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Providers' Side Observations about ESE/A, article 2 in a 3-part series on ESE/A

Electronic Document Delivery Awards for SE/A DOCLINE Libraries Open Again!

Administrators and Serial Pricing

NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region and its Training Mission

National Training Center Classes in the SE/A Region for 2004

Personal Digital Assistant Resources from NLM

SE/A Consumer Health Resources Page

Frieda Weise, RML Director Retires

How Your Library Can Celebrate National Indian Heritage Month Each Year

For World AIDS Day, See Healthy People Library Project: SCIENCE INSIDE

The Idea Person

That's What Friends Are For....

AAHSL: Medical College of Georgia's Online History Exhibit

Medical Library Association Health Literacy Videotape or DVD

What's New at NLM, NN/LM and Their Partners?

Holiday Wishes

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SEA Currents Volume 21, Number 6 -- November/December 2003

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Providers' Side Observations about ESE/A, article 2 in a 3-part series on ESE/A

In the last issue we announced an electronic document delivery group listed in DOCLINE named ESE/A (pronounced "e-sea"). ESE/A premiered in the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the NN/LM for the free, reciprocal, electronic delivery of interlibrary loans. The ESE/A consortium invited your library to join in the fun of sending and receiving interlibrary loans with a minimum of turnaround time. Now that the group has some experience, we bring you some ideas for maximizing the usefulness and quality of ESE/A.

For ESE/A group members, faxing is sub-optimal, and may be discontinued. Faxing is listed because it is considered a form of electronic media. Even though some use a digital copier as fax machine, ESE/A's focus is solely on high quality scanned copy, which is electronically forwardable to the requestor. Members mostly deliver scanned copies to requestors via email, so members are expected to have PDF or TIFF file creation capabilities. To join, a library would need to indicate in its Institution record that is sends and receives electronically.

To Use or not to use Ariel:
Ariel is adaptable: The current version of Ariel is capable of emailing the PDF or TIFF to libraries even though the borrowing library does not have Ariel. All libraries with scanners could send to each other. Non-Ariel libraries would be able to receive PDF or TIFF articles.

Quality of the copy is paramount:
Not all scanned copies are of good quality. In these early stages of the project, up to 1/3 of the electronic articles requested arrived poorly scanned. Libraries send a scanned copy out without first reviewing the quality of the article, thus pages are sideways, bottoms and tops of pages are cut off, folded, bent, and unreadable in the margin area due to poor scanning technique. The sender never knows the quality unless they first review the article, a highly recommended procedure. If ESE/A monitors itself for quality control, scanner/scanning quality control will become part of an automatic practice. With quality controls established up front, recognized and used by all in the group, it becomes routine to avoid sloppy scanning.

Since all ESE/A member libraries know they must meet high quality standards, the group will set the bar for electronic ILL best practice. The quantity will come as libraries come up to speed with technology and see the need and importance of this type of service for their patrons. Borrowers are expected to apply best practice standards, so should ESE/A members.

In the last of this three-part ESE/A series in the January/February, 2004 issue, we'll review statistics, trends and tips from the group's members.

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Electronic Document Delivery Awards for SE/A DOCLINE Libraries Open Again!

http://nnlm.gov/sea/outreach/rfqs/2004/elecdocdelpromo.html

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine® Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM® SE/A) member libraries that are full DOCLINE ® participants are eligible for consideration for the electronic document delivery (EDD) awards. Awards of up to $2,000 each are available from the NN/LM SE/A for DOCLINE libraries in AL, DC, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, VA, VI and WV. This funding is to support implementation of Internet and/or Web EDD service or improvement of existing EDD services. Applications from hospital libraries are especially welcomed.

The Electronic Document Delivery Award will support the purchase of software for Internet or Web-based transmission of documents and scanner or document imaging equipment. Interested SE/A Network member libraries must complete the web application (http://nnlm.gov/sea/outreach/rfqs/2004/elecdocdelpromo.html) and submit a letter of support from the institutional Information Technology Director or equivalent to the NN/LM SE/A office by January 16, 2004. This award does not allow purchase of computers or printers.

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SEA Currents Volume 21, Number 6 -- November/December 2003

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Administrators and Serials Pricing

by Julie Kwan, Library Network Coordinator
Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library
UCLA Biomedical Library, 310-825-5342

Does your administrator understand serials pricing? There's a new tool available -- a report recently issued by the Wellcome Trust. This report presents an excellent overview of serials pricing and publishing from an economic, financial, and strategic management perspective. It may be especially useful for hospital librarians because it is written in words that administrators understand. I am sure anyone involved with the serials publishing crisis will find the report interesting as well.

