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AIDSinfo Website Gets an Update and Redesign!

The AIDSinfo website was updated on April 15th and includes a new design and an improved look and feel. Major enhancements include:

  •  Reorganization of patient education materials: all patient education materials are now located in a new Understanding HIV/AIDS section of the website. AIDSinfo patient education materials include fact sheets, infographics, an HIV/AIDS glossary, and webpages highlighting the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.
  • Increased prominence of apps: the AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Guidelines, Drug Database, and Glossary apps are now prominently featured in each section of the website.
  • Enhanced search functionality: an updated search feature allows users to quickly find relevant resources.
  • Increased linking between AIDSinfo resources: AIDSinfo resources are now linked to each other across the website. For example, patient fact sheets are now linked directly from the guidelines pages, so health care providers can easily access materials for their patients.

Online Interactive Health Literacy Training Available!

Both the general public and health information professionals should be familiar with the important topic of health literacy. According to MedlinePlus, health literacy is defined as “how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them.” A number of interactive online trainings are available for the general public to help everyone improve their own health literacy. Online trainings are also available for public health professionals to help them improve their ability to teach health literacy to the general public. Here’s a quick overview of a few online trainings available from government websites:

NLM Activities at MLA 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 26-31, 2017, at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA. Attendees are invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth 309 (May 28-30) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. All presentations are recorded and made available on the NLM Web site shortly after the meeting.

The NLM Update will be Tuesday, May 30, 11:00 – 11:55 am, in Ballroom 6. Speakers will include Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations; Patricia Flatley Brennan, NLM Director and Interim NIH Associate Director for Data Science; Daniel R. Masys, Co-Chair, Board of Regents Strategic Planning Committee and Affiliate Professor, Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Amanda J. Wilson, Head, National Network Coordinating Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Leiter Lecture will be held Wednesday, May 31, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, in Ballroom 6, featuring a presentation by Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine.

For additional details and a schedule of NLM Theater presentations, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Recording for the NNLM Resource Picks Webinar on NLM Traveling Banner Exhibitions Now Available!

The archived recording of the March 29 session for the NNLM collaborative webinar series, NNLM Resource Picks, is available. The topic was Making the Most of Your National Library of Medicine Traveling Banner Exhibition, hosted by Patricia Tuohy, Head of the Exhibition Program at NLM. View the webinar by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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RxNorm Completes the Prescribable Name (PSN) Project

The National Library of Medicine has announced that the April 2017 RxNorm monthly release contains a Prescribable Name (PSN) for all RxNorm normal forms for active human drugs sold in the United States (US) with a few exceptions. Drugs without a PSN include allergenic extracts and certain forms containing three or more ingredients. PSNs are user-friendly synonyms of RxNorm normalized drug names and are meant to be used as display names in e-prescribing systems. Unlike other RxNorm synonyms, there can only be a single PSN associated with an RxNorm concept (i.e., RxNorm Concept Unique Identifier or RXCUI). RxNorm editors create PSNs based upon the drug label on DailyMed. PSNs may contain common ingredient abbreviations and tall man lettering, and their strengths may not be normalized as they are in the RxNorm normalized names.

PSNs were first introduced in the July 2014 release of RxNorm. NLM would like to thank the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for help with funding this project, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) for help with organizing content discussions with stakeholders. The addition of PSNs to RxNorm is a major step towards improving the efficiency and accuracy of drug information management in e-prescribing systems.

Now Available: Final Results of NNLM National Training Needs Assessment!

In December 2016 the NNLM Training Office (NTO) conducted a nationwide needs assessment to discover needs, explore preferences, and gather feedback from the user community. The questions were designed to address three broad areas: why do users take NNLM classes, how do users prefer to learn, and what are users’ training needs. Also assessed was current skill levels of users, as well as desired skill levels. Question details covered over 15 professional competencies and more than 100 NLM products. Feedback was received from 559 respondents. The full 52-page report is now available, and highlights have been published in the NTO blog. In addition, the NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) published an accompanying blog post about how to create Dot Plots, the method used by NTO for visualizing data in the analysis.

NLM History of Medicine Lecture on April 6

On April 2, 1917, US President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, stating that “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, on April 6, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a war declaration. As part of the 2017 History of Medicine Lectures, the National Library of Medicine marks this important occasion with a forum spotlighting some of its rich collections related to the war and the American experience of the period, World War I Centenary Forum: Stories from the Collections of the National Library of Medicine. The session will be live-streamed globally on Thursday, April 6, 11:00am-12:30pm PDT through NIH Videocasting and will include a variety of stories drawn from these collections, shared by colleagues in the NLM’s History of Medicine Division.

New Full Text Access Feature in PubMed: Institutional Repository LinkOut!

PubMed users can now see the icon that links to the full text deposited at an institutional repository (IR) using LinkOut. The LinkOut service provides links to full text, library holdings, and other relevant external resources from PubMed and other NCBI databases. Until this year, there were three quick ways to access full text articles from PubMed:

  • the publisher icon links to the journal web site (may require a subscription to the journal)
  • the PMC icon links to free full text in PubMed Central (PMC)
  • the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) links to the article on the journal web site (may require a subscription to the journal)

The new institutional repository icons will link to free full text of the article at an institutional repository that it is not freely available from the journal or PMC. When an IR is participating in this new LinkOut feature, the linking icon will display in the “Full text links” section next to the abstract in PubMed for any publication with a direct link to a full text that does not have another free full text link. The “LinkOut – more resources” section expands to show the same direct links to full text as the icons. All links to participating IRs will appear whether or not there is a free full text icon displayed in the “Full text links” section. There are only a few IRs participating in the free full text LinkOut at this time but these few already expand access to about 25,000 publications. Some academic and research institutions encourage or require authors to submit their publications in the IR, making them publicly accessible within the terms of publication at a journal. This is often called “green open access.” There might be an embargo period or delay after publication, as there can be with NIH-authored manuscripts in PMC. However, free full texts can be available as soon as an article is published.

LinkOut resources come from organizations that have applied to join LinkOut, providing information or data that are relevant to that specific publication. LinkOut participants include libraries, biological data repositories, and repositories like Dryad and Figshare. If you know of an IR that has publicly available free full texts beyond those available in PMC, please let them know about this service. A list of participating institutional repositories is available from the LinkOut Web site. Instructions for institutional repositories to join LinkOut are also available. For questions about participating in LinkOut, contact NLM. Additional details and sample screen displays are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

NLM Resources for National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 20, 2017

Today is National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Health outreach professionals can access HIV/AIDS resources for Native American communities through multiple National Library of Medicine websites, including the following:

  • American Indian Health – Check the “Health Topics – HIV/AIDS” section of American Indian Health for links to HIV/AIDS resources for Native American individuals and communities, for researchers/health professionals/educators, programs and organizations working to treat and prevent HIV/AIDS among Native Americans, and health information about HIV/AIDS for everyone.
  • AIDSource – Look under the Specific Populations:Native Americans section of AIDSource for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education, and research resources related to HIV/AIDS in Native American communities.
  • PubMed – For the latest biomedical research related to HIV/AIDS among Native American populations, visit PubMed.

NLM Catalog Sidebar Filters Updated

The NLM Catalog left sidebar facets have been updated to improve users’ ability to combine filters when searching. For example, “Journals referenced in the NCBI DBs” (databases) now appears as its own category so that it can be combined easily with any other filter. Users are also able to customize the sidebar to display additional facets, including “PubMed/PMC journals” and “All MEDLINE journals.” For further details, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.