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SEA Currents Volume 20, Number 5 -- September/October 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.

ILL Innovations Have Presented Difficulties, But are Well Worth the Effort

by Rick Wallace, AHIP, Outreach Librarian [TNUETS]
East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine Library

At the East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine Library we have developed a certain vision of ILL. Our goal is to achieve as close to 100% electronic delivery as possible. We have made some key changes in order to move towards our goal.

First, we were able to move ILL into a larger space and add staff. We were able to hire an outstanding person who had been downsized by Eastman Chemical after 33 years. The key to anything is excellent employees, and we hit the jackpot. We had a small, slow HP scanner that we replaced with a Minolta PS3000 planetary scanner. It scans quickly and does not require the document to be photocopied first. We have had some problems, but since Ariel distributed a software patch (after what seemed like an eternity) for this scanner, it works well. It is an expensive scanner, but it will save on photocopying and enable us to achieve our goal of sending out a large volume of documents electronically. More information on Ariel can be found at

The scanner changeover has been great, after finally getting passed the initial problems. These problems were not nearly as troublesome as network problems we had with Ariel. Our Office of Information Technology (OIT) began using a "package shaper" on the campus network. A package shaper detects large FTP files and slows them down to a crawl. Its purpose is to discourage students from slowing down the network by sending and receiving MP3 files from campus computer labs. Ariel files are also large FTP files.

Out of desperation we called Bryan Vogh at NN/LM who advised us that a package shaper could be one of many possible sources of the problem. After several rounds of discussion with OIT and their denials of any culpability, the package shaper was turned off and the problem immediately resolved. The package shaper has been a problem a few times since then, but now we seem to have the problem worked out and have smooth Ariel sailing.

With the equipment and network no longer a problem our energies are now focused on replacing QuickDoc. We used this excellent program for billing and invoicing. When the Web version of DOCLINE came out, we were reeling because QuickDoc's programmer required months to make its program work with the new DOCLINE Web platform. We spent countless hours manually producing ILL bills; countless hours we could not afford.

Because our parent institution's main library purchased ILLiad, we were able to purchase another copy as a second, coattail-riding, library. ILLiad, an ILL software management program, automates billing, reporting and several other ILL functions. It also gives us the capacity to upload scanned articles to the Web. We are already sending articles to patrons' email and the service has been enthusiastically received. Of course, nothing has come easy and, in this case, our problem was that the order form for ILLiad was delayed for months before the software was ordered because of some licensing problems. For more information see

We hope Ariel-Minolta-ILLiad will bring us into ILL nirvana. David Slawson, MD of Evidence Based Medicine fame stated that for medical information:

Value of Information = relevance x validity ÷ work

"Clinicians will use information relative to the degree of work involved in obtaining it." (1)The clinical nature of medical information demands speed. This is the motivation for continuous improvement in ILL. With current technology ILL can greatly reduce the work required by health professionals to obtain information. We have come a long way at ETSU, a small academic medical library with a tiny staff. None of it has been without problems (nor will it ever be), but the effort is well worth whatever it takes. Hopefully if you have been waiting to come on board with the new ILL innovations, you too will take the plunge. Our next goal is to do our billing and payments by EFTS ( Electronic Fund Transfer System ).

(1)Grandage, K.K., Slawson, D.C. and Shaughnessy, A.F. (2002). When less is more: a practical approach to searching for evidence-based answers. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002 July; 90(3): 298 304.

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Using NLM's PubMed to Find Information for Allied Health Professions

by J Dale Prince, outreach coordinator

Searching MEDLINE® for information relevant to allied health professions is not as straightforward as, for example, finding literature relevant to nursing. The large variety of occupations involved makes the creation of a simple filter unwieldy and undesirable. This article will show how MeSH® maps allied health professions and will aid searchers building queries that effectively retrieve information written (1) about and (2) for these occupations.

As a result of a division between professional and paraprofessional occupations, MeSH has two major categories that are further subdivided into allied health practice: Allied Health Occupations, and Allied Health Personnel. "Allied Health Occupations" belongs under the Biological Sciences/Health Occupations rubric while "Allied Health Personnel" belongs under the "Persons Category." The distinction is academic: audiology is an occupation; an emergency medical technician is a person. Consequently, there are no MeSH terms for audiologist or for emergency medical technology. Following are the two categories and their subordinate headings.