The Wellcome Trust, the major funder of biomedical research in the United Kingdom, commissioned a financial and economics consulting firm to examine the biomedical publishing industry. Their report, "An Economic Analysis of Scientific Research Funding", is one of the most comprehensive analyses of its kind. This 33-page report examines the complex scientific publishing market that includes a host of different players, including commercial publishers, not-for-profit publishers, libraries, and academic researchers. The 3-page executive summary may be all you need, but there is further detail in the body of the report, including market players, supply/demand issues, market behavior, market changes due to electronic publishing, publishing models, etc.

Here are some relevant web sites:

The Report -- "An Economic Analysis of Scientific Research Publishing"
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/1/awtpubrepeas.html

A press release about the report
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/1/awtprerel1003n303.html

The Wellcome Trust's position in support of open access publishing
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/1/awtvispolpub.html
The Wellcome Trust web site http://ww.wellcome.ac.uk

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NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region and its Training Mission

by J. Dale Prince, outreach coordinator

The mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals equal access to biomedical information and by improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. To this end, the NN/LM-SE/A provides training for librarians, health professionals, and the general public in the use of NLM databases such as PubMed ® and MedlinePlus ® , and in technologies such as PDAs. In the past calendar year (January - November) NN/LM-SE/A staff have conducted over 70 training sessions with nearly 1050 participants, and more classes are planned before the year's end.

In order to fulfill our mandate, staff at the NN/LM continue to develop classes to support the needs of the Southeastern /Atlantic Region. New this year are:

Easy to Read Health and Wellness Material: recognizing it, finding it, writing it, rewriting it-a hands-on class where participants learn to create materials that get across health and wellness information quickly and clearly.

Getting Started With LinkOut -for participants who are interested in LinkOut but know nothing about it or are just getting started.

PubMed Expert Searching: Using PubMed to Get Advanced Results-an advanced class that highlights MeSH® and other tools for the sophisticated user.

Additionally, we've continued to innovate, getting our classes out to a larger audience. This past summer, Getting Started With LinkOut was successfully introduced as a two-part, two-hour, teleconferenced class. Beginning in the New Year, we will again be scheduling the class twice a month. And we will continue to explore new ways to present our classes electronically in order to maximize coverage and access.

Another new addition to our instructional tools is an education schedule, to be found at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/aboutus/edschedule.html This schedule, updated on a monthly basis, is a calendar of training opportunities we are offering in the region. Included in the calendar are names of the classes, locations, instructor, and contact information for anyone interested in taking the class. We are also including the regional classes of the NLM and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse.

While NN/LM-SE/A staff do a large amount of training each year, it is impossible for us to develop all classes needed in the region. Because of this we have two funding opportunities for instruction or learning experiences.

The Internet Training or Technology-related Classes Award (http://nnlm.gov/sea/outreach/rfqs/2004/training.html) provides funding for a network member to provide NLM system, Internet training or technology-related classes in the Region. While this award was originally intended to support network members who were actively training, it may also be used by groups of network members to bring trainers to them.

And new this year is the Professional Development Awards for Primary Access Library Staff (http://nnlm.gov/sea/outreach/rfqs/2004/profdevaward.html) The award will support Network member library staff in the Region in developing their skills and knowledge in using technology for health information access and delivery, library or personnel management, or other skills that will benefit them in their positions.

Finally, as 2003 ends, many of us here at the NN/LM-SE/A have relatively empty 2004 calendars, but, beginning in January, they start to fill up, particularly for May, June, and October, so now is the time to start scheduling that PDA, Consumer Health, or SuperSearcher class for 2004. For a complete list of classes see our class description page on our website: http://nnlm.gov/sea/aboutus/classes.html And feel free to contact your education coordinator, J. Dale Prince at ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu

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National Training Center Classes in the SE/A Region for 2004

http://nnlm.gov/mar/online/index.html

PubMed (1-day)

  1. January 26, 2004, Baltimore, MD

  2. March 8, 2004, Gainesville, FL

  3. June 21, 2004, Atlanta, GA

  4. August 18, 2004, Baltimore, MD

NLM Gateway & ClinicalTrials.gov (half-day)

  1. January 27, 2004, Baltimore, MD

  2. March 10, 2004, Gainesville, FL

  3. June 23, 2004, Atlanta, GA

TOXNET (1-day)

  1. March 9, 2004, Gainesville, FL

  2. June 22, 2004, Atlanta, GA

  3. August 19, 2004, Baltimore, MD

Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources (3-days)

  1. March 24-26, 2004, Gainesville, FL

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Personal Digital Assistant Resources from NLM

Greg Bodin, Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region

NLM recently introduced several information resources specifically designed for use on personal digital assistants (PDAs). While some of these products are still being tested and have been only released as beta versions, they are all openly available to anyone who wishes to try them out.

