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SEA Currents

SEA Currents Volume 20, Number 6 -- November/Decmber 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.

Outreach Project Update

by Janice Kelly, executive director

Since May several Network members have been busy preparing proposals. The following are the projects that were funded to date. We are busy reviewing the proposals received in response to our request for proposal for electronic access to health information for the public projects. We will update you on those in a forthcoming issue.

University of Virginia
The University of Virginia Health Sciences Library, working with 45 identified Promotoras, lay health promoters, in the Blue Ridge AHEC region of Virginia, will provide classes beginning with an introduction to computers and ending with searching and filtering quality Spanish langugage health information resources. A web site will be developed to aggregate and facilitate easy access by the Promotoras to Spanish language and easy-to-read materials. UVA will place computer equipment and Internet services for use of the Promotoras at two churches serving migrant populations and a computer at the Massanutten Regional Library, a public library that serves the Hispanic population.

Medical University of South Carolina
MUSC will promote library health information resources by partnering with community health advisors, community events organizers and other community leaders. With their partners, MUSC will identify at least three dozen citizens for story telling and interviews that will be developed into health profiles/narratives. They will link state and national health information resources to the local community through the developed personal health narratives. Narratives will be available on the web and in print format.

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center - 2 projects
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Library in partnership with the health ministry of the Golden Gate Full Gospel Baptist Church and Memphis Healthy churches and African American Pastors' Consortium will provide four, three-hour long courses on diabetes, HIV/AIDS, hypertension and oral health to the health ministers and congregants. Each course will have a one-hour presentation by a health professional and a two-hour, hands-on class on finding reliable health information on the topic. Congregants also will gain knowledge about libraries in Memphis that provide public-access computers for searching, search tips and techniques to increase their effectiveness in searching for health care information and increase their knowledge of trusted sources of health information on their particular disease.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Health Sciences Library will deliver instruction to develop intermediate and advanced computer literacy skills for the healthcare personnel at the Christ Community Health Service (CCHS.) CCHS has 60 health care personnel that work at 3 clinics in medically underserved and health professional shortage areas in Memphis. The computer skills will enable staff to locate and evaluate quality health information on the world-wide-web.

University of Alabama Birmingham - Health Spirit Jefferson County
The University of Alabama - Birmingham will collaborate with the Health Infonet of Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Health Department and selected local churches and community centers to address and eliminate some of the barriers encountered by middle-aged and elderly African American men in accessing accurate, up-to-date health information on the Internet. They will purchase computers, printers and fax machines to be placed in selected churches and provide training on health information access techniques and workshops on health issues.

Three Rivers AHEC
The Three Rivers AHEC will work with five Critical Access Hospitals in rural Georgia on the eHEALTH C.A.R.E. (Communities Accessing Resources Electronically) project. They will develop a web presence for local residents and potential patients. The web sites will promote the hospital and its services and access to health information and community health services available in the rural counties served by the hospitals. They will train the health professionals at the hospitals and local county health departments as well as county librarians and health consumers to locate quality health information on the world-wide-web.

George Washington University
PARTNERS III continues the work of the two previous projects. GWU will provide learning opportunities for staff and patients at previously participating clinics and three additional ones. They will improve the capacity of the clinics to use health resources by tailoring resources and classes to specific clinic specialties, such as HIV/AIDS information to AIDS clinics. Also, they will make available credible, usable resources for use by health professionals and patients.

Wake Forest University - Northwest AHEC
The Northwest AHEC will collaborate with the Winston-Salem State University, a Historically Black University, Family Nurse Practitioner Program to integrate the use of "hand held" technology into the educational process and to instill life-long information management skills. The AHEC will provide training on informational databases, use of the personal digital assistants and e-log tracking/reporting software; provide outreach visits and library services including document delivery to the faculty and students of WSSU; and purchase a subscription to the AHEC digital library for use by project participants.

Roanoke Public Library
The Roanoke Public Library will provide training and access to online health information for the citizens of Roanoke. The main branch will add two networked workstations to enhance access for patrons. They will establish partnerships with local community agencies and local hospitals to advertise the availability of resources and training to minority, elderly, and low and moderate income individuals.

