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NLM Update with Dianne Babski

Friday, May 6, 2022

Dianne Babski, NLM Associate Director for Library Operations

NLM Associate Director for Library Operations Dianne Babski provided the update on NLM’s latest activities, during the 2022Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference.

Below, view the latest videos, program and product updates and capability brochures.

Anticipating the Future of Biomedical Communication

Learn about the future of biomedical communication. Watch the video to learn more.

NLM presents:, another tool in the fight against COVID-19

Data Science@NLM

NLM is building a biomedical informatics and data science workforce to ensure a future of data-driven research and health. Watch the video to learn more.

History of Medicine Division

NLM's History of Medicine Division collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world's richest collections of historical material related to human health and disease. Watch the video to learn more.

Intramural Research Program

NLM’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) develops and applies computational approaches to a broad range of information problems in biology, biomedicine and human health.

IRP Researcher Profiles

Get to know Intramural Program researchers Sameer Antani, Ph.D., Aravind Iyer, Ph.D. and Lauren Porter, Ph.D. and their work.

Dr. Sameer Antani & Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Dina Demner-Fushman & Question/Answering

Dr. L. Aravind Iyer & the Protein Universe

Dr. Xiaofang Jiang & Computational Approaches to Unravel Biological Insights

Dr. Ivan Ovcharenko & Treasure Islands

Dr. Lauren Porter & Fold-switching Proteins

Dr. Teresa Przytycka & Gene Pathways

NIH Common Date Elements (CDE) Registry

Common Data Elements (CDEs) are a type of data standard enabling researchers to use data across studies. CDEs increase statistical power, impact research outcomes, and accelerate discovery. NLM provides access to CDEs from across NIH to search, browse, compare, and export!

NIH Genetic Testing Registry

The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR®) provides a central location for voluntary submission of genetic test information by providers. The scope includes the test's purpose, methodology, validity, evidence of the test's usefulness, and laboratory contacts and credentials. The overarching goal of the GTR is to advance the public health and research into the genetic basis of health and disease. Watch the video to learn more.

NLM: The World's Research Engine

NLM is more than a library! Check out this video to learn about NLM as the world’s research engine – providing scientists with tools, methods, and databanks to better understand and improve health for people everywhere.

NLM Welcome Video

Watch this video for an overview of NLM’s mission and resources.

Open Science

NLM’s open science tools and resources enable anyone interested to access and engage with the results of science. Watch the video to learn more.


NLM’s PubMed is the most heavily used biomedical literature citation database in the world. Watch the video to learn more.

Science Day at NIH

Science Day for Students at NIH is an annual event that aims to inspire the next generation of biomedical researchers and clinicians by engaging students from partnering schools in activities and panels with scientists and health professionals at NIH. Watch 2021 highlights


CatfilePlus and Serfile Updates

NLM would like to remind users that cataloging records in CatfilePlus and Serfile are available for download in MARCXML format. NLM strongly encourages users of our cataloging data to look at and experiment with this format, which is one that is widely used throughout the cataloging community. NLM is moving in the direction of storing and distributing its data in more commonly used formats and standards where possible. Featured Image Updates

View this PowerPoint presentation [PPT, 1.4 MB] to learn about several exciting updates and new features that have been added to

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History of Medicine Division Updates

Stay up to date on History of Medicine Division news and updates by reading the Circulating Now blog.

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IndexCat Updates

IndexCat is a database containing the bibliographic citations of all five printed series of the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office; with direct access to the NLM online catalog, LocatorPlus. It also contains eTK for citations to medieval Latin texts and eVK2 for medieval English texts. Check out IndexCat to see the latest updates.

  • The NLM Intramural Research Program recently launched the Diversity in Data Science and Informatics (DDSI) Program, which is a summer internship that is centrally-funded by the NLM Office of the Scientific Director. IRP will have 5 interns this summer.
  • A team of Intramural Research Program (IRP) researchers is using artificial intelligence to create a fast, inexpensive, and easy to use method of identifying possible signs of cervical cancer using nothing more than a smartphone.

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As of December 14, 2021, MEDLINE/PubMed citations and the MeSH translation tables were updated to reflect 2022 MeSH with full searching functionality for Supplementary Concept Record (SCR) data and mapping in place. The citations newly indexed with 2022 MeSH since December 3, 2021, are available in PubMed for searching. NLM has resumed daily MEDLINE updates to PubMed. Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2022 MeSH vocabulary.

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MedlinePlus Updates

MedlinePlus updates over the past year include:

  • New code mappings were added to MedlinePlus Connect, providing access to COVID-19 diagnosis, testing, and vaccine information.
  • A seventh medical code system, CPT® (Current Procedural Terminology), is now supported by MedlinePlus Connect. The addition of this terminology allows MedlinePlus Connect to respond to CPT® requests with MedlinePlus/NIH content about medical procedures.
Visit the MedlinePlus website.
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MeSH Updates

NLM adopted the 2022 MeSH vocabulary for cataloging on December 9, 2021. For additions and changes to MeSH terminology for 2022, see What's New in MeSH.