PubMed on the PDA

PubMed on the PDA is a method of accessing the PubMed interface via a PDA equipped with an Internet browser. Typically, a PDA will need to have either a wireless or physical connection to the Internet and an Internet browser to use this service. Users can also search offline by utilizing a product such as AvantGo (http://www.avantgo.com/). AvantGo allows Internet content to be captured and loaded to a PDA that has no Internet connection.

In order to connect to the PubMed on the PDA interface, the user enters the PubMed on the PDA URL (http://certif.nlm.nih.gov:8080/nlm/) and navigates to the search interface. There are three options available with this interface:

  1. Search MEDLINE/ PubMed
  2. Read new Journal Abstracts
  3. ClinicalTrials.gov

PubMed on the PDA search interface

The "Search MEDLINE/ PubMed " option provides the user with a specialized PubMed interface that is formatted for the PDA. One search method is "Search PubMed with no filters" allows a basic keyword search. The "Systematic Reviews" filter adds the PubMed Systematic Reviews subset to the search. The "Clinical Queries" filter adds the PubMed Clinical Query filters to the search. Users can select which filter they prefer. Limits can only be applied using the search field tags (i.e. [la], [mh], [sb]).

Search filters

Results are displayed in a text format.

Results of search Results of search

Another search option "Read new Journal Abstracts" allows users to view current journal abstracts from major journals. Users click on a list of journals from the PubMed Core Clinical Journals subset or enter a keyword to search the titles list.

Read new Journal Abstracts search option

The last search option allows users to search ClinicalTrials.gov (http://clinicaltrials.gov/). Users can enter keywords for disease/condition, location, experimental treatment, etc. in order to identify clinical trails that may be occurring.

ClnicalTrials.gov search option

PubMed on Tap

PubMed on Tap (http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/pmot/pmot.php) is another NLM product that allows users to access PubMed via a PDA. The primary difference between PubMed on the PDA and PubMed on Tap is that while PubMed on the PDA is a web site accessed via a PDA Internet browser, PubMed on Tap requires a software client to be installed on the PDA. Once the user installs the software, PubMed can be searched via an Internet connection. PubMed on Tap allows basic keyword searching through its interface. Limits can be applied using the search field tags ([la], [mh], [sb], etc.).

PubMed on Tap search interface
PubMed on Tap Profile options

PubMed on Tap allows users to manage their search results, view a history of their searches, and store several profiles with stored search limits such as subsets and publication dates. Users can apply the profile limits to their search. Another option is to limit searches to particular journals.

WISER

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) (http://www.nextcentury.com/WISER/) is a PDA application designed to assist emergency personnel in handling hazardous material accidents. WISER software is installed on the PDA and provides information to assist in identifying hazardous substances, human health information, and containment and suppression advice. WISER contains three principle features:

  1. Hazardous Substance Data Bank data, covering basic, physical, hazardous material, medical, and environmental areas

  2. 44 Substances, selected from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) Medical Management Guidelines (MMG)

  3. Substance identification support, based on physical properties and patient symptoms

WISER search interface

WISER allows the user to perform a search for substances from the database and retrieve information about that substance. The main search screen allows users to enter a keyword or check from a list of substances.

Users can search for and identify unknown substances by providing symptoms that result from patient exposure to the substance or by entering the observable physical properties for the substance.

List of possible symptomsList of possible physical properties of substance

Once a substance is selected, there are several types of information that may be retrieved such as physical identification, fire procedures, treatment, etc.

Results of searchResults of search

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SE/A Consumer Health Resources

by Jana Liebermann, consumer health outreach coordinator

Watch for a new Consumer Health Information resources web page to be posted on the http://nnlm.gov/sea/ website at http://nnlm.gov/sea/outreach/consumer.html in the coming weeks. You will find links to the following:

  1. NN/LM consumer health resources

  2. NLM consumer health resources

  3. MLA consumer health resources

  4. CAPHIS consumer health resources

  5. Links to consumer health websites in our region as found in MedlinePlus .

If there are information links you find that you think should be added, please contact Jana Liebermann at tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu or 1-800-338-7657 and Choose 1 for Regional Network Office .

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RML Director Retires

Frieda Weise, executive director of the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library and director of the NN/LM SE/A, will retire on December 31, 2003. She has served as the Regional Medical Library (RML) director since 1991.

During her tenure at the RML, Frieda has provided leadership in the region, helped to increase the SE/A budget, and helped to initiate, plan, implement, and evaluate SE/A programs. She has guided the staff and the region ably since her arrival at the RML.

