Archive for the ‘Disaster / Emergency Preparedness’ Category
Friday, August 15th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa. The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.
EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.
Resources on Ebola
NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:
Articles in PubMed
MedlinePlus Ebola Health Topic Page (for the general public)
International health (for the general public)
HHS agencies, including CDC and ASPR, also provide the latest Ebola information available through social media, including Twitter@phegov, @CDCgov, @CDCEmergency and Facebook Public Health Emergency, CDC, CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response. The CDC also has a comprehensive set of resources on its Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever web page.
Friday, August 15th, 2014
The American Red Cross and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center are partnering to prepare school-age children at home and abroad for the next disaster. Using pillowcases and other culturally appropriate containers to hold emergency items like flashlights and bottled water, Red Cross staff and volunteers will teach life-saving preparedness lessons to students around the world.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian, Robin Williams, has brought attention to the challenges of those who suffer from depression. It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults struggle with depression (Centers for Disease Control). Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer, as well as affecting their family and friends. It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions.
- MedlinePlus (National Library of Medicine) offers excellent resources about depression including videos and tutorials, symptoms and treatment options, patient handouts, and more: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/depression.html
- NIHSeniorHealth.gov provides excellent information as depression is a common problem among older adults: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/depression/aboutdepression/01.html
- The NIH National Institute on Aging touches on topics such as What to Look For, Treating Depression, and Help from Family and Friends: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/depression
- The NIH National Institute of Mental Health provides information on clinical trials, health topics, booklets, factsheets, brochures, and they host monthly Twitter chats: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/
Monday, August 11th, 2014
Ebola has been an important topic in the news. You may be getting questions from those you serve, or have questions yourself. So we have compiled these resources to help:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization
National Library of Medicine (NLM) MedlinePlus Resource Guides
NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)
U.S. Joint Commission
Monday, August 11th, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives (Both Centers of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency invite you to join us for:
A Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources for Houses of Worship and Community Organizations
The purpose of this webinar is to provide participants with information on emergency preparedness tools, resources and engagement strategies that are available to faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers. Presentations will explain how faith-based and community-based organizations can engage in National Preparedness Month 2014 and National PrepareAthon Day! activities. The presentations will also highlight engagement best practices at the state and local level between faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers to prepare faith and community-based organizations and the larger community.
WHO SHOULD JOIN THE WEBINAR?
This webinar is for anyone interested in learning more about resources to help faith-based and community-based organizations get prepared for emergencies and help their communities to do the same.
WHEN IS THE WEBINAR?
August 19, 2014
3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)/12:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
HOW DO I JOIN THE WEBINAR?
Adobe Connect Web Link: https://icpd.adobeconnect.com/faithtoolsa/event/registration.html
Please sign in as a guest. Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting by clicking here.
Representatives from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, County of Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Office of Emergency Management will present. The Small Business Administration Center for Faith-based & Community Initiatives and Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, will also bring greeting and remarks in support of getting houses of worship and community organizations engaging in preparedness activities.
Monday, August 4th, 2014
WHAT: Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar
WHEN: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.
TOPIC: Reports from the 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects
The Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine funded three outreach and collaboration projects for 2013-2014. These projects are near completion. The awardees will present information about their projects, how libraries collaborated with disaster-related organizations, and what outcomes they achieved.
LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 12, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo
Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect Pro meeting before:
Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview
MORE INFORMATION: For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html
Monday, July 28th, 2014
- Bridget Quinn-Carey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Queens Public Library
- Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Support Services, New Jersey State Library
Date / Time: Thursday, July 31, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Online / No Registration Required
Summary: Bridget will provide a report for the Queens Library Mobile Health Information Classroom: Superstorm Sandy had a devastating effect on the residents of Far Rockaway. Two Queens public libraries were severely damaged and will be under repair for some time. Mobile units were being used. This award supports technology purchases for Queens Library to offer health information services within the mobile units.
Michele will provide a synopsis of two NN/LM MAR funded events that took place following Superstorm Sandy. The primary goal of these events was to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities so the libraries can engage in disaster response in their communities. As a result, a cohort of public libraries proceeded to receive additional NN/LM MAR funding to partner with emergency planners in order to increase awareness of the value of a public library before, during, and after a disaster.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
We are pleased to share with you the recruitment announcement for the next Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine,
commonly referred to as the national Network Office (NNO):
The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions, to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources. The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations. The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues, as related to programs conducted throughout the Network. This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.
The very short posting time of July 22 – July 31 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly. Please see the postings on USAJobs.gov and follow the instructions to apply. One posting is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) and the other is for for “All US Citizens.”
The jobs will also be linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page: www.nlm.nih.gov.
In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district. As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus.
If you have questions about this job, please contact Zenaida Olivero, PHR, (301) 435-5716, or Oliverozm@mail.nih.gov.
Deputy Associate Director of Library Operations
National Library of Medicine
Friday, July 18th, 2014
Free Online TOXNET® Class Offered This Fall by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)
The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering an online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” from October 20 – November 14, 2014.
Discover TOXNET and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises. The class is taught online in 13 independent modules.
TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, toxic releases, chemical nomenclature, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and occupational safety and health. The independent modules cover TOXLINE, ChemIDplus, TRI, TOXMAP, Hazardous Substances Data Bank, IRIS, Haz-Map, LactMed, WISER, CHEMM, REMM, LiverTox, and more. You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.
Who should take the class?
Health sciences librarians and health or environmental sciences professionals interested in unlocking the information in TOXNET and the other environmental health and toxicology resources.
How much time?
You will work on your own time over a period of 4 weeks to complete the modules that are of interest to you. There is one required module; the remaining modules are optional. This class is offered for variable MLA Continuing Education credit. Each module will be offered for 0.5 to 2.0 credit hours, for a total of up to 12 hours. Credit will not be awarded for partial completion of a module. Total credit awarded will be based on completed modules with a minimum of 1.0 credit hours.
What happens during the class?
This course is offered asynchronously through Moodle; you will work at your own pace. Each module consists of guided interactive online tutorials AND/OR tutorial videos as well as discovery exercises. Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide assistance throughout the course.
The modules are:
- Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
- TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
- ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
- Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
- Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
- Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
- TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
- Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
- LactMed: 0.5 hour
- Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
- WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
- REMM: 0.5 hour
- LiverTox: 0.5 hour
How do I register?
Space in the class are limited, so don’t delay! Register now at:
For questions, contact the NTC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, July 18th, 2014
OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool from the U.S. Census Bureau that provides an intuitive web-based interface for accessing U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters. The tool allows users to retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas: http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/