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SEA Currents Volume 19, Number 6 -- November/December 2001
SEA Currents is a bimonthly publication of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
by Janice Kelly, associate director
The NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Region, as part of its outreach program is accepting applications from SE/A network members to:
Most of these awards have been available before, but new this year is a Promotion Award. The purpose of this program is to promote health sciences librarianship to ensure that qualified professionals will be available to fill vacant positions at Network member institutions. The potential audience may include current or potential library school students, academic or public librarians or health professionals considering a career change to health sciences librarianship. SE/A Network members or library schools may apply for up to $500 for each project. Some examples of activities that will be funded are:
We will not fund an internship for a health sciences library student since this is already available through many library schools. For each of these awards there is a new, simple web-application. More complete information about the application, deadline and requirements of each award is posted to our web site: http://nnlm.gov/sea/outreach/seafunding.html
by Karen Anderson, Librarian, Trinity
Health and University of North Dakota, NW Clinical Campus
Reprinted with permission from E Sources, October-December, 2001, no 2.
Many medical librarians are beginning to get PDAs and are wondering how they can assist PDA usage by physicians and residents. A few months after our residents had received their handhelds, I was asked to give a presentation on them. After reading up on PDAs, I decided that before teaching the class I would send a survey to see what they already knew. I also requested that they bring their PDAs to the presentation for a hands-on approach. The survey generated knowledge of:
Address Book Entries, the To Do List, and the Date
Ability to Create Shortcuts
Floating Events Creation
The survey results showed that the students were almost equally divided in terms of learning levels. To be most effective I decided to make instruction sheets for:
The Address Book
To Do Lists
I included more detailed features like using the Phone Lookup as well as the following tips that they could apply to their medical work.
"If you get a message on your beeper telling you to call a
particular phone number and it is in your address book you can
use the FIND feature to find out who the number belongs to."
How to edit categories in the address book to include new ones like "residents", "pharmacists," "patients."
Under the shortcut section they learned how to create shortcuts for "on call," "patient", and "hospital."
There were detailed instructions on how to make floating events, recurring events (weekly, monthly, and yearly). As an example, I used the dates that they would need for their monthly resident meeting and their noon conferences.
I created a tri-column PDA Info and Tips Sheet for them which included information about saving battery life, changing alarms sounds, bringing up the graffiti list when in the middle of writing, and other items. I also showed them what a keyboard for the device looked like as well as a modem and a backup module. To illustrate beaming, I beamed Diddlebug to them. They really liked that program. It operates like a sticky note. You can write directly on the main screen instead of the silk screen and you can write using your own handwriting instead of graffiti. You can also draw pictures with it. It has a built-in alarm feature, too. It is very good for writing reminders quickly.
These instruction sheets enabled the students to utilize unfamiliar aspects of the PDA. The sheets helped both novice and experienced PDA users. Residents who already used applications discussed in class learned new things about them while those that had not used their PDAs were off to a good start.
The next lecture I give will include AvantGo as well as other applications and web sites for medical information. AvantGo allows you to download channels (web sites) that are configured for the PDA and it allows you to download other web sites as well. It's really nice because it allows you to download channels like CNN and then you can view the web site from your PDA whenever you like. Some web sites are configured for the PDA but there are some that are not.
HOW TO USE AVANTGO
AvantGo is free and may be installed on your handheld.
Register to use Avant Go at their web site In the bottom right-hand corner of that web page click SIGN UP. If AvantGo is not installed, you can download it from this sign up page.
Once registered, go to the web site on your desktop
computer to add web sites to download to your PDA.
Enter your name and password to enter your account.
Click on CREATE CHANNEL and follow the prompts.
The next time you hot sync if you are on the Internet at the same time, it will download that page to your PDA so you can read it whenever you choose from your handheld device. From that time on each time you sync if you are connected to the Internet, it will update that Internet page, as well as the others that you have chosen, to your Visor.
To view your channels and web sites, tap AVANTGO on your PDA, then tap the channel or web site you want to see. The house icon in the top right-hand corner takes you back to the main list and the arrows beside it move back and forward in the pages. Tap an article to read it.
On a personal note, I download the NLM Technical Bulletin and E Sources to AvantGo so I can read them when I am not at my desktop computer.
