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Archive for 2012

ClinicalTrials.gov gets a beta makeover

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ClinicalTrials.gov

On August 13, 2012, visitors to the ClinicalTrials.gov Web site and the accompanying Protocol Registration System (PRS) Information Web site (designed for data providers) saw a link to a beta site including a new integrated homepage and updated graphic design for the site (http://clinicaltrials.gov/beta/). Visitors will also have access to new and reorganized written content about clinical research, background information about the site, searching for studies, and maintaining study records. However, core functions of the site — including the basic and advanced search, search results options, and the study record data – will remain the same. The new site interface will run in parallel with the previous version for approximately four weeks after launch. After appropriate testing and additional minor changes it will permanently replace the previous interface.

PubMed Central Gets a New Moniker

Monday, August 6th, 2012

PMC image

What’s in a name? PubMed Central, a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, has shortened its name to PMC in order to avoid confusion with PubMed. What’s also new is PMC’s look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.

More information on this and other PMC changes is available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

CTSA Community Engagement Pilot Funded Projects

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Clinical Translational Science Award logo

The NN/LM SCR recently provided funding to two Universities who will develop pilot projects to identify and promote the roles of libraries in institutions that have received NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) with a focus on community engagement:

 

Institution: The TMC Library (Texas Medical Center Library), Houston TX
Description: The TMC Library will conduct two focus group sessions with each Community Advisory Board (CAB) to assess the level of knowledge of evidence-based principles, followed by conducting training for each CAB on searching evidence-based practice research databases. In addition, project staff will create a standardized curriculum for training in evidenced-based medicine. Each CAB will receive a two-hour training session using this curriculum.

Institution: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio TX
Description: The proposed project has two components: 1) to host two Asset-Based Community Development workshops in San Antonio and Harlingen, respectively, in order to support community engagement efforts in these areas and in the other CTSA funded areas within the NN/LM SCR region; and 2) to host a strategic planning session for CTSA librarians in the NN/LM SCR region.

NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Professionals Shaking Hands

The  Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 1, 2012, deadline for potential fellows for the 2012-2013 experience. The Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced Program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort.

Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Applications due: August 1, 2012

More information is available at NLM’s  News and Events.

NN/LM SCR Lending Library New Titles

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Stack of books on a desk

The NN/LM SCR has added some new titles to its Lending Library.  The materials are available for loan to any of our Network members.

  • 8 Things We Hate About I.T.: How to Move Beyond the Frustrations to Form a New Partnership with I.T. – Susan Cramm.  Learn to forge new partnerships by better understanding the needs and concerns of I.T.
  • The Accidental Technology Trainer: A Guide for Libraries – Stephanie Gerding. Includes helpful advice, tips and techniques for new trainers.
  • Evidence-Based Training Methods: A Guide for Training Professionals – Ruth Clovin Clark. Recommendations for the design and delivery of instructional solutions.
  • Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine – Michael Sappol. Spectacular, illustrated book showcases rare, beautiful, idiosyncratic, and sometimes surprising works in the National Library of Medicine. From thirteenth-century manuscripts to extravagant anatomical atlases to silent movies, pamphlets, magic lantern slides, stereograph cards, and much , much more, each item featured is a remarkable hidden treasure.
  • Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries – MLA. DVD. A panel of health information professionals highlight and discuss innovative uses of mobile technologies, address technology challenges, and provide best practice guidance for applying in local environments.
  • Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook – Silvina P. Hillar. Add images, videos, music, and much more to make your Moodle course interactive and fun.
  • The Prison Library Primer – Brenda Vogel. A practical guide to operating a prison library in contemporary society.
  • When A Loved One Falls Ill – Gerri & Brian Monaghan.  A practical blueprint on how to be an effective patient advocate. For anyone facing a serious medical challenge as well as their loved ones.
  • You Don’t Look Like a Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Creating Positive New Images in the Internet Age – Ruth Kneale. Insight and analysis into stereotypes in the digital age. How do these stereotypes affect daily work and future success of the library profession?

Use the online form located at http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/lendlib.html to request any of our Lending Library books today.

2012 Library Student Awardees

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

SCC Logo

The NN/LM SCR is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Library Student Outreach Award.  The purpose of this award is to promote the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship.  The six recipients will attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Lubbock, TX, October 13 – 17, 2012 and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.

  1. Elizabeth Amos, Library School: University of Oklahoma
  2. Ligia Groff, Libary School:  University of North Texas
  3. Phill Jo, Library School:  University of Oklahoma
  4. Melody Miller, Library School: University of North Texas
  5. Andy Taylor, Library School: University of Oklahoma
  6. Garnet Nowell, Library School: University of Oklahoma

 

Google Power Searching Class

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Google Inside Search Banner

It’s not too late to learn how about Power Searching with Google. Through a free massive open online course (MOOC), Google is providing search education for users. The class, which is lead by Daniel Russell, a Senior Research Scientist at Google, features video demonstrations, hands-on activities, assessments, and a forum. The class will also feature an online Google+ hangout where participants will be able to ask questions and interact with Google search experts in real-time.

The full class is made up of six lessons, each about 50 minutes long. The class which opens today will run through July 23rd. Students may finish assignments at their own pace during that time. Registration closes July 16th.

To learn more about the class details or to enroll, visit the Google Blog official post about the class: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/become-google-power-searcher.html

WISER App Update

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Image of the WISER App from the iPad

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced an update for the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) app. WISER for iOS 3.0 adds native support for the iPad in addition to support for the iPhone and iPod touch. This update also features some improved graphics and provides iPads with access to many WISER features including WISER’s protective distance mapping feature.

Check out what’s new in this release:
http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/whats_new_iOS_3_0.html

WISER for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-ios/id375185381?mt=8

The NLM also announced that additional updates for WISER are coming soon, including the following:

  • Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) integration (http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/).
  • Updates to WISER’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to the newly released 2012 edition.
  • WISER for Android 3.0, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform.

Drug Information Portal Goes Mobile

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Screenshot of the mobile drug information portal site

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently launched a mobile version of the Drug Information Portal.

The mobile interface provides access to information for over 31,000 drugs. Names, usage, and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites, using their mobile version when available. Spell checking and auto-suggest are also used during input.

Smartphone devices will be automatically redirected to the mobile version of the Drug Information Portal. Learn more about the Drug Information Portal from the June 25 NLM Technical Bulletin announcement.

Find out more about mobile sites from the NLM by visiting the Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites.

NIH News in Health July 2012

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Man eating

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has published the July 2012 edition of the NIH News in Health. Information in this issue includes:

  • Adopting a vegetarian diet
  • Health effects of massage therapy
  • Impact of NIH Research