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July 2, 2014

From the GMR: Check with NLM Before Discarding Journals

NLM's Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard. The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM. The system can be accessed at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/journaldonation/ or by searching "Journal Donation System" on NLM's home page. In the system, click on "Help" for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or NLMJournalDonation@mail.nlm.nih.gov . NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/donate.html.

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, over 10,000 gifts have been added to the collection. With the help of libraries planning to discard journal volumes, NLM can build on the success achieved to date.


Karen Sinkule
Preservation and Collection Management Section
Journal Donation Unit
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
sinkulek@mail.nlm.nih.gov
301-435-7117

July 3, 2013

From the GMR: RFI for Biomedical Informatics course

Hello, Network Members,

This just in from NLM:

NLM is planning for a potential solicitation for proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course. Please see the Request for Information (RFI) for details; and share with any institution or organization you think might be interested.

Please contact directly: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/OAM/NIHLM2013772-5/listing.html

Thanks.
Jacqueline

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Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330

312.996-2464 Phone
312.996-2226 FAX
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/

June 17, 2013

From the GMR: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2014 Call for Applications

This is a great opportunity for mid-career librarians to gain leadership skills!

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2014
Call for Applications

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased
to announce the 2013-2014 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored
by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL
Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for
the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

"NLM continues to be pleased with the success of this collaboration with
AAHSL," said NLM director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. "Since 2002, this
leadership program has been invaluable in preparing library managers who
are rising stars to move into directorship positions."

AAHSL president M.J. Tooey said, "AAHSL was one of the early organizations
to recognize the importance of identifying and preparing future leaders.
Our program, in partnership with NLM, has for more than a decade been a
model for best practices in association leadership development programs.
We are justifiably proud of the program and of the future leaders it has
nurtured."

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in
a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in
another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic
health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual
relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working
collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program
faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort.
The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning
community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules.
The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows
and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Fifty-five fellows have participated in the program in the first eleven
classes. To date, twenty-two fellows have been appointed to director
positions.

"The program has been invaluable to me as I guide and develop a library at
a new medical school," said Nadine Dexter, fellow, class of 2006-2007, and
director at University of Central Florida. "I am using many of the
concepts and principles, as well as tapping into the network of
colleagues. Even when the program is over, ideas and connections
continue."

Tania Bardyn, fellow, class of 2010-2011, and director, University of
Washington, said, "The things taught in the program are not just about
being a director, but about the means of leading, identifying the key
issues we face today in health sciences libraries, and thinking of it as
your ticket to change librarianship."

Evelyn Morgen, mentor, class of 2011-2012, and director at University of
Connecticut, stated, "I think both of us--my fellow and I--added to our
leadership skills and to our understanding of current issues facing
academic medical libraries. It was especially interesting to see all this
from the perspective of multiple institutions and ranges of career
development."

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership
institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges
(AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and
discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site
visit to the mentor's home library.

The program is designed to:

• Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for
implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
• Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences
libraries;
• Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and
mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
• Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its
institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
• Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
• Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support
throughout their careers;
• Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
• Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive
standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.

Application

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting
applications and nominations for the August 1, 2013, deadline for
potential fellows for the 2013-2014 experience. Candidates for fellow
should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic
health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience.
Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health
sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings.
Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years' experience as director of an academic
health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being
matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by
August 1.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule,
and application process, is available at
http://www.aahsl.org/assets/documents/2013/2013-2014_nlm_aahsl_lfp.pdf.
For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb,
Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,
carolynlipscomb@cs.com.

May 15, 2013

From the GMR: NLM FUNDING: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2013

Hello, Network Members,
Here is a funding opportunity forwarded from NLM.
Jacqueline

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2013

NLM is looking for submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies. Summaries of the projects funded in 2011 and 2012 can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for responses is Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 2 pm ET. Responses are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps:
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=bce51d2baaeac33d108448c146128771&tab=core&_cview=0

For more information and instructions about the "Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013", please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2013disasteroutreachrfq.html.

The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world's largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.

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Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Outreach, Planning and Evaluation Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330

312.996-2464 Phone
312.996-2226 FAX
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/

May 14, 2013

From the GMR: NLM presentations at MLA available online

The NLM exhibit booth at the Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (NLM) featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services. The presentation recordings are available at the link below and will soon be accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page.

Topics include: NLM apps and social media; History of Medicine Division exhibitions, programs, and resources; NIH Public Access compliance and PubMed My NCBI, MedlinePlus Connect and Meaningful Use; Resources for a multi-cultural world; and updates on PubMed, PubMed Central International, Health Services Research and Public Health, PubMed Health and ClinicalTrials.gov.

Visit:
NLM Technical Bulletin, May-Jun 2013, MLA 2013: NLM Theater Presentations
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj13/mj13_mla_theater_ppt.html

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Holly.

