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Archive for November, 2011

MedlinePlus Spanish Twitter Feed

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine is excited to announce a new Twitter feed from MedlinePlus en español  – @MedlinePlusEsp.  Follow @MedlinePlusEsp for trusted health information in Spanish.  Stay up to date on the latest health news, health observances, seasonal health issues, and healthy living tips, all in Spanish.  If you have any questions about @MedlinePlusEsp, contact the MedlinePlus team at NLM via the contact form linked from every page on MedlinePlus.

Here’s a Spanish translation of the above message, in case you want to post it for a Spanish-speaking audience:

La Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de los EE.UU (NLM) se complace en anunciar el feed de Twitter para MedlinePlus en español:  @MedlinePlusEsp. Siga @MedlinePlusEsp para encontrar información confiable de salud en español. Manténgase al día de las últimas noticias, datos oportunos en el área de salud y consejos para vivir una vida saludable ¡todo en español!


Celebrate a Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

November is American Diabetes Month.  Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family and food!  Eating healthy is key for preventing and controlling type 2 diabetes.  If you want to help prevent Type 2 diabetes, or if you have loved ones at the table who need to keep their diabetes under control, use these tips to plan a healthy Thanksgiving.

Give thanks for veggies.  Have cut-up vegetables with a low-calorie dip for a snack before the big meal.  Choose one of these vegetable side dishes:

Stuff the turkey—not yourself.

  • Leave room for your favorite foods.  For example, if stuffing is your favorite, plan to skip the mashed potatoes.
  • Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits.  Choose nutritious foods like turkey and whole-grain bread for the rest.
  • Keep portions of foods high in sodium or saturated fat (like gravy) small.  It’s best to avoid saturated fat if you can.

Check out the Quick Guide to Healthy Living for more information about preventing type 2 diabetes:

November is American Diabetes Month.  Download the American Diabetes Month Toolkit: and learn more about featured health observances:

2012 Go Viral to Improve Health Challenge

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Based on the success of last spring’s event, the IOM and NAE are sponsoring the 2nd annual Go Viral to Improve Health:  Health Data Collegiate Challenge.  Working in interdisciplinary teams that meld technological skills with health knowledge, college students can generate powerful apps to improve health for individuals and communities.  A video of last year’s first-place winners presenting their app, Sleep Bot, at the 2011 Health Data Initiative Forum can be found here:

We need your help in reaching out to students about the challenge.  Information about eligibility, judging criteria, and registration is available on our webpage,, and our Facebook page,  We have also developed a flyer that you can download and print: to help spread the message about this year’s student challenge.

I encourage you to help us get the word out by “liking” us on Facebook and forwarding information about the challenge to faculty and students who may be interested in participating.  Also, the suggestion has been made that teams consider using NLM data, APPs, etc. in developing their apps.  This year, a total of $10,000 in prizes will be available to the student teams who develop the best new health apps.  Team registration is open until February 10, 2012.

NLM Honors Winners of Software Development Challenge

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Five innovative software applications that help researchers, health professionals, and the general public in their quest for medical and scientific information are the winners of the National Library of Medicine’s first software development challenge:

ONC Seeks Consumer Opinions on Using Mobile Devices to Communicate Health Information

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Office of the Chief Privacy Officer plans to perform a project using a qualitative data collection approach to obtain in-depth information from mHealth users regarding privacy and security concerns with this technology and perspectives on potential safeguards.  mHealth refers to the use of mobile devices to communicate health information, and includes text messaging, email accessibility on the device, Skype, or the use of applications downloaded to the device.

A series of focus groups will be held in a variety of geographic regions to look at the attitudes and perspectives of individuals across different populations.  For more information on this and other mHealth initiatives at HHS, please visit

Free Regional Conference on Literacy Strategies for Families

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Mid-Atlantic conference (DE, MD, NJ, PA, DC) on literacy strategies for families.  NOTE:  NJ Department of Education has included health literacy in the core curriculum content standards for students.  Conference is free, breakfast provided.

