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Free Health Communications Webinar

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Making Web Design Work for People with Limited Vision

Thursday, December 18th

10:00am – 11:00pm PST / 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

Join us for the next session in the Health Communication Matters Webinar Series! This webinar will present the principles of Universal Design and how to apply it to designing websites and print materials that are accessible to people with low or limited vision. Peter Freedman, an expert with 15 years’ experience in web design and e-commerce, will address technical, visual, and regulatory considerations to improve web and print overall effectiveness for readability. Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, have resources or not, you will walk away with the strategies to evaluate and make improvements to the readability of your web and print materials for audiences with limited vision.  Register now for this FREE event!

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key principles of Universal Design and advantages for the user experience
  • List an example of how layout can improve readability for the visually-impaired
  • Explain how different typographic practices can improve readability

The Health Communication Matters Series will help participants in all walks of public health to apply techniques to communicate effectively with consumers, health professionals, disenfranchised communities and your public health peers.

About Peter Freedman

With over fifteen years of web design and web development experience, Peter Freedman has worked with international clients on website design, e-commerce, knowledge management, and web-based marketing programs. Prior to running his own web-design consultancy, Peter worked as Director of Web Services for Dory Ventures LLC where he managed international brand web presence, media communications, and strategic partnerships. In 2006, Peter presented work on low vision design at the 2nd International Conference on Universal Design – Kyoto, Japan. Peter received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BA from Colorado College. He currently resides in the mountains of Colorado.

ToxWorld: Free Environmental Science Resources for Tribal College Libraries, Tribal Libraries, and American Indian Studies Programs

Monday, December 15th, 2014

On January 13, 2015, 1:00 pm CT, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to present a free webinar focusing on environmental science resources for American Indian libraries and communities.

ToxWorld: Free Environmental Science Resources for Tribal College Libraries, Tribal Libraries, and American Indian Studies Programs

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides a number of free environmental health resources for a variety of educational levels and ages.  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region will present a one-hour webinar on free science databases from NLM on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.  Resources covered will include resources for K-12 teachers and students, lay persons, college students, researchers and health professionals.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Central Time

How to Log In

Go to On the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

Once logged into the room the system will prompt you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.

**Do Not Place Call on Hold**

Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).

Test Your Connection: Run the Acrobat Connect Connection Test to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web meeting system. If you have problems completing the test or installing required software, please visit the Adobe Support website or call Adobe Connect Technical Support at 800-945-9120.

This webinar will be recorded and available to be viewed at a later time.

Questions? Contact Karen Vargas at 800-338-7657 or

New Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Sets Stage for Better Sharing through Interoperability

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Free Access to Ebola Special Issue

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal continues to provide free access to all articles in the Ebola special issue. The journal is still receiving papers, which will be published as soon as possible after review. Intending authors can submit their manuscripts online. A print version will be made available in Spring 2015.

Top 100 Altmetrics papers for 2014

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Here’s the Top 100 Altmetrics List for 2014 – the 100 papers with the highest scores as calculated by Altmetrics.

Job Ad: Technology Coordinator, Chicago, IL

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The Technology Coordinator plans and implements the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) technology awareness program in consultation with other GMR staff. The NN/LM is a network of libraries and information centers in the U.S. that provides health professionals and consumers with timely and convenient access to biomedical and health care information resources.  As the recipient of the NN/LM GMR contract, the UIC Library of the Health Sciences serves as the Regional Medical Library (RML) for a ten state regional network consisting of 1100 members. This position serves as the functional technology lead for the GMR, oversees technical development of the GMR Web site, and acts as a consultant to Network members on technology issues.

For consideration apply by January 5, 2015 with a cover letter, supporting resume and name and address of at least three references. All applicants must submit an online application through <>. To apply, click on the following link:

UIC is an EOE/AA/Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran

Beth Layton, MLS, MBA, AHIP

Associate Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region

1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763

Chicago, IL 60612-4330

Job Ad: Hospital Circuit Librarian, Buffalo, NY

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Part-time Hospital Circuit Librarian:

The Western New York Library Resources Council Hospital Library Services Program (WNYLRC/HLSP) is seeking an energetic, personable, service-oriented individual with  excellent research, communication & organizational skills to serve as a circuit librarian  for several Western New York hospitals.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Making regularly scheduled visits to provide on-site library services at assigned hospitals
  • Online searching & training (HUBNET, PubMed, CINAHL, Nursing Reference Center, etc)
  • Cultivating good working relationships w/physicians, administrators & hospital staff
  • Reference & interlibrary loan
  • Documenting services provided & compiling statistics and reports
  • Marketing & promotion of library services