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Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, AHIP
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226
haburt@uic.edu
nnlm.gov/gmr

November 30, 2012

From the GMR: NLM Public Access Announcement

Network members,

FYI: NIH is going to being enforcing the compliance of the NIH Public Access policy to new grant applications. If publications are not in compliance, awards for new grants will be held up. Here is the announcement.

http://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2012/11/16/improving-public-access-to-research-results/

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Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

August 28, 2012

From the GMR: FUNDING: Women's Health Sept 10 deadline

In case you are not on medlib-l, please see this funding opportunity. If interested, please respond directly via the links below.

---------- Forwarded message ----------

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are partnering to increase the awareness and access to sex and gender differences research resources available from NIH and their 27 Institutes and Centers through the Women's Health Resources Portal through a funding opportunity.

The purpose of the Women's Health Resources Dissemination Project is to design programs for creating and improving access to and use of sex and gender differences information for university and college students, faculty, librarians and health professionals. Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information that is relevant and usable by the intended audience, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, professional-level online medical and public health information resource on sex and gender difference basic science, sex-specific studies, disparities, and inclusion research, including the NLM Women's Health Resources Portal that serves as an access point to all NIH sex and gender differences resources.

The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations between university / college and their library, specifically medical and Health libraries, to students and faculty to increase the knowledge and awareness of sex and gender differences in research design and reporting. University and colleges libraries may also increase information access to existing partnerships with outside organizations that are primarily focused on health and medical research.

All proposals must be received by September 10, 2012 at 12:00 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Time). To find more information about this funding opportunity, see the links below:

1) NIHLM2012431A-Partial Small Business Set-Aside

2) NIHLM2012431B-Full and Open

Janice E. Kelly
Chief, Outreach and Special Populations Branch
National Library of Medicine
Specialized Information Services
6707 Democracy Blvd
Two Democracy Plaza, Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
Phone: 301-443-5886
Fax: 301-480-3537
http://www.nlm.nih.gov

July 12, 2012

From the GMR: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2012-2013 - Call for Applications

Call for Applications
The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Fifty fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, nineteen fellows have been appointed to director positions.

"The program was a defining influence on my career," said Brian Bunnett, fellow, class of 2003-2004, and director at University of New Mexico. "It has been eight years since I completed the program, but I will continue to benefit for the rest of my career from the contacts I made, the knowledge I gained, and the confidence it instilled in me."

Beth Layton, fellow, class of 2004-2005, and director, Northeast Ohio Medical University, said, "As I tackle new issues and position the library to reflect the institutional and external environment, I continue to realize how much I learned during the fellowship. I incorporate what I learned on trends and politics into planning and daily operations. I believe my institution benefits from my participation in the program."

Jean Shipman, mentor, class of 2010-2011, and director at University of Utah, stated, "While you think you can't afford the time, you can't afford not to make the time. Through participation, you get to connect directly with nine other librarians to glean wisdom from their contexts, experience, and in-depth knowledge. If you would like permission to take time to contemplate issues key to the successful management of libraries, working with your fellow offers such an opportunity."

Program Overview
The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and a two-week site visit to the mentor's home library (in one or two-week segments).

The program is designed to:


  • Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;

  • Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;

  • Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;

  • Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;

  • Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;

  • Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;

  • Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and

  • Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.



Application
The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 1, 2012, deadline for potential fellows for the 2012-2013 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years' experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by August 1.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at http://www.aahsl.org/assets/2012/2012-2013_nlm-aahsl_leadership_fellows_program.pdf. For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb, Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, carolynlipscomb@cs.com.

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Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

December 14, 2011

From the GMR: NLM 175th Anniversary Lecture: Dec. 16 at 10 am ET

As the National Library of Medicine's 175th anniversary draws to a close, we invite you to hear an interesting perspective on the future.

Biomedical Libraries in the Next Decades: Open, Diffuse, and Very Personal

Clifford Lynch, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
National Library of Medicine
Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A

December 16, 2011
10:00-11:30 am

Link for videocast
http://videocast.nih.gov/

Abstract: This talk will look at some of the forces that are reshaping both biomedical informatics and biomedical libraries, and the complex convergence occurring between the two on intellectual and institutional levels as scientific data, traditional publications, and even business and regulatory records are linked together and become the subject of large scale computation. I will also examine radical changes building up in the scholarly publishing system that serves this discipline as a result of these developments. Finally, I'll briefly discuss ways in which the current unstable consensus about privacy, the advancement of science, database creation and data reuse might shift in the context of broader social developments in health care and citizen science and what that might mean for the knowledge base that supports biomedicine.
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Dr. Lynch is Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), with about 200 member organizations (including NLM) concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship. CNI's agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, he spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. He serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees, including the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress and Microsoft Corporation's Technical Computing Science Advisory Board. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association's Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education's Homer Bernhardt Award.

October 26, 2011

From the GMR: NLM Associate Fellowship - recruiting for 2012-2013

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM's web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:
* Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association's annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
* Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
* Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
* Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
* Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:
* A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2011)
* Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
* Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2012. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 3, 2012. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov.

July 7, 2011

From the GMR: The 2011-2012 NLM Associate Fellows Announced

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the selection of its 2011-2012 associate fellows class. Four associate fellows will join NLM in the fall 2011 to begin the year-long training program.

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship 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. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library.