Weise says, "I have had a long association with the NN/LM and Region 2, as well as Region 3, and have seen many changes over the years. The emphasis on outreach and consumer health in recent years has broadened the impact of the NN/LM enormously. New efforts to work with community groups will bring access to health information to an even wider audience and help to improve the health of all the people of the nation. I am proud to have been a part of the NN/LM and especially to have gotten to know many people in Region 2. I wish Region 2 and the whole NN/LM many more years of success."

In the next issue, meet the new RML director, M.J. Tooey.

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How Your Library Can Celebrate National Indian Heritage Month in November Each Year

by Becky Hebert, coordinator specific populations

National Indian Heritage Month was first declared in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. November is the month to recognize the native peoples in America. So how can you and your library celebrate?

  1. Learn how the tribal recognition process works

  2. Learn how Indian Health Services works

  3. Identify Indian tribes in your service area

  4. Identify Native health resources in your collection and online

Learn how the tribal recognition process works
Recognition is extremely important to Indian tribes because it determines the amount of funding and other benefits they receive from the government based on treaties and other factors. Federal recognition is determined by a lengthy application process from the Department of the Interior. Federal recognition can take years or even decades to achieve.

State recognition is determined by the individual state regulations and may or may not mean funding and special privileges for a tribe. There are still many, many tribes with no recognition at all, that are still in the application process. But what does this mean as far as Indian health care is concerned?

Learn how Indian Health Services works
Being federally recognized gives a tribe the right to benefits of the Indian Health Services (IHS). To summarize: a tribe can decide whether to control its own health care or to let IHS run its facilities. Tribes that are not federally recognized do not get any benefits from IHS. Having eligibility for IHS services does not necessarily mean adequate health care services are available. To find out the details on how the IHS process works you can visit: http://www.ihs.gov/PublicInfo/PublicAffairs/Welcome_Info/ThisFacts.asp

Identify tribes in your area
There are six federally recognized tribes in our region: Catawba Indian Nation of South Carolina, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (North Carolina), Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Poarch Band of Creek Indians (Alabama), Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, and Seminole Tribe of Florida. To find the state recognized tribes in your state you can contact your state's Indian affairs group. Most states have at least one contact for Indian affairs. Tribes that are not recognized are much harder to find, but you can search the Internet for them. Be aware, as always, that the information you find may not be accurate. NN/LM SE/A will soon be posting maps of locations of tribes in our region.

Identify Native health resources in your collection and online
An excellent resource to start finding Native health information online is MedlinePlus Native American Health website at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/nativeamericanhealth.html Learn of the resources that are available for Indian health, your local Indian community will be grateful.

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For World AIDS Day, See Healthy People Library Project: SCIENCE INSIDE

Funded by the National Institutes of Health Grant # 5R25RR15601
Copyright 2003 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Selected from http://www.healthlit.org/scienceInside/eb_hivandaids.htm

The Science Inside: HIV and AIDS
This booklet helps to explain what doctors and scientists know about the HIV and AIDS epidemic. It summarizes what HIV and AIDS are and what happens when HIV becomes AIDS, including the health problems that can result. The e-book explains how the diseases are spread, what groups suffer most from them, how they may be prevented, how they are treated, and what the latest research reveals. This e-book is scheduled for publication in winter 2003-2004 at http://www.healthlit.org/scienceInside/eb_hivandaids.htm

Selected Resources in English

AIDS and HIV - Questions and Answers
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Answers questions about HIV.

Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides information on how best to provide homecare for someone with AIDS.

Depression and HIV/AIDS
National Institute of Mental Health
Talks about the link between HIV diagnosis and depression.

HIV/AIDS among African Americans: Key Facts
Discusses why African American should be particularly concerned about HIV and AIDS.

HIV/AIDS among Hispanics in the United States
Talks about why Hispanics should be concerned about HIV and AIDS

HIV/AIDS Among US Women: Minority and Young Women at Continuing Risk
Talks about why women are one of the fastest growing groups being infected with HIV.

HIV and AIDS in Pregnancy
March of Dimes
Gives general information about AIDS and HIV, how to reduce the chances of passing either condition on to your baby, the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in babies, and available treatments.

HIV and Its Treatment: What You Should Know (2nd edition)
HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service
Provides answers to a long list of questions about HIV.

HIV Infection in Minority Populations
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Discusses how minorities are infected with AIDS and HIV disproportionately.

Living with HIV/AIDS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Answers questions about HIV and AIDS, living with HIV, and staying healthy.

More Than Just Meds! Tips and Tricks to Maintain Your Quality of Life
National Minority AIDS Council
Gives HIV positive people suggestions for making life better and staying healthy.