  • MLS from ALA-accredited program
  • Database & Internet searching & teaching skills
  • Valid NYS driver’s license & reliable transportation
  • Ability to work independently

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Health Sciences background, library work experience or course work
  • Experience with DOCLINE, Sirsi/Dynix Workflows, LibGuides, Camtasia
  • Knowledge of instructional and mobile technology & applications

This position is part-time temporary (1-2 days a week) based on hospital library agreements. WNYLRC offers on-the-job training and mileage reimbursement. Applications will be accepted until position is filled with an expected start date in January 2015. To apply, please mail or email a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and a list of 3 professional references to:

Grace Di Virgilio, MLS, Coordinator


Airport Commerce Park East/Suite 170

4950 Genesee Street

Buffalo, NY  14225-5528

New AIDSinfo Drug App Released

Friday, December 5th, 2014

AIDSinfo is pleased to announce the release of the AIDSinfo Drug App. Using data from the AIDSinfo Drug Database, the drug app provides information on more than 100 HIV-related approved and investigational drugs. The information, offered in English and Spanish, is tailored to meet the needs of both health care providers and consumers. The app is designed to automatically refresh when the user is connected to a wireless or cellular data network. The auto update feature eliminates the need to manually update the app to view the most current drug information. In addition, the app works offline, ensuring that health care providers and consumers can access vital drug information anywhere—even in health care facilities that may not have an Internet connection.

Health care providers surveyed on the AIDSinfo website indicated that access to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels for HIV-related drugs would be a useful feature of a drug app. Thus FDA drug labels pulled from DailyMed are integrated into the app in an easy-to-navigate format. This feature, coupled with the auto update feature, makes it easy for health care providers to quickly find the latest drug information when seeing patients. In addition, information from the FDA labels is condensed in easy-to-understand summaries in English and Spanish for consumers. The app also includes information on HIV-related investigational drugs for both health care providers and consumers.

Available for both iOS and Android devices, users can personalize the free AIDSinfo Drug App to suit their needs:

  • Receive notifications when content is updated.
  • Bookmark frequently referenced drugs for easy access at any time.
  • Add personal notes to any drug.
  • Select from a menu of alarms to set pill reminders for any drug.

Stay tuned for additions to the AIDSinfo Drug App.

Hospitals Designated as Ebola Treatment Centers

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced that 35 hospitals have been designated by state health officials as Ebola treatment centers that are prepared, trained, and ready to provide care for a patient with Ebola.  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a guidance document that serves as an overarching framework for three other specific CDC guidance documents. These will assist state and local health departments, acute care hospitals, and other emergency care settings (including urgent care clinics) develop preparedness plans for patients with possible Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). You can find these documents and others from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and others working in the Ebola response efforts in the National Library of Medicine Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

For more details on the announcement:

NLM Resource Update: Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Website

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The following updates and changes were announced in November, 2014, for the National Library of Medicine’s Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) website:

  1. Initial Actions for Responders after Nuclear Detonation: First Receivers: Emergency Department Staff and First Responders: Emergency Medical Service Staff.
  2. Multimedia: many new videos and graphics including 13 new teaching videos from DOE / Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) available on the REMM web site and REMM YouTube channel. Also links to various new CDC teaching materials, such as Videos: Radiation Basics Made Simple.
  3. Protective Actions and Protective Action Guides: page redone with re-organized information and tables. EPA PAG Manual Interim Guidance included.
  4. Burn Triage and Treatment: Thermal Injuries includes links to new references for managing burns in mass casualty incidents with austere conditions.
  5. Legal Advisors for Medical Response to Mass Casualty Incident: new references and 2 new sections including assessment of state and local laws regarding management of persons during radiation incidents including legal authority to decontaminate and quarantine (CDC and partners).
  6. Nuclear Detonation: Weapons, Improvised Nuclear Devices Key References entire list re-organized and updated, including Medical Issues: Planning and Response Practical Guidance and updated Blast injury references.
  7. Dictionary of Radiation Terms: 2 new key references, NCRP Glossary of Radiation Terms and NCRP Acronyms List.
  8. Biodosimetry References updated and re-organized.
  9. Software Tools for Radiation Incident Response includes additional applications listed for biodosimetry, managing incidents, and recording radiation levels.
  10. Incident Command System and Hospital (Emergency) Incident Command System page re-organized with links to HICS, Fifth edition, 2014, expanded to meet the needs of all hospitals, regardless of their size, location or patient care capabilities.
  11. Mental Health Professionals now includes updated references on Psychological First Aid.