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MedlinePlus: Health Insurance

Friday, June 21st, 2013


The “Health Insurance” topic page of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s website for patients, their families and friends, has recently been updated to include information on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act. There are several new links to overviews, specific conditions, such as mental health and prescription coverage, financial issues, laws and policies, and related issues such as pregnancy, disabilities, and emergency care from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more, see:


NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2013-2014

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Forwarded by Tania Bardyn, Director University of Washington Health Sciences Library and NN/LM PNR:

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

“NLM continues to be pleased with the success of this collaboration with AAHSL,” said NLM director Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. “Since 2002, this leadership program has been invaluable in preparing library managers who are rising stars to move into directorship positions.”

AAHSL president M.J. Tooey said, “AAHSL was one of the early organizations to recognize the importance of identifying and preparing future leaders. Our program, in partnership with NLM, has for more than a decade been a model for best practices in association leadership development programs. We are justifiably proud of the program and of the future leaders it has nurtured.”

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

You Are Invited/Welcome: Exploring New Horizons – Sharing the NLM Exhibition Program

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Thursday, June 20th at 1:00pm Central

The NN/LM Greater Midwest Region has extended an invitation to other NN/LM regions to attend their monthly free webcast (GMR Lake Effects) this month:

“Exploring New Horizons: Sharing the NLM Exhibition Program”

Presenter: Jill Newmark, NLM Exhibition Registrar/Traveling Exhibition Service Manager

Explore this amazing resource and discover the benefits of bringing a traveling exhibition to YOUR library.  The NLM Traveling Exhibition program reveals how the past informs the present and can shape the future.  This is a session you won’t want to miss.  Registration is limited, so register today at:

This session will be online using Adobe Connect.  To see if your system will support Adobe Connect, please visit this site:

Disaster Information

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Two remote sessions relevant to those interested in disaster response are coming up in June from the Disaster Information Management Research Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine:

Thursday, June 20, 1:30 PM Eastern Time. Disaster Information Specialists Meeting (open to all interested parties). Topic: Accessing Free Biomedical Literature in Disasters. Speakers: Claire Allen, Knowledge Manager for Evidence Aid and Maria Collins, Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine.

Evidence Aid, established following the tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004, uses knowledge from Cochrane Reviews and other systematic reviews to provide reliable, up-to-date evidence on interventions that might be considered in the context of natural disasters and other major healthcare emergencies. There are currently four freely available ‘special collections’ which have, to date, used Cochrane Reviews to inform resources for earthquakes, resources for flooding and poor water sanitation, resources for PTSD and resources for burns.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) works in partnership with major publishers to provide free temporary access for healthcare professionals to full text articles from major biomedical title during/after disasters. This Emergency Access Initiative is activated for a specified time when agreed upon by NLM and the publishers.

Join us to learn more about these resources and how they can be accessed. LOGIN: To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 20th, click on

Wednesday, June 26, 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Topic: Packing Your Digital Go-Bag: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device. Speakers: Disaster Information Management Research Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine personnel.

There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters. However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late. Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely-used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their Web site many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations. In this webinar, representatives from NLM will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their preparedness activities.

To register:

WISER for Android 2.0 Now Available from NLM

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The National Library of Medcine’s WISER for Android 2.0 is now available and can be installed directly from the Google Play Store: What’s new in this release:

WISER now fully integrates content from the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Managment (CHEMM) website –


Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2013: NLM Theater Presentations

Friday, May 10th, 2013

National Library of Medicine logo

If you missed the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting this year, you can still catch all the updates that were presented at the NLM booth in the exhibit hall!  The presentation recordings are listed below and are accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page:  To listen to the recordings and view the captions you may need the latest version of Flash® Player which you can download for free from the Adobe web site.