University of Florida
The University of Florida will work through the Gator-Cats program, a partnership between Bethune Cookman College (B-CC) and UFL College of Nursing, to provide training sessions with B-CC nursing students on the optimal use of web browser, provide B-CC nursing students, nursing faculty and library personnel with training sessions on NLM products, provide B-CC library personnel assistance using DOCLINE and SERHOLD®, encourage communication and cooperation with B-CC nursing faculty and B-CC library, and encourage the B-CC library to activate their DOCLINE account with the incentive of 100 ILL's at no charge.

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Inside Public Health: a journey observing policy-making

by Patricia Lee, Area Coordinator, HealthSeek, Information and Education Services Eskind Biomedical Library

Beginning in January 2001 Eskind Biomedical Library was given a tremendous opportunity to get "behind the scenes" in the Tennessee Health Department. Eskind was awarded an extension sub-contract to fund a project exploring the phenomena of "knowledge fade". We trained over 160 public health officials in Tennessee in the spring of 2000 and continued to staff an electronic reference service via the Public Health web site but people were no longer contacting us. So we decided to go "inside", as silent observers to learn more about the policy makers, the culture and the political environment these public servants navigate to implement programs to improve community health.

We planned to choose one area to focus our intervention, documenting the workflow process for an intensive 6-month period, and identifying candidates to become "power information users". One component of the intervention consisted of developing a Learning Plan suited to the project plan being constructed under a tight deadline. During this phase I became a member of the group, welcomed and accepted, no longer a silent observer.

The Bureau of Health Services under Deputy Commissioner Dr. Wendy Long "introduced" me to seven key administrators who provided access to policy meetings. This "introduction" is a very important success factor for immersion into a culture. Dr. Long essentially sanctioned my entry into the policy making process and the access to numerous internal documents and statistics. I was given lists of current projects and meeting schedules and could attend as many as I wished. In addition I interviewed bureau chiefs to gain insight into the problems facing various policy initiatives before I attended meetings as an observer. My job as an ethnographer was to observe these groups like a "fly on the wall" and record their perspective of the issues and problems to be solved, as well as the processes used to gather information and statistics, document their findings, and formulate a policy solution. I observed many fascinating groups such as the Legislative Bill Analysis/Committee Testimony Support Group. The job of this group is to examine every bill introduced at the TN legislative session (begun in January) for an impact on health and the department's budget. The gatekeeper, who was a bureau chief, assigned bills to various sections for analysis. This analysis had to be done within 24-48 hours to be submitted to the Commissioner of Health, who would review the conclusions before submission to the Governor for an official policy position. There are four possible policy positions: for, against, defer to the will of the Legislature and suggest amendments. This group also assembled experts to testify before legislative committees in support of the Governor and Health Department position on the bill in question. These experts needed extensive evidenced-based documentation to submit to committee members. Though the Legislative Analysis workflow was research intensive and in some ways a perfect fit for this project, participation would have required 100% of my time, and would have impacted my other ongoing projects at Eskind.

Instead we chose the Limited English Proficiency Task Force (LEP) whose goal was to accommodate the needs of non-English speaking clients of public health clinics across the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published guidelines in the Federal Register in 2000 prohibiting discrimination against persons with limited English Proficiency, so compliance was certainly a factor in the creation of this initiative. The LEP Task Force had eleven objectives to accomplish in 6 months and the intense research needs perceived by the group seemed overwhelming in March 2001. Objectives included cultural competency training, identifying the primary language spoken by clients, increasing language training among staff and a range of medical interpreter issues such as certifying personnel for this role. In addition the LEP Task Force needed a comprehensive policy on language access and updated culturally sensitive procedures for staff in clinics. Tennessee public health clinics treat patients speaking Spanish, Sudanese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Somali, French, Kurdish, Serbo-Croatian and Bosnian.

This learning experience was one of the most intense of my career and I am grateful for the opportunity to work on a project of such significance.

