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SEA Currents

SEA Currents Volume 19, Number 3 -- May/June 2001

SEA Currents is a bimonthly publication of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Inside this issue

NOTE: This is a newsletter. The links and information are up to date when published and are NOT updated after the published date. The web links have been removed from this issue.

A New Contract Begins

by Janice Kelly, executive director

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library was awarded a $7.5 million, five-year contract by the National Library of Medicine® to serve as the Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine®, Southeastern/Atlantic Region. The contract will run from May 1, 2001-April 7, 2006.

The mission of the Network is "to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by: 1) providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information; and 2) improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health."

To achieve the mission the RML will:

Our plan is to build on the work we have done in the past and initiate projects that support NLM initiatives. We will continue to: recruit members, promote NLM products, promote electronic document delivery, promote use of Internet and technology to improve services, and maintain and improve communications with Network members.

We will work to expand our Network membership base to include public and school libraries, as well as, community-based organizations that provide health information.

The SE/A will develop, implement and evaluate targeted outreach programs within the region to bring biomedical information resources within easy reach of US health professionals and the public. Projects will target special populations such as unaffiliated health professionals, health professionals in inner cities and rural areas, health professionals serving minority populations; community health centers serving special populations; health professionals who work with AIDS/HIV patients. Projects will be funded also to identify and make available local/regional health resources for minority, inner city, rural or low-income populations; provide equipment, connections, and training to unaffiliated community health centers that serve minority, inner city, rural or low income populations; or address a health disparity as identified in the state's Healthy People 2010 initiative.

In consumer health we plan to target low-income, low-literacy, minority, senior and adolescent citizen populations so they may meet their health information needs. Training, connections, identifying and addressing health disparities and development of age and reading appropriate, web-accessible materials will figure prominently in the subcontracting plan.

Training will be provided to health professionals, librarians, health consumers, Historically Black College and Universities, biotech industry, and community agencies that address health disparities or target lower socioeconomic or special populations. Training will focus on NLM databases, consumer health, and technology issues.

Throughout the five years we will offer funding opportunities to our Network members. These include: subcontracts for information access or connections projects, technology awareness conferences, health sciences librarian recruitment awards, library improvement projects, technology improvement projects, and exhibiting outreach.

We are happy to once again serve as the Regional Medical Library for the SE/A. We look forward to working with you over the next five years to improve health information access in your state or locale. We expect it will be an interesting and exciting five years with new discoveries in health, new paradigms in education, and new advances in information technology.

Read a more detailed description of our plan for the next five years at:

Free Alerting Service Sends PubMed Search Results Via E-mail

by Rita B. Smith, SMITH_RB@Mercer.EDU

MEDLINE® users who run the same searches on a regular basis may find a new PubMed e-mail alert service useful. BioMail ( is a free automated alert service which allows users to set up customized PubMed searches and receive search results at periodical intervals, such as every week or every month. Unlike PubMed 's own Cubby feature, which requires users to return to PubMed and log in to the Cubby in order to run pre-formulated searches, BioMail delivers PubMed search results via e-mail. The use of BioMail has grown dramatically since its inception in early 2000, and user statistics available at the BioMail website show over 4000 users as of May 2001.

BioMail, which is hosted by the University Hospital and Medical Center at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is simple to use. Basic instructions for use are available in English and six other languages at the BioMail site, in addition to screenshots (in English) that demonstrate setting up an account and sample search. In order to set up BioMail service, users must first register. The only information required for registration is an e-mail address and self-selected user name and password. Once registered, users may create and store up to twenty distinct PubMed searches. If more searches are required, an additional BioMail account must be created.

The BioMail configuration page provides a single text box in which to enter each desired search, so an understanding of PubMed search strategies will be necessary for optimal retrieval. Several hints for creating a search are provided, along with links to PubMed "Help," but those unfamiliar with PubMed syntax, limits, and other search features may need additional guidance in order to build an appropriate search.

After entering their desired PubMed search, BioMail users can select from several delivery options, including search frequency (twice per week, weekly, twice per month, or monthly) and the maximum number of results to be displayed (up to 400). Users may choose HTML or plain text as their preferred e-mail message format, but HTML is necessary in order to make full use of BioMail delivery features. BioMail makes it possible to test each search before it is submitted, so searches can easily be modified during set-up. After establishing an account, users can change their BioMail settings or unsubscribe from the service at any time by returning to the BioMail site or by following the link provided in each e-mail message received.