Positive? How Are You Feeling?
Project Inform
Talks about issues relevant to HIV-positive women.

Pregnancy and HIV
Project Inform
Discusses good prenatal care, thorough anti-HIV strategies for the baby and mother, a plan for delivery, and the breastfeeding decision making. Includes a resource guide.

Preventing the Sexual Transmission of HIV, the Virus that Causes AIDS: What You Should Know about Oral Sex
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Discusses why oral sex is not safe sex.

Protecting the Health in Latino Communities: Combating HIV/AIDS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talks about HIV and AIDS and its impact on Latinos in the U.S.

Tips for Teens: The Truth about AIDS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Discusses why teenagers should be concerned about HIV.

Women and HIV/AIDS
National Women's Health Information Center
Answers basic questions about women and HIV.

Recursos En Espa�ol

C�mo lidiar con los efectos secundarios de los medicamentos
Project Inform
Gives information specifically for women about living with the side effects of HIV drugs.

C�mo prevenir la transmission de la infecci�n del VIH de la madre al beb�
Project Inform
Discusses good prenatal care, thorough anti-HIV strategies for the baby and mother, a plan for delivery, and breastfeeding decision maling. Includes a resource guide.

Cuidando a personas con SIDA en su hogar
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides information on providing homecare for a PWA, keeping them and you as healthy as possible.

El primer dia ... despues de resultar seropostivio
Project Inform
Gives introductory information about how to live with HIV and how to treat it.

El uso de drogas y el VIH
The New Mexico AIDS InfoNet
Talks about the relationship between using drugs and getting HIV.

El VIH y el SIDA en el embarazo
March of Dimes
Gives general information about AIDS and HIV, as well as how to reduce passing either condition on to your baby, the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in babies, and available treatments.

El VIH y el SIDA entre los hispanos en Estados Unidos
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talks about why Hispanics should be concerned about HIV and AIDS

El VIH y SIDA en las mujeres de Estados Unidos: las minor�as y mujeres j�venes siguen corriendo riesgos
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talks about why women are one of the fastest growing groups being infected with HIV.

El VIH y su tratamiento: Qu� debe saber usted
HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service
Provides answers to a long list of questions about HIV.

�Es usted positiva? �C�mo se siente?
Project Inform
Talks about issues relevant to HIV-positive women.

M�s all� de los medicamentos: Trucos y consejos para mantener su calidad de vida
National Minority AIDS Council
Gives HIV positive people suggestions for making life better and staying healthy.

Prevenci�n de infecciones causadas por animales
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides questions about living and working with animals if you have HIV.

Protegiendo la Salud de la Comunidad Hispana: Lucha contra el VIH/SIDA
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Talks about HIV and AIDS and its impact on Latinos in the U.S.

Una o dos veces: gu�a para la dosificaci�n de medicamentos anti VIH
National Minority AIDS Council
Gives the reasons for taking HIVV medicines at specific times and in different amounts.

VIH: Cuando sale positive en su prueba
American Academy of Family Physicians
Answers questions about how to deal with the news you have HIV.

VIH y el Embarazo �En cu�nto riesgo se encuentra mi beb�?
American Academy of Family Physicians
Defines perinatal HIV, tells when you can find out if your baby is infected if you have HIV, and what you can do to reduce the risk of passing HIV on, including the use of AZT.

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The Idea Person

by Toni Yancey, outreach coordinator

I have been holding on to what I think is a great idea for a research project for the past eight years. I've mentioned it to several individuals. They have all nodded approvingly and said encouraging things like "you should do that". Have I started on my brilliant project? Nope. Why, you ask? I can give you a thousand reasons - I do not have time; the subject area is not in the scope of my current position; or I may find out that my hypothesis is wrong. I think the most important reason/excuse is - I do not know where to start.

I think everyone is holding on to a brilliant idea, whether a research project or an outreach program, but you do not know how to take the first step. Obviously, I am not an expert, but here are a couple of things you can do to get the ball rolling:

First, talk it over. Your idea might be in a pre-concrete phase. You may have thought something like this; "We should do something with that preschool across the street from the hospital. Healthy behavior should be instilled early." Contact your hospital community relations person, a Head Start coordinator or a family literacy practitioner and toss around the idea of the library recommending healthy behavior books or websites for kids and parents. If you are interested in doing a research project, MLA has a mentoring program and they can connect you with someone who has done a research project with whom you can talk over your idea.

Second, research what has been done and what funding is available. How do you know someone else has not done your brilliant research? Check by doing literature searches periodically. How do you know some other organization is not doing what you would like to in the community? You have to check. Make a couple of phone calls. Read the community notes in your local newspaper. Is your idea something for which NLM or NN/LM provides funding? Give your outreach coordinator a call. He/She can explain funding availability and give you great examples of successful projects.

