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Digital Storytelling Competition Announcement for Native American Heritage Month!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) has announced a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, involves development of a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes. Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site. Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds. The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500. Awards will be announced the week of March 6, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee. Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.

Register Now for 2017 Sessions of the “PubMed for Librarians” Webinar Series!

Registration is now open for the next round of the highly popular PubMed For Librarians webinar series, offered by the NN/LM Training Office. The class is divided into six segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the six segments that are of interest. The segments are as follows:

  • Introduction to PubMed: Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, employ three ways to search for a known citation, and how to customize with My NCBI.
  • MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. Explore the four different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. Investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.
  • Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. Look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in search details, and explore how PubMed processes phrases.
  • Building and Refining Your Search: Use some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. Explore the filters sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries. Use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Advanced Search Builder to build searches and explore topics.
  • Using Evidence-Based Search Features: Explore terminology used for indexing study design in PubMed, explore three PubMed products that facilitate evidence based searching, and learn how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.
  • Customization – My NCBI: Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, locating and identifying available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to fifteen filters, and creating a custom filter.

New Posting on NLM Musings from the Mezzanine!

In the second posting on her new blog, NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan describes her experience presenting a keynote message at the 2016 AMIA Symposium in Chicago. She encouraged all attendees to participate in NLM’s strategic planning process by responding to the Request for Information, to help NLM chart its third century. She stated that in addition to its commitment to maintain archival knowledge of books, journals, and manuscripts; NLM’s future will include data and virtual information!

Call for Applications: 2017 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) supports librarian researchers in the United States and has issued a call for applications for IRDL 2017. IRDL seeks librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. Twenty librarians will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The year-long experience begins with a summer workshop on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, from June 3 – June 11, 2017. The application deadline is January 13, 2017. Awards will be announced in early March 2017. Funding for participants is provided by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Loyola Marymount University.

To learn more about this program, check out the recording of the 75-minute informational webinar Librarian as Researcher: Emerging Roles, which featured presentations from four IRDL Scholars; Don Jason, Carolyn Schubert, Lisa Federer, and Electra Enslow.

Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey!

If you are a family caregiver or know or work with family caregivers, take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey. Responses should take about five minutes to complete. The purpose of this survey is to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information. The National Library of Medicine will use the survey results to enhance its understanding of the information needs of family caregivers.

NIH Issues Request for Information for Data Management Activities

The National Institutes of Health has just issued the Request for Information (RFI), Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation, to seek public comments on data management and sharing strategies and priorities in order to consider: (1) how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, (2) how to set standards for citing shared data and software. The response date deadline is December 29, 2016.

Comments should be submitted electronically. Response to the RFI is voluntary. Responders are free to address any or all of the items in Sections I and II, listed below, or any other relevant topics respondents recognize as important for NIH to consider. Respondents should not feel compelled to address all items.

  • Section I. Data Sharing Strategy Development
  • Section II. Inclusion of Data and Software Citation in NIH Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) and Grant Applications

NIH will consider all public comments before taking next steps. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in responses. Comments will be compiled and shared publicly in an unedited version after the close of the comment period. The NIH may use information gathered by this RFI to inform development of future funding opportunity announcements and policy development. Additional information about the importance of this RFI is available in a new blog posting, The What and How of Data Sharing, published by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy.

MedlinePlus Text Messaging Campaign on Holiday Mental Health

M+TextMessaging The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health. Users that sign up for the campaign will receive three text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support; such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

To subscribe, text MP Health to 468311 or sign up online for subscription type SMS/Text Message. An email subscription is also available via the online sign up.

New NLM Director’s Blog: Musings from the Mezzanine!

NLM-Musings Subscribe now to the newly launched blog, NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, and learn what’s on the mind of NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan. In her initial post, Dr. Brennan reveals her first impressions of the Library and invites us to join her on this journey. The blog is the perfect space for two-way dialogue, so go ahead and share your thoughts and audacious ideas, as NLM enters its strategic planning cycle and prepares for its third century of existence! You can also follow Dr. Brennan on Twitter.

Free Webinar on November 29: Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility

Registration is available for the next session in the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series, Getting Social: Best Practices for Social Media Accessibility, on November 29, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM PST. It will provide helpful tips and practices to ensure that your agency’s social media content attracts the largest possible audience while being accessible to individuals with disabilities. Presenters will review best practices for preparing and deploying social media that is accessible to all citizens. They also will provide an overview of the Federal Social Media Accessibility Toolkit, a key accessibility resource developed by the ePolicyWorks team in the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy that offers tips to improve the accessibility of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs. Featured speakers include Hope Adler, ePolicyWorks, Communications Project Manager; Emily Ladau, ePolicyWorks, Communications Consultant; and Timothy P. Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board (moderator).

Twitter Chat on November 16 for National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and you can attend the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat on November 16, 10:00-11:00 am PST to raise awareness about the often overlooked health information needs of family caregivers. The Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine is hosting this chat through @NLM_4Caregivers, and special co-hosts include NIH ADEAR Center, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the Caregiver Action Network. This Twitter chat will:

  • Identify what type of health information is most needed by family caregivers.
  • Raise awareness of health topics important to family caregivers.
  • Share health information resources useful to family caregivers.

If you are a family caregiver, know a family caregiver, or work with family caregivers, then you can help to raise awareness and share reliable health information resources for caregivers at the #FindCareInfo Twitter chat.