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Archive for October, 2012

Hurricane Sandy May Be Epic So Be Prepared!

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

As Hurricane Sandy approaches, we can be proactive in sharing resources on health information preparedness and response.  Below are some National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research (NLM DIMRC) Center resources, along with information sources from other key agencies.  Also included are some example tweets you might want to consider sending out.  Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with news and information!

NLM DIMRC Hurricane Page:


NLM DIMRC Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Hurricanes Page:

Federal Emergency Management Agency Ready.Gov Hurricanes Page:


#Hurricane #Sandy is coming!  Check out the National Library of Medicine page of disaster health information resources

#Hurricane #Sandy effects all of us.  Find information on being prepared so you can respond without worry

Are you responding to #Hurricane #Sandy?   Find information on staying safe as a responder

#Hurricane #Sandy may be epic.  Get prepared so you can respond quickly

Making PubMed Work for You

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

LocationFree, Online, Asynchronous

Date:  November 12 – December 7, 2012


Description:  This class is intended to develop basic searching techniques and search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE.  The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system.  Topics covered include using MeSH and search qualifiers, limiting search  results, and refining your search. This course will provide an in-depth  view of the system and demonstrate utilizing the features of PubMed to  search effectively.  Participants who complete course requirements will be eligible for 3.5 MLA CE credits.  This class is an approved course for Level I (non-health sciences) Consumer Health Information Specialization.  Questions?  Contact Kate Flewelling at

Information Overload: Finding Information to Improve Public Health

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Presenter:  Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:  Online

Date:  November 8, 2012 / 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Description:  Finding time to research and keep up with professional literature is a particular challenge for busy health professionals, especially those in the field of public health. Starting with, this presentation will direct you to free online sources for evidence based practice.

Registration Instructions

  1. Log on to the Center for Public Health Practice’s Learning Content Management System:
  2. Enter your username and password. (If you are a first-time user, select Create Account and enter your profile information).
  3. Select Course Catalog.
  4. Select  Monthly Webinar Series.
  5. Select View – Information Overload: Finding Information to Improve Public Health
  6. Select  LCMS Registration. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email that will provide you with access information.

Instructions are used to register for the live and/or the archived version of this webinar. 

Registration confirmation will be sent from Be sure to check your spam/junk email for a message from this address. You should add this address to your address book or safe senders list so that it is not marked as spam.

Note:  Once the LCMS registration is complete, you may click on TRAIN registration if you wish to have the webinar added to your TRAIN transcript.

Job Ad: Education Services Librarian, Temple University

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Education Services Librarian

Health Sciences Libraries

Temple University

The Temple University Health Sciences Libraries seek an energetic and user-oriented librarian to join its staff.  Headquartered at the Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Library, the Libraries serve the information needs of the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, the College of Health Professions & Social Work, and Temple University Hospital. For more information about Temple, visit:


The Education Services Librarian, reporting to the Associate Director for Information Services and Educational Programs, will design, deliver and assess library instructional services and coordinate both virtual and in-person training programs for faculty, staff and students at the Health Sciences Center.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the educational activities of the Department of Information Services & Educational Programs, including training and continuing education of library staff
  • Providing consultation and classroom instruction on biomedical and health sciences information resources and services to faculty, students and staff
  • Consulting with course directors and curriculum-based committees at the HSC schools, to plan programs directly related to the educational/training needs of students
  • Consulting with educational deans at the HSC schools to plan programs specifically designed for faculty
  • Consulting with residency directors at Temple University Hospital to plan programs directly related to patient care information needs of clinicians, residents, and fellows
  • Creating and maintaining web-based interactive, self-paced lessons and tutorials using course authoring tools [in consultation with library technology professionals]
  • Managing the integration of library services and collections into course management software
  • Maintaining links to faculty list servers in order to provide up-to-date resources and services information, as well post links to resources that are being tested on a trial basis [in coordination with the electronic services librarian at Paley Library]
  • Identifying and investigating new information and education delivery technologies and develop and revise programs to respond to changing needs
  • Providing reference desk coverage as needed, as a member of the reference and information services team

Other responsibilities include: participating in collection development activities as required; representing the Library on appropriate committees, including library system and University-wide committees; and other duties as assigned.


Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.

