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Archive for March, 2012

March NIH News in Health

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

Halt the Hurt!
Dealing with Chronic Pains
When pain develops slowly or persists for months or even years, it’s called chronic pain, and it can be tricky to treat.  Scientists are working to learn more about chronic pain, and they’re looking for approaches beyond medication that might help you control pain.
Read more about chronic pain

Dry Eyes and Mouth?
You May Have Sjögren’s Syndrome
If your eyes and mouth feel as dry as a desert, there are many possible causes. But if the dryness is long-lasting and accompanied by fatigue or pain, as well as swelling in some of your joints, you may have a condition called Sjögren’s syndrome.
Read more about Sjögren’s syndrome

Health Capsules:

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Ready Access to MCH Statistics, Research, and Programs

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The MCH Library at Georgetown University has developed a set of resource briefs to help you quickly locate data sets, data tools, and statistics; literature and research; and programs to improve families’ health and well-being.  Whether your focus area is infant mortality, bullying, or adolescent pregnancy, the briefs will point you to the tools you need to answer specific statistical questions, learn about the latest research in the field, or find effective programs about any maternal and child health (MCH) topic.

Please view the resource briefs on the MCH Library website:

We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in disseminating this information to your colleagues in the health education and health promotion communities.


Report of the NN/LM Hurricane Summit

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Click on this link ( to view our report of the NN/LM Hurricane Summit that took place at the University of Miami on February 8th.   It’s very visual, in order to give the reader a feel for not just the content of the Summit but also the speakers and the venue.  Background information on some of the speakers and their past research is provided through hyperlinks, and contact information is available at the end of each section.  The Takeaway page lists key elements of the Summit that can be used to explore further research.

Daniel T. Wilson

Assoc. Dir. for Collections & Library Services
Coordinator, NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative

University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Charlottesville, Virginia  22908


Ursula H. Poland Scholarship Award

Friday, March 9th, 2012

SPONSOR: Upstate New York/Ontario Chapter of the Medical Library Association

PURPOSE:  To provide an opportunity for library school students to pursue or explore health sciences librarianship.

ELIGIBILITY:  The applicant must currently be enrolled in, or working toward, a Masters in Library Science from an accredited college or university in New York State or Ontario.

The scholarship monies are intended to offset the cost of a course in a topic related to health sciences librarianship.  Course work must be taken for credit and must have been scheduled after June 1, 2012 but before June 1, 2013.

AWARD AMOUNT:  Two scholarship awards in the amount of $500.00.  As an added bonus, each awardee will receive a one-year membership in UNYOC.  There will be one scholarship awarded to a Canadian applicant and one to a U.S. applicant.

APPLICATION:  Please send an email describing your interest in the Ursula H. Poland Scholarship Award to:

Jovy-Anne Rosario

Be sure to include the following:

  • Name of Library School
  • Degree pursued
  • Course title, start & completion date, description, and credit hours
  • Contact information for course instructor, project director, or internship coordinator
  • Resume
  • Two letters of reference

SELECTION:  Evaluation will be based on the degree to which it is perceived that the candidate would benefit the field of health sciences librarianship.  Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in a health sciences library, whose course work indicates a strong interest in the field of health sciences librarianship or who have an undergraduate degree in a biomedical science.

DEADLINES:  Applications must be received by Friday, June 1, 2012.  Monies will be disbursed upon successful completion of the course.

MAR Funding Available for 2012-2013

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

We are pleased to announce NN/LM MAR funding has been posted for the 2012-2013 contract year.
This funding is for projects beginning May 1, 2012.  Application deadline is April 1, 2012.

Receiving funding is a great way to provide outreach, create new or expand existing services, and to get
recognized within your institution or community.  We encourage all Network members to review these
opportunities and consider applying!

Details are available at:

PubMed for Trainers Coming to Our Region

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Training Center is bringing their PubMed for Trainers course to Syracuse, NY, April 16-30, 2012.  The course requires attendance at all sessions, both online and  in-person:

  • Online session:                                                April 16, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                                April 18, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)
  • In-person session in Syracuse, NY:             April 24, 2012 (9:30 am – 4:30 pm ET)
  • Online session:                                                April 30, 2012 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET)

Seating is limited.  For class details and to register, see: for Trainers.