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University of Virginia at Wise Library Partners with the Community to Create the Mountain Laurel Cancer Information Center

The University of Virginia at Wise Library has partnered with the Central Highland Appalachian Leadership Initiative on Cancer (CHALIC) and Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC) to create a service to meet local cancer information needs. Providing access through electronic resources to cancer information for cancer patients, families and friends in Southwestern Virginia is a major goal of the project. Out of this collaboration has developed the Mountain Laurel Cancer Information Center. This center provides a comfortable, non-clinical, private resource center in which to locate cancer information.

The information Center provides personalized cancer information and support in a community-based, welcoming, and private environment, offering holistic help. Since 1992, the Mountain Laurel Center and its partners have worked collaboratively to develop resources so that, locally, every individual has access to cancer screening services, regardless of ability to pay. This has been achieved through quarterly health fairs in conjunction with partner agencies throughout the service area. The coordinator's position was filled in January 2002 with the addition of Lauren Collins, M.A., a native of Wise.

The Mountain Laurel Center works closely with the local medical community and views local and regional treatment centers as allies and greatly needed resources. In the near future, the Mountain Laurel Center will offer support groups, classes, educational forums, stress reduction and relaxation, and workshops, as well as its steadily growing resource library, in a supportive environment for people with cancer and those who care about them. Mountain Laurel Center activities are offered in support of, and in addition to, conventional medical treatment.

The Mountain Laurel Center is partially funded by the National Library of Medicine®, through the NN/LM and the Appalachian Regional Commission, and is supported by a partnership between Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Inc., The University of Virginia's Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and The Mountain Laurel Coalition. Furnishings have been graciously provided by The Clapboard House of Wise, Virginia. This group has leveraged each grant or award and multiplied the outreach potential for every funder.

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Giving Thanks

by Toni Yancey, exhibit lead

We would like to thank the many network members who helped the RML at local, state and national exhibits throughout the region. Your enthusiasm and expertise are always welcome.

Exhibit Assistance

WESH 2 Your Health: Lifestyles Expo
Richard Mercer, Orlando Regional Medical Center

American Veterinary Medical Association
Ann Viera, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Carol Elmore, Kansas State University

American Association of Nurses Anesthetists
Richard Mercer, Orlando Regional Medical Center

5th National Conference of African American Librarians
Brenda Green, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Southern Women's Show, Charlotte
Mary Wallace Berry, Presbyterian Healthcare
Darlene Byrd, Presbyterian Hospital Matthews
Margaret Cobb, Forsyth Medical Center

Senior Expo
Linda Gorman and Tillie Horak, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

NAE4-HA Conference
Ruth M. Smith and Sean Bilby, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Getting the Word Out...

Several network members applied for funding to get the word out about quality health information, the National Library of Medicine, and medical librarianship in general. They did this by exhibiting at health professionals' meetings and hosting cybercafes and open houses. We would like to thank them for their effort.


South Carolina Medical Association
Rozalynd McConnaughy, University of South Carolina

Alabama Rural Health Association
Jie Li, University of South Alabama

Alabama Public Health Association
Judy Burnham and Justin Robertson, University of South Alabama

South Carolina Dental Association
Mary Mauldin, Medical University of South Carolina

Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Kay Hogan Smith, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Virginia Academy of Family Physicians
Kelly Near, University of Virginia

Georgia Nurses Association
Roxanne Nelson, Mercer University
Jane Bridges, Memorial Health University Medical Center

Georgia Rural Health Association
Rita Smith, Lee McCarley and Jan LaBeuse, Mercer University


Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Judy Burnham, Jie Li, Justin Robertson and Jana Slay, University of South Alabama

Georgia Public Health Association
Lisa Smith, Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Mary Fielder, Three Rivers AHEC
Gretchen Forsell, Blue Ridge AHEC
Susan Poorbaugh, AHEC Learning Resources Center, Medical College of Georgia
Rita Smith, Mercer University

Open Houses

College of Medicine Library, Florida State University
Barbara Shearer, Florida State University

School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
Steven McCall, University of Alabama

Instruction on NLM Systems

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Brenda Green and Susan Selig, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

VA Medical Center Nashville
Patricia Lee, Vanderbilt University

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Prizes for Updating All of Your DOCUSER Record

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Prizes (3) for NN/LM SEA DOCUSER Update Contest

Edit your DOCUSER Record Between October 15 and December 31, 2002


Durable navy blue 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches soft simulated leather portfolio with rollover edge constructions and hand stitching. NLM logo on front.