Ed. Note: see also "PDA Resource List" from Greater Midwest Region's E Sources, July - September 2001 no.1 http://nnlm.gov/gmr/newsletter/1/pdalist.pdf
Terrorism and Bioterrorism Sites Developed and
assembled by Beth M. Wescott, editor
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences Bioterrorism Resources
UAB Center for Disaster Preparedness
With support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality UAB has prepared this website to offer information about potential bioterrorist agents and an online CME credit on the topic of Rare Infections and Potential Bioterrorist Agents.
University of South Alabama Biomedical Library
Web Resources on Medical and Public Health Response to Bioterrorism
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
George Washington University Himmelfarb Health Sciences
Information on Bioterrorism: Key Web Links And Articles
Resources For Healthcare Professionals
Resources for the Community
University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries
Bioterrorism category in Internet Resource Catalog
University of South Florida, Tampa
Medical College of Georgia
The Impact of Terrorism on Our Children: What Can We Do?
Dr. P. Alex Mabe, Professor and Child Psychologist
Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies
University of Maryland - Baltimore MD
Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL)
Terrorism Resources for the Health Care Community
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Rowland Medical Library
HEALTH HYPERLINKS: Bioterrorism
Duke University Medical Center Library Online
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Health Sciences
HSL Recommended Sites for Information About Bioterrorism
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Category Search: bioterrorism
The Medical University of South Carolina Library
Information on Bioterrorism from the MUSC Library both Information for Health Professionals and
Information for the General Public
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library
Anthrax Web Page from National Library of Medicine®
University of Virginia, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Bioterrorism: Articles of Interest
Terrorism and Children: A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet
West Virginia University Health Sciences Library Bioterrorism Web Resources
The information you need about bioterrorism
DOCLINE Version 1.3 was released in September, 2001 with fanfare and a couple of glitches on the users' side. Users have welcomed the resubmit feature, the additional delivery methods and receipting. As we come to our less busy time of year, now would be a good time to review the features and familiarize yourself with the improvements.
The following new features were added:
The following changes were made:
Help screens were added or modified for all new features or changes to DOCLINE 1.3.
Question: Why is there a Print/Download Window?
Answer: The Print/Download Window was created to accommodate different browser versions used by DOCLINE libraries. Without the Print/Download Window, users of certain versions of Netscape can experience difficulty in printing requests; Internet Explorer users cannot download requests to an ASCII text file. System and browser settings for optimal utilization of DOCLINE features can be found at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/system_requirements.html
Question: Why don't all of my requests print when I receipt them in the 'Print/Download Window'?
Answer: After selection of the message link or the Receipt menu item, be sure to WAIT for the appearance of a message box that indicates the number of requests acknowledged. The download process can take several minutes. When this acknowledgment message appears, the downloading of ALL requests is complete. Please WAIT for the message, click OK to acknowledge, and then print via the Print/Download Window.
Question: What are the different methods of document delivery in DOCLINE ?
Answer: The following delivery methods are available in DOCLINE . Supported delivery methods vary among institutions. Libraries can search DOCUSER to find participants that provide documents by desired delivery method. Remember that delivery methods are used by the routing algorithm
Be sure to update your DOCUSER record to accurately reflect the delivery methods provided by your library.
Question: How can the delivery method page be edited?
Answer: As explained above, DOCLINE 1.3 introduced several new delivery methods and also re-organized the Delivery Methods page. For this reason, NLM would now like to ask all DOCLINE participants to review the information on their Delivery Methods page.
Please note that the Delivery Methods page now has two columns (Send By and Receive By) and includes a separator bar between the delivery methods and the respective address field.
If your institution can deliver a document by a particular method, select the relevant checkbox in the Send By column. (Left hand side of page). If your institution can receive a document by a particular method, select the relevant checkbox in the Receive By column. (Right hand side of page).
The delivery address fields contain information about
Fax address:Be sure to include country code, area/city code, and local number. Please note that fax numbers reached by entering extensions introduce problems for libraries utilizing fax servers.
Ariel address:Includes any valid Ariel address type - IP, hostname, or email.
Email address: Used for email and web delivery (NOT email via Ariel).
To edit the Delivery Methods page:
From the DOCLINE Main Menu, select DOCUSER, then Update.
Select the Interlibrary Loan tab
Select 'Delivery Methods' from the Select ILL Information Category list box
Update information as needed
NOTE: When sending a request to NLM, please be sure to select the appropriate NLM Delivery Method prior to placing the request. Due to the volume processed and to automated systems, NLM cannot check the Comments field.
Question: Why isn't there always notification when Loansome Doc requests are filled and shipped to the patron?