More information about the program can be found here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/proginfo.html

Bethany Harris received her MSI with a specialization in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan in 2011. While completing her degree, she worked as a University Library Associate at Taubman Health Sciences Library where she provided instruction and reference services. She was a recipient of the Midwest Chapter of MLA annual meeting scholarship and the Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Association student scholarship in 2010.

Prior to graduate school, Ms. Harris spent three years as the lab manager of a behavioral genetics lab and had previously worked as a pharmacy technician at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Ms. Harris received her BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas. While at KU, she participated in two NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
programs and worked as a research assistant in a quantitative genetics lab.

Michele Mason-Coles received her MLS from St. John's University, Queens, New York, in May, 2011, where she attended as a scholarship recipient of the Institute of Museum and Librarian Services' (IMLS) Laura K. Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. In 2010 Ms. Mason-Coles was awarded the MLA Minority Scholarship Meeting Award which provided her the opportunity to attend the annual Medical Libraries Association conference. While completing her degree, she interned at Weill Cornell Medical Center's Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center.

Recently, Ms. Mason-Coles served as a Cancer Information Specialist a part of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service based at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She received her BS in Community Health Education from Hunter College in New York City.

Suzy Roy received her MLS from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in May 2011 and MS in experimental psychology from Morehead State University in May 2005. She has over seven years of neuroscience research experience working in various laboratories, most recently at Purdue University. Her research background spans from behavioral neuroscience to molecular and cellular biology. During her MLS training, Ms. Roy was an intern at the Medical Libraries and the School of Nursing at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health in Lafayette, Indiana, where she worked on creating library research instructional tutorials as well as cataloging, reference services, research instruction in School of Nursing courses and DOCLINE requests. Ms. Roy received her undergraduate degree at Keene State College where she majored in experimental psychology.

Jessi Van Der Volgen received her MLIS in May 2011 from University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was awarded the John R. Koch Scholarship. While there, she worked as a reference assistant at Ebling Library for the Health Sciences and at College Library. Ms. Van Der Volgen was a project assistant at the Limnology Library and completed a Library and Information Literacy Instruction practicum at UW-Madison. Prior to obtaining her master's degree, she was a high school biology teacher in Beaverton, Oregon and was awarded a Partners in Science grant for genetics research at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Ms. Van Der Volgen received her BS in Life Science from the University of Portland.

June 28, 2011

From the GMR: Access Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) with your mobile device

Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) can help.

LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/lactmedfs.html

Now you can access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/help/lactmedapp.htm

April 13, 2011

From the GMR: NLM Show Off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information Challenge

Hello, GMR Members,

Have a nifty idea to help people find health information they need?

The NLM Show Off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information Challenge is an initiative of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, and organizations (collectively, "Entrants"). The purpose of this contest is to develop innovative software applications to further NLM's mission of aiding the dissemination and exchange of scientific and other information pertinent to medicine and public health. Eligible software applications must make use of NLM's vast collection of biomedical data including downloadable data sets, APIs (application programming interfaces), and/or software tools.

Read more about it and submit your idea here: http://challenge.gov/challenges/132.

The submission period starts today and goes until August 31, 2011.

Good luck!
Max
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Max C Anderson, MLIS
Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
312.996.2008 Phone
312.996.2226 FAX

April 12, 2011

From the GMR: New Clinical Alert

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Issues New Clinical Alert on Angioplasty Combined with Stenting Plus Aggressive Medical Therapy vs. Aggressive Medical Therapy Alone for Intracranial Arterial Stenosis: NINDS Stops Trial Enrollment Due to a Higher Risk of Stroke and Death in the Stented Group
Link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/alerts/clinical_alerts.html

March 10, 2011

From the GMR: 175th Web Site, upcoming press release on anniversary events

FYI:

Watch for Launch of NLM 175th Anniversary Web Site, Press Release About Anniversary, Early Next Week!

As you know, NLM is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. Next week, NIH will issue a press release about the anniversary. Watch for it on the NLM home page and in your NLM News and Events RSS feed, and feel free to use its language as you publicize the big anniversary year.

An exciting development is the launch of the new 175th anniversary Web site, which will debut next week. It will include details on NLM's history, its programs and services, and anniversary year events. It will also include anniversary logos in various formats, which you may want to add to your own Web sites and publications, and will host a list of commemorative products. URL for this new site will be: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/175.

A number of special programs in support of the Library's mission are planned. They include: a scientific symposium commemorating NLM's 175th anniversary; contests to recognize original short videos that promote awareness of NLM's information products and services, and creative applications that demonstrate the greatest potential to deliver information to the public using NLM data resources; and other activities throughout the year.

You've probably also heard about NLM staff members' special "numerical" salute to the 175th anniversary. You can read more about that happening at:
http://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2011/01/photo-opportunity-nlm-marks-17.html

That photo, which is in the public domain, is also available at http://bit.ly/eMXqUq .

We'll keep you apprised of other anniversary developments. Questions may be directed to Melanie Modlin at 301-496-6308 or at modlinm@nlm.nih.gov.

March 4, 2011

From the GMR: NLM Position Posting for Deputy Associate Director-Library Operations-NLM

Please see the following message forwarded on behalf of NLM.

