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Archive for May, 2011

The Social Life of Health Information, 2011

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The latest Pew Internet & American Life Project report on the Social Life of Health Information was just released on May 12, 2011. This report is based on a national telephone survey in August and September 2010 amont 3,001 US adults. This findings show that health professional continue to be the first choice for health information, but online sources are still a significant source.  The findings show that:

  • “I don’t know, but I can try to find out” is the default setting for people with health questions.
  • “I know, and I want to share my knowledge” is the leading edge of health care.
  • One in four adult internet users track their own health data online
  • Relatively few use hospital ranking and doctor review sites
  • More people report being helped, rather than harmed, by online health information
  • Eight in ten adults internet users look for information online
  • Health information is going mobile
  • The typical search is on behalf of someone else
  • People turn to different sources for different kinds of information.

Knowledge Path for Child Mental Health

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The MCH Library presents a new knowledge path, Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents. Also, check out the companion resource brief for families. Please spread the word about this new resource.

NIH News In Health May Issue

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

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

This edition features articles about:

  • gambling
  • recognizing schizophrenia
  • asthma medications

To request print copies free of charge for your library, doctor’s office or institution, please email or call 301-435-7489 for more information. Or, print the PDF.

To recommend topics for upcoming issues or share how you use the newsletter, visit the NIH News in Health Facebook wall.

New England Region RML Contract Announced

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

It’s official: The NN/LM Regional Medical Library contract for the New England Region has been awarded to The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

The National Library of Medicine announces the award of new five-year contracts to eight institutions to serve as Regional Medical Libraries (RMLs) in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The NN/LM consists of the eight competitively selected Regional Medical Libraries, and over 6,000 health sciences and public libraries.

See NLM’s full announcement and full list of NN/LM RML sites.

Role of the Regional Medical Libraries:

The RMLs and NN/LM member libraries are vital to NLM’s outreach efforts to health professionals and consumers to increase awareness, facilitate access, and provide training in the use of NLM’s many Web-based information services. These include: MEDLINE/PubMed, a database of more than 20 million citations to biomedical journal articles; MedlinePlus, a consumer health information service, which provides access to full-text information produced by the National Institutes of Health and other authoritative sources; and ClinicalTrials.gov, which provides current information about clinical research studies.

The Regional Medical Libraries will continue their efforts to reach underserved health professionals in rural and inner city areas, the public health workforce, and special populations. NN/LM members will work with a variety of intermediaries, including health care providers, public health professionals, public librarians, educators, community organizations, community colleges, health advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, and self-help groups, to reach members of the public.

The Regional Medical Libraries also exhibit and demonstrate NLM’s products and services at national, regional, state, and local health professional and consumer-oriented meetings; provide training and consultations; coordinate the basic Network services such as interlibrary loan; and work to improve the supporting infrastructure for health sciences libraries.

Since its original authorization by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, the NN/LM has worked to equalize and enhance access to health sciences information throughout the United States. Its mission is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing health professionals and the general public with equal access to biomedical information. The goals of the 2011-2016 contracts are: to develop collaborations among Network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation; to promote awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to Healthy People 2020; and to develop, promote, and improve electronic access to health information by Network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public.

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