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Archive for April, 2012

10 Attributes of a Health Literate Organization

Friday, April 27th, 2012

This is a presentation from the IOM related to Attributes of a Health Literate Organization:

Sheldon Kotzin, Associate Director for Library Operations at NLM is Retiring

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Amongst Sheldon’s accomplishments, the two years he spent as Regional Medical Library Coordinator, especially endear him to the National Network Office and the NN/LM.  We hope you will join us if not in-person then by preparing a video which we can use in the day’s events.  We would welcome short (20-30 second) videos of your staff to include in the day’s festivities.  If you would, for members of the audience who are not familiar with the RMLs, please identify who you are, and where you are from. Video format should be MP4, AVI or MPEG. Submit videos to  Please send by June 1, 2012 for inclusion at the June 14 event.

MLA 2013 Abstracts Due May 1st

Friday, April 20th, 2012

MLA ’13, will take place on May 3–8, 2013, in Boston, and will incorporate the 11th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML), the 7th International Conference of Animal Health Information Specialists (ICAHIS), and the 6th International Clinical Librarians Conference.  Submission of papers and posters (using the MLA submission system) will begin earlier than usual because of the lead times needed for international participants.  The 2013 contributed papers and posters submission deadline is May 1, 2012.  Final findings and results may be added to the accepted papers and posters up to 1st February 2013, so you don’t have to have completed research to submit a paper or abstract.  The same system will be used for submissions to all four parts of the incorporated meeting – MLA, ICML, ICAHIS and ICLC.

The 2013 meeting theme is “One World: Information in an Interdependent World,” which emphasizes global interdependencies in all health-related areas.  “One Health” is meant to encompass not only human and animal health, but also public health, environmental health, climate change, food safety and production, and international health policy.

For access to the online submission process, instructions, and a list of section program themes, see

Want to Hear the Director of NIH Sing?

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Francis Collins, Director of NIH, opened his talk at TEDMED by singing “Disease Don’t Care”:

FAQ on Versioned Citations in MEDLINE/PubMed

Friday, April 20th, 2012

In case you haven’t seen this.  The URL for the new FAQ on versioned citations:

Ask a Librarian! April 2012 Column

Friday, April 20th, 2012

In this month’s “Ask a Librarian” in JAAPA, guest columnist Patricia Devine discusses the advantages of healthcare providers’ use of social media:

Minority Blogger Town Hall

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Please join us for a
Minority Health Blogger Townhall
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
The White House

As part of our observation of National Minority Health month, we would like to invite you to participate in a live in-person Minority Health Blogger Townhall on Tuesday, April 24th at 12:30 p.m. at the White House.  The event will be an interactive, open dialogue with stakeholder groups and bloggers to highlight what the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, means for racial and ethnic minorities. We will also discuss racial and ethnic heath disparities and how the Administration is addressing these disparities.

WHEN:                 Tuesday, April 24th, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:               Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB), South Court Auditorium (please be sure to arrive NO Later than 12:00PM EST at the south west gate on 17th St and State Place NW)


Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, US Department of Health & Human Services

Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General, US Department of Health & Human Services

Dr. Nadine Gracia, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director of the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, US Department of Health & Human Services

The event will begin at 12:30 pm with opening remarks, followed by a question and answer period.  The Townhall is in-person and on the record.  It will also be live streamed via and You are welcome to embed and cross-promote the stream on your own networks.

We ask that you come prepared with questions to ask the panelists, and we encourage you to put a call for questions out to your online community and promote the Townhall in advance.  We will be using the hashtag #MinorityHealth. Also, please note that internet access is not guaranteed in the auditorium.

You should plan to be at the White House from approximately 12:00 pm ET to approximately 2:00 pm ET.  You will receive further details on arrival information and schedule upon receipt of security information and RSVP.

To RSVP for the Townhall, please email your phone number and fill out the attached security clearance to as soon as possible, but no later than 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday April 20th, 2012.  RSVPs received after 12:00 p.m. EST on April, 20th will NOT be eligible to attend the Townhall event.

We look forward to hearing from you, and having you participate!  Please follow-up if you have any questions.

Monique Scott

Office of External Affairs

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 216

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: (215) 861-4508

Fax: (443) 380-5751

Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health

Friday, April 13th, 2012

What:           The Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) is offering a face-to-face class.

Who:            Max Anderson, Technology Coordinator, Greater Midwest Region

Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, Middle Atlantic Region

When:          Monday, April 23rd, 9:00 am – 1 p.m.

Where:        Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

3550 Terrace Street, 200 Scaife Hall

Classroom 2

Register:      If you plan to attend, please send an email with the Subject:  Information Anywhere to by Thursday, April 19th


Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries

Friday, April 13th, 2012

This webcast is being shown at several libraries throughout our region.  Check this list to see if there’s a library in your area and contact them to register:

New Pew Report on Smartphones

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Nearly half of American adults are smartphone users—check out the recent Pew report: