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SEA Currents Volume 19, Number 4 -- July/August 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.

Outreach Continues to Flourish in Region 2

by Janice Kelly, executive director

Outreach continues to flourish in the Southeastern Atlantic Region of NN/LM. In the first year of our new contract we have funded five outreach projects that address the information needs of public health professionals as well as those of health consumers.

George Washington University (GWU) Himmelfarb Library received funding in the 1996-2001 NN/LM contract period for the PARTNERS for Consumer Health project. This effort provided health information resources to the staff, clients and patrons of the District of Columbia Non-Profit Clinic Consortium (NPCC.) GWU has received funding for a Phase II of this project to pilot health promotion activities in four of the new AHEC sites in D.C. while enhancing services at the original NPCC sites. GWU proposes to: develop locally relevant, linguistically and culturally appropriate health promotion materials and activities with clinic staff and clients using an empowerment model of health education; provide software to support people with lower literacy levels; and offer interpreter and translation services to non-English speakers to assist them in using web resources. The proposal runs from August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002.

In Maryland, the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) will test the impact of working with faith-based communities through a parish nurse program. Parish nurses focus on the link between spiritual and physical well being with an emphasis on education and advocacy. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has recognized parish nursing as a specialty. The Maryland project team will focus on identifying parish nurses in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties to assess computer literacy, Internet access and knowledge and skills specific to health information. The project will remedy identified needs by providing training, a web site for parish nurses, and ongoing health information support from the information professionals at HS/HSL. Congregants at participating churches may receive support from the HS/HSL directly or through a parish nurse. The project runs from June 1, 2001 - May 31, 2002.

Ann Duesing, outreach librarian at the University of Virginia's College at Wise, lives, works and is actively involved in many local health promotion and education activities in Southwest Virginia. To address the second leading cause of death in Southwest Virginia, UVA and its partners, CHALIC (The Central Highlands Appalachian Leadership Initiative on Cancer) and LENOWISCO Chapter (counties of Lee, Wise, Scott and the City of Norton,) seek to expand health promotion efforts locally by creating a cancer resource center to assist cancer patients and their families. Project team members will provide PubMed , MedlinePlus and reference interview training to a bank of volunteers who will work directly with cancer patients and their families many of whom are not computer literate. In addition, they will develop brochures, provide presentations and attend community health events to advertise the center. A Cancer Resource Center web site is planned. The contract runs from July 1 2001 - December 31, 2002.

East Tennessee State University's (ETSU) Quillen College of Medicine Library proposes to create a Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS) for the effective dissemination of health information to the public and to the health professionals who treat them. This project, modeled after the successful CHIS program managed by the University of Tennessee's Preston Medical Library (UMTC), works closely with the public libraries to provide document delivery, reference services, consumer health web page development and training to the public librarians and the general public. ETSU proposes also to provide electronic document delivery of consumer and patient information to physicians and to train health professionals in the use and availability of Internet based consumer health resources. The project would serve 250,000 people in urban counties through the Northeast Tennessee Area Health Education Center, a 17 county area of which 11 are designated health professional shortage areas. The project runs from July 1, 2001 - December 31, 2002.

The University of Florida (UFL) Health Sciences Center Library proposes to improve the awareness, availability, accessibility and relevance of up-to-date and accurate online information to public health professionals in 14 rural northern Florida counties. Project team members will provide onsite training to county health professionals on how to use the Internet to find relevant information. They also will develop a series of public health resources training modules tailored to meet each local public health department's information needs and interests and that can be delivered in traditional computer classroom instruction and distance learning sessions. Also planned are exhibits and demonstrations at state professional association meetings and development of relationships with the Florida Department of Health. They will work with the faculty of the new Masters of Public Health program at UFL to enhance the development of informatics training. The project runs from July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002.

Three project teams, ETSU, University of Maryland, and GWU, have agreed to work with NCBI to provide training on and promote use of during the course of their project and to provide NCBI with user feedback.

Outreach efforts such as these help the NN/LM support its mission to provide health information to the nation's health professionals and the public. Funding opportunities will be available to address information access issues in each year of the contract. We will notify you when the next funding opportunity occurs.

From the Users' Viewpoint: Freeshare

Items about Freeshare collected by Tanya Marie Sanchez, LDS Hospital Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Only a few libraries had actual numbers, but all who did have experienced decreases in cost. One library cited a 58% decrease in cost, the highest noted. Other people wrote with positive comments about Freeshare. The following are representative:
"Cooperation at its finest."
"Response time is wonderful."
"The communication with other librarians that has taken place has been enjoyable."
"I am a strong believer in Freeshare and want to thank every group that is willing to share."

