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Archive for May, 2014

Recording of Funding Info Session Available: Disaster Health Info Projects

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The presentation about the funding for the 2014 disaster health information collaboration and outreach projects was recorded and is now available. You can access the recording and the presentation slides at:


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as a health department, emergency management department, and responder organizations. Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.
An open information session was held on Thursday, May 8 at 1:30 pm ET during the monthly Disaster Information Specialist webinar. All questions and responses will be posted following the meeting on FedBizOpps.
The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014”, please visit


Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

EFTS Tip of the Week

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Replenishing your account in a timely matter is important. Many of you submit paperwork to your accounting department and they, in turn cut a check to us. Please follow-up on your request to be sure the payment has actually been processed and a check has been issued and mailed. Checks are posted to the account on the day the check was received in our mail. If you do not see the payment reflected in your balance, we have not received your payment.

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator

866-561-5045 toll free

860-679-4561 direct

WISER for Android (version 3.1) Now Available!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

I just wanted to let you know that we here at the NLM have just released the latest version of WISER for the Android (version 3.1) to the Google Play store. The specific details are below, but the quick version is that this release brings the Help Identify and Protective Distance Mapping functions to Android devices (it is already on the Windows, iOS, BlackBerry and WebWISER versions). This now means that we are now functionally equivalent across all our platforms, so there’s greater uniformity and less of a learning curve for people using difference devices.

Here are the details of what this latest version includes:

WISER for Android 3.1 is now available.   Here’s a look at what’s new in this release:

  • WISER’s Help Identify Chemical capability is now available on the Android platform. Identify and validate an unknown chemical based on the following criteria:

o   physical properties of the substance gathered by observation or sensors

o   signs and symptoms of victims of exposure

o   the ability to categorize a substance, such as a substance used in a meth lab or a flammable substance

o   hazard values from NFPA 704 placards

o   transportation identification, including DOT placards, type of road trailer, and type of rail car

  • Use WISER’s protective distance mapping feature on your Android device. Visualize the areas likely to be affected during the first 30 minutes after a substance is spilled or released on a live map. The Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook serves as the source of WISER’s protective distance data.

WISER for Android can be downloaded and installed directly from the Google Play Store:

Coming Soon

o   Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

o   WISER for iOS and WISER for Android 4.5, which adds chemical reactivity, triage procedures, and WISER’s full set of radiological tools to these mobile platforms

o   WISER 4.6, which will add many new substances to WISER and update much of WISER’s backend data, including its HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank) substance data

I encourage you to take a look and to spread the word to anyone you know in the emergency management, first responder, first receiver, and preparedness planner communities. We rely on word of mouth to promote our tools and resources, so we really appreciate any assistance you can give.

Many Thanks!

Jennifer G. Pakiam, M.S.

Technical Information Specialist/SME

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dem II Building, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 440

Bethesda, MD 20892-5482

E-mail :

NLM Disaster Software Tested in Recent Drill

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Starting in 2008, and spurred further by the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the deadly tsunami-induced floods of 2012 in the Philippines, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) began to pioneer new disaster technologies, such as TriagePic, a software application that helps to track hospital patients and find their loved ones during disaster emergencies. The software was tested at a recent drill conducted by Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Read more about the NLM developers, and the drill:   

National Library of Medicine e-Clips (May 2014)

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


MedlinePlus Connect Supports ICD-10-CM Requests

MeSH on Demand Tool: An Easy Way to Identify Relevant MeSH Terms

National Library of Medicine Announces Addition of Mike Gorman Papers to Profiles in Science

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014

New TOXNET Interface Coming in Spring 2014

NLM and Wellcome Library Establish Agreement to Make 150 Years of Biomedical Journals Freely Available Online

NLM Launches New Exhibition-related Resources: Online Adaptation of “Pick Your Poison,” Educational Resources for “From DNA to Beer”

NLM to Host Symposium, “The National Library of Medicine, 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future,” May 14, 2014

