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SEA Currents Volume 20, Number 2 -- March/April 2002

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

Inside this issue

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

A Whole Greater than the Sum of Its Parts, GaIN: Network or Partnership, It Works for All Comers

by Jan LaBeause, M.L.S., AHIP, Associate Professor, Medical Library & LRC Director and GaIN Program Director and Lee McCarley, M.L.I.S., AHIP, Instructor and Systems Librarian, Mercer Medical Library and Learning Resources Center

The Georgia Interactive Network (GaIN) for Medical Information is a non-profit, university-based electronic health care information network with members and partners. Centered at the Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) in Macon, Georgia, GaIN was established in 1983 with a National Library of Medicine® grant. It is a cooperative network offering a wide range of information services to member health care individuals and institutions. GaIN is also a partner and collaborator in many statewide educational, health care and information access programs.

Members access the network through the GaIN website ( After logging on they can: access full-text textbooks and journals, find evidence-based medicine resources, link to an online bookstore, stay current with regularly-updated literature alerts in a variety of specialty areas, view the collective online catalog of the member institutional libraries, register for monthly classes, and request reference and document delivery services.

Member & Network Services: Over the years, GaIN members have demonstrated a desire for "high touch" as well as "high tech" services. Therefore, members also have access to the staff and services of Mercer's Medical Library & Peyton T. Anderson Learning Resources Center and some resources at Mercer's Swilley Library on the Atlanta campus. Reference, document delivery, training, computer support, e-mail alerts, toll-free access for phone questions and support, and other personalized services are available to meet the needs of the individual health care professional or the institution. Additions and changes to network services are discussed and evaluated with the GaIN Advisory Committee (GAC) made up of institutional members.

Special benefits of institutional membership include customized site visits from GaIN staff library liaisons, cataloging, journal listing, shared integrated library system® functions, annual consortium participation cost-benefit reports to hospital administrators, consultations and help with library management activities from experienced members. Reference back-up is also provided. In addition, semiannual meetings combined with educational workshops directed at librarians and other information managers are held for members, with CE credit awarded through Mercer's Office of Extended Education. For many institutional members, GaIN's services satisfy some JCAHO requirements for "knowledge-based information sources."

Partnerships: GaIN is proud to be a partner in many educational, health care, and information access programs throughout Georgia. The network has a long, supportive, and mutually rewarding relationship with the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program Office and its six centers throughout the state. A number of NLM Information Access grants and NN/LM subcontracts have used GaIN as the platform to establish networks at these AHECs. These projects provide computer equipment, access to learning resources and information technology training for health care providers, students and consumers in rural and medically underserved areas. Georgia's Rural Health Information Clearinghouse (RHIC) is the result of a partnership between GaIN, the Statewide AHEC Program, the Georgia Department of Community Health's Office of Rural Health Services, and the Center for Rural Health & Research at Georgia Southern University. The Clearinghouse provides an information reference service for health care planners and providers as well as others interested in Georgia rural health care delivery system issues. It networks resources at multiple sites throughout the state and elsewhere to represent a knowledge base of both print and electronic resources. For more information, e-mail your questions to:

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National Nurses' Week a Marketing Opportunity for Nurses and Librarians!

assembled by Beth M. Wescott, editor

MAY 6-10, 2002

American Nurses Association has developed some pointers and templates for National Nurses' Week, 2002. Librarians might collaborate with their nurses' celebration by featuring the information on bulletin boards and highlighting nurse educators in a display of materials. The PubMed search tips from this issue might be printed as a handout, too.

Develop your ideas/activities and distribute to the media. It may be a wise strategy to develop a fact sheet so everyone has the same information. Use printed material to be consistent. ANA has printed materials that you can use. You can get them from the ANA website at For Nurse Week, these facts can be used as supporting information in stories about nurses. Find human interest stories about nurses and highlight them.

FACTOIDS - drop these into your brochures, press releases and posters

Did you know?

