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SEA Currents

SEA Currents Volume 19, Number 5 -- September/October 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.

Membership Matters!!

by Beth M. Wescott, editor

SE/A Regional Profile
NN/LM® depends on its members to provide a basic level of services to affiliate and unaffiliated health professionals. Rich in resources, the SE/A Region represents 20% of the total libraries in the NN/LM. The 934 Network members, 30 of whom are resource libraries, have a history of cooperation, which makes this region so successful. Six hundred forty-eight (648) DOCLINE members fill about 200,000 requests per quarter. (September, 2001 statistics)

The SE/A's member libraries participate in one or more of the region's 75 consortia. Five hundred three (503) members contribute their journal holdings to SERHOLD®. Over 20 individuals donate their time and expertise to union list activities.

Growing the Network
NN/LM SE/A plans to grow the network by 5% over the next five year by adding at least ten public libraries or Affiliate Members in each state. Five percent growth in membership is a real challenge in this era of mergers, downsizing and the unfounded belief that "it's all on the web." However we will meet that challenge by aggressively promoting and marketing the benefits of membership, especially the no cost, high-fill rate DOCLINE system, and by providing professional support through our office and our new mentoring program.

2001-2006 Regional Profile and Projected Growth:

June 2001

Full Members

Projected Affiliates














Loansome Doc®





Recruit affiliate members. Recruit and secure a minimum of ten public libraries or affiliate network members in each state.

Increase DOCLINE participation by 20, taking into account we gain and lose members through closures and mergers. Add 130 affiliate members.

Increase SERHOLD participation by 19 full members and 26 affiliates.

Maintain network program features and statistics for the web site.

Assess the fill rates of network members and work with those below 75%, or those who experience slippage, to identify and correct problems.

Action Statement: Membership Renewal Time
The time is now! NN/LM SE/A is conducting its membership renewal drive to mark the beginning of the new NN/LM contract period. We will issue new five-year membership certificates to replace the current ones that expire at the end of 2001.

NN/LM SE/A needs to assure that your member information is complete and accurate. Membership information resides in your DOCUSER® record and now it is time to update that information. Better/accurate information helps the RML provide the best service to member libraries, health professionals, and the general public.

For this contract period, NN/LM has defined a new membership category, Affiliate Member, because of the increasing numbers of nontraditional health information providers. Thus, there are now two membership categories, Full Member and Affiliate Member. NN/LM has defined these categories as follows:

A Full Member can be any health sciences library or health-related information center, institution, or organization that: (1) is regularly staffed; (2) has an Internet connection; (3) has its own collection of health sciences materials (books, journals, audiovisuals, electronic databases); (4) provides information services to health professionals and/or the general public.

"Information services" must include DOCLINE participation, and should include the following:

Answering or referring reference questions;
Performing information searches.
Members are encouraged to provide Loansome Doc service to their own users and/or to unaffiliated users

An Affiliate Member is a library, information/resource center or organization that is called on for health information by its users, but which does not meet all of the criteria for Full Member participation. An Affiliate Member might form a cooperative relationship with a Full Member, for example, for reference assistance or document delivery.

Both categories of membership have the following benefits and responsibilities:

Each Full Member and Affiliate Member institution must agree to make the following contributions:

Each Full Member and Affiliate Member will receive:

Libraries that participate in DOCLINE will be directed to update their DOCUSER records. SE/A will mail a copy of the network member record to current Affiliate Member libraries. Affiliates will then return their corrected records to SE/A and RML staff will enter the corrected data into DOCUSER.

Following the collection of updated data, the RML will individualize each certificate with information from the DOCUSER record and send these certificates to members before the end of the year. For accuracy of member information on the certificate and for effective DOCLINE functioning, we ask everyone's cooperation in submitting complete DOCUSER information.