Required Education and Experience:

ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library/information science.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated teaching experience in a health sciences library or higher education (university or college) library setting.
  • Experience developing course content and assessing instructional services.
  • Experience with electronic information resources, including proficiency with web-based information search systems.
  • Experience with MS Office and desktop publishing software.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.



  • Experience in an academic health sciences library environment and/or teaching hospital library.
  • Experience with PubMed, Web of Science, CINAHL or other biomedical information search systems.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty in developing education programs.
  • Experience with course management software, particularly Blackboard.
  • Experience with screen capturing/tutorial creation software, such as Camtasia or Adobe Captivate.


To apply for this position, please visit, click on Jobs@Temple and reference TU-15839.  Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

NLM e-Clips

Saturday, October 27th, 2012


Job opportunities at NLM, NIH

National Library of Medicine Announces Update of

NIH launches free database of drugs associated with liver injury [LiverTox]

NLM Announces New and Redesigned Web Sites for History of Medicine Division and Its Exhibition Program

Participants in 2012-2013 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Announced

Turn the Pages of a Rare Veterinary Book from the NLM Collections


Couples Therapy Helps PTSD Patients

Fish Oil May Not Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke

Memory & Reasoning Decline Linked to Adult Obesity

New Suicide Prevention Plan

Pre-Teen Health Disparities


ACS patient education website supports efforts to help patients make informed decisions

Are scientists lying more than ever?

Concussions at a glance

Customer satisfaction with e-government down slightly but near record highs

Developing a Health and Medicine Blogs Collection at the U.S. National Library of Medicine

E-Health Opportunities for Seniors

Experience science ‘HarryPotter’-style

FDA to oversee reporting of clinical trials


Image of the Week: Traité d’Anatomie et de Physiologie from 1786

Is medical self-testing a bad move?

K-12 Health and Science Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Medical app Health Tap launches feature that lets doctors translate medical research for the masses

Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Science Papers, Study Finds

National Library of Medicine Sets Meaningful Use Standards

New Center Standardizes Vocabulary Sets for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Schnitzer receives National Library of Medicine outreach award

The 50 most-followed agencies on Twitter [NLM #35, with 169% growth over last year]

‘The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper”’ Opens Oct. 22

The Most Ingenious Book: How to Rediscover Micrographic

Tox Town: A Great Tool for Learning About Chemicals in Our Environment

TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions


A Passion for Helping: Librarian Raises Awareness About Disabilities

Disaster Preparedness Partnership Sparks New NLM Technologies

Meet the Future: NLM Welcomes 2012-2013 Associate Fellows; Accepts Applications for 2013-2014


Canker Sores


Fetal Health and Development

Mood Disorders


  • The ALTBIB portal ( has been updated. ALTBIB provides access to PubMed/MEDLINE citations relevant to alternatives to the use of live vertebrates in biomedical research and testing. The site’s topics and subtopics are aligned with current approaches. For example, information is provided on in silico, in vitro, and improved (refined) animal testing methods. Strategies which incorporate validated methods and other approaches are also covered. In addition to the topic area PubMed searches, the ALTBIB portal includes a searchable bibliographic collection on alternatives to animal testing. This collection provides citations from published articles, books, book chapters, and technical reports published from 1980 to 2000. The bibliography features citations concerning methods, tests, assays, and procedures that may prove useful in establishing alternatives to the use of intact vertebrates.

25 Most Popular Passwords of 2012

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

This article is a good reminder of how important it is that we all change our passwords at least once per year, if not more often.

Think Big about Mobile Health: Going Beyond Medical Records

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Passed along from NN/LM PNR:

New Tox Town Drought Location Page

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Did you experience drought conditions where you live this summer?  Has your health been affected because of the drought?  Do you wonder if droughts are related to climate change?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should visit Tox Town’s new Drought location page. Information is provided on why drought is a concern, how it is related to climate change, and possible health affects related to drought.

NIH Launches Free Database of Drugs Associated with Liver Injury

Friday, October 19th, 2012

A free source of evidence-based information for health care professionals and for researchers studying liver injury associated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbals, and dietary supplements is now available from the National Institutes of Health.  Researchers and health care professionals can use the LiverTox database to identify basic and clinical research questions to be answered and to chart optimal ways to diagnose and control drug-induced liver injury.

