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New MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs arehttp://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

  • Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
  • Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites
  • Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages
  • Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively.  Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at http://m.medlineplus.gov andhttp://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol.  Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

NLM Associate Fellowship Program 2015

Please forward on to possible candidates.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.
In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/.  Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov . /ch

EDUCATION: This week – Roadmap for Navigating Drug Information

Wednesday, October 22, 1:00MT/2:00 CT 

Discover NLM Resources and More:  Roadmap for Navigating Drug Information – Join Barb Jones for a tour of NLM drug information resources.  We will visit the more well-known landmark sites that direct us to specific drug information as well as the less well recognized sites with necessary but harder to find information.  Links to foreign sites will be identified as well as sites that provide information on drug and medical procedure costs.  We will also discuss what resources are available on mobile devices.  This session would be appropriate for Health Science Librarian, Public Librarians,  School and Community College Librarians.

Wednesday, November 19- 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Using Results of the Marshall Study – Advocating for your Library

Wednesday, November 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Pet Health/Healthy People

Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2   Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.  One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.  Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu

 

From the OERC: CDC Program Evaluation Resources

The OERC has posted a link to the CDC’s Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self Study Guide on their blog (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2014/10/17/cdceval/).

From their post:

“Examples of public and community health programs that can be considered for program evaluation include direct service interventions, community-based mobilization efforts, research initiatives into issues such as health disparities, advocacy work, and training programs. The guide is available online or as a PDF download that consists of a six step process (from Engaging Stakeholders to Ensure Use of Evaluation Findings), a helpful Glossary of program evaluation terminology, and Resources for additional publications, toolkits and more to support public and community health program evaluation work.

A related CDC guide (A Framework for Program Evaluation) is one of several resources we at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) feature in the Evaluation Planning section of our Tools and Resources for Evaluation Page at http://guides.nnlm.gov/oerc/tools.” – bk

October Issue of NIH News in Health is Now Available

The October 2014 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. Learn how sugars and sweeteners affect your health; know how to determine whether you or a family member has a cold, flu or allergy; and, read about genetic clues to the recent Ebola outbreak./da

Consumer Guide for Medicare & Medicaid Services in English and Spanish

From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. C2C resources in Spanish are now available to download and print./da

EDUCATION: Save the Dates …

Wednesday, October 22, 1:00MT/2:00 CT 

Discover NLM Resources and More:  Roadmap for Navigating Drug Information – Join Barb Jones for a tour of NLM drug information resources.  We will visit the more well-known landmark sites that direct us to specific drug information as well as the less well recognized sites with necessary but harder to find information.  Links to foreign sites will be identified as well as sites that provide information on drug and medical procedure costs.  We will also discuss what resources are available on mobile devices.  This session would be appropriate for Health Science Librarian, Public Librarians,  School and Community College Librarians.

Wednesday, November 19- 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Using Results of the Marshall Study – Advocating for your Library

Wednesday, November 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Pet Health/Healthy People

Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2   Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.  One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.  Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu

 

Evidence Based Practice: Online Continuing Education Course

This asynchronous online course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts. Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas. Formative feedback will be given throughout the course.

It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course. Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits

Cost is $150.00. The course runs from October 27th – December 5th, 2014.
Registration deadline is October 20th. Visit the course registration site. You will be asked for information that is required to establish access to the course site. /ch

 

Project Tycho – Open Access to Public Health Data

Presenter: Wilbert van Panhuis, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

When: October 14, 2014 – 10-11 MT, 11-12 CT (The recording will be archived for those unable to attend the live session.)

Where: webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/ (No registration required)

The Project Tycho team aims to provide open access to public health data from around the world. Currently, the database contains the entire 125 year history of U.S. weekly nationally notifiable disease surveillance reports. All these data are freely available to the public through an easy-to-use online interface. Oftentimes, restricted access to public health data limits opportunities for scientific discovery and technological innovation. The Project Tycho™ team is continuously engaging in new partnerships with scientists, funding, and public health agencies around the world to add or connect new historical and current datasets to the system. New datasets include global dengue surveillance data and Chikungunya data for Latin America.

The Project Tycho team is collaborating with international partners from a large variety of scientific disciplines to create innovative analytical approaches to add value to public health data. Analytics range from creative data visualizations to reveal population level patterns of disease spread that help to understand disease causality leading to better control strategies. Currently, about 1,300 people from around the world have registered for free to use Project Tycho data and over 17,000 users have visited the website since the launch in November last year. Project Tycho data are used for research, for student theses, dissertations, and homework, for teaching, and for public advocacy.  PH Partners lists Project Tycho as a resource. /ch

Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB)

benzene_exampleThe Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB) – part of the TOXNET suite of resources –  reports analyses of animal cancer tests used in support of cancer risk assessments for humans. It includes 6,540 chronic, long-term animal canter tests, with coverage from 1980-2011. [da]