Allied Health Occupations
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy (Specialty)
Speech-Language Pathology
Technology, Dental
Technology, Medical
Technology, Radiologic

Allied Health Personnel
Animal Technicians
Community Health Aides
Dental Auxiliaries
Dental Assistants
Dental Hygienists
Dental Technicians +
Emergency Medical Technicians
Home Health Aides
Medical Record Administrators
Medical Secretaries
Medical Receptionists
Nurses' Aides
Psychiatric Aides
Operating Room Technicians
Pharmacists' Aides
Physician Assistants
Ophthalmic Assistants
Pediatric Assistants

A MEDLINE search for information about a specific allied health field would use the appropriate subcategory. For instance, I wish to find information regarding physician assistants. I start with:

Physician Assistants [mh]

This query retrieves any article dealing significantly with physician assistants such as articles regarding the efficiency of rural health care facilities. However, a search that takes "Physician Assistants" as a major MeSH term is more likely to focus on material about the practice of physician assistants. For example:

Physician Assistants [majr]

The difference is important. MeSH terms (the search qualifiers [mesh] or [mh]) are applied to articles with content significantly related to the terms. So an article that has "Physician Assistants" applied to it as a MeSH term has noteworthy content regarding physician assistants. However, as with the article on the efficiency of rural health care facilities, there may be little of substance in regard to the practice of physician assistant. Major terms (the search qualifier [majr]), however, are an indication of focus. If "Physician Assistants" is an application of a major MeSH term, the article is about physician assistants, for instance, an article about liver biopsies administered by physician assistants.

Nevertheless, it is important to remember that the two search strategies are not completely different. The general MeSH search strategy also retrieves the articles found by the major MeSH strategy. The difference lies in numbers and applicability. The general search strategy is more inclusive but less relevant. The search on major terms has fewer retrievals and more relevance. For the sake of completeness, it is better to begin a search using the general MeSH term and narrowing down to the major terms only if the retrieved set is too large.

The strategies indicated above can be fleshed out to create real searches about the work of physician assistants by adding more terms, either natural language terms or MeSH. Suppose we wanted to find out the role of physician assistants in nephrology. We could start with a search strategy that looked like this:

Physician Assistants [mh] AND nephrology


Physician Assistants [mh] AND nephrology [mh]

The two searches do not, of course, exhaust the possibilities for this simple strategy; for one or both of the search terms can be made into major terms.

There are a number of allied health occupations (see the AMA's list at, that are missing from MeSH, for instance, recreation therapist, cytotechnologist, perfusionist (a. k. a. perfusion therapist). To search MEDLINE for information on these topics start with this question: may this occupation be found in another branch of the MeSH tree? Medical Illustration is a subcategory all by itself under "Health Occupations." While MeSH doesn't recognize Medical Illustration as an Allied Health Occupation, it does recognize it as an occupation.

But what about perfusionists? MeSH recognizes "perfusion" but not the therapists who do the work. Here, it is time to partially abandon MeSH; to initiate a search for articles about perfusionists by entering "Perfisionist" into the PubMed search box.

The term is entered without telling PubMed how to search (no field specified). PubMed searches for the word in all fields, including titles and abstracts. All allied health queries may be entered in this way, without the MeSH apparatus, but MeSH allows considerable control in a search strategy. So, MeSH need not be abandoned altogether in this kind of search. Someone interested in the intersection of perfusion therapy and aortic aneurysm in the abdominal region might use a combination of the natural language search above and MeSH terminology:

Perfusionist AND Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal [MH]

This strategy finds "perfusionist" in title or abstract and the aneurysm in the MeSH field. Oddly, because "perfusionist" is such a specific profession, as are most allied health occupations, this usually scattershot way of searching leads to very precise results. The inclusion of a MeSH recognized condition or disease makes the search even more unambiguous.

The AMA recognizes fifty-three allied health occupations, not all of which are recognized by MeSH. But neither does the AMA recognize all occupations that other associations or schools include in their roster of occupations. What is important to remember is not particularly that MeSH does not measure up, but that MEDLINE remains a great source of bibliographic information for the allied health fields. And not a tremendous amount of skill is required to search with PubMed : know when to use MeSH and when to use natural language and when to use them in tandem.

