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Archive for September, 2013

Harvard LibGuide for Free Images

Friday, September 20th, 2013

New LibGuide for finding and using free images from Harvard Law School Library.

Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Images:

Public Access to Public Science Act

Friday, September 20th, 2013

A new piece of public access legislation has been introduced

Friday, September 20, 2013
Contact: Ben Miller

Jim Sensenbrenner and Eddie Bernice Johnson Introduce Public Access Bill

(WASHINGTON) -Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) today introduced the Public Access to Public Science (PAPS) Act<>. This legislation would ensure public access to published materials concerning scientific research and development activities funded by federal science agencies, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Weather Service (NWS). An embargo period is included to help balance publishers' needs with public access goals. PAPS builds on efforts by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner: "It is past time to embrace a public access policy for scientific research. Currently, scholarly journals count on taxpayers footing the bill for research on the front end and access to the results on the back end. The federal government spends over $100 billion annually on research and development, but denies adequate access to the taxpayers who fund it. This bill would ensure Americans have access to the results of their investment.  Public access will also lead to less duplicative research, foster innovation, increase scientific breakthroughs and keep America on the cutting edge of science and technology. This is a pro-taxpayer, pro-science, pro-information sharing bill. And we've worked in conjunction with OSTP to ensure we are codifying the work they have done within the Science Committee's Jurisdiction."

Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson: "I want to thank Mr. Sensenbrenner for his leadership on this issue.  I am delighted to join him in introducing this legislation.  Public access is an important topic across the scientific enterprise, and for budding scientists, start-up companies, garage inventors, and families everywhere.  Increased access and increased use of technology to enable and promote discovery across the corpus of scientific literature will advance the frontiers of science, medicine, and innovation across all sectors of our economy.  In 2009 and 2010, the Science, Space, and Technology Committee took a leadership role on public access, launching an open process that culminated in the 2013 OSTP guidance to all federal research agencies to develop public access plans.  In codifying OSTP's guidance with this legislation, we strove to balance sometimes opposing concerns on the part of different stakeholder groups.  But as with any introduced bill, this remains a work in progress.

View online here<>.

Ben Miller
Communications Director
Rep. Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
Office | 202-225-5101
Direct | 202- 225-9201

American Public Health Association’s Get Ready Day on September 17

Friday, September 13th, 2013

What is 3D Printing and Why Your Library May Be Interested? (TechTime Session)

Friday, September 13th, 2013


Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan

Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Date:                                   September 19, 2013 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                               Online / No registration required

Summary:  Patricia will discuss the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries.  Kimberley will discuss the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community.

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Location:         Rochester, NY

Date / Time:  September 20, 2013 / 9 am – 1 pm (ET)



Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in a manner that is understandable. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. (4 MLA CEs)

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Presenter:                          Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date/Time:                        September 26, 2013 / 9 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                               Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Public Library – Central Library)

Brief Summary:  This class is designed for public librarians and secondary school librarians, teachers, nurses, and counselors. The hands-on class will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and discuss credible health information resources that are designed for teens. (3 MLA CEs)

The Canny Consumer: Resources for Consumer Health Decision-Making

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Presenter:                          Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR


Date:                                   September 30 – October 25, 2013

Where:                               Online 

Brief Summary:  With the sharp rise in web-informed consumers and today’s fast paced communication technology and inclusive health care systems, information is readily available. Many health care systems now offer portable electronic records and electronic prescription services. This class will focus on the interaction between technology, culture, and politics. An interactive session will allow participants to explore new and upcoming technologies such as personal health records and e-health tools. The resources covered will assist consumers and those helping consumers to find quality health information and to navigate the health care system. (3 MLA CEs)

Become Agents of Community Resilience

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Great article about roles for libraries, and people that work for librarie,s in supporting disaster resilience in their community.  The article appeared in Information Outlook (Special Libraries Association):

Best Practices for the Health Insurance Marketplace – Teleconference about Outreach and Education

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Date:  September 19, 2013

Time:  1:00pm – 2:00pm EST

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites states, navigators, partners & stakeholders to a teleconference to learn about best practices from Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Minnesota in reaching consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Various grassroots outreach and engagement strategies will be explored that have worked well in these states to help consumers learn about the new way they have to get coverage that meets their needs

Registration is required. Register at

Please forward this invitation to any partners and stakeholders who may want to participate.    We look forward to your participation!

We value the work you do to ensure that every American is aware of and enrolled in health insurance.   For more information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit our partner resource page at

Debbie Feierman MSW, LCSW

Philadelphia Regional Office | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Office of the Regional Administrator l Regional External Affairs

150 S. Independence Mall West, Suite 216, Philadelphia, PA 19106

215.861.4297 (T)

New NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Projects

Friday, September 13th, 2013

National Library of Medicine Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

For the third year, NLM is funding projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics including those from the National Library of Medicine.

The 2013 projects are:

City of El Paso Department of Public Health

“Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013”

El Paso, TX

In partnership with:  Pan American Health Organization/Regional Office of the World Health Organization/U.S.- Mexico Border Office


Pacific Resources for Education and Learning

“Disaster Health Information in American Samoa”

Pago Pago, American Samoa

In partnership with:  Feleti Barstow Public Library; American Samoa Government


Texas Health Fort Worth Medical Library

“North Central Texas Fort Worth Medical Library”

Fort Worth, TX

In partnership with: Texas Health Resources, Emergency Management; Texas Health Fort Worth, Safety Department; and MedStar EMS Mobile Healthcare

For further information about these and previous years’ project 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.

Elizabeth Norton, MLS, MPH, MBA

Disaster Information Management Research Center

Specialized Information Services Division

National Library of Medicine