So, get that idea out of the "what if" stage and onto the stage of experience.

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That's What Friends Are for...

by Toni Yancy, outreach and exhibits coordinator

It is that time of year when we thank everyone who assisted the Regional Medical Library in exhibiting and training. Letting people know about NLM products and the services provided by health sciences libraries benefits all of us by showing the value we add to health care services.

Minority Health Fair
Sara Adcock, Rowland Medical Library, University of Mississippi
Liz Serpa, Rowland Medical Library, University of Mississippi

Jacksonville Senior Expo
Susan McCollough, Baptist Medical Center
Deborah Lawless, St. Vincent Hospital

Georgia Association of School Nurses
Roxanne Nelson, Learning Resource Center, Mercer University
Jane Bridges, University Medical Center

La Fiesta del Pueblo
Beverly Murphy, Medical Center Library, Duke University
Barbara Zimmerman, Dialog
Rachel Wilfert, Health Sciences Library, UNC at Chapel Hill
Ellen Adkins, Northwest AHEC Library at Salisbury
Linda Frank, Health Sciences Library, UNC at Chapel Hill
Christie Silbajoris, Health Sciences Library, UNC at Chapel Hill

Virginia Primary Care Association
Ruth Smith, Brickell Medical Sciences Library, Eastern Virginia Medical School

West Virginia Rural Health Association
Ed Dzierzak, Health Sciences Libraries, Marshall University

Tennessee Nurses Association
Martha Earl, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sandy Oelschlegel, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Virginia Cairns, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Margarette Dodd, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Merck Health Sciences Academy
Andre Peres, Mount Sinai Medical Center

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AAHSL: Medical College of Georgia's Online History Exhibit

by Tamera Lee, M.L.S. tlee@mail.mcg.edu
Professor and Director of Libraries
Robert B. Greenblatt M.D. Library, Medical College of Georgia

As AAHSL is celebrating 25 years, the Medical College of Georgia is celebrating 175. I am proud to share a preview of the Greenblatt Library's online history exhibit http://www.mcg.edu/library/history/ The project celebrates 175 years of educational excellence with a unique display of photographs and historical documents from the Medical College of Georgia, most of them located in the Library's Special Collections.

The site is still under final construction for bibliography, captions, credits and proofing. I invite you to preview this team project lead by Lisa Westrick, Special Collections Librarian, and welcome your feedback.

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Medical Library Association Health Literacy Videotape or DVD for Sale

If you missed the successful broadcast of "Reading Between the Lines: Focusing on Health Information Literacy," videotapes or DVDs of the satellite teleconference are for sale online in the MLA Store or download an order form at http://www.mlanet.org/education/telecon/healthlit/ Reading Between the Lines: Focusing on Health Information

Part I: Overview

  1. What is health literacy?

  2. What is health information literacy?

  3. How are health literacy and readability of health information measured?

  4. Question and answer period

Part II: Opportunities for Librarians

  1. What is already out there (panel discussion)?

  2. Show and tell: (videos from around the country describing what your colleagues are already doing in health literacy)

  3. Audience participation (call in to share your project ideas and to ask questions)

Part III: Partnerships

  1. Existing partnerships

  2. Funding and sources of support for projects

  3. Successful strategies

  4. What are some new partnerships

  5. Audience participation (call in your ideas and ask questions)

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What's New at NLM, NN/LM and Their Partners?

  1. New MedlinePlus Tour

    The new animated MedlinePlus Tour is now available and linked from the MedlinePlus homepage (http://medlineplus.gov/) and "About" page. The tour was developed by Molly Cahall, an NLM associate. The old static tour pages have been replaced by the new tour, which contains pictures and sound and requires a Flash plug-in, version 6 or above. If you do not have Flash, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start. The tour runs by itself and takes about 8 minutes to view.

  2. DOCLINE 2.0 Release Notes: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/docline_rel_info_current.html
    Modified interface to provide quick access to most common searches (LIBID, Institution name, and Contact name)

  3. Upload Print Holdings in LinkOut

    Previously, only National Library of Medicine SERHOLD® libraries were able to display their print holdings information in PubMed LinkOut . Now a new LinkOut feature allows any library to upload its print holdings information in a text file. Libraries interested in this new Upload Holdings feature can find registration information and file specifications in LinkOut and Library Holdings at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/doc/liblinkout.html#UploadHoldings or from the LinkOut home page at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/ click Library Submission on the left sidebar, then select LinkOut and Library Holdings). Setting Up LinkOut for Libraries, a step-by-step tutorial, is also available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/doc/linktutorial.html