NLM IS SEEKING QUALIFIED APPLICANTS FOR POSITION AS DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR LIBRARY OPERATIONS

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest library of the health sciences, is recruiting for the Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations. The successful candidate will participate fully in directing and managing all activities of the Division of Library Operations. This includes formulating, establishing, and interpreting policies; developing, analyzing, and evaluating programs; implementing operating plans; assessing resource requirements; and formulating budget requests. The staff of nearly 300 federal and more than 300 contract employees is organized into exemplary public services, technical services, and bibliographic services staffs; a world-renown history of medicine division; and three offices consisting of vocabulary-related activities, health services research, and management of the more than 4000 member National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Deputy Associate Director for Library Operations also oversees the NLM Library Associate Program and a small staff that perform a wide-variety of administrative functions. Among the many exciting NLM programs for which Library Operations takes the lead are the scanning and preservation of historical items, the creation of a digital repository for monographs and other non-journal formats, the utilization of a AI system for MEDLINE indexing, and the development of products for patients and their families such as mobile MedlinePlus.

Vacancy announcement information can be viewed on the NLM website at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/jobs/jobs.html.

If you have an interest in this position, please follow the application instructions that are provided in the announcement. Your application must be received by 11:59 pm on the closing date of the announcement, Thursday, March 31, 2011.

January 13, 2011

From the GMR: Environmental Health Student Portal

Introducing the Environmental Health Student Portal from NLM

The Environmental Health Student Portal : Connecting Middle School Students to Environmental Health Information

The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division announces the launch of the Environmental Health Student Portal. This Web site introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards. This newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students is a FREE non-subscription-based Web site that contains links to government and other reviewed and selected sites and provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:
• water pollution
• climate change
• chemicals
• air pollution (coming soon)

Middle school teachers from school systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia participated in focus groups to determine the need for an environmental health site, the content, including topics and sub-topics covered, and ways in which they can incorporate the use of the Web site into their classrooms. Topics and subtopics highlighted on the Web site come directly from the data collected during this research. The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos. Teachers can use the site to locate links to relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

Visit our new Web site, the Environmental Health Student Portal, as well as other classroom resources from the National Library of Medicine:

Environmental Health Science/Chemistry
Tox Town (Grades 6 -12+)
TOXMAP (Grades 9 - 12+)
Household Products Database (Grades 6 - 12+)
ChemIDplus (Grades 7 - 12+)
ToxMystery (Grades 1 - 5)

Forensics and Medical Technology
Visible Proofs (Grades 6 -12+)
Visible Human Project (Grades 6 - 12+)
Frankenstein - Penetrating the secrets of nature (6-12+)

Genetics
Genetics Home Reference (Grades 6 - 12+)
Harry Potter's World (Grades 6 -12)

General Health Science/Biology
MedlinePlus (Grades 6 - 12+)
AIDSinfo (Grades 6 - 12+)
Changing the Face of Medicine (6 - 12+)
Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (Grades 3 - 12+)

January 11, 2011

From the GMR: NLM Announces New Look for Main Web Site

Today the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new design and organization for its Main Web site. The NLM homepage has an entirely new design, focused on your top tasks.

We also updated thousands of pages within the site. They now include site-wide navigation in the header so many of your favorite links should be just a click away. There is also a new "Share" feature so you can send content to your friends, colleagues or yourself via social bookmarking and networking. Plus, we've added links to make it easier to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope you find this new design useful and welcome your feedback via our Contact NLM link.

October 13, 2010

From the GMR: NLM recruiting for Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM's web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:


  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association's annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others

  • Spring Practicum at a health sciences library in the contiguous United States

  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus

  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine

  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff

  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States



The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2010)

  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance

  • Some relocation funding

  • Assistance in finding housing



Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2011. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 3, 2011. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact me for further information. I can be reached at 301-435-4083 or dunnk@mail.nih.gov.

Kathel
Kathel Dunn, PhD
Associate Fellowship Coordinator
National Library of Medicine
Bldg 38, Rm 2N-19
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
301-435-4083
dunnk@mail.nih.gov
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/

Preparing future leaders in health sciences libraries and in health services research

October 12, 2010

From the GMR: Two New Traveling Banner Exhibits from NLM

The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program is offering 2 new traveling banner exhibitions to libraries and community centers to borrow for 6 week bookings.

A Voyage to Health explores the recent revival of the ancient arts of navigation and voyaging of the people of Hawai'i. The exhibition explores this resurgence and its significance for health, well-being, and self-determination. Unlike our other traveling banner exhibitions, this show does not have an online exhibition to accompany the traveling show. But the story of traditional voyaging will be covered as part of the companion website for the National Library of Medicine's larger exhibition about Native peoples' concepts of health and illness, scheduled to open in October 2011. For information about the traveling banner exhibition, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/travelingexhibitions/avoyagetohealth.html

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses during the American Civil War and how their service pushed the boundaries of the role of African Americans in society. We do have a website for this exhibition, which can be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/bindingwounds/index.html. For information about the traveling banner exhibition, please visit: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/exhibition/travelingexhibitions/bindingwounds.html

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Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of the Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax
samanthi@uic.edu

October 8, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Traveling Exhibition: Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

This traveling exhibit still has hosting slots open. Contact: nlmtravelingexhibits@mail.nlm.nih.gov

Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/bindingwounds/index.html

September 29, 2010

From the GMR: NLM's 'Digital Collections'

NLM Launches "Digital Collections," a Repository for Access to and Preservation of Digitized Biomedical Resources

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/digital_collections.html

Digital Collections is the National Library of Medicine's free online archive of biomedical books and videos. All the content in Digital Collections is in the public domain and freely available worldwide. Digital Collections provides unique access to NLM's rich, historical
resources.

