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NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2012

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, prehospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the seven projects  funded for 2011-2012 can be viewed at

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 2 pm ET. Proposals are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for this requirement has been split into two solicitations; one Partial Small Business Set-Aside (RFP No.: NIHLM2012411) and; one Full and Open (RFP No.: NIHLM2012412). The solicitation notices are on as follows:

Partial Small Business Set Aside:

Full and Open:

For more information and instructions about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2012”, visit:

The National Library of Medicine ( is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources.  Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site ( to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.

NCATS Announces New CTSA Funding Opportunity and Webinar

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The National Institutes of Health today released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement, RFA-TR-006 for Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).  These integrated academic homes for the clinical and translational science continue to focus on enhancing the quality, safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness of translational research and training the translational research workforce.

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), which administers the CTSA program, will host a Technical Assistance Webinar on July 23, 2012, 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET.  All potential applicants are encouraged to register for the webinar by July 20; however, participants can join the event through its conclusion.

Key CTSA FOA submission dates are as follows:

Letter of Intent Due: December 10, 2012

  • Application Due: January 8, 2013
  • NIH Peer Review: February/March 2013
  • NCATS Advisory Council Review: May 2013
  • Earliest Award Start: July 1, 2013

For more information, read the FAQ and visit the related CTSA page of the NCATS website.  For those who have additional questions after reading the FOA and FAQ, please forward inquiries to

AAMC Website for Affordable Care Act

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The AAMC has created a special page on their website for information and analyses regarding the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act.  It features Dr. Darrell Kirch’s statement on the decision along with other resources:

Journal Name Changes

Friday, July 6th, 2012

JAMA and the AMA announced that effective January 1, 2013 all of its Archives journals will be renamed.  The new names will be JAMA Dermatology, JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Neurology, JAMA Ophthalmology, JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, JAMA Pediatrics, JAMA Psychiatry, and JAMA Surgery

Job Ad: Medical Librarian at Hospital for Special Surger

Friday, July 6th, 2012


Reporting to the Director of Academic Training, the Medical Librarian is responsible for the operation and continued assessment and improvement the Kim Barrett Memorial Library supervises one full-time Medical Library Coordinator and a Per Diem Archivist.  Along with the Medical Library Coordinator, he/she is responsible for collection development and maintenance of the Library’s mostly electronic collection. The librarian has primary responsibility for training HSS Staff, and patient groups in the use of library applications and other information resources. Strong technology skills are essential including web design skills to maintain and enhance the library website for both content and management, and investigating new technologies for potential growth in new services.

Additionally, the Medical Librarian works collaboratively with the Per Diem Archivist and the Director, HSS Archives and Committee Chair to ensure the ongoing growth and success of the HSS Archives.


The successful candidate will possess a Masters in Library Science or equivalent with 3+ yrs of professional experience in a health science setting. Must have sufficient knowledge of all library functions such as cataloging, archives, ILL and serials – to effectively manage a small medical library. Experience in design and development of technology based instructional material required. Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills as well as expert Searching skills; PUBMED, Ovid Technologies, EBSCO, Internet are essential.

Proficiency in MS office – WORD, Excel and PowerPoint and Basic HTML, XML and/or experience with Web Content Management Systems also required.

Please apply through the HSS Website –

Timothy Roberts, MLS, AHIP
Director, Academic Training
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

phone: 212-606-1498
fax: 212-774-2779<>

NEH and NLM to Partner on Research, Education, and Career Initiatives

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced a new collaboration with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to develop initiatives that bring together scholars, scientists, librarians, doctors and cultural heritage professionals from the humanities and biomedical communities in order to share expertise and develop new research agendas.

Representatives from the NLM and NEH signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines their partnership and recognizes their shared interest in advancing health and medical education, training and information dissemination for research, teaching and learning by the humanities and biomedical communities.

As initial efforts, the partners will work together to:

  • Explore areas of mutual interest for research, particularly in the fields of digital humanities and history of medicine;
  • Develop and participate in curricula and courses, training and internship opportunities, and other educational initiatives; and
  • Develop initiatives to increase access to careers in medicine and health, with a particular interest in reaching students who are under-represented in the fields

About the partner institutions:

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an executive-branch, independent grant-making agency of the United States of America dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities and in those social sciences that use humanistic methods. NEH accomplishes this mission by providing grants for high-quality humanities projects to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television and radio stations, and to individual scholars.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the world’s largest medical library with more than 17 millionitems in its collection. A leader in information innovation, it is the developer of electronic information services used by scientists, health professionals and the public around the world. NLM makes its information services known and available withthe help of the National Network of Libraries ofMedicine, which consists of 5,600 member institutions, including eight Regional Medical Libraries. NLM conducts and supports research that applies computer and information science to meet the information needs of clinicians, public health administrators, biomedical researchers and consumers.

