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NLM Preservation Week Webinar

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Digital Memories: Preserving Personal Digital Photos, Documents, and Videos


Sponsored by
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
National Network Office
National Library of Medicine
April 23, 2013 from 3-4 PM ET (2-3 CT, 1-3 MT, 12-1 PT)

As part of National Preservation Week (April 21 – 27), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will sponsor a one hour webinar for NN/LM members on preserving personal digital photos, documents and videos.  A panel of NLM staff including Walter Cybulski from the Preservation and Collection Management Section and Stephen Greenberg, Christie Moffatt, and Ginny Roth from the History of Medicine Division will discuss how to preserve personal digital information.
Calling Number: 1-888-850-4523
Participant Code: 825882

NN/LM SCR Lending Library New Additions

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The image shows the book covers of all books mentioned in the post.

The NN/LM SCR has added several titles to the Lending Library this quarter. The materials are available for loan to any of our Network members.

  • 10 Steps to Successful Presentations
    Author: ASTD
    Connect with your audience and become a think-on-your- feet presenter with 10 strategies for communicating with authority. 10 Steps to Successful Presentations presents strategies to conquer the phobia of public speaking and deliver dynamic, stress-free presentations. Create captivating content; simplify complex ideas; design impactful visual aids; and contrast the characteristics of effective, dynamic presentations against those of awkward, unsuccessful presentations.
  • ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer
    Author: Elaine Biech
    ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer is a complete, customizable, template-driven train the trainer resource that allow users to quickly design and deploy programs that produce new classroom ready trainers. Interactive CD included.
  • Evidence Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 3rd Edition
    Author: Sharon E. Straus, W. Scott Richardson, Paul Glasziou, and R. Brian Haynes
    Evidence Based Medicine provides a clear explanation of the central questions of EBM – how to ask answerable clinical questions, how to translate them into effective searches for the best evidence, how to critically appraise that evidence for its validity and importance, and how to integrate it with patients’ values and preferences. This book focuses on the major challenge of practicing EBM in real time, providing tips and tools to help. Includes interactive and user-friendly CD and list of downloadable EBM resources for handhelds.
  • The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media
    Author: Laura Solomon
    The vast array of social media options presents a challenge to today’s busy librarians: it’s tough to keep current, let alone formulate a plan for using these tools effectively. Solomon, a librarian with extensive experience in web development, design, and technology, cuts to the chase with this invaluable guide to using social media in any kind of library. With a straightforward and pragmatic approach, she enlarges her best-selling ALA Editions Special Report on the topic and presents an overview of the social media world, providing context for services like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and analyzes how adults and teens use of social media impacts the library. The author offers advice on easy ways to use these tools on a daily basis, with planning strategies for posting and scheduling. The book addresses the fine points of Facebook, comparing the various types of profiles and accounts. Solomon guides readers in the basics of crafting eye-catching status updates, and other social media best practices and shows how to manage and monitor accounts, including pointers on dealing with negative feedback. The book includes a bibliography of additional resources. Solomon’s guide will empower libraries to use social media as a powerful tool for marketing, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Pathways to Teaching Nursing: Keeping It Real!
    Author: Sylvia Rayfield and Loretta Manning
    Like a compass that guides adventurers through wilderness territory, the “teach the teacher” insights in this book have as their dual purpose to both focus and empower the work of nurse educators. Authors Sylvia Rayfield and Loretta Manning have brought alive the message that our highest calling as nursing teachers is to develop teaching strategies and relationships with nursing students that foster in them a sense of worth and of identity as caring professional nurses.
  • Web Service APIs and Libraries
    Author: Jason Paul Michel
    This book shows how to enhance an institution’s presence on the web with tools that integrate a variety of handy, popular programs. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services.

Use the online form to request any of our Lending Library books today.

Apply for NN/LM SCR Funding Online

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A screen shot of the online applications portal showing guidelines and sample awards

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to introduce online applications for many of our most popular funding opportunities. Nine different award types now have online application options. Applicants for these awards may review all guidelines on the NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities page and then click on the “apply online” link where they will find the online application for the award.

The NN/LM SCR Online Applications Portal is powered by Submittable. Users will be asked to create an account or link Submittable to their Facebook account to log on. Creating an account with Submittable will provide online applicants with the ability to save and return to a draft of the application before making the final submission. Users can also upload attachments or supporting materials (Word, PDF, Excel, and images) to their application. The online system also allows users and the NN/LM SCR to promote the award opportunities through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

Traditional downloadable applications are still available for all awards. Either form of application will be accepted for review.






New Funding Opportunities from the NN/LM SCR

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Computer with dollar sign

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the latest round of funding opportunities:

Disaster Preparedness Award ($10,000):
The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness Award is to help libraries prepare for disasters so that they can assist their communities with health information and other recovery needs after an emergency. Approaches can include, but are not limited to, activities that will integrate the library into their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery plan; equipment that will allow the library to have more flexibility in responding to the Internet needs of the community; and partnerships with city emergency planning groups, hospitals, public health organizations to enhance health information access in library settings.

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award ($25,000):
The goal of this award is to connect health professionals, their patients and the general public to the health information resources from the National Library of Medicine. This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic health information for such groups and organizations as consumers, the underserved and minority health care professionals, public health workers, public libraries, and community-based and faith-based organizations.

Express Outreach Award ($5,000 per project):
The purpose of the Express Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases to improve access to health information.

Health Disparities Information Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases by populations which experience significant health disparities, including, but not limited to minority, rural and other medically underserved populations.

Health Information Literacy Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Literacy Award is to support Network member projects, particularly those from community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and other organizations that serve minority populations, to develop innovative and creative ways to promote health literacy to these target populations.

Health Information Needs Assessment Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Needs Assessment Award is to improve health information outreach through increased knowledge of community needs. Thorough needs assessments serve to analyze community needs in depth, with respect to the community’s cultural, social, economic and physical situations. This award is designed to give organizations an opportunity to study a community in detail and to subsequently design strategies that promote the National Library of Medicine’s databases.

Hospital Library Promotion Award ($5,000):
The purpose of this award is to support projects that promote the value of the hospital library to the hospital administrators and staff. As hospitals expand their services and programs, hospital librarians can play a significant role in areas such as: education and training to address knowledge management, clinical information systems, patient safety programs, electronic health records, health literacy, or patient education.

Library Student Outreach Award (funding will cover all costs related to meeting attendance):
The award provides funding for students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Fort Worth TX 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.

Mobile Applications Project Award ($8,000):
The purpose of the Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award is to provide an opportunity for Network members to provide outreach services and increase access to health information by utilizing mobile technologies. Projects may target health professionals, public librarians, public health workers, consumers, or the general public.

Professional Development Award ($1,500 per event):
The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

Technology Improvement Award ($5,000 per project):
The Technology Improvement Project (TIP) Award is intended to improve access to and increase use of free high quality health information including National Library of Medicine’s databases. It is designed to meet the health information needs of “underconnected” communities and increase access to health information services within the community.

See the NN/LM SCR Funding page for more information and for deadlines.

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project Recipients

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

AIDS ribbon

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded 13 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2012 in the 19th round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers. Emphasis is on providing information or access in a way meaningful to the target community. Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories: information retrieval, skills development, Internet access, resource development, and document access.

Congratulations to the two recipients located in the South Central Region:

The Alliance of Border Collaboratives (ABC), El Paso TX
“Promovision – Capacity Building Assistance Project”
ABC seeks to expand its Promovision outreach project that improves access to HIV/AIDS related health information by patients and affected community, caregivers and the general public. Increased utilization of NLMs HIV/AIDS resources in El Paso, Texas will be achieved through skill development via training and tutorials as well as development of resources that provide meaningful information about HIV/AIDS, prevention, services and NLM HIV/AIDS resources.

