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Redesigned NLM HIV/AIDS Site Launched

Monday, September 28th, 2015



The National Library of Medicine’s Web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new Web site, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the Web site content on their mobile device. The Web site is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. The new design of the Web site was constructed by user feedback received through a Web site survey in 2014. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in Web site navigation, including a menu on all pages of the Web site that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource Web site are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource Web site. Please send your comments to:

NIH News in Health

Thursday, September 10th, 2015



Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. If you manage a website or blog, NIH has a new way for you to get trusted, up-to-date health information added directly to your site. It’s called “content syndication,” and it’s an easy way to share high-quality articles, including NIH News in Health stories. Read more about NIH content syndication.


 BetterNutrition Better Nutrition Every Day
How to Make Healthier Food Choices

When it comes to deciding what to eat and feed our families, it can be easier than you might think to make smart, healthy choices. It just takes a bit of planning. Read more about making healthy food choices.
 Thyroid Thinking About Your Thyroid
Get to Know This Small but Mighty Gland

Thyroid trouble can cause a range of seemingly unrelated problems, including drastic changes to your weight, energy, digestion, or mood. Learn to recognize possible signs of thyroid disorder, so you can get treatment if needed. Read more about thyroid disorders.

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Checking the Symptom Checkers

Health Newsletter for Native Americans

Featured Website: Body Weight Planner

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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.



Disaster Preparedness Resources: September is National Preparedness Month

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and the theme for this year is Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.  Communication is an important part of the emergency plan whether it is preparing an emergency kit, an evacuation plan, or what to do in case of separation.

forest-fire-465617_640 Libraries have played an important part in disaster recovery, often being a place of refuge in the aftermath. But libraries can assist before the disaster by providing information and programs to inform their communities to better prepare for such emergencies by keeping them aware of the resources available and providing opportunities to create disaster plans which can lead to a smoother recovery and may lessen the losses during a disaster whether natural or human created. Such steps don’t necessarily eliminate the stress and anxiety associated with such events but it can help reduce it as well as reduce the impact.

The National Library of Medicine provides a wealth of resources in disaster planning for libraries.  MedlinePlus contains information for all sorts of disasters and an array of information for the public. DIMRC (Disaster Information Management Resource Center) contains information to prepare libraries to become educated and informed about their role in the community to better assist their communities when disasters strike. This informative website provides access to information resources specifically for disasters including focusing on preparedness, response and recovery. It includes such information as training and competencies in disaster preparedness, resources for first responders and patrons and clinicians, and in large-scale disasters free access to the medical literature. DIMRC has an upcoming webinar titled Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Project scheduled for September 10 at 1:30am EST.  To listen to this and previous webinars go to provides all kinds disaster preparation information including a link to FEMA’s facilitator guide for libraries and others who may want to provide a community program focused on emergency preparedness. There’s information for businesses and the community including fun learning tools for kids. Each week of National Preparedness Month focuses on a particular disaster leading up to its conclusion on September 30 which is the National PrepareAthon Day. Join this grassroots campaign to increase awareness of emergency preparedness.

Contact us here at the NER if you have questions about these and other resources for your library’s role in emergency preparedness.

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