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Archive for July, 2012

Center for Sharing Public Health Services: Shared Services Learning Community / Calls for Proposals

Saturday, July 28th, 2012
Center for Sharing Public Health Services: Shared Services Learning Community
2012 Call for Proposals:

Rescheduled Disaster Information Resources Boost Box Session

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Many of you attempted to join MAR for our July 10th Boost Box session.  We experienced unexpected difficulties with Adobe Connect to enable everyone to join the session.  We are pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule our speaker, Siobhan Champ-Blackwell.  She will be returning to offer her presentation on Disaster Information Resources for our Sept. 11, 2012 session:

Job Ad: NLM Associate Director for Library Operations

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The Open Period for this announcement has been extended to July 30, 2012:

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday released “Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering,” a compilation of the latest data drawn from a wide variety of sources.  The report and related resources, including related PowerPoints and data sets, are available on-line:

Announcement of NLM Informationist Supplements

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

NLM awards Informationist supplement grants to 7 NIH researchers.

Nineteen applications were received in response to PA 12-158, NLM Administrative Supplement for Informationist Services. The supplement provides up to $50,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs) for 2 years to an active NIH-funded researcher, in order to bring needed information expertise into the research team. Applications were received from principal investigators currently funded by six NIH institutes: Aging, Cancer, Dental, Deafness, Eye and NLM.

Seven NIH researchers will receive Informationist supplement awards. All of the projects selected to receive awards bring librarian informationists into research settings and measure the value of their contributions to the research. Fourteen librarian informationists will be involved across the seven projects. The awardees are listed below; additional information about the parent grants can be found by searching the NIH RePORTER, using PI name and/or grant number.


R01 EY-21590, Grundfest, Warren H. UCLA. Grant title “non-contact, THz Sensing of Corneal Hydration. Informationist Lisa Federer, Louise Darling Library. The grant involves generation of unique data from a new technology used in diagnosis of an eye condition. The informationist will study and improve workflows for organizing, managing research data, identify metadata standards and ontologies that are appropriate, and propose a strategy for preserving the data.

R01 CA-152093, McIntosh, Scott. University of Rochester.  Grant title “Web-assisted Tobacco Intervention with Community College Students. Informationists Donna Berryman and Linda Hasman, EG Miner Library. The grant involves testing a web-based intervention for smoking cessation to be used with community college students. There is an information gathering phase involving focus groups and interviews, and also a clinical trial to test an intervention. The informationists will design a data management approach for the randomized trials and for data from the interviews and focus groups. They will help design a system for collecting, storing and accessing both audio and textual data, for tracking data versions, and also a metadata approach for the project. They will serve on the DSMC for the project.

R01 LM-10923, Liu, Gilbert C. Indiana University. Grant title “Delivering Geospatial Intelligence to Health Care Professionals”. Informationists Jere Odell, Rick Ralston and Elizabeth Whipple, Lilly Medical Library. The grant involves enhancing the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation system (CHICA) with GIS information, to assist primary care providers in making referrals to nearby dental exercise or tutoring services. The informationists will provide assistance in monitoring the accuracy of referral data and literacy level of documents generated; develop a knowledge management approach to bridge GIS and CHICA implementation; participate in community consumer health information outreach services such as identifying social and technical barriers to uptake of the enhanced data by care givers.

R01 CA-132935, Luckmann, Roger.  U Mass Worcester.  Grant title “Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Non-Adherent Women”. Informationist Sally Gore, Souter Library. The grant involves a 3-arm randomized trial comparing 2 forms of outreach to women who are due for a screening mammogram. The interventions will run for 4 years and already involves a multidisciplinary research team including primary care, informatics, counseling and behavioral sciences. The informationist will provide metadata, database design and retrieval advice to the technical team; assist investigators in identifying key information technology issues in the existing tracking system; work with them on a systematic review, provide customized instruction to the team, and support public access submission.

R01 DE-019796, Schmidt, Brian. New York University. Grant title “Role of proteases and peptides in cancer pain”.  Informationists Aileen McCrillis, Rich McGowan and Alisa Surkis, NYU Health Sciences Library. The grant involves collecting, identifying and characterizing pain-producing mediators secreted by cancers, developing a list of molecules. The work takes place in NY and Boston, involving about 10 investigators. The informationists will assist with improving their search queries for NCBI data sources; identifying a reference management approach for use by the multiple participants, and develop a web-based data management system for each molecule identified, to enhance workflow between the 2 sites.

R01 DC-011329, Svirsky, Mario A. New York University. Grant title “Clinical Management of Cochlear Implant Patients with Contralateral Hearing Aids”.  Informationists Theodora Bakker and Karen Hanson, NYU Health Sciences Library. The grant involves development of evidence-based guidelines for post-implant management of bi-modal cochlear implants. The PI has acquired a unique data set to merge with grant-generated data. The informationists will leverage the existing data set into a tool that includes the new, unanticipated data. They will evaluate & restructure the data model and data entry tool, refine reporting queries and provide a user friendly query tool for users unfamiliar with query languages.

