Miles of information for medical librarians

Updating and moving the list to the front of this post for use:

*Update as of 10/1/13 12:00 EST*

As of 12 pm EST, Vanderbilt has a great summary on the information resources not available, and The Krafty librarian has a short post up about the shut downs (thanks for the link back!)

Here are a few more for the updates that affect Medical Librariess, this list is not meant to be all inclusive. Please refer to the http://www.usa.gov for official updates on resources and additional information:

  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 
    1. “Due to the temporary shutdown of federal government services, this web site will not be updated or maintained until government operations are authorized to resume.”
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    1. Due to the lapse in government funding, only web sites supporting excepted functions will be updated unless otherwise funded. As a result, the information on this website may not be up to date, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.
    2. CDC will also not be able to produce weekly report on items such as tracking influenza, or track outbreaks across states. Heard CDC report this on ABC. This means they MMWR will not be posted until the government resumes.
  3. CDC Wonder
    1. What is Wonder? “CDC WONDER is a system for disseminating Public Health data and information.”
    2. Update: While the CDC.gov site is not down, wonder.cdc.gov is down.
      1. “CDC WONDER is not available due to federal government shutdown.”
    3. Website not available!
  4. ClinicalTrials.gov
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this website may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.”
  5. Docline.gov
    1. “NLM is Closed
    2. Due to the lapse in government funding, NLM ILL accounts are temporarily inactive to prevent possible delays in the routing of requests. DOCLINE remains available.
    3. NLM staff will not be able to respond to ILL requests or DOCLINE customer service inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.
    4. If you experience a problem in DOCLINE, please check yourDOCLINE browser settings.”
  6. ERIC.ed.gov
    1. “Dear Users, Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host eric.ed.gov have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.”
    2. Website not available!
    3. Some have reported you can still search ERIC on EBSCO, but when you try to link out to anything in ERIC it does not work.
    4. Update: EBSCO Information Services Releases a Complimentary Version of ERIC To Provide Access During the Government Shutdown
  7. FDA.gov
    1. “Due to the Government shutdown, information on this website may not be up to date. For information about Government services, visit USA.gov.”
  8. Grants.gov
    1. GRANTS.GOV ALERT: Grants.gov Operational Status The Department of Health and Human Services anticipates that the Grants.gov system will remain in an operational status, but with reduced federal support staff presence, should a lapse in appropriations occur. In addition, we anticipate that the Grants.gov Contact Center will remain available, and provide assistance to callers. HHS, as Managing Partner, in collaboration with OMB and the Grants.gov Program Management Office, will keep the federal grantor community updated as to the status of the Grants.gov system as plans evolve in the event of a government shutdown.”
    2. New update with additional details: 
      1. “The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EST and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed leading to a lapse in Federal funding.  We are providing the following information to answer questions you may have on the impact this lapse in appropriation will have on your grant/cooperative agreement or the availability of NIH’s systems and services.”
  9. Library of Congress
    1. “Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice. All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov.”
    2. Website not available!
  10. MedlinePlus
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.”
  11. NCBI – including databases such as Gene, SNP, and BLAST
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.
  12. NLM
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.”
  13. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine
    1. “NN/LM SE/A (and other RML offices) are not affected by the government shutdown and is open during regular business hours 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET on weekdays.”
  14. PubMed.gov
    1. “PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.” Update status changes on 10/2/2013
    2. “PubMed is open, however it is being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries. For updates regarding government operating status see USA.gov.”
    3. Yes this mean anything published/retracted today that has not been previously indexed will not be added until the government resumes normal operating procedures.
  15. PubMed Central
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.
  16. PubMed Health
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.
  17. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
    1. “Due to the temporary shutdown of federal government services, this web site will not be updated or maintained until government operations are authorized to resume.”
  18. U.S. Census Bureau
    1. Website not available!
    2. “Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at <usa.gov>Websites affected by this shutdown are all census.gov hosted websites, including:
      1. Census.gov
      2. American Factfinder
      3. Public API
      4. FTP Servers
      5. FAQs
      6. Blogs
      7. Online Surveys
      8. Federal Statistical Organization websites: FCSMFedStats and MapStats
  19. @archiveitorg started a Google Docs List.
    1. The list consist of Twitter accounts, websites, etc. that are affected by the government shut down. It is kind of long and there is some repetition, but a good list.