Users who have created a BioMail account and one or more PubMed searches will receive search results at specified intervals in the form of an e-mail message. A subject line may be specified for each BioMail search, which facilitates auto-filtering results into a designated e-mail folder. Each e-mail message from BioMail shows the details of the PubMed search at the top of the page, followed by a brief summary of the search frequency and number of references found. The search results in the message appear in typical PubMed format and contain active hyperlinks so that one can view abstracts and related articles by clicking on links in the e-mail message itself.

The normal PubMed checkbox with which to mark records is also present in BioMail search results, allowing users to select some or all of the articles listed in order to view abstracts, view references in MEDLINE format, or display records for importing into a database, spreadsheet, or citation manager such as EndNote. In addition, all or some of the citations may be stored in a personalized "Reference Treasury," which enables users to collect citations from multiple BioMail messages in one designated location, rather than importing or displaying references from each individual BioMail message received.

NOTE: BioMail users who receive search results via Hotmail will find that HTML functionality in their search results is disabled. BioMail recommends using an alternative web-based e-mail provider, such as Yahoo, in order to make full use of available features.

Providing Palmtop Hardware Support in the Library

by Mari Stoddard, Head of Educational Services
Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona

Libraries can support palmtops in several ways: hardware, content, evaluation, education, and alerts. Hardware is the simplest, least expensive and most visible. Libraries can put a PC-to-palmtop device on a library PC so customers can print files, download text (MEDLINE searches, articles, or web pages) or install applications.1, 2

These "PC-to-palmtop devices" include cradles, cables and IrDA (infrared) connectors.3 Bluetooth and wireless LAN (802.11b) connectors for palmtops are being demonstrated, but not yet sold.4 Cradles will be the most familiar to your customers, but are brand and sometimes model specific, so you may need five or six different types. Which cradles to buy? Check to see what device your local palmtop champion carries and support that model. For Palms, the most common brands and models are the Palm III family, Handsprings, and Palm V/Vx. PocketPCs have about twelve percent of the market, so you may not need to support them yet.5

Cables are much cheaper than cradles, and work with more types of palmtops. Cables are much less visible than cradles, so patrons are less likely to notice them. Unfortunately, their small size makes them easy to steal as well. Put big, visible and permanent labels on cables to identify which palmtop(s) they support and to mark library ownership.

IrDA adaptors work with all types of Palms and PocketPCs, but require training users and upgrading hardware and software. Moreover, new Bluetooth and wireless LAN devices probably will supplant IrDA within a year.6

There are two applications for using Palm cradles and cables: Hotsync (ActiveSync for PocketPCs) and PInstall, both free. Hotsync copies everything from the palmtop to the desktop, a major confidentiality problem. However, for customers who want help with complex Palm applications such as AvantGo and ePocrates, Hotsync is essential. Be sure to delete the user's data after a Hotsync session. On the other hand, PInstall only moves data from the desktop to the palmtop; it is faster and more confidential.7 PInstall converts text documents to Palm DOC format on the fly, and can install simple Palm applications.

You can purchase cradles, cables and IrDA adaptors from local computer stores or on the web. The costs for PC-to-palmtop devices are:

In addition to providing cradles, cables and IrDA adaptors, some libraries are letting patrons checkout keyboards and other peripherals for their palmtops. However, starting with PC-to-palmtop devices is one of the least expensive and most visible ways that libraries can be proactive in providing customer support for increasingly popular palmtops.

1 Eandi E. Handheld Computers Facilitate Patient Care and Tracking. Latitudes 10(2); March/April 2001.
2 Stoddard M. PDAs for Health Care Providers.
3 Hayes B. Mobilize your data: transfer files among PDAs, notebooks & desktops. Smart Computing 6(10); Oct 2000:20-21
4 Xircom. SpringPort Wireless Ethernet Module.,1298,0-0-1_1-1633,00.html
5 NPD INTELECT Market Tracking. PDA'S top brand shares by units: December 2000. [Note: Royal Business makes the daVinci, a Palm clone.]
6 Fisco R. Infrared: Facing the Firing Squad? PC Magazine Mar 16 2001.,6755,2692051,00.html
7 envi.con. PInstall.