    For more information, contact the LinkOut team at liblinkout@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

  4. ProQuest Information and Learning, in cooperation with NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), is now offering PubMed LinkOut capabilities into ProQuest Medical Library. Under the arrangement, users of PubMed , the database of citations and abstracts developed and managed by the NCBI at the U.S. National Library of Medicine®, can use the LinkOut service to access the more than 330 full-text titles in the ProQuest Medical Library if they are customers with valid IP-based access to the ProQuest service. ProQuest provides similar full-text linking with an array of partners, including SwetsWise, OCLC, Ingenta, JSTOR, and CrossRef. Free trials are available. For more information, email pr@il.proquest.com or visit http://www.il.proquest.com

  5. Changing the Face of Medicine

    The National Library of Medicine has just started a new exhibit that celebrates women in medicine. called Changing the Face of Medicine. Nunzia Giuse was asked to be a part of this exhibit and she has an entry that can be viewed as part of the online portion of the exhibit. Nunzia's profile is available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_129.html and the main URL for the exhibit is http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/exhibition/ Eskind Biomedical Library is very excited and proud and know the rest of the Region shares Vanderbilt's enthusiasm about having a Southern Chapter Library Director recognized for her outstanding contributions.

  6. The Library as Place: Symposium on Building and Revitalizing Health Sciences Libraries in the Digital Age The Library as Place conference took place on November 5 and 6, 2003, and was sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries. The conference web site is: http://www.tech-res-intl.com/NLM/ The videocast of the conference can now be viewed by going to the NIH videocast site at: http://videocast.nih.gov/ Click on Past Events, then click on Conferences.

  7. NIHSeniorHealth--New bells & whistles added
    NIHSeniorHealth.gov has added some more topics, and features to their web site. They have added the ability to enlarge the text on the screen, and to turn speech on. Click the "Turn Speech On" button at the top of the page to hear the text read aloud. The High Contrast feature causes the web site to have a black background with yellow or white text for greater contrast.

    The previous topics covered were related to Alzheimer's, caregivers and exercise for older adults. Additional topics covered are arthritis, balance problems, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, hearing loss, lung cancer and prostate cancer. NIHSeniorHealth.gov was developed by the National Institute on Aging and NLM.

  8. New features added to MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en espa�ol
    MedlinePlus has added several new features: "Easy-to-read" pages, available in both English and Spanish, bring together the popular Interactive Health Tutorials and other easy-to-read materials by topic. Look for the "Easy-to-Read" graphic on the Health Topics page. The pages include links to printer-friendly versions and the ability to email the link or the entire contents of the page.

    The Organizations page, available from the "Other Resources" tab, now includes all organizations with pages linked in MedlinePlus . The alphabetical pages include printer-friendly and email links. Sign up for weekly lists of news and links on selected topics including Women's Health, Children's Health, Seniors' Health, Mental Health, and Diabetes.

    On MedlinePlus en espa�ol:
    Information on hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter medications is coming to MedlinePlus en espa�ol. The first 200 records from MedMaster, from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, are now available and all of MedMaster will be available by the end of 2004.

    Spanish-speaking users can now subscribe to a daily news feed of health and wellness articles. Each weekday several new consumer health articles from the news and information company Healthday will be featured on the MedlinePlus en espa�ol home pages, appropriate topic pages and can be emailed to a friend.

  9. NLM and SIS pop-up surveys
    On November 1, 2003, visitors to two of NLM's Division of Specialized Information Services resources (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/ and http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/) are being offered a chance to share their opinions through a pop-up survey.

    This survey will help SIS determine user satisfaction and possible improvements for its web sites/resources, and will allow NLM to benchmark its sites against other government sites, and in relationship to private sector sites. The survey methodology is the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

    NLM will use ACSI for five NLM sites during the next 12 months:
    TOXNET ®
    AIDSinfo
    MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus en espanol
    NLM Main site

    The survey will be presented at random intervals, so not all users will see it. If you do receive the survey, NLM would sincerely appreciate your taking the time to complete it. Your feedback is the best tool they have to improve their web resources.

  10. Updated Guide to NIH HIV/AIDS Information Services
    NIH announces an updated 47-page Guide to NIH HIV/AIDS Information Services http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/HIV/611803.pdf PDF Icon

  11. Upload Print Holdings in LinkOut

    Previously, only National Library of Medicine SERHOLD libraries were able to display their print holdings information in PubMed LinkOut . Now a new LinkOut feature allows any library to upload its print holdings information in a text file.

