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Archive for October, 2015

NLM Associate Fellowship Program for Librarians

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine is now accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship Program. The program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The 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 in health services research.

During the program, Associates will:

  • Learn about the collections, databases, terminologies, research and development, training, outreach, and exhibits that comprise the work and achievements of the National Library of Medicine
  • Understand strategic planning and development at a national level
  • Work on real-life projects that affect libraries and users throughout the country
  • Join a dynamic and successful cohort of alumni
  • Attend professional development conferences and seminars

DOCLINE Version 5.2

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The latest version of DOCLINE is here and includes multiple changes. Institutions now have the opportunity to list days they want to provide ILL service. In addition, libraries can set themselves Temporarily Inactive without approval from the NN/LM SCR office. For more information about DOCLINE 5.2, including these features, please refer to the DOCLINE Version 5.2 Release Notes.

As a reminder, DOCLINE no longer supports Internet Explorer 8 and 9.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NN/LM SCR’s DOCLINE Coordinator, Marcus Spann at 713-799-7164 or


Photo of the DOCLINE mascot Tugger


The Journal of eScience Librarianship

Monday, October 26th, 2015

JESLIB logoThe Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, social, and medical sciences, including public health.

JESLIB explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to education, outreach, collaborations, policy, tools, and best practices. The journal includes peer-reviewed articles discussing topics such as research data management, librarians embedded on research teams, data services, data curation, and data sharing and re-use. Submissions covering both theoretical and practical applications are welcomed.

JESLIB does not charge subscription, submission, or author fees and authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content.

Edited by Elaine Martin, Director of the NN/LM New England Region, JESLIB is a product of the eScholarship@UMMS digital repository and supports the National Institute of Health’s big data missions, including the BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) initiative.

Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The following is an announcement from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver Library:

Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan event page :

The USGS earthquake summary poster of the event just went online:

Technical Terms used on Event Pages:

Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake in Afghanistan

Staff at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) are available to answer media calls at 303-273-8500.

NIH Data Science Webinar Presentation: Data-level Metrics

Monday, October 26th, 2015

LECTURE TITLE: Data-Level Metrics
DATE: Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 8:00-10:00am Mountain, 9:00-11:00am Central
SPEAKER: Martin Fenner

Martin Fenner has been the DataCite Technical Director since August 2015. From 2012 to 2015 he was the technical lead for the PLOS Article-Level Metrics project. Dr. Fenner has a medical degree from the Free University of Berlin and is a Board-certified medical oncologist.


The Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) is launching a new “Frontiers in Science” webinar series.  NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) is pleased to co-host one of the first sessions as part of our bi-weekly Speaker Series.

The DataONE repository network, California Digital Library, and Public Library of Science (PLOS) from October 2014 – October 2015, worked on an NSF-funded project to explore metrics – including citations, downloads and social media –  for about 150,000 datasets. This presentation will summarize the major hurdles to complete this work, the most important findings, and some ideas for moving forward, including implementation as a production service.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Sonynka Ngosso, at 301-402-9816. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

Please join us for this exciting talk!

Webinar Details:

Online link:
Password: $Peakerseries15

Dial-In for Audio Only: 1-855-244-8681
Event number: 733 789 875

On-site:  Shady Grove, room 2W910 – 912

Disaster Information Resources for Hurricane Patricia

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The following is a message from Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from the Disaster Information Management Research Center:

With the approach of Hurricane Patricia to the Mexico coast, there are many in the United States with interests in understanding public health concerns that arise from the anticipated major wind and flood damage. The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center (NLM Disaster Health) provides information on public health aspects of hurricanes and flooding of interest to health professionals and volunteers who may be responding to Mexico from the U.S. and also important to people living in (or who have family in) the affected regions.

NLM Disaster Health suggests the following resources and anticipates many more will be added as the situation unfolds:

U.S. Federal Organizations
-National Hurricane Center

-Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

-U.S. Department of State: Hurricane Patricia

-United States Diplomatic Mission to Mexico

—Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Patricia Dated: October 23, 2015

-U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Department of Defense

International Organizations
Pan American Health Organization

Hashtags: #patricia, #hurricanepatricia, #huracanpatricia
Hashtags for the affected regions: #Jalisco, #Colima, #Nayarit, #Mexico
Twitter list for Hurricane Patricia,, compiled by @NLM_DIMRC, the Twitter account from the Disaster Information Management Research Center,
The list includes selected Twitter accounts frequently posting about Hurricane Patricia, including all the accounts in this email.

