window into Sokoloff’s life and major contributions to neuroscience. Visitors may also view a brief chronology of Sokoloff’s life, a glossary of terms specific to the collection, and a further readings page, as well as search and browse the collection.
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 USAJobs.gov, 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.
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.
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Two new example citations have been added to Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers [Internet], 2nd edition. In Chapter 24, Databases/Retrieval Systems on the Internet, section 18, “Database/retrieval system on the Internet with an edition or version,” the two new example citations are included at the bottom of the section. A link has also been created to section 18 from Chapter 21, Computer Programs on CD-ROM, DVD, or Disk, as “Examples of Citations to Computer Programs (Software) on the Internet.” These changes have been recorded in the Content Updates appendix.
Five high school seniors from Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ, have won the 2016 National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Award for the production of the website, Henrietta Lacks: Ordinary Woman with Extraordinary Cells. Ms. Lack’s case of cervical cancer led to the discovery of the first immortal human cell line, HeLa cells. The award was announced on June 16 by National History Day (NHD) during its annual Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in Washington, DC. NHD is a year-long history competition among students from around the United States and its territories. It began in October 2015 and culminated in a nationwide event on June 2016. With this award, NLM joined other federal partners such as the Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Department of Agriculture, in supporting middle and high school students’ competitive historical research. Specifically, NLM supported National History Day by providing guides and pointers to NLM resources to students in junior and senior high school.
The NHD is a non-profit organization headquartered in College Park, MD, and the national competition is held on the University of Maryland campus every summer. For the students, the experience is a full-year event that begins in the fall with county and regional contents. Winners at this initial level progress to their state’s history day competition held in the spring. State finalists are invited to College Park to compete in the national competition. Each year nearly 3,000 students, parents, and teachers gather for the week-long NHD event.
The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) has announced the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through July 22, 2016. Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged to apply.
The Leadership Fellows Program has been remarkably successful in helping to move well prepared leaders into AAHSL directors’ positions. Seventy-two fellows and 59 different mentors have participated in the program from 2002-2016. To date, 28 fellows have received director appointments and over 50% have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility. The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is now available. More information about the program is available from Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee.