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Environmental Health Student Resources

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine has several online environmental health student resources that serve students from grades 1-12.  The information and data in these resources are free and vetted by science professionals.  The resources are versatile and can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in afterschool programs, in home school programs and by students for their academic research assignments.  We encourage you to use these resources and recommend them to interested groups.

NLM Environmental Health Student Resources:

  • ToxMystery (Grades 1-5): Interactive Web site that teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home.  Includes lesson plans and activities.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8): Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
  • Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+): Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
  • ToxTown (Grades 6-12+): Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.  Includes classroom materials.  Also available in Spanish.
  • Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12): The lesson plans and activities familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
  • TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+): Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA.  Includes classroom materials.
  • Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+): Written at the introductory college student level; tutorials teach basic toxicology principles.

 

Dylan Rain Tree
Social Science Program Specialist
National Library of Medicine
(301) 451-2789, Office
dylan.raintree@nih.gov

Household Products Database (HPD) UPDATE

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/

 

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

Rescheduled DOCLINE Training

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Originally scheduled for August 27th, this DOCLINE-Serial Holdings training has been rescheduled for Wednesday September 3, 2014.

 

DOCLINE: Serial Holdings –   Wednesday,   August 27, 2014 Wednesday September 3, 2014

When: 1 p.m. Eastern Time

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices

 

It’s recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (The hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises.)

The classes are FREE. To login all you need do is key in your name and Enter as a guest. You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.   Captioning will be provided.

You may receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class you take.

 

We start promptly at the top of the hour. PLEASE arrive on time!

You can join the class and call-in 15 minutes before the class begins.

Sincerely,

Irene Williams, Network Services Coordinator NN/LM GMR Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator NN/LM PNR Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator NN/LM MAR Jim Honour, Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator NN/LM MCR

 

Questions to Jim Honour jhonour@uwyo.edu<mailto:jhonour@uwyo.edu> 307-766-6537

Announcing DOCLINE 5.0

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

NLM announces the upcoming release of DOCLINE 5.0 on August 27, 2014.  DOCLINE 5.0 introduces an embargo field to serial holdings which will be used by the routing algorithm.  The new version also adds in the Institution record a monthly summary of ILL borrowing and lending for libraries, and an option for libraries to set the default “Ship to” for Loansome Doc transfers.

To learn more about the upcoming changes including screenshots, see the Release Notes:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/docline_rel_info_v5_0.html

The Regional Medical Libraries and CISTI have been testing the new version over the past two weeks. They can answer any DOCLINE questions and provide assistance to libraries in their regions.   The vendors (Clio, ILLiad, QuickDOC, and Relais) were given the opportunity to validate their software against DOCLINE 5.0.

We plan to release DOCLINE 5.0 the morning of Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  We anticipate that DOCLINE and Loansome Doc will be unavailable for approximately one hour Wednesday morning from 7:00 am to 8:00 am Eastern Time while we make the changes.

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