  • November 19 , 2011
  • 9 am -12:30 pm
  • Rutger’s University

Speakers include Dr. Joseph Torgeson, Florida State University.  For full event description and registration, see

Apps for the Library Challenge

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Judges have selected ten finalists for the Apps for Library Idea Challenge –

The Apps for Library Idea Challenge launched in May.  Librarians were asked to describe an app idea, the value for users and a typical user/workflow in order to compete for prizes and hopefully see their app idea built and launched.  40 ideas were submitted and vetted by the SciVerse Applications team.  The international panel of judges then narrowed the field to ten finalists:

We are now entering the next phase of the competition… the Collaborative phase.  We invite you to review the finalist app ideas and share your opinion (positive or negative) on whether such ideas are viable.  Such feedback will help evolve the app concepts and will subsequently inform the voting that’ll start on October 17th .  All eligible (substantive) comments will be entered into a drawing for one of ten gift cards for USD 50.  If you have any other questions or comments please get in touch with me (

In their own words, the finalists are:

Determining the number of authors per article

This application would count the number of authors per article per year in a broad topical search results set.  For example, in the search set [(rna or “ribonucleic acid”) and (2000-2011)], what % papers have 1 author, % papers have 2 authors, % papers have 3 authors, up to what % have 10 authors, by year.

Journal Abbreviation Translator

Journal titles in the reference sections of papers are frequently presented in an abbreviated format (e.g. J Am Coll Surg for Journal of the American College of Surgeons (New York NY).  Often it is necessary to ascertain the full title of a journal before, for example, searching for holdings on a library catalogue which do not generally include title abbreviations.  This App will allow users to quickly and simply look up titles for given abbreviations, or vice versa within the SciVerse platform.

Journals/Conferences @ Your Fingertips

Identify the top 20 journal/conference titles relating to the user’s search results, by counting the no. of articles retrieved from each journal and provide a ranking for the top 20 journal/conference titles that these articles appear in. Automatically provide RSS feeds on the latest Table of Contents for these top 20 journals to the user.

JTOCs 2 Go

Set up and easily customize a journal table of contents service (presumably based on Scopus collection but ideally regardless of publisher or source platform). Links can be configured to an institutional license (OpenURL or Proxy) to enable full-text access and linked into existing apps such as Share, SciverNote, and Mendeley Readers (either individual citations or batch).

SciVerse Live Chat

The idea is an app that using live chat technologies connects library assistants with researchers.  The application workflow could be:  1.  A library assistant creates an account (it requires institution’s IP range) and logins using the SciVerse live chat website.  2.  When a researcher needs help, he simply has to click the “Live Chat” app.  Then, he will be connected with a local library assistant.  3.  During the session, the library assistant will be able to see information such as user’s query.

SciVerse Search with Support

Would combine the functionality of the SciVerse apps with the ability to IM a librarian if the library uses AIM or Meebo to provide instant message reference services.  In the preferences screen, the user could add the screen name of the library’s AIM or Meebo account, and have it available when they need assistance.

Search Aid

This is to support search in SciVerse, Scopus, etc. and should be optional.  When selected, each word in a query is checked against a thesaurus/dictionary for alternative terms. Alternative terms (synonyms) should be combined with OR in the query.

Visualization of Facets

Provide intuitive visualization of result sets, with drag-and-drop capabilities to combine concepts. Show relative size of sets based upon results, overlap of concepts, and citation relationship of concepts as space between sets.

Vocabulary Mapping

An application that would analyze a keyword search and generate some form of tag cloud with recommended controlled vocabulary terms.  If this were somehow able to visually convey the number of records under each term, and the interrelation between them, I think that would be beneficial.  I’m trying to describe something that would be a cross between a traditional tag cloud, like that of Delicious, and something possibly like either recommendation engine or AquaBrowser’s sidebar.

Yumetrics or SciMetrics

I would like to see a researcher be presented with his/her own hit/citation data, updated dynamically in the online continuum from pre- to post-pub, whenever they are logged into the website, which may mean being able easily/instantly to call it up through an app. Not only is the information of professional interest to the user, there is also a semi-tangible bit of stroking that is simply pleasing, thus giving the user a pleasant experience. The value of that cannot be overestimated.

Click through to see the full details, value for the user, typical workflows and images related to the ideas.  Don’t forget to add your comments.

Stay tuned for the voting and selection of the winners.  These will be announced at the Charleston Conference on November 2-5.

Associate Fellowship: Recruiting for 2012-2013

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

        The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians.  In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period.  Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2011)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2012.  Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply.  Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at  Application deadline is February 3, 2012.   Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or

Ask a Librarian (October 2011)

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

This month’s topics in JAAPA’s “Ask a Librarian” column are the differences between a systematic review and a review article.  As well as, how to differentiate between an electronic medical record and an electronic health record (including a reference to Nikki Dettmar’s class on EHRs):

Free registration is required to access JAAPA’s columns and articles, and you may choose Institution/Library as a profession.

Funding Now Available for the Middle Atlantic Region

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

We are pleased to announce that funding opportunities are now available for MAR Network members.  Please visit the Funding section of our website and apply for all Express Awards by  November 18, 2011!  FYI, if you are not already a member, you can sign-up for free.