Answer: When a transferred Loansome Doc (LD) request is retired, the original LD transaction is complete. If a library resubmits the retired DOCLINE request, it is treated as a new DOCLINE request and not as a LD transfer. When the resubmitted transaction is filled and shipped, no LD notification message is sent; it is treated like a DOCLINE request.
The NN/LM SE/A has been blessed with great Network members who are willing to help when they can. We have been shorthanded most of this year, necessitating help from the field with exhibiting at some really big medical conferences. We would like to take the time to thank the following individuals for their assistance.
American College of Cardiology
Pamela Sherwill-Navarro from University of Florida
Florida Library Association
Richard Mercer and Naomi Elia from Orlando Regional Medical Center
Addajane Wallace from Halifax Medical Center
Alabama Library Association
Martha Verchot from the University of Alabama at Birmingham
South Carolina Medical Society
Ruth Riley and Sarah Gable from the University of South Carolina
Southern Women's Show
Rae Jesano and Nancy Schaefer from the University of Florida
Nela Pettit from the VA Healthcare Center at Gainesville
West Virginia Rural Health Association
Edward Dzierzak from the Marshall University
Nancy Wasson from West Virginia University
Nashville VA Medical Center
Patricia Lee from Vanderbilt University
by Toni Yancey, outreach coordinator
Last fall, we identified a West Virginia state hospital that was an excellent candidate for library improvement funds. This hospital had a patient library, enough materials to form a collection, space, and a great relationship with the local medical school library. All it needed was funding and someone willing to dedicate time to library services.
Enter Gail Kelly, laboratory manager. Coincidentally, just as they received NN/LM funding, Gail joined the staff of Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital, formerly Huntington State Hospital. She has a natural interest in computers and information resources. Her husband, Virgil, is the assistant information systems director at Cabell Huntington Hospital. They have computers and Internet service at home, so Gail had been doing literature searches for her laboratory work from home. Robin Walton, the director of staff development at Mildred Mitchell Bateman, noticed that Gail seemed to be interested in information retrieval, so much so, she had started doing literature searching for other hospital staff members. Robin then recruited Gail to be the library manager as well as the laboratory manager.
Gail went right to work organizing the library. She collected all of the journals and books from the various staff lounges. She purchased furniture and equipment, including a very nice shelving unit. She worked with Karen Curtis from Marshall University to set up a document delivery system through NLM's Loansome Doc Ordering System. Ed Dzierzak, the director of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Health Science Libraries at Marshall University, visited the site and provided computer training for Gail.
Going above and beyond the call of duty to set up her library, in September Gail traveled to NLM to attend the two-day course, "Introduction to Web-Based Searching: Using PubMed , the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov " She continues to provide excellent library and lab services to staff of the Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital, using Loansome Doc as her request and referral mechanism
by Jana Allcock, consumer health outreach coordinator
Give us some ideas of how you have used and promoted MedlinePlus , and we may use them in a future issue! Please respond to Jana Allcock
by Beth Wescott, editor
National Library of Medicine (NLM) made 24 new Internet
Connection grants to health-related institutions that wish to
provide Internet access to the professionals and clients of their
Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project materials have
been published on the
Partners in Information Access
for the Public Health Workforce
http://phpartners.org/ and http://phpartners.org/hp/
The HP2010 Information Access Project provides automatic links
to information on Healthy People 2010 objectives. Your feedback
on this pilot project is welcomed.
PDA Resource list from Greater Midwest Region's E Sources, July - September 2001 no.1
Pennsylvania has created a comprehensive West Nile Virus
tracking network integrating GPS, ArcPad on palm pads and an
Developing, Marketing, and Evaluating Web-Based Library and
Information Skills Tutorials, by Cynthia Wright Swaine
Confronted with an expanding distance learning program, a growing set of student expectations, and recent changes in general education requirements, the Library Instruction Team at Old Dominion University addressed the need for new approaches to library instruction by creating a series of web-based tutorials.
The Key Ingredient of the National Prevention Agenda:
Workforce Development; A Companion Document to Healthy People
Helps states and communities address the national workforce development objectives for the health professions and public health agencies. Practical guide, filled with strategies, examples, and resources to increase under-represented minorities in the health professions (objective 1-8) and assure a competent public health workforce (objectives 23-8 and 23-10). Particularly handy for health improvement planning groups are brief summaries of workforce issues, strategies, and planning options. Available in print free, from the HRSA Information Center at 1-888-ASK-HRSA or http://www.ask.hrsa.gov. Inventory code BHP00134.
