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Midday at the Oasis and MLA CE Credit!

MLA Continuing Education credit is now available for our monthly Midday at the Oasis sessions! You need to register ahead of time in order to receive the credit. The usual place to register is linked on the Training and Exhibit Calendar or on the Midday listing. One hour of MLA CE credit will be awarded for the Midday sessions.

The July 18th talk is:

Presentation Title: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and Evolving Policy
Presenter: Stephen Kiyoi
Description:, the second most heavily visited resource from the National Library of Medicine, now provides access to over 6,000 study results, many of which have not been published in the research literature. Learn more about recent and upcoming legislation governing results reporting, how to promote results reporting to clinical researchers at your institution, and how to search as a unique source of evidence for systematic reviews.

Register and join us at 1-2PM (Pacific) | 10-11AM (Hawaii) | 1-2PM (Arizona) | 9-10AM (American Samoa) | 6-7AM Thursday (Guam) for Midday at the Oasis!

Disaster Information Specialist classes at MLA in Seattle

MLA has posted information about the two Disaster Information Specialist classes that are being offered after the MLA conference on Thursday May 24th.

Here is the link to the information:

Course title: U.S. Response to Disaster and Public Health Emergencies
Instructors: Mary Moore and Kimberly Loper
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs

Course title: Information Roles in Disaster Management
Instructor: Robin Featherstone
Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Washington, Seattle
Registration: To register, contact Kathleen Combs

There is no charge for these classes. If you are attending MLA and are interested in extending your stay in order to take these courses, the RML may be able to assist. Please contact Kay Deeney for more information.

Some other Disaster Information Specialization courses will be offered in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas this summer.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics is available for 1.5 MLA CE contact hours. Indivduals can now register to view the program “On-demand.”

Sheldon Kotzin Retirement Announcement!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the retirement of Sheldon Kotzin, Associate Director for Library Operations, at the end of June, 2012, after 43 years of service.

NLM colleagues will gather on June 14, 2012, to wish him farewell, best wishes and a heartfelt thank you in speeches, videos, and song. Mr. Kotzin served NLM long and well, including his service as Executive Editor of MEDLINE, Administrator of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, and NLM’s representative to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. For his many contributions to NLM’s services, he has earned the lasting respect and admiration of NLM staff, medical librarians, editors, and publishers worldwide.

International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, June, Oklahoma

Early bird registration for the June 4-7, 2012, International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Tulsa, Oklahoma ends Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m. CDT.  The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) is an international organization that serves the needs of those who work to protect and advance cultural sovereignty.

Early bird registration is $250 and includes an opening reception, two breakfasts, and three luncheons. After April 30, registration fees are $300. Very few registrations remain and many events are already full. If you plan to attend, you are encouraged to register at your earliest opportunity by visiting

Hotel and travel information, as well as the full conference program, are available at

Upcoming Midday at the Oasis Sessions

The next few Midday at the Oasis Sessions are listed here. Note that the April date is this Monday instead of the usual third Wednesday.

April 23rd — PubMed Health and MedlinePlus – A Tale of Two Sites
May 16th — Sexual Violence: Resources for Survivors and their Support Network
June 20th — Operation Health: Resources for Veterans and Their Families

1-2PM (Pacific) | 10-11AM (Hawaii) | 1-2PM (Arizona) | 9-10AM (American Samoa) | 6-7AM next day (Guam)

Register here:

Presentation Title: PubMed Health and MedlinePlus – A Tale of Two Sites
Presenter: Kelli Ham, Consumer Health & Technology Coordinator
Description: PubMed Health is a relatively new offering from the National Library of Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Searching for health topics on a site like Google often brings up a result from PubMed Health, but a result from MedlinePlus may or may not appear. What is the difference between the two sites? This webinar will provide a closer look at PubMed Health and how it compares with MedlinePlus. We will discuss the site’s relevance for medical libraries, health professionals and consumers, and situations when MedlinePlus would be a more appropriate resource.