SE/A Member Poster Sessions, MLA 2001

compiled by Beth Wescott, editor

Ask ELIS and SearchDoc: information specialists at your desktop, Peggy W. Westlake, MLS, Coordinator, Online Information Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library, Nashville, TN; Dawn Williams, Coordinator, Online Evidence Based Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library, Nashville, TN; Nunzia Giuse, Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library, Nashville, TN; Frances B. Lynch, Associate Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library, Nashville, TN

Back to the future: Buchan's domestic medicine, exercise, and preventive medicine, Richard Nollan, Thomas Singarella, University of Tennessee, Health Science Center and Biocommunications Center, Memphis, TN

Blundering toward the electronic library: one academic hospital library's experience with eliminating print materials, Deborah D. Gilbert, MLS, AHIP, Carolyn Willard, MLS, Children's National Medical Center, Learning Resources, Washington, DC

Brave new world: development and delivery of a doctoral survey course in health informatics, Pascal V. Calarco, MLIS, AHIP, Lynne Turman, MSLS, Phyllis Self, MLS, Ph.D.; John D. Jones, Virginia Commonwealth University, Tompkins-McCaw Library, Richmond, VA

Bridging the gap in rural health information services: Georgia's rural health information, Rita B. Smith, RHIC Librarian, Mercer University, Medical Library and Learning Resource Center, Macon, GA

Collaboration: the key to building a quality Website, Diane Fuller, Information Specialist, Alexa Mayo, Assistant Director for Information & Instructional Services, Patricia Hinegardner, M.L.S., A.H.I.P., Information Specialist and Web Manager, University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Baltimore, MD

Copyright permission odyssey: direct requests versus the CCC, James D. Prince, MLS; Beverly Gresehover, MLS, AHIP; Lolita Heimbach, University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Baltimore, MD

Creating an evidence-based medicine online tutorial: collaboration makes a championship team, Connie Schardt, Education Coordinator, Duke University, Medical Center Library, Durham, NC; Jill Mayer, NCAHEC Library & Information Services Network Assistant Director, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Bob Ladd, Curriculum Support Specialist, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Decisions, decisions: the changing face of MEDLINE® access, Linda J. Collins, Education Librarian, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Lynne D. Morris, Information Services Librarian, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Mary Beth Schell, AHEC Digital Library Technical Development Project Coordinator, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Jean Blackwell, Information Services Librarian, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Scott Garrison, Library Systems Operations Manager, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Barrie Hayes, UNCLE Digital Library Manager, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Distance collaboration of two schools of library and information science in developing a digital library, Ana D. Cleveland, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Medical Informatics Program, University of North Texas, School of Library and Information Science, Denton, TX; Stacia Gibson, Masters of Information Science, Research Assistant/Medical Informatics Program, University of North Texas, School of Library and Information Science, Denton, TX; Steven MacCall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama, School of Library and Information Studies, Tuscaloosa, AL

Electronic whiteboard technology: an odyssey in information sharing in the classroom or the exhibit hall, Judy Burnham, MLS, AHIP, Assistant Director for Administrative and Regional Services, Geneva Staggs, MSLS, AHIP, Assistant Director for Public Services and Education, Everly Brown, MLIS, AHIP, Circuit Librarian, University of South Alabama, Baugh Biomedical Library, Mobile, AL

Emerging handheld technologies in the medical field, Annamae Trypus, graduate assistant, All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL

Evaluating the evidence: creation of gold standard practices for searching and filtering the biomedical literature, Rebecca N. Jerome, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics Consult Service, Kimbra Wilder Gish, M.S., Administrative Librarian; Nunzia B. Giuse, M.D., M.L.S., Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library, Nashville, TN

Fingertip files: medical students use personal digital assistants for clinical information, Brenda L. Seago, M.L.S., M.A., Distinguished Member, AHIP, Director, Computer Based Instruction Lab, Chris Stephens, Applications Developer, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

From the ground up: development of a Web-based online tour and orientation, Jeanne Larsen, MLS, Assistant Director for Information Services, Taeyeol Park, Curriculum Support Specialist, Georgetown University Medical Center, Dahlgren Memorial Library, Washington, DC

Going SEARCH: a bibliographic database in occupational therapy solo on OT, Maria Tsitseras Sylvain, MLS, Reference Librarian, American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Bethesda, MD