T-shirt in 100% cotton with blue neckline and roll up sleeve accents. NLM logo on the front and Web address on back. Available in sizes: M, L, XL, and 2XL.


Nylon folding 43" umbrella with automatic opening & black finger grip handle, wide tie closure, and carrying case. Alternating panels in royal blue and marigold with NLM Logo

Review and update 22 screens of your DOCUSER record between now and December 31, 2002. Need help? Call the office with any questions 1-800-338-7657. NN/LM SE/A will compile the LIBIDs of those who update. All eligible institutions' LIBIDs will be put in a hat and three will be drawn on January 15, 2003. Prizes will be mailed to the three winning institutions.

Editing Your DOCUSER Record

NN/LM-SEA strongly encourages libraries to review their entire DOCUSER record to ensure its accuracy and completeness. DOCUSER information is used by DOCLINE and is a critical information resource for Network libraries and NN/LM SE/A staff.

Please read the data descriptions carefully. For additional information, consult the UPDATE section of the DOCLINE Online Manual-DOCUSER Documentation. For the most recent changes with release 1.4, in September 2002, see also NN/LM SE/A staff will also assist, call Beth Wescott or Evelyn Peyton at 1-800-338-7657 for further information or assistance.

Address Tab address tab

Codes Tab Codes tab

Contacts Tab Contacts tab

Do include the names, contact information, and URLs for the following where appropriate for your institution. Special instructions: Director- Include the name of the person with overall responsibility for your library URL- Include the main home page for your library.

Interlibrary Loan Tab ( DOCLINE ) ILL tab

Services Tab services tab

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DOCLINE 1.4 and PROXY Servers

Some DOCLINE users are experiencing problems with the Status/Cancel 'Return' button. You should clear the cache, remove temp files and change the setting of your IE 5.0 browser to "check for newer versions of pages" to "every time you visit".

If your institution has a Proxy Server, it would be helpful for your network group to investigate if the introduction of DOCLINE 1.4 has had an effect on the settings or if your network group has made any recent changes to the proxy server settings. If you are still receiving the same error message page in DOCLINE , it may be necessary for your IT Group to clear the cache on the Proxy Server in order for this problem to be corrected.

Certain Proxy Servers and firewall packages are encountering problems with DOCLINE . Below are some settings to have your IT Group check in order to assure connection to DOCLINE .

If Proxy Server is Novell Border Manager - - check that "read ahead cache" is not enabled.
Clear the cache of the proxy server.
SERHOLD Reports require that "ftp" capability be enabled.
Check that NLM, port 80 is a trusted source w/Firewall.

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DOCLINE Document Lending Etiquette

NN/LM Member Document Lending Etiquette, assembled from a plethora of e-mail suggestions

A lending NN/LM member library should fill a DOCLINE request in the requested format and delivery method, to the requested delivery location, and within the cost limits specified by the borrowing library.

Lending libraries should promptly receipt requests. When reviewing the details of a receipted request, if you find that you are not able to meet the specifics, update the request as unfilled, preferably as unfilled due to "OTHER". The request will then pass promptly to another library for fulfillment.

When filling requests, please watch for the following:

  1. What is the requested format? Be sure to check both delivery and comments fields. Do not fill the request electronically if print is requested. Do not mail if the request is for fax. Do not send paper if the requested delivery method is web delivery. Do not mail the request if the requested delivery method is electronic (Ariel, email, fax, or web).

  2. What is the "Ship To" address? If the library has requested sending direct to the user, do not send it to the requesting library.

  3. What are the cost limitations? Do not exceed the MAX COST. If the request is FreeShare, do not apply any charges. In summary, if you cannot deliver as requested, please pass the request on. A message from NLM as quoted on DOCLINE -L on 2 July 2002. This guideline is critical for members' collective benefit: "...a successful ILL system depends on attention to detail and a cooperative spirit among institutions dedicated to reciprocal (lending and borrowing) partnerships." To all DOCLINE participants, thanks for your continued help and cooperation!

