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Now Available: Recordings of NLM Theater Presentations at the 2016 MLA Conference!

The NLM exhibit booth at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services. Presentation recordings are now accessible from the NLM web site. The average video length is 20 minutes.

PubMed for Librarians Webinars: Online Training Opportunities in June and July!

Join the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) for the free online class PubMed for Librarians. Classes in June and July 2016 are now open for registration! The class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each); Introduction to PubMed, MeSH, Automatic Term Mapping, Building and Refining Your Search, and Customization – My NCBI. Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA (Medical Library Association) CE (Continuing Education) credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them. Class space is limited, so register now!

June 10 Webinar: Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed

On June 10, the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) sponsored the free webinar Finding Systematic Reviews at PubMed Health and PubMed, featuring presenter Hilda Bastian from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The session was archived and a recording is available for viewing.

NLM Releases Two New Nursing Resources YouTube Videos!

NLM recently released two short YouTube videos for nurses. They are linked as part of the PubMed for Nurses Tutorial. They are nicely done with music, and both are less than four minutes long.

NLM Resources For Nurses: Research

NLM Resources for Nurses: Patient Education

NCBI Minute Webinar on May 4: Linking PubMed and ClinicalTrials.gov

Registration is available for the next NCBI Minute webinar on Wednesday, May 4, at 9:00 AM PDT. The presentation will include a short tutorial that will teach two ways to filter PubMed searches for publications linked to clinical trials in clinicaltrials.gov; you’ll also learn how to use the ClinicalTrials database to get more information on trials of interest.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; future webinars are also listed on this page.

April NLM Express Recording Now Available!

On April 14, NN/LM PSR presented Effective Use of PubMed for the NLM Express webinar series. Terry A. Jankowski, Assistant Director for User Experience, Health Sciences Library, University of Washington, provided some tips and tricks for challenging or difficult PubMed searches.You can view the webinar by visiting our Distance Learning page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Lit Database Observes a Milestone

This month, the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Lit database added its 10,000th record on the clinical and public health aspects of natural disasters, human-caused disasters, terrorism, disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies. Disaster Lit describes and links to reports, webinars, training, conferences, factsheets and other documents that are not commercially published. Disaster Lit complements the journal literature in PubMed and the resources for the public in MedlinePlus. Materials are carefully selected by NLM medical librarians and subject experts from nearly 1,000 approved sources and provide current awareness for health professionals, first responders and emergency planners who have disaster health responsibilities.

New content is sent daily to nearly 14,000 subscribers via RSS, Twitter, email subscriptions, and the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv. Disaster Lit plays a key role in collecting the earliest available trusted medical guidance soon after a disaster event or disease outbreak, often long before the same guidance can be published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Disaster Lit supports other federal disaster information programs by providing the:

The Disaster Lit collection of grey literature was started in 2002 by the New York Academy of Medicine, with funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Information Center for Health Services Research (NICHSR). In 2010, the database moved to the then-new Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division, NLM. The database continues to grow with funding support from SIS, NICHSR and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Questions or comments may be sent to the Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Public Access Expansion and PMC

Last month marked the third anniversary of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum directing Federal agencies with more than $100 million in annual research and development (R&D) expenditures to develop plans for increasing public access to the results of the research they support, including scholarly publications. As a result of this directive, in 2015, PMC started providing support as a public access repository for funding agencies beyond the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

As of March 2015, the following additional agencies are using the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system to facilitate the deposit in PMC of peer-reviewed manuscripts that fall under their public access policies:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ/HHS)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC/HHS),
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA/HHS),
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Additionally, the following additional HHS and other federal agencies have announced public access plans and committed to using PMC as the repository for agency-funded publications:

  • Administration for Community Living (ACL/HHS)
  • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR/HHS)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

PMC will continue to update the list of participating funding agencies at Public Access and PMC as these agencies begin implementation of their policies.

More information about the current status of public access expansion as a result of the OSTP memo can be found on the White House blog.

PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2016

PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval. The following subset strategies were recently revised:

  • AIDS
  • Bioethics
  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Space Life Sciences
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology

New 2016 MeSH Headings: Zika Virus Infection and Zika Virus

On January 27, 2016, two new MeSH headings were added to the 2016 MeSH Browser in response to increased reports in the literature about the Zika virus outbreak and its tentative association with microcephaly in newborns as well as possible paralysis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults:

The terms also appeared in the MeSH export file available to licensees on January 27, 2016. Indexing for the new headings began January 28, 2016. In addition, NLM Indexing staff will review citations previously indexed on this topic to determine if the new headings should be applied to the citations. Here is a suggested interim PubMed search strategy to retrieve citations on Zika until the review of previously indexed citations is completed:

Zika [tiab]

Using the [tiab] search tag finds citations that have already been indexed with MeSH or are still in process. The tag restricts retrieval to the article title, abstract, or author keyword fields and prevents false drops from other fields such as author name.

A Zika Virus Health Information Resources page, from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at NLM, gathers resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. For additional information see the article, NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center Resource List Updates.