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Archive for October, 2012

The Digital Doctor

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Science Times section of Tuesday’s New York Times focused on “The Digital Doctor,” and included about a dozen related articles.

Patient-Centered Medical Home Web Site

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has created a new Patient-Centered Medical Home web site, which contains various resources related to this primary care delivery model.

NLM History of Medicine Lecture

Friday, October 12th, 2012
Dear Colleagues,
You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held Wednesday, 17 October 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the NLM Visitor Center, National Library of Medicine, Building 38A, Bethesda, MD. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, NLM presents:
"Fred L. Soper and the First 50 Years of International Health Campaigns in the Americas."
Susan Speaker, PhD
Historian, History of Medicine Division Digital Manuscripts Program
National Library of Medicine
Between 1920 and 1942, the Rockefeller Foundation's International Health Division, working with public health officials in South America, achieved a major public health milestone: widespread control of malaria and yellow fever. This presentation will explore Dr. Fred Soper's many contributions to the campaigns in Brazil during this time. Soper literally "wrote the book" on effective mosquito eradication procedures and personnel management; the "Yellow Fever Service Manual of Operations" became the benchmark for yellow fever control, and a model for subsequent malaria eradication campaigns. He also introduced better diagnostic techniques for yellow fever and discovered that yellow fever had not one, but several mosquito vectors, and could infect non-human hosts. After World War II, Soper applied his decades of experience to the work of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), serving as its director from 1947 to 1959.
All are welcome.
Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail<>, or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).
Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:
Sponsored by
NLM's History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief
Event contact:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH

Ask a Librarian in JAAPA October 2012

Friday, October 12th, 2012

See this month’s Ask a Librarian column in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for Washington State’s model for access to evidence-based standards of care through the Heal-WA portal. The guest columnist is Valerie Lawrence, HEAL-WA Resources Coordinator, UW Health Sciences Library:  

NIAID Animation Shows How Pandemic Flu Viruses Emerge and Spread

Friday, October 12th, 2012
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explains the emergence and potential spread of new influenza viruses:

Recording: Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience: “Futures Thinking” for Librarians and Information Workers

Friday, October 12th, 2012

From the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University.  This presentation addressed the evolving and multiple roles that information professionals and librarians can play in crisis/disaster resilience and response when communities face a crisis /disaster. In particular, the presentation discussed the FEMA (US Federal Emergency Management Agency) “Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience 2030: Forging Strategic Action in an Age of Uncertainty” report published this year.

Scroll down the list of instructors on this site and click on Dr. Chris Hagar’s name. A new page will open. Click in the “Format” column in the arrow. It looks like you are going to join the live class, but really it’s the recording.

Library 2.0 Archive of Recordings:

Recording of Crisis Response and Disaster Resilience:

IndexCat Survey Extended

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine is planning a major update of its IndexCat database, the online version of the Index Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General’s Office.

We invite you to take part in a brief survey so we may better understand your current use of IndexCat and what new features you would wish this resource to offer in the future. Our apologies in advance if you receive duplicate invitations to participate.

The survey can be found at:

If you are not familiar with IndexCat, please take a moment to explore it. IndexCat contains over 4.5 million references to over 3.7 million bibliographic items dating from over five centuries and covering subjects of the basic sciences, scientific research, civilian and military medicine, public health, and hospital administration. A wide range of materials can be discovered through IndexCat, including books, journal articles, dissertations, pamphlets, reports, newspaper clippings, case studies, obituary notices, letters, portraits, as well as rare books and manuscripts. Recently, two new collections, involving medieval scientific English and Latin texts, were made available through IndexCat. Opening a new frontier in historical research, these additional collections encompass over 42,000 records of incipits, or the beginning words of a medieval manuscript or early printed book. IndexCat users can search incipit data by manuscript, library, author/translator, title, subject, date and other information.

