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Archive for November, 2011

FUNDING: The MCR Supports Continuing Education

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The NN/LM MidContinental Region is now offering two funding opportunities. The awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, or until the end of the contract year (April 30, 2012) whichever comes first.

Professional Development Award is to support health sciences librarians who wish to attend a conference, or take a training or workshop of their choice. (Each award will be for up to $1,500)

Training Health Professionals Stipend is to support health science, public, or special librarians who wish to exhibit and present at a medical or health-related meeting or conference in the MidContinental Region. Three awards will be made with each for up to $1,000.

Each award has specfic requirements, so you’ll need to read them carefully before applying.  Applicants’ institutions need to be NN/LM members.   For more information -http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding . Contacts: Dana Abbey dana.abbey@ucdenver.edu (for Training Health Professionals Stipend) or Jim Honour jhonour@uwyo.edu [jh]

NLM Gateway Changing

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

On December 1, 2011, the transition of the NLM® Gateway to the new LHNCBC pilot project will be complete. The new site will retain the Web address of the former NLM Gateway. It will have two databases: Meeting Abstracts and Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj). HSRProj also remains available via a separate search engine through the portal HSR Information Central. For more details, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. [da]

RxNorm Standard Clinical Drug Vocabulary Enhanced

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has enhanced the Drug Naming Standard for Electronic Health Records. The RxNorm standard clinical drug vocabulary produced by the NLM is now contains more accurate and complete connections between National Drug Codes (NDCs) and standard non-proprietary names of medications recommended for use in electronic health records (EHRs). The RxNorm now includes the complete set of NDCs from Thomson Reuters’ Red Book, a drug database widely used in the healthcare industry. [da]

Affordable Care Act: An update from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Join the Rural Assistance Center for a free webinar: The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services has devoted its work this year to the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on rural areas. Committee Chair Ronnie Musgrove and others will provide an update.

The committee has published 5 white papers on the ACA covering topics that include Rural Implications of Key Primary Care Provisions; the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Program; and Rural Policy Implications for Health Insurance Exchanges.

Friday, December 2, 2011

2:00pm Central (12:00pm Pacific, 1:00pm Mountain, 3:00pm Eastern)

Register for the webinar:  http://www.raconline.org/contact/register.php [jh]

FUNDING: The MCR is Offering Two Opportunities- Apply Now!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The NN/LM MidContinental Region is now offering two funding opportunities. The awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, or until the end of the contract year (April 30, 2012) whichever comes first.

Professional Development Award is to support health sciences librarians who wish to attend a conference, or take a training or workshop of their choice. (Each award will be for up to $1,500)

Training Health Professionals Stipend is to support health science, public, or special librarians who wish to exhibit and present at a medical or health-related meeting or conference in the MidContinental Region. Three awards will be made with each for up to $1,000.

Each award has specfic requirements, so you’ll need to read them carefully before applying. For more information -http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding . Contacts: Dana Abbey dana.abbey@ucdenver.edu (for Training Health Professionals Stipend) or Jim Honour jhonour@uwyo.edu [jh]

Thanksgiving Day and Family Health History Day

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Thanksgiving Day is also Family Health History Day. Since 2004, the Surgeon General has  encouraged Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family. Learning about their family’s health history may help ensure a longer, healthier future together.

See http://www.hhs.gov/familyhistory/ and the “Before You Start” tab for some specific tips for getting started (available in English and Spanish) [HHS.gov].

Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 21st, 2011

NLM will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and the NN/LM MCR offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 & 25 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
We wish you all an enjoyable time with family and friends!

Technology Sandbox Session -Present with Prezi -December 7, 2011

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the NN/LM MCR will be having a Technology Sandbox Session* where we will be “playing” with Prezi, a presentation application.  Go to http://prezi.com to sign yourself up for a free account.

I recommend that you pre-sign up for a public (the free one) account prior to the Sandbox session so we can jump right in.

We have tested access to Prezi on some of the most restrictive hospital servers and there were no problems (thanks Kitty and Dick!).

To get an idea of what you can do, check out a Prezi presentation I did on the Technology Project.

http://prezi.com/fsxwkr8pxmgi/nnlm-mcr-technology-coordinator/

If you want to see Prezi in the hands of a 15 year old and one that puts mine to shame, check out a presentation my niece did on transcendentalism (I know…what are they teaching kids these days).

http://prezi.com/w3co-dg7k8hp/transcendentalism/#

Please come play in our sandbox!

Date: December 7, 2011

Time: 11:00am (Mountain Time) 12:00pm (Central Time)

Come to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr_edtech

***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

You do NOT need to register. You do NOT need to pay anything.

Toy (Tool): Presentation Applications – http://prezi.com

For the first 10-15 minutes, I will be showing you how to use the Adobe Connect webinar features followed by 5 minutes of how the toy…I mean, tool works and 40-45 minutes of play.

*The concept of MCR sandbox sessions are basically just that…it is a chance for you to schedule time to play and learn something new to you. Plus you will have someone that can answer your questions.

FUNDING: Choose an activity & apply for MCR funding!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The NN/LM MidContinental Region is now offering two funding opportunities. The awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, or until the end of the contract year (April 30, 2012) whichever comes first.

Professional Development Award is to support health sciences librarians who wish to attend a conference, or take a training or workshop of their choice. (Each award will be for up to $1,500)

Training Health Professionals Stipend is to support health science, public, or special librarians who wish to exhibit and present at a medical or health-related meeting or conference in the MidContinental Region. Three awards will be made with each for up to $1,000.

Each award has specfic requirements, so you’ll need to read them carefully before applying. For more information -http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding . Contacts: Dana Abbey dana.abbey@ucdenver.edu (for Training Health Professionals Stipend) or Jim Honour jhonour@uwyo.edu [jh]

NLM launches new search box auto-complete feature

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine has launched a new search box auto-complete feature for MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus en español, and the NLM main Web site. The auto-complete feature suggests relevant terms and phrases as users begin typing, provides accurate spellings for search terms, and guides users to relevant Web site content. Auto-complete suggestions appear for search boxes in site-wide headers, as well as on search results pages. An NLM Technical Bulletin article describes the enhancement in more detail. [da]