Digital Collections uses a suite of open source and NLM-created software.

Two collections start us off:
* Cholera Online: A Modern Pandemic in Text and Images
* Films and Videos (administered by the Historical Audiovisuals Program)

Enjoy,
Holly.

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226
haburt@uic.edu
nnlm.gov/gmr

September 23, 2010

From the GMR: NLM: OMHRC American Indian/Alaska Native HIV/AIDS Awards

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) is pleased to announce the American Indian/Alaska Native HIV/AIDS Tribal Awards for FY 2011.

The Tribal Initiative on HIV/AIDS is a capacity building, training, and technical assistance project of the OMHRC, funded by the Minority AIDS Initiative, and in collaboration with the Indian Health Service National HIV/AIDS Program. The Initiative aims to directly address and support HIV/AIDS education, testing, anti-stigma, LGBT and Two-Spirit outreach and programs.

Please see the attached announcement for the full description, application and forms.
Thank you,
Evonne Bennett-Barnes (Comanche/Navajo)
Capacity Building Specialist
Office of Minority Health Resource Center
1101 Wootton Parkway, STE 650
Rockville, MD 20852
800-444-6472 ext. 281
Fax: 301-251-2160
ebennett@minorityhealth.hhs.gov

OMHRC Tribal HIV miniaward Application (Word Document)

September 1, 2010

From the GMR: Job Posting from NLM: Chief, Technical Services

Position Title: Chief, Technical Services Division
Organization: National Library of Medicine
Closing Date: September 17, 2010
Salary Range: $123,758-155,500

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver data to millions of users every day, including scientists, health professionals, and the public. NLM plays a pivotal role in enabling biomedical research, supporting health care and public health, and promoting healthy behavior. In support of this mission, NLM seeks qualified applicants for the position of Chief, Technical Services Division with responsibility for the Library's technical services and collection development functions to build and organize a collection of over 12,000.000 items, including selection and acquisition of electronic and print materials, licensing, processing, cataloging and metadata description. The Chief of the Technical Services Division reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations in managing the operations of 90 employees in the Serial Records, Selection and Acquisitions, and Cataloging Sections; formulating and interpreting policies; analyzing technical services programs for continuous improvement; developing and monitoring operational and collection budgets; and staffing requirements. The office of the Chief, TSD also oversees the deployment of the integrated library management system with the OPAC and other automated enhancements to facilitate access to the collection resources. The incumbent will take the lead in developing and implementing innovative redesign of processing workflows for acquisitions and cataloging, expanding the scope of electronic resources for the collection, launching a digital repository, and reshaping the Division's workforce to meet the challenges of new organizational priorities.

NLM's unique position as the world's largest biomedical library, its dedicated and diverse staff, and a history of developing technology solutions to improve the collection, processing, and dissemination of information provide an excellent opportunity for an experienced library professional with a strong background managing technical services in a complex library environment, outstanding communications skills and a results-oriented approach to problem solving. As a national library, NLM works closely with the Library of Congress, the National Agricultural Library, National Archives and Records Administration, American Library Association, other government agencies, institutions and international organizations to develop standards, policies and workable long-term solutions to problems facing research libraries today. The Chief of NLM's Technical Services Division serves as the Library's expert on collection development and technical processing and represents NLM at national venues and professional groups and organizations with opportunities to engage in national level collaborations and partnerships.

For full position description and qualifications visit USAJobs:

HHS/NIH-2010-2826
Complete posting on USAJOBS
Supervisory Librarian
Technical Services Division, Library Operations
Closing Date: 09/17/2010

July 12, 2010

From the GMR: NLM/AAHSL Co-sponsor 2010-2011 Leadership Fellows Program

NLM/AAHSL Co-sponsor 2010-2011 Leadership Fellows Program for Future
Academic Health Sciences Library Directors

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the 2010-2011 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

NLM director Donald A. B. Lindberg said, "We are impressed with the successes of this leadership development program in preparing promising library managers for directorship positions. It has been a highly effective collaboration with AAHSL, and we look forward to continued participation in the program."

More information and application instructions here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/leadership10_11.html

June 11, 2010

From the GMR: Health Literacy Innovations Announces 1st Annual Health Literacy Innovator Award

Forwarded from NLM:

Health Literacy Innovations Announces 1st Annual Health Literacy Innovator Award,
Anonymous Donor Offers Prize Money To Winners

Bethesda, Md., - June 10, 2010 -- Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creators of the Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), the nation's first interactive health literacy software tool, today announced the 1st Annual "National Health Literacy Innovator Award," a national competition to award innovators in health literacy.

