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AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

NLM welcomes your feedback on the AIDSource website. Please send your comments to:




NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program 2015-2016

The Future Leadership Committee has announced the Fellows of the 2015-2016 National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries, through a combination of in-person and virtual learning experiences, and a formal mentor pairing with an academic health sciences library director.

Rick L. Fought, MLIS, AHIP

Assoc. Professor & Head, Electronic &Collection Services, Health Sciences Library
University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN

Mentor: Andrea Twiss-Brooks, MS, MSLS
Co-Director, Science Libraries Division, Head of Collection Services,
The John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Stephanie Kerns, MLS

Assoc. University Librarian for Information & Research Services & Assoc. Professor
Oregon Health & Science University Library, Portland, OR

Mentor: Julia F. Sollenberger, MLS, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. VP & Director, Medical Center Libraries & Technologies, Assoc. Professor Community & Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine & Dentistry
Edward G. Miner Library, Univ. of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Stephen Kiyoi, MLIS, MS HAIL

Library Director, UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA
Mentor: Holly Shipp Buchanan, MLn, MBA, EdD, FMLA, AHIP
Executive Director, Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center, Professor, School of Medicine,
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM

J. Dale Prince, MA, MLS, AHIP

Executive Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region
University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Mentor:  Anthony Frisby, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Family & Community Medicine & Director, Center for Teaching & Learning & the Scott Memorial Library,
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Stephanie J. Schulte, MLIS
Assoc. Professor & Head, Research & Education Services
Health Sciences Library, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Mentor: Patricia Thibodeau, MLS, MBA, AHIP, FMLA
Assoc. Dean for Library Services & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

NLM: 2015 Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards

The National Library of Medicine has announced the funding of partnerships between libraries and organizations with disaster-related responsibilities. The purpose of these projects is to improve the use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, etc. These projects will use online resources on disaster topics including those from NLM.

The 2015-2016 projects are:

City of Portland, Public Health District
“Public Health Emergency Coordination with Libraries”
Portland, ME
In partnership with:
Portland Public Library
The City of Portland, Public Health Division and the Portland Public Library will develop the role of libraries in disaster health emergency response in Cumberland County, Maine through training library staff on preparedness and disaster health information and creating a role for library staff to assist during a public health emergency.

Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library
“The Value of Improved and Sustained Information access By Library Expertise (VISIBLE) in Missouri”
St. Louis, MO
In partnership with:

St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)
Mid-Atlantic Regional Council for Emergency Response (MARCER)
Boone County Department of Emergency Management
Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)

The Saint Louis University Institute for Biosecurity and the School of Medicine Medical Library are collaborating with four emergency management agencies across Missouri to increase awareness and knowledge of National Library of Medicine information resources among emergency responders and reference librarians through a train-the-trainer format. This project will expand the role of Missouri reference librarians by partnering with local emergency responders and will increase the capacity of Missouri emergency managers, disaster planners, public health professionals, and reference libraries to access accurate and evidence-based information on disaster topics.

University of Washington Health Sciences Library
“RRAIN Washington – Response and Recovery App in Washington Phase II”
Seattle, WA
In partnership with:
Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response
Washington State Emergency Management Division

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response and the Washington State Emergency Management Division aims to improve access to National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster information resources in Washington by developing a project website and mobile application (app) for Android devices called Response & Recovery App in Washington (RRAIN Washington). This is a follow-on project to the RRAIN app created in 2014 for iPhone and iPad devices. The app is intended to enhance first responder decision making by providing easy access to reliable health information for statewide disaster response and recovery.

For more information concerning these projects and others, please visit Disaster Health Information Outreach Awards

Registration Available for WebJunction Webinar on Health Literacy (Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders)

Registration is now available for the upcoming WebJunction webinar, Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders, on October 21, 2:00-3:00 PM CST. Presenters include Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region; and Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, NN/LM MidContinental Region. If you are interested, please refer to the registration link for more details.

