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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. Read 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!

NLM 2016 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has funded eight HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2016 in the 23rd round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. One of the awardees, Youth Technology Health, is based in the Pacific Southwest Region. Congratulations to all the recipients! Read more »

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. Read 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. Read more »

Watch the Swearing-In Ceremony for the New NLM Director!

Swearing in ceremony for Dr. Pat Brennan

After three weeks on the job, on Monday, September 12, Patricia (Patti) Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, received her official swearing-in ceremony. The session was recorded and archived for future viewing. Betsy Humphreys, NLM Deputy Director, provided an introduction to the event. She mentioned that it was a day to look to the future, but she also referred to a few past milestones. She noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the passage of the Medical Library Assistance Act (MLAA), the legislation which gave the National Library of Medicine its current mission. Ms. Humphreys explained that during the 1960s the scope of NLM’s activities was radically expanded by Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Then during the 1980s legislation was enacted creating the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which furthered NLM’s involvement in the area of health services research. And in the early years of this century, NLM’s ClinicalTrials.gov resource was made publicly available, as was PubMed Central (PMC), which provided open access to articles in various biomedical journals. Ms. Humphreys then noted that Dr. Brennan was the 4th director in NLM’s modern era, and that these would be her first public remarks in her new capacity. Read more »

National Library of Medicine and AAHSL Announce 2016-2017 Leadership Fellows

The National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries have announced the five members of the 2016-2017 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program. The jointly sponsored program matches fellows and mentors in a one-year leadership development program. Since the program began in 2002, 42% of fellow graduates have assumed director positions. Read 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. Read more »

Report on the July 25 NIH Webinar on Systematic Reviews, Part of the “Medicine: Mind the Gap” Seminar Series

by Kathy Zeblisky
Medical Library Manager
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix, AZ

On July 25 the NIH presented an informative and interesting webinar as part of its Medicine: Mind the Gap series. The session recording, presentation slides, and extensive reference list are available by visiting The Opportunities and Challenges of Using Systematic Reviews To Summarize Knowledge About “What Works” in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, featuring presenter Kay Dickersin, M.A., Ph.D. This seminar series “explores research design, measurement, intervention, data analysis, and other methods of interest to prevention science.” Read more »

NLM Announces Future Plans of 2015-2016 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine has announced the future plans of its 2015-2016 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2016, with all three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) in libraries in Maryland, New York, and Michigan. Read more »