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NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine

June 12, 2015 Comments off

NIH approves strategic vision to transform National Library of Medicine
Source: National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today approved a federal report that lays out the long-term scientific vision for the NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library.

In summary, the ACD envisioned NLM to be a modernized conceptualization of a library and formulated a series of recommendations to guide its future:

  • Continually evolve to remain a leader in assimilating and disseminating accessible and authoritative biomedical research findings and trusted health information to the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers worldwide.
  • Lead efforts to support and catalyze open science, data sharing, and research reproducibility, striving to promote the concept that biomedical information and its transparent analysis are public goods.
  • Be the intellectual and programmatic epicenter for data science at NIH, including becoming the center of intellectual and programmatic activities in biomedical data science, and stimulate its advancement throughout biomedical research and application.
  • Strengthen its role in fostering the future generation of professionals in biomedical informatics, data science, library sciences, and related disciplines through sustained and focused training efforts.
  • Maintain, preserve, and make accessible the nation’s historical efforts in advancing biomedical research and medicine, thereby ensuring that this legacy is both safe and accessible for long-term use.
  • Have new NLM leadership evaluate what talent, resources, and organizational structures are required to ensure NLM can fully achieve its mission and best allocate its resources.

MedlinePlus Mobile Update: Full Access from Your Phone

October 24, 2014 Comments off

MedlinePlus Mobile Update: Full Access from Your Phone
Source: National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) released new versions of the MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español mobile sites in October 2014. The mobile sites can be accessed at http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/spanish/, respectively (see Figure 1).

Like the original 2010 versions, these newly redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets. Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all the content that you will find on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

NIH — Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources

October 8, 2014 Comments off

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources
Source: Disaster Information Management Research Center (National Library Medicine)
Includes:

  • U.S. Federal Organizations
  • U.S. Organizations
  • International Organizations
  • National Government (non-U.S.) Web Sites
  • Free Resources from Publishers for Medical Responders
  • Biomedical Journal Literature and Reports
  • Ebolavirus Information Sources
  • Situation Reports
  • Training
  • Social Media
  • Maps
  • Health Resources for the Public
  • Multi-Language Resources

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

June 10, 2014 Comments off

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
Source: National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health

What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Here are some suggestions based on our experience.

See also: MedlinePlus — Evaluating Health Information
See also: MedlinePlus — Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

Fact Sheet: Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Journal Supplements in MEDLINE®

September 3, 2012 Comments off

Fact Sheet: Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Journal Supplements in MEDLINE®
Source: National Library of Medicine

Journals indexed for MEDLINE® sometimes publish supplements devoted to a specific topic and that may be financed by profit-making organizations or by organizations representing for-profit interests. The supplements may have a guest editor or may be produced outside of the routine editorial and peer review processes of the journal. Citation of these supplements in MEDLINE may give the appearance that for-profit interests have acquired a place in the scholarly literature while working outside of the usual standards for publication that were considered when the journal was approved for indexing in MEDLINE by the NLM Literature Selection Technical Review Committee. Supplements will thus be cited and indexed for MEDLINE only if certain conditions are met.

If a supplement is sponsored by an outside organization, or reports on a conference or other activity that was sponsored by an outside organization, or is devoted to a special topic that is in any way related to a proprietary product, then the articles in the supplement will not be cited and indexed for MEDLINE unless the supplement includes the disclosure information that is described below. An “outside organization” does not include the organization for which the journal is the publishing organ (e.g., the American Academy of Dermatology and the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology), nor does it include any U.S. or non-U.S. government agency.

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