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Archive for May, 2007

Keeping Up With What’s New at NLM

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

In the May 30, 2007 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin, Skill Kit: Keeping Up with What’s New at NLM was published. This article lists all NLM RSS feeds, listservs, and web pages to assist you in keeping up with what is new with NLM resources.

“Emergency Response and Recovery of Water Damaged Collections Materials” Workshop in New Orleans

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The workshop described below will be held at the Historic New Orleans Collection on June 22 and June 23. Details about registering will be available later.

The Library of Congress will be offering a workshop titled “Emergency Response and Recovery of Water-Damaged Collections Materials” at no cost to the host institution for up to 20 attendees (space permitting at each venue). This workshop will be held over two days and will include lecture and PowerPoint presentations concerning the principles of collections’ risk assessment, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and recovery of water-damaged collections materials. It will provide an overview of materials found in most collections and the effects that water has on them. Participants will work with water-damaged items and explore the most effective means to dry them. There will also be time for discussion of real case situations of particular interest to the attendees. The workshop will be of most value to librarians and archivists who are involved in the care and oversight of collections at their institutions, although there will be much to interest museum staff members as well.

Day One of the workshop will tentatively last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Day Two will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There may be slight changes in these hours dependent upon institutional limitations. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to get wet that are of particular interest to them, although the workshop instructors will provide adequate numbers of disposable objects for all to benefit from practice during the hands-on exercises.

Instructor: Alan Haley, Conservation Division/Preservation Directorate, Library of Congress, Washington, DC  

 

ENTREZ 2.0 / Pubmed – Phased Migration

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

NCBI began phasing in the new Entrez 2.0 system on Thursday May 24, 2007. The new system offers more flexibility and personalization. Users had a preview of the new system when a “Beta” version was made available from the PubMed homepage.

Users can access PubMed Entrez 2.0 from http://pubmed.gov

For more information see the article in the NLM technical bulletin: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/mj07/mj07_pubmed_url.html

NN/LM SCR Fall Funding Opportunities Announced

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

The Fall Funding cycle awards are now posted to the NN/LM SCR website: http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/ The NN/LM SCR is now accepting applications and proposals for the following awards:

Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information, http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/aechi.html
The purpose of this outreach initiative is to ensure that health professionals, their patients and the general public are connected to the health information resources they need to make informed health care decisions. This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic consumer health information for such groups and organizations as: consumers, the underserved and minority health care professionals, public health workers, public libraries, and community-based and faith-based organizations. The proposed projects may target individuals and organizations providing health information to the public, as well as targeting the public directly.

Information Access Improvement Project Award, http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/iaip.html
The purpose of the IAIP Award is to provide an opportunity to Network members interested in improving access to Internet-based health information including NLM products and services.

Library Technology Award, http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/librarytech_award.html
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.

Partners in Public Health Information Outreach, http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/publichealth_rfp.html
The goal of the Partners in Public Health Information Outreach award is to provide the public health workforce with timely, convenient access to information resources that can help them perform their jobs more effectively. Proposed projects should target public health department employees serving state and local communities.

Professional Development Award, http://nnlm.gov/scr/funding/pda.html
The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to health care professionals and consumers.

MedlinePlus Go Local, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/golocaldocs/Go_Local_Project-Proposal-Guidelines-12-06.doc
MedlinePlus’s Go Local project links MedlinePlus users to health services in their local community and directs users of the Go Local site to MedlinePlus health topics. Proposals will be accepted for areas in the South Central Region where no Go Local project exists or has been proposed, see http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/golocal/index.html (Note: Go Local awards have been made and are in progress for Arkansas and Louisiana).

The NN/LM SCR Symposium Award Call for Applications will post by early June and will be announced on the NNLMSCR-L, as well as on Blogadillo.

Earlier today, an article was posted to Blogadillo explaining the dual funding cycles in each year of the 2006-2011 RML Contract: http://nnlm.gov/scr/blog/?p=343

Please let the award managers, or me, know if you have questions regarding the awards or the application process. We look forward to receiving your applications and proposals!

NN/LM SCR Funding

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

There are two funding cycles in each year of the 2006-2011 RML Contract: Fall and Spring Cycles. There are two major reasons for dividing funding opportunities each year in this Contract:

  1. To level the NN/LM SCR and NLM workload in reviewing proposals and making awards. The NN/LM SCR makes approximately 35-40 new awards each year. It takes a considerable amount of “human resources” to make this number of awards.
  2. To provide Network members with opportunities to apply for awards at various times of the year, which may better fit their schedules. In previous RML Contracts, the NN/LM SCR made all awards available at the beginning of our contract year, i.e. shortly after May 1. When Network member input was solicited for the 2006-2011 RML Proposal, several Network members commented that the timing of our award availability did not always meet their schedules.

The Fall Cycle schedule and awards are:

    • 1 June: Date by which Fall Cycle Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Call for Applications (CFAs) will be posted on the NN/LM SCR Funding section of the website, and will be announced on Blogadillo and the NNLMSCR listserv.
    • 1 July: Due date for Letters of Intent (where applicable; check the RFP/CFA)
    • 1 August: Due date for all proposals and applications for the Fall Cycle
    • Currently includes the following awards:
    • Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information (AECHI) RFP
    • Internet Access Improvement Project (IAIP) CFA
    • Library Technology Award RFP
    • Partners in Public Health Information Outreach RFP
    • Professional Development Award CFA

    The Spring Cycle schedule and awards are:

    • Summer-Fall: RFPs and CFAs will be posted on the NN/LM SCR Funding section of the website, and will be announced on Blogadillo and on the NNLMSCR listserv. (Note: While the Spring Cycle awards may post well in advance of the due date, review for these awards will not begin until after the 1 February proposal and application due date (see below).
    • 2 January: Due date for Letters of Intent (where applicable; check the RFP/CFA)
    • 1 February: Due date for all proposals and applications for the Spring Cycle
    • Currently includes the following awards:
    • Course Development Award CFA
    • DOCLINE Library Internet Project (DLIP) CFA
    • Express Outreach Award CFA
    • Mobile Health Education Project (MHEP) CFA

    There are two awards that will have open funding dates. Applications and proposals will be accepted until the funding is exhausted:

    • Regional Symposium Award CFA (to be posted by June 1)

    Renée Bougard, Associate Director, and Karen Vargas, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, have recently developed a Guide to Awardees http://nnlm.gov/scr/outreach/subcontractorsguide.html to assist Network members with the application process and award management.

    We encourage all Network members in the South Central Region to review the funding opportunities, and to consider submitting an application or proposal. Please let me know if you have questions regarding the two funding cycles, or about any of the awards.

Spanish Language AIDSinfo Web Site

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recently launched a Spanish-language counterpart to its popular AIDSinfo Web site. The new site, infoSIDA http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/infoSIDA features information on HIV treatment, clinical trials, prevention and practice guidelines. (more…)

DOCLINE No Longer Supported by Mozilla Firefox 1.5.x or Netscape

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Mozilla has announced that it is ending support for Firefox 1.5 in mid-May. As a result, NLM will no longer support Mozilla Firefox 1.5.x for use with DOCLINE and Loansome Doc effective May 14, 2007.Firefox 1.5.x users should upgrade to the latest Firefox 2 release as soon as possible, or switch to Internet Explorer version 6 or 7.Mozilla Firefox 1.5 news: http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=21543

In addition, effective May 14, 2007, NLM will no longer support the Netscape browser for use with DOCLINE and Loansome Doc. Libraries and patrons using Netscape to access DOCLINE and Loansome Doc should switch to Internet Explorer 6.x or 7.x, or Mozilla Firefox 2.x.NLM is discontinuing Netscape support due to numerous issues and display problems with this browser. Users successfully using Netscape 7.1 with DOCLINE and Loansome Doc may continue to do so, however we cannot offer customer support for this browser.