*The information below was originally posted on 9/30/2013 at 17:54 and may be outdated now, but does include the original scramble for information.*

The potential government shut down has several people scrambling, including even librarians who rely heavily on government provided resources.  Several people have tweeted questions about the possible government shut down. I just wanted to recap here a little of what we know will happen and what we think will happen with NLM resources if the government shuts down.

Docline

Docline has sent out official word on various email lists that the Docline system will still be available if the during government shuts down; however, NLM’s and all government libraries will be set to temporarily inactive. The NLM library will be is closed if during the government shuts down. I would also then think the NLM Help Desk would not be available.

Docline has requested that any libraries impacted by a lapse in government funding should submit an Out of Office request in Docline today if possible or at least by tomorrow. So the RML’s should brace themselves for a mass flood of “Out of Office” request for Docline.  Please note your regional medical libraries will be available. The RML, NN/LM is funded by a contract from NLM and will not be affected.

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*Docline & NLM Update*

Docline now has the official statement on their webpage too, and I appreciate that they provide some instruction for what to do if you encounter issues during this time!

“NLM is Closed

Due to the lapse in government funding, NLM ILL accounts are temporarily inactive to prevent possible delays in the routing of requests. DOCLINE remains available.

NLM staff will not be able to respond to ILL requests or DOCLINE customer service inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.

If you experience a problem in DOCLINE, please check yourDOCLINE browser settings.”

2013.10 Docline

PubMed

There has been no official word from PubMed about how a possible government shut down will affect this resource. We can only assume that the website will still be functioning, but the help desk will not be staffed and there will be no updates made to PubMed during the shut down. Again, there is no official news. This is based off of what Docline’s response has been to the situation and what has happened in the past in similar situations.

*PubMed UPDATE*

Pubmed now has a message posted on their website

“PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period.

Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.

2013.10.01 PubMed

MedlinePlus

Again, no official news. I would assume the same for MedlinePlus as I have stated for PubMed.

*MedlinePlus Update*

MedlinePlus now has a message on their website:

“Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.”

2013.10.01 MedlinePlus

If anyone has more official news about these resources please post them on twitter and use the hashtag #medlibs. I will update this post as well when I have more information. In the meantime, I am thinking about all of my fellow #medlibs who are not sure when they will be reporting back to work.

*Eric.ed.gov UpDate*

At least PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Docline websites are still available. Eric.ed.gov has been shut down until further notice:

2013.10 ERIC

What is ERIC? For this we have to refer to Wikipedia since ERIC is shut down:

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) – is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education.

Thank goodness the NLM resources are still available!

*Updated post on 10/1/13 with official news from PubMed, MedlinePlus, Docline and also included information that the government did shut down as of midnight on 9/30/13.*

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Comments on: "Potential government shut down leaves librarians scrambling for information" (5)

  1. […] was some uncertainty.  Alisha Miles has summed up the latest information (that we know of) in a blog post.  PubMed, NLM, Docline, and […]

  2. Eileen Erinoff said:

    National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) and National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) will continue to be updated as usual.

    • alisha764 said:

      Really? But AHRQ is shut down. Where did you get the information that NGC and NQMC is still being updated? Do you have a link that I could include please?

  3. […] lists of what organizations are being impacted (and worth a read), such as the Krafty Librarian, Alisha Miles, and Vanderbilt […]

  4. […] is a useful list of the status of various U.S. government information services (including Center for Disease Control […]

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