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Archive for November, 2015

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day

Monday, November 30th, 2015

December 1 is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. The annual observance highlights the advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and care since the AIDS epidemic was first reported three decades ago. World AIDS Day is also an occasion to reflect on the ongoing challenges to achieve an AIDS-free generation. Here are some AIDS resources:

  • AIDSource: The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information
  • AIDSinfo: a website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public
  • The Centers for Disease Control’s webpage on World AIDS Day
  • AIDS.gov: collaborates with departments and agencies across the Federal government to provide HIV/AIDS related information

#WAD2015 #WorldAIDSDay2015
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MedlinePlus Connect: Linking Patient Portals and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Consumer Health Information

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/overview.html is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM)https://www.nlm.nih.gov/, National Institutes of Health (NIH)http://www.nih.gov/ , and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) http://www.hhs.gov/ that links patient portals, patient health record (PHR) systems, and electronic health record (EHR) systems with IT and health providers which provide relevant, authoritative patient health information from MedlinePlus.gov https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/  at the point of need.

MedlinePlus Connect Quick Facts

Resources and News

More Information

Find out more details about how MedlinePlus Connect works https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/howitworks.html, what codes it accepts, and what it looks like within an electronic health record or patient health portal.

Did You Know? Blogs to Follow from the National Library of Medicine

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Blogs serve many purposes. They can operate as a social networking service by building relationships with their readers and other bloggers, as well as be used to relay information and news in an attractive content format. You probably have your favorite blogs that you follow, but the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has several offerings that you may want to consider adding to your reading lists.

  • NLM In Focus – an inside look at the NLM. Highlights the people and products making a difference in scientific discovery and public health; the research conducted by NLM scientists and grantees; the library’s fascinating collections; and the unique ways NLM and its partner libraries bring information to the public.
  • Circulating Now – from the Historical Collections of the NLM. This visually striking blog evokes the living quality of the NLM’s historical collections and the stories they offer about the experience of health and disease across ten centuries and around the world.
  • National Training Center’s (NTC) blog – the NTC offers e-learning and in-person classes related to NLM products and services. Their blog, which resides on the NTC’s homepage, is useful for technical news about NLM’s resources as well as content related to instruction and presentation.
  • Outreach Evaluation Resource Center’s (OERC) blog – The OERC builds capacity for health information outreach evaluation in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Their blog is the link to news and discussion about evaluation and health information outreach.
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NCBI to hold three-day genomics hackathon in January

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Shared from NCBI:

From January 4th to 6th, NCBI will host a genomics hackathon focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data.* Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed for twelve teams, in the following sections: Network Analysis of Variants, Structural Variation, RNA-Seq, Streaming Data and Metadata, and Neuroscience/Immunity. The working groups will build pipelines to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Please see the application for specific team projects.

* Specific projects are available to other developers or mathematicians.

Organization:

After a brief organizational session, teams will spend three days analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets. Participants will analyze and combine datasets in order to work on these problems. This course will take place at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Datasets:

Datasets will come from the public repositories housed at NCBI. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to include other datasets and tools for analysis. Please note, if you use your own data during the course, we ask that you submit it to a public database within six months of the end of the hackathon.

Products:

All pipelines and other scripts, software and programs generated in this course will be added to a public GitHub repository designed for that purpose.  A manuscript outlining the design of the hackathon and describing participant processes, products and scientific outcomes will be submitted to an appropriate journal.

Application:

To apply, complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cjTUDLcfVcioWJkjc47tna5Ex-zbmOpSgFE96B5wuPE/viewform (approximately 10 minutes to complete).

Applications are due December 1 by 5 pm ET. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants; prior students and prior applicants will be given priority in the event of a tie. Please note: applicants are judged based on the motivation and experience outlined in the form itself.  Accepted applicants will be notified on December 4th by 2 pm ET, and have until December7 at 5 pm to confirm their participation. Please include a monitored email address, in case there are follow-up questions.

Note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this program. A working knowledge of scripting (e.g., Shell, Python) is necessary to be successful in this event. Employment of higher level scripting or programming languages may also be useful. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event.  No financial support for travel, lodging or meals can be provided for this event.  Also note that the course may extend into the evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this possibility.

Please contact ben.busby@nih.gov with any questions.

Thanksgiving Holiday 2015

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

The NN/LM SCR administrative office will be closed November 26th and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen Monday, November 30th.

If your institution is closed during the holiday weekend, please set up your out-of-office for DOCLINE.

DOCLINE System Maintenance: LocatorPlus

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Adapted from NLM:

Due to system maintenance, these LocatorPlus features of DOCLINE will be unavailable on Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 6:00am to 2:00pm Mountain Time, 7:00am to 3:00pm Central Time:

  • Searching LocatorPlus
  • Borrow/UniqueKey requests using LocatorPlus keys (NLM Unique ID, ISSN, ISBN, OCLC, Journal Title Abbreviation)
  • Serial Holdings Update/View

If you have any questions, please contact the NN/LM SCR administrative office or DOCLINE Customer Service at US 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)/ Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2).