NEA (National Education Association) Resources for Children
and Their Parents and Educators: Dealing with the American
Tragedy of September 11, 2001
Palliative Care in African American Communities,
September-October 2001 Innovations in
End-of-Life Care, is published at
Brings the unique voice of African Americans to the table of palliative and end-of-life care and to broaden the dialogue on improving care for all segments of society. Features Harlem Palliative Care Network in Manhattan, how the network was developed and operates, and how they hope to sustain it.
Health Communication Materials Network - HCMN
HCMN is being administered through the Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC) (http://www.jhuccp.org/mmc) at the Johns Hopkins Population Information Program. The M/MC is funded by the United States Agency for International Development and is part of the Center for Communication Programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
ALA's RUSA (Reference and User Services Association)
For seniors http://www.ala.org/rusa/mouss/committees/aging/aging.html
For reference guidelines http://www.ala.org/rusa/standard.html
For free web reference sites http://www.ala.org/rusa/mars/best2001.html
EngenderHealth Releases New Online Minicourse on Sexuality and
EngenderHealth (formerly AVSC International) has long recognized the need for addressing sexuality within reproductive health programs and services. To respond to this need, the agency has created "Sexuality and Sexual Health," the first module in the "Topics in Reproductive Health" online minicourse series, developed by EngenderHealth through a grant from the Gates Foundation.
PATH Basic Delivery Kit Guide Available
e-mail to Adriane Pallat at email@example.com
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) has just published the Basic Delivery Kit Guide, a step-by-step manual for developing delivery kit programs for childbirth. Designed for program managers who wish to develop a basic delivery kit as part of their integrated maternal and child health programs, it provides comprehensive and practical information on the design, development, distribution, and promotion of single-use, disposable delivery kits.
A limited number of copies are available free-of-charge, and multiple copies may be ordered from PATH at $15 each.
University of Kansas "Community Toolbox, Bringing Solutions to
Light" A Framework for Program Evaluation: A Gateway to Tools
Main Section - Introduction, what, why, when, who,
Examples - Real world situational examples.
Related Topics - Hyperlinks to related chapters and sections.
Tools & Checklists - A checklist that summarizes the major points contained in the section.
Overheads - Ready to use overheads summarizing the major points in the section.
New 800 Number Poison Help 1-800-222-1222
The new, nationwide number for all poison centers in the United States of America, is now operational. From 1-800-222-1222, your call will be automatically routed to the closest regional poison center. National and local public awareness campaigns, using the new nationwide poison center logo, TV advertising, and radio announcements, took place in November 2001. Educational materials, including brochures, stickers, and magnets, will be available through regional poison centers.
When calling the Poison Control Center:
Identify yourself and give your relationship to the patient. Give your phone number in case your call is disconnected. Describe the patient by name, age and weight.
If possible, have the container or poison in your
hand and identify as best you can:
What was taken?
When was it taken?
How much was taken?
How is the patient acting?
Be prepared to answer any questions asked.
Follow the advice given by the Poison Control Center or doctor.
Call the RML and ask to borrow "Breath of Life" on DVD. This interactive virtual exhibition examines the history of asthma, the experiences of people with asthma, and contemporary efforts to understand and manage the disease. It follows the live exhibit at NLM that was launched on March 22, 1999. Three NIH institutes worked with NLM to create "Breath of Life:" National Heart, Lung, and Blood, Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Environmental Health Sciences.
This DVD tour allows great flexibility in viewing, because the user guides the tour. Topics include:
Video Overview - a narrated introduction to asthma, including the history and treatment of the disease
History of Asthma - reviewing ancient and modern history of the disease
Managing Asthma - examining developments in research and treatment
Faces of Asthma - shows well-known real people with asthma
Living with Asthma - follows the life of a young girl as she and her family cope with asthma
Contact Ruth Collins in the NN/LM SEA office to borrow a DVD copy.
Just a reminder that there are three online training classes at Emory University in Atlanta this December:
December 10, 2001 - Keeping Up with NLM's PubMed , the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov [7.5 MLA continuing education credits]
December 11-12, 2001 - Introduction to Web-Based Searching: Using PubMed , the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov [11.5 MLA continuing education credits]
December 13, 2001 - TOXNET ® On the Web [7 MLA continuing education credits]
You can read a description of each class and register at: http://nnlm.gov/mar/online/index.html
The October 2001 edition of the training manuals are now available for downloading from the NLM Web site http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/web_based.html. The workbooks were updated to reflect changes to PubMed , the NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov since March 2001.
