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Archive for July, 2011

Internet Librarian 2011 -Conference discount available at $299.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Have you thought about attending the Internet Librarian conference?   There’s an extra incentive this year!  The conference, Oct. 17-19, 2011 , will be held in Monterey California.   A group discount cost is available at $299 for the 3-day event, a savings of $200 off the regular registration price.  Each individual should submit his or her registration form, along with credit card information or check payable to Information Today, to Marty Magee ( no later than Sept. 1, 2011.   This batch of registrations will then be forwarded as requested to obtain this discount.   For more information on the conference, see: (mm)

New Resource: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

CHEMM Web-Based Resource Enhances Planning and Response to Chemical Emergencies
July 11, 2011: Chemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most.

CHEMM enables first responders & other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases. CHEMM is available online at For more information see scb

EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources -Wed. July 27, 1:00 Mountain Time, 2:00 Central Time -Neurological Disorder Resources

Monday, July 11th, 2011

This Spotlight! session on Neurological Disorders, will be presented by Barb Jones.

Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE. Register online at (registration is not required but is appreciated).

URL: 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. Captioning will be provided a few minutes before the hour. Questions to (mm)

EDUCATION: Breezing Along with the RML -Wed. July 20, 2011 10:00 Mountain Time, 11:00 Central Time

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Health Information Literacy: On the Front Lines
Please join the July 2011 Breezing Along with the RML online webinar at 10:00 Mountain Time, 11:00 Central Time to hear from a panel of experts as they discuss how they incorporate health literacy into the work they do in oral health, HIV/AIDS, and community outreach. Confirmed speakers include Anne Ryan-Haddad, Associate Professor Pharmacy Practice, Creighton University; Lisa Cohen, HHS Region VIII, HIV/AIDS Regional Resource Coordinator; Jeanette Flannery Courtad DDS, Colorado School of Mines and author of  “Toothful Tales: How We Survived the Sweet Attack;” and Andrea West, Director of Curriculum and Research, International Parish Nurse Resource Center.

Each panelist will discuss the following:

  • Why health literacy is important to the populations they are working with
  • Discussion of their project(s)/populations
  • What they perceive the impact of health literacy on project outcomes/populations to be
  • How libraries/librarians can be engaged in these kinds of projects/community outreach

URL: 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. Captioning will be provided a few minutes before the hour. Questions to (mm)

Webinar: Libraries in Disasters

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Webinar: The Role of Libraries and Librarians in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response
July 13, 2011 — 12:00 Noon Eastern is pleased to host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, July 13, 2011, beginning at 12:00 Noon Eastern time (please convert to your local time). Our topic will focus on libraries as community resources in the context of disasters and emergencies. The American Library Association, the National Library of Medicine, and other organizations within the library community are supporting efforts to tap the potential of libraries, librarians, and information services to aid in the nation’s disaster management efforts.
Guest speaker will be John C. Scott, founder of the Center for Public Service Communications and Senior Consultant to the National Library of Medicine on its development of a Disaster Management Research Center as recommended by its Long Range Plan (2006-2016). Over the years, he has provided consulting services to the private sector and numerous government agencies in the specialized field of applying telecommunications and information technologies to reduce health disparities, to improve health services to underserved and disenfranchised individuals and communities and to improve the collection and sharing of scientific, technical and community knowledge to reduce human vulnerability to natural hazards. [scb]

Nurses and Librarians: Perfect Partners!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Join us for an interesting session on the partnership between nurses and librarians.  For those who are new to working with nurses, Valerie Meyer, librarian at Chamberlain School of Nursing will speak to the need for outreach to nurses. Nurses recognize that information is needed to improve practice and provide quality patient care. However, many nurses have not used library databases or understand thoroughly how to get the information they need. This is an untapped opportunity for collaboration and bridge building.

Looking at more advanced partnerships, Louise Miller, PhD, RN & Rebecca Graves, MLS will talk about their collaboration on grants, teaching and presenting.  Their work together has taken them from classrooms (virtual and physical) teaching nursing students to the small towns of Missouri teaching frontline nurses.   They have also teamed up for presentations at conferences to school nurses in Kansas City and librarians in Honolulu.  Their next exploits are focusing on getting information literacy woven in an enduring form into the Sinclair School of Nursing curriculum.

The session will be held on Adobe Connect from 1 – 2 PM CDT, 12 – 1 PM MDT on Tuesday, July 19.  To attend go to  (bbj)

Finding Library Best Practices in Health Information

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

The Library Success Wiki was created for librarians to share successful and innovative programs they are carrying out. As more projects are shared, we all have a great resource to use when developing projects at our own libraries. The NN/LM MCR created a section specific to health information During the next several issues of the RML news, we will be highlighting entries in this section. We hope this will give you ideas on projects to carry out yourself, as well as inspire you to add best practices from your library!

During last week’s webinar “Tornadoes and Earthquakes and Floods OH MY!” the Together Prepared project was highlighted This entry describes a public library in Kansas that was already working with several organizations on disaster preparedness. They recieved funding from the NN/LM MCR to further develop the work of the partnership, expanding the resources for the public library to become a command calling center during an emergency and creating a website of resources. Take a look at the wiki entry for more details. [scb]

Harry Potter in PubMed

Sunday, July 10th, 2011
Harry Potter And The Well Of Medical Research: World of Hogwarts Frequently Mined For Studies
The Hartford Courant
July 8, 2011
Who knew the world of Harry Potter was such a rich source of material for medical researchers? For more than a decade, the phenomenally popular series has provided grist for studies on topics ranging from genetics to social cognition to autism. PubMed, an online database of medical studies, lists 30 studies that invoke the young wizard – “Harry Potter and the Recessive Allele,” “Harry Potter and the Structural Biologist’s (Key)stone,” even “Harry Potter Casts a Spell on Accident-Prone Children.” [scb]

Enhancements to LactMed

Friday, July 8th, 2011

LactMed, the free National Library of Medicine database of peer reviewed information on medicines for breastfeeding mothers, has been updated to include complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). Information on nineteen frequently used supplements – including comfrey, St. Johns wort, garlic, ginger, and black cohash – are now available with many more to come. A complete list of CAM records in the database can be found by using the search term “complementary therapies” in the main LactMed search box. The free LactMed App for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android devices is also now available. [da]

Utah Office of Health Disparities Reduction

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
The Utah Department of Health (UDOH), Center for Multicultural Health has been replaced with the Office of Health Disparities Reduction (OHD). Dulce Díez, MPH, CHES, has been selected as its manager.

Díez says the new office will have a broader mission than the former Center for Multicultural Health, which focused only on racial and ethnic minority health. “As the new Office of Health Disparities Reduction, we will continue our commitment to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities, but we are also looking for opportunities to address health disparities by geography and income,” she explained. [] scb