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Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Updates

For the latest updates from the NNLM and the work that has been done over the past grant year, May 1, 2021–April 30, 2022, join us on at the MLA'22 annual conference NNLM Day @ MLA '22, April 28.

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NIH Preprint Pilot Updates

As of June 2021, the NIH Preprint Pilot has been operating in Phase 1 for a year. Phase 1 impact assessment activities are ongoing and will inform planning for subsequent phases of the pilot. If you are interested in ongoing status updates on the pilot, quarterly summaries are posted under Related Links on the NIH Preprint Pilot landing page. NLM continues to encourage people to send feedback on preprints and the pilot by emailing

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NLM Classification Updates

The 2022 summer version of the NLM Classification, scheduled to be published late August 2022, will encompass the systematic review of the WF (Respiratory System) and WH (Hemic and Lymphatic Systems) schedules and other miscellaneous updates. The NLM Classification number appearing in many terms in the NLM Classification # field of the MeSH Browser is current as of the 2022 Winter edition published in February 2022.

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NLM Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP) Updates

Visit the Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP) page to learn more about grant programs at NLM. See below to learn more about grants and funding at NLM.

Research Support
Grants are available for fundamental and applied research in biomedical informatics and data science. Areas of research interest include: representation, organization and retrieval of biomedical and biological data and images; enhancement of human intellectual capacities through virtual reality, dynamic modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning; medical decision-making; linguistic analyses for natural language processing and understanding; informatics topics relevant to public health and informatics for disaster management.

Resource Support
Resource grants are designed to improve the dissemination, management, and use of biomedical knowledge. Resource grants support the development and deployment of knowledge management tools, resources, and services that address identified, unmet needs for a broad audience.

Career Development Support
NLM offers an early career development award to help informatics trainees make the transition to a successful independent research career. A loan repayment program provides for the repayment of educational loan debt of qualified health professionals.

Training Support
To assure an adequate national pool of informatics researchers and health information specialists, training is offered through formal programs and individual fellowships.

All applicants and grantees should register for the Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons, where NIH extramural grantee organizations and grantees can receive and transmit information about their grants, including summary statements and progress reports. The ERA Commons is divided into both unrestricted and restricted portions that provide for public and confidential information, respectively. Visit the eRA Commons website for more information and user support.

The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) Grants page is the definitive site for finding application and progress report forms, grants news, and policy guidelines for the NIH.

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NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine Updates

The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of NLM. Learn more about the fellowship and how to apply.

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Profiles in Science Updates

Profiles in Science was relaunched in September 2019. Profiles in Science presents the lives and work of innovators in science, medicine, and public health through in-depth research, curation, and digitization of archival collection materials. Read this blog post to learn more about the relaunch.

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PubMed Updates

PubMed launched a fresh look and feel to the PubMed Central (PMC) website, which marks the first step of an ongoing modernization effort. The updated website will allow us to make continuous enhancements to PMC based on your feedback. 

 What Has Changed? 

Now when you visit PMC’s homepage, you will see: 

  • A redesigned and reorganized homepage 
  • Easy-to-navigate help documentation 
  • A similar look and feel between features in PMC and PubMed 
  • A streamlined article display 

You can also find the most up-to-date version of this information in PMC’s User Guide.

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RxNorm Updates

When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the RxNorm team reviewed and revised procedures to consider the inclusion of investigational drugs.

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Scan-on-Demand Program Updates

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the March 2022 US Edition of SNOMED CT is available for download. This release contains 279 new active concepts specific to the US Extension and also includes the SNOMED CT COVID-19 Related Contentpublished in the January 2022 SNOMED CT International Edition. The Scan-on-Demand program for early books is available. Read this blog post to learn more about the Scan-on-Demand program.

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SNOMED Updates

The updated SNOMED CT International Edition and SNOMED CT United States Edition were released in March 2022. capability brochure is the world’s largest database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world.

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MedlinePlus capability brochure in English


MedlinePlus is a free online health information resource for patients and their families and friends.

Download the brochure.

MedlinePlus capability brochure in Spanish

MedlinePlus en español

MedlinePlus en español contains the same health information found on MedlinePlus in Spanish.

Download the brochure.

MedlinePlus Connect capability brochure

MedlinePlus Connect

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service from NLM. This service allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus.

Download the brochure.

PubMed capability brochure


PubMed is a free database supporting the search and retrieval of biomedical and life sciences literature. It is the most heavily used biomedical literature database in the world.

Donwload the brochure.

NLM Traveling Exhibitions capability brochure

Traveling Exhibitions

NLM Traveling Exhibitions present inspiring stories about history, society, and medicine drawn from the world-renowned collection of NLM.

NLM’s Traveling Exhibitions are provided for free to hundreds of libraries and cultural institutions across the United States and around the world. These displays help connect visitors to NLM’s trusted health information resources.

Download the brochure.

Last Reviewed: May 18, 2022