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Archive for 2014

Check with NLM Before Discarding Journals

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

NLM’s Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard.  The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM.   The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page.   In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions.  For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or   NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, over 10,000 gifts have been added to the collection.  With the help of libraries planning to discard journal volumes, NLM can build on the success achieved to date.


Karen Sinkule

Preservation and Collection Management Section

Journal Donation Unit

National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20894



TOXNET gets a Facelift!

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s TOXNET (TOXicology Data NETwork) resource – - is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology.  Recently the TOXNET interface was updated and features:

  • Improved appearance
  • Intuitive interactive capabilities
  • Improved multi-database search
  • Easy selection of item to save in “My List”
  • More accessible menus and pull-downs
  • Type-ahead Browse
  • Hover-over Help

Information in the TOXNET databases covers:

  • Specific chemicals, mixtures, and products
  • Chemical nomenclature
  • Unknown chemicals
  • Special toxic effects of chemicals in humans and/or animals
  • Citations from the scientific literature

TOXNET also provides links to PubMed and to additional sources of toxicological information.  A mobile version of TOXNET is available as well:

Webinar: A Scan of Medical History: Digitization Awardee Project Highlights

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A Scan of Medical History: Digitization Awardee Project Highlights

Date: July 8, 2014

Time: 11:00am – 12:00 pm


Three sites and the resulting projects that received Digitization Awards from the NNLM/NER in the last year will be showcased in this webinar. Speakers from each project will give an overview of the project, the goals, the value of the collections worked on, results, lessons learned, and tips for others.

This webinar will be useful for librarians, archivists, or anyone who has historical or archival materials and is looking for ideas of what can be done with them. Additionally, it will give insight and practical examples to those who may want to apply for the NN/LM NER Express Digitization Grants.

Guest Speakers and projects include:

  • Amy E. LaVertu, Associate Librarian at the Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library, will present the Tufts Digitization Award, which concerned digitizing and making publically available valuable documents and images concerned with public health initiatives, early female and African-American students, and the first regional medical program in the U.S.
  • Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, Yale University Library, will present the Yale Digitization Award which focused on digitizing and making publically accessible materials collected by William Van Duyn, a former smoker, including a large amount and variety of advertisements, news articles, and other material related to tobacco and cigarette smoking.
  • Sarah McCord, Associate Director of Information Literacy Services, Associate Professor, and Joanne Doucette, Associate Director of Knowledge Management, Assistant Professor, from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Libraries will present their Express Digitization Award, which involved the digitization, transcription, and the building of a database to make accessible historical prescription recipe books.

Webinar: Communicating the Library’s Value to Enrich and Engage

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Wednesday July 2, 2014

1pm – 2pm (EST)

Register at

Communicating the value provided by a library’s staff, services and resources is key not only to ensuring understanding of what the library has to offer, but also to identifying and cultivating champions. Members of the Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah will discuss steps they are taking to identify the value provided by the organization, build programming and resources to support this value, and communicate it to users. Proposed strategies are scalable to a variety of needs and situations. Participants will have the opportunity to make additional suggestions, and identify practical ways to adapt proposed strategies to their institutions.


Erin Wimmer, Teaching & Learning Librarian

Jeanne Le Ber, Associate Director for Education & Research

Tallie Casucci, Innovation and Research Associate

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