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New Three-Part NLM Webinar Series Begins November 30, “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed”

On November 30, December 7, and December 14, 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, participants 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 will be limited to 50 students per offering. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in a single series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data: Wednesday, November 30, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML: Wednesday, December 7, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions: Wednesday, December 14, 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST

The entire series will be offered again in January/February 2017. All classes involve hands-on demonstrations and exercises. Before registering for these classes, NLM strongly recommends completion of the following activities:

  • 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. For more information, visit the Installing EDirect page.
  • Install the EDirect software. For more information, visit the EDirect installation page.

Open Data Science Symposium: Webcast Available on December 1

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative and the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) are hosting an Open Data Science Symposium on December 1, from 8:30am – 4:00pm EST. The session will feature discussions with the leaders in big data, open science, and biomedical research while also showcasing the finalists of the Open Science Prize, a worldwide competition to harness the innovative power of open data. Speakers will include Francis Collins, NIH Director; Harold Varmus, Former NIH Director; John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks Chief Commons Officer; Peter Goodhand, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Executive Director; and Niklas Blomberg, Founding Director of Elixir. The event is freely available to the public and will be webcast. Advance registration is required, with a deadline of November 18. Webcasting information will be available on the registration site. For additional information about the event, contact BD2K_events@od.nih.gov.

NLM’s Asian American Health Portal To Be Retired November 21, 2016

The National Library of Medicine will be retiring the Asian American Health portal on November 21, 2016, to concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials. NLM encourages using Healthreach for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities.

In 2013, NLM worked with New York University’s Center for the Studies on Asian American Health to identify the needs of Asian American health information for professionals and consumers. Many things were revealed in the study but two things were highlighted: the need for disaggregated population data at subpopulation level and, the need for accurate, quality, culturally relevant and tested patient education materials. Granular population data is a request from several ethnic populations and the Department of Health and Human Services, Census, and Office of Management and Budget of the U.S. federal government are taking the lead to address this need. A Federal Register Notice was recently issued.

In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholders to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. Also, MedlinePlus and HealthReach are working to harmonize the multilingual patient education materials collections into one set. MedlinePlus will continue to offer materials through their consumer interface and, HealthReach will continue to provide the database search interface that offers metadata about the patient materials.

Registration Now Open for the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference June 18-21 in Philadelphia

Registration is now open for EBLIP9, the 9th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Conference June 18-21, 2017 in Philadelphia, with the theme Embedding and Embracing Evidence. The early bird registration rate of $480 ($300 for students) is available through February 28. Full conference pricing includes snacks throughout the conference, three lunches, an opening night reception, and second night conference banquet dinner in addition to keynotes, program sessions, and poster sessions. The Call for Papers and Posters is open through November 15. Pre-conference workshops are priced separately; information on these sessions is coming soon!

2017 MeSH Headings Available in the MeSH Browser

The Introduction to MeSH 2017 is now available, including information on its use and structure, as well as recent updates and availability of data. For now, the default year in the MeSH Browser remains 2016 MeSH and the alternate link provides access to 2017 MeSH. Access to two years of MeSH vocabulary is always available in the MeSH Browser, the current year and an alternate year. Sometime in November or December, the default year will change to 2017 MeSH and the alternate link will provide access to the 2016 MeSH.

Download 2017 MeSH in XML and ASCII formats. Also available for 2017 from the same MeSH download page are:

  • Pharmacologic Actions (Forthcoming)
  • New Headings with Scope Notes
  • MeSH Replaced Headings (Fate of Deleted Descriptors)
  • MeSH MN (tree number) changes
  • 2017 MeSH in MARC format

NCBI Webinar: PubMed for Clinicians in November

On November 9, NLM staff will show health care professionals how to search PubMed for the most relevant and recent literature, explore specific clinical research areas, set up email alerts and more.

Date and time: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 10:00-11:00am PST

Visit the PubMed for Clinicians registration page to register. 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 homepage.

Your Feedback Needed for NN/LM Resource Picks Webinar About NLM Traveling Exhibit Program!

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.

New One-Hour NN/LM Webinar, “ALTBIB: What, Why and How” on December 8

The NN/LM Training Office has announced that registration is available for a new one-hour webinar on the NLM database ALTBIB: Resources for Alternatives to the Use of Live Vertebrates in Biomedical Research and Testing, on Thursday, December 8, 10:00-11:00 AM PST. The session will describe the scope of ALTBIB, briefly explain the history of the database and why it exists, identify key people who work on ALTBIB, and demonstrate features of the resource. Participants will gain hands-on experience with practice exercises, and leave the webinar with a sense of what ALTBIB can and cannot do for animal alternative searches. Stephanie Publicker from NLM’s Specialized Information Services will be on hand to answer questions. The webinar is accredited for one MLA continuing education credit.

Redesign for NLM’s Online Toxicology Tutorial, ToxTutor

The National Library of Medicine has updated its online toxicology tutorial, ToxTutor, a self-paced guide covering key principles of toxicology. For almost 20 years, students and others have used ToxTutor to explore the fundamental principles of toxicology. Written in plain language and including helpful illustrations, the tutorial provides users of toxicology resources, including the NLM chemical and toxicological databases, with a basic understanding of the subject. ToxTutor introduces toxicology by covering dose and dose response, toxic effects, interactions, toxicity testing methods, risk assessment, and exposure standards and guidelines. Additional topics will be included in future updates. A certificate of completion option is expected to be released next year. ToxTutor is produced by the NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP).

NLM Launches New Traveling Exhibit, “Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America!”

The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine has announced its newest traveling banner exhibition, Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America, now available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country. It will travel to 50 sites over the next four years. This exhibition looks at the Chesapeake region during the early colonial era, where European settlers survived by relying upon indentured servants, Native Americans, and African slave labor for life-saving knowledge of farming and food acquisition. Without this knowledge, Europeans suffered poor nutrition, in addition to widespread illness caused by the lack of medical care. Despite their perilous position, the colonists used human resources, the natural environment, and maritime trade to gain economic prosperity. With a focus on life at George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation, we learn about the ways that meals transcend taste and sustenance. To book the exhibit, visit the Traveling Exhibition Services web site. Use the “Book Now” button beside preferred dates and include two alternate booking periods in the message box. NLM will strive to find the booking period which works best for host institutions.

The online adaptation of Fire and Freedom incorporates a Digital Gallery of 18th-century materials on food, botany, health, and housekeeping from the NLM collection. Education resources are also featured in the online exhibition, including K-12 lesson plans, a higher education module; an online activity and a robust selection of resources, including K-12 suggested readings. In addition, the Related Resources at NLM feature includes a selection of 18th-century items from the NLM collection on disease in colonial North America, digitized public health posters about nutrition and food, and journal articles that discuss foodways, race, medicine, and health disparities, available through PubMed Central.

The guest curator of Fire and Freedom, Psyche Williams-Forson, PhD, delivered a lecture to coincide with the opening of the new exhibition on Thursday, November 3, which was live-streamed globally and subsequently archived for future viewing. Dr. Williams-Forson discussed the process of curating the exhibition; the triumphs and challenges of telling this story when the information about the history of American slavery is limited in scope and very often narrowly focused, primarily on the 19th century. She tied this larger discussion into using foodways; the intersection of food, culture, and economics, as a lens through which to talk about the lives of African Americans during enslavement. More importantly, Dr. Williams-Forson illustrated why this narrative remains important today.