Presentation Title: Sexual Violence: Resources for Survivors and their Support Network
Presenter: Lynn Kysh, PSR Intern
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the prevalent issue of sexual violence and resources for librarians to help survivors and their support networks. Participants will learn about who is affected by this issue and about the different experiences and needs of survivors. Health issues and information needs will be highlighted and will include resources focused on what happens during the reporting process, how to locate local agencies, how to help a loved one, symptoms of rape trauma syndrome, and prevention strategies for youth.

Presentation Title: Operation Health: Resources for Veterans and Their Families
Presenter: Kelli Ham, Consumer Health & Technology Coordinator
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the most pressing issues faced by returning veterans and their loved ones, and what library staff can do to help. Participants will learn about the spectrum of health issues and information needs of military veterans and their families, quality health resources and mobile apps; directories of medical facilities and services, and information about support services for spouses and families of deployed troops.

To view previous Midday presentations, go to the Archives page.

Dr. Frederick M. “Skip” Burkle, Jr. to Give the 2012 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture on May 9, 2012

Frederick M. Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, FAAP, FACEP, gave the 2012 Joseph Leiter NLM/Medical Library Association (MLA) Lecture on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at 11:00 am (PDT) in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine. His lecture, Future Humanitarian Crises: Challenges to Practice, Policy & Public Health, was recorded and the archive is available for viewing or downloading.

Dr. Burkle is Senior Fellow and Scientist, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health and former Senior Scholar and now Senior Associate Faculty and Research Scientist, the Center for Refugee & Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutes. He also serves as a Senior International Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC, (2008-present). In addition, he serves as an Adjunct Professor; and, as a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Adjunct Professor in Tropical Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He is Adjunct Professor, Department of Military & Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, and the Department of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, John Cook University, Australia.

NLM @ MLA 2012 in Seattle

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 18-23, 2012, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Attendees are invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth #321 (May 19-22) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics.

Mark Your MLA Calendars!

Monday, May 21 (7:00 am – 8:15 am)
NLM Online Users’ Meeting “Sunrise Seminar”
Location: Rm. 602-603, Convention Center
NLM staff will highlight recent accomplishments and indicate new developments in a variety of online systems including MEDLINE/PubMed, MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus Connect and other NLM products.

Tuesday, May 22 (10:30 am – 11:30 am)
NLM Update
Location: Ballroom 6ABC, Convention Center
Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director
Sheldon Kotzin, Associate Director, Library Operations
Jeff Reznick, Chief, History of Medicine Division

Informal Meetings
Sunday, May 20 (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
DOCLINE Users Group Meeting
Location: Rm. 601, Convention Center

Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended for IHA Health Literacy Conference!

Good news! If you have been thinking about registering for the annual Health Literacy Conference sponsored by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, you still have a few days to save on your registration!  The Early Bird Savings Registration deadline has been extended to Monday, April 16th.

Also, did you know that attendees receive a set of the “What to Do for Health” books? If you are not familiar with this wonderful series, you can learn more by going to and clicking on the Books tab, or you can go directly here.

The Medical Library Association and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) recognizes that members have a role to play in health literacy and encourages you to attend this conference. This activity has been approved by the Medical Library Association (MLA); attendees can earn up to 19 contact hours.  Also, the NN/LM PSR and MLA will be hosting an exhibit table at the conference to help inform attendees how librarians can support and improve health literacy.

IHA has been very proactive in reaching out to our profession.  Librarians can save even more on their registration by taking advantage of the special discount! Use discount code MLA12 when you register, and save $50 off the regular low registration rate. Register early to get this special rate – the early bird deadline is on or before Monday, April 16 at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time. Click here to register now.  Also, see the announcement towards the end of the email for information about applying for a conference scholarship.

Additional information about what you can expect at the conference:

New, Extended Preconference Offerings!

 There are some great preconference activities lined up for you this year! Some are repeats from last year; many are FREE, and a few are brand-new offerings. As a registered attendee, here’s what you can look forward to when you come in a day early…

•     Extended, 3-Hour Preconference Learning Sessions. Take advantage of this opportunity to choose an immersive, 3-hour learning session on two very important topics: How to Write for a Low Literacy Audience, by IHA’s Gloria Mayer, or 10 Tips to Make Your Health Website Easier to Use, by Stacy Robison and Xanthi Scrimgeour. NOTE: There is an additional fee of $59 for either workshop.