The IndexCat user survey we are undertaking has been approved by the National Library of Medicine’s Survey Review process and responses will be anonymous. In order to provide the greatest opportunity for a wide response, the survey has been extended through October 19, 2012.

For direct access to IndexCat, please visit:

For more information about IndexCat, including its contents and development, please visit:

Thank you for your participation.

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Bethesda, MD

Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election: How the Obama and Romney Plans Stack Up

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Commonwealth Fund issued a new report, “Health Care in the 2012 Presidential Election:  How the Obama and Romney Plans Stack Up.”  The report considers seven key questions:

  • Will the plans increase the number of Americans with health insurance?
  • Will the plans make health insurance more affordable?
  • Will the plans protect consumers?
  • Will the plans improve consumer choice?
  • Will the plans help small businesses?
  • Will the plans improve Medicare?; and
  • Will the plans improve health care quality and slow health care spending growth?

Share Your Story and Win a Trip to MLA 2013 in Boston! (Rule change on 10/11/2012)

Friday, October 5th, 2012

October is National Medical Librarians Month–Share Your Story and Win a Trip to MLA 2013 in Boston!

–>  –>  NOTE:  There has been a change to the entry rules.  Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but only ONE entry per person.

MAR would like to celebrate medical librarians in our region.  National Medical Librarians Month gives information professionals an opportunity to market their services and highlight their contributions to research, education and improved patient outcomes.  Are you doing something to celebrate Medical Librarians Month?  If so, share your story by sending to  If applicable, also share a photo depicting your activities/events.

MAR will be collecting your stories and highlighting them in our blog and weekly postings throughout October.  All those that submit a story before Oct. 31stwill be entered into a random drawing to receive an award to cover registration and airfare to MLA 2013.  Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but only ONE entry per person.

Be sure to check out MLA’s promotional items and resources to market library services and value at:

News and Information: Disasters

Friday, October 5th, 2012

*** Digital Disaster Relief and Summit for Good ***

Wendy Harman, Director of Social Strategy, American Red Cross (@wharman); David Kobia, Director of Technology Development, Ushahidi (@dkobia/) and Samantha Murphy, Mashable (@MurphySamanthaJ) discuss the use of social media as a communication tool during disasters.  This 11 minute session is part of the Social Good Summit currently being held in New York City September 22-24th. You can view the live stream and archives of other presentations.

*Live Stream:

*Summit Website:

*Digital Disaster Relief Session:

*Video archive of presentations:


*** Webinar: Implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the Local Level ***

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

Wednesday September 26, 12 MDT, 1 CT, 2ET

Implementing the National Prevention Strategy at the Local Level: Working with Non-Traditional Partners to Improve Community Health

The goal of this webinar hosted by NACCHO is to help participants implement the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) by working with non-traditional partners at the local level using a Health in All Policy (HiaP) approach. Speakers  include Kenneth D. Smith, PhD, Principal Investigator for NACCHO’s CDC-funded Health in All Policies (HiAP) initiative, and Margaret Byrne, Public Health Advisor with the Environmental Health Services Branch, part of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


*** Webinar: Serving Public Health through Open Health Mapping Services ***

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Directions Media

Wed, Sep 26, 2012 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Featured presenter Eddie Oldfield, BA, Director, NB Climate Change Hub at the New Brunswick Lung Association will describe his work in coordinating implementation of geospatial interoperability standards to exchange, integrate and visualize distributed health and environmental information. Oldfield’s current work involves creating a national portal to bring together climate and health resources for decision makers in public health, municipal emergency management and local climate adaptation. This webinar uses Voice-over IP (VOIP) or a US toll telephone call.


Just for Fun:

***CDC Director Thomas Frieden Plays ‘Not My Job’***

Dr. Thomas Frieden was recently a guest on the National Public Radio Show “Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”  His task was to answer three questions on viruses of a different kind than he normally encounters in his job – viral marketing.  Take a break and tune in!


Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS (Contractor)


Aquilent, Inc., supporting the mission of the National Library of Medicine

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