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Archive for August, 2007

New EFTS Member in the SCR Region

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Congratulations to Christus Spohn Health System. Their library is the newest member of EFTS (Electronic Fund Transfer System) in the South Central Region. If you would like information on becoming an EFTS member, call the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region office at 800-338-7182.

Statement on Discontinuing the Black and White MeSH

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Stuart J. Nelson, MD, Head, Medical Subject Headings, at NLM issued the following statement regarding the discontinuation of Black and White MeSH:

The National Library of Medicine has decided to discontinue the printing of the Index Medicus Supplement, sometimes known as the Black and White MeSH. We have received a great number of comments on this proposal, and are grateful for the input. Overall, it appears that our impression that few would be inconvenienced by the discontinuation of the printed edition was correct. Given the high cost of printing even a few copies of the book, we do not see the benefit as justifying the expense. For those wishing a souvenir copy, the 2007 MeSH will continue to be available from the Government Printing Office for another 14 months.

In response to concerns expressed by several individuals, we plan to make available a set of PDF files containing the various hierarchies. These will be formatted in such a way as to make printing them on 81/2 by 11 inch paper feasible, enabling a user to print out and review an entire tree easily.

We encourage all to avail themselves of the resources available at www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh. There is a considerable amount of printable introductory material, information about how we update MEDLINE, as well as links to downloable files and the MeSH browser. The PDF files of the trees will also be available there.

The current MeSH files are available for download, in one of three different formats. Furthermore, the browser at the MeSH website provides ready access to the current version of MeSH. The browser supports partial word searches of three letters or more, and provides many links between related terms. As is our practice, all of these services and files will remain free of charge.

Once again, we wish to express our gratitude for the many comments received.

National Training Center and Clearinghouse Teaches Classes at the HAM-TMC Library

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) will be offering two classes at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library:

PubMed

November 8, 2007

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Class Description: This full-day class is designed to teach students how to use PubMed which includes MEDLINE citations. The class also includes an overview of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and its importance as a tool to both searchers and indexers. This class carries 7.5 hours of MLA continuing education credits.

NLM Training: NLM Gateway & ClinicalTrials.gov

November 9, 2007

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Class Description: This half-day class is designed to teach students how to use the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov. NLM Gateway is a web-based system that lets users search simultaneously in multiple retrieval systems at NLM. It allows users of NLM services to initiate searches from one web interface, providing “one-stop searching” for many of NLM’s information resources or databases. ClinicalTrials.gov lets users search for regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. This class carries 3.5 hours of MLA continuing education credits.

To register for a class: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/register.html

New Version of TOXMAP

Monday, August 13th, 2007

A new version of the TOXMAP database http://toxmap.nlm.nih.gov was released on August 7, 2007. Among the many enhancements:

  • Users can create custom geographic regions within US states and/or state counties. When a region is chosen, all TOXMAP maps show TRI and Superfund results only inside the specified region (including states, counties and territories). The customized geographic regions can be saved and used in later TOXMAP searches.
  • TRI and Superfund data is now searchable by chemical in either TRI, Superfund, or both datasets. Usres can search TRI by release medium (air, land, water, underground injection). Superfund data can be searched by Hazardous Ranking System and the site’s status on the National Priorities List.
  • Users can view TRI summary data for a region. Summary data includes names annd release amounts of chemicals released by facilities in the region.

OERC Evaluation Classes to be Held at HAM-TMC Library

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Have you ever wondered why some of your community outreach programs aren’t successful? Would you like to be able to get additional information to plan more successful outreach programs? Would you like to learn techniques for evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your programs so you can continuously improve them?

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region is hosting two free classes from the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/) on assessing the needs of your community and evaluating programs. The classes will be held in the street level conference room at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

9:00 am to 12:00 noon – Community Assessment
This class will help librarians and others involved in health information outreach to design quality programs and garner support for those programs by taking the right first step: collecting community and needs assessment information about the groups of people who will be involved (approved for 3 Medical Library Association contact hours). For more information: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/workshops/outreach_evaluation_series/index.html#A4

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm – Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Programs
This workshop will help librarians and anyone interested in health information outreach to focus on what they want to accomplish by designing outreach programs around intended results. Participants will learn to construct logic models to plan health information outreach projects, with project outcomes as the pivotal part of the plan (approved for 3 Medical Library Association contact hours). For more information: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/workshops/outreach_evaluation_series/index.html#A5

To register for these programs: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html

About the Outreach and Evaluation Resource Center (OERC): The OERC builds capacity for health information outreach evaluation in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). When evaluation is an integral part of an outreach project, participants can identify approaches that work well, learn from experiences, make mid-course corrections, and recognize accomplishments. Through evaluation, members of the NN/LM and staff of the Regional Medical Libraries can demonstrate to partners and stakeholders that efforts have made a difference. For more information about the OERC: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/

If you have any questions, feel free to call Karen Vargas, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, at 713-799-7880.

ALA National Library Week Grant: Best Public Awareness Campaign

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

The Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week grant will award $5,000 to a single U.S. library for the best public awareness campaign during National Library Week 2008. All types of libraries and library organizations are welcome to apply.

This year’s grant focuses on the National Library Week theme, “Join the circle of knowledge @ your library.” All proposals must use this theme.

Funds are to be used to support the winner’s National Library Week promotional activities as outlined in the application and cannot be used for capital expenses, such as books or equipment.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2007

For more information: http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/natlibraryweek/nlwgrant.htm

Continuation of the Black and White MeSH

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is contemplating discontinuing the printing of the Black and White MeSH, once known as the Supplement to the Index Medicus. The printing costs are considerable given that there are less than 300 purchases of the book, worldwide. NLM is interested in hearing responses to the questions below as part of deciding whether to discontinue the printing.

1. Have you been receiving the Black and White MeSH?
2. If so, under what circumstances is it being used?
3. Do you know of anyone who would be inconvenienced by its discontinuance?
4. Are users aware of the three electronic versions of MeSH that are freely available?

Responses should be sent to Stuart Nelson (nelsonst@mail.nih.gov) by Friday, August 17, 2007.