Archive for April, 2014
Monday, April 28th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.
Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.
The deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 5 pm ET.
For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2014” and summaries of the previous years’ funded projects, visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Resource Center website.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
The Medical Library Association (MLA) Annual Meeting will be held May 16-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, IL. Mark your calendars for these National Library of Medicine (NLM) Conference Sessions:
Sunday, May 18 (3:30 pm – 4:25 pm)
DOCLINE Users Group Meeting
Location: Columbus AB
Tuesday, May 20 (10:30 am – 11:25 am)
Location: Grand Ballroom
Dr. Donald A. B. Lindberg, Director
Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director
Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations
The NLM Theater in Booth 326 will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a variety of topics including: PubMed, TOXNET, MedlinePlus, My NCBI and PubMed Health.
Monday, April 21st, 2014
The recording of this week’s SCR CONNECTions webinar, Evidence Based Public Health (EBPH) is now available in the SCR CONNECTions archives. A link to the presentation materials can also be found at that site. The class is available for 1 hour of MLA CE through May 14, 2014.
As a reminder, we will not be holding SCR CONNECTions for the month of May.
Join us June 18th for our next SCR CONNECTions webinar!
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Join us April 16, 2014 for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.
Wednesday, April 16th from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)
Presenter: Naomi Gonzales, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region
Topic: “From Problem to Prevention: Evidence Based Public Health”
This month’s webinar will be a one-hour preview of an upcoming NN/LM SCR class that will go over the basics of evidence-based public health and highlight essentials of the EBPH process.
How to Log In
Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.
Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.
**Do Not Place Call on Hold**
Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).
This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.
Friday, April 11th, 2014
Free Open Source Software for Libraries (FOSS4LIB) is a resource site devoted to putting open source software into action in libraries. The site is run by LYRASIS and provides a one-stop resource list for free open source software for libraries. FOSS4Lib features lists of open source software packages divided into categories based on library needs.The site also has a forum feature. Users are encouraged to create accounts and share their experiences with open source software in libraries. For libraries that have not yet implemented open source solutions the site features decision support tools. You can also follow @FOSS4lib on Twitter to keep abreast of new open source library solutions.
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
MedlinePlus Connect now supports queries using ICD-10-CM codes. Upon receiving a problem code request with an ICD-10-CM code, MedlinePlus Connect returns relevant, patient-friendly health information from MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, and other reliable health resources. MedlinePlus Connect will continue to support ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT codes for problem code requests.
Web application documentation: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/application.html
Web service documentation: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/service.html
Try it out:
Web application demonstration page: http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/services/demo.html
Web service demonstration page: http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/services/servicedemo.cfm
Monday, April 7th, 2014
Spring is here! With the change in season comes activities like cleaning around the home and office. This year, how about cleaning up your technology? While a previous post provides some information about disinfecting mobile devices this post explores some tips for cleaning your computers and mobile devices from the inside.
Mobile technology is everywhere and with it comes the use of many applications. Apps are used to personalize our devices but have you ever thought to clean up and delete the old apps that you no longer use? Apps take up valuable storage space on our mobile devices and taking time to clean them up can free up space for other content. No doubt you have many apps that use for work or play. Those apps are safe from deletion but you may be able to group apps in categories or folders (depending on your device) to make finding your apps easier.
Apps often have periods of popularity. Some apps come out to rave reviews but lose their shine overtime. Taking a look at your device may reveal apps downloaded when they were free or popular but which you never really used. Taking a moment to clean up and delete these apps can make way for new apps and provide more storage space. With most mobile devices once an app has been deleted from the device you can download the app again, at no cost, as long as you are using the same account you used to download it originally.
In a recent post Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff shared valuable tips from his personal app cleaning experience. His words of wisdom, “if you can’t remember what the apps does, get rid of it.”
For computers, both Mac and PC, having too many files or programs on your computer may make it preform slower. It may also be time to update anti-virus software and check for any current “infestations.” Check for updates for your computer’s anti-virus software.
For more detailed information on how to keep your PC running smoothly How to Geek has a post on PC Maintenance that provides nice screenshots of how to fine tune and clean your PC. Steps for uninstalling software and disk maintenance are also included as well as tips for safely dusting your PC. If you have a Mac, Lifehacker’s post How to Speed Up, Clean Up, and Revive your Mac is a great resource for maintenance inside and out. Disk clean up and special cleaning instructions are provided.
Spring Cleaning, Tech Style from the blog Recode describes ways to organize and clean up social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter. With social media sites the it is easy to follow and like too many people, places, or things. The result is an overloaded Facebook or Twitter feed. Instead of getting all the latest information we might be missing out on information because our social media accounts are overwhelming us with updates. Lifehacker also has a recent post on How to Clean Up and Fine Tune Your Twitter feed.
Monday, April 7th, 2014
Each year during the first full week of April, the American Public Health Association (APHA) celebrates National Public Health Week (NPHW) in an effort to highlight the public health contributions to the community as well as issues still facing the nation. Each day this week (April 7-11), NPHW will focus on a different theme:
Monday 4/7 – Be Healthy From the Start (public health starts at home)
Tuesday 4/8 – Don’t Panic (disaster preparedness)
Wednesday 4/9 – Get Out Ahead (education and prevention)
Thursday 4/10 – Eat Well (nutrition and health)
Friday 4/11 – Be the Healthiest Nation in One Generation (public policy and looking ahead)
In addition to these daily themes, NPHW is also hosting a new online event–the NPHW Face Off. From the news bulletin:
“Each weekday of NPHW, APHA will select two partner events to feature as “events of the day” and will promote the events on social media through an online voting “face off.” Each morning, APHA will share the two selected events on APHA’s Facebook page. Voters can then “like” the photo of the event they are most excited about. At the end of the day, the photo that has the most “likes” wins. The winning event will be announced the following morning on APHA’s Facebook page.”
For up to date information on NPHW information and events, be sure to follow the Twitter account @NPHW!