Improving medical center communication strategies through interdepartmental collaboration, Annette M. Williams, M.L.S., Coordinator, Web Team; Coordinator, Digital Library Resources, Nila Sathe, M.L.I.S., Assistant Director, Information, Education and Research Services, Nunzia B. Giuse, M.D., M.L.S., Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library, Nashville, TN

Incorporation of molecular biology subject training into a continuous process of staff development, Jennifer A. Lyon, MS, MLIS, Librarian, Nila Sathe, M.A., M.L.I.S., Assistant Director, Nunzia Giuse, M.D., M.L.I.S., Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Eskind Biomedical Library, Nashville, TN

Informatics training to prepare faculty for a new case-based medical school curriculum, Kelly M. Moore, University of Miami School of Medicine, Louis Calder Memorial Library, Miami, FL; Carmen Bou Rivera, Coordinator for Library Services and Head, University of Miami School of Medicine, Pomerance Library & Resource Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Miami, FL; Joaquin Arriaga, MLS, Director for Reference and Education Services, University of Miami School of Medicine, Louis Calder Memorial Library, Miami, FL

Instituting new library services: but how will we know if they are successful? Mary Beth Schell, AHEC Digital Library Technical Development Coordinator, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Kathleen McGraw, Information Services Coordinator, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC; Margaret Moore, Director of Planning, University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Library contributions to IAIMS, Nancy K. Roderer, Director, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Welch Medical Library, Baltimore, MD; Regina Kenny Marone, Director, Yale University, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, New Haven, CT

The magic of Prospero, Ellen N. Sayed, MLS, AHIP, Information Services Librarian/Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, Sarah Murray, MLS, Internet Services and Education Librarian, University of South Alabama, Biomedical Library, Mobile, AL

Making it up as we go along: collaboration between the library and central university information services to provide information technology (IT) support in an academic medical center, Jane L. Blumenthal, MSLS, AHIP, Assistant Dean for Knowledge Management, Ardoth Hassler, MS, Associate Vice President, University Information Services, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

A team odyssey: creating a PubMed ® Web tutorial for use outside the classroom, Tara M. Tobin, Reference Librarian, Barbara W. Francis, Reference Librarian, University of Florida, Health Science Center Libraries, Gainesville, FL; Susan McCullough, Coordinator of Education, University of Florida, Borland Library, Jacksonville, FL; Ramona Miller, Reference Librarian, Santa Fe Community College, Library, Gainesville, FL

2001-the final chapter: a collaborative project of the Consumer Health Committee of the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association Jan H. LaBeause, MLS, AHIP, Medical Library & LRC Director, Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical Library, Macon, GA; Carolyn M. Brown, MLS, AHIP, Reference Librarian, Emory University School of Medicine, Health Sciences Center Library, Atlanta, GA; Rebecca R. Fehrenbach, MLIS, SLIS, Head of Information Center, Medical College of Georgia, Greenblatt Library, Augusta, GA; Mary Fielder, MLS, AHIP, Outreach Librarian, Three Rivers Area Health Education Center, Columbus, GA; Pat Herndon, MLIS, Librarian, Shepherd Center, Noble Learning Resource Center, Atlanta, GA; Lee R. McCarley, MLIS, AHIP, Outreach Librarian, Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center, Albany, GA; Roxanne M. Nelson, RN, MSLIS, Head of Public Services, Mercer University School of Medicine, Medical Library, Macon, GA; Beth C. Poisson, MSLS, Branch Librarian, Morehouse School of Medicine, Multi Media Center, Atlanta, GA; Annette J. Sheppard, MLIS, Health Sciences Librarian, St. Joseph's-Candler Health System, Professional Library, Savannah, GA; Lisa P. Smith, MLS, Outreach Librarian, Magnolia Coastlands Area Health Education Center, Statesboro, GA; Rita B. Smith, MLIS, RHIC Librarian, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA; Kathryn J. Torrente, MLS, AHIP, Head of Reference & Instructional Services, Emory University School of Medicine, Health Sciences Center Library, Atlanta, GA; Linda Venis, AS, Library Services Manager, WellStar Health System, Kennestone Health Science Library, Marietta, GA; Mia Sohn White, MILS, AHIP, Reference Librarian, Emory University School of Medicine, Health Sciences Center Library, Atlanta, GA; Cathy Woolbright, MS/LIS, Medical Library Director, Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Columbus, GA