Submissions will be evaluated in three categories:


  • Champion Award: Demonstrated commitment to health literacy in an organization.

  • ReadsEasy Publication Award: Demonstrated commitment to health literacy in printed information to consumers, such as brochures, pamphlets, or information sheets.

  • Clear Focus Multi-Media Award: Demonstrated commitment to excellence in health literacy in a web site or other form of communication, based on usability, design, and reaching a targeted audience.


The list of prestigious 2010 Health Literacy Innovator Award Judges are:


  • Carolyn Cocotas, Senior Vice President, Quality and Corporate Compliance, F.E.G.S., Health and Human Services System & IOM Health Literacy Task Force Member

  • Cecilia (Ceci) and Leonard (Len) Doak, Principles of Patient Learning Assoc. Inc., and authors of Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills

  • George Flouty, MD, Medical Director, Pfizer N.Y., Founding member of Pfizer's Health Literacy initiatives (retired)

  • Julie Gazmararian, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

  • Linda Johnston Lloyd, MEd Health Literacy Consultant and Retired U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration Health, Literacy Coordinator

  • Marycelis Keiser, MPH, CHES, Director, Pfizer Inc, Primary Care Business Unit

  • Julie McKinney, LINCS Health Literacy List Moderator, World Education, Inc.

  • Guadalupe Pacheco, Jr., M.S.W, Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Minority Health, Office of Public Health and Science U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Details & deadlines:
Winners/ category will receive a $300 donation to the charity of their choice and three HLA licenses.

The application deadline is August 30, 2010; winners will be announced October 2010 in celebration of National Health Literacy Month.

For an application, please visit www.HealthLiteracyInnovations.com

About Health Literacy Innovations

Knowing that "literacy" is the single most important indicator of health outcomes, Health Literacy Innovations, (HLI) was founded to create tools to eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy. In 2007, HLI launched the Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), the nation's first interactive health literacy software tool. By replacing inefficiency with technology and knowledge, the HLA gives writers of all skill sets a simple tool to produce health information for consumers. An add-in to Microsoft Word, the HLA applies six well-known industry readability indices and an interactive search-and-replace function to replace hard-to-read terms and phrases, medical jargon, etc. with plain language alternatives. The combination of these two functions, the ability to "stamp" a document with a readability score/grade level, and the ReadsEasy stamp (which rewards users for good work) sets the HLA apart from other programs or readability indices. For more information please visit: www.HealthLiteracyInnovations.com or call 301-230-4966.

May 17, 2010

From the GMR: Two new NLM grant program announcements in the NIH Guide this week

In the May 14 issue of the NIH Guide, 2 announcements of newly-issued NLM grant programs

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)
(RFA-LM-10-001)
National Library of Medicine
Application Receipt Date(s): July 14, 2010
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-10-001.html

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries. Preference will also be given to applications submitted by or that involve minority-serving institutions.

NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22)
(PAR-10-195)
National Library of Medicine
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-195.html

The purpose of the NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22) program is to facilitate the transition of investigators from the mentored to the independent stage of their careers by providing "protected time" for newly independent investigators to develop and receive support for their initial research programs. The award applies to biomedical informaticians who are pursuing research in clinical informatics, public health informatics or translational informatics. Preference will be given to candidates who received their informatics training at one of NLM's university-based training programs in biomedical informatics.

May 6, 2010

From the GMR: REMM has a new name: Radiation Emergency Medical Management

Message from NLM:

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Today, the "Radiation Event Medical Management" (REMM) web site has been renamed.
The new name is "Radiation Emergency Medical Management".

Searching online for any of the following text strings will still retrieve a link to the REMM home page:

* Radiation Emergency Medical Management
* Radiation Event Medical Management
* REMM

REMM's home page URL http://www.remm.nlm.gov and all interior page URLs are unchanged.
We changed the name to Radiation Emergency Medical Management in order to make it easier for users to find our content.

The REMM Team
Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)
Guidance on diagnosis and treatment for health care providers
http://www.remm.nlm.gov

April 8, 2010

From the GMR: Follow, Fan and Connect with NLM through social media services

Hi all,

The NLM has created a page with all the social media services provided by them: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/socialmedia/index.html

You can also get to this page via the NLM Home Page and click on the cube image "Connect with NLM": http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

Enjoy!

Samanthi

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Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of the Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax
samanthi@uic.edu

March 22, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Creates "Directory of History of Medicine Collections" Database

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the creation of the Directory of History of Medicine Collections database. This unique resource is available at: http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hmddirectory/index.html.

The Directory of History of Medicine Collections aims to serve as a resource to provide information about history of health sciences collections worldwide. The collections described in the Directory database provide research, reference and interlibrary loan services to scholars interested in the history of the health sciences.

The database is keyword searchable, with the ability to refine your search results by categories: organization type, state/province, country, collection subject strengths and organization name.

To view the table of contents, which is arranged alphabetically by US state, and city, followed by other countries listed alphabetically, go to: http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hmddirectory/directory/locations.cfm.