Any users upgrading their browsers or using a new PC should verify that their browser settings are correct. See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/system_requirements.html#browser for links to instructions for all supported browsers. Karen Bülow can assist you if you have any questions about or need assistance with switching browsers.   

 

Year 02 NN/LM SCR Outreach Program Description

Friday, May 4th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR Outreach Program description for Year 02 (1 May 2007 – 30 April 2008) is now on the NN/LM SCR website at: http://nnlm.gov/scr/outreach/outreachnarrative_yr02.html

Please let me know if you have questions regarding the programs.

Library Spotlight: MIPT Terrorism Information Center

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) Information Center, located on the grounds of the Oklahoma City Memorial, Oklahoma City, OK, provides access to a unique collection of resources and databases. The Library contains terrorism related information and services not found in other institutions or organizations, including full-text digitized documents, articles, books and reference services. (more…)

NN/LM SCR State Liaisons

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

The NN/LM SCR proposed a State Liaison infrastructure in the 2006-2011 RML Contract, as a more effective way of working with our Network members in the South Central Region (SCR). This new infrastructure is being implemented today, 1 May 2007, the start of Year 02 of the RML Contract. The State Liaison infrastructure will strengthen existing collaborations and enable new partnerships between Network members, and with the NN/LM SCR. As State Liaisons, NN/LM SCR Coordinators will be assigned to one or two of the five states in the Region.

A Q&A format about the State Liaisons has been assembled to assist NN/LM SCR Network members better understand how the State Liaisons will function within the NN/LM SCR:

Why State Liaisons? How will Network members benefit from the State Liaisons?

The implementation of the State Liaison infrastructure is intended to be a mutually beneficial relationship between the NN/LM SCR office and all Network members. The State Liaison will serve as the contact point for all Network members and health professionals in the state, and should also be viewed as a “remote stakeholder” for his/her assigned state. The State Liaison will learn more about his/her assigned state, initiatives as well as challenges, to better assist Network members and the NN/LM SCR office plan health information outreach initiatives and activities.

Partnerships have proven to be a successful method of providing health information outreach. The NN/LM SCR Network membership has become very diverse over the past several years, and the State Liaison will assist Network members in building health information partnerships.

There will be changes in the way in which the NN/LM SCR office interacts and communicates with Network members; all of which we anticipate will be positive changes. Some of the changes will be immediate; some will be phased in over Year 02, and the beginning of Year 03 of the RML Contract.

One immediate change you will notice is when you call the NN/LM SCR office, you may be asked to identify the state from which you are calling if you do not identify your state, initially. More than likely, your call will be transferred to your State Liaison.

Other changes will include:

  • A state-based listserv for each of the 5 states in the Region; enabling the State Liaison and Network members within each state to identify and communicate the health information needs and resources, etc. within each state;
  • Adobe Connect meetings and teleconferences; some maybe be state-specific, others will be for all Network members in the SCR to attend;
  • State Liaisons will make visits to each state to meet with a variety of Network members to discuss and assess health information needs, learn how the NN/LM SCR and NLM can better serve Network members and their users, and assist in introducing Network members to one another, leading to new partnerships to increase the effectiveness of providing health information in each state. In Year 02, each State Liaison is scheduled to make at least 2 visits to his/her assigned state; and
  • Further cross-training of Coordinators. During the 2001-2006 RML Contract, the Coordinators cross-trained in some areas of the program. This enabled the NN/LM SCR to provide better service to Network members when positions were vacant, or a particular Coordinator was out of the office.

Each State Liaison will begin to systematically further cross-train in the basics of areas for which they are not responsible, to better meet the needs of Network members. An example would be for the Consumer Health Outreach, Public Health Outreach, and Technology Coordinators to be taught basic DOCLINE functions.