Usability studies and surveys: ensuring quality Website redesign, the University of Maryland's experience, Diane Fuller, MLS, Information Specialist, Patricia Hinegardner, MLS, AHIP, Information Specialist & Web Manager, Brad Gerhart, Information Technology Support Specialist, University of Maryland, Health and Human Services Library, Baltimore, MD

Using Web-based databases to design Web-based tutorials: the Ovid Web, Connie Schardt, Education Coordinator, Duke University, Medical Center Library, Durham, NC

Welcome to RICHS! Lisa Boyd, MLS, Senior Health Librarian, Rural Information Center Health Service, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD

Corrections and additions from SEA Currents, vol 19, #4.
Any errors or omissions in this list and last issue's list of presenters are the result of the editor's culling process.

Presentations Omitted:
Expanding the outer limits: interdisciplinary resources, Jane Murray, Assistant Director for Resources Management, Beth Jacoby, Head, Collection Development, Penny Welbourne, Information Specialist, Ina Alterman, Information Specialist, University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, Baltimore, MD

The Research process: the beginning or how to get started, Introduction to Qualitative Research, Cheryl Rae Dee, Ph.D., University of Southern Florida, School of Library and Information Science, Tampa, FL

WebWatch: Open Source Software Primer for Medical Librarians

by Greg Bodin, Technology Coordinator,

Network News, July/August, 2001 No.55
Open Source Software Defined

Unless you are a programmer or systems person who has an in depth grasp of technology issues, you may have heard the term "open source software" but you may not have known what it is or what it does. Open source software is defined as software certified by the Open Source Initiative ( to have open source code. Open source code means that the public is free to take the original programming code used to write the application and change or modify it in any way. The reasoning behind this initiative is that programming code that is open to the public will allow a large group of programmers (anyone who is interested) to improve the code, removing bugs, adding enhancements, etc., with the end result being a better, more robust application. This software development philosophy differs from that of a traditional software company that has a fixed group of programmers and a financial bias in development.

There are many examples of open source software. One of the most popular and familiar is the Linux operating system. Based on the older Unix operating system, the Linux source code is open to the world, and much of its stability as an operating system is attributed to the fact that bugs are fixed quickly by a very large population - programmers in the Internet universe. Other examples of readily available, highly utilized applications include the Apache http (Web) server software and the Mozilla Web browser, an open source application based on the Netscape browser code.

In the last few years, many library specific applications have been developed. While the typical medical librarian may not be interested in debugging the source code or adding enhancements to it, the programs made available because of this initiative are worth investigating. The Open Source Initiative Web page has links to many open source software applications, and a query of any major search engine will find more. Oss4lib Open Source Systems for Libraries ( contains a wealth of library applications that are currently being developed and that are available for download. Oss4lib also serves as a discussion point for open source software in libraries. While there are many applications that require a certain amount of knowledge of networks, server technologies and operating systems, some of the applications are simple to use and worth investigating, particularly since they are typically free.

Examples of Medical Library Applications

One of the most popular open source software applications for medical libraries is Prospero (, a document delivery application which works with Ariel document delivery software to convert Ariel tiff files to PDF documents and then allows users to retrieve the documents from a secure Web server. The software is free and governed by the GNU Public License, which allows for free distribution and modification of the software.

Another open source software application is the Mozilla Web browser ( Based on the Netscape browser source code, Mozilla is constantly being updated and debugged. Mozilla has many enhancements under development ( that allow it to become a more usable and robust browser application. One recent add-on module under development that may be of interest to the medical librarian is a PubMed toolbar ( The toolbar allows a PubMed search feature to be added to the browser toolbars. At this time, the toolbar only works with the Mozilla browser.

