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Archive for August, 2009

Follow MedlinePlus on Twitter!

Monday, August 31st, 2009

MedlinePlus is now on Twitter! Follow MedlinePlus4you at http://twitter.com/medlineplus4you

For more information on Twitter, see the earlier Blogadillo posting “Thinking about Twittering?” http://nnlm.gov/scr/blog/?p=1426

NN/LM SCR Screencasting Class in NM and LA

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials class in the following locations:

October 29 2009, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, and October 30 2009, 8:00 am-12:00 pm:
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Albuquerque, NM

November 9 2009, 12:00 pm-4:00 pm:
Ochsner Medical Library & Archives, New Orleans, LA

November 10 2009, 8:30 am-12:30 pm:
Tulane University Rudolph Matas Library, New Orleans, LA

November 11 2009, 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans Libraries, New Orleans, LA

December 2 2009, 8:30 am-12:30 pm:
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Medical Library, Shreveport, LA

This 4-hour hands-on class will provide attendees with a fun, yet informative, overview of screencasting, how you can integrate this technology into your information services and education opportunities, what hardware and software tools will work best for your needs, and how to create an effective screencast using cost-effective tools.

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

All classes are free and open to anyone. For more information on location and to register, go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/

WISER 4.3 Is Now Available

Friday, August 28th, 2009

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) 4.3 is now available! You may download it from the WISER web site, or access the on-line version, WebWISER.

Highlights of this version include:

• WISER for Windows has a new and improved user interface.
     -The Known Substance and Help Identify Unknown Chemical result lists are always visible, reducing unnecessary navigation.

     -An enhanced data menu maintains the context of the previous selection and can be kept open for quick navigation.

     -Substances can now be compared directly using a synchronized data menu.

     -Substance tabs and new auto-arrange features allow the viewing of multiple substances.

• All WISER platforms include data updates based on the latest Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) for biological agents, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (EPA AEGLs) content.

• Miscellaneous usability improvements and fixes.

(Adapted from an announcement from the NLM WISER team.)

Get Ready for “Get Ready Day 2009″ and National Preparedness Month

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Get Ready campaign, sponsored by the American Public Health Association, provides information, resources, and tools to ensure that individuals, families, and communities in the United States are better prepared for a potential influenza pandemic, emerging disease outbreak, natural disaster, or other hazardous health situation.

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August SCR CONNECTions Recording Online

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The recording of the August 19 SCR CONNECTions webmeeting “Screencasting in Libraries” is available online at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p61447556/.

Next month’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 16 at 10:30 am CT.

Topic: “A New Look at PHPartners.org”
Time: September 16, 10:30 – 11:30 am CT
Link: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/

New page for NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan’s online toolkit has a new page as of today.  The Pandemic Planning page is located here:  http://nnlm.gov/ep/pandemic-planning/

The page contains links to the CDC’s H1N1 site as well as to several Word documents that contain information about pandemic planning, some service continuity issues that may need to be addressed, and a sample of a table-top exercise that can be used to assist in pandemic planning.

According to Susan Yowell, Project Assistant, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Plan,”The current focus of the content of the page is on academic health sciences libraries, but we believe the content can be adapted to suit the needs of other types of libraries or institutions.  We will continue to develop the page, adding relevant content as it emerges.”

*Special thanks to Susan Yowell, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Charlottesville, VA, for this information.

New “Disaster Glossaries” from the Disaster Information Management Resource Center

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The Disaster Information Management Resource Center (as a part of NLM’s Specialized Information Services Division) has complied a portal of more than fifteen glossaries to provide a source of standard and concise disaster terminology for all members of the disaster risk reduction and emergency management community.

The glossaries cover topics including: climate and weather; disaster medicine; earthquakes; radiation; storms, hurricanes, and floods; and more. These glossaries were created by a variety of academic and government institutions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and George Washington University.

The website also has links to lists of MeSH terms used in indexing disaster-related articles.

To access the page directly, go to http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/glossaries.html .

The page may also be accessed via the SIS webpage (http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/), clicking on the link to “Disaster Information Management Resource Center”, and then clicking on “Disaster Glossaries”.

“Ready Classroom” Teaches Emergency Preparedness Nationwide

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Although first announced in April of this year, this resource bears mentioning again at the beginning of a new school year and the approach of National Preparedness Month.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Ad Council have joined with Discovery Education to announce Ready Classroom, an online educational program. Ready Classroom will provide elementary and middle school teachers with resources to integrate natural disaster preparedness information into their curriculum. The program is an extension of Ready Kids, a nationwide effort designed to encourage children and families to take action and prepare for emergencies.

This online resource, www.discoveryeducation.com/readyclassroom, targets grades K – 8 and provides teachers with activities, lesson plans and multimedia tools that teach students how natural disasters develop and inspires them to build their own emergency preparedness plans with their families. The complete news release can be found at http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=47960 .

The American Public Health Association urges all Americans to “Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and Get Involved.” National Get Ready Day is September 15, 2009, to coincide with National Preparedness Month.

Electronic Health Record Resources Added to Special Queries

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Electronic Health Records is the newest Special Queries available in PubMed.

From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

The MEDLINE/PubMed® Search & Electronic Health Record Information Resources page offers a PubMed search including subject terms and other keywords. Areas of coverage include implementation, attitudes, beliefs and use, data privacy, health data standards, and consumer access to the EHR and personal health records. This search strategy retrieves literature in many languages and from more than 27,000 PubMed citations, including research from many countries.

Read the full article at: Burke C. Electronic Health Record Resources Added to Special Queries. NLM Tech Bull. 2009 Jul-Aug;(369):e5.

New Screencasting Class Now Being Offered by the NN/LM SCR

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region is glad to announce the new class: Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials.

The 4-hour hands-on class will provide attendees with a fun, yet informative, overview of screencasting, how you can integrate this technology into your information services and education opportunities, what hardware and software tools will work best for your needs, and how to create an effective screencast using cost-effective tools.

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

If you are interested in hosting this class at your institution free of charge, please contact Shikun (“KK”) Jiang at shikun.jiang@exch.library.tmc.edu.