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Allied Health Professionals; About us...

assembled by Beth M Wescott, editor

Take a look at the Health Professions Career and Education E-letter produced by the American Medical Association. It covers educational trends and career-related issues for more than 50 professions that participate in the delivery of health care, including diagnostic and rehabilitative services, therapeutic treatments, health or information services management, counseling for psychosocial and cognitive needs, or related services.

The newsletter's breadth of coverage can be attributed to its contributors: staff of health professions accrediting agencies, educational programs and institutions, professional organizations, certifying/licensing boards, and media contacts. See also, for careers in allied health.

Next month there's even to be a message on the "Clinical Laboratory Workforce: Shortage" that is ascending to 30,000 feet aboard American Airlines, message 6. For, this October, passengers flying on American Airlines will be able to hear a report on the growing shortage of clinical laboratory personnel and what the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) are doing about it. The 3 1/2-minute interview with ASCP Senior Vice President Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, will focus on the following points:

The interview will be part of the news to which passengers can listen to via headphones and will be mentioned in their program listings. ASCP hopes to reach hundreds of thousands of people with the message, particularly practitioners, school students, the public and the media. For more information:

Health education is "Allied Health Profession of the Month" as featured on the Health Professions Network's Web site ( Also profiled in recent months were radiologic technology, histotechnology, medical laboratory technology, and health information management. The Health Professions Network is a group of professionals representing diverse aspects of allied health, including primarily provider organizations but also educators, accreditors, and administrators. The group works together in a cooperative and interactive manner on issues relevant to health care. To request that feature your Health Profession in the future, send an e-mail to

Twenty-plus organizations are collaborating to address the clinical lab workforce shortage. Laboratories are experiencing a shortage of all types of diagnostic scientists and technicians from the certificate level through graduate degrees. The American Hospital Association's Workforce 2001 Survey has demonstrated that the overall vacancy rate in this field is 12%, a full 1% higher than the national nursing shortage highlighted in our May-June SEA Currents.

If current graduation trends continue, the vacancy rate may only get worse. Already, the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, projects a need of 9,300 laboratory scientists/ year through 2008, while data from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) show only 4,110 graduates/year nationwide in these fields. To help diagnose the problem, analyze the data, and propose solutions, the Coordinating Council for the Clinical Laboratory Workforce (CCCLW) has developed a strategic plan. As with medical librarians, one of the problems is marketing. Robert Neri, executive vice president of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association asked organizations to submit information that they have so that a marketing Field Guide of Recruitment/ Retention Information for employers may be assembled.

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Resources of and for Native American "Alternative and Allied" Health Provision and Traditions

American Cancer Society
Native American Healing: combining religion, spirituality, herbal medicine, and rituals to treat medical and emotional problems

American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
Increase the participation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the design and delivery of rehabilitation services.

Center for American Indian Health
The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
621 N. Washington Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21205
Tel: (410) 955-6931/Fax: (410) 955-2010
Center works in partnership with tribes to provide strategies backed by sound research to improve the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. A chief priority is to train or educate more American Indian health leaders who will go on to direct the most culturally appropriate interventions for better health and safety among their people and bring greater wellness self-sufficiency and self-determination to their tribes.

Center on Native Elder Health Disparities (CNEHD)
Smoking Cessation among Native Elders

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina
Healthy Cherokee promotes drug free, healthy communities through community mobilization and increasing awareness of cultural values
P.O. Box 666
Cherokee, NC 28719
Tel: (828) 497-3119, Fax: (828) 497-7380

Healthy Nations Initiative is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help Native Americans reduce the harm caused by substance abuse in their communities.

Native American Healing, Part II
Native American Healing, Part III

Native Circle Resource Catalog for alternative providers of health care

Native Elder Health Care Resource Center (NEHCRC), initially funded by the Administration on Aging for a four-year period beginning February 1, 1994, is a national resource center for older American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, with special emphasis on culturally competent health care.

Rainbow Sun Healing Centre, Health and Healing Links

Southern Methodist University Resource List for Native American healing tradition.
The Southwest's healing tradition includes Native American medicine men, Hispanic curanderas, desert hot springs, herbalists and spiritualists throughout the ages. For students and faculty in the SMU-in-Taos program, this list of books and journal articles in the Fort Library provides a starting point for research.