A final example, BioMail ( is a free open source software application that can be used for selective dissemination of information (SDI) searches on PubMed . The user registers for the free service and then submits selected searches to be done on a weekly or monthly basis. Results of the search for new literature on a topic are e-mailed to the user.

Open source software is a relatively recent development, and future initiatives will prove the usefulness of this type of software for medical librarians and libraries. At this time, the costs involved (none) and the potential stability of many of the programs (due to the debugging efforts of many) make this a useful initiative and worth investigation.

Internet Grateful Med (IGM) Retires

by Sonya Shooshan, IGM team, NLM

Internet Grateful Med has served a dedicated user community for over five years. With the shutdown of NLM's mainframe, Internet Grateful Med will be retired. All access to Internet Grateful Med will be terminated at 5:00 PM Friday September 28, 2001.

Users attempting to access IGM following its shutdown will be presented with links to other NLM search services appropriate to the data formerly available through Internet Grateful Med.

Users having questions or comments may contact NLM Customer Service at

DOCLINE Statistics, aka "Ranked List of Serial titles

SE/A members have asked when they will receive the NLM annual collection development tool report. Known as Report 1-8: Ranked List of Serial Titles Requested, this report provides data on the number of times each title has been requested. After the January-March 2001 quarterly reports are released, report 1-8 will be released.

SIS Special Resources Web page on "Lingering Airborne Hazards"

In response to questions about possible dangers of contaminants in the air resulting from the massive explosions, fires, and collapse of the New York City World Trade Center and a section of the Pentagon in Washington, DC, the Specialized Information Services Division of the National Library of Medicine® has compiled a special resource web page on "Lingering Airborne Hazards." The web page provides links to recent news articles and authoritative sources for information about contaminants in the air.

MLA's Consumer Health Credential

Take advantage of a new credentialing program for consumer health. MLA has developed a Consumer Health Credential (CHC) available for public librarians, medical librarians, librarians working in consumer health libraries, and allied health professionals. The goals of this credentialing are to improve health information services, create partnerships, and increase access to consumer health courses. Having this credential will help to keep you current in the field of consumer health information resources and services, and help you obtain a level of expertise in this field.

There are two levels of credentialing, Level 1 requiring 12 hours and Level II requiring 24 hours of coursework.

To learn more about it, check it out on the web at or speak to your chapter AHIP Coordinator.

Consumer Health Booklist

by Jana Allcock, outreach coordinator

Here are some titles that piqued my interest. Sources and reviews are indicated in parenthesis.

  1. American Medical Association. American Medical Association Complete Guide to Men's Health. Wiley. $34.95 (Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2001, p203).

  2. American Medical Association. American Medical Association Guide to Home Caregiving. Wiley. $14.95. (Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2001, p. 249).

  3. Callahan, Lisa. Every Woman's Guide to Health and Fitness. Lyons Press $19.95 (Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2001, p.248.

  4. Kramlinger, Keith G., ed. Mayo Clinic on Depression. Mayo Clinic. $14.95 (Review in August 6, 2001 Publishers Weekly, p.83)

  5. Margolis, Simeon. The Johns Hopkins Consumer Guide to Medical Tests. Rebus. $39.95 (Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2001 p 202).

  6. Morris, Virginia. Talking About Death Won't Kill You: Find Comfort and Control by Lifting the Cloud of Denial. Workman. ISBN 0-7611-1231-6. $22.95 (Review in Library Journal, July 2001 p. 111).

  7. Morton, Ian, and Judith Hall. The Avery Complete Guide to Medicines. Avery. $25.95 (Publishers Weekly, August 13, 2001, p.247).

  8. Rengel, Marian. Encyclopedia of Birth Control. Oryx. 2000. ISBN 1-57356-255-6 LC 00-009598 $55. (Review in Library Journal, January 2001 p.92).

  9. Svec, Carol. After Any Diagnosis: How to Take Action Against Your Illness Using the Best and Most Current Medical Information Available. Three Rivers: Crown, 2001. ISBN 0-609-80669-6. $15.00 (Reviews in Library Journal, July 2001 p.116 and Publishers Weekly, August 6, 2001 p.84).