Article republished with permission from Latitudes, May/June 2001, volume 10, issue 3,

CBS Health Watch

by Jana Allcock, Outreach Coordinator

If you're familiar with Medscape, a website for health care professionals since 1995, you may have heard of their product for consumers, CBS HealthWatch This website endeavors to offer high quality information and interactive tools to help folks manage their personal health.

Among the Health Topics, there are three levels of language the user can choose from: Basic, Advanced, and What my Doctor Reads. Medical Test information comes from the Patient's Guide to Medical Tests (1997) from Yale University. Other features include: Self-care and first aid, links to organizations, as well as an audio archive. The "mini medical school" gives the reader an in-depth view of a system of the body, such as the musculoskeletal system. These modules are from Emory School of Medicine, and allow the user to test their newly-gained knowledge.

If you choose to register, you can customize the interface and use interactive tools to track your progress on health goals. Some of these include: personal health calendar, log your meals, track your appointments, exercise plan and track your weight and medications. You can choose to communicate with others - even develop a network of "Health Mates", or Ask an Expert". Financially, the website is supported by advertisement and Medscape Inc investments. You may want to take the time to read their advertising policy prior to using CBSHealthWatch.

Check out the features of this website, and see what you like and dislike about it. You never know - someone could come to you for just THAT recommendation!

Obtaining Copies of the Clinical Privilege White Paper

by Ione Auston , Librarian, National Information Center on Health Services

There has been some discussion recently on MEDLIB about the Clinical Privilege White Paper and about how libraries can obtain copies of these reports at "reasonable cost". The National Information Center on HealthServices Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) (, a component of NLM, is responsible for the selection of these reports and the appearance of citations to these reports in PubMed .

In general, NLM tries to include only materials in its databases which are readily available via interlibrary loan or which can be purchased at reasonable cost. The Clinical Privilege White Paper reports are single reports and cannot be reproduced by NLM for ILL purposes. These reports, however, contain unique information that NLM thinks is valuable to its users as well as information that is not readily available elsewhere.

NLM is pleased to announce that it has negotiated with the Credentialing Resource Center, the publisher of the Clinical Privilege White Paper, and have obtained the following information about pricing for libraries for individual reports:

The Clinical Privilege White Papers, which are published by the Credentialing Resource Center, a division of HCPro, are written for credentials committees and medical staff offices that are developing or revamping their criteria for privileging medical specialties, sub-specialties, procedures, and allied health professionals. To obtain a $15.00 copy of an HCPro Clinical Privilege White Paper, please give the title and number of the White Paper: e.g., General Surgery, #161 and use one of the following:

Telephone: 800/650-6787, Fax: 800/639-8511

Nursing Web Sites

by Mary Kay Hartung, Health and Social Sciences Librarian
Florida Gulf Coast University, Email: mhartung@FGCU.EDU

Looking for some good nursing web sites, you might want to look at the subject guide created for the Nursing Program at FGCU. While it includes library materials, there is a section on Internet Resources:

and one on Organizations:

NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents, May-June, 2001

Technical Notes - e1:


Future of the MEDLINE Unique Identifier - e2
An update on NLM's plans for the MEDLINE Unique Identifier

NLM Announces the National Training Center and Clearinghouse Contract and the May-December 2001 Class Schedule - e3

New Version of LOCATORplus - e4
The new version of LOCATORplus offers several new search options and display features.

Title Word Search Added to Single Citation Matcher - e5
Now there is an entry box to include title words in the Single Citation Matcher search.

AIDS-related Citations Added to PubMed ® and the NLM Gateway - e6
AIDS- and HIV-related journal and meeting abstracts citations unique to the former AIDSLINE® database are now in PubMed and the NLM Gateway , respectively.

How to Search OLDMEDLINE Using the NLM Gateway - e7
Learn how to search for journal literature from the late 1950s and early 1960s using the NLM Gateway .

Hands On: Adding Your Library's Icon using the PubMed Cubby - e8
Learn how to use the Cubby to display the icon for your library by setting LinkOut preferences.

Histline Discontinued

As part of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) program to modernize its computer systems and to implement its integrated library system®, HISTLINE, together with NLM's other special databases, is being phased out as a separate NLM database.

