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Archive for September, 2007

WISER 3.0 for Palm OS Now Available

Friday, September 28th, 2007

WISER 3.0 is now available for download to the Palm OS operating systemor via the web interface. Highlights of this release include the following capabilities:

  • Data for 20 isotope substances and a general “ionizing radiation” substance
  • Tools / reference materials for radiological incidents
  • The complete ERG 2004, including powerful search capabilities
  • Substance List enhancements including improved, more powerful search capability such as wildcarding and substance categories support: view all substances, just chemicals, just radioisotopes, or filter by substance categories such as the classes/divisions of the Hazard Classification System
  • Help Identify now supports searching for unknowns by substance category, in addition to properties/symptoms. E.g., indicate the unknown is in a meth lab, or is a flammable liquid, etc.

General data enhancements:

  • 9 new user-requested chemical substances
  • WISER’s Protective Distance data menu option now includes the “Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances” data from the ERG 2004
  • Incorporation of the latest NLM Hazardous Substance Data Bank updates

You may download it from http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov, or access the on-line version, WebWISER, at http://webwiser.nlm.nih.gov.

Federal Mandate for Libraries Applying for Federal Grants

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced that libraries planning to apply for its federally funded library programming grants will be required to apply through Grants.gov. The new federal mandate affects libraries that apply for traveling exhibit grants and other grants that include a cash grant component. Applicants for federally funded grants without a cash component will not be required to apply via grants.gov.

Grants.gov (http://grants.gov) is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs from 26 federal agencies providing over $400 billion in annual awards. Before applying for grants through the Grants.gov interface, libraries are required to register in the system. The registration process can take up to two weeks to complete and it is recommended that libraries register early.

Instructions for libraries that are registering and applying for funding via Grants.gov are available from the ALA website. http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/progresources/grantsgovinfo/grantsdotgov.htm

Milk Matters: The NIH Creates New Online Resource for Teachers

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

New online resources stressing the importance of calcium for bone health are now available for middle and high school teachers. The resources are available through the Milk Matters calcium education campaign, sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health.

The new resources, available at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/milk/teachers, feature fun, hands-on classroom lessons created to teach young people about the importance of calcium for bone health. The online lessons for teachers are part of the NICHD’s Milk Matters calcium education campaign, which aims to increase awareness about the importance of calcium in children’s and adolescents’ diets. The campaign encourages 11-to-15-year-olds in particular to consume sufficient calcium because these are the years of rapid bone growth.

For the complete press release see: http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/sep2007/nichd-26.htm

Technology and Proposal Writing Classes in Lubbock, Texas

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends and the Grants and Proposal Writing classes will be offered at the University Library at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX on October 12, 2007.

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends
Date: October 12, 2007
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Content will be presented in with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies. Some of the topics to be covered include instant messaging, podcasting, blogs and wikis, social networking sites, collaboration software, and more.
A full description is available at: http://nnlm.gov/training/geekgifts/

Grants and Proposal Writing
Date: October 12, 2007
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. A full description is available at: http://nnlm.gov/training/grants/

To register: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html
All classes are free of charge and open to anyone.

NN/LM SCR DOCLINE Class in Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Getting the Best from DOCLINE 3 at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center Library on November 6, 8:30am – 12:30pm.

Course Description: Attendees will learn how to use the features of DOCLINE effectively. Instruction will include how to properly input and maintain their institution’s record and serial holdings, search for and request materials, and fill other libraries requests. Additional topics include DOCLINE upgrades, reports, Loansome Doc and EFTS.

Upon successful completion of the class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).

To register: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/register.html

These classes are free and open to anyone.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Bulow at karen.bulow@library.tmc.edu or 1-800-338-7657.

LinkOut URLs Have Changed

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The URLs for the LinkOut home page and the LinkOut Journals lists have been changed. The new URLs are:

LinkOut home page: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/linkout/

LinkOut Journals List: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/linkout/journals/jourlists.cgi?

Please update your bookmarks or any links to these URLs on your documentation.

1. This change affects all URLs that start with: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/linkout/; therefore change all bookmarks and links that contain the above prefix to the following prefix: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/projects/linkout/

2. Redirection to the new URLs from the old URLs will be automatic for 3 months.

Should you have any questions, please write to lib-linkout@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

Toxie the Cat Speaks Spanish

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Toxie the Cat ahora habla español.

Toxie, the ToxMystery guide cat, has gone back to school and can now speak Spanish. ToxMystery gamers can now move between English and Spanish as they explore the ToxMystery “house of hazards.”

The new ToxMystery en español has a “Para los padres” page giving parents more detailed information about potential household hazards. The “Para maestros” page is for teachers and has lesson plans and downloadable classroom activity pages in Spanish. ToxMystery can be used in science, health, and even for teaching in Spanish and English language classes.

ToxMystery (http://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov) is purrfect for 7-11 year olds (and fun for all ages) to learn about possible chemical hazards around the home. ToxMystery is an e-learning game that uses animation, sound effects and positive reinforcement to teach students about environmental health hazards around the home.

Come play with Toxie and see if you can find the hazards in English and en español!

New NIH Clinical Alert – Immunizations Are Discontinued in Two HIV Vaccine Trials

Monday, September 24th, 2007

A new Clinical Alert from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health, has been released: Immunizations Are Discontinued in Two HIV Vaccine Trials. The clinical alert is located at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/alerts/clinical_alerts.html

Professional Development Award Recipients

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Professional Development Award:

Carolyn Bridgewater
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA
ESRI Health GIS Conference

Sarah Knox Morely
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Albuquerque, NM
American Public Health Association Conference

Jovana Susic
Jefferson Parish Library, Metairie, LA
SCC/MLA 2007

Donna Timm
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA
Evidence-Based Medicine Conference

AT&T Grant for Wireless Technology

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The AT&T Foundation launched a $1.5 million competitive grant program to help 501(c)(3) public charities and government organizations integrate wireless communications technology into educational outreach projects. The program is designed to help organizations deliver educational content and create innovative learning opportunities in the communities they serve.

The AT&T Foundation will award one-time, education-focused, wireless technology grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to offset the cost of wireless service or to support the purchase of wireless hardware, including mobile phones, routers, or handsets.

For more information: http://www.att.com/gen/corporate-citizenship?pid=10582