Madeleine Taylor
Our busiest FreeShare month was approx. 15 articles in and out. I think that Doris may be so inundated because her collection is much more specialized than most hospital libraries.

Diane Bourque
I only use FREESHARE when my other consortia libraries are all gone through and they refer on. Freeshare is a last free resort for me. Then when all else fails, I go to a fee library. I hope I do not have any Freeshare libraries in my cells (unless they are within my consortium) unless I have their permission to do so.

Lora Thompson
We see on average between 2-5 Freeshare requests a month(for sending and receiving). I love the ability to search Freeshare libraries when my other free options come up empty.

I don't put any Freeshare libraries in my routing tables. My tables are full of members of the two consortia I belong to and the last two cells are full of pay-for-ILL libraries.

I have set my DOCLINE settings so that my request is first routed through all my consortia libraries. The two fee based cells are not checked and neither is NLM. Then if the request comes back to me, I search all of my consortia via SERHOLD because my cells won't fit all of the consortia members. If that comes up with nothing I then search Freeshare via SERHOLD and if more than one library comes up, I pick one that I haven't used often or ever. I know this sounds long, but it just takes seconds to do...really!

I really think that filling a routing table with Freeshare places is unfair to those places. There are hundreds of Freeshare libraries. Why should a place always route to the same few libraries?

For another point of view:
I once prefixed a request to a Freeshare library in the midwest. It was turned down so I called them to find out why. From our nice conversation, I discovered they only processed Freeshare requests from places that had them in their routing tables. They were doing this because they were getting too many requests so they were turning down the prefixed ones. I explained my point of view and he seemed to see that people using them in the routing tables was causing the problem in the first place. By turning down a prefix request, the whole idea of FREESHARE was being eliminated. This is meant as a last free resort, not as a constant supply of free stuff from the same places all the time!

I love the FREESHARE idea...I hope it doesn't loose its shine because some places are being slammed by requests. I urge everyone to reconsider the whole routing table thing!

Sue H. Felber, Coordinator-Medical Library H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Freeshare and other reciprocal ILL groups have a wonderful underlying premise. Be kind and alert to your borrowing patterns, and please be kind to those people who are trying to stay active in these groups.

And one sort of negative comment was sent:
"Our experience with Freeshare is that our lending has more than doubled. We never charged and since we are free, we lent twice the number we borrowed. If the trend continues, we may have to drop out of Freeshare since I am a solo librarian with no staff..."

WebWatch: Computing in the Palm of Your Hand

Reprinted with permission from Inside Information Volume 7, Number 2, October 2000.

Seth Robinson is a 4th year medical student and Palm enthusiast. UVA Inside Information staff recently met with him to discuss his views on Palm computing in the clinical setting.

The functionality of Palm Pilots and other personal digital assistants (PDAs) in the clinical setting has quickly grown. The Palm's original strength as an electronic planner and contact organizer remains its most important role, but other uses have further increased its value in the clinical setting. Palms are currently used for many functions at the Medical Center, and the potential uses for these and other handheld devices are increasing.

One of the original uses of the Palm Pilot, assisting in personal organization, is still one of its major functions. Palms are used to manage schedules, phone numbers, email addresses, to do lists, short memos, and even email. This information may be added directly your Palm, typed into the desktop companion software, or in some cases, it can be downloaded through the Web. For example, the University has made the PIC list (pager numbers) available to your Palm through its built in address book.

Another use for the Palm is to access reference material. The Palm operating system, sometimes in conjunction with third party software, can display, and often search, sources such as medical textbooks (including the Merck Manual, Griffith's Five Minute Clinical Consult, and much more) drug references, antimicrobial references, and journal articles. Direct OVID searches are not yet available, though this is definitely one of the future tools that will be indispensable.

Using the Palm as an electronic "peripheral brain" is an increasingly popular role the Palms have in the clinical setting. Small pearls of useful information, like how to treat a specific symptom, what key features to look for in a disease, or a mnemonic to remember a specific clinical syndrome can be easily accessed through the Palm. Many of these lists are "homegrown" by current Palm users and are available for download at their personal web sites. Having this information available and searchable on your Palm eliminates the need of having to page through your "black book."

Patient tracking is the most ambitious use of Palms in medicine. Patient SOAP (Subjective-Objective-Assessment-Plan) notes and daily lab values are essential information for physicians to generate and track. Naturally, migrating this information to a handheld computer is an obvious step. There are several applets available to help clinicians with patient tracking. The Palm can replace the stacks of index cards on which students and residents traditionally carry patient notes and data. Another benefit over the old index-card system is that clinicians can search notes and data by keyword. And, of course, it's a lot easier to keep track of one pocket-sized organizer than piles of index cards.

Palms are also used for recreation. There are several "homegrown" games and puzzles available for free on the Internet. Some Palms are able to download Web clippings of news sources using AvantGo, a Palm OS based Web page viewer.

Palms at UVa Resources for Palm users at the Health System are under development. The Medical School has started a Palmtop Computing Interest Group to share software and ideas to integrate Palm use in their student activities. Seth Robinson, fourth-year medical student, maintains a website dedicated to the use of the Palm in medicine at This page identifies helpful resources and applets for your Palm. Support for Palm use in the Health System is under development. Health System Computing Services currently offers users Microsoft Outlook synchronization with personal workstations. There are also a few infra-red printers around the hospital and in Health Sciences Library which allow Palm users the ability to print for some Palm applications.

A Wireless Future What does the future hold for the use of Palms and other handheld devices in the Health System? It is easy to picture the role the next generation of PDAs could have in the clinical setting. All Palms would have built-in wireless communication. Palms could be used to record and transcribe dictation, especially in conjunction with patient charting. They could also fully interact with the patient record, being used to order tests and notifying the caregiver when the results are available. Searches of the medical literature could be performed on a Palm and complete journal articles and book chapters could be downloaded, read, and "beamed" to colleagues.

Wireless communication is going to have dramatic effect on how we obtain information in the not-too-distant future. In fact, wireless communication, coupled with devices like the Palm, may radically alter the workflow in the hospital. Presently, however, PDAs and wireless communications are in their infancy, even though we expect a rapid maturing to happen in the next two to three years.

For more information consult these web sites:

SEA Presenters Rule at MLA, 2001

assembled by Beth Wescott, editor

Architecture and Maintenance Principles for Web-Based Medical Library Portals
Eric Lease Morgan, network technologies librarian, NCSU Libraries, North Carolina State University-Raleigh, NC

Bioethics and its application to veterinary medicine
William T. Watson, DVM, MS, Tuskegee University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, Tuskegee, AL

Bridging the Molecular Gap: Understanding and Identifying the Standard Protocols and Experiments for Molecular Biology
Michele R. Tennant, Ph.D., AHIP, assistant university librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; and Polin P. Lei, consultant, Silver Spring, MD

The Business Case: Your Key to Buy-in, Funding, Overcoming Resistance, and Initiating Change
Rosalind K. Lett, AHIP, director, Medical Library, Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Consumer Health Information: Special Needs for the Mental Health Population
Invited Speaker: Liz Bruno, MSN, Director of Educational Services, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL

Copyright Law in the Digital Age
Laura Gasaway, director, Law Library, and professor of law, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC

Genethics: From Genetic Discrimination to "Unnatural Selection"
William Allen, J.D., College of Medicine, University of Florida, University of Florida, Program in Bioethics, Law and Humanities, Gainesville, FL

Genetics in the Community of Color
Tene' N. Hamilton, MS, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, Tuskegee, AL

Health Literacy in Practice: Efforts and Resources
Jill M. Dotts, Executive Director, State Literacy Resource Center, Florida Literacy Coalition, Inc., Orlando, FL; Sandy Newell, State Literacy Resource Center, Orlando, FL

Health Risks from Contamination: a Global Issue
Elizabeth A. Guillette, Ph.D., University of Florida, and Visiting Scholar, Tulane University, Center for Bioenvironmental Research, Gainesville, FL

Intermediate Web Design: From Design to Development
Chris Stephens, medical applications developer, Computer Based Instruction Lab, School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Introduction to Web Authoring
Mary Fran Prottsman, AHIP, director, Lyster Army Community Hospital Medical Library, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center, Ft. Rucker, AL

