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Archive for November, 2007

NLM Launches New Design of ClinicalTrials.gov

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

NLM has launched a new user interface for ClinicalTrials.gov. An article detailing many of the changes was posted on the September 13, 2007 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so07/so07_clinical_trials.html.

AHRQ Health Literacy Tools for Pharmacists

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently announced two new tools to assist pharmacists in providing better information to people with low literacy:

  1. Is our Pharmacy Meeting Patients’ Needs? A Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User’s Guide
  2. Strategies to Improve Communication between Pharmacy Staff and Patients: A Training Program for Pharmacy Staff

These tools were created to assist pharmacists in communicating with people with limited literacy skills. Individuals with low lliteracy are more likely to improperly take medications which can result in adverse effects and potentially lethal consequences. Drug warning labels are often inconsistent and misleading.

Is our Pharmacy Meeting Patients’ Needs? A Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User’s Guide consists of a three part assessment of the pharmacy, staff and patients. Strategies to Improve Communication between Pharmacy Staff and Patients: A Training Program for Pharmacy Staff is designed to introduce pharmacy staff to the issue of low health literacy and to help staff better communicate with patients.

For more information on the tools:
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/pharmlit/
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/pharmlit/pharmtrain.htm

NN/LM SCR DOCLINE Class at University of Texas Health Science Center, Briscoe Library

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Getting the Best from DOCLINE 3 at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Briscoe Library 8:30am – 12:30pm on January 10.

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 contact Karen Bulow at karen.bulow@exch.library.tmc.edu or 1-800-338-7657.

NN/LM SCR PubMed and DOCLINE Classes at Oklahoma State University – Tulsa Library

Monday, November 12th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Keeping Up with PubMed at the Oklahoma State University – Tulsa Library 8:30am – 12:30pm on December 7.

Course Description: With a hands-on approach, this class will show attendees how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will be able to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Related Articles, link to journals, Citation Matcher, and Clinical Queries. The instructor will demonstrate online searches and students, at computers connected to the Internet, will be invited to follow along. Time for individual practice will be provided.

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

The NN/LM SCR will also be offering Getting the Best from DOCLINE 3 at the Oklahoma State University – Tulsa Library 12:30pm – 4:30pm on December 7.

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 3 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 contact Karen Bulow at karen.bulow@exch.library.tmc.edu or 1-800-338-7657.

November Issue of NIH News in Health Now Online

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The November issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now online at http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/. In this issue:

Feature Stories:

Health Capsules:

Featured Web Site:

We would be happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just contact us for more information.

Harrison Wein
Harrison Wein, Ph.D., Writer/Editor
National Institutes of Health
Office of the Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
E-mail: weinh@od.nih.gov
The NIH News in Health: http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/
NIH Research Matters (eColumn): http://www.nih.gov/news/research_matters

NIDDK Website Features Spanish Health Information

Monday, November 5th, 2007

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health, has launched three new portals to feature Spanish health materials and resources on its website.

People looking for information about diabetes, digestive diseases, or kidney and urologic diseases in Spanish can now go directly to the appropriate Spanish-language portal page, where they will find an A to Z list of topics and titles. The NIDDK has 40 diabetes-related publications, 10 publications about digestive diseases, and 18 kidney and urologic publications in Spanish and will be adding more than 30 Spanish publications in the future, including one-page fact sheets that are part of the NIDDK’s Awareness and Prevention series.

The new Spanish portals are available at

http://www.diabetes-espanol.niddk.nih.gov for diabetes information

http://www.digestive-espanol.niddk.nih.gov for digestive diseases information

http://www.kidney-espanol.niddk.nih.gov for kidney and urologic diseases information

The online system for ordering NIDDK materials now includes descriptions in Spanish of available publications to help visitors choose the resources they want.
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Year 02 NN/LM SCR Library Technology Award Announced

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Congratulations to Michael Watson, MD, MLS at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Medical Library, Shreveport LA! The Medical Library at the LSU Health Sciences Center proposed a technology project with the dual purpose of improving interlibrary loan services and the library’s digitization/preservation programs. Both components will be addressed by the acquisition of a modern face-up document scanner. This scanner will extend and improve interlibrary loan operations by rapidly creating high-quality document images for transmission on interlibrary loan networks, thereby advancing the technological infrastructure in the interlibrary loan department. In addition, the scanner will facilitate expansion of the library’s digital archiving and preservation programs through the digitization of larger-format documents and facilitation of a higher volume of scanning.

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

New NN/LM SCR Technology Coordinator Announced

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Shikun (KK) Jiang will join the staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) on Monday, November 5, 2007 as the Technology Coordinator. Her previous position was as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow at the Public Health Library and Information Center at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, Atlanta GA. This position offered her opportunities for redesigning, maintaining, and statistically analyzing Intranet websites; participating in the development of an institutional digital repository for landmark CDC publications and materials; initiating and configuring a touch screen kiosk for PHLIC’s CDC Authors’ Database; and providing reference service to clients. While pursuing her MSIS, KK designed and developed instructional materials, databases, and websites for classes as a Teaching Assistant, and as an Assistant in the UNT Library’s Digital Project Lab, KK worked on the University of Texas Digitization Project where she indexed materials, provided metadata, scanned images and processed digital images for the Portal to Texas History project.

KK holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Information Technology from the College of Electronics and Information Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, and a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences, Denton TX.

She was interviewed in the October 15, 2006 issue of Library Journal, “Class of 2005 Shikun (KK) Jiang—Placements and Salaries 2005.” The article is located at: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6381200.html

KK will serve as the Louisiana State Liaison. She will serve as back-up State Liaison to New Mexico and Oklahoma.

KK’s email address will be: Shikun.jiang@exch.library.tmc.edu.

We look forward to having KK join the NN/LM SCR staff!

HHS Releases New “Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults”

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

As part of Health Literacy month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a new health literacy tool for people who serve older adults. The Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults is designed to provide useful strategies and suggestions to professionals who work with older adults to help bridge the communication gap between professionals and older adults.

In a national assessment of health literacy, only three percent of the older adults surveyed were found to be proficient in health literacy. Persons with limited health literacy have more adverse health outcomes including less frequent use of preventive services, higher hospitalization rates, and more emergency room visits. For older Americans, difficulties with health literacy can complicate already challenging health problems since as many as 80 percent of older Americans have at least one chronic disease. For more information visit: http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/olderadults/default.htm.

MCH Library releases new Knowledge Path about Children and Mental Health Challenges

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

The MCH Library released the new Knowledge Path: Children and Adolescents with Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges.

This electronic resource guide taps into the health, education, social services, and juvenile justice literature to present current, high-quality resources on the topic. The knowledge path was produced by the MCH Library to complement Knowledge Path: Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents. The new path identifies tools for staying abreast of new developments in mental health care and for conducting further research. Separate sections contain resources for families and schools and resources about specific emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. View the knowledge path online at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_Mental_Conditions.html.
Knowledge paths on other maternal and child health topics are available at http://mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/index.html.