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Archive for 2005

$3.68 Million Grant to Boost Public Health “Informatics”

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will administer a $3.68 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to develop tomorrow’s public health leaders in the science of public health informatics.


PubMed on Tap renamed to MEDLINE Database on Tap (MDoT)

PubMed on Tap is adopting a new name, MEDLINE Database on Tap, or MD on Tap, or just MDoT.


Learn about NLM's toxicology and environmental health resources at MLA 2005!

The National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) will feature its toxicology and environmental health resources at the upcoming Medical Library Association (MLA) meeting May 14-19, 2005, in San Antonio, TX. Please stop by the NLM booth (#301) for information about these services and a demonstration.


Come to the LinkOut Users Meeting at MLA 2005!

Did you know that you can use PubMed’s LinkOut feature to localize electronic resources for your user population? Take a look at the following article, posted here on behalf of the NCBI Linkout team:


Request for Proposals: 2005 AIDS Community Information Outreach

NLM has announced the solicitation of proposals from community-based organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and caregivers. Standard Awards are offered for up to $50,000 and Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000. Proposals are due to NLM on June 17, 2005. For more details, please visit the solicitation for the 2005 AIDS Community Information Outreach projects, which is posted at: . Previously funded AIDS Community Information Outreach projects may be viewed at:


NIH News in Health: A new newsletter

NIH News in Health, a free health newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, replaces and improves upon The NIH Word on Health. This new monthly newsletter includes practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. Visit the brand new web site at to browse through the stories or download copies for printing.


Internet Access to Digital Libraries – This Grant Program has Expired and been Replaced

NLM’s Internet Access to Digital Libraries (IADL) grant program has now expired. No further applications will be accepted; however, grants that have already been received for the current cycle will be evaluated and considered for funding.

If you are interested in NLM funding for training or outreach support, go to the Training and Outreach section of the NLM web site. If you want to use information technology to optimize your organization’s clinical and research information, consider NLM’s Translational Informatics Grant program. The name, Translational Informatics, was chosen to focus on translating technology from a research to an operational environment. These grants are for organizations that wish to 1) exploit the capabilities of information technology to bring usable, useful online health information to end users, or 2) to translate the findings of biomedical informatics research into practice.

More information about NLM’s grants programs is available on their Grants and Funding page.

PSRML Express Outreach Awards Announced

Three Network members have signed agreements with PSRML to conduct Express Outreach Award projects in 2005. The successful applicants were: Craig Haynes, UCSD Medical Center Library; Naomi Broering, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; and Rebecca Davis, UCD Medical Center Library. The twelve-month projects received $5,000 to $6,000 in funding. The projects strive to improve access to health information for health professionals and health consumers and to promote the awareness and use of products and services available from the NLM and the NN/LM. Target groups include urban populations, medically underserved communities, and minority and immigrant populations.


Network Members in the News

Anna Habetler began working at the Kaiser San Diego Library at the end of November 2004. We are delighted to have her in this position. She replaced Sheila Latus who retired at the end of December. Thanks Sheila for your contributions over the years!

Barbara Nicholson joined the National Library of Medicine staff on January 24 as the Technology Librarian in the National Network Office. Barbara will assume responsibilities related to DOCLINE and all Internet and technology support and will work closely with staff in all of the regional offices. Barbara was previously the Medical Librarian for the Medical Library for the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System, which encompasses an inpatient facility, Sacramento VA Medical Center at Mather and 7 outpatient sites. Congratulations to Barbara!

My NCBI Replaces PubMed's Cubby

PubMed’s Cubby was deactivated on January 28, 2005, and replaced by My NCBI on February 1. Cubby users may continue to sign into My NCBI with their Cubby user names and passwords to access saved searches. LinkOut selections in Cubby have also been transferred to My NCBI. My NCBI provides automatic e-mail updates for saved searches on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. My NCBI also includes a method to filter search results and group them by up to five areas of interest, and to set LinkOut preferences. The PubMed screen has also changed so that search retrieval displays in a file tab format, with the same filter selections used in My NCBI. The tool icon [hammer and wrench] to the right of the features tabs links to a “Quick Pick” list of commonly requested filters, e.g., “free full text” and “review.” Additional filters are available through the “Browse” option. Subject-related filters are listed under “Properties.”