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Guides to EFTS in the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Electronic Fund Transfer System , the Electronic Funds Transfer System, is a transaction based electronic billing system for DOCLINE . EFTS is designed to reduce administrative expense for interlibrary loans by streamlining the billing process, reducing invoicing and check writing, and consolidating ILL paperwork. NLM is providing support to the University of Connecticut, the host of EFTS, to expand the system to all regions of the country.

How did EFTS come about?

The University of Connecticut developed EFTS in 1996 for DOCLINE libraries in New England to replace coupons systems used by local Resource Libraries. In 1998, DOCLINE libraries in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware joined the system. Recently, EFTS has been adopted by libraries in the South Central and Greater Midwest Regions. NLM is committed to making EFTS a national service.

How does EFTS work?

EFTS acts like a deposit/debit card system. The lending library submits a charge that is added to a borrowing library's account. The borrowing library receives a monthly itemized bill of all of its loans. EFTS automatically debits the borrowing library's account and credits the lending library's account. Just like a debit card system, EFTS automatically processes a transaction fee from the lending library. Although NLM is currently providing support to the University of Connecticut, EFTS will eventually become self-supporting.

What does the University of Connecticut do?

The Lyman Maynard Stowe Library at the University of Connecticut Health Center manages and maintains the Electronic Fund Transfer System for NLM. This includes establishing and maintaining accounts for libraries, providing monthly detailed transaction reports, and troubleshooting EFTS problems.

To provide additional information on the EFTS subcontract to the University of Connecticut, Ralph Arcari has outlined the next steps to be taken by the EFTS staff. Below is a list of the next steps the EFTS staff will begin and/or continue to take to implement a national system.

  1. Update and complete information on current EFTS participants.
  2. Review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by participants. Participants that do not have a MOU on file will be requested to provide one. The MOU will be adapted to be as flexible as possible to meet the contract requirements of EFTS clients.
  3. Update DOCUSER records for EFTS participants (Interlibrary Loan/ILL Services/"Participates in EFTS").
  4. Attend Fall and Spring MLA chapter meetings to explain and promote the EFTS.
  5. Introduce and manage an EFTS-L listerv. ( RML network coordinators will be asked to encourage their network members to sign on to this listserv to facilitate communication between EFTS and libraries in each of the regions.
  6. Recruit staff. An EFTS program manager will be hired so that the EFTS office staff will be two individuals, one responsible for program expansion and enhancement and one whose duties include operational responsibilities for finance, database maintenance, and web design. Colleen Giblin was hired earlier as the Program Coordinator. Colleen also has operational duties.
  7. Develop and market informational materials. A revised brochure is currently on the EFTS website. An e-newsletter will be published quarterly.
  8. Develop a web-based EFTS system. A major feature of a revised EFTS system will be replacement of mailed monthly statements with secure Internet accounts.

    The National Network Office of the National Library of Medicine welcome EFTS and its staff to the NN/LM "family" and look forward to working with them toward national implementation of the system.

When can we start using EFTS?

Libraries in our region can sign up for EFTS at any time. Be sure to read the questions and answers below regarding what borrowers and/or lenders need to do to participate. You can signup for the EFTS-L, the electronic discussion list at

What do borrowers need to do to participate?

What do lenders need to do to participate?

A lending library must first do everything that a borrowing library must do. In addition, every month a lending library must submit an electronic file with information on its interlibrary loan charges. Here are some of the ways this might be done:

What can NN/LM SE/A do?

NN/LM SE/A will work with network members and personnel from NN/LM, NLM and EFTS to facilitate implementation. NN/LM SE/A serves as a communications link and will provide training support. News about EFTS will be posted on the NN/LM SE/A web site and through the NN/LM SE/A Email Announcement List.

What can Resource Libraries do?

Resource Libraries will need to set up an EFTS account, submit a deposit to the University of Connecticut, and find a way to get their data in a format to send to EFTS (see above). Implementing EFTS in our Resource Libraries is critical to bringing EFTS to the Southeastern Atlantic Region.