The NLM invites libraries, archives, and museums, which include in their collections holdings in the history of medicine and health sciences to become part of the Directory. For details on how to add your collection to the database, please see "About the Directory," at: http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/hmddirectory/directory/about.cfm.

NLM encourages collections to keep their entries up to date. New and revised data can be sent directly to the History of Medicine Division. To learn more, click on the "Edit Your Collection" link on the main page and read, "How do I update or edit my collection listed in the Directory."

March 8, 2010

From the GMR: National Library of Medicine Launches Facebook Fan Page

The National Library of Medicine, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, announces the debut of its new Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/nationallibraryofmedicine) Monday, March 1, 2010. The goal of the new page is to share news, information, fun facts and important links with interested readers. Click on the "Become a Fan" icon, at the top right of the screen. You'll then be treated to updates in real time, as they're issued.

NLM is the developer of some of the world's largest and most respected electronic information services, and delivers trillions of bytes of data to millions of users daily. It also has a vast collection of more than 12 million items, including about 20,000 contemporary journals from around the world and historical holdings back to the 11th century.

The new Facebook page will post information about all aspects of the Library. Fans will be among the first to know about the latest NLM developments, receive notifications on conferences, guest speakers and other events, and be guided to the vast and various research resources NLM has to offer. They can also read the latest issues of NLM's popular consumer magazine, NIH MedlinePlus, and its Spanish/English language counterpart, NIH MedlinePlus Salud. Viewers can browse through historical images and contribute to discussions on future projects, all via their favorite social networking site. The page will also lead users to content from NLM's growing roster of social media sites.

Make sure that you don't miss a beat! Become a fan of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

January 26, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Emergency Access Initiative launched

Important message from NLM. We have been looking forward to this announcement.
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers announce the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 30 select reference books for libraries and hospitals affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The collection is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to the disaster.

The Emergency Access Initiative collection is a combination of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and also emergency medicine related titles. The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

The literature is being provided as part of the Emergency Access Initiative - a collaborative partnership between NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles and select reference books to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. While the project was established to assist libraries affected by disasters in the United States, NLM and the publishers are activating the Emergency Access Initiative today in light of the medical disaster unfolding in the aftermath of the earthquake.

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, BMJ, Elsevier, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, Oxford University Press, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts or was impacted by the Haitian earthquake, please let them know of this service.

Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally. Libraries in the United States can contact their Regional Medical Library for assistance and support at 1-800-338-7657

January 21, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Haiti Earthquake Page

A new page of Haiti earthquake health information links is now available
at http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html

The page lists new Web pages about the Haiti earthquake situation from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). There is also a section on Haitian Creole and French-language materials. Links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as public health assessments, emergency surgical care, and management of dead bodies, are included.

The page will continue to expand and will add a section on hazards from concrete dust and other airborne particulates from the collapsed buildings and subsequent clean-up activities. Please send your comments and suggestions about additional health information content to tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov. This information is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services, US National Library of Medicine.

January 19, 2010

From the GMR: New NLM Link to Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

The NLM® Special Queries page (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/special_queries.html) now includes a link to a new subject page on Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives: By Organization. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/research_report_guide.html

This page lists, in chart form, guidelines for reporting the results of research in several Biomedical disciplines. The Research Reporting Guidelines Search link offers a MEDLINE®/PubMed® search strategy including subject terms related to the organizations responsible for developing these guidelines. At this time, the search strategy retrieves 1700 citations in PubMed.

Research reporting guidelines usually "specify a minimum set of items required for a clear and transparent account of what was done and what was found in a research study, reflecting, in particular, issues that might introduce bias into the research" (adapted from the EQUATOR Network Resource Centre).

The Special Queries page can also be accessed from the PubMed homepage (www.pubmed.gov) by clicking on the Topic-Specific Queries link under PubMed Tools.

Send your comments about this resource to NLM Customer Service.
http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/mainweb/siebel/nlm/index.cfm

Acknowledgments
A special thanks to the following NLM staff for their assistance in developing the Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives page and MEDLINE/PubMed search:

* Bibliographic Services Division (BSD): Lou Knecht
* MEDLARS® Management Section (MMS): Annette Nahin
* National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): Kathi Canese
* Reference and Web Services Section (RWS): Terry Ahmed, Cynthia Burke, Paula Kitendaugh, Wanda Whitney, and Marcia Zorn

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jan-Feb 2010,
Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives Added to Special Queries
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/jf10/jf10_special_queries.html

From the GMR: Health Indicators Webinar Series starts tomorrow, January 20th

URL for registration and descriptions of the Health Indicators Webinar Series
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/healthindicators/index.html

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) in collaboration with the Medical Library Association (MLA) is very pleased to announce the following 4-part webinar series on Health Indicators:

Part I: Health Indicators: Overview - Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1:00-2:00pm
Part II: Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) - Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1:00-2:00pm
Part III: Practical Approaches for Using Health Indicators - Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1:00-2:00pm
Part IV: Examples of Health Indicator Projects* - Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:00-2:00pm

*The proposed date is contingent upon the availability of two important indicator projects (MATCH and SUSA) which are currently under development.