Thanks.

Louisiana Resource Libraries: Mid-year Highlights

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Our three Louisiana Resource Libraries have been very productive throughout the midpoint of the 2015-2016 contract year.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Libraries

  • Carolyn Bridgewater, Reference / Outreach Librarian conducted a demonstration at St. Landry United Methodist Church’s Mini-Health and Wellness Resource Fair on  “NLM’s Resources for Seniors” highlighting:  MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and a Gallery of Mobile Apps & Sites.
  • Librarians viewed MLA’s Webcast  “Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians Webinar” lead by:   Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA adjunct faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, exhibited at: Louisiana Rural Health Association (LRHA), Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN), Fletcher Technical Community College’s Benefits & Health Fair and the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH)

Louisiana State University Shreveport Health Sciences Library

  • Conducted a class entitled:  “Where to Find It: Online Health Information” for physicians seeking information on evidence-based resources and reliable consumer health resources for their patients. The resources highlighted were DynaMed, healthelinkswww.healthelinks.org/about.html , and MedlinePlus, CME credit was provided.
  • Librarians staffed the Bossier Parish Central Library Fall Festival and promoted NLM resources.
  • Librarians conducted a BioStart Library Orientation at LSU Health Center in Shreveport. The Librarians conducted an orientation which included demonstrations of healthelinks, MedlinePlus, PubMed, Genetics, Home Reference, and ClinicalTrials.gov. The librarians also gave the students a lesson on DNA replication with the “DNA Double Helix” game on MedlinePlus.

Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences-Tulane University 

  •  Conducted a Health Equity training through Health Literacy Training at the Common Ground Health Clinic (CGHC).
  •  Conducted a MedlinePlus class for public librarians at New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) and Algiers Regional Branch Public Library.
  •  Trained seniors to use MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth and other online NLM resources at Rosa Keller Library for senior citizens living in the New Orleans Broadmoor neighborhood utilizing iPads and desktop computers.

Kudos to our Resource Libraries for their superb outreach efforts keep up the good work.

Please Change Your DOCLINE Passwords

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

DOCLINE users,

Please change your DOCLINE passwords today if possible. We recommend a combination of letters and numbers, but not special characters. DOCLINE is currently experiencing attempts to breach its security. NLM security countermeasures appear to be causing periodic login issues for some libraries. If you experience issues, please report it via the contact form: https://docline.gov/docline/help/contact_nlm/problem.cfm

NLM is working to restore full access to DOCLINE libraries as soon as possible without compromising system security.

Arkansas Resource Library-UAMS: Mid-year Highlights

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library has been working hard during the 2015-2016 contract year!

Some of their exhibition activities include:

In addition, Jessie Casella presented Reliable Resources for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Reference Questions at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and taught at the Arkansas Library Association on Free Health Information Resources: Free Print & Electronic Materials for Your Collection.

Great job everyone!!!

Arkansas River Valley

NCBI to Hold Three-Day Genomics Hackathon in January

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Reposted from NCBI News http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/11-13-2015-january-genomics-hackathon/

From January 4th to 6th, NCBI will host a genomics hackathon focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data.* Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed for twelve teams, in the following sections: Network Analysis of Variants, Structural Variation, RNA-Seq, Streaming Data and Metadata, and Neuroscience/Immunity. The working groups will build pipelines to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Please see the application for specific team projects.

* Specific projects are available to other developers or mathematicians.

Organization

After a brief organizational session, teams will spend three days analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets. Participants will analyze and combine datasets in order to work on these problems. This course will take place at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Datasets

Datasets will come from the public repositories housed at NCBI. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to include other datasets and tools for analysis. Please note, if you use your own data during the course, we ask that you submit it to a public database within six months of the end of the hackathon.

Products

All pipelines and other scripts, software and programs generated in this course will be added to a public GitHub repository designed for that purpose. A manuscript outlining the design of the hackathon and describing participant processes, products and scientific outcomes will be submitted to an appropriate journal.

Application

To apply, complete this form (approximately 10 minutes to complete). Applications are due by 5pm ET on December 1. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants; prior students and prior applicants will be given priority in the event of a tie. Please note: applicants are judged based on the motivation and experience outlined in the form itself.

Accepted applicants will be notified on December 4th by 2 pm ET, and have until 5pm on December 7 to confirm their participation. Please include a monitored email address, in case there are follow-up questions.

Note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this program. A working knowledge of scripting (e.g., Shell, Python) is necessary to be successful in this event. Employment of higher level scripting or programming languages may also be useful. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event. No financial support for travel, lodging or meals can be provided for this event. Also note that the course may extend into the evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this possibility.

Please contact ben.busby@nih.gov with any questions.