•     FREE: National Action Plan Live Virtual Event. This event will bring in participants from all over the world to discuss, via social media, ways in which they have implemented the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. Discussion moderators at the session are IHA’s Michael Villaire and Gloria Mayer, and (just added!) CDC’s Cynthia Baur, Ph.D, a Lead Editor of the National Action Plan.

•     FREE: Workshop: Draft Your Own Action Plan. Attendees at the conference can stay for this workshop to walk through each step of writing your own Action Plan and implement it in your organization.

•     FREE: Health Literacy 101: An Introduction to the Field.  For those who are somewhat new to the field of health literacy, join us for this basic, introductory overview of the field, and learn what you need to know about health literacy.

Attend Four Hands-On, Interactive Breakout Sessions!

 Folks who have attended the conference tell us what really sets the IHA Health Literacy Conference apart is that you can attend four, 1.5-hour skill-building sessions. Roll up your sleeves and learn specific skills to help you function more efficiently and better understand and meet your clients’ and patients’ needs.   These sessions provide a wide selection of choices, from tools you can use and programs you can replicate to practicing new skill sets, and more. Here are the breakout session selections for 2012:

•     The Case for Collaboration: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Partnerships

•     Developing a Health Literacy Program Evaluation Plan

•     Finding the Right Resources to Meet Your Health Literacy Needs

•     Including People Who Experience Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Health Literacy Plans and Programs

•     Implementing Health Literacy in a Large Company: An Example from Pharma

•     Using the Arts to Advance Health Literacy

•     Using New Media Tools to Reach People with Health Information

•     Learning the Language of Health Literacy Grants

•     Usability Testing on a Dime: What, Why and How

•     Panel: Health Literacy Tools Developed by Health Plans

Best Buy for Your Education Dollars

 These days, we all need to look at where we can best spend our money. This is particularly true for nonprofit organizations. However, when you consider that only slightly more than 1 in 10 American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our healthcare system, you can see that the Health Literacy Conference is an excellent buy. If you make even a small number of incremental changes in how you and your staff interact and communicate with your patients and clients, the results could more than pay for your small investment.

We have kept our tuition rates at the same low rate every year. See our rates grid and show it to whoever approves your education programming to see how little you will pay to attend this important conference. And remember, your registration fee includes:

•     Continuing Education credits (up to 19 hours)

•     Breakfast on Thursday and Friday

•     Lunch on Thursday and Friday

•     Opening Night Reception–cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

•     FREE Wednesday nationwide virtual event AND workshop on the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, to help you create an action plan for your organization

•     FREE Preconference Session on Wednesday evening: “Health Literacy 101: An Introduction to the Field”

•     Complimentary tote bag with info and free set of IHA books

•     Poster session on Thursday evening

•     Multiple networking opportunities

 Conference Scholarships Offered Courtesy of Health Literacy Innovations

Want to attend the conference but you are short on funds? This year the sponsor Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creators of the Health Literacy Advisor™ (in Spanish-Asesor de Comunicación en Salud™) will provide seven scholarships to the conference. If you are interested in applying, please visit

 Conference Hotel–Hyatt Regency Irvine

 The Eleventh Annual IHA Health Literacy Conference will be held once again at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, close to John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA) with complimentary airport shuttle, and just minutes from world-class shopping at South Coast Plaza. Easy access to the beach and freeway, close to Disneyland Park, California Adventure, the Downtown Disney District, Knott’s Berry Farm, The Outlets at Orange, Crystal Cathedral, and Anaheim Stadium.

There are a limited number of rooms at a special rate of $125 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Be sure to mention that you are attending the IHA Health Literacy Conference to get this special rate.  Book your room early, as the block of rooms at this special rate is limited. When these rooms are gone, prevailing rates apply on an as-available basis. Deadline for reserving rooms at this rate is April 23, 2012 OR until rooms in this block are sold out, whichever comes first. Rates are good for two days before and two days after the conference.