Introduction to Developing Dynamic Digital Library Services with Allaire ColdFusion
Pascal Calarco, interim head, Automation Services, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Library Partnerships-Powerful Connections, Symposia
Sponsored by MLA's Consumer and Patient Health Information, International Cooperation, and Public Health/Health Administration Sections and Outreach SIG with the National Library of Medicine.
Karyn Pomerantz,
director, Distance Education, School of Public Health and Health Services, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Lenny Rhine, Ph.D., assistant director, Collection Management, Health Science Center Library, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Moving Toward XHTML
Barbara Lynne Eades, AHIP, web development librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Speaking Plainly: Meeting the Health Information Needs of Low-Literate Consumers, Sponsored by the Consumer and Patient Health Information, and Relevant Issues Sections
Jill Dotts, executive director, Florida Literacy Coalition, Sandy Newell, library program specialist, State Library of Florida

Toxicology information resources
Philip Wexler, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Toxicology Web Resources at the National Library of Medicine and Beyond
Phil Wexler, technical information specialist, Toxiology and Environmental Health Information Program, Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Using Performance Assessment Techniques to Benchmark Reference Services
Debra G. Warner, AHIP, academic development librarian, The Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

What is an information portal and why should I care?
Susan Quinn, American College of Physician Executives, Tampa, FL

Watch for a list of Southeastern Atlantic Region poster presenters in the September-October issue of SEA Currents.

Library Partnerships: Powerful Connections

Wednesday, May 30, 2001, Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, Florida
Sponsored by MLA's Consumer and Patient Health Information, International Cooperation, and Public Health/Health Administration Sections and Outreach SIG with the National Library of Medicine

The final presenter in this cutting edge symposium was Valerie Florance, Ph.D, Program Officer, Extramural Programs, National Library of Medicine, who shared ubiquitous and unique online, brick and mortar, and hard copy funding resources with the group. Valerie ( kept everyone's attention. Her thirty slides covered:

Dr. Florance concluded by reminding the group of the eleven components of good proposals:

A full set of Dr. Florance's slide will soon be available on the NICHSR website.

Tech Tips: Reading and Searching NNLM-SEA Archives

by Jana Allcock, outreach coordinator

To read the archives:

1) Send a message to the list - with the command:

index nnlm-sea

in the body of the message. This will generate a list of files available to obtain (or Get) and send it to your e-mail.

2) Get file of interest with the command:

get nnlm-sea log0002

where nnlm-sea is the list name and log0002 is the file name (from the results in step 1). This will bring the file back to your e-mail.

Searching the archives:

To search the archives:

Send a message to the list - with the command:

search nnlm-sea - ALL

followed by what you want to search, for example:

search nnlm-sea -ALL MedlinePlus

This search will bring back results of every time the word " MedlinePlus " was used in the archives.

Commands and command characters:

Your results will be returned as a list in context and you can "get" the rest of the text as described in point 2 above.

NLM Email Lists

NLM Email Lists is a service that allows users to subscribe to announcement and discussion lists hosted by the National Library of Medicine. Through this service, users can receive list postings, access list archives, and post messages to a list. The NLM Email List service is administered by the Center for Information Technology (CIT) at the National Institutes of Health using LISTSERV, an email list management software package.

Click on the name of a list to join or leave the list, change your subscription settings, post to the list, or search the list archives.


Unmoderated discussion list restricted to registered DOCLINE users. The discussion list provides NLM with a means of broadcasting messages to DOCLINE users. It also provides a forum for DOCLINE users to communicate with each other and NLM about any issue related to DOCLINE , SERHOLD, or document delivery.


Discussion list restricted to the National Library of Medicine's consumer health initiatives with public libraries and other community-based organizations. The unmoderated list serves as a forum for communication among all participants in the NLM consumer health projects.


Weekly announcement-only list of new and updated files on the NLM Web site (, HSTAT, MedlinePlus , and NLM Anonymous FTP server (

To subscribe:

To unsubscribe:

How Do E-Journals in SERHOLD differ from E-Journals in LinkOut?

RML's have heard the question "How do e-journal holdings in SERHOLD relate to the holdings entered by LinkOut participants into the LinkOut Holdings Submission Utility?" In answering, we must point out that these are two powerful, but very different, systems created for different purposes. SERHOLD is the foundation for routing of DOCLINE ILL requests, LinkOut makes it possible for libraries to inform their users about e-journal availability by displaying an icon as part of PubMed search results. SERHOLD and LinkOut do not communicate holdings information between one another.

NLM has made some very nice changes to the LinkOut Holdings Submission Utility, including an improved method for indicating which years your ejournal subscriptions cover and a way to show open entries. Take a look, next time you log in to your account.

