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NLM Director Visits HSLS

Brennan delivers lecturePatricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), visited the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday, July 17, and presented a talk on “Transforming Data into Knowledge and Knowledge into Health: NLM Strategic Plan, 2017-2027.” Founded in 1836 as the library of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, NLM is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Since its founding, it has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and developer of electronic information services. In a single day the NLM delivers, not millions or billions, but trillions of bytes of data to millions of scientists, health professionals and members of the general public. NLM provides access to scientific and health information whenever and wherever it is needed—on scene at emergencies and disasters, in laboratories, health care facilities, libraries, schools, offices, homes, and on the road. Access to NLM resources is quick, convenient, and free of charge to people around the world.

PubMed 2.0 to Arrive December 2018

Many of us use PubMed daily and have grown accustomed to its features and ease of use. Since PubMed’s original release in 1997 enhancements continually occurred with little change to the user interface. However, in December 2018 the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will transition from the current PubMed to a new interface called PubMed 2.0!

So how are we going to get to PubMed 2.0?

PubMed 2.0 release roadmap

In September 2017, NLM released PubMed Labs, an experimental site to test new technologies, features, and directions for PubMed.

Data Sharing Statement Policy for Clinical Trials Enacted July 2018

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) is a working group of medical journal editors that makes recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals. Journals that state they follow the ICMJE recommendations include: Academic Medicine, American Journal of Epidemiology, Cancer Nursing, Chest, Circulation, Immunology & Cell Biology, Journal of Dental Hygiene, and Radiology. 

Director, Staff of National Library of Medicine and National Network Coordinating Office Visit HSLS

NLM, NNCO, and HSLS staff

Front row (L-R): Barbara Epstein, Renae Barger, Kate Flewelling, Franda Liu, NNCO Project Scientist, Fran Yarger, Amanda Wilson, Head, NNCO. Back row (L-R): Lisa Boyd, NNCO Project Scientist, Nichelle Midon, NNCO Project Scientist, Renee Bougard, NNCO Project Scientist, John LaDue, Jennifer Jones, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine, Alan VanBiervliet, Division of Extramural Programs

Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM) and staff from the NLM National Network Coordinating Office (NNCO) visited HSLS on July 17 and 18. HSLS is one of eight health sciences libraries across the county funded by NLM to serve as a regional medical library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

HSLS Participates in Pitt’s Health Careers Scholars Academy

Scholars Academy Students

HSLS has a long history of working with the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Career Scholars Academy (UPHCSA). The program began as the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Care in 1991 and became Scholars Academy in 2009. HSLS has participated in the program since its inception. The UPHCSA is a four week summer program that brings together high school students from throughout the United States and Canada who are interested in pursuing careers in the health sciences, particularly medicine. This year brought 198 students to Pitt’s campus.

Did You Know?

According to the Scopus database, since 1998 HSLS librarians were the authors/co-authors of 130 articles, resulting in 1,392 cited references over the years! And this number does not include articles published recently.

HSLS authors, 130 articles, 1392 cited references

HSLS Research & Instruction Librarian Retired at the End of June

Pat Weiss by retirement cakeResearch & Instruction Librarian Pat Weiss retired at the end of June after 20 years of service. In the mid-nineties, Pat started her graduate studies in library and information science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After moving to Pittsburgh in 1996, she completed her master of library and information science degree at Pitt. During that time, she also worked part-time at the UPMC unit that eventually become Pitt’s Office of Research, Health Sciences (OORHS). One of her projects at OORHS was developing a class on web-based resources for nurses coordinating clinical trials.

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Michele Klein Fedyshin, Research & Clinical Instruction Librarian, is a co-investigator on the recently announced R21 federal grant: “Meta-Analyses of the Relation of Parent Drinking to Adolescent Drinking,” funded through the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Principal Investigator is John Donovan, PhD. Tammy Chung, PhD, is also a co-investigator. Both are from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry.

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