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FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. Users can view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data: history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. /ch



July Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The July 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about options for infertility, read about strategies to manage metabolism changes as we age, and stay up to date on how to protect your skin from sun damage. /da

What Works: Sharing Data for America’s Communities

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Urban Institute is making available What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities. This work will assist those looking to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to education, and build stronger communities through the use of data. /da

Advocacy Book Group Starting July 28!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO is the book that has been selected for the next Advocacy Book Group. This book, written by

Harrison Monarth focuses on perfecting leadership communication skills, and then using these skills to influence how others perceive you and what your reputation is throughout the organization. Contents include how to:

  • Accurately “read” people and predict their behavior
  • Influence the perceptions of others
  • Persuade those of opposing views to your side
  • Create and maintain a personal “brand”
  • Perform damage control when things go wrong.

Our group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4 CT, 2-3 MT in Adobe Connect room The group will run for four weeks, July 28 – August 18. Plan to attend if you have any interest in corporate communication and influence, or want to discuss ways to influence others about the value of your library and your services.

If you have any questions, contact Barb Jones at or 573-884-5042.  (bbj)


HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

2015-06-23_1924The HHS emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool, launched today to aid community health agencies and emergency
management officials in disaster preparedness as they plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home. /da

NCCIH Clinical Digest: ADHD

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The June issue of the NCCIH Clinical Digest is now available online. This issue’s focus is on evidence-based complementary and integrative approached for ADHD.  Subscribe to NCCIH Clinical Digest./da

Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

Friday, June 12th, 2015

New from the DISASTER -OUTREACH – LIB email list:

Title: Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

Date: Thursday, June 18

Time: 1pm ET/Noon CT/ 11am MT/10am PT


Synopsis: First Responders Group at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and FEMA’s Higher Education Program are co-sponsoring this event to share innovative approaches to designing and conducting drills and exercises. Guest presenters include Carla Boyce, director of FEMA’s National Exercise Division; Douglas Kahn, program manager for FEMA’s Virtual Table Top Exercise Program; and Boyce Wilson, homeland security planner for the Heart of Texas Council of Governments. Attendees can earn a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits upon completing a short quiz at the end of the event.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand opportunities to innovate within the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) process
  • Explain how virtual exercises can efficiently and effectively meet your objectives
  • Identify best practices and innovative approaches to design, conduct and evaluate exercises    [jh]

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Working Group Report

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

From NLM:

On Thursday, June 22, 2015  the NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins accepted a report from his Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) that sets forth a strategic vision to position the NIH NLM as a unifying force in biomedicine and the epicenter for biomedical data science.  This move will ensure that NLM, the world’s largest biomedical library, will continue to be a valuable resource to medical and scientific communities and to the public.  The report was presented at the 110th meeting of the ACD.  You can learn more from the NIH press release,  the report from the ACD NLM Working Group. and a news article in Science.  /ch

NIH News in Health – June 2015

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

This month:
HIV and AIDS: Know the Facts
Treatments Work, but Prevention Is Key
Today, people infected with HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—can live full, healthy lives, in large part because of medicines and other discoveries made with NIH support.

Talking With Your Doctor
Make the Most of Your Appointment
Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both make smart choices about your health

Health Capsules:

Mapping Language Problems in the Brain

Healthy and Fun Family Recipes

Featured Website: NIH’s National Cancer Institute

New Name for PubMed Related Citations Discovery Tool

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

From NLM Technical Bulletin:

To be clearer, the PubMed “Related citations” feature was renamed to “Similar articles.” User interviews revealed confusion about the definition of the “Related citations” listed in the results set. “Similar articles” was chosen because “Related citations” is ambiguous. There are several types of relationships that articles may have. The algorithm to generate the results has not been modified./ch