What can Primary Access Libraries do?

Primary Access Libraries should talk with their ILL partners about joining and decide on a fee structure within their reciprocal borrowing groups. They should set up an EFTS account and submit a deposit. If a Primary Resource Library charges for loans, the library will need a mechanism to send data on loan charges to EFTS (see above). PALs will also need to update their routing tables based on new agreements.

If I participate in EFTS can I still participate in FreeShare?

Yes, a library can participate in both EFTS and FreeShare. You will want to give careful thought to the construction of your routing table.

How many libraries in the NN/LM SE/A Region participate in EFTS?

EFTS Participants in Region 2

November 7, 2002 - 14
December 31, 2002
February 28, 2003

For More Information:
DOCLINE -- Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS)

Additional material is available on the Electronic Fund Transfer System web site at You may also consult the handout, Questions and Answers about Electronic Fund Transfer System , the Electronic Funds Transfer System at, or contact NN/LM SE/A Region at 800-338-7657.

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What's New with NLM Databases

by Re Mishra, Education-Communications Coordinator, NN/LM South Central Region

LinkOut - SERHOLD Interface
Libraries with their holdings in SERHOLD (essentially DOCLINE libraries) may now display their holding information in LinkOut . To use this service, you must register for LinkOut but are not required to use it for electronic journals.

If you have not previously requested a username and password for the submission utility, 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 if you do not hear from them in a month. Once you have received your username and password, go to: and logon to the LinkOut Files Submission Utility. On the blue menu bar on the left side of the screen click on the LinkOut -SERHOLD link. Then click on the Registration choice.

LinkOut -SERHOLD link on blue menu bar.

For more information, please see the documentation at:

Ovid Joins LinkOut
Links to 552 journals in Ovid full-text database are available in PubMed . Now, Ovid customers can use LinkOut .

NLM Gateway Updated
A new version of the NLM Gateway was released on Sept. 19, 2002. Changes include the following:

Keywords have been added to all meeting abstracts, and MeSH® terms have been removed.
The AIDS Meetings (with MeSH) collection and the AIDS Meetings collection were combined into the AIDS Meetings collection.
A new field qualifier, publication type ([PT]), was added for searching. The NLM Gateway Help provides information on searching by fields.
The Collective Name label was changed to Corporate Author in preferences and the labeled display.
The Privacy Policy button was renamed to Copyright & Privacy.

For more information about the indexing for the meeting abstracts, see: Demsey A, Shooshan S. Automated Indexing Implemented for Meeting Abstracts. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Sep-Oct;(328):e2.

Population-related Citations Added to PubMed
Approximately, 10,000 unique citations to the former POPLINE® database are being added to PubMed . Some of the citations could not be verified so will not be added. Other citations may be duplications. Efforts were made to avoid duplication but some citations still slipped through. Please inform NLM of any duplicate citations found.

Journals Database
The new Entrez database, Journals, replaces the Journals Browser feature of PubMed . The database links to information about the journal title in LOCATORplus , NLM's catalog. To view all of the citations in PubMed , click on Links on the far left of the screen and select PubMed .

For more information, see: Canese K. New Entrez Database: Journals. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Sep-Oct;(328):e4

List of Journals in Index Medicius
The list of journals for 2002 is available in PDF at:

MLA 2002 NLM Online Users' Meeting
NLM held its annual NLM Online User's Meeting at MLA in Dallas on May 20, 2002. To read the remarks made at the meeting see: NLM Online Users' Meeting 2002: Remarks. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Jul-Aug;(327):e7a.

To read the questions and answers from the meeting, see: NLM Online Users' Meeting 2002: Questions and Answers. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Jul-Aug;(327):e7b.

NLM Classification 2002
NLM is pleased to announce the availability of the 2002 edition of the National Library of Medicine Classification. Beginning with 2002 the NLM Classification ( is published annually in electronic form only. Publication of printed editions ceased with the 5th revised edition, 1999.