  10. Woolf, Alan D. et al eds. The Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development. Perseus. ISBN 0-7382-0241-X. $40.00. (Review in Library Journal, February 1, 2001 p.120).

Upcoming Events October-December 2001

October-December 2001

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
"Virginia Libraries: Where Readers Connect"

October 24-28

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

October 2

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

October 31-
November 2

WBGH Disability Management Conference, Washington, DC, "Turning Vision into Action: the nation's premier annual conference for Disability Management"


AAMC Annual Meeting, (American Association of Medical Colleges) Washington, DC "Facing the Future"

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.


Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy (AHRQ) Interested in Using Federal and State Databases? Rockville, MD


"New Discoveries in Prostate Cancer Biology and Treatment", An AACR (American Association for Cancer Research) Special Conference in Cancer Research, Naples, FL

Encourage Your Colleagues To Sign Up for This Electronic Newsletter

Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in receiving it. Then they may read it and consider subscribing to the ListProc so they, too, will receive announcements of each issue's availability. To subscribe to the SE/A electronic mailing list follow the instructions found at:

CYBERSPACE: URLs Useful Resources for Libraries

by Beth M Wescott, editor

3M Supports "@ your library" Campaign
Six sample "@ your library" campaign plans

3M's helpful resources in PDF:

Prework Workbook - Developing a Vision for Your Library
Participant Manual - Marketing Guide for developing a 5-year plan

Campaign for America's Libraries -

Health, United States, 2001 with Urban and Rural Health Chartbook

CDC has published Health, United States, 2001 with Urban and Rural Health Chartbook, the 25th edition of the annual report on the nation's health. This report includes 148 trend tables organized around four broad subject areas: health status and determinants, health-care use, health-care resources, and health-care expenditures. Disparities in health by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status are presented in several tables.

This year's report also includes the Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Communities at different urbanization levels differ in their demographic, environmental, economic, and social characteristics, and these characteristics influence the magnitude and types of health problems that communities face. The chartbook presents population characteristics, health risk factors, health status indicators, and health-care access measures for residents of counties grouped by five urbanization levels (from the most urban to the most rural). Of U.S. residents examined, those who have the best health measures are residents of fringe counties of large metropolitan areas. Additional information about the report is available at (click on "Top 10 Links" to locate "Health, United States"). Print copies may be purchased from the Government Printing Office, telephone: (202) 512-1800; website:

National Information Center on Health Services Research and Healthcare Technology: Outreach and Training Activities in NICHSR

NICHSR collaborates with other NLM components and with members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine® (NN/LM) to exhibit NLM products and services and to present specially focused training classes at national meetings of Health ServicesResearch-related organizations.

Core Health Policy Library Recommendations

What information resources are essential in a library supporting health policy programs and/or a workforce working on health policy issues? The National Library of Medicine decided to take a look at this question. It contracted with the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy to provide a selected list of essential materials in health policy. Their report, in PDF format, provides recommendations for books, journals, Internet sites, organizations and publishers to monitor for reports. The lists are designed as selection guides, but not as standards. Lists are primarily geared to academic and health sciences librarians who are not familiar with the literature of health policy and who need to acquire publications or assist in locating Internet sites. Although these groups are the primary audience, NN/LM expect that librarians in hospital and other special libraries may also find the suggestions useful.


The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information has developed PubSCIENCE to make the research literature of physical sciences more accessible. PubSCIENCE is not as structured as PubMed , having many abstracts, spotty indexing, and some subject keywords. There are 33 publishers participating and 11 more to come aboard soon. Where possible, it links to these publishers' free full text. Some links are to the cited articles, but in other instances, such as New England Journal of Medicine, the link is only to There is also a "pay for view" option for some publishers. Nearly half of the 1,000+ journals included cover physical science and nearly half are life science journals. Many include full text. PubSCIENCE provides free access to a modest amount of peer reviewed literature formerly available only to researchers affiliated with academic libraries leasing commercial databases. According to reviewer Linda Maddux of Willamette University, writing in C & RL news, July/August, 2001,"The strengths of PubSCIENCE lie in areas where the costs of databases are often prohibitive, e.g., chemistry and physics."

