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NLM Community Health Maps (CHM) survey

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) needs your help reaching out to current and potential users of low-cost and easy-to-use online mapping tools (GIS).

Its Community Health Maps (CHM) project ( identifies and promotes tools that seek to meet the mapping needs of communities and community organizations such as clinics, schools, libraries, health departments, faith-based and community-based groups. These tools can be used to collect and visualize health statistics and local resources, to compare data across locations, and to explore trends.

So that we can improve CHM and tailor it the specific requirements of our users, please share this GIS user needs survey at

Spotlight on NN/LM SCR Staff: Adela Justice

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Adela Justice, MLS, Consumer Health Coordinator

Texas state liaison

Areas of expertise/interest:
Health Literacy
PubMed and other database searching

Houston, TX which is heaven on Earth to me

Alma mater:
University of North Texas (B.A. in Music Performance and M.L.S.)

Favorite books:
Any fascinating non-fiction, particularly biographies. I never miss a Dave Barry book. I read very little fiction but I do love Larry McMurtry and Amy Tan, for example. A Confederacy of Dunces is one of my all-time favorites as well!

Enjoying the incredible culture in Houston such as music concerts and museums, watching documentaries on Netflix, exploring kid-friendly activities with my 2-year old son, playing blues bass and guitar.

Phone: 713-799-7183

Adela and son

At Houston’s world famous Art Car Parade, April 2015, downtown Houston


A Seat At the Table: Working With Local Responders CE being offered at this year’s MLA in May

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center is sponsoring one of the CEs that is being offered at the Medical Library Association Conference in May. The class “A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders” is being offered for $50. Anyone can attend the CE without having to register for the conference. We are wondering if you could spread the word to local Austin medical, public and special librarians who might not be attending MLA, but who might be interested in taking this CE.


A Seat At the Table: Working With Local Responders

Medical Library Association Continuing Education

Austin Texas

Austin Convention Center, Level Four, 19A

Friday, May 15, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

This course covers the basics of initiating and developing relationships with all relevant local, state, and federal officials and agencies, as well as with emergency responders.

Instructors: Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian, and Diane Brown, Deputy State Librarian, State Library of Louisiana–Baton Rouge

Course Information:

To register, select the Continuing Education Course Only package through the Medical Library Association Conference online registration system.

Texas Library Association: Austin, TX 2015

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

NN/LM South Central Region Coordinators Lindsy Frazer and Marcus Spann attended last week’s Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin, TX. This was a great opportunity to  raise awareness of authoritative sources of biomedical information across our five state region. The Texas Library Association is the largest state library association. More than 7,000 attended this year. Lindsy and Marcus met librarians from public, school, academic and special libraries.  We plan to exhibit at TLA next year when it will be held in Houston, TX, and hope to see you there!


Get Ready for a New MedlinePlus! – April 28

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the premiere consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, will be debuting a new look and interface starting April 28.

Based on a website design concept called “Responsive Design“, this new look will be fully compatible with using the website on a desktop/laptop, tablet, and/or cellphone.

The new MedlinePlus desktop/laptop view will have a 3-column look; tablet view will have a 2-column look; and cellphone view will consist of 1 column.

The great features and sections of MedlinePlus will remain, making it possible for health consumers to access and utilize its quality, reliable and up-to-date information anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The image below is a preview of the upcoming new MedlinePlus homepage with each of its various displays.

new medlineplus 2015

April SCR CONNECTions Webinar: RML Updates

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Join us this Wednesday 10:30 to 11:15am CT (9:30am MT) for program updates and funding opportunities.

How to Connect

April 2015 Texas Library Association Exhibit

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Are you attending this week’s Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin, TX? We are! Please stop by our exhibit booth and say hello to Marcus and Lindsy.

Marcus and Lindsy

NN/LM SCR Coordinators Marcus and Lindsy

MLA Webcast on Data Management April 22

Monday, April 13th, 2015


The Medical Library Association will be broadcasting a webinar entitled “The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship” Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

This webcast is designed to provide health sciences librarians with an introduction to data management, including use of data in the research landscape and the current climate around data management in biomedical research. Three librarians working with data management at their institutions will present case studies and examples of products and services they have implemented, and provide strategies and success stories about what has worked to get data management services up and running at their libraries.

Learn more and register.

April 2015 Resource Library Directors Meeting

Monday, April 13th, 2015

We had a wonderful meeting with leaders from NN/LM South Central Region Resource Libraries Thursday, April 9 in Tulsa, OK. After a brief NLM and NN/LM update we jumped right in to our small group discussion sharing sessions.

I would like to thank AAHSL President Paul Schoening and NN/LM MidContinental Region Associate Director Claire Hamasu for recording their discussion starting presentations, and NLM NN/LM National Network Office Consumer Health Librarian Lisa Boyd for her live presentation via Skype.

We were very pleased to hear the ideas shared and will integrate what we learned with our programs.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

April 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Friday, April 10th, 2015

NIH NewsinHealth picThe April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available.


Sharing Reliable Health Information

You hear and read health advice all the time—from friends, online sources, radio, TV, and more. How do you know what health information you can trust?

Readers’ Favorite Online Health Stories
Rashes, Sore Throats, Kidneys, and More

NIH News in Health aims to bring you a wide range of health-related stories. Here are 5 reader favorites.


Health Capsules:

Cleaner Air Tied to Healthier Lungs in Kids

What Do You Know About Sarcoidosis?

Featured Website: National DNA Day

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
We love hearing from readers who let us know how they share and use health information, including NIH News in Health. Thanks for sharing your feedback, story ideas, and other comments over the past decade. We look forward to bringing you 10 more years of evidence-based health information. Share your thoughts with us at or send us a photo of how you or others use the newsletter, and we may post it to our Facebook page.