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Archive for May, 2010

MedlinePlus Redesign Preview: Comments Welcome!

Monday, May 24th, 2010


MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español will debut a new design in summer 2010.  Many of the changes are based on feedback NLM received from users.

Redesign features:

  • Emphasizes search and makes navigation more intuitive
  • Frequently used content is easier to find
  • New MedlinePlus logo for strong product branding
  • Web 2.0 technologies that help users share content
  • Distinctive color schemes for English and Spanish pages

To get a sneak peek at what’s coming, please go to to start your tour.

There is a feedback form on the bottom of every page. Your comments are welcome!

There’s an app for NLM REMM

Monday, May 24th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is now available as a free iPhone/iPod touch app:

You can download it from iTunes, or search for radiation emergency at the iTunes Store:

Mobile REMM can also be downloaded to other mobile platforms (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, & Palm).

Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) is produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of Planning and Emergency Operations, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Services, with subject matter experts from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many US and international consultants.

REMM provides:

  • Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events
  • Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise
  • Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible.

Partners in Research: Engaging the Community in Clinical Research

Monday, May 24th, 2010

By Kate Saylor
Outreach Librarian
University of Michigan
Taubman Health Sciences Library

Executive Director of UM Medical Innovation Center, Dr. James Geiger discusses developing New Medical Technologies.The Taubman Health Sciences Library has partnered with the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) and Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) to address the need for community engagement in clinical research by incorporating community expertise and knowledge in several innovative strategies designed to raise the level of literacy, awareness, and participation in clinical health research.

Responding to recent changes in how the public obtains health information, this NIH funded Partners in Research project uses interactive health research forums and the addition of social networking to the University of Michigan’s current clinical research web portal, engage (, to speed the exchange of health research information. Jim Abelson, MD, PhD; Gregory Lynn Hanna, MD; Joseph Himle, PhD discuss Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Across the Lifespan.

Over the past year, this partnership has organized nine Health Research Forums hosted at AADL with topics such as Cancer and Genetic Risk, Understanding Alzheimer’s, Overcoming Obesity and Low Vision. Each attendee is asked to complete a pre- and post-test to identify and measure the impact of various features of the Forum on their health research literacy and attitudes about research. Follow-up focus groups are also conducted at AADL to understand the participants’ opinion of the ideal way to learn about clinical studies and research.


Michigan VISIONS and MedlinePlus

Friday, May 14th, 2010

By Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Liaison/Disabilities Librarian
Taubman Health Sciences Library
University of Michigan

Three staff members of the University of Michigan A. Alfred Taubman Health Sciences Library staffed a table at the biennial VISIONS Conference on May 12, 2010. Originally sponsored by the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, this is an event currently organized and presented by the Ann Arbor District Library as an occasion for vendors to demonstrate technological advances that will be helpful to people who are visually impaired. The conference is held at Washtenaw Community College in Ypsilanti, Michigan and usually attracts about 500 or more participants and some of them travel considerable distances to attend. (more…)

Hardin Library’s Poster at the Library Technology Conference

Friday, May 14th, 2010

By Chris Childs
Education & Outreach Librarian
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa

A poster highlighting the Hardin Library’s Critical Access Hospital outreach project was displayed during this year’s Library Technology Conference on the campus of Macalester College in St Paul, MN. The purpose of this conference was to provide instructional sessions on technologies that affect how users interact with libraries, and how libraries use technology to create new and more effective ways to manage their resources. You can find out more information about this conference by going to

Critical Access Hospital Outreach Program posterOne of the technologies mentioned during this event was the web-based tool LibGuides. I attended a session hosted by two librarians from the Hamline University Law Library in St Paul. They discussed the process of transferring all of their web content to various LibGuides. It was a very interesting presentation and very well attended. I left with the impression that a lot of librarians were either just getting started with LibGuides, or were hearing about them for the first time.

Due to the interest in LibGuides, I felt that our poster was very timely. Several people were fascinated by the idea of creating a LibGuide for a specific population located outside of the library and then using that LibGuide to connect them to free resources from various institutions. For many, seeing the poster and reading about how the LibGuide was key to the success of this project reinforced the importance of using them to reach out to populations outside of their libraries.

Rural Health Mobilizes with MedlinePlus Mobile

Friday, May 14th, 2010
Carol Gordon, MLS, AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL
Fran E. Kovach, MLIS, AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL

Rural Health: Uncommon Challenges Met With Unwavering Spirit was the conference theme for the 21st annual conference of the Illinois Rural Health Association meeting held at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois, April 27-29, 2010.

Southern Illinois School of Medicine Library exhibits the National Library of Medicine databases, such as MEDLINE/PubMed, MedlinePlus, TOXNET, the Household Products Database, NIH Senior Health, Multicultural Health Information, Wiser, etc. MedlinePlus Mobile was the hit of the year. People were placing the link, on their mobile devices and taking the I-Touch out of our hands with eagerness. The attendees were pleased to learn that it was not an app, but a website. They also found the ability to look up drug information while waiting for a prescription quite appealing.

Blessing Begins Webinars for Nursing Utilizing Collaborative Technology

Monday, May 10th, 2010

By Arlis Dittmer
Coordinator of Library Services
Blessing Health Professions Library
Quincy, Illinois

Blessing Health Professions Library in Quincy, Illinois, recently completed a Technology Improvement Award project titled, Blessing Begins Webinars for Nursing Utilizing Collaborative Technology . The library staff taught the Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing faculty and other healthcare professionals how to use a SMART Board and how to produce webinars.  The targeted population for this year long project was nursing educators. The faculty in two distinct programs, the RN-BSN faculty and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Program faculty were the most interested in participating. The project was modestly successful. As we have discovered in all of our previous technology projects, PDAs, Podcasts, Clickers in the Classroom, the learning curve is steep and initial participation is small. All three of the past projects have shown remarkable growth and acceptance in the years after the pilot year. They are now all part of our teaching/learning tool box. We have the same expectation for this project. (more…)

REMM Changes Its Name

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

To make it easier for users to find its content, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM) web portal has been renamed. The new name is Radiation Emergency Medical Management. Visit the website at

REMM provides guidance on diagnosis and treatment of radiation events and is designed for health care providers, primarily physicians, without formal expertise in radiation safety or radiation medicine who may provide medical care during an accidental or non-accidental radiation event.

E-Licensing Group Purchasing Questionnaire

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Hello GMR Members!

The E-Licensing Working Group of the RAC at the GMR has been in contact with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) about possibly offering group purchasing of health-related online packages (ebooks, ejournals, databases, etc) to all GMR members in the 10-state region. In order to determine which packages might be initially offered to GMR members, we would like you to complete a questionnaire.

All of these are the electronic versions – no print versions. Please submit your completed survey by 5/31/2010. These offers are for new business only. The vendors are not at this time willing to change pre-existing packages. However, if this project brings them enough new business, they may take notice of it and be more inclined to offer deals for pre-existing packages.

There are virtually no price lists for any of these products. As is the case with many vendors, we won’t know what price they are willing to come down to or discount they might offer, unless we know how many organizations are interested in the product in the first place. This is sort of the chicken/egg syndrome.

Please fill out the questionnaire, which can be found here:

Thank you!!
Max Anderson