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NIH Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise

I enjoyed attending and representing the National Library of Medicine at the NIH Disaster Research Response Tabletop Exercise at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston on February 16, 2015. Approximately 100 local officials, academics, and community stakeholders attended from across the country.

The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the need for and methods of performing life saving research in natural and man-made disasters. Medical librarians will be familiar with one of the meeting’s stakeholders, the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Medical librarians, public health workers, and first responders will be interested in the electronic resources that were shared:

Steve Ramsey, MPH, of Social and Scientific Systems, Inc.

Steve Ramsey, MPH, of Social and Scientific Systems, Inc.

My favorite part of the day was when Steve Ramsey, MPH and Richard Roselli, MPH of Social and Scientific Systems, Inc. shared their evaluation of the Rapid Acquisition of Pre- and Post-Disaster Data Protocol and the NIH Disaster Research Response tool database.

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

Call for Lightning Talks at MLA’15

You are invited to submit a proposal for “Lightning Talks: Going Beyond the Limits,” taking place on Monday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m., during MLA ’15 in Austin, TX. Lightning talks are brief presentations on new research or service implementations. Each presenter will be allotted five minutes and up to three slides. Proposals will be considered for any topic that supports the overall theme of Librarians without Limits. Lightning talks are open to new submissions only. Please do not submit a proposal if you are represented elsewhere in the 2015 program.

Submissions in the form of a four-sentence/one-paragraph abstract will be accepted from February 9 to March 16. Notification of acceptance will take place approximately on April 2, with all presentation slides required by May 11. For more information, see the submission site, frequently asked questions, or the MLA ’15 website.

NN/LM SCR Closed Monday, February 16

In observance of Presidents’ Day, the National Library of Medicine and NN/LM South Central Region office will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015.

DOCLINE will be available on Monday, but DOCLINE Customer Service will not be staffed on that day. DOCLINE’s Time Triggered Actions will run on Monday.  For more information about Time Triggered Actions, go to

2015-2016 SCR Funding Opportunities Webinar

Do you have a special outreach, technology, or collaborative project that would benefit from up to $25,000 in funding? Tune in to our next SCR CONNECTions webinar at 10:30am CST Wednesday, February 18 to learn about funding opportunities in the five state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

NLM Wants Your Feedback

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections).

The working group has issued a Request for Information

Please submit your comments here.

Responses will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections) – collectively referred to in this RFI hereafter as “NLM elements”.  Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
  • How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
  • Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Digital publications; or
  • Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration.

PubMed for Trainers Class in Houston

This class is now filled. 24 of 24 seats have been taken. 

Would you like to gain new search skills, brush up on existing PubMed skills and collaborate with colleagues to develop training strategies? Space is still available as of February 10! Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers.

PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth look at PubMed and provides an opportunity to share training ideas with fellow participants. PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online and 1 in-person class (at the Texas Medical Center Library Classroom, Houston, TX.

The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

Part One (online): March 5, 2015 10am-12pm CT
Part Two (online): March 12, 2015 10am – 12pm CT
Part Three (online): March 19, 2015 10am – 12pm CT
Part Four (in-person): March 26, 2015 9:00am – 4:30PM CT This class will be held at The Texas Medical Center Library

The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework. The series is eligible for 15 hours of MLA CE credit.

For a complete description including times, go to:

To register, visit

IHA Health Literacy Conference

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement is holding its 15th Annual Health Literacy Conference in Irvine, California May 6-8, 2015. The Nonprofit / Student / Education / Government conference rate is $329. The deadline for submitting poster abstracts is February 13.

As a reminder, the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting will be held May 15-20, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

TOXNET Environmental Health Database Course

Have you heard of TOXNET but are unfamiliar with what it can do? TOXNET is a databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

The National Library of Medicine is hosting an online course March 2-27, 2015 covering the following:

  • Introduction to TOXNET: 0.5 hour (Required)
  • TOXLINE: 1.0 hour
  • ChemIDplus: 2.0 hours
  • Integrated Risk Information System & Risk Assessment: 1.0 hour
  • Hazardous Substances Databank: 1.5 hours
  • Toxic Release Inventory: 1.0 hour
  • TOXMAP: 1.5 hours
  • Household Products Database: 0.5 hour
  • LactMed: 0.5 hour
  • Haz-Map: 0.5 hour
  • WISER & CHEMM: 1.0 hour
  • REMM: 0.5 hour
  • LiverTox: 0.5 hour

NN/LM SCR Program Update

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you about a number of recent personnel changes. As many of you may know, our Community Health Coordinator and Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator positions are currently vacant. I am pleased to share that two excellent librarians will be filling these positions shortly.

Lindsy Frazer, MLIS, MS, PhD, will join us in mid-February as Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator. Lindsy comes to us from an Arkansas public library where she is the manager of an outreach department. Marcus Spann, MLIS, will begin the first week in March as Community Health Coordinator. Marcus is a librarian with outreach responsibilities in a Louisiana public library. Marcus has received advanced training in medical librarianship and attended SCC/MLA in 2013.

I am also pleased to share that I have named Jon Goodell as Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR. Jon joined the TMC Library in July 2014 as Head of Information Systems and Library Computing. He has extensive experience in a number of related areas including library community outreach, grants administration, and teaching. Jon will be dedicated 100% to this position. Owen will serve as COO and Head of Information Systems and Library Computing.

One of the primary responsibilities of our program Coordinators is to coordinate the Resource Library subcontracts. The following are the state coordinator contacts:

Arkansas: Marcus Spann –
Louisiana: Naomi Gonzales –
New Mexico: Jon Goodell –
Oklahoma: Lindsy Frazer –
Texas: Adela Justice –

I want to thank the TMC Library’s Chief Operating Officer, Owen Ellard, for his role as Interim Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR during this two-month transition period. As you know, we are committed to promoting NLM resources and supporting outreach programs in the SCR region. We are now on target for our reapplication for the 2016-2021 RML funding cycle.

L. Maximilian Buja, MD
Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
Executive Director
The Texas Medical Center Library

NIH News in Health

Many SCR Network members are familiar with NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine, but did you know the National Institutes of Health publishes another consumer focused health publication? NIH News in Health is a monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Some of February’s featured stories include articles on the risks of taking anti-anxiety medications for older adults, engineering new organs, and an article on the gallbladder and gallbladder disease and treatment.

Visit for NIH News in Health.