Celebrating Florida Nurse Week
May 6-12, 2002
Theme: "Nurses Care for America"

Sample Press Release,
Fact Sheet for Nurse Week Discussion,
Sample Calendar of Activities,
Suggested Activities for Nurse Week,
Sample Letter Requesting a Proclamation,
Sample Proclamation,
Tips of Working with the Media for Publicity,

Nurses' Week activities to be held May 6-12, 2002
Medical University of South Carolina

Blue Mountain e-cards for the week, too

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Tips for Retrieving Nursing Information via PubMed

by J. Dale Prince, education and outreach coordinator

MEDLINE®/ PubMed offers a number of powerful tools for retrieving nursing information, which, with a little practice, are easy to use. MEDLINE has a special collection of nursing journals that may be searched independently of other journals. And, MeSH®, the controlled vocabulary of MEDLINE, has a sophisticated but simple to use means of uncovering nursing-specific information hidden in MEDLINE's depths. Used independently or in tandem, these tools can be extremely helpful to anyone looking for nursing information.

PubMed Nursing Journals Subset
MEDLINE has a subset feature that allows a search to be limited to a specialized topic, journal collection, indexing status, or PubMedCentral availability. One of the subsets is the specialized nursing journals collection, which was the source of the content of the International Nursing Index. While the INI is no longer in print, it's content continues to be accessible and continues to be updated in the form of this subset. There are two very simple ways to limit a search to the nursing journals subset: using search command language or using the limits feature.

The most straightforward method to search for articles in the nursing journal subset is to use jsubsetn, a search command that filters out citations not found in one of these nursing journals, for example: "neoplasms[mh] AND jsubsetn."

For searchers who prefer to use PubMed 's limits feature, the nursing journal subset is only a couple of clicks away. First, one must select "Limits" from the feature bar in PubMed . This displays the Limits page where the nursing journal subset is activated by clicking on "Subsets" and selecting "Nursing Journals" from the drop down menu. This invisibly inserts the jsubsetn command into the search.

Caveat: not all Index Medicus® nursing journals are included in this subset; therefore, a search limited to nursing journals subset will miss these journals; moreover, not all nursing articles are published in nursing journals, and the nursing journal subset misses these articles.

For a search that extends beyond the nursing journals subset, but is specific to the nursing profession, a search strategy can be constructed from MeSH terms instead of using the subset limiter. There are 158 entries in the Permuted MeSH related to the terms "Nurse," "Nurses," and "Nursing," and the PubMed MeSH browser lists 38 of these entries directly under those terms. (This means that 38 "Nurse, Nurses, Nursing" related subjects may be searched at once by taking advantage of MeSH terms and PubMed 's automatic explosion of terms.) Other combinations may be found under subjects such as "Philosophy, Nursing." These other combinations do not show up as readily in the MeSH browser, therefore the print Permuted MeSH continues to be a helpful tool.

MeSH Subheadings
Of course not all searches about nursing information are about nursing. Some are about nursing aspects of some topic--a disease, or practice, for example. MeSH is useful in this situation by giving one the ability to modify a term with a subject heading. For instance, to get information on caregiving in the context of cancer, search on the term "neoplasms" with "nursing" used as a subheading or modifier. This combination of terms may be performed in two ways: using the MeSH browser or with command driven searching.

To use the MeSH browser to construct the search, first find the correct terminology for cancer, "neoplasms." Calling up the detailed display allows the addition of subheadings to the MeSH term. "Neoplasms" has 46 subheadings that may be used to modify it. Selecting the subheading, "nursing," activates searching for articles on the nursing aspect of neoplasms.

If the MeSH term of interest is already known, enter the terms directly into the PubMed search box: "neoplasms/nursing[mh]," or use the nursing subheading abbreviation, "neoplasms/nu[mh]."

Free-floating MeSH Subheadings
Finally, subheadings need not be attached to a MeSH term. These unconnected subheadings are known as free-floating subheadings. This allows, in the case of nursing, searching for nursing as a subheading that modifies any MeSH term that has been applied to an article. To do this, use the [sh] post qualifier ("sh" stands for "subheading"). An example of this kind of search is: "neoplasms[mh] AND human[mh] AND nu[sh]." This search retrieves all articles that contain the MeSH terms "neoplasms" and "human" and any term that takes nursing as a subheading. In some instances, the subheading will not be attached to the MeSH terms entered into the search; an article may be assigned "neoplasms," "human," "case report," and "nutritional support/nursing" and fulfill the requirements of the search strategy.