Anyone out there considering whether to begin participation in LinkOut , but not signed up yet? You can view these changes to the LinkOut Holdings Submission Utility on our LinkOut Web page at

Please do add to your SERHOLD records any e-journals to which you subscribe *if* your subscription/licensing agreement includes permission to use the content for interlibrary loan. If you do not have permission to use for ILL, don't add them to SERHOLD. Libraries with electronic journal agreements that allow ILL do add holdings to SERHOLD.

The adding to SERHOLD procedures are outlined below.

The physical format for e-journal in SERHOLD is CR (Computer File, Remote).

*If you have only the electronic version: Choose CR as the format and enter all the remaining fields (Retention Policy, Acquisition Status, Holdings, etc.) as appropriate.

*If you have holdings for the paper version and want to add holdings for an electronic version: Find your existing holdings record in SERHOLD. Click UPDATE. Click DD DIFFERENT FORMAT (found on the gray bar at the bottom of the screen). Select CR as the physical format and fill in the other fields as appropriate. Click ADD.

This information is found in the DOCLINE FAQ "How do I add an additional holdings record for holdings in a different physical format?"

You will now have two records for the same title. Both records will display in any search of SERHOLD, on your library's holdings list, and on any union list product. Please note that the physical format of your holdings does not affect the routing of DOCLINE requests.

PubMed: Subset Strategies AND Tutorial Questions

Subset Strategies:

PubMed has the following subject subsets that can be used for searching. These are available on the Limits screen on the Subset pull-down menu.

The following subset strategies are available:
This strategy was created to facilitate searching for subjects in the area of AIDS. Based on search strategies used for creating NLM's AIDSLINE database. This subset can also be used in a search as aids [sb]. Example: tuberculosis AND aids [sb]

Complementary Medicine

This strategy was created using terms from the Alternative Medicine branch of, as well as additional terms and names of MEDLINE journals provided by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. It is provided to facilitate searching for subjects in the area of complementary and alternative medicine. This subset can also be used in a search as cam [sb]. Example: osteoarthritis AND cam [sb]


This strategy was created to facilitate searching for subjects in the area of toxicology. Based on a search strategy used for creating NLM's TOXLINE database. This subset can also be used in a search as tox [sb]. Example: lead AND tox [sb]

PubMed Tutorial Questions:

NLM Technical Bulletin, Jul-Aug 2001, Technical Notes: NLM Announces a New Version of the PubMed Tutorial

PubMed Tutorial - Overview

New from the National Academy of Science

As many magazines do, the National Academies' NewsReport has undergone a facelift. In June, the institution launched Volume 1, Number 1 of The National Academies In Focus -- a four-color magazine covering a broader range of activities at the Academies and expanded content. This inaugural issue includes articles on various recent reports, an opinion piece on bioterrorism, an article about a successful effort to bring an understanding of science to the public, vitamin A - new research leads to updated recommended dietary guidelines and coverage of a new project looking at the consequences of living without health insurance. Go to

Mammography and Beyond: Developing Technologies for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Committee on Technologies for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer, Sharyl J. Nass, I. Craig Henderson, and Joyce C. Lashof, Editors, National Cancer Policy Board, Division of Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council. Full abstract and full text located at:

Each year more than 180,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women in the U.S. If cancer is detected when small and local, treatment options are less dangerous, intrusive, and costly-and more likely to lead to a cure. Even the most exciting new technologies remain clouded with uncertainty. Mammography and Beyond provides a comprehensive and up-to-date perspective on the state of breast cancer screening and diagnosis and recommends steps for developing the most reliable breast cancer detection methods possible.

This book reviews the dramatic expansion of breast cancer awareness and screening, examining the capabilities and limitations of current and emerging technologies for breast cancer detection and their effectiveness at actually reducing deaths. The committee discusses issues including national policy toward breast cancer detection, roles of public and private agencies, problems in determining the success of a technique, availability of detection methods to specific populations of women, women's experience during the detection process, cost-benefit analyses, and more.

Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century
Second in a series of publications from the Institute of Medicine's Quality of Health Care in America project. Full abstract and full text located at:

Today's health care providers have more research findings and more technology available to them than ever before. Yet recent reports have raised serious doubts about the quality of health care in America.

Crossing the Quality Chasm makes an urgent call for fundamental change to close the quality gap. This book recommends a sweeping redesign of the American health care system and provides overarching principles for specific direction for policymakers, health care leaders, clinicians, regulators, purchasers, and others. In this comprehensive volume the committee offers:

Analyzing health care organizations as complex systems, Crossing the Quality Chasm also documents the causes of the quality gap, identifies current practices that impede quality care, and explores how systems approaches can be used to implement change.

NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents, July-August, 2001

Technical Notes: - e2:
NLM Reduction in ILL Charges to International Libraries
Strategy for AIDS Subset Revised
New Look for MeSH Web Site
PubMedCentral ® Link Now on the PubMed Sidebar
NLM Announces a New Version of the PubMed Tutorial
Personal Name as Subject Suffix Data in PubMed
What's New on the NLM Web Site?


Customizing NLM Gateway Search Results Display - e1
In this article, we show you how to customize the display of NLM Gateway search results. 2000 Cumulated Index Medicus:

The End of an Era - e3
NLM ceases publication of the Cumulated Index Medicus (CIM) with the 2000 edition.

More Monographic Citations Migrated to LOCATORplus - e4
NLM completed two additional projects to convert monographic citations to LOCATORplus .

Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs and NLM Cease POPLINE Agreement - e5
JHU/CCP and NLM end a long-standing agreement to cooperate in the production and dissemination of POPLINE records.

Preserving Public Trust: Accreditiation and Human Research Participant Protection Programs

Recently the National Academy Press, Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy published Preserving Public Trust: Accreditation and Human Research Participant Protection Programs. In light of recent NIH and HHS concerns, medical librarians and IRC (Institutional Review Committee) members may want to read it. An outline of its contents and its web address follow.,

The Committee's Task
Major Findings
Concluding Remarks

Organization of the Report
A Short History of Human Subjects Protections in the United States
More Recent Events
A Call for Accountability
Statement of Task

Models of Accreditation
Elements of an Accreditation Process
Applying the Models to Human Research Oversight
Some Issues that Accreditation Alone Cannot Address
Will Accreditation Enhance Performance?

Standards for Standards
Developing Measures to Accompany Standards
Need for Standards to Encompass Multiple Research Settings and Methods
Relation of the Standards to the Existing Regulatory Requirements
Standards for Quality Improvement and Self-Study
Need for Standards to Enhance the Role of Research Participants
Need for Standards Regarding Roles and Responsibilities of Research Sponsors
Review of Available Draft Standards
International Conference on Harmonization Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice
Recommendation for Initial Standards to Begin Pilot Testing





Kaiser Family Foundation Launches Free Online Resource for Health Data in All 50 States

The Kaiser Family Foundation has launched a new online resource that offers free, user-friendly access to comprehensive and current health information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. State Health Facts Online provides health policy information on a broad range of issues such as managed care, health insurance coverage and the uninsured, Medicaid, Medicare, women's health, minority health, and HIV/AIDS. State Health Facts Online allows users to view information for a single state or compare and rank data across all 50 states. Information on more than 200 topics is displayed in easy-to-read tables and color-coded maps, and can be downloaded for customized comparisons.

Audiocasettes of MLA 2001 Annual Meeting Available for Loan from SEA

TO ORDER: Go to the URL listed above and check the box next to the number(s) of the tape(s) you would like to receive, fill out the LIBID and contact information in the area below the tape listing, then click on the SUBMIT button.

If you are unable to submit forms via the Web you may print out a copy of that form, fill in the order/contact information, including LIBID, and then fax/mail the form to us.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Slide Set

CDC Releases New HIV/AIDS Surveillance Slide Set

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Methods (through 2000) has been released on the the CDC-NCHSTP-Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention Web site:

Upcoming Events September-November, 2001

September-November 2001

September 13-16

Emergency Nurses Association, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
General Assembly - Sept. 12-13, Scientific Assembly - Sept. 14-16

October 10-14

American Psychiatric Association, 2001 53rd Institute on Psychiatric Services - Multidisciplinary Roles in the 21st Century, Orlando, FL

October 17-19

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

October 18-19

Virginia Library Association, Richmond, VA, Koger South Conference Center
"Virginia Libraries: Where Readers Connect"

October 24-28

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

October 29

New Frontiers of Biomedical Research, 1945-1980, Lister Hill Auditorium, NLM, Bethesda, MD

November 3-8

American Society for Information Science and Technology, ASIST, 2001 Annual Meeting, "Information in a Networked World: Harnessing the Flow" Washington, D.C.

Publication Information

This Issue: SEA Currents, July/August 2001, volume 19, issue 4

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

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SEA Currents: Newsletter of the Southeastern Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is published bi-monthly by NN/LM SEA.

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.