University of Oklahoma Health Promotion Programs, serving the health promotin needs of Native people.
Dedicated to helping native people and communities to become well, understandingat good health is more than an absence of disease, it is 'wellness'. Becoming well requires an integrated and holistic approach to the way one lives. Becoming well involves maximizing individual potentials in each of the four directions: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Programs and activities are directed at individual and community empowerment with positive, proactive approaches to making healthy lifestyle changes. Ultimately, HPP works to help communities restore balance and harmony in an ever-challenging environment.

White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities
Lists all of the tribal colleges and offers links to other useful sites.

Wisdom Steps Conference, 2nd Annual, June 4-5, 2002

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EFTS (Electronic Funds Transfer System) Increases Staff to Serve New Members, Docline 1.4 Enhancements Help, Too

by Beth M. Wescott, network access coordinator

Colleen Giblin, Electronic Fund Transfer System Program Coordinator, was hired in June and is working in the Electronic Fund Transfer System office full time now. Colleen has a background in education and finance. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations in the office and for responding to inquires. Ed Donnald has been working part time in the Electronic Fund Transfer System office since February, initially keeping the operation running and now training Colleen and working on some other issues. Ed is overseeing the creation of an Electronic Fund Transfer System listserv, helping with revisions to the website, preparing for migration to a new web-based system, and working with NLM on national development of the system.

Colleen is the initial point of contact for Electronic Fund Transfer System -related questions. Use "" for correspondence. The Electronic Fund Transfer System office has posted the position of Project Manager. It is anticipated that Ed will be involved with some training of that new staff member as well, but will eventually relinquish his Electronic Fund Transfer System responsibilities. At the Electronic Fund Transfer System web site, you will find the Registration Form, the Memorandum of Agreement, a list of participants, policies and procedures, etc.

The Electronic Fund Transfer System web site has been redesigned, and some of the terminology is changing and now boasts a Registration Form instead of an Application Form. For currency and to keep up with changes in this evolutionary system sign up for Electronic Fund Transfer System -L, the new electronic discussion list at

DOCLINE version 1.4, which is scheduled for release on September 10 has changes including a new field indicating Electronic Fund Transfer System participation as well as the date the library joined Electronic Fund Transfer System . The Electronic Fund Transfer System designation will appear on the print copies of DOCLINE Requests, making it easy for lending libraries to identify Electronic Fund Transfer System participants. Future DOCLINE releases will undoubtedly include additional enhancements for Electronic Fund Transfer System participants.

Electronic bill paying via Electronic Fund Transfer System , like electronic delivery, is an important enhancement to interlibrary loans. In fact, the "Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States: Explanatory Supplement -- For Use with the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States (January 2001)" from the ALA web site specifically encourages libraries to participate, and mentions Electronic Fund Transfer System saying:

"Libraries are encouraged to use electronic invoicing capabilities such as OCLC's InterlibraryLoan Fee Management (IFM) system or the Electronic Fund Transfer System used by medical libraries."

For further coverage of Electronic Fund Transfer System by DOCLINE coordinators from several regions, please see:

"Considerations for Electronic Fund Transfer System : Members Maintaining a Routing Table in DOCLINE 1.3," an article in the July 2002 issue of National Networker, the newsletter of the Hospital Libraries Section of the Medical Library Association

" Electronic Fund Transfer System "
Latitudes vol. 11, no. 4, July/August 2002

" Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS)"
Network News May/June 2002,

"The Electronic Fund Transfer System "
Latitudes vol. 11, no. 4, May/June 2002,

" Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) Arrives in the Midwest"
E Sources
April-June, 2002
"What Do Libraries in the Midwest Think of the Electronic Fund Transfer System Program?" "So, you think you got it bad? We moved from a coupon system to Electronic Fund Transfer System "

" Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) for Your Library"
SEA Currents vol. 20, no. 2, March/April 2002,

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Digital Articles; Requesting, Delivering, Receiving: the Numbers

by the DOCLINE Team

Summary information on delivery methods used to fill DOCLINE requests between Network libraries a 40 day period:


No. of Requests











Email (PDF)






Web (PDF)



Web (TIFF)



During the same 40 day period, NLM delivered DOCLINE requests via the following methods:


No. of Requests








Email (PDF)






Email (TIFF)






Web (PDF)



The DOCLINE Team encourages libraries to utilize electronic delivery of ILL requests when possible. Specifically, NLM encourages its own ILL borrowers to request via electronic methods. We encourage users to try the Web delivery method (see below for links to additional information).