NCBI Webinar on LinkOut: Linking to Datasets, Databases and More

On October 2nd, NCBI staff will present a webinar on LinkOut, an NCBI service that allows you to link directly from NCBI databases to a wide range of relevant information beyond the NCBI systems. This webinar will provide an overview of the service and highlight resources that participate in LinkOut, with a special emphasis on resources beyond full text articles, including databases, datasets and research tools.

If you use NCBI databases, produce databases, datasets or resources, or are a librarian supporting research and data science, this webinar is for you.

Date and time: Friday, October 2, 2015 12:00PM EDT Registration URL:

After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. The webinar and any materials will also be archived on the Webinars and Courses page, where you can also find information about future webinars.

* LinkOut:

* NCBI on YouTube:

* NCBI Webinars and Courses:

New multi-agency RFI on exascale computing

RFI on Science Drivers Requiring Capable Exascale High Performance Computing (

Purpose: This is a multi-agency request for information to identify scientific research topics and applications that need High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities that extend 100 times beyond today’s performance on scientific applications. Currently, computational modeling, simulation, as well as data assimilation and data analytics are used by an increasing number of researchers to answer more complex multispatial, multiphysics scientific questions with more realism.

Background: This is a request for information from NSF, DOE, and NIH for community input identifying scientific research that would benefit from a greatly enhanced new generation of HPC and in support of the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) (

Request for Information: All responses must be submitted to by October 16, 2015

Online Course: “Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine.” Registration now open!

COURSE: Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This 8 credit hour CE course will introduce basic concepts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.


Dana Abbey, MLS, NN/LM MCR and Adela Justice, MSLS, NN/LM SCR


This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 6 weekly units, beginning October 26, 2015 and ending December 4, 2015. Time commitment: plan on an average of 30 to 90 minutes per week.


This course has been certified for 8 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 8-hour instruction requirement. This course is also approved for Level I or Level II CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Learn more about the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) program.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so register soon.

COST: No charge.

QUESTIONS: Contact Dana  or Adela.

New Health and Medical Reference Guidelines from ALA

The American Library Association’s RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) recently announced updated Health and Medical Reference Guidelines, recently approved at the June 2015 ALA annual conference. The description is:

These guidelines are for all information services staff (hereafter referred to as “staff”), regardless of questions or library type. Health and Medical Reference refers to questions that pertain to any aspect of health, medicine, or biomedicine, including but not limited to consumer health, patient health, public health, environmental health, complementary and alternative medicine, biomedical research, and clinical medicine.

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist staff in responding to health or medical inquiries. For staff who rarely answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to assist staff to be prepared and feel confident that they are providing the best possible response. For staff who regularly answer medical questions, the Guidelines are intended to ensure that reference skills are well-rounded.

The guideline’s sections are:

1.0    Role of Information Services Staff
2.0   Reference Transaction Professional Behavior
3.0   Ethics
Related Guidelines and Sources

New MLA Website

Medical Library Association members may have noticed we have a new website. Powered by the online community platform Socious, the new site provides greater consistency among various MLA Section, Special Interest Group, and Committee units. MLA members use the email address and the same password as the previous site. Read MLA Director of Communications Elizabeth Lund’s post, “7 Things to Try on the New MLANET.”

Call for Nominations: Fellows and Honorary Members of the Medical Library Association

MLA’s greatest assets are the collective wisdom of its members and the support received from friends and affiliates.  Some of our colleagues have made sustained and outstanding contributions to the profession and are deserving of recognition as Fellows of MLA.  Individuals who are not members but who have similarly contributed in a significant way to advancing the missions of the Association and profession may also be recognized as Honorary Members.  Please consider nominating a colleague for Fellow or a non-member for Honorary Member status (FMLA).  Peer recognition builds a stronger community!

Nominations are due to MLA November 1, 2015.  Please visit MLANET at  for details and to access the nomination application form.  Please email Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP, Jury Chair, at for additional information or questions.