Nancy Allee and Cheryl Wold, our presenters, have developed informative sessions to acquaint you with the variety, depth, use, and purposes of health indicators, as well as examples of ways in which you can become involved with your communities through these types of projects.

We value your input and hope you can join us! Archived versions will be available in the future.

Ione

Ione Auston
National Information Center on Health Services Research & Healthcare Technology (NICHSR)
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
Phone: 301-435-2241; Fax: 301-402-3193
Email:auston@nlm.nih.gov
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/

January 13, 2010

From the GMR: Mobile MedlinePlus - Available Tomorrow!

NLM is releasing Mobile MedlinePlus tomorrow, Thursday January 14th! Once Mobile MedlinePlus is released, there will be links on the MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español home pages.

Mobile MedlinePlus will be available at the same URL as the preview version -
http://m.medlineplus.gov (Spanish home page at http://m.medlineplus.gov/spanish/).

Thank you so much for trying out the site during the preview period and for sending feedback. There's still a Contact Us link at the bottom of every page, so please continue to send us feedback and encourage others to do so as well.

Below is quick description of Mobile MedlinePlus that might help you explain this new service. There will be an FAQ on the full MedlinePlus site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/faq/mobile.html (available later today) that will include special instructions for Blackberry users. In addition, a Technical Bulletin article and press release are forthcoming.

Thank you again,
The MedlinePlus Team

Mobile MedlinePlus includes many of your favorite MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español pages in a display that is optimized for mobile devices.

Mobile MedlinePlus includes


  • Topic summaries - "snackable" pieces of information, you can access and digest quickly

  • News - the latest in treatment, medical research and healthy living tips

  • Images - visual appeal is important

  • Encyclopedia articles & drug information - heavily-used content



Mobile MedlinePlus does not include

  • External links - these pages are not optimized for mobile; they are "regular" Web pages
  • Interactive tutorials - Flash doesn't work on many mobile devices
  • Some licensed content - we'll work on adding in the future

iPhone home page.jpg

January 4, 2010

From the GMR: Head, NLM's Collection Access Section

Happy New Year! Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

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I am pleased to announce that Dee Clarkin has accepted the position of Head, Collection Access Section, Public Services Division. Dee's current position at NLM is Head of the Onsite Unit in CAS, managing all aspects of a busy circulation department. She is responsible for the closed stack operation and delivering approximately 700-800 stack requests per day to patrons in the main Reading Room. She also serves as COTR for a multi-year contract providing onsite staff to oversee the photocopy and printing equipment and patron registration services for the Reading Room.

As many of you know, CAS is responsible for managing a document delivery network of over 3,000 biomedical libraries in the US, Canada and abroad, which controls the distribution of 1.8 million interlibrary loan requests annually. The Section also manages DOCLINE, an automated request routing and referral system.

CAS has a long history of working closely with many other Divisions in LO, as well as with the RMLs and staff in network libraries throughout the U.S. Many of you will get to know her better as she continues the tradition of maintaining good working relationships with staff particularly in TSD and BSD.

Please join me in congratulating Dee on her new position, and in wishing her future success.

Martha Fishel
Chief, Public Services Division

December 21, 2009

From the GMR: Changes in NLM Cuttering Practices

Please see the following message from the NLM:

December 21, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) wishes to announce that it will cease providing cutter numbers in LocatorPlus for most of the classification numbers assigned to print monographs that the Library catalogs. Cutter assignment will cease on June 21, 2010, with the exception of material being shelved in the NLM Reference collection or titles cataloged for the NLM History of Medicine Division.

As the library looks to increase efficiencies in its cataloging practices, the time spent cuttering stood out as an inefficient activity. For the past 15 years, NLM has been shelving print monographs by accession number, rather than by call numbers, but has continued to provide fully shelflisted call numbers for the convenience of other libraries using NLM records. NLM is still committed to providing a classification number that reflects the subject of a book, in recognition that this information can be used widely by others. Cutter numbers, on the other hand, are unique to a particular collection. Libraries that use cutters to arrange their material on the shelf will not have identical collections to NLM, so cutters provided by NLM often need adjustments to arrange material properly on any particular library's shelves.

Because NLM recognizes this may have an impact on the workflow in some libraries, we hope that the six month notice of this change will provide ample time for these libraries to make needed adjustments.

Diane Boehr
Head of Cataloging
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike, Room 1N11
Bethesda, MD 20894
301-435-7059
boehrd@mail.nlm.nih.gov

December 15, 2009

From the GMR: ONC Announces Two New Funding Opportunities

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is pleased to announce the following two funding opportunities:

Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals

Objective: This program makes available $70 million in grants to help develop and strengthen the health information technology (health IT) community by rapidly creating health IT education and training programs at community colleges or expand existing programs. Community colleges funded under this initiative will establish intensive, non-degree training programs that can be completed in six months or less.
Application Deadline: January 22, 2010


Curriculum Development Centers

Objective: This grant opportunity will provide $10 million in grants to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to support health information technology curriculum development. Up to 5 grant awards will support curriculum development to enhance programs of workforce training primarily at the community college level.
Application Deadline: January 14, 2010

For more information, please visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/fundingopportunities