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NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps:

Rural Health Mobilizes

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Fran E. Kovach, MLIS, AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL
mobile apps

The ILLINOIS RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 23RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE, “Building a Sustainable Future”, was held April 24-26, 2012, at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois. In rural Illinois, many different mobile devices including iPhones, Androids, BlackBerries, and iPads are the new stethoscopes. Exhibitor immersion in the conference sessions led to discussions of the use of the National Library of Medicine mobile apps and mobile sites in rural communities.  TOXNET, Medline Plus Farm Health and Safety, and Wiser NIH all received high praises from the HazMat teams.

Through a NN/LM GMR exhibit award, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library displayed the new NLM exhibit banner, provided NLM pamphlets, gave out the afghan of “The Curious Herbal” as a booth prize, and offered demonstrations on the iPad of the various NLM mobile sites and apps, including Wiser. After seeing the Wiser demo, a family physician immediately downloaded it onto his iPad. Exhibiting and participating in the annual Illinois Rural Health Association meeting continues to be a worthwhile and rewarding experience.

Disaster Information Outreach Symposium

Monday, April 25th, 2011

By Ann Pederson
Altru Medical Library
Altru Health System
Grand Forks, ND

Use of social media in the face of disasters has added another facet to disaster assistance and information. The staff at the national Red Cross is reviewing their recent survey and finds that Facebook is the fourth most frequent site uses as a means of obtaining emergency information after traditional broadcast sites. Three out of four individuals expect assistance to arrive within the hour after they have posted a message for help in a disaster.

Surprised? The recent symposium conducted by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (more…)

Nixle, SUVs, E-sponders–All from WI VOAD

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

By Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP
University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library

Back in December 2010, I had the opportunity to attend the free Wisconsin Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) Conference. (Link to brochure: Lodging, lunch, and breakfast were provided for those who traveled more than 50 miles, which included me, and was sponsored through state funding.

I decided to go to the 3-day event after e-mailing the conference organizers to see if it would be appropriate for me to be there as a medical librarian with an interest in disaster information–given that I have no direct relationships with any VOAD member organizations.  They encouraged me to come, and it was a great opportunity. The conference was held in Fort McCoy at the Wisconsin Military Academy. (more…)

Emergency Preparedness Opportunity

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The severe winter storm that affected the Midwest gave libraries in the region a great opportunity to activate their service continuity plans. If you don’t have a plan, this is a good time to prepare for the next major service disruption. Resources to help you can be found on the Writing Your Disaster Plan page on the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit at:

If you did have a plan, how did it go? Would you change anything? If so, this is a good time to make those changes.

For more information about resources for emergency preparedness, see our Web page on this topic:

Health Information Translations: Preparing for Disasters

Monday, August 9th, 2010

For those of you working with non-English speakers or preparing to do so, take a look at the Disaster Preparedness translations located on Health Information Translations ( in multiple languages. Included are hospital signage documents “to meet the needs of hospitals, clinics, emergency response teams and others who assist the public during emergencies and at other times.” From the website:, the information is:

  • Easy to read
  • Translated into different languages with English (dual language)
  • Available free without copyright restrictions


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.

That’s all Nepali to me

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Judith Weinstein, MA, MPH
Associate Director
Heartland Alliance Refugee Health Programs
(part of Heartland Health Outreach)
Chicago, IL

The health messages are simple: dress warmly when it’s cold; don’t forget to floss; look left, then right—then left again!–before crossing a street. But the challenge of reaching newly arrived refugees with this basic information is great. Our work in refugee health education is complicated by refugees’ limited English skills, often low literacy levels, the number of different languages spoken, as well as their cultural and ethnic diversity.

Expanding Multi-lingual Health Information for Immigrants and Refugees, made possible with an Outreach Express award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, allowed us to translate the scripts of five slide presentations on basic health topics in to four key refugee languages, to be recorded by native speakers. Eventually, these multi-media, multi-lingual presentations will be available online for free access and downloading by health promoters and immigrants and refugees themselves. (more…)

Public Health Email List Formed

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Greetings to all in our region focusing on information and health services to the Public Health community.  The GMR has created an email discussion list to help connect those who are working in this specialized field of librarianship.  Join us at:


Wyoming Symposium for Health Information Professionals

Monday, June 15th, 2009

The NN/LM Midcontinental Region has scheduled a Symposium for July 15, 16, & 17 in Laramie, Wyoming, at the Coe Library on the University of Wyoming campus. In keeping with the slogan Plowing Through Pandemonium: Proactive Librarians the NN/LM staff and others will be presenting topics on emergency preparedness. Joe Moore, Director of Wyoming Department of Homeland Security, will be the special speaker at this event. Librarians and representatives of community-based organizations will also be brainstorming how to partner for emergencies.

For more information and registration please visit the webpage: or contact Jim Honour jhonour at