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New Version of MedlinePlus Mobile

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

[NLM Announcement]

Today, MedlinePlus released new versions of the MedlinePlus Mobile sites in English and Spanish. The mobile site URLs are http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol.

Like the original versions of the mobile sites, the redesigned sites are optimized for mobile phones and tablets.  Unlike the original mobile sites that contained only a subset of the information available on MedlinePlus, the new sites have all of the content found on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español.  They also have an improved design for easier use on mobile devices.

The key features of the redesigned mobile sites are:

Access to all the content available on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español . Improved navigation using “Menu” and “Search” menus to access search and major areas of the sites . Enhanced page navigation with the ability to open and close sections within pages . Updated look and feel with a refreshed design

This new version of MedlinePlus Mobile is the first step in redesigning MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español to behave responsively.  Responsively designed Web sites automatically change their layouts to fit the screen of the device on which they are viewed, whether that is a desktop monitor or a mobile touchscreen.

In 2015, the MedlinePlus team will release a fully responsive version of MedlinePlus to provide a consistent user experience from the desktop, tablet, or phone. This will remove the need for a separate mobile site. Users will then have one destination for MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) when using any device.

Until then, try out this first offering of MedlinePlus’s responsive design on your smartphone at http://m.medlineplus.gov and http://m.medlineplus.gov/espanol. Send us your feedback and comments about the new site via the Contact Us link that appears on every page.

Announcement from:

Stephanie Narva Dennis, MLS
Head, Health Information Products Unit
http://MedlinePlus.gov – Trusted Health Information for You National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
301-435-4898  | Stephanie.Dennis@nih.gov

NLM Biomedical Informatics Course-applications being accepted

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Georgia Regents University (GRU)  is pleased to open applications for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics course.

The NLM Biomedical Informatics Course, now entering its 22nd year, offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field. NLM plans to take the skills shaped over the past two decades at MBL to its new colleagues at GRU.

The Spring 205 course is scheduled for April 12-18, 2015 and  the Fall 2015 course will be held September 27-October 3, 2015.
The course will be held at a conference center in Young Harris, GA, frequently used by Georgia Regents University, at no cost to participants.

Application to the course is open to all, but space is limited. Preference will be given to American applicants who demonstrate, through a brief application letter, that they have the significant need for an understanding of the informatics solutions that are available to address their biomedical research, practice and education challenges and that, through their official position, they are significant “change agents” who can influence the adoption of best practices in their own environment and expand the influence of the course to others through teaching or by example.

Application information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/apply.php

Course information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/index.php

Application Deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015: December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.

The course, co-directed by James J. Cimino, MD, Chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development at the National Library of Medicine and the NIH Clinical Center, and NLM Director Donald Lindberg, MD, will guide participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth.

The co-principal investigators from GRU are Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD, Professor and Director of Libraries, and Kathy J. Davies, MLS, Chair, Research and Education Services, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library.

GRU is one of four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia, home to the Medical College of Georgia and the state’s sole dental college. The University traces its roots to 1828, and in its present-day incarnation boasts nine colleges and schools with nearly 10,000 students.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM is the world’s largest medical library, with nearly 22 million items in its collection. A leader in information innovation, it is the developer of electronic information services used by scientists, health professionals and the public around the world.

Please contact Dr. Brenda Seago or Kathy Davies if you have any questions.

 

Dr. Brenda Seago

Principal Investigator
Professor and Director
GRU University Libraries
bseago@gru.edu

 

Kathy Davies
Project Leader
Chair, Research and Education Services
Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library
kadavies@gru.edu

Upcoming Webinar: Technology Today 2: Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Learn about technology and trends affecting you.

The second in our new quarterly webinar series, Technology Today.

December 10, 2014

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Register here.

Guest Speaker: Missy Harvey

Missy Harvey is the Technology & Communication Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine / Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). She previously served 16 years as the Computer Science Librarian for Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for Drexel University.

Missy teaches a variety of courses for NN/LM MAR to promote health information awareness, teaching methods, and emerging technology trends impacting the health sciences. She recently co-authored “Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms” in the July 2014 issue of Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).

Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

You’ve read the recent headline: 4.5 million hospital records were compromised in a cyberattack. Learn tips to protect yourself, your family, and your library users in our highly connected world. We’ll discuss:

  • What you need to know about your personal information on the Web
  • How others get information about your online activities
  • How to protect yourself from phishing emails and scams
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • What to do if your online privacy is compromised
  • Risks of cloud computing

Who should attend: Librarians, archivists, and others who are interested in online privacy and security

Tracking Ebola in Liberia

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Tracking Ebola in Liberia, American Libraries, October 3, 2014

The outbreak of Ebola in western Africa poses a serious threat to health in the region. Governments of the affected countries, as well as organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have been working to control the deadly virus.

Information is an important tool in fighting the outbreak. Alison Blaine, a master’s student at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science and a research assistant in the UNC Davis Library’s Research Hub, is part of an interdisciplinary team that developed ebolainliberia.org, a website that provides data and news about the Ebola epidemic. Blaine provided American Libraries her personal perspective on the project and the importance of visualizing data, as well as the role libraries can play in doing so.

See the full interview with Alison Blaine at http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/tracking-ebola-Liberia

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