Drug-induced liver injury is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States, accounting for at least half of cases. It occurs at all ages, in men and women, and in all races and ethnic groups.  Drug-induced liver disease is more likely to occur among older adults because they tend to take more medications than younger people. Some drugs directly damage the liver, while others cause damage indirectly or by an allergic reaction.  The most important element to managing drug-induced liver injury is to identify the drug that’s causing the problem and appropriate steps to eliminate or reduce damage to the liver.

“Because drug-induced liver disease is not a single, common disease, it is very difficult to diagnose, with each drug causing a somewhat different pattern of liver damage,” said Jay H. Hoofnagle, M.D., the major creator of LiverTox and director of the Liver Disease Research Branch at NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).  “Doctors have to rule out all other causes of liver disease before saying that a patient has drug-induced injury liver.”

LiverTox has a searchable database of about 700 medications available in the United States by prescription or over the counter.  Over the next few years, another 300 drugs will be added. The database offers these features:

  • An overview of drug-induced liver injury, including diagnostic criteria, the role of liver biopsy, descriptions of different clinical patterns and standard definitions.
  • A detailed report of each drug, including background, case study, product package insert, chemical makeup and structure, dose recommendations and references with links.
  • An interactive section, allowing users to report cases of drug-induced liver injury to the LiverTox website.  Reports will be automatically forwarded to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch program <>.  MedWatch allows the public and health care professionals to report adverse events, product defects, or product use errors.  The FDA uses the information to monitor product safety.

“LiverTox is the result of a significant scientific collaboration between the national and international clinical and research communities, the NIDDK and the National Library of Medicine (NLM),” said Steven Phillips, M.D., co-sponsor of LiverTox and director of NLM’s Division of Specialized Information Services.  “LiverTox demonstrates the importance of using informatics to provide easy access to evidenced-based information to clinicians and researchers that will improve the health and well-being of all and help prevent unnecessary morbidity and mortality, worldwide.  I hope the dynamic LiverTox model can be used to create a new suite of databases that can identify drug-induced injury to other organs such as the heart, kidney, and lung.  The National Library of Medicine is honored to be part of this significant scientific endeavor.”

The developers of LiverTox worked with outside experts in drug-induced liver disease as well as specialists in arthritis, cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and other conditions.  The content of each section of the database has been reviewed by an outside expert. The finished website has also been reviewed by FDA and pharmaceutical industry experts on liver-related complications.

“By integrating data that tends to be scattered across the published literature into a single, readily accessible place, we hope to bring greater focus and interest to the study of drug-induced liver injury, and to guide doctors involved with patient care and ultimately, reduce liver injury and improve the health of people,” said Hoofnagle.

The database will be updated regularly with information about drug-induced liver injury as well as new drugs and new concepts.  LiverTox welcomes input and comments from users through the website, at <>.

The NIDDK, part of the NIH, conducts and supports basic and clinical research and research training on some of the most common, severe and disabling conditions affecting Americans.  The Institute’s research interests include: diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases, nutrition, and obesity; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.  For more information, visit <>.

This NIH News Release is available online at:

Job Ad: Librarian/CME Coordinator, Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, NJ

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Manager – Medical Library / CME

Location:             110 Rehill Avenue

Job Category:     Medical Affairs

Employment Duration:    Full Time

Shift:      Days



Manages the medical library’s resources and services to meet the needs of the Medical and Dental staff, Somerset Medical Center employees and the community. This person also coordinates and develops continuing medical education programs for Somerset Medical Center ‘s Medical and Dental Staff while complying with CME Guidelines of the Medical Society of New Jersey, Somerset Medical Center ‘s CME accrediting organization.

Direct supervision approximately 1 FTE.

Read, be with familiar with, participate in periodic education/training regarding, and comply with, Somerset Medical Center’s Corporate Compliance Program, Code of Conduct, and other corporate compliance policies (as may be amended from time to time).


Required Skills

Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or related field.

Five or more years job related experience in health sciences.

Proficient with word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software; able to use the Internet, able to type and use the computer keyboard; familiarity with medical terminology.

Excellent customer service, communication and interpersonal skills.

Self-directed with sound judgment and attention to detail.

Knowledge of audio-visual equipment.

Must be able to communicate effectively by speaking clearly and distinctly in English.