From TheScientist Website, Funding Opportunities in the Life Sciences

Organizations are welcome to submit information for consideration for future listings by contacting Below is an example of how the information is charted. There are links to the funding organization and e-mail links to the contact officers. You will find dozens more listings at the above referenced web address.





Phone Number


New Investigators in
Alzheimer's research

11/13/01 for letter of
intent; 12/18/01 for

Mary Epps

(312) 335-5747

American Academy of
Allergy Asthma
and Immunology

Development in
allergies and


Jerome Schultz


American Academy of
Allergy Asthma
and Immunology

Wellcome Repiratory
Diseases Research


Jerome Schultz

(414) 272-6071

American Association
for Cancer Research
RFA Application

Career development


Sheri Ozard

(215) 440-9300 ext 114

American Association
for Cancer Research

AACR-Gertrude B.
Elion Cancer Research


Sheri Ozard

(215) 440-9300

U.S. Blue Pages

This handy directory of federal, state, and local government office listings for all fifty states and the District of Columbia as well as hundreds of cities and metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. includes listings grouped by twenty different topical areas, from "Consumer Services and Safety" to "Money and Taxes" (though an individual state must first be chosen to view listings). It also includes useful "America Anywhere" listings for toll-free and other frequently called customer service federal government numbers. Provided by the Government Services Administration.

Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General
Excerpts for a message from Donna E. Shalala

As directed by President, the Surgeon General prepared a scholarly report that summarizes what research can tell us about the magnitude, causes, and prevention of youth violence. Hundreds of dedicated researchers, analysts, and policy makers, whose interests and expertise lie outside the traditional domains of health and human services collaborated on the report. This Surgeon General's report seeks to focus on action steps that all Americans can take to help address the problem, and continue to build a legacy of health and safety for our young people and the Nation as a whole.

NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents

July-August, 2001, continued from SEA Currents, Vol. 19 No. 4

Technical Notes: - e2, continued from SEA Currents, Vol. 19 No. 4
Specialized Information Services Web Site Redesigned
New Clinical Alerts Issued
NCBI Offers New Books Database

Articles: continued from SEA Currents, Vol. 19 No. 4

Plans for an Accessible Version of PubMed - e6
The National Center for Biotechnology Information is currently developing a text version of PubMed .

PubMed 's Screen Changes - e7
Changes to PubMed 's search screens coming soon.

New Version of PubMedCentral ™ Released - e8
Take a look at the features of the new version of PubMedCentral released in July 2001.

MLA 2001 - e9a-d
NLM Online User's Meetings 2001: MEDLARS® Remarks - 9a
MEDLARS Questions and Answers - 9b
NLM Online User's Meetings 2001: DOCLINE - Summary of Remarks - 9c
DOCLINE Questions and Answers - 9d

Sort Feature Available for All PubMed Retrieval - e10
PubMed now provides a sort capability for all retrieval.

NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents, September-October, 2001, as of September 12, 2001

Technical Notes: - e1
New Version of NLM Gateway Released - September 5, 2001
Watch the National Training Center and Clearinghouse Web Site for 2001 and 2002 Training Classes
Reminder - Internet Grateful Med to be Retired Soon!
PubMed 's Related Articles Feature Modified
Printing with PubMed

Space Life Sciences Citations Added to PubMed and the NLM Gateway - e2
Space life sciences-related journal and meeting abstracts citations unique to the former SPACELINE™ database are now in PubMed and the NLM Gateway , respectively.

Publication Information

This Issue: SEA Currents, September/October 2001, volume 19, issue 5

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

NN/LM SE/A Region
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Health Sciences and Human Services Library
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Phone: 410-706-2855 or 1-800-338-7657 and Choose 1 for Regional Network Office
Fax: 410-706-0099

NN/LM SEA Staff:

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

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

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