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Archive for April, 2007

Beta Version of PubMed

Monday, April 30th, 2007

A beta version of PubMed is available from http://pubmed.gov. Although the beta version has the same look and feel of PubMed, some new features have been added that increase the functionality of the database. (more…)

Funding Opportunity: AIDS Community Information Outreach Project

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

The Specialized Information Services division of the National Library of Medicine is soliciting quotations from libraries, community-based organizations and other organizations to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients, the affected community and their caregivers. Projects should focus on providing information or access in a way meaningful to the community.
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NN/LM SCR Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information Award Recipients

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce two recipients of the Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information project awards. Congratulations to the US Public Health Service Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Santa Fe, NM, and the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK.

The US Public Health Service Santa Fe Indian Hospital, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will address access to Internet-based consumer health information for American Indian populations and awareness of evidence-based literature for paraprofessionals working with rural and urban American Indian populations in their project, Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information. The principal investigators will provide practical training sessions through mobile laptop technology and Treo SmartPhones to health care paraprofessionals and urban American Indian consumers. Louis Lafrado, of L&D Associates Consulting Group, and Linda Morgan Davis, of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Public Library, will be the Principal Investigators for this project.

The Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, approaches their project from the perspective that when patients are well-informed, participate in decisions, and communicate openly with their doctor and other health professionals, they adhere to their therapy more faithfully and help make health care more effective. In their project, Cherokee Health Information Network for Clinics, the Cherokee Nation plans to place computers with Internet access to MedlinePlus, PubMed and other NLM products in the waiting room of clinics. They will work with their partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Library, Tulsa, to train the clinic staff to assist patients wanting to use the computer to search for health information. Sohail Khan, Epidemiologist for the Cherokee Nation Health Services Group, is the Principal Investigator for this project.

More information on the Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information award is located at: http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/aechi.html

Funding Opportunity: USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The USDA has announced the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program which is specifically designed to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America through the use of advanced telecommunications technologies. The focus is primarily on funding user equipment that operates via telecommunications to connect students and teachers or medical providers and patients at separate locations. (more…)

Funding Opportunity: AT&T Excelerator Technology Grants

Monday, April 9th, 2007

The 2007 AT&T Excelerator grant program will provide a total of $9 million in competitive technology grants to help local nonprofit organizations integrate technology into their operations and community outreach. AT&T Excelerator grants are designed to help nonprofit organizations improve their operations and build stronger communities through Internet access, data networking, online outreach, staff technology capacity, and pooled technology resources. For 2007, the grant program will be open to nonprofit organizations in 22 states, including four states, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, in the South Central Region.

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Trejo Institute to Focus on Health Information Issues for Hispanics and Latinos

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Librarians, information specialists, health educators and health professionals serving Hispanics and Latinos are invited to register for the 2007 Trejo Foster Foundation Institute to be held July 12 – 14 on the campus of the University of Arizona. The bi-annual Institute brings together leaders, practitioners and students in the library and information fields to discuss and advocate for issues, policies and practices that affect Hispanic Latino communities and individuals.

The 2007 Institute will focus on creating awareness of information resources related to the health issues of Hispanics and Latinos, showcasing best practices in libraries and information centers, and providing librarians, health information specialists and healthcare providers with the knowledge to improve services and health care. This year, a diverse array of regional and national experts will present a comprehensive look at health information services for Hispanics and Latinos. (more…)

NN/LM SCR Partners in Public Health Information Outreach Award Recipient

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Congratulations to Catherine McClain and Stormy Davis-Costanza at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Center for Development and Disability, the recipients of the Partners in Public Health Information Outreach Award! Their project, New Mexico Partners in Public Health will increase knowledge and use of currently available health information and disability resources to the public health infrastructure located in Sandoval County New Mexico.

The program will be a collaborative project between the Center for Development and Disability (CDD), Library and Information Network for the Community (LINC), Pueblo Connections Family Support 360 Project, the New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Information Center (HSLIC), Sandoval County public health agency, and the seven Pueblo communities located in the county. The overall goal of the project is to increase knowledge and use of NLM health information and disability resources by the Sandoval County’s public health workforce, the Pueblo’s community health representatives, and Pueblo Family Support Center resource specialists. Objectives will be accomplished through community outreach, Internet-based training and follow up technical assistance.

NN/LM SCR Library Technology Award Recipient

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Congratulations to Lola Purvis, VAMC Library, Alexandria LA! The awarded project will enable VISN 16 (VAMC) Librarians, who are collaborating to meet the goal of the National Library of Medicine program to increase electronic document delivery to improve access, convenience and delivery of up-to-date knowledge-based information to health care professionals, allied health professionals, educators, and students within VISN 16 and nationwide through VALNET. Ariel will be implemented in VISN 16 libraries in Little Rock AR, North Little Rock AR, Shreveport LA, and Houston TX.

The Library Technology Award is new in the 2006-2011 RML Contract. The purpose of the Library Technology Award is to assist full Network member libraries in the NN/LM SCR that are interested in implementing large-scale technology applications to further encourage library improvement and expansion of library services: http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/librarytech_award.html

Blogadillo: News From the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Welcome to Blogadillo, http://nnlm.gov/scr/blog/ the renamed blog of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region.In February 2005, the NN/LM SCR office transitioned from a traditional newsletter to a blog, or weblog, and it retained the established Network News name that has been in place since the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library was awarded the RML Contract in May 1991.

With the new 2006-2011 RML Contract award, we felt it was time for a name change.  Also, we heard from many of you over the years that Network News was often confused with National Network, the newsletter for the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association.

In the Winter 2006, we enlisted the assistance of Network members to help rename the blog and we received several entries. Congratulations to Richard Wood, Executive Director of Libraries, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Libraries of the Health Sciences, Lubbock TX for submitting the winning entry!

It was no surprise that many of the entries included some form of “armadillo” in the title.  The armadillo has become synonymous with South Central Chapter/Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA).  We are fortunate that our MLA chapter and NN/LM Region share the exact five state geographical designation.

Blogadillo will feature news and articles on topics of interest to members of the SCR. Archived 2001-2005 issues of the Network News newsletter and blog are available in our newsletter archive:  http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/nnarchives.html 

How can you keep up with new articles that post to the blog?  You can check the blog frequently.  Please be reminded that there is a known issue with Internet Explorer (IE) that requires you to delete your temporary files and do a refresh to see the most current postings on Blogadillo using IE.  You can add an RSS feed to your feed reader to help you keep up with new articles as they are posted: http://nnlm.gov/scr/blog/?feed=rss2  We will also send out an email to the Blogadillo announcement list (formerly the Network News announcement list) every other Tuesday with the titles of articles added since the previous announcement.

Blogadillo is a great tool to keep current with NLM and SCR news!  

Big Changes to MedlinePlus!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

NLM has introduced a number of new features to the MedlinePlus Health Topic pages. Highlights include:

  • Each page now displays a photograph or illustration.
  • A brief summary of each disease or condition also displays at the top of the page. Composed by experienced medical writers and reviewed by NLM staff, the summaries are based largely on NIH and other government information. They are written at an easy-to-read level and include links to related topics. As of March 28th, summaries appear on about half of English pages. All English and Spanish Health Topic pages will include a summary in the near future.
  • Synonyms appear right under the health topic name.
  • A new category, labeled Start Here, links users to overviews and important information for first-time visitors.
  • A centrally-located Table of Contents divides the MedlinePlus categories into six boxes to show users everything on the page at a glance.

Take the guided tour at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/faq/healthtopicredesign.html.