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Nursing Interactive Tutorials

from an NAHRS listserv stream, January 2002, moderated by Tanya Feddern, M.L.I.S. Librarian- Reference and Education, Louis Calder Memorial Library University of Miami School of Medicine

As discussed in January of this year on the Medical Library's Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section listserv, the first genuinely interactive tutorial came about through collaboration between a librarian and a faculty member in the Old Dominion University School of Nursing and was launched in the fall of 1998. Using Information Sources: Nursing was designed to serve all Old Dominion University students doing nursing research, although the original focus was on one specific course comprised of both on- and off-campus students.

Initial development took three months of intense work, then one month for revision each year afterward. Revisions took as long as they did because of the switch from SilverPlatter's version of CINAHL to the Ovid version and the desire to include new elements.

The tutorial includes interactive quizzes, a discussion forum, a glossary and guided searches of the CINAHL database. Initially, only the faculty member who collaborated with the librarian required her students to complete the tutorial; later, others followed suit. Approximately 100 nursing students completed the tutorial during the first semester of availability, and 400 did so the following fall. In the spring semester of the year 2000, this tutorial had 995 page views and 473 user sessions.

Marketing was carried out largely through a demonstration at an in-service training session for faculty. An evaluation page is included and has generated much favorable comment about the tutorial. In addition, the developer has received many e-mail messages of inquiry and appreciation through a contact link in the tutorial.

Using Information Resources...Nursing
Old Dominion University Libraries

Many Nursing courses will require that students find scholarly research to either enhance their classroom learning or to support research papers. This guide combines instruction with exercises to better prepare you to find relevant resources for doing research in nursing. It is a self-guided instructional tutorial with exercises embedded in every lesson. You may choose to go through every lesson, or just those relevant to your needs. After completing each lesson, you may take a Quiz to test what you have learned.

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Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) for Your Library

by Janice Kelly, executive director

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to invite you to consider the implementation of the Electronic Fund Transfer System ( Electronic Fund Transfer System ) for your library.

Electronic Fund Transfer System is an electronic bill payment system, created, implemented and maintained by the University of Connecticut Health Center Library. It allows for participants to electronically collect for interlibrary loan transactions. It is modeled after credit cards. The lender (the retailer) uploads data to collect for transactions. The system then credits the lender's account and debits the borrower's (the consumer)account. Monthly detailed statements are sent to all participants showing all transactional activity.

Electronic Fund Transfer System has been in operation since 1995 and is currently being used by libraries in NN/LM Regions 1,4,5 and 8. The National Library of Medicine is supporting an initiative to have Electronic Fund Transfer System become a national system of the NN/LM.

To join Electronic Fund Transfer System , submit an application along with a check to open an account. The initial check can be for a "best guess" of what you think you'd be billed for in a quarter. You can then bill other Electronic Fund Transfer System participants as well as have them bill you. Once activity in the account is established, you may deposit additional funds to cover your costs.

To bill other libraries, submit a data file once a month to the system. This data can be electronically generated if your ILL activity is managed by a system like QuickDOC, Illiad, Clio, etc. Loaning libraries are charged a 3% billing fee. Net lending libraries will be issued a check on a quarterly basis.

Please take a look at the Electronic Fund Transfer System website, for detailed information and forms.

Electronic Fund Transfer System eliminates the sending of individual invoices, provides detailed reporting of activity and encourages resource sharing throughout the NN/LM through a centralized system. Electronic Fund Transfer System is a library group in the DOCLINE system.

Questions about Electronic Fund Transfer System can be sent by e-mail to

We look forward to implementing Electronic Fund Transfer System in Region 2 and to helping you eliminate the hassles of document delivery payment and billing.

Word from Dan McCollum, Coordinator, DDS at Vanderbilt's Eskind Biomedical Library is that he is in the third month of using this Electronic Fund Transfer System and very happy with the time savings. Eskind has eliminated having to send over 80 monthly invoices, saving administrative time in posting and depositing payments. Eskind has kudos for the EFT office staff declaring them "great to work with; very helpful and patient."

