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July Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On July 20, NN/LM PSR presented EPAs? Entrustable Professional Activities for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Rikke Ogawa, Team Leader for Research, Instruction, and Collection Services, UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, provided an overview of EPAs and discussed opportunities for medical librarians in pursuing engagement with the medical education community. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis Archives page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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2016 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop on September 27

The National Library of Medicine is hosting the fourth annual DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop on Tuesday, September 27, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT. Speakers from the Federal government, industry, pharmacy standards groups, and others will present. The emphasis is on practical and novel ways to use and understand free drug information, which is produced and consumed by a number of Federal agencies.

The Jamboree is a free public meeting, but registration is required. The proceedings will be Webcast and archived.

New Jersey High School Seniors Win Inaugural NLM History of Medicine Award

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.

Redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse Coming Soon!

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is redesigning the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) Web site for release this summer! Responsive Web Design (RWD) techniques will provide a better viewing experience across a wide range of devices, from desktop and laptop computers, to tablets and mobile phones. In addition to the new design, NGC will feature updated searching capabilities by using filters and facets for refining your search results, and updated browsing capabilities for the Browse by Topic and Browse by Organization pages.

The redesigned NGC Web site will be more intuitive, with an improved, new look and feel, but will maintain the same great content that has defined NGC for many years. For more information and to preview screen shots of the changes, visit Notice to Our Users – Redesigned National Guideline Clearinghouse.

NCBI Web Pages Will Transition to HTTPS Protocol on September 30, 2016

To comply with new government-wide security standards, all NCBI Web pages and API services will switch to the secure HTTPS protocol on September 30. At that time, when you visit NCBI web pages, you will see a green lock and https:// in the address bar instead of http://. This lets you know that you are really on an NCBI page; that the server identity is confirmed and that communication with the server is encrypted and private. General users of NCBI web pages need not update or change anything. You don’t need to clear your cache or update any links to NCBI pages that you’ve put on your own webpages or shared with anyone. All pages will automatically redirect to https://.

To help users transition smoothly with this change, registration is available for the 15-minute NCBI Minute webinar Important Changes to NCBI Web Protocols, on Wednesday, July 27, at 9:00 AM PDT. The session will cover details about how this change will affect access to NCBI pages and services. After the live presentation, the webinar will be archived on the NCBI YouTube channel for future viewing.

NN/LM Training Office Offers Free Online Modular TOXNET Class September 12 through October 14

Register now for a free online class to discover TOXNET and other National Library of Medicine environmental health databases, offered by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO). The class is taught online using the Moodle platform in thirteen independent modules over a 4-week period from September 12 through October 14. You will work at your own pace over the four-week period to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules, covering 12 databases, are optional. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises.

This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules. For questions, contact the NTO.

Domain of MedlinePlus URLs Updated to “Medlineplus.gov”

On Tuesday, July 12, the MedlinePlus team updated the domain to “medlineplus.gov” for all page URLs on the English and Spanish MedlinePlus sites, including health topic pages, drug descriptions, and encyclopedia articles. For example, the URL for the English health topic page “Asthma” changed from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asthma.html to https://medlineplus.gov/asthma.html; and the URL for the Spanish health topic page “Asthma” changed from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/asthma.html to https://medlineplus.gov/spanish/asthma.html.

The old URLs on MedlinePlus will automatically redirect to the new URLs for the foreseeable future. This update did not involve changes to the site contents or design.

Connecting to NLM’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank Using PubMed and LinkOut

The National Library of Medicine’s LinkOut filters feature provides PubMed users with connections to web-accessible resources, including full-text articles, consumer health information, and supplementary data related to a PubMed citation. PubMed users can access information for over 5,700 Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) chemical substances via LinkOut. HSDB focuses on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals.

To set up LinkOut to retrieve HSDB information:

  • If you don’t already have a free MyNCBI account, create one;
  • In the Filters box on your MyNCBI account page, click the “Manage filters” link;
  • Click on LinkOut from the “Select Category” option;
  • Click on the + next to the Chemical Information option;
  • Then click on the + next to the Toxicology option;
  • Check the two boxes next to HSDB–this saves these options.

Then run a search:

  • Log into your MyNCBI account and go to PubMed;
  • Run your search;
  • On the upper right side of the results page find “Filter your results;”
  • Click on the HSDB link;
  • Then click on a result;
  • Click on the HSDB icon. The link takes you to the HSDB record for chemical(s) mentioned in the article.

Please note that LinkOut is not available for citations marked as “In process.”

Free NTO Webinar–“Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact”

Registration is available for a one-hour webinar featuring Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. One hour of MLA CE credit is available for attending this session. The webinar will be offered twice. The dates are: August 25th and September 22nd at 12:00-1:00 PM PDT.

These questions will be addressed during the webinar:

  1. Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
  2. What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
  3. What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
  4. What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
  5. How can I support critical thinking until the very end?
  6. How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

Call for Applications: Sewell Travel Awards to Attend 2016 APHA Annual Meeting in Denver!

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is currently accepting applications for the Sewell Stipend to attend the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition, which will be held in Denver, CO, from October 29 to November 2. Applications are due by Sunday, July 17. The conference theme is Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health. Consider applying for a stipend if you are in a position in which you have public health-related responsibilities. The committee expects to make at least nine awards, including a minimum of seven non-local awards and two local (Denver area) awards. Librarians new to public health are especially welcome to apply. Membership in the Medical Library Association is not required of applicants.

There is an extensive LibGuide designed to answer just about every question about the awards, and it also has the application form. For additional information, contact Helena VonVille, Chair, STAPH Committee, Library Director, University of Texas School of Public Health Library, Houston, TX.