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
AIDS InfoNet
Albuquerque, NM
The AIDS InfoNet is an internationally recognized online HIV/AIDS information resource to facilitate access to factsheets on the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related information written in nontechnical language and translated into several languages. The Web site enables users to easily download and print regularly updated factsheets at no cost. In addition, the Web site contains hyperlinks to authoritative HIV/AIDS resources to facilitate individual research. Based on the continued high utilization of the factsheets, AIDS InfoNet will provide ongoing maintenance of existing factsheets and develop new factsheets based on user suggestions.

NN/LM SCR Celebrates Banned Books Week

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Banned Books Week DisplayThe NN/LM SCR celebrates Banned Books Week with a display of medically themed banned books. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Some of the books included in the display are:

  • My Mom’s Having a Baby, by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras and Dane Saavedra
  • Writers’ Voice: Selected from Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, by Paul Monette
  • Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL, by Esther Drill
  • Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
  • It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book about Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  • Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

These books are part of the Harris County Public Library collection in The Texas Medical Center Library.


National Medical Librarians Month

Monday, October 1st, 2012

National Medical Libraians Month Posting

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month. As part of this celebration, the NN/LM SCR is proud to highlight the following SCR funded projects and the librarians whose hard work made these programs successful.

  1. Connecting Patients with MedlinePlus through Their Personal Health Records. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Dixie Jones
  2. Good things come in small packages: a small hospital library goes electronic. Institution: Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City OK. Principal Investigator: Emily McEwen
  3. Health Information Centers at the Mexican Consulate and 12th Street Community Clinic. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock AR. Principal Investigator: Jon Goodell
  4. HealtheLearning for Girl Scouts: Making Reliable Electronic Health Information Accessible. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Kimberly Pullen
  5. The Hidden Gem of JPS – The Medical Library. Institution: JPS Health Network, Fort Worth TX. Principal Investigator: Leslie Herman
  6. Medical Education Mobile Outreach (MEMO) Initiative. Institution: Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans LA. Principal Investigator: Jessica Delgado
  7. Mercy Crest: Outreach Programs to Increase Awareness of Access to Services and Healthcare Information for the Elderly and Disabled. Institution: St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Fort Smith AR. Principal Investigator: Pat Morris
  8. Partnering with Ville Ste. Marie Linking Seniors to NLM Consumer Health Information. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. Principal Investigators: Deborah Sibley and Carolyn Bridgewater
  9. Preserving the History of Medicine In Arkansas. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock AR. Project Staff: Myra Suzanne Easley and Daphne Hyatt
  10. Promoting Reliable Online Health Information Through School Librarians. Institution:  Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Kimberly Pullen
  11. Shriners Hospital for Children – Galveston Consumer Health Outreach Project. Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Principal Investigator: Anne Howard
  12. Technology Education & Access for Community Health (TEACH). Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center Foundation (SEL-AHEC), Slidell LA. Principal Investigator: Helen Caruso
  13. Understanding E-Science: A Symposium for Medical Librarians. Institution: The TMC Library, Houston TX. Project Staff: Deborah Halsted, Allen Lopez, Maianh Phi and Joanne Romano

More information about these projects is available from the Previously Funded Projects page.


National Preparedness Month 2012

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, CDC, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have once again joined to promote the month of September as National Preparedness month.  As Americans remember the events of 9/11, they also encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Throughout the month, more than 3,000 organizations nationwide are supporting efforts to help Americans prepare in case of emergency, with many events culminating on “Get Ready Day, ” September 18th (see ).

For more information and resources for planning an event: .

Additional resources for Disaster Information and Emergency Preparedness from:

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


Library Student Award Deadline Coming Soon

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Library Student

Know a library student who is interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship and/or health information outreach?  Why not tell them about the NN/LM SCR’s Library Student Outreach Award?  The award provides funding for students to 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.

Applying is easy but the deadline is June 30th, so get those applications in today!