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Consumer Health Information Used By Nurses

by Jana Allcock, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator

Consumer health information is not only helpful to patients, but should be used by nurses when educating patients and family members. In fact, the hospital accrediting agency, the Joint Commission, provides standards for the provision of patient education in the education section of their standards. (Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals: The Official Handbook). These two standards speak directly to the need for patient education:

PF 1.1 standard states: "The hospital selects and makes available educational resources, in a form the patient can understand, based on patient learning needs."
PF 3 states: "The patient receives education and training specific to the patient's assessed needs, abilities, learning preferences, and readiness to learn as appropriate to the care and services provided by the hospital."

Patient education activities are recorded in the patient chart by the nursing staff. This could take the form of notes, clinical pathways, or discharge summaries.

What are some ways that librarians can assist the nursing staff in the delivery of consumer health information?

  1. Make the nursing staff aware of consumer health resources the library provides.
  2. Become a part of the patient education committee of the hospital.
  3. Work with the director of nursing to identify training needs of the staff.
  4. Maintain a connection to the hospitals' accreditation process, and contribute ways in which the library enables the hospital to meet standards.

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A Partnership Spelled SALIS

from the SAIS Internet site,

SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists) is an international, non-profit association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) information.

SALIS was created in 1978 with assistance from the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). In 1986, Librarians and Information Specialists in Addictions (LISA), the Canadian counterpart, merged with SALIS.

SALIS membership is open to all those with an interest in the collection, organization, management, and dissemination of substance abuse information. Full and Associate memberships are offered for individuals, while Institutional and Sponsor members may be in the name of an organization. SALIS members fill diverse professional roles in the field of substance abuse information, representing:

Research and academic institutions
Clearinghouses, resource and information centers
Hospitals and treatment centers
Government offices and private service agencies
Publishers and the media

SALIS News, the association's quarterly newsletter has contributions primarily from members, including information on new web sites, books, government documents, journals, videos, databases, and other sources; highlights of member libraries; SALIS conferences; other organizational news; and news about sister organizations, i.e. ADLIS and ELISAD and Australian and European counterparts.

The SALIS Directory lists more than 200 substance abuse libraries and information centers worldwide. Updated periodically, it describes collections and services of these resource centers, and also provides contact information on more than 500 ATOD organizations, foundations, and government agencies.

SALIS's Multi-Cultural SIG (Special Interest Group) strives to foster an environment that is receptive to multi-cultural issues, highlighting concerns in the areas of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and physical disability as they relate to substance abuse prevention and treatment. The SIG also works to ensure the availability of multi-cultural prevention materials.

SALIS 2002: Capitalizing on the Value of Knowledge Sharing
The 24th Annual SALIS Conference will be held Tuesday - Saturday, April 16 - 20, 2002 at the Radisson Barcelo Hotel in Washington DC, USA, hosted by the US National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (e-mail:, phone: 800-729-6686, fax 301-468-6433). This annual event brings together many of the world's leading authorities on the organization and dissemination of substance abuse information.

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PubMed Search Strategy Selection Tips

Reprinted with permission from Andrew Hamilton, Online Analyst, NN/LM National Training Center & Clearinghouse. Originally published in the MIDDLE ATLANTIC PERSPECTIVE, Newsletter of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine®, Middle Atlantic Region Volume 12 Number1 January - February 2002

Our problem: How to teach effective use of PubMed ?

Our strategy: Use interesting examples to illustrate the mechanics of how the system searches for material and displays the results.

Creating original examples that are both instructive as well as interesting is often the most difficult part of preparing for a class on PubMed . As the teacher, you can take advantage of putting the cart in front of the horse: Find an interesting article, and then tailor a search strategy to find that citation.

One of the best ways to do this is to keep an eye on national Internet news sites (such as CNN and MSNBC, which often rely on AP and Reuters sources) for stories announcing medical breakthroughs or scientific discoveries.

For example, scanning the Web on the morning of January 11, 2002, provided the following headlines that suggested possible PubMed search examples:

Protein Controls Severe Pain

Low-salt, Low-meat Diet can Prevent Kidney Stones

Both of these news items discuss the imminent publication of research in a major journal. These news items provide you with the name of the researchers and the journals in which their respective works will be published. Using this information, I could construct citation-oriented searches on penninger j [au] AND cell [ta] to retrieve the Protein-Pain article and borghi l [au] AND n engl j med [ta] to retrieve the Salt-Meat-Kidney Stone article.