The Index to the NLM Classification consists primarily of MeSH concepts used in cataloging. It includes concepts first appearing in the latest edition of MeSH and other older concepts as warranted by literature cataloged. Schedule numbers are added or revised to reflect changes in the biomedical and related sciences.

The new online environment offers many advantages over print, including hyperlinks between terms and the MeSH Browser and class numbers; however, the biggest improvement will be in NLM's ability to keep the Classification current with changes in MeSH.

For more information, see: Hoffmann CF. NLM Classification 2002 Edition Now Available. NLM Tech Bull. 2002 Sep-Oct;(328):e5.

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Dream Anatomy - NLM Exhibition Focuses on Anatomy, Medicine, and the Artistic Imagination

Displaying some of its rare anatomical books and prints for the first time to the general public, the National Library of Medicine's "Dream Anatomy" ( exhibition opened in the Library's Bethesda facility on October 9, 2002 and runs through July 2003. NLM owns one of the world's most extensive collections of historical anatomical books and prints; many of them are found in only a few libraries around the world.

The books, illustrations, and sculptures span A.D. 1500 to 2002. Anatomical artists pay homage to the body hidden under the skin with woodcuts, copper engravings, lithographs, photographs, and digital imaging. While many of the Library's rare anatomical books will be exhibited for the first time, the exhibition will also feature the work of 20th- and 21st-century artists, including a six-foot Plexiglas book of the Visible Humans, a hologram, and interactive anatomical displays.

For more information see: and

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NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents

September-October 2002

Technical Notes: - e1 Spanish Version of MedlinePlus ® Released
List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus® (LJI) - 2002
New Version of NLM Gateway Released - September 19, 2002
Reminder: October 17, 2002 UMLS® Basics Class
NLM Completes the Reorganization of its Bibliographic Databases
NLM Indexes Over Half-Million Articles in 2002
How to Keep Up with What's New with PubMed and the NLM Gateway
Papers of Nobel Scientists Barbara McClintock, Linus Pauling and Donald Fredrickson Added to Profiles in Science


Automated Indexing Implemented for Meeting Abstracts - e2
Index terms added to meeting abstracts in the NLM Gateway using the Medical Text Indexer.

Population-related Citations Added to MEDLINE®/ PubMed - e3
NLM is adding approximately 100,000 population-related journal citations to MEDLINE.

New Entrez Database: Journals - e4
NCBI has created a new Journals database which replaces the PubMed Journal Browser.

NLM Classification 2002 Edition Now Available - e5
The NLM Classification is now published in electronic form and updated annually.

Gene Indexing - e6
The NLM Index Section is providing gene indexing for MEDLINE citations.

MEDLINE/ PubMed End-of-Year Activities - e7
During end-of-year activities, NLM's schedule for adding indexed citations to MEDLINE/ PubMed is temporarily interrupted.

NLM Online Training Program: 2003 - e8
The 2003 calendar year will ring in a reorganization of the NLM Online Training Program classes.

Technical Bulletin Issue Completed October 30, 2002
Go to the Technical Bulletin Web Page
Completed: 30 October 2002

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Holiday Wishes

Happy Holidays from the SE/A to You. The NN/LM SE/A office will be closed for the holidays, from December 25, 2002-January 1, 2003. We wish everyone a warm and renewing holiday season.

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Upcoming Events November, 2002-June 2003

November, 2002 - June 2003

November 28-21
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
"Knowledge, Connections and Community" in Philadelphia, PA
Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel

February 28, 2003

"The Evolution of Health Policy: Influences, Interpretations and Implications"
25th Annual UNC School of Public Health Minority Health Conference
Phone 919-966-4032, Fax 919-966-5692

March 12-14, 2003

Computers in Libraries 2003, The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington, DC

May 2-7, 2003

Medical Library Association "Catch the Wave!"
San Diego Town and Country Resort and Convention

June 4-6, 2003

Florida Health Sciences Library Association, 2003 Annual Meeting:
TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach

June 19-21, 2003M

National Conference on Asthma: "Meeting the Challenge of Healthy People 2010: Preventing and Controlling Asthma"
Washington, DC

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This Issue: SEA Currents, November/December 2002, volume 20, issue 6

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