From Free to Free Market: Cost Recovery in Federally Funded Clinical Research

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Science Translational Medicine on posted an article, “From Free to Free Market: Cost Recovery in Federally Funded Clinical Research.”  The authors examined “some of the hybrid academic-business models in 19 clinical research centers within the Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium that are emerging to address the issue of cost recovery of clinical research that is supported by the United States federal government.”  The authors identified “initiatives that have succeeded or failed, essential supporting and regulatory components, and lessons learned from experience to design an optimal cost recovery model and a timeline for its implementation.” (A subscription may be necessary for access.)

July NIH News in Health

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Check out the July 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:

Digging a Vegetarian Diet:

Vegetarians may be missing out on grilled burgers at picnics, but they also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans. Can a vegetarian lifestyle protect your health?

Read more about vegetarian diets.

Massage Therapy

What You Knead to Know:

Getting a massage may be more than an indulgence. Research is beginning to suggest that this ancient form of hands-on healing may help improve your health.

Read more about massage therapy.

Health Capsules:

Disaster Information Resources (Boost Box Session)

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Noon – 1 pm


Presenter:  Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Aquilent

Ms. Champ-Blackwell promotes and implements the disaster health information goals of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and for the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership.

Please join MAR to learn about NLM disaster information resources and emergency response tools. See a demo of the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) and how it can provide emergency responders with critical information in the palm of their hand.

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Conference Number(s):  1-888-450-5996
Participant Code:  888072

If you missed our first sessions, we have made archives available. The archives include recordings, materials presented during each session, as well as transcripts:

MLA Disaster Preparedness CE

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Please join us on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 for Disaster Situations in an International Context, a Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Continuing Education course, proudly hosted at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, IL.

The program will be held from 09:00 am -1:00 pm,  is FREE, and is worth 4 MLA CE Contact hours.

Course Description:  Natural disasters and other crises are often considered local events.  Yet even disasters occurring in other parts of the world can have important repercussions for U.S. communities and agencies, either because they now perceive a shared vulnerability and risk, because a large ethnic population exists in the U.S. that will demand information, or because Americans want to understand how they can help.

This four-hour course for information specialists, librarians and other related professionals looks at the international disaster community, their roles and responsibilities in pre- and post- disaster situations, and the type of information that they may offer or require to respond to real or perceived needs.  The course consists of three sections:

Part 1.  Who makes up the ‘International community’ in disaster situations?

Part 2.  Disaster Response:  Global Trends in a Changing Environment

Part 3.  What this means for information specialists and consumers in the U.S.

Instructors:  John Scott & Patricia Bittner from the Center for Public Service Communications in Arlington Virginia

John Scott

Mr. Scott founded and directs the Center for Public Service Communications (est. 1990) whose mission is to provide guidance and expertise to individuals, communities and public sector organizations in the specialized field of applying telecommunications and information technologies to reduce health disparities, to improve health services to underserved and disenfranchised individuals and communities and to improve the collection and sharing of scientific, technical and community knowledge to reduce human vulnerability to natural hazards.

Mr. Scott has worked for many years on disaster risk reduction programs internationally, with the United Nations, and within the United States. He has been a senior advisor on early warning and disaster health information to institutions, including the NLM.  Currently, he is writing a disaster risk reduction handbook for mayors on behalf of the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and its “Making Cities Resilient” campaign.

Patricia Bittner

Ms. Bittner is a professional manager and specialist in the field of disaster preparedness and risk reduction, with a particular focus on health.   She was responsible for the development of a web-based information portal on Health and Disasters for the Pan American Health Organization/WHO, including preparation of original material, technical review and quality control of all material on preparedness, risk reduction and humanitarian relief, and consultation on the structure, design, navigation and use.  Ms Bittner has significant experience leading a high-performing team to identify and provide the resources and information needed by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to improve readiness and reduce the impact of disasters on health.  Her team has maximized the impact of strategic partnerships, mobilized resources and engaged in advocacy for disaster preparedness, risk reduction and response.

For registration and information, please contact Rhona Kelley, or 217-545-2112, or Lynne Ferrell at or 217-788-3331.

Breakfast snacks will be provided prior to class. Lunch will not be included but menus and directions to Springfield eateries will be available.