REMEMBER: lenders are obligated to fill requests via the requested delivery method.

We encourage libraries to check their DOCUSER® record (Interlibrary Loan tab/Delivery Methods) to ensure that supported delivery methods and addresses are accurate. The default Network and NLM delivery method values (Interlibrary Loan tab/Routing Profile) should be set appropriately for your institution's needs.

More information on web delivery can be found in NLM's DOCLINE FAQs:

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Print Holdings Information in LinkOut


If your library stores the print holdings information in the NLM SERHOLD® database, you can now display this information in LinkOut . Please select the LinkOut -SERHOLD interface function from the sidebar of the submission utility to proceed.

For more information, please see the documentation at: If you do not have a username and password for the submission utility, please send a request for participation, with the subject line " LinkOut Registration Request", to


Subject: LinkOut Registration Request

Message body includes:
Library Name: Good Medical Library
Contact Person: Jane Smith
Email Address:
Phone Number: 301-123-4567
Address: 123 Medical Ave, SomeCity, SomeState 12345

Requests will be processed on a first-come first-served basis, up to 10 new participants per business day. Please write to ONLY if you do not hear from us in a month.

US libraries may also call the National Network of Libraries of Medicine® at 1-800-338-7657 for assistance.

Should you have any comments or questions, please write to

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HHS with ABC Radio Promotes Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and ABC Radio Networks are working together to get the word out about Take a Loved One to The Doctor Day, scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2002. Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day is part of a national campaign that aims to close the health gap between the health of communities of color and the general population. The campaign, "Closing the Health Gap," was launched in November 2001.

By encouraging individuals to visit a health care professional or make an appointment to do so on or near September 24, one can help generate a greater understanding of the importance of regular health screenings while at the same time focus on those populations that tend to have the least access to health care. Prior to and after Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day, health messages will be aired on some 240 ABC Radio stations across America discussing the health gap and offering specific tips on leading a more healthy life.

HHS has asked local organizations, local health centers, local and state health departments, national organizations and their affiliates, local ABC Radio affiliates, and other interested folks to sign on as a partner, and then partner with each other in developing activities at the local level.

To find out how you or your organization can be a part of Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day, visit for an on-line Community Action Tool Kit. The Tool Kit contains fact sheets, sample press releases, media pitches, talking points, letters to the editor, op-ed articles, and newsletter articles. It also offers tips for creating a proclamation (along with a sample), a pledge form, and lists of national, state and local partners. You may also call 1-800-444-6472 to find out more, and to obtain free Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day posters. Be sure to let the Office of Minority Health know what you're doing by visiting .

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PDF and TIFF Document Delivery Complicated by Patron Email Account Limitations

from the DOCLINE Team

Email size limitations and slow connection speeds do pose issues for some libraries and many end-users. NLM encourages libraries to consider the delivery methods: Web (PDF) and Web (TIFF). Web delivery is recommended over email for users who have size limitations on their email system or where a slow internet connection prohibits the downloading of large email attachments.

Web delivery means that the document is posted to a web server at the lending institution in either PDF or TIFF format. (Note: The borrowing institution does not need a web server.) The requestor is sent an email message containing a hyperlink to the requested document. The borrower can view and print the document by clicking on the hyperlink in the email message. Lending institutions determine how long the document is available for retrieval from their web server (retention on server is limited to comply with copyright).

Libraries that can provide Web delivery through their own systems or manually should update their Delivery Methods page in DOCUSER (Interlibrary Loan tab).

To locate libraries who provide these delivery methods, use the Only If: search values of " DOCLINE Web PDF Service" and " DOCLINE Web TIFF Service" in the DOCUSER search interface.

