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Feedback Needed: Beta Version of ClinicalTrials.gov Available for Testing in February!

A new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov is available for user testing. The test site can be accessed from a link on the homepage or directly at the beta version. The beta site will be available for at least one month to obtain feedback from the public. To submit comments, questions, and suggestions on this new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov, respond to the online survey by clicking on the “Give Us Feedback” link in the top right corner of the beta site. The new version of ClinicalTrials.gov was developed to provide new features to support searching for clinical studies. Key features of the beta version include:

  • “Filters” for refining search results
  • “Show/Hide Columns” for customizing the display of search results
  • “Saved Studies” for storing and retrieving particular study records of interest

Additionally, “Basic Search” has been replaced with “Fielded Search,” which provides more options for searching specific categories such as Conditions/Diseases and Study Location. The new beta version accesses the same data as the operational version of ClinicalTrials.gov and allows users to compare the search functionality between the two systems. Please note that the content under the “Find Studies” menu item, including the “How to Search” pages on the beta version, have not yet been updated to reflect all of the new features and will remain “under construction” during the beta test period.

NN/LM Training Office (NTO) Needs Assessment Results

Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for completing this needs assessment sponsored by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO)! We would like to share highlights of the results from our region. Sixty-eight network members responded to the assessment. The largest group of respondents was composed of hospital librarians, followed by academic health sciences librarians, and then other academic library staff. California being the most populous state led the total with 72% of the responses, and Arizona placed second with 19%. Following are some of the key findings. (more…)

What’s New for 2017 MeSH!

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine’s controlled vocabulary thesaurus which is updated annually. NLM uses the MeSH thesaurus to index articles from thousands of biomedical journals for the MEDLINE/PubMed database and for the cataloging of books, documents, and audiovisuals acquired by the Library. (more…)

NLM Needs Your Input for a New Strategic Plan!

A top priority for new NLM Director Patti Brennan is the undertaking of a Strategic Planning Process and soliciting input from NLM’s broad stakeholder community. To that end, the National Library of Medicine has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to obtain public input on goals and priorities for its next strategic plan, with a January 23 response deadline. In the ten years since development of the NLM’s last long range plan, there have been significant advances in biomedical informatics; major new initiatives at the NIH in data science, precision medicine, and open access to biomedical information; and changes in the environment and infrastructure of our country’s health systems. NLM is committed to building a data infrastructure that will support the future of biomedical research. During the current strategic planning process, NLM will be considering priorities and future directions around the following four themes: (more…)

Arizona Travels by the PSR!

I recently made a trip to Arizona and had many experiences! Here’s a few snippets in the life of a staff person from the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine! (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2016!

October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! This year’s theme is Aim for Excellence. Visit the web site to download the poster and enter the 2016 NMLM contest! In honor of this event, we recognize the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects and activities of librarians receiving NN/LM PSR professional development awards. (more…)

Now Available: Two New NN/LM PSR Funding Opportunities!

A Call for Applications (CFA) has been issued for two new NN/LM PSR funding opportunities; Professional Development Awards and Outreach Mini-Awards. All Network members are eligible to apply. The maximum award amount for both programs is $2,000 and all project activities must be completed by April 30, 2017. The RML expects to fund up to ten Professional Development Awards and six Mini-Awards. For both awards, applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Proposals will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and awards will be made until funds are expended.

Professional Development Awards are designed to support individuals wishing to attend professional conferences, workshops, and other educational opportunities in areas of health sciences librarianship or related disciplines. Outreach Mini-Awards are designed to support short-term projects, such as NLM traveling exhibition programming, one-time technology improvement (equipment) purchases, or one-day events such as health fairs, with an ultimate goal to promote knowledge of and access to National Library of Medicine resources for health care providers and consumers.

For additional information, such as proposal evaluation criteria, awardee reporting requirements, allowable expenses, and links to application forms, visit the award web sites on the NN/LM PSR Funding webpage. Don’t delay; we look forward to seeing your proposals!

Exploring Keyword Searching in PubMed

We recently received this interesting question, and since it has so many parts, I’ve divided it into sections. Here’s the complete request:

Dear PubMed Guru,

I am trying to find in PubMed Help, where it says what you pull when doing a MeSH search.
When I am in My NCBI, does it look at the MeSH headings, citation, and abstract for my MeSH terms? What happens when I am not in My NCBI?
What happens when I do a keyword (KW) or phrase search? Does it look for the KW in the citation and abstract only? I cannot find where PubMed looks.
I thought for a KW search and KW Phrase search, it only looks in the title and abstract. And a MeSH search the same plus the MeSH headings. I need verification that it actually looks in the body of the article, which I do not think it does, am I correct? Thanks for any clarification. (more…)

HHS Issues New Rule to Enhance Public Availability of Clinical Trial Information

In an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just issued a final rule that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information for clinical trials involving U.S. Food and Drug Administration-regulated drug, biological and device products. At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy for registering and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A narrative summary and a summary table of the changes resulting from these new initiatives have been published by NIH. (more…)

Two New NLM Traveling Exhibitions to Be Launched in Fall 2016!

The National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program partners with hundreds of libraries and cultural institutions across the country and around the world in an effort to provide meaningful historical and health related content to audiences in communities near you! For example, in October 2015, the National Library of Medicine made available a new traveling banner exhibition, Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives. The exhibition tells the story of a vanguard of nurse activists who worked to change the way the medical profession responded to patients who had been battered. Three copies of the traveling banner exhibition are traveling around the country through 2019. (more…)