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MedlinePlus Library Directory

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

New Header for MedlinePlus

Did you know that MedlinePlus includes a Library Directory?  If you provide health information services for the public, your library can be featured in the directory.

If your library is a full member, you can add your library to the MedlinePlus Library Directory via your DOCLINE account. Check out this DOCLINE FAQ MedlinePlus Library Directory for specific directions.  If your library is an affiliate members (public library or other library without DOCLINE), please contact Meredith Solomon to request that your library is added to the MedlinePlus Library Directory.



RFI for NIH-wide Strategic Plan

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

[Guest post:  NIH]

National Institutes of Health
Office of the Director
Bethesda, MD 20892

Date: July 21, 2015

Dear Colleague,

In order to advance the NIH mission, we are developing an NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The goal of this 5-year plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the Strategic Plan that identifies areas of opportunity across all biomedicine and unifying principles to guide NIH’s support of the biomedical research enterprise. The aim is to pursue crosscutting areas of research that span NIH’s 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

I invite you to review the framework in our Request for Information (RFI: and on the NIH website (, and to provide your feedback via the RFI submission site ( I encourage stakeholder organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional societies) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole. We also will be hosting webinars to gather additional input. These webinars will be held in early to mid-August.

Your input is vital to ensuring that the NIH Strategic Plan positions biomedical research on a promising and visionary path. I appreciate your time and consideration in assisting us with this effort.


Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Director, NIH

Health and Medical Reference Guidelines

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The ALA RUSA Health and Medical Reference Guidelines assist staff in responding to health or medical inquiries.  Hot off the presses, the guidelines address the role of information services staff, reference transaction professional behavior, and ethics.  The guide also lists related guidelines and sources.


“Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

[Guest Post by Dawn Brown]march into may 2015 FACEBOOK BANNER

How do you get the community involved in a wellness program that centers around Libraries? That was our question last fall, as we created the “Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program.  Here at Springvale Public Library, we had created many ‘in house’ wellness programs for our employees and thought, why not convert this fun idea into a community wide program?  So we did.

With the help of a talented and highly valued volunteer, we brainstormed our initial idea into an actual game board.  We then invited our neighbors Goodall Memorial Library, Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Partners for Healthier Communities and Sanford Institution for Savings to join us.  There were many meetings and lots of enthusiasm for this out-of-the- box idea before it was launched on March 1st.

The program was in the form of a game in which participants completed various ‘healthy’ tasks listed that marched them through a game board.  Examples of tasks included:  going for walks, attending a Library program, exercising at the YMCA, checking out a cookbook from the Library, exploring  your roots at and  16 other health-related tasks.  As each task was completed they were able to come into either Library and get their game board stamped and earn raffle tickets for donated prizes from local organizations.  Wild spaces also allowed participants to choose their own healthy option for the day.  The program ran from March 1st to May 11th.

We were thrilled to have 144 people sign up; the first 25 at each library received a pedometer.  During the 10 week program we had a steady stream of participants visiting the library.  We concluded the program with a “Celebrate Spring” event that featured a smoothie blender bike, various venders promoting health and wellness, a mini book sale, a local band and of course PRIZES for our participants.

Our goal was to raise awareness about the important role that Libraries play in the community and how they can offer many resources to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Where else can you go to check out books on wellness or exercise DVDs and attend an educational program?

Overall, we feel the program was a huge success and we’re planning on doing it again with a few tweaks.  It was a great collaboration with local organizations and the feedback from our community was tremendous and very positive.  A win-win for both Libraries and participants and most importantly, it was FUN!

By Dawn Brown,  Assistant Library Director

Springvale Public Library

Springvale, Maine


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