The National Library of Medicine (NLM) celebrates its 175th anniversary this year. One of the outstanding creations of our government and our nation, the library is one of the reasons that I am a medical librarian because I am not sure my profession would be what it is today without NLM in its history. A library that holds true to the vision of what libraries should be, empowering people through knowledge sharing and archiving; knowledge about health – to boot. We all deserve to have access to knowledge and to be healthy, and NLM is the role model.
I know I am sounding soap-box-y again…but:
Come on people… PubMed – publicly available health information available 24/7 with tens of millions of articles? A full-text repository, aka PubMed Central? The National Center for Biotechnology Information…um Entrez Gene, folks? And the list goes on…
Wow. What an accomplishment.
Find out more about NLM and its accomplishments: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/mar2011/nlm-14.htm
NCBI announced its plans to discontinue their Sequence Read Archive (SRA) and Trace Archive repositories for high-throughput sequence data as well as their Peptidome Respository. According to their news announcement, they will phase out submissions but also make the Peptidome data available from their FTP server indefinitely.
Read the full news announcement here.
Our own Dr. Barbara Mirel has published a chapter in:
Health Informatics: A Patient-Centered Approach to Diabetes
Ed. Barbara M. Hayes and William Aspray
The MIT Press
RA 645 .D5 H427 2010
- Barbara Mirel – School of Education, Ch. 7, Designing Information to Facilitate Chronic Disease Management: Clinician-Patient Interactions in Diabetes Care
Yahoo! Have fun reading!
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new program, called the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, in conjunction with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation to provide funding for patient-focused, clinical research projects.
Exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers would spend 5 to 7 years at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. The scholars would then be offered the opportunity to remain at the NIH as senior clinical research scientists or to apply for up to four years of independent financial support at a university or other external research institution.
More information about the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program is available at http://www.nih.gov/science/laskerscholar/index.html.
Read the full NIH News post here.
So, I haven’t gotten on my soapbox in awhile, but I just went to an excellent discussion by Dr. Dan Cohen on Open Access Publishing and Scholarly Values hosted by MPublishing. His talk looked at scholarly attitudes toward open access publishing and the definition of scholarly work in this changing publishing model. I am certain that the talk will be posted soon, but I think it’s worth reading more of his work to get a true understanding of the value of open access work and its contribution to academia.
Here’s my stump speech again:
Information is the single most valuable commodity in the world. Everyone has a fundamental right to it. Everyone should have access to it.
Okay, enough from me for now.
My colleague, Marisa, kindly shared this YouTube video with me (Biostatistics vs. Lab Research), and while I’m not the kind of person to readily share frivolous information bits, this video is so funny that I just had to post it here. The video gets at the heart of what I am sure is a frustrating problem with most biostatisticians and working with colleagues who do not understand what is needed to really conduct a good study. I wish I had seen the video while I had been taking biostatistics. “My grant is due tomorrow. I just need to know if I can just use three patients per group.” HAAAAAA! Seriously? I know I’m being crass, but this is definitely a “pee-in-the-pants” funny video. Check it out.