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DailyMed Redesign

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

[NLM Press Release]

National Library of Medicine’s DailyMed Web Site Redesigned

New Features Improve Usability and User Experience

On September 18, 2014, NLM launched a newly redesigned DailyMed Web site. DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) label information. The Web site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

Since 2005, when DailyMed was first launched, its usage has increased significantly. The Web site contained only one label when it debuted but now contains 66,604 labels.

Based on the needs and feedback it received from the public, NLM began redesigning the DailyMed Web site in 2013. The new design of DailyMed is a responsive design which is now easily accessible on all types of devices adjusting and optimizing automatically for smart phones to large screen desktop displays. Based on the size of the screen, content will relocate, images will resize, the layout will change, and even the navigation will adjust to deliver an exceptional user experience no matter what devise customers are using to view the site.

In addition to responsive design, the new design also includes the following new features:

  • Enhanced Search Results to include displaying of NDC Codes, Pill Images, and Package Label Images on the search result page. The information will help users easily identify the drug label. The thumbnail images of drugs, magnification feature, accordions, etc. provides a more user friendly experience.
  • Improved user interface by displaying an accordion-style data presentation, so users don’t have to scroll through the entire label.
  • Simplified page navigation and added definitions & tooltips for industry-specific phrases.
  • Implemented a dedicated News page and Article & Presentation Page for users to easily access DailyMed and NLM/FDA drug-related news.

NCDMPH Webinar: Health IT & Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
The National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health is hosting a webinar on September 30th at 1pm.
Topic: “Health IT & Disaster Preparedness”
Presenter: Dr. Jinpin Ying, CIO of Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center & Jason Pomaski, Assistant Vice President of Technology, Community Health Network
Day: September 30, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM ET

HealthIT Webinar: Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Adding Value to EHRs: Librarians Step Up

Date: October 29, 2014 – 2:00 PM EDT

Hosted by the HealthIT COI and UConn Health


Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”     ~ Charles Dudley Warner


There is SO much talk about Health IT and EHRs and yet, how many of us can say we’re actively involved?  Attribute this to HIPAA, or politics or a silo mentality at many institutions, librarians are frequently frustrated by a perceived inability to get to the table and contribute.


This webinar features two librarians who ARE involved.  Tune in to hear how one describes ways to become involved and stay in touch with EHRs and hear the experiences of another teaching EPIC’s CADENCE application to employees working at the front desk of her organization.

Register here


Guest speakers include:

  • Dina McKelvy, MLS, AHIP, Library Manager for Automation and Planning at Maine Medical Center Library
  • Mina Davenport, MLS,CT, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Congratulations NLM/AAHSL Fellows

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Congratulations to Hongjie Wang, Interim Library Director at the UConn Health Center, and Matthew Wilcox, Associate Director at the Edward and Barbara Netter Library at Quinnipiac University for getting selected for the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program.

Congratulations to Marianne Burke, the Director of the Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont, who will be serving as a Mentor for the Fellowship.

This past year, Debra Berlainstein, the Associate Director of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library at Tufts University participated in the Fellows Program.  Congrats to Debra on completing the Fellows Program!

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries.  Since the program began in 2002, twenty-six fellowship graduates have assumed director positions.  Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community.






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