Training materials for PubMed , NLM Gateway , ClinicalTrials.gov that correspond with the NLM's National Training Center and Clearinghouse training courses are available for downloading in Portable Document Format (PDF) and Microsoft(r) (MS) Word formats. The manuals are broken down into sections so you can choose the areas of interest to you.
Lecture guides used in training on Toxicology and Environmental Health Web Resources (i.e., TOXNET and ChemIDplus) are also available from this Web site.
These workbooks are not copyrighted. Feel free to use any part of the workbooks -- you may customize parts for training programs, demos, or workshops you conduct.
December 2001 - April 2001
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2001 "I Care, Do You?"
Sociedad de Bibiotecarios de Puerto Rico, Isla Verde, PR (787) 764-0000 ext. 5223 http://upracd.upr.clu.edu:9090/novedades/sociebib.htm
"Tempered Radicals: Change Agency in the 21st Century " Explore how you can become a valued and successful member of your organization without selling out on either your identity or your ideals. Attend this Special Library Association 2001 Virtual Seminar anywhere http://www.sla.org/content/Events/distance/virtsem/index.cfm
"Social Determinants of Health: Assembling Pieces of the Puzzle," 24th Annual UNC School of Public Health Minority Health Conference http://www.minority.unc.edu/sph/minconf/2002/index.htm
Computers in Libraries 2002, The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington, DC http://www.infotoday.com/cil2002/default.htm
Florida Health Sciences Library Association, 2002 Annual Meeting: "Medical Information: Putting the Pieces Together." St. Augustine Casa Monica Hotel http://www.library.health.ufl.edu/fhsla/conferences/annual2002.html
September-October, 2001, continued from SEA Currents, Vol. 19
Technical Notes: - e1, continued
from SEA Currents, Vol. 19 No. 5
New Version of NLM Gateway Released
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
Changes on PubMed 's Sidebar
Simplified URLs for Five NLM Resources
Renamed Buttons Corrects Printing Problem in PubMed
Searching HSRPRoj via the NLM Gateway
Revised LinkOut Documentation
October 2001 PubMed , NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov Training Manuals Now Available
MEDLINE Turns 30
MeSH® Tools 2002 Available for Purchase
Space Life Sciences Citations Added to
Space life sciences-related journal and meeting abstracts citations unique to the former SPACELINE™ database are now in PubMed and the NLM Gateway , respectively.
Space Life Sciences and Bioethics - New
Subsets - e3
Two new subject subsets, "Space Life Sciences" and "Bioethics" are available on the Subset pull-down menu on the PubMed Limits screen.
History of Medicine-related Journal
Citations Added to
History of Medicine-related journal citations unique to the former HISTLINE® database are now in PubMed .
Bioethics Citations Added to
Bioethics-related journal citations unique to the former BIOETHICSLINE® database are now in PubMed .
NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents, November-December,
2001, as of November 30, 2001
Technical Notes - e1
Status of the Reorganization of National Library of Medicine Bibliographic Databases
NLM Creates Web Site for Arctic Health
New Clinical Advisory Issued
New Version of NLM Gateway Released - November 15, 2001
MEDLINE/ PubMed End-of-Year Activities - e2
During end-of-year activities, NLM's schedule for adding indexed citations to MEDLINE and PubMed is temporarily interrupted.
Hands On: Sending
Results via Email - e3
Learn how to use the email function of the NLM Gateway and its new feature: Adding a message to emailed search results.
Indexing the Events of September 11, 2001
and Bioterrorism for Medline - e4
NLM's indexing policy for MEDLINE citations to articles about the events of September 11, 2001 and bioterrorism.
History of Medicine - New
Subset - e5
The "History of Medicine" subject subset is now available on the Subset pull-down menu on the PubMed Limits screen.
Searchable Online Books Liked to
The NCBI Bookshelf is a growing collection of biomedical textbooks.
J. Dale Prince will join the NN/LM SE/A office as an Outreach Coordinator on January 2, 2002. Dale comes to the RML from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Health Sciences and Human Services Library where he was part of the Access Services team. Dale is an experienced trainer, has writing and research experience and isn't afraid of technology. Dale will be responsible for outreach in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi as well as manage our educational services. He is looking forward to working with everyone in the Region and to hearing from those in his service area.
Please join us in welcoming Dale to our staff.
Happy Holidays from the SE/A to You. The NN/LM SE/A office will be closed for the holidays, from December 24, 2001-January 1, 2002. We wish everyone a warm and renewing holiday season.