See the DOCLINE FAQ on this topic at:

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NLM and NN/LM (and its partners) News

assembled by Beth M. Wescott, editor


  1. MedlinePlus® GOES SPANISH Popular Consumer Web Site at the National Library of Medicine® Launches a Spanish Version
    MedlinePlus , the National Library of Medicine's consumer-friendly health Web site, now speaks Spanish! The new site is at Recent surveys show more than 50% of adult Hispanics in the U.S. use the Internet. More than half of those, in fact, look to the Web for medical and health information. In response to this, the National Library of Medicine is introducing its popular consumer health information Web site, MedlinePlus , in Spanish. Now users will find many of the authoritative, full-text resources that are available on MedlinePlus "en Espa�ol," too. Non-Spanish-speaking doctors, nurses, librarians, and others looking for Spanish-language materials for their clients will find the new service to be especially useful. A single click of the "Espa�ol" link will take users from the English MedlinePlus page to its corresponding Spanish page.

  2. New Search Engine on NLM Web Site
    In late July the National Library of Medicine released a new search engine on its main Web site. The new search engine is from a California-based company RecomMind, who offers a concept-based information retrieval system. RecomMind not only searches keywords, but concepts and topics are also automatically extracted from data, allowing related concepts to be retrieved in the same search.

    Search results are listed and navigated via a series of folders: National Library of Medicine, Health Information - MedlinePlus, Profiles in Science, and Exhibits. This structure allows users to choose a concept and to move conveniently among the folders. The Library plans to expand implementation of the new search engine site by site, starting with the soon-to-be-released Spanish MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus . To find out more about how the search engine works, see the Search FAQ at

  3. For those of you who create links from your pages to PubMed , please be sure to check out for new procedures that must be followed no later than December 2002.

    Two new links are being added to some PubMed records. In order to accommodate the growing number of links between records in Entrez databases we are making a change to the display of retrieved citations in PubMed . The database links currently on citations will be consolidated into a pull-down menu. Rather than Nucleotide, Protein, Free in PMC, etc., that you now see on some citations, you will see the word "Links" next to "Related Articles." Clicking on Links will open a menu listing the database links for that citation.

    "Cited in PMC" indicates the article is cited by at least one full text article in PubMedCentral . The link takes you to the article(s) in PubMedCentral . "Cited in Books" indicates this article is cited in the bibliography of at least one online book in Bookshelf. Clicking this link will take you to the section(s) of the book(s) where it was cited.

  4. NLM Databases and Electronic Sources Link to HP 2010 There are now links in the online version of Healthy People 2010's references to the PubMed record (when the citation is in MEDLINE). There is an added link to the HP2010 Information Access Project to the Healthy People homepage (see and to the table of contents page for each objective chapter.

    Have you looked at the Healthy People 2010 (HP 2010) Information Access Project? ( Developed to "make information and evidence-based strategies related to the Healthy People 2010 objectives easier to find," it provides pre-formulated search strategies for selected focus areas. Those focus areas are: Access to Quality Health Services, Disability and Secondary Conditions, Food Safety, Public Health,Infrastructure Respiratory Diseases, Environmental Health Hearing Objectives. The project is a combined effort of the Public Health Foundation, NLM and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM.)

    NLM is pleased to announce that a new focus area has been added to the Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project. Working with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, NLM has added eight new strategies related to the HP 2010 hearing objectives. Check out the Related Resources sections of each of the focus area pages. Healthy People 2010 Regional Activities from the Public Health Foundation have been added to these sections, where appropriate.

  5. Finding Aid to the Medical Library Association Archives, 1898-2002

  6. Another resource of interest! WebMIRS may be accessed at forwarded by Marjorie Cahn []

    The Web-based Medical Information Retrieval System (WebMIRS) is a research tool that facilitates the dissemination of multimedia biomedical database information across the Internet...In its initial implementation, it is based on data from the multi-year NHANES II and NHANES III surveys (National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys) collected by the National Center for Health Statistics. Subsequent versions will expand the number of data repositories to which access is provided.

    WebMIRS includes : epidemiology, multimedia databases, medical imaging, radiology, bioinformatics, vertebral morphometry, and computerized x-ray image understanding and analysis.


NN/LM SCR Document Delivery Manual ( has been reviewed and revised. A PDF version of the entire manual is now available at: /scr/netwk/docdel_manual.pdf

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CYBERSPACE: URLs Useful Resources for Libraries

assembled by Beth M. Wescott, editor

Science and Technology Sources on the Internet: Guide to Selected Bioinformatics Internet Resources at

Brandon/Hill selected list of print books and journals in allied health, 2000 D. R. Hill and H. N. Stickell, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association. 2000 July; 88(3): 218 233 for HTML for pdf

Emerging Issues in Hispanic Health, Joah G. Iannotta, Editor, Committee on Population, Center for Social and Economic Studies, National Research Council, ISBN: 0-309-08524-1, 197 pages, 6 x 9, 2002.

