The NN/LM South Central Region is sponsoring the webinar series, Pieces of Systematic Review, featuring guest speaker Margaret Foster, on the first Thursday of every month from Febuary – July at 8:00-9:00am PT. The first session will be held Thursday, February 2. Systematic reviews are well-documented as contributing to evidence-based healthcare by, in part, revealing gaps in the literature or illustrating the effectiveness of health interventions. They are common practice, but they can often be fraught with issues in how they’re conducted, leaving a constant need for education and discussion. Margaret Foster is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University and serves as the Systematic Reviews Coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library with a joint position at the School of Public Health and the College of Medicine of the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center. The series will highlight the following topics:
- February 2, 2017 – How do you determine if a research question is right for a systematic review?
- March 2, 2017 – What searches beyond the typical databases should be done?
- April 6, 2017 – What happens after the search?
- May 4, 2017 – What free software is useful for conducting review?
- June 1, 2017 – How can a librarian support other types of reviews (scoping, integrative, rapid)?
- July 6, 2017 – What are the new developments in review methods?
On March 14, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT, join Jeff Julian, Director of the Public Awareness Office for the American Library Association, for the one-hour informative session Using ALA’s Libraries Transform Campaign for Your Library, hosted by the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region. Attendees will learn about ALA’s Libraries Transform public awareness and advocacy campaign which effectively conveys the transformative nature of today’s libraries and the critical role they play in the digital age, as well as how to incorporate messaging into regular communication channels to leverage the campaign in advocacy activities and more.
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine are seeking nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award. All nominations must be received by May 1, 2017 via mail, fax, or email. Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award. The nomination may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects or any combination of these. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be in writing and include the following elements:
- The official nomination form
- A precise description of the nominee’s achievements, no more than five pages
- A current resume or curriculum vitae
- Any additional information that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient. Please include no more than ten extra pages.
The 2017 winter edition of the NLM Classification has been issued. It has moved from an annual spring update to twice-yearly updates. The 2017 winter edition includes several additions and changes to the Index and Schedules. All main index headings are now linked to the 2017 vocabulary in the MeSH Browser. The 2017 summer version will be published in mid-to-late August, and will encompass the ongoing systematic review of particular classification schedules and other miscellaneous updates. The PDF version will be published annually in conjunction with the summer version. Contact NLM for further information, questions, or comments.
The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2017 (RDAP17) will be held April 19-21 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Take advantage of the early-bird registration rate of $190 by Friday, February 3! RDAP17 will offer a diverse set of topics and presenters cutting across disciplines, institutions, and roles involved with the major challenges of providing access to and preserving research data. Panels, posters, lightning talks, institutional snapshots, and problem tables will provide greater opportunities for engagement with the community. In addition to the regular program, on April 21 RDAP17 is hosting two incredibly affordable workshops on A Friendly Introduction to GitHub ($25) and Building and Utilizing Rubrics for Assessment of Data Management Plans (free). You can follow all of the RDAP17 news via website, Twitter, Facebook, and listserv.
National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week, a public education project from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), aims to shatter myths that teens may believe about drugs and alcohol. The National Library of Medicine provides outreach materials that can be used to teach teens and the general public from many different special populations about the health risks associated with drugs and alcohol, including:
- General Public: Use MedlinePlus to provide summaries and links about drug and alcohol abuse in consumer-friendly language for the general public, including multilingual information.
- Native Americans: The American Indian Health portal provides links for Native American communities, researchers, and the general public on alcohol abuse and substance abuse.
- Non-English Speakers: The HealthReach website can be used to locate patient handouts, audio, and video in multiple languages, related to drugs and alcohol.
NLM’s AIDSource now offers PrEP Navigation Resources and HIV Navigation Resources. These resources, selected by subject matter experts, are designed to assist frontline “navigators” who work with affected populations. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a once daily pill that helps protect against HIV. Resources include basic information about PrEP and navigator training tools. The HIV navigation resources cover retention in HIV care and tools for patient navigators. Both sets of navigation resources link to content for Spanish speakers.
Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine will present the three-part Webinar series, Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed. This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!
Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:
- Part 1: Getting PubMed Data, Tuesday, February 21, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
- Part 2: Extracting Data from XML, Tuesday, February 28, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
- Part 3: Building Practical Solutions, Tuesday, March 7, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series. Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.
This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Before registering for these classes, NLM strongly recommends the following:
- Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed” or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
- Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
- Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (see the Installing EDirect page for more information.)
- Install the EDirect software (see the Installing EDirect page for more information.)
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:
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.