    Libraries interested in this new Upload Holdings feature can find registration information and file specifications in LinkOut and Library Holdings at:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/doc/liblinkout.html# UploadHoldings, or from the LinkOut home page at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/ (click Library Submission on the left sidebar, then select LinkOut and Library Holdings). Setting Up LinkOut for Libraries, a step-by-step tutorial, is also available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/doc/linktutorial.htm

    For more information, contact the LinkOut team at liblinkout@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

  12. The Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA) Archives available on PubMedCentral

    The Bulletin of the Medical Library Association archives are now available full-text on PubMedCentral . NLM and MLA have done an incredible job in bringing up the BMLA archives on PubMedCentral ! The quality is excellent! You can now find the full-text for almost all of the articles in the BMLA back to 1911. ('almost' because some supplementary material is not yet available full-text. PubMedCentral is waiting especially for Alison Bunting's seminal article "The Nation's Health Information Network: History of the Regional Medical Library Program, 1965-1985" that appeared in a supplement to the July 1987 BMLA.)

    To see the entire collection, go to the PubMedCentral web site. If you search PubMed , you will only find articles covered through Old MEDLINE®. Consequently, the earliest BMLA article in PubMed is 1952. BMLA is available back to 1911 on the PubMedCentral web site.

  13. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)Announces Expanded Resource to Help Adults Stay Healthy
    http://www.ahcpr.gov/ppip/adguide/
    AHRQ released the Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults, a revised and expanded booklet for health care consumers. This guide updates the Put Prevention Into Practice program's Personal Health Guide and is based on the most current research-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults tells patients which preventive services they need and when, and it reminds providers to deliver appropriate preventive services while involving patients directly in their preventive care. A print copy is available by sending an e-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.gov

  14. Electronic Fund Transfer System has a 9-minute narrated slide show called "How EFTS Works" that is now available on their web site. You can view the slide show in either 800 x 600 screen resolution or 1024 x 768 screen resolution. You must use Internet Explorer to view the show.

    The slide show covers opening an Electronic Fund Transfer System account; submitting billing data to EFTS using QuickDOC, ILLiad, Clio and the EFTS File Builder Program; fees; monthly statements; etc. Electronic Fund Transfer System prepared this slide show and then updated it with recommendations from the Electronic Fund Transfer System Advisory Committee. Please let Colleen Giblin know if you have questions about the slide show. Look for the 9 minute narration on the Electronic Fund Transfer System presentations page: http://efts.uchc.edu/presentations.html

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September - October 2003
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Technical Notes: - e1

Unified Medical Language System's® (UMLS®) Summer Release

Regional Offerings of NCBI's Three-Day Course: Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources

NLM Profiles in Science™ Web Site Adds Papers of Anatomist Florence R. Sabin

Just-In-Time Training to Learn How to Use PubMed 's Cubby Feature

MEDLINE Language Definitions Change to Croatian and Serbian

MEDLINE UI/PubMed ID Matcher Available on NCBI's E-Utilities Web Site

UMLS Basics Training Class Slides Now Available

New Clinical Alert Issued

NLM and National Institute on Aging Launch NIHSeniorHealth Web Site

NLM Announces a New Version of the PubMed Tutorial

Biochemistry, 5th edition added to NCBI Bookshelf

2004 MeSH Browser & MeSH Files for Download available

Articles:

OLDMEDLINE Citations Join PubMed - e2
Information on the data, PubMed searching, and NLM Gateway searching impact.

NLM Training Program: 2004 - e3
2004 schedule of NLM online searching training classes now available.

Molecular Biology Information Resources: Getting Your Footing and Keeping Up with the Pack - e4
2004 schedule of NLM online searching training classes now available.

2004 MeSH Changes to the Category B Organisms Tree and the Check Tag Animal - e5
Summary of the revision concerning the heading ANIMALS, the check tag ANIMAL, and related headings.

Entrez Global Query: NCBI's New Cross-Database Search Engine - e6
Entrez's new Global Query system allows a user to run a search against all Entrez databases simultaneously.

MEDLINE/ PubMed End-of-Year Activities - e7
Activities include changing MeSH headings on existing MEDLINE citations to agree with the 2004 version of MeSH, changes to Supplementary Concept Substance Names, and other global changes.

Issue Completed October 29, 2003
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February 24-28 Public Library Association 10th National Conference, Seattle, WA
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February 27 "Health and the Built Environment: The Effects of Where We Live, Work and Play"
26th Annual UNC School of Public Health Minority Health Conference
The William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Phone 919-966-4032, Fax 919-966-5692
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March 10-12 "Computers in Libraries 2004," The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians
Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington, DC
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March 11-13 Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA)
Emerald Pointe Resort & Conference Center
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March 31 - April 4 "We Make the Path by Walking It" National Student Nurses Association
Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Nashville, TN
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