PubMed Subject Subset Strategies Updated for 2012

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

PubMed subject subset strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary.  Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval.  The following subset strategies were recently revised:

Social Media and Libraries

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

These sites may not be specifically related to health sciences libraries, but we at MAR thought you may find them of interest…

New Drug Facts Site for Adults with Literacy Challenges

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

A new, easy-to-read website on drug abuse designed for adults with a low reading literacy level (8th grade or below) was launched by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The site, which provides plain language information on neuroscience, drug abuse prevention and treatment, is also a resource for adult literacy educators.  It has a simple design with a large default text size, motion graphic videos and other features that make it easy to read and use.

The announcement is especially timely in light of a recent article “Two Leading Doctors Warn of Prescription Drug Danger:  Number of Fatal Overdoses Called Staggering”:

Seeking Disaster Information Continuing Education Instructors / Course Developers

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is looking for up to five continuing education (CE) instructors/instructor teams to develop and teach courses on disaster information as part of a project to enhance its Disaster Information Specialization project.  Each instructor/instructor team selected will be responsible for developing one new disaster information course.  At the end of this project, 5 new courses will be added to MLA’s specialization.  Below are specifics regarding this course development project:

  1. To develop the content and materials for a CE course focusing on disaster information.  We are contracting for two basic courses each 3 hours in length and three advanced courses each 4 hours in length. The instructor will have a liaison from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for content assistance.

Course Titles/Topics (see for the list of individual course topics and content):

  1. Basic 1: U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies or similar title
  2. Basic 2: Information Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response, Recovery or similar title
  3. Advanced 1: CBRN and Hazmat Information Resources or similar title
  4. Advanced 2: See list of suggested topics on MLANET.  MLA will also consider developer-created course subject.
  5. Advanced 3: See list of suggested topics on MLANET.  MLA will also consider developer-created course subject.
  1. To present the course both in-person and virtually. Our goal is to reach approximately 40 individuals per course with the various presentations.
  1. In-person courses:
  1. The two basic courses will take place on Thursday, May 24th directly following MLA’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
  2. The three advanced courses will take place with local library groups.  MLA is currently negotiating local venues for hosting the courses.  We plan to host one advanced course per month in June, July and August 2012.
  3. In-person courses should include student interaction beyond the standard Q&A session.
  1. Virtual courses:
  1. The virtual courses would need to be taught during the summer of 2012.  Our current virtual hosting schedule is:
  • June 2012: Basic 1
  • July 2012: Basic 2 and Advanced 1
  • August 2012: Advanced 2 and 3
  1. The virtual course should include a minimum of 3-4 hours of online instruction with student interaction.  The course should include live, virtual presentations and a variety of “homework” assignments that can include pre and post testing, case studies, journal article reading, and other interactive activities.  These activities may take place before, during or after the live, virtual presentation.  If needed, MLA would be able to assist with the use of their instructional software.
  1. The Scope of Work for Course Developers from NLM (MLA’s project partner) is located on MLANET (see  MLA strongly encourages developers to read this document before submitting a proposal.
  1. MLA will provide a $5,000 honorarium for the development of the course.  There are also additional funds set aside for honoraria and expenses to teach the course both virtually and in person.

Additional Background Information

The development and instruction of these courses will be a part of the curriculum of MLA’s Disaster Information Specialization.  This specialization is a joint project of MLA and NLM. This program will be designed to develop the capacity of librarians and other interested professionals to provide disaster-related health information outreach.

Our vision of this specialization is to create a continuing education program that will prepare participants to provide disaster-related library or information services as part of their ongoing job functions. The specialization will offer a curriculum of courses that would allow those interested to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support their libraries, institutions and communities with information needed for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

This program would be designed to allow participants the opportunity to expand their roles by offering more specialized training in providing access to information in times of disaster and emergency.

To find out more about the development of MLA’s Disaster Information Specialization check out

The curriculum for MLA’s Disaster Information Specialization already includes one basic course entitled “Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics”.  This course was developed by Robin Featherstone as part of MLA’s 2010-2011 contract with NLM.  To find out more about Robin’s course, go to

Submission Instructions

If you are interested in being considered as an instructor(s)/course developer(s) for these courses, please send an email to  This email should include:

  • Your name and contact information;
  • A copy of your resume/CV, including your teaching and course development experience;
  • List the course you would like to develop (Basic 1, Basic 2, Advanced 1, 2 or 3);
  • A brief (500-word or less) description of your interest in the project including your experience or knowledge of disaster information; and
  • Your ideas for the course including how you would include student interaction and a brief outline of course content.

Your email and any questions should be sent to Kathleen Combs, MLA’s Director of Professional Development, at by Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

Please feel free to send this email on to anyone who you think would be interested in this opportunity.

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P