This is just a start, and it will evolve as the State Liaisons and Network members begin to assess needs and collaborate.

Feel free to contact your State Liaison at any time to discuss your health information needs, or how the NN/LM SCR or NLM can better serve your health information needs. Let your State Liaison work for you!

What is the difference between the roles of a Coordinator and a State Liaison?

A Coordinator is a specialist who focuses on and fulfills the duties in a specific area of the NN/LM SCR Contract (e.g. consumer health outreach, document delivery, education, outreach to health professionals, public health outreach, technology, etc.)

A State Liaison is the primary contact for the Network members in a specific state in the SCR.

Who are the State Liaisons?

Arkansas’ State Liaison is Karen Bülow, NN/LM SCR Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator; her backup is Michelle Malizia.

Louisiana’s State Liaison will be the Technology Coordinator when the position is filled; Karen Bülow is the backup and will serve as the LA State Liaison in the interim.

New Mexico’s State Liaison is Karen Bülow; her backup will be the Technology Coordinator.

Oklahoma’s State Liaison is Karen Vargas, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator; her backup will be the Technology Coordinator.

Texas’ State Liaison is Michelle Malizia, NN/LM SCR Public Health Outreach Coordinator; her backup will be Karen Vargas.

When will the State Liaisons become effective?

1 May 2007; the beginning of Year 02 of the 2006-2011 RML Contract.

Why am I asked to identify my state when I call the NN/LM SCR office?

Network members will most likely notice an immediate change when calling the NN/LM SCR office. You may be asked to identify the state from which you are calling. In most cases, your call will be transferred to your State Liaison.

Now that my state has been assigned a State Liaison, can I no longer directly contact a specific Coordinator?

Please understand that if the Coordinator whom you contact feels the nature of the call will be more effectively handled by your State Liaison, your call/email may be transferred.

Will my State Liaison be the only Coordinator who will come to my state to teach classes?

No. The Coordinators will retain their area of specialization and teach classes according to their specialty area, or classes on which they have been cross-trained. Nothing will change in this aspect. You will still interact with the NN/LM SCR Coordinators who are not your State Liaison.

How will the NN/LM SCR office benefit from State Liaisons?

Network membership no longer consists solely of health sciences libraries and clinics. Our Network membership and target populations for outreach have broadened dramatically over the past 5-7 years to include public libraries, public health, outreach to special populations, and community and faith based organizations (CBOs, FBOs) to name a few. As the State Liaison becomes familiar with his/her assigned state, he/she will be able to work more effectively with Network members to meet the unique health information needs of that state.

The NN/LM SCR has no systematic collection of data on each state in the Region. As your State Liaison works with his/her assigned states, he/she will be collecting data to develop an SCR “regional landscape.” Some of this data can be shared with Network members to assist you in building partnerships and developing outreach initiatives. The data will be used to develop and revise NN/LM SCR Goals and Objectives and possibly leverage funding throughout the remainder of the Contract. The NN/LM SCR office will also be able to provide information on the Region to the NLM, as needed. Finally, the data will be used to train new State Liaisons in the event that a Coordinator leaves the NN/LM SCR.

How do I refer potential or current Network members or health professionals to their State Liaison?

The NN/LM SCR office would appreciate it if all Network members would assist us in the implementation of the State Liaisons. When you meet potentially new, or current, Network members, or health professionals who need assistance from the NN/LM SCR office, please refer the person to his/her State Liaison. If there are new health information outreach initiatives being implemented in your state, let your State Liaison know about them.

We anticipate “bumps” as we implement this new method of working with our Network members, but please bear with us as we strive to better serve you. If you have questions that are not covered above, please do not hesitate to ask!

If you have questions or concerns at any time regarding the State Liaisons, please contact Renée Bougard, NN/LM SCR Associate Director, renee.bougard@exch.library.tmc.edu , 800.338.7657.