Care must be used if you use this type of citation-focused search. The timing of the news announcement quite often precedes the acquisition and inclusion of the original article within PubMed .

Check to be sure that the article is actually in PubMed before you do the search before an audience. Nothing is more embarrassing than to sell an audience on a search strategy only to have it pull up no hits. On the morning of January 11, 2002, neither of the searches listed above retrieved the desired citations. If you are patient, you'll find within a few days that these citations have been added to PubMed . At this point they are fair game for serving as a search example, so long as you do not try to retrieve them using any of the fields that are only available after the record has been fully indexed.

Health-related Internet news stories do much more than simply herald the publication of new research. Recent events will often cause news sources to revisit issues that have been the subject of previous research. This type of article often leads to a controversial or surprising topic that is quite suitable to serve as the subject of an effective PubMed search example.

CDC Renews Sprout Warning

The article reaffirms the risk of developing food poisoning from eating uncooked alfalfa and bean sprouts. This easily translates to the simple query food poisoning AND sprouts and retrieves 25 hits. Taking the example one step further, you can substitute sprout* for sprouts to demonstrate how truncation picks up six additional records when compared to the original search.

Experts Debate Accutane Link to Suicide

On January 5th, 2002, a small plane was flown into a Tampa, FL, high-rise. The 15-year-old pilot was taking the drug Accutane to treat his acne. There have been questions in the past about a possible association between the use of Accutane and suicidal behavior. This story can be translated using the MeSH browser. The resulting PubMed search strategy of Isotretinoin/adverse effects [MESH] AND suicide[MESH] would retrieve a total of 11 hits.

Today's medical and scientific breakthroughs serve as the inspiration for future research. Each day provides a fresh supply of potential examples for the database instructor. The four examples above were derived from a single morning of skimming the newswires. If you use current news items to serve as the subjects for your search examples, you'll have no trouble capturing and holding the attention of your audience at your next presentation.

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Printing Receipts

by the DOCLINE Team, NLM

Before the release of DOCLINE 1.3, there were varying levels of problems that occurred in DOCLINE when printing receipts using either the IE Browser or Netscape. Not everyone experienced the same problems. The most frequently reported problem was the printing of receipts in IE - you got an extra page.

In an attempt to provide a resolution for the printing challenges presented by the use of multiple browsers, NLM introduced the Print/Download option. This feature resolved the problem and provided a single page printout of each ILL Request.

Users should initially print requests after selecting the 'DOCLINE Home Message' link - 'xx DOCLINE Requests awaiting RECEIPT'. After selecting the message link or Receipt menu item, users will need to WAIT for the appearance of a message box indicating the number of requests acknowledged before proceeding. The increased wait time is caused by the additional coding that is required for the system to support multiple browsers.

The 'DOCLINE Home Message' link - 'xx DOCLINE requests received awaiting completion' should be the same requests that were just receipted and printed out. This link is most often used for updating the requests as 'filled' or 'not filled'.

Below is some useful additional information for the feature of automatically receipting requests from the 'DOCLINE Home Message' link.

Internet Explorer(IE) users:
IE maintains the ability to print from the initial window, however, users will need to select 'Print/Download Receipts' to download requests. After selecting this, a new window will open which allows downloading requests via the browser's "File, Save As" functionality.

For additional information about Receipt Printing and Acknowledgement see URL:

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SERHOLD Qualified Consortia in SE/A, Partnerships for Performance and Thrift


Air Force Medical Library Consortium


Charlotte, North Carolina AHEC




Atlanta Health Sciences Library Consortium


Association of Memphis Area Health Sciences Libraries


Army Medical Department-Medical Library and Information Network


Association of Mental Health Librarians


North Carolina OCLC AHECs


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Cape Fear Health Sciences Information Consortium