In addition to major and local news media, these Twitter accounts are posting about Hurricane Patricia:
-National Hurricane Center, @NWSNHC,
-USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, @theOFDA,

-Pan American Health Organization, @PAHOdisasters, (English and Spanish)
-U.S. Department of State, @StateDept,
-U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Mexico, @USEmbassyMEX,
-U.S. Northern Command, @NoradNorthcom,

Mexico government and NGO (non-governmental organization) Twitter accounts, in Spanish:
-Secretaría de Gobernación, @SEGOB_mx,
-Sistema Nacional de Protección Civil, @PcSegob,
-Oficina de la Presidencia de la República, @PresidenciaMX,
-La Comisión Nacional del Agua, @conagua_mx,
-Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, @conagua_clima,
-Cruz Roja Mexicana, @CruzRoja_MX,
-Cruz Roja Estado de Jalisco, @CruzRojaJalisco,

NLM Disaster Health topic guides for professionals on:
Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Stress,
Animals in Disasters,

Health Resources for the Public: MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health


-Huracanes (Hurricanes),
-Inundaciones (Floods),

Submitted by Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

E-Learning Institute Fellowship for Creating E-Learning Products

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Shared from the Public Health Foundation:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the Public Health Foundation (PHF), invites distance learning professionals who are responsible for developing online training products to apply to participate in the E-Learning Institute (ELI) Fellowship. The ELI Fellowship empowers education and training professionals from state and local health departments and public health organizations with the knowledge, skills, tools, and resources to create quality e-learning products.

As part of the fellowship program, participants will create an online training product, receive mentoring support from CDC and outside e-learning experts, collaborate with peers, and take part in online learning opportunities. Participants will also travel to the CDC offices in Atlanta, GA to attend an in-person orientation and a final showcase event where they will present their e-learning products and receive constructive feedback from their mentors and peers.

To learn more and apply visit

NLM Informatics Lecture Series: Use of Clinical Big Data to Inform Precision Medicine

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Shared from NIH:

The next session of the National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series will be held on November 4, 12:00-1:00pm Mountain, 1:00-2:00pm Central.  This talk will be broadcast live and archived at The feature presentation is Use of Clinical Big Data to Inform Precision Medicine with speaker Joshua Denny, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

For more details and to add the event to your calendar, visit

Abstract: Precision medicine offers the promise of improved diagnosis and more effective, patient-specific therapies. Typically, clinical research studies have been pursued by enrolling a cohort of willing participants in a town or region, and obtaining information and tissue samples from them. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Denny and his team have linked phenotypic information from de-identified electronic health records (EHRs) to a DNA repository of nearly 200,000 samples, creating a ‘virtual’ cohort. This approach allows study of genomic basis of disease and drug response using real-world clinical data. Finding the right information in the EHR can be challenging, but the combination of billing data, laboratory data, medication exposures, and natural language processing has enabled efficient study of genomic and pharmacogenomic phenotypes. The Vanderbilt research team has put many of these discovered pharmacogenomic characteristics into practice through clinical decision support. The EHR also enables the inverse experiment – starting with a genotype and discovering all the phenotypes with which it is associated – a phenome-wide association study (PheWAS). PheWAS requires a densely-phenotyped population such as found in the EHR. Dr. Denny’s research team has used PheWAS to replicate more than 300 genotype-phenotype associations, characterize pleiotropy, and discover new associations. They have also used PheWAS to identify characteristics within disease subtypes.

This event will be broadcast at when the event is live.

SCR Exhibiting at NCCHC in Dallas October 18-20, 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

NN/LM SCR Community Health Coordinator Marcus Spann and Associate Director Jon Goodell are promoting National Library of Medicine resources at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care this week in Dallas, TX. NCCHC provides educational and professional development opportunities for nurses, physicians, and other correctional health care professionals at the national level. Approximately 1,500 attended the conference this year.

Some of the National Library of Medicine resources that attendees have found most helpful include PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Household Products Database. MedlinePlus’s health information in multiple languages feature is particularly popular. Attendees have also shown interest in MedlinePlus Connect, the National Library of Medicine’s service that integrates MedlinePlus content with patient portals and electronic health records (EHRs).

Marcus and Jon

Marcus and Jon

MLA Data Visualization Webinar October 28

Monday, October 19th, 2015

NIH Library Research Data Informationist Lisa Federer, MLIS, MA, AHIP, will give a presentation on data visualization skills and tools for librarians Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 12:00-1:30pm Mountain, 1:00-2:30pm, Central Time. See full webinar description at

Because the National Library of Medicine sees this as a strategic growth area for health sciences libraries, the NN/LM SCR Administrative Office is funding several sites throughout the South Central Region including:

See a recent blog post from Lisa Federer’s blog titled, “See One, Do One, Teach One: Data Science Instruction Edition.”