IHA welcomes your calls.  For any questions, don’t hesitate to call Michael Villaire at (800) 434-4633, ext. 202, or email

NLM Hosts Lecture Honoring S. Kalani Brady, MD, and Commemorating St. Damien’s Day

S. Kalani Brady, MD, the primary care physician of the remaining Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patients at Kalaupapa, Hawaii, will speak at the National Library of Medicine in honor of St. Damien’s Day on April 13, 2012, from 3:30-5:00pm EDT in Lister Hill Auditorium (National Institutes of Health Building 38A, Lister Hill Center, first floor). Dr. Brady’s talk is titled, “Kalaupapa and Father Damien: ‘Here I am send me.’” The program will stream live via NIH VideoCasting, with an on-demand archive and file download, to any computer on any network throughout the world.

Dr. Brady is an expert on Kalaupapa’s legacy, Father Damien (beatified as St. Damien by Pope John Paul II in 1995), and contemporary care issues. Interviews with Dr. Brady, as well as a patient and caregiver at Kalaupapa, are among the highlights of NLM’s current exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, on display at NLM through fall of 2013. There is also a section about Kalaupapa’s legacy within the exhibition.

St. Damien’s Day is an annual Hawaiian statewide holiday in commemoration of the priest who pioneered housing, food distribution, and health care for Kalaupapa’s residents at the end of the 19th century. From the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, about 8,000 persons with Hansen’s disease were exiled to Kalaupapa, a remote peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. The plight of Kalaupapa’s patients in the late 19th and early 20th century was chronicled by authors Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London.

Dr. Brady is an associate professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is chief of the medical staff, Kalaupapa Clinic. Dr. Brady is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is board certified in internal medicine. He is also featured in a periodic segment that answers patient health questions on a Honolulu commercial television station and is a well-known musician in Hawaii.

Announcement – Free In-person Training, April 20, Los Angeles

The following free training in the Los Angeles area on April 20th may be of interest to you or your library staff.

E-Resources in Health/US Census Report Mining: Two Half-day Workshops as a Daylong Training for Healthy Communities Partners

The intended audience includes community organizations, hospital and public library staff, and any others who would like an introduction to consumer health services and using U.S. Census data to help determine appropriate health programming and health information needs of the community.

The two sessions are an introduction to a series of self-paced tutorials that is currently being developed as a partnership between Infopeople, UC Davis, and NN/LM PSR.  The tutorials are based in part on the core competencies from “Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff” and materials from the online class “Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services.”

If you have any questions about the training sessions, please contact Kelli Ham at

Here is the announcement from the CALIX list today:


Space is still available in the LA area (Pio Pico branch of LAPL, Koreatown) and Bay Area (Fremont Public Library) sessions of E-Resources in Health/US Census Report Mining: Two Half-day Workshops as a Daylong Training for Healthy Communities Partners

Instructor: Francisca Goldsmith

Fee: Free for those in the California library community. *

• What pressing consumer health issues face your community?

• Are you confident in your knowledge of up-to-date, quality health resources that are most appropriate for library users with health questions?

• Are you faced with the challenges of finding quality health information in other languages or at understandable reading levels?

• Are you comfortable handling sensitive health reference questions?

• How can you mine Census information to help lead and support health reference and health programming at your library?

Build your awareness of the competencies and skills you need to plan and provide health-related library services. Upon completion of this course, you will be ready to pursue further health and wellness information via companion self-paced online modules.

Workshop Description: This day-long, on-ground training includes a morning session intended to increase your awareness of, and comfort with, accessing reliable and accessible health information on the Internet, and and an afternoon session aimed at exploiting the potential of the US Census website and other demographic resources to enhance your knowledge of local demographics. This is a hands-on training during which you will explore online, under the guidance of the instructor, who will provide individual and group exercises.  The instructor will supply sample evaluation templates, cheat sheets, and practical and useful tips for immediate application in your work.

To register and get more info about this workshop can be found here:

*Note about the Fee: Made possible by funding through the University of California Davis under award No. 06-43-B10584 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce, and offered at no charge to participants.  The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Travel costs will be reimbursed using the UC Davis Travel Reimbursement Requirements. An expense sheet will be provided to all attendees on the day of the workshop. For questions regarding reimbursements, please contact Kate Marie at

Check-in is 8:30 to 9:00 AM; instruction is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.