Health Communication Materials Network
HCMN now presents an online database of clip art which can be used as a reference tool in developing health communication materials. The art in the database is taken from materials in HCMN's Media/Materials Clearinghouse, as well as art that is sent in from HCMN members from their own project work.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ unveils Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Tool
There's a new needs survey that hospitals can download and use as a checklist for assessing their capacity to handle potential victims of bioterrorist attacks or for evaluating existing emergency plans. It has 42 questions in AHRQ's Bioterrorism Emergency Planning and Preparedness Questionnaire for Healthcare Facilities covering subjects such as biological weapons training for their personnel, procedures to permit rapid recognition of credentialed staff from other facilities, on-call nursing policies, and designated areas of emergency overflow for patients. Go to to read the press release and to view the questionnaire.

Key and Electronic Nursing Journals: Characteristics and Database Coverage, by Margaret (Peg) Allen, MLS-AHIP, Copyright 2001, Is posted the at The chart includes rankings explained in the introduction, as well as an indication of where one can find full-text, if available.

NAHRS Membership Directory; a PDF file is linked from the NAHRS Web page. A login is required to view. Login as "nahrs" and use "news4y" as the password.

John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards Established by NQF and JCAHO recognize individuals and health care organizations that have made significant contributions to improving patient safety. Up to four awards will be presented each year. Questions may be e-mailed to

Replicating Effective Programs Plus, is dedicated to helping you identify and implement HIV/AIDS prevention programs that have been shown to work in the real world!

Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship. has a very complimentary review of PubMed :

Join the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy this November 4-6 in Washington, DC for Seminars in Health Services Research Methods. The focus is on 'Using Federal and State Databases,' and features six in-depth courses on specific databases, including HCUP, MEPS, NHIS, VA Databases in Health Services Research, National Health Care Survey, and NLM's products and services. In addition, the opening day includes workshops on data privacy, the use of non-health databases to supplement health databases, and the NCHS Trends in Health and Aging database warehouse.
For more information you can contact: Kari Root, Communications Associate
Tel: 202/292-6778, Fax: 202/292-6878

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Upcoming Events September-November 2002

September - November 2002

September 29-October 6

NLM, Medical Informatics Course

October 17-19

2002 MAC/MLA Annual Meeting,
Links Around DC Wyndham City Center Hotel, Washington, DC.

October 17-23

Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association 52nd Annual Libraries Creating One World: Connections, Collaborations, Cooperatives: libraries creating one world or link from
Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Nashville, TN

November 4-6

Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy
Using Federal and State Databases to register online
Washington, DC

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

NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents
July- August 2002

Technical Notes: - e1

New Table G Classification Numbers Added

New Clinical Alert Issued

NCBI Announces New Entrez Programming Utilities

UMLS® Moves to Quarterly Releases

PubMed Search Statistics New Search Engine on NLM Web Site

UI List - New Display Format in PubMed

August 2002 PubMed , NLM NLM Gateway , and Training Manuals Now Available

URLF and URLS Data to be Deleted in PubMed

UMLS Basics Class Offered

Educational Clearinghouse Database: A Service of the National Training Center and Clearinghouse - e2
A resource of Web-based medical and health education materials.

Migration of Monographic Citations to LOCATORplus : Merge Project - e3
Monographic and audiovisual records from legacy ELHILL® databases were matched with their source records in LOCATORplus .

PubMed 's LinkOut -SERHOLD Interface - e4
The PubMed LinkOut for Libraries program has been expanded to include print holdings.

Update: Expanded Search Capabilities - e5
New search capabilities were added to in May 2002.

Links Pull-down Menu on PubMed Citations - e6
The PubMed display has been revised to consolidate some links into a Links Pull-down.

MLA 2002 - e7a-b
NLM Online Users' Meeting 2002:
Remarks - 7a
NLM Online Users' Meeting 2002: Questions and Answers - 7b

Technical Bulletin Issue Completed September 3, 2002
Go to the Technical Bulletin Web Page

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Publication Information

This Issue: SEA Currents, September/October 2002, volume 20, issue 5

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