NLM Value Set Authority Center Publishes Annual Update for 2014

Updates to MedlinePlus Connect Web Service Format




Drug Approval Process Insights from

Improving Patient Centered Medical Homes

Learning from the Disaster Response in the Philippines

Marijuana’s Clinical Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties

NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

Pragmatic Research from PCORI

Toward More Thoughtful Health Journalism



Answers to Tough Questions About Dying

DNA fingerprint for Hippocrates’ legendary tree

Emergency Management: There’s an App for That

Hippocrates’ ancient tree genetically ‘fingerprinted’

Historie ukryte – z półek biblioteki medycznej Offers Healthy Aging Tips

Original Tree of Hippocrates Cloned and Planted in Maryland

Science, Shakespeare, and the STEM Humanities: How Teachers Can Make the Most of the National Library of Medicine’s Exhibition Program Resources

Socializing Medicine: Spotlight on USG-NLM Virtual Intern Kristina Elliott

Surviving and Thriving:  Aids, Politics, and Culture exhibit on display in library

The Quest: Get the Lowdown on the Pills You’re Popping

The Quest:How to Get a Medical Librarian to Do Your Search for Free

The Quest: My 2 Favorite Tricks for Searching PubMed

Wellcome Library and NLM establish agreement to make 150 years of biomedical journals freely available online



NLM Hosts Symposium; Seeks Ideas in Planning for Its Future

NLM Launches New Blog; Seeks Your Ideas for Charting Its Future

Tree of Hippocrates Clone Planted in Front of National Library of Medicine





Spring 2014 Issue: NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

Follow-Up Email for the Health Insurance Literacy Webinar

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Thank you for joining us in yesterday’s Health Insurance Literacy Webinar. Again, we apologize for the technical difficulties we experienced during the call. However, if you were not able to join us or if there was any information you might have missed, you will be able to access the information few ways:


  • As mentioned on the webinar, the PowerPoint we presented is available for download at under the “Get training” tab. Scroll down to the “Health Insurance Literacy (February 2014)” section and click on the “presenter slides and slides with speaker notes” link, which will open up a zip file with one document with the talking point and another document without.
  • To listen in to an audio (only) recording of the presentation, you can use this call-in number until Friday, May 23 at 11:59 pm ET. Call: (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406
  • In about a week, we will also post a recording of this call on the Champion home webpage.


Here are a few more updates we mentioned on the webinar:


Let us know what you think! Marketplace Materials Feedback

As a reminder, our CMS Division of Training, which has provided some of the supplemental Health Insurance Marketplace training resources on the “Get Training” page on, is asking for feedback on these materials. Please visit to share your feedback on the following:

  • Feedback on existing training materials
  • Your thoughts on additional training products that would help you to be more effective going forward.


From Coverage to Care

The publication “A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You!” is available for download at


Thank you for your ongoing support to your communities!


-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group

MAR Will Be Out of the Office…Attending MLA

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

All MAR staff will be attending MLA in Chicago, May 16th – May 21st. So we ask your patience while we’re out of the office. We hope that if you’re attending MLA, please stop to say hello or drop by to visit us at one of our presentations, meetings, etc. We’d love to see you!

NN/LM Request for Information

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

In preparation for a revised Statement of Work for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library (RML) program, the National Library of Medicine is soliciting feedback from our Network members regarding effective approaches on how NN/LM programs can achieve the mission of providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Here is the URL detailing this Request for Information (RFI):

The closing date to submit your feedback is June 26 at 3 pm (ET). Health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, are encouraged to submit information and recommendations.

Please consider offering your input, as well as forwarding this opportunity broadly to interested parties.


Renae Barger, Executive Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)


Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

200 Scaife Hall

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Clinical Advisory from NHLBI

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

A clinical advisory from NHLBI was issued. Information is now available on several NLM websites.

·        NLM Homepage under “News & Events”

·        NIH Clinical Alerts and Advisories page:

·        Technical Bulletin: (under “In Brief”)

·        Direct link to the alert:

New Interface Available from the TOXNET

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

As you may know, we’re introducing a new NLM TOXNET interface this Spring. We’ve improved the appearance and interactive capabilities and given it a facelift for a more current look and feel.

You can preview the new interface from the TOXNET home page beginning on May 16th at The old TOXNET will continue to be available for some weeks.

We value your feedback and hope you will take the time to explore the new TOXNET.

Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS

National Library of Medicine

Division of Specialized Information Services

6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 515

Bethesda, MD  20892