NIEHS Request for Feedback: National Library of Medicine Online Resources

The toxicology and environmental health online resources traditionally made available by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health are currently under review in terms of their continued availability into the future or possible discontinuation.

As part of this review process, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is interested in learning to what extent external stakeholders may be using these resources or otherwise find them to be of potential value. 

The three specific NLM-provided online resources—continuation of which is currently under review—are:

  • ToxTutor: This resource is a “self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases.”
  • ToxTown: This resource “provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where you might be exposed to toxic chemicals. This site will help you better understand risks of exposure, potential health effects, and how to protect yourself.”
  • Environmental Health Student Portal: This is a “resource for kids, parents, and teachers to find fun and educational materials related to health, science, and the environment we live in today.” 

Interested Friends of NIEHS and other external stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on this matter. Formatting a response to the following questions is suggested: Please let NIEHS know (1) if you or your organization uses any of the resources itemized and linked here that are hosted by NLM, and, if so, (2) how much, in what ways, in what situations, or for what specific purposes do you use them? Brief explanations with examples of such use, if any of these resources are so used and relied upon, would be helpful to this review process.

The Society of Toxicology has a strong interest in promoting toxicology education with a focus at the undergraduate level and above. The NIEHS resources serve a broader audience interested in environmental health issues, but also supplement what SOT can provide to toxicology educators.

Please send any feedback as soon as possible and no later than Friday, November 1, 2019, to: Jed Bullock, NIEHS Legislative Liaison and point of contact for the Friends of NIEHS, via email or telephone at 301.496.2919 and/or Stephanie Holmgren, Program Manager in the NIEHS Office of Data Science, via email or telephone at 984.287.3139.

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