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National Technical Reports Newsletter: Ebola Virus

Friday, December 5th, 2014

The November 2014 issue may be viewed online at

This issue features a sampling of new and historic information available from NTIS via the NTRL website  related to the topic of Ebola Virus.

The NTRL provides access to the NTIS content collection.  It contains over 3 million records with over 800K full-text reports. The NTRL is updated each week with newly acquired information, and recently digitized existing content. It is the most convenient and economical means of accessing the most comprehensive library of federally produced scientific and technical information available today.

Gregory G. Guthrie

Program Manager

National Technical Reports Library

National Technical Information Service

US Department of Commerce

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

All of us in MAR would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Barbara Epstein, Renae Barger, Michelle Burda, Sue Burke, Lydia Collins, Kate Flewelling, Missy Harvey, and Tristan Lucchetti

Lending a Helping Hand: MAR Mentoring Program

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. J Loren Norris

We know that in the ever changing environment of healthcare, hospital librarians have had to adapt their services and skills to these changes.  Those that have risen to the challenge of change have much to offer medical librarians new to the profession, new to health sciences librarianship,  and to those adapting to technology changes, or adapting to being a solo librarian.

  • Are you someone who could benefit from having a mentor?
  • Or are you someone who would like to share your expertise and experience with others?

If you answered Yes to either question, please contact Michelle Burda to learn about our new program: or (412) 624-1589.

What’s New on REMM?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

NLM has announced a new version of the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) site. View updates and changes in the November News.

Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Symposium: Strategies for Fighting Ebola: A Columbia University Summit to Help End the Epidemic. Hosted by Columbia University Club.

December 1, 2014 / 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET) in New York or via webcast.

Registration required to attend in-person.

Webinar: Preparing your Healthcare System for Ebola

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Today, Friday, November 21 / 3 – 4 pm (ET)

Hospital based emergency providers are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on preparing for possible Ebola cases. During this call, leaders will discuss the evaluation and management of patients who present with possible Ebola Virus Disease and provide an overview of the “Identify, Isolate, Inform: Emergency Department Evaluation and Management for Patients Who Present with Possible Ebola Virus Disease” guidance and algorithm ( This call will also provide an opportunity for participants to provide comments and ask questions.

Dial-in Information: Call: 800-857-0664; Participant passcode: 8614132

Webinar: Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Caring for Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals: A Nursing Perspective

Monday, November 24 / 2 – 3 pm (ET)

Health care organizations across the country are preparing to respond to the possibility of Ebola cases in their communities. Several U.S. hospitals have treated patients with the disease and can provide important information to other health care workers related to personal protective equipment, staffing models, and critical care nursing. During this Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call, clinicians will learn about the clinical management experiences of nurses who cared for patients with Ebola at Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center.

Participate by Phone:

* U.S. Callers:  888-972-6898.  Passcode:5076538

* International Callers: 630-395-0194.  Passcode:5076538

Join by Live Audio Web Streaming: (Listen only):

For more information, please see the CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Webinars and Calls:

New York Academy of Medicine’s Grey Literature Report

Friday, November 21st, 2014

The New York Academy of Medicine’s November Grey Literature Report in Public Health has been published today. There are 210 new records.

You can find it at: The items are listed alphabetically by organization. If you would like to see the newest reports for 2014, click on the Date of Publication link.

This report’s main focus is on Smoking and the Affordable Care Act, with a secondary focus on the Ebola Virus with supplemental reports on health in Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

We look forward to any comments and questions you may have about the Grey Literature Report in Public Health. Please contact us:

We hope you will find the database useful!

The Grey Literature Team
The New York Academy of Medicine

If you like what we do please consider donating to keep the site going and to help us improve it.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Presenter:  Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Date / Time:  Friday, December 12 and 19, 2014 / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)


Summary: This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response and recovery. This interactive, case-based class will cover key sources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), federal and non-federal agencies, and international organizations. Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information will also be discussed. 3 MLA CEs.

Resource Update: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM):

New or updated content in CHEMM includes:

  1. updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education
  2. an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)
  3. content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals
  4. a workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents
  5. a toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and
  6. an evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.

CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers.  CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER.

For more information see the What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM: