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Archive for August, 2013

NLM Releases Nearly 1,800 Pill Images

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM)  has released about 1,800 new high quality images of solid oral dosage medications. Images were taken at high resolution, but are also available in smaller sizes if desired for certain applications. Researchers and product developers may obtain the images and accompanying metadata via an applications programming interface (API) at http://RxImage.nlm.nih.gov. NLM also makes the images available for interactive Web searching via its Pillbox and RxNav sites.

 

“This project builds on NLM’s long history of research and development in image processing,” explained NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD. “If history is any guide, many innovators will find interesting applications for this body of images and put them to creative use right away. The new image collection could speed the development of algorithms to identify pills based on photos taken on mobile devices, for example. We will continue to expand the collection,” Dr. Lindberg continued, “encouraging manufacturers to send us more products to be imaged.”

 

Of the roughly 1,800 pills photographed to date, approximately 400 were provided by manufacturers. The others were purchased through a licensed Maryland pharmacy. NLM estimates that the images cover about 15 percent of the more than 10,000 solid dosage forms of the 4,075 human prescription medications on the US market, and a higher percentage of frequently prescribed medications. /da

 

OOPS – EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Finding the Evidence for Support Resources for Dieters

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Well, oops!   We had to reschedule our Aug. 28 Spotlight! event until Sept. 11 due to technical difficulties.    We hope you’ll join on Sept. 11 at 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – same location…

New date:  Spotlight! on NLM Resources - Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT -In July,  we discussed various diets including high protein, vegetarian, fasting, and balanced diets.   This time, we will look at finding the evidence for the effectiveness of personal training, online groups such as Sparkpeople, behavior modification and incentives that may help people stick to their diets. Join Betsy Kelly, John Bramble and Barb Jones for “Finding the evidence for support resources for dieters” .   One MLA CE credit will be available for this class.  No registration required.

NOTE URL https://utahntc.adobeconnect.com/mcr  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 and the session will be recorded.   Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu. (mm)

 

Webinar: 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Projects, September 12, 2013

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Representatives from the following libraries will report on their emergency preparedness projects funded for the period September 2012 – September 2013:

  • Arkansas Department of Health, Emergency Response and Preparedness Branch
  • Georgia Regents University,  Robert B. Greenblat M.D. Library
  • MESH (Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare, Inc.)
  • Southeastern Regional Medical Center

Read more about these projects on the 2012 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards page.

WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:30 MT, 12:30 CT 

WHERE: Log into the Adobe Connect session at 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 the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907

/ch

Webinar: Meaningful Use: Libraries connecting patrons to ACA resources

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

You can now view the slides, chat, and related links for this session on WebJunction. This excellent session offered more details on the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace and how library staff can assist their community. Public librarians from Waukegan Public Library (IL) and Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (KS) shared how they’re collaborating with other agencies to offer services.

You can  sign up for eHealth project updates  from WebJunction here.  /ch

Saving You Time So You Can Save Lives – National Medical Librarians Month

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

nmlm_poster_2013_smThe 2013 theme for National Librarians Month is “Saving you time so you can save lives.” How will you be celebrating and promoting medical librarianship this October? The Medical Library Association has some great promotional items for you to use to highlight and advocate for your profession and the services you provide at your institution. Do you know how the library contributes to your institution’s bottom line? We have a great return on investment calculator to help you know the numbers. Now get out there and celebrate! /da

No Health Insurance? Use the HRSA Find a Health Center App

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Federally-funded health centers will care for you, even if you have no health insurance. Based on your income you pay what you can afford. The HRSA Find a Health Center app helps you find the nearest health center with the mapping software in your phone. Health centers are located in most cities and many rural areas. Type in a city/state/ZIP or place name and click the ‘Find Center’ button to locate the health center nearest you.  Developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the app is available for both Android and iPhones. (rv)

Five Books: Take a look at our e-book titles

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Just sharing some ideas … Easy access to online e-books from the MCR:  http://nnlm.gov/mcr/education/

  1. 101  Great Ideas for Managing People
  2. 101 Learning and Development Tools
  3. 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work
  4. 500 Tips for Developing a Learning Organization
  5. Accelerated Trainer

Contact  mmagee@unmc.edu for more information. (mm)

 

EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Finding the Evidence for Support Resources for Dieters

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Spotlight! on NLM Resources - Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT -Last month we discussed various diets including high protein, vegetarian, fasting, and balanced diets.   This month we will look at finding the evidence for the effectiveness of personal training, online groups such as Sparkpeople, behavior modification and incentives that may help people stick to their diets. Join Betsy Kelly, John Bramble and Barb Jones for “Finding the evidence for support resources for dieters” .   One MLA CE credit will be available for this class.  No registration required.

NOTE URL https://utahntc.adobeconnect.com/mcr  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 and the session will be recorded.   Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu. (mm)

 

“Sharing Back” – From the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians – Wed. September 4 at 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Professional Development Award winners – Sharing Back – Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians – Wed. September 4, at 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

Two of our  MidContinental Region health science librarians received the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award to attend the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.   They’ll be “Sharing Back”  the highlights of this conference.   A session not to be missed!

NOTE URLhttps://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.   Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu. (mm)

 

 

“Mission I’mPossible”

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

MissionImpossible

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend MCMLA and follow your top secret orders to complete your mission tasks.   The more tasks you complete, the more chances you have to win a Spy Cam (Logitech QuickCam Pro, headset included)!  Meet at this location next week for more information, and be sure you’re not followed.  (rv)