Chiropractic Libraries Consortium


Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries


District of Columbia Area Health Sciences Libraries


Department of Defense Medical Libraries Consortium

Electronic Fund Transfer System

Electronic Fund Transfer System


Fayetteville, North Carolina AHEC


Federal Library and Information Network


Free Reciprocal Interlibrary Loan Group


Georgia Interactive Network for Medical Information


Health Sciences Libraries of Central Georgia


Mid-Atlantic Chapter Lending Network


Maryland Association of Health Sciences Librarians


Mississippi Biomedical Library Consortium


Miami Health Sciences Library Consortium


Consortium of Naval Libraries


North Carolina AHECs


Northern Virginia Health Sciences Librarians


Northwest AHEC Consortium




Resources for Health Information Consortium


South Carolina Health Information Network


Southeastern Network on DOCLINE


Southern States OCLC


Southwest Virginia Health Information Libraries


Tampa Bay Medical Library Network


Tenet Health Sciences Libraries


Tennessee Health Sciences Library Association


Tidewater Health Sciences Librarians


Department of Veterans Affairs Library Network

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NLM and NN/LM (and its partners) News

assembled by Beth M. Wescott, editor


1) A new version of the NLM Gateway has been released. Changes include the following:

Please feel free to contact Sonya Shooshan via phone or email (301-435-3189 or with any questions or comments.

2) NLM just released a PubMed Text Version. This product has been created specifically for users who require special adaptive equipment to access the Web and use PubMed . PubMed Text Version provides basic PubMed search and retrieval functionality and can be accessed from the PubMed sidebar. There will be a notice on PubMed 's New/Noteworthy page that will include a link to an article about this new version in the NLM Technical Bulletin.


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has issued a request for applications (RFA) for its Internet Access to Digital Libraries grant. The purpose of the grant is to help health-related organizations provide their staffs and clients with access to high-quality digital health information resources and services. For a single institution, support is available up to $45,000 for a one or two-year project. Multisite organizations or consortia may request the base amount plus $8,000 for each additional site. The grant provides support for direct costs only, including personnel, hardware and software, training, travel, and other costs related to implementation of the proposed project.

U.S. public and private, nonprofit health-related organizations are eligible to apply. Letters of intent are due April 26, 2002, and applications are due May 24, 2002. The RFA is available online at

4) Explanation of "LD Ship to Patron" Message in DOCLINE
The 'LD Ship to Patron' message occurs on the Home page when a transferred 'Ship to Patron' LD request is updated as "Filled' by the DOCLINE lender. The message link will display until the 'Reviewed' button has been selected in Status/Cancel.

5) Difficulties with duplicate requests generating in the DOCLINE System are due to the unpredictable results of using the browsers 'back', 'stop', and 'refresh' buttons during the order process. When you receive a 'transmission error' while submitting a DOCLINE ILL request - do not use the browser's 'stop' button or 'back' button to return to the previous screen and try to submit the request a second time. Duplicate requests often occur, if the 'back' button is used during a citation entry. We do not recommend using the IE Browser 'Back' button when in the DOCLINE System. When an error message displays, this may mean that there was a transmission problem with the request. It is best to open a new browser window, login to DOCLINE and check Status/Cancel for DOCLINE Borrow requests that are 'pending'. If the request was successfully submitted, it will be in the list of pending requests.

6) HSTAT AHRQ Evidence Report Summary: 51. Bioterrorism Preparedness

7) DOCLINE Milestones

The DOCLINE Team made note of a web DOCLINE milestone; on February 21st, the 6th million request was entered into DOCLINE! The Health Sciences Library at Tufts University (Boston, MA) was the borrower. It was filled by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library (Seattle, WA) on the following day, Feb 22nd. The current number is 6,105,372 and counting. Additionally, since the introduction of web-based DOCLINE 2,235 libraries have updated 331,230 holdings while 1,543 libraries have deleted 11,796 holdings. Currently, 2,983 libraries have 1,371,991 holdings. There are 50,906 unique serial titles for which holdings are reported

8) Finding Aid to the National League for Nursing Records, 1894-1952
This collection is a part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division. The materials cover the years 1894-1952 and include proceedings of annual conventions, minutes of meetings, biographical data of early leaders, correspondence, photos, and miscellaneous material.

9) Changes for HISTLINE®
This National Library of Medicine (NLM) database, which has provided historical citations to international works since the 1970s, has migrated to the PubMed search interface for journal articles and to LOCATORplus for books.

Having entered a search in PubMed , a searcher may limit it by using the subject subset, History of Medicine, located on the Subsets pull-down menu on the PubMed "Limits" screen. This subset can also be used in a search as history [sb]. Example: tuberculosis AND history [sb] Please note: sb should be entered in brackets.