R01 AG-040100, Szanton, Sarah. Johns Hopkins University. Grant title “ Reducing disability via a Bundled Bio-Behavioral-Environmental Approach”.  Informationists Claire Twose and Jennifer Darragh, Welch Medical Library. The grant involves helping the disabled elderly age in place, and is testing an intervention among elderly low-income African Americans in Baltimore. The informationists will assist with capture of medical billing information from the participants; assist with use of GIS neighborhood data; identify approaches for capturing digital recordings of interviews; assist with deposit of manuscripts in compliance with NIH Public Access.

For more information about this initiative, contact:

Dr. Valerie Florance,

Associate Director for Extramural Programs

National Library of Medicine

LactMed Update

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

LactMed information has been added to the NLM page on Drug Information:

3rd Annual Health Literacy Innovator Award Contest

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creator of the Health Literacy Advisor, the nation’s first interactive health literacy software tool (in English and Spanish), today announced the launch of its 3rd annual Health Literacy Innovators Award.

The contest, a national competition to reward innovators in health literacy, seeks the nation’s best health literacy practices in print, in practice, and in the media.  It is open to any company, organization or individual that can demonstrate excellence in health literacy in one of the three contest categories.  Contest winners, one per category, receive three annual licenses of the Health Literacy Advisor.  The deadline is August 31st, 2012

For information on contest rules and application forms, please visit

The 2012 National Health Literacy Innovators Award Contest judges are:

• Nadia Ali, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine of Temple University
• Carolyn Cocotas, Senior Vice President, Quality and Corporate Compliance, F.E.G.S
• Arthur J. Culbert, Founder and Former President Health Literacy Missouri
• Ariella Herman, Research Director, UCLA / J&J Health Care Institute, 2010 winner
• Julie McKinney, LINCS Health Literacy List Moderator, World Education, Inc.
• Linda Johnston Lloyd, Health Literacy Consultant and Retired Senior Advisor HRSA
• Marycelis Keiser, Healthcare Strategy & Communications Consultant
• Silje Lier, Multimedia Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
• HHS Joanne G. Schwartzberg, American Medical Association
• Greg Smith, Executive Director, Florida Literacy Coalition, 2010 winner

About HLI
Knowing that “literacy” is the single most important indicator of a health outcome, Health Literacy Innovations (HLI) creates tools to help eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy.  HLI’s flagship product, the Health Literacy Advisor™ (in Spanish–Asesor de Comunicación en Salud™) is the nation’s first, only, and most powerful health literacy software tool.  As a “health literacy checker,” the HLA streamlines the review and simplification process by allowing users to assess the readability of their documents and then fix it using plain language principles.  The HLA applies nine well-known readability indices in English and six indices in Spanish and an interactive search-and-replace function to eliminate hard-to-read terms and phrases and medical jargon with plain language alternatives.  The combination of these two functions, a document “grade” with a readability score/grade level, and the ReadsEasy™ stamp (a reward for good work) sets the HLA software apart from programs or readability indices alone.  For more information, please visit or call 301-230-4966.

Lois Ann Colaianni Award

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Apply now for the Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship.  Do you know someone that is a dynamic and exceptional hospital librarian—a visionary who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding service in hospital librarianship?  Now is the time to nominate them.

Self-nominations are welcome!

For details and a nomination form, see  The deadline for nominations is November 1st.

Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Kiscaden, Jury Chair, at

UKPMC to Rebrand as Europe PMC

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that it will participate in the UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) open access repository service, joining 18 existing UK and European funders.  The ERC becomes the third European funder to join UKPMC, following Telethon Italy and the Austrian Research Fund.

As a result of this participation, the existing funders have agreed that the service will be rebranded as ‘Europe PubMed Central’ (Europe PMC) by 1 November 2012.  A key aim of this initiative is to extend the repository further and encourage other European funders of life sciences research to make the outputs of the research they fund freely available through Europe PMC.

Medical Heritage Library Adds Wellcome Film as a New Content Contributor

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Wellcome Film is an online digital collection of moving images on 20th-century healthcare and medicine owned and now digitized by the Wellcome Library in London.  The project chronicles the history of medicine over the last 100 years and has been freely available in Internet Archive since 2010.  The earliest footage dates from the era of founder, Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) who was an American-born pharmaceutical magnate.  Included is rare footage from Gebel (or Jebel) Moya in the Sudan, 1912-13, showing scenes of everyday life, archaeological digging, communal sports and recreation.  Later decades are represented by films featuring breakthrough medicine such as surgical techniques and drug treatments.  The films may be accessed through the Medical Heritage Library site in Internet Archive:

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a content-centered digital community supporting research, education, and dialog that enables the history of medicine to contribute to a deeper understanding of human health and society.  It serves as the point of access to a valuable body of quality-curated digital materials and to the broader digital and nondigital holdings of its members.  It was established in 2010 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation via the Open Knowledge Common to digitize 30,000 medical rare books contributed by the medical libraries of Columbia, Harvard and Yale Universities and the History of Medicine Division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.  In addition to these participants, MHL principal contributors are Johns Hopkins University, New York Academy of Medicine, the New York Public Library, and the Wellcome Library.  The MHL has since grown to include content contributors Duke University, University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library, and the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto.

The MHL is proud to announce that it has added Wellcome Film to its online content in IA and looks forward to working more with the Wellcome Library in the future.