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Archive for July, 2013

Disaster Planning: 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Presenter: Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Where: Online


Date: August 5 and 7, 2013

Time: 10 – 11:30 am

Attention LocatorPlus Users: NLM Needs Your Feedback on a New System to Replace LocatorPlus

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine started the new Discovery and Delivery Platform Project in June 2013.  The goal is to implement a new Web-based platform that provides innovative search and delivery of the wide range of NLM collection resources.  The work will be carried out in phases with the initial goal of replacing LocatorPlus, the NLM online public access catalog at:

To ensure the new platform will continue to support the work of NN/LM libraries, we would like to informally gather information about your experiences with LocatorPlus and your needs and expectations for the new platform. We understand that not all libraries can respond within such a short timeframe.  But we hope to receive as much feedback as possible.

Specifically, we hope to get feedback from staff who use LocatorPlus for any of the following tasks in “resource” and “primary access” libraries in each region:

  • Processing interlibrary loan (ILL) requests
  • Conducting searches for reference services
  • Searching and/or downloading NLM bibliographic records for cataloging materials
  • Web harvesting of NLM bibliographic and/or holdings data
  • Other related tasks

Provide general feedback on how LocatorPlus meets your needs and what we could improve.  Your comments can still be provided to Iris Lee at

Thank you very much in advance for your assistance with this project.

Re-issuance of the NLM Admin Supplements for Informationist Services

Friday, July 26th, 2013

NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects (Admin Supp)


·        National Library of Medicine
·        National Cancer Institute
·        National Eye Institute
·        National Institute on Aging
·        National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
·        National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
·        National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
·        National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
·        National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
·        National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
·        National Institute of Mental Health
·        National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
·        National Institute of Nursing Research

NIA Launches Database of Instruments to Detect Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Evaluating the cognitive status of older patients in the primary care setting is one of the first steps in determining the cause of problems with memory, attention, and other aspects of thinking that can affect their health and well-being. With dozens of instruments available, finding the right ones to use can be a challenge. Now, clinicians and researchers have a new and simple way to find appropriate instruments — through a searchable database from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health.

The database, available at, contains detailed information about more than 100 published instruments for detecting Alzheimer’s disease and other types of cognitive impairment. It was created by NIA staff in consultation with experts in the field. Many instruments are suitable for outpatient practices and community studies.

Each instrument in the database was developed as a cognitive assessment for age-related dementia and has had at least three published studies using the instrument since its debut and at least one publication in the last 10 years.

Users can search the database by specific criteria, such as time to administer the instrument, the administrator’s level of expertise, cost, and target diagnosis. They can also find instruments that have been evaluated in specific populations and translated into languages other than English. Each instrument is summarized, with references cited and linked for easy access.

  • Learn more and search NIA’s cognitive instruments database:
  • See more Alzheimer’s disease resources from NIA:

10 Things You’ll Want to Know About the American with Disabilities Act

Friday, July 26th, 2013

ADA Background. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). On July 26, 1990, this landmark legislation was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities and guarantees equal opportunity in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications. Visit ArchiveADA for more historical information.

  1. Definition of Disability. The ADA, as amended, defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. What is a major life activity? In general, these activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating and working.
  2. Reasonable Accommodation. A reasonable accommodation is a key nondiscrimination requirement of the ADA. It is defined as any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations assure that a qualified individual with a disability has the same rights and privileges as those without disabilities. For more information, visit the Job Accommodation Network at
  3. Filing a Complaint. ADA enforcement is a complaint driven process. Many people are surprised to learn that government officials do not make visits to employers, state and local agencies or businesses to see if they are ADA compliant. However, once someone has filed a formal complaint, various government agencies are responsible for conducting an investigation and taking legal action, if appropriate. If you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your disability, the following resources may be helpful:
  • Get answers to questions about the ADA by calling the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TTY: 800-514-0383).
  • Visit the National Disability Rights Network website to learn about legal assistance in your state, which is offered by federally-mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems and Client Assistance Programs.
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development if you feel you are the victim of housing discrimination.
  • Find out how to file a charge of employment discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  1. ADA Materials and Publications. DOJ offers free materials and publications about the ADA, including technical assistance manuals, a Tax Incentives for Businesses fact sheet and other helpful information. To order publications, contact the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (TTY: 800-514-0383).
  2. DBTACs. Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) provide trainings, materials, information and technical assistance on the ADA and accessible information technology to people in 10 different regions throughout the United States. In addition, DBTACs promote public awareness of the ADA. To contact your regional DBTAC, call 1-800-949-4232 or visit the ADA National Network.
  3. Service Animals. Since March 15, 2011, only dogs that are specially trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA. Tasks performed by service dogs may include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, reminding people with a mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or performing other duties. The work or task a dog has been trained to do must be directly related to the person’s disability. For additional guidance, visit the DOJ Civil Rights Division website.
  4. Voting. Under the ADA, polling places nationwide are required to be physically accessible to people with disabilities for federal elections. When an accessible location is not available, an alternate means of casting a ballot on the day of the election must be offered. States are also required to make registration and voting aids available to voters with disabilities and older adults. For example, providing telecommunications devices to people who are deaf. Get a Checklist for Polling Places from
  5. Medical Care. Prior to the ADA, health care facilities were not considered to be places of public accommodation and health care professionals had no legal obligation to provide care and could refuse patients with disabilities. Today, medical care providers are required to offer accessible health care facilities and to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures for individuals with disabilities. Read Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities to learn more.
  6. offers many resources about the ADA, including those listed in this newsletter. The site’s Civil Rights section also features information about other laws including the Fair Housing Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Ticket to Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act; and Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act. Stay connected to through Facebook, Twitter and Disability.Blog.

Read the Disability Connection on

NLM RDA Documentation is Available

Friday, July 26th, 2013

National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care

Friday, July 26th, 2013

HHS recently released the 2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress on the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care. The report “provides details on implementation activities by the private and public sectors, efforts to align quality measures, and successes in six priority areas, including patient safety, community health, and affordability. Since the National Quality Strategy was first released in 2011, the private and public sectors have continued to implement activities that improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health, as directed by the Affordable Care Act.”

Interested in Group Licensing for Your Library?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Listen to the recording and check out the slides from our recent Lunch with the RML session:

The Group Licensing Initiative: An Update and Why Your Library May Want to Join

Presenter:       Robb Mackes, Group Licensing Initiative Project Manager


Robb provided an update on how the Group Licensing Initiative can help your hospital library.  The presentation was followed by an open question and answer session for attendees.

Job Ad: Medical Librarian, West Islip, NY

Friday, July 26th, 2013


Job Ad: Assistant Director, Medical Library, Jamaica, NY

Friday, July 26th, 2013 (JOB ID: 11223)