10) NCBI's Science Primer, a starting point...

"A Science Primer," provides introductory material on various science topics and technologies employed in the development of NCBI resources. Subjects covered include bioinformatics, genome mapping, molecular modeling, SNPs, ESTs, microarray technologies, and molecular genetics. Each primer is written in plain language and includes easy-to-read design features intended to support and extend the main text.

11) Nursing and Health Library


1) Healthy People 2010 Objectives
Additional links to individual HP2010 objectives on the Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project web pages published on the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce website.

2) Bob Pringle, Director of Library Services at the Betty M. Anderson Library, Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane, Washington has just had an article published in the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI). The article, "What Rural Nurses Hope to Find on the Internet" is based on presentations Bob did for rural nurses in Washington State as part of an RML Outreach Project.

3) The Hospital Librarian's Guide to LinkOut for Libraries
Are you considering LinkOut for your library? Do you want to see how it works? Do you want to know how to set it up? This site provides an overview of LinkOut -- you can test drive a simulation, learn the steps involved, and find more in-depth resources.

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CYBERSPACE: URLs Useful Resources for Libraries

by Beth M Wescott, editor

ABLEDATA Database Program,
ABLEDATA's mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), is an agency of U.S. DHHS and serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances. Check out its newly established web site in Spanish at:
The web site in English is at:

ADA Technical Assistance Program
ADATA is a comprehensive resource for information on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Do you need to know about the Americans with Disabilities Act?
It's as easy as calling 800-949-4232 (V/TTY)

ANA (American Nurses Association) has launched a new web site designed to provide RNs with valuable information on how they can better care for their patients, protect themselves and prepare their hospitals and communities to respond to acts of bioterrorism. The site offers links to various resources on the topic and also highlights ANA's efforts, including board actions, collaborations with other organizations, articles and more.

Anthrax Vaccine: Is It Safe? Does It Work?

Be MedWise [] is a public education initiative by the National Council on Patient information and Education (NCPIE) - a nonprofit coalition of over 150 government, consumer, patient advocacy and public health organizations. Be MedWise seeks to promote a better understanding that
over-the-counter (OTC) drug products are serious medicines and must be taken with care.
To learn more about the sponsor, NCPIE visit,

Biological Threats and Terrorism: Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities, a new release by the National Academy Press

Bobby helps Web page authors identify and repair significant barriers to access for individuals with disabilities by offering users the option of "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0" or "U.S. Section 508 Guidelines." Public service and institutional marketing sites should check pages using the Section 508 option.

Center for Health Care Strategies. A nonprofit organization that provides a policy resource center to promote better health care services to underserved populations. It directs three Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiatives and provides resources to links to improve health literacy of consumers.

EPINet Data-Sharing Network Hospitals
The International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia Health System
More than 50 hospitals participate in the EPINet data-sharing network coordinated by the International Health Care Worker Safety Center. It is estimated that there are over 1,500 hospitals in this country and abroad that use the EPINet surveillance program.

A redesigned FirstGov site has been released. The site is organized so that information can be accessed via 3 major gateways or audiences: citizen, business, and government. In order to get to the topical information resources users click on the citizen gateway. MedlinePlus® is listed in the first category under general health sites. Searchers also are connected to MedlinePlus by clicking on some of the specific topics, such as drugs and medicine and anthrax. is the link from the clinical trials topic.

GIS, Geographic Information Systems are capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information (that is data identified according to their locations). More and more, health departments and others are looking at health information, geographically.

Some GIS links:

  1., U.S. Department of the Interior & U.S. Geological Survey, National Mapping Information site
  2., United Nations Environmental Programme, maps and graphics database
  3., The CDC's Resources for Creating Public Health Maps, with links provided as a guide to exploring the dynamic field of health and geographic information science. Outside links are not supported by CDC, but are listed for their related content.
  4., The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
  5., resources for creating free base maps, GIS viewers, image map based web map projects, and even mapservers.
  6., offers free mapping data, in a variety of software formats
  7., geo-spatial data repository
  8., List of Free Digital GIS Data

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet, Best Practices
Includes the following:
Asian & Pacific Islander Disability Issues Resources and Best Practices Page,
Caregivers Resource Page, and a Health and Disability Portal Page with New Spanish Portals.

KidsHealth - WORD! A glossary of medical words
Symptoms, inhaler, tonsillectomy - what do all those medical words mean? Check out this virtual glossary for lots of easy-to-read definitions. Also see My Journal. Sneak a peek at these three different interactive journals about kids with diabetes, asthma, and broken bones. Follow their stories, see how they feel, and learn what happens to them every day.

With the MapScan program users can scan a map directly, register it, and use it as the base layer in an application. This also simplifies the process of using a trace routine to extract interesting features; a huge improvement over the tedious process of digitizing paper maps by hand.

Multilingual Brochures:
From: Johanna Congleton, Public Health Organizer
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Los Angeles, California, USA
Educational brochures about mercury pollution are available in Thai, Cambodian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, and English.

National Institute of Health Policy (NIHP),
Better Health Through Better Policy
The Institute examines health care policy through evidence-based research, facilitating stakeholder dialogues to reach common ground solutions and encourage informed and creative leadership.

The Power of Parents in a Kid's World: A parent's guide to keeping children free from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Sesame Street Goes to the Doctor, a VHS, is being given away to libraries. More information is at this site:

UNC Health Science Library, Guides
New "Focus On" guides from HSL at UNC Chapel Hill:
Latino Health Information
Clinical Ethics
Personal Digital Assistants

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Upcoming Events April-November 2002

April-November 2002

April 11-13
Florida Health Sciences Library Association, 2002 Annual Meeting: "Medical Information: Putting the Pieces Together."
St. Augustine Casa Monica Hotel
April 16-20
SALIS 2002: Capitalizing on the Value of Knowledge Sharing
24th Annual SALIS Conference at Radisson Barcelo Hotel in Washington, DC
Hosted by the US National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
(e-mail:, phone: 800/729-6686, fax 301-468-6433
May 15-22
MLA '02: "Big D", MLA Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX
Adam's Mark Dallas, MLA '02
August 13-16
5th National Conference of African American Librarians
Black Caucus of the American Library Association
Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott
October 17-19
2002 MAC/MLA Annual Meeting
Links Around DC
Wyndham City Center Hotel, Washington, DC
October 17-23
Southern Chapter of Medical Library Association
Libraries Creating One World: Connections, Collaborations, Cooperatives
Nashville, TN
November 18-21
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
"Knowledge, Connections and Community" in Philadelphia, PA
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel

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NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents

January-February, 2002

Technical Notes: - e1

Publication Delays of Index Medicus and List of Journals Indexed for Index Medicus 2002
More Frequent Release of MEDLINE Records to PubMed and Licensees
New Heading Added to 2002 MeSH
TOXNET® Link Added to PubMed 's Sidebar
New Biological Warfare Web Site
Reports of the Surgeon General Available on the NLM Web Site
Key MEDLINE Indicators


PubMed /MEDLINE Available with 2002 MeSH and Two Changes - e2
MEDLINE citations in PubMed now reflect 2002 MeSH vocabulary.

Herbs: Clarification for Medical Subject Headings - Annotated Alphabetic List 2002 - e3
The Medical Subject Heading Herbs was eliminated for the year 2002.

New License Agreement for Non-U.S. Organizations for Use of MEDLINE and Other NLM Databases Solely for Research Purposes - e4
To accommodate requests by non-U.S. organizations, NLM has just created a new license agreement for non-U.S. Organizations.

Hands On: Ordering Documents from NLM Gateway Results - e5
Learn how to order documents when using the NLM Gateway.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Included in MEDLINE® - e6
NLM has been indexing the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane Reviews) for MEDLINE since Summer 2000.

New PubMed Filter: Systematic Reviews - e7
A Systematic Reviews search filter was added to PubMed on the Clinical Queries screen.

MEDLINE Maintenance - e8
NLM now has the ability to do MEDLINE maintenance throughout the year.

Cataloging Changes for Serials Issued Simultaneously in Print and Online - e9
NLM has adopted the single record approach in cataloging serials issued simultaneously in print and online formats.

Technical Bulletin Issue Completed February 22, 2002

Go to the Technical Bulletin web page

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