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Request for Information National Network Of Libraries Of Medicine


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a Request for Information (RFI) asking health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities the opportunity to recommend effective approaches on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Information Requested:
Recognizing that there have been many changes in information seeking behavior, technology, education, and the health care environment, NLM is seeking input from current and potential user communities to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the NN/LM.

Comments can include but are not limited to the following guiding questions:

  • Priorities, Strategies, Partnerships
  • Outreach, Programs Training, Resource Sharing
  • Membership, Network Structure, Service Coordination

All responses must be submitted via email to Justin Fraser and Uyen Phuong by 3 PM June 26, 2014. Please include the Notice number (NIHLM2014157) in the subject line. Response to this RFI is voluntary.

NLM will use the information submitted in response to this RFI for planning purposes and is not obligated to comment or respond to any responder’s submission. However, responses to the RFI may be reflected in futures solicitations.

Professional Development Award Recipients

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the latest recipients of the Professional Development Award:

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Recipient: Kelly Gonzalez, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX
Activity: Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians

Recipient: Elaine Hicks, Tulane University, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, New Orleans, LA
Activity: Library Research Seminar VI, The Engaged Librarian

Recipient: Toni Hoberecht, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa Schusterman Library, Tulsa, OK
Activity: American Library Association Annual Meeting

Recipient: Lisa Huang, Collin College, Denton TX
Activity: American Library Association Annual Meeting

Recipient: Julia Jenkins, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
Activity: Library Assessment Conference

Recipient: Phill Jo University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Robert M. Bird Library, Oklahoma City OK
Activity: Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Conference

Recipient: Heather Moberly, Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Activity: American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges 2015 Meeting

Recipient: Rita Premo. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans, New Orleans LA
Activity: Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Conference

Recipient: Sandy Tharp, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Library, Perkins OK
Activity: Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference

Recipient: Yumi Yaguchi, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo TX
Activity: North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) 29th Annual Conference

MERS-CoV Spreads to the United States

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On May 2, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (or MERS) in the United States. The virus was found in a man who had traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana at the end of April.

MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness that first begin infecting humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. All reported cases since have been linked to 7 different countries, and all have originated within the Arabian Peninsula. The symptoms are similar to that of the flu: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. MERS is unusually deadly, however; around 30% of the people infected have died. Despite the name, MERS is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.

The CDC has not yet advised any travel changes and recommends the following to those traveling to the Arabian Peninsula:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness within 14 days of travel, the CDC recommends visiting your healthcare provider. For more information regarding MERS-CoV, coronaviruses, and the recent case in the United States, visit the links under Resources.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MERS CoV First US Case Announced / Press Release / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions about MERS CoV / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About Coronaviruses / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


UPDATE 5/13/2014

A second case of MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 12, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. As with the previous case, the patient was a healthcare worker who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. In a press conference, CDC Director Dr. Tom Friedan and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, iterated that so far MERS is not considered easily transmissible. The two US cases have occurred in health workers that were in close contact with those already infected with MERS. 

For the complete press conference transcript, visit the CDC’s Media page.


2014-2015 NN/LM SCR Express Outreach Award Recipients

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Express Outreach Award:

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Organization: Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge LA
Title of Project: Finding Health Information in a Digital Video World
Responsible Investigator: Courtney Britton

Organization: Morningcrest Health Library, University of Oklahoma Tulsa, Tulsa OK
Title of Project: Improving OU-T Reach with Enhanced Media Presentations
Responsible Investigator: Ruth Neal

Organization: Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans LA
Title of Project: New Orleans HINARI Training: Access to Global Health Resources
Responsible Investigator: Elaine Hicks

Organization: YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX
Title of Project: Eastside YMCA’s Summer Family Nutrition Series
Responsible Investigator: Tendai Matambanadzo

More information on these and all funded NN/LM SCR projects is available from the Previously Funded Projects page


2014/2015 Hospital Library Promotion Award Recipient

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The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014-2015 Hospital Library Promotion Award:

Institution: Oklahoma State University Medical Center, L.C. Baxter Medical Library
Project Title: Your Medical Library @ OSUMC
Project Director: Lou Ann Thompson

This project will promote library services and resources by the creation and distribution of a video and print materials. The video will be shown biweekly at the new employee orientation and yearly at the new resident orientation. A link to the video will be uploaded to the hospital electronic newsletter and intranet site. Print materials promoting library resources and services will be distributed when the video is shown.

Congratulations to Lou Ann Thompson and the L.C. Baxter Library!

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.

2014/2015 Health Information Literacy Award Recipients

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The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Health Information Literacy Awards:

Institution: LSU Health Shreveport – Health Sciences Library
Project Title: Health Literacy with Comics: Using a Comic Book Format to Help Families Prevent Childhood Obesity
Project Director: Talicia Tarver

The project will allow the Louisiana State University Health Shreveport Health Sciences Library to partner with the LSU Department of Pediatrics in creating a  health literacy comic book that addresses the obesity epidemic and is aimed at young readers in the Caddo Parish area.

Institution: OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library
Project Title: Social Work Students and Health Literacy Interventions in a Clinic Library
Project Director: Toni Hoberecht

The project will provide health literacy outreach to patients and their families in the Schusterman Center Clinic through health literacy interventions provided by a graduate assistant from the University of Oklahoma Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Clinic patients and students will also become familiar will the Morningcrest Health Library as a source of consumer health information.

Congratulations to Toni and Talicia and their libraries!

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.

2014/2015 Disaster Preparedness Award Recipient

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The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014-2015 Disaster Preparedness Award:

Institution: Texas Area Health Education Center East – Greater Houston Region
Project TitleHurricane Education through Library Preparedness (HELP)
Project Director: Alexander Reyna

The project will train public library staff to respond effectively in the event of a natural disaster and also provide disaster preparedness toolkits for dissemination at the library branch. The library will be promoted as an emergency resource center and a community preparedness event will be held in addition to ongoing information sessions during hurricane season.

Congratulations to Alex and the Greater Houston Region AHEC!

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.

Update on Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace

On May 1st, the Department of Health & Human Services released the most recent statistics on enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity (such as people enrolling due to a change in life circumstance) reported through Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Additional key findings from the report:

  • 2.2 million (28%) of those who selected a Marketplace plan were young adults ages 18 – 34
  • Of the more than 8 million who enrolled, nearly 2. 6 million signed up through State Based Marketplaces, and more than 5.4 million in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace
  • Of the more than 8 million, 54% are female and 46% are male
  • More than 4.8 million additional individuals enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP through March 31, 2014, compared to before the beginning of open enrollment in October

The complete press release from HHS yesterday can be read at:

The Marketplace Enrollment Report from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation can be accessed at:

Health Insurance Marketplace

Disaster Health Information Outreach Funding Opportunity Available from NLM

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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.


NLM @ MLA: 2014

MLA 2014 Annual Conference

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)
NLM Update
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.