Online citations to NLM's historical literature previously stored in HISTLINE have been moved and made searchable online as follows:

1. Monographs:

Old citations to historical monographs (including books, audiovisuals, serials, book chapters, and meeting papers) are now in LOCATORplus , NLM's web-based online public access catalog, where they may be searched separately from now on, along with newly created citations. Search LOCATORplus

2. Journal Articles:

Old citations to journals have been moved to PubMed , NLM's web-based retrieval system, where they may be searched separately along with newly created citations. Search PubMed at

3. Integrated History Searches:

NLM has online citations to both types of historical literature -- journal articles as well as monographs -- again accessible through a single search location, " NLM Gateway " Search the NLM Gateway

Who to Call on for What

by Janice Kelly, Executive Director

The NN/LM SE/A staff has been slightly reorganized with the new contract. Most of what we do hasn't changed, but with more Network members and more things to do we have found it necessary to re-allocate tasks.

Network Access
Beth Wescott is our network access coordinator. Her job is to assist with the recruitment of Network members and manage our resource sharing and communications program. Beth is responsible for DOCLINE ®/SERHOLD®/DOCUSER® training and consultation, e-SEA Currents and membership materials. Beth has an extensive knowledge of the public health community and she will be assisting with some of our outreach efforts in that arena.

Each of the three outreach coordinators will manage a sub-region of the SE/A. In each sub-region, the assigned coordinator will provide training on PubMed , MedlinePlus ®, and consumer health, exhibit at state and local meetings, provide consultations, assist with grant information and develop and monitor subcontracts.

Toni Yancey's sub-region is Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In addition to the above tasks, Toni will manage the national exhibits program and be the lead person on grants.

Jana Allcock's sub-region is Maryland, District of Columbia, West Virginia, and Virginia. In addition, Jana will manage our consumer health outreach program, developing new ideas and initiatives in that area.

The yet to be named coordinator's sub-region is Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Mississippi. This person will be responsible for our overall education program, informing us all about changes to NLM's databases, keeping our education materials up-to-date, and developing new ways to deliver education programs.

Bryan Vogh is our technology coordinator. Bryan's job is to keep our web site current and beautiful, provide training on web searching and resources, consulting on technology issues, and developing and monitoring technology related projects, such as our electronic document delivery initiative with Beth.

Support Staff
Colette Becker, Evelyn Peyton and Ruth Collins are here to answer the phone, triage questions, and provide support to the coordinators.

Executive Director
The buck stops here. I do the budget, give people the good or bad news about funding, convince NLM that we should fund everything that everyone wants, and keep up with the paperwork so we can stay in business. I also operate the complaint, compliments and new idea division so if you have one, I'm the one to call.

Upcoming Events August - October, 2001

August - October 2001

August 4-9

National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly of the National Medical Association
Nashville, TN
Contact: NMA Headquarters at 202-347-1895

September 13-16

Emergency Nurses Association, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
General Assembly - Sept. 12-13, Scientific Assembly - Sept. 14-16, Convention Center
FAX your registration to 847-460-4005

October 17-19

Mid-Atlantic Chapter/Medical Library Acssociation Annual Meeting, Ocean City, MD
Sunny Daze: Eyeing the Future

October 18-19

Virginia Library Association, Richmond, VA
"Virginia Libraries: Where Readers Connect"

October 24-28

Triple Chapter Meeting; Midcontinental, Southern and South Central MLA Chapters, New Orleans, LA

Publication Information

This Issue: SEA Currents, May/June 2001, volume 19, issue 3

Please send items and contributed articles for SEA Currents to Beth M. Wescott, Editor, at :

NN/LM Southeastern /Atlantic Region
University of Maryland Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1512
Phone: 410-706-2855 or 1-800-338-7657 and Choose 1 for Regional Network Office
Fax: 410-706-0099

NN/LM SEA Staff:

Frieda Weise, Director,, 410-706-7545

Janice Kelly, Executive Director,, 410-706-2855

Jana Allcock, Consumer Health Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Bryan Vogh, Technology Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Beth Wescott, Network Access Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Toni Yancey, Outreach Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Position Open, Outreach Coordinator, 410-706-2855

Colette Becker, Assistant to the Executive Director,, 410-706-2855

Ruth Collins, Secretary,, 410-706-2855

Evelyn Peyton, Secretary,, 410-706-2855

NOTE: This is a newsletter. The links and information are up to date when published and are NOT updated after the published date. The web links have been removed from this issue.