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Archive for November, 2011

World AIDS Day: December 1, 2011

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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World AIDS Day on December 1 brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The day is an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

In advance of World AIDS Day 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about her goal for an “AIDS Free Generation” – a goal which aligns with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Visit PEPFAR [http://www.pepfar.gov ] to view the November 8 speech.

AIDSinfo joins people and organizations worldwide in observing World AIDS Day. In keeping with this year’s theme—Leading with Science, Uniting for Action—AIDSinfo is pleased to release the redesigned AIDSinfo and infoSIDA (Spanish version) Web sites. These sites (services of the US Department of Health and Human Services and managed by the National Library of Medicine) offer federally-approved information on HIV research and treatment, including medical practice guidelines and treatment and prevention research studies, to health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public.

Looking for more ways  take action around World AIDS Day? Here are a few simple, powerful, and engaging ways:

 

Hospital Library Promotion Award Recipients

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Hospital Library Promotion Award:

Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK
Librarian: Emily McEwen

JPS Health Network, Fort Worth, TX
Librarian: Leslie Herman

Congratulations to both recipients.

New SCR Resource Library: MD Anderson Cancer Center

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

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The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that the Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is now a Resource Library in the South Central Region.  Resource Libraries play a crucial role in the provision of health information to health care providers and consumers.  Resource Libraries have significant collections and current acquisitions and provide document delivery service, including referrals. They contribute to and maintain serial holdings data, participate in DOCLINE and in other regional programs. Each Resource Library has a designated subregion in which it concentrates its services.

Congratulations to MD Anderson!

What’s New With the NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Monday, November 14th, 2011

The NN/LM National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC), located at the University of Utah, offers in-person and online training related to NLM products.

PubMed® class

The previous one-day PubMed class is being replaced with a hybrid PubMed for Trainers class. This hands-on course consists of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions in four sessions, with independent work before or after each session. The course consists of three 2 hour online sessions and an in-person session. NLM or NTC trainers will deliver the lectures and facilitate discussions.

The objectives of the class are for current and future PubMed trainers to discover and develop:

  1. functional knowledge of the MEDLINE® database,
  2. understanding of the structure and use of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH®) vocabulary in MEDLINE/PubMed,
  3. expertise in the use of features and functions of the PubMed system, and
  4. techniques and best practices in MEDLINE/PubMed instruction with fellow trainers.

The class is intended specifically for those who train, or will train, others to use PubMed. This class could be for you if you teach PubMed to large groups, small groups, or one-on-one training. We look forward to lively discussions on PubMed instruction and adult education best practices.

The first NTC PubMed for Trainers class was held in October 2011 in Bethesda, MD.   Registration is now open for the PubMed for Trainers class in Houston, TX from February 27 – March 16, 2012.  The class will also be offered in other locations from February – April 2012: Los Angeles, CA; Chapel Hill, NC; Chicago, IL; and Syracuse, NY.

TOXNET® and Beyond class

We will continue to offer the one-day TOXNET and Beyond class. This course is designed to convey the basics of searching TOXNET, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields. The course also teaches students how to use the NLM Environmental Health and Toxicology portal which provides resources beyond the TOXNET® databases. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. The databases highlighted are TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®), the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus®. The course includes lectures, online demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.

NTC will teach a TOXNET and Beyond class in the South Central Region on March 7, 2012 in Houston, TX.  The class will also be taught in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL.

Plans for Online Training

In addition to the hybrid PubMed class and in-person TOXNET and Beyond class, NTC will be offering shorter online Adobe Connect classes for delivery later this year.  In conjunction with the Pacific Southwest Region, we are also developing a Moodle version of the “Effective Training Design: Teaching with Technology” class.

In the next few months, we will be conducting a needs assessment to identify gaps in the current Web-based training offerings.  After the needs assessment is completed, we will be developing additional Web-based training.

Wait, there’s more…

The NTC blog features regularly published short articles about teaching technologies, adult education, and upcoming activities.  You can also follow us on Twitter where we are posting links to resources related to education and NLM products.  Please visit the NTC Web site at http://nnlm.gov/ntc/ for more information, to register for classes and to follow the NTC blog or Twitter feed.

–Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director

Upcoming SCR CONNECTions Webinar: Refugee Health Information

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

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Join us Wednesday, November 16, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.(CT), for NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. This month’s webinar is: Health Information Resources for Refugee Populations.

The presentation will provide an introduction to health information resources uniquely suited for refugee populations. Background information on refugees in the U.S. and their unique health issues will also be presented.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/. Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL: https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

This webinar is available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. If you cannot attend this webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.