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Archive for November, 2013

Fall Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Check out the Fall 2013 issue of our newsletter, The MAReport

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Closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
  • NLM will be closed on Thursday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
  • MAR will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28-29.

DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A series of DOCLINE training webinars will begin next week with:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
When:  1 pm (ET)

It’s recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (the hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises.)
The classes are FREE.  To login all you need do is key in your name and Enter as a guest.  You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.   Captioning will be provided.
You are eligible to receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class by participating in exercises.

For additional information about classes:

Test your connection prior to joining the class:

Navigating Health Information for Community Colleges

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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


Date / Time:                     December 17, 2013 / 1 – 2:30 pm (ET)

Where:                               Online

Summary:  This class is for community college librarians to learn more about how their students can research the health literature, find consumer health information, and to learn about mobile apps/social media to find what they need. The class includes introductions to PubMed and MedlinePlus.

Toolkit / The Role of Medical Librarians in Displaying the Value of NLM Resources and Services

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

NLM’s Office of Health Information Programs Development and Specialized Information Services funded a pilot project with the University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville, Preston Medical Library which involved the Alcoa Aluminum Company and the UT hospital’s wellness program to develop a “model” for employee benefits outreach that would include information on MedlinePlus.  The project was presented at the recent MLA Southern Chapter meeting.  Below is the abstract for the project and links to additional information and the toolkit.

Title: Health and Wellness Programs in the Workplace: The Role of Medical Librarians in Displaying the Value of NLM Resources and Services

Authors: Ann Gonzalez, MSI, JD, Sandy Oelschlegel, MLIS, AHIP, Library Director, Associate Professor; Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and UT Health Science Center, Knoxville, TN

Question: To determine the most effective way to partner with employee benefits and occupational health personnel in the industrial sector in order to display the value of National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and medical library services to industry employees who participate in employee wellness programs.

Setting: Preston Medical Library (PML), located at a 600‐bed academic medical center, has provided the Consumer & Patient Health Information Service (CAPHIS) and outreach to community groups and employees at local businesses for more than twenty years.

Method: An award was funded through the NLM for PML to develop a toolkit for medical libraries to use when reaching out to industry partners. Upon receipt of the funding PML began researching and collecting data on appropriate NIH and NLM resources for the selected industry partner. PML met with the Alcoa wellness contact to ascertain which resources and services would fit their needs.

Main results: Subsequent to meeting with the Alcoa wellness contact the following were developed: a series of newsletter pieces (7), biometric screening‐specific handouts, and “Your Wellness Moment” video files (7). Two health fairs were attended at Alcoa plants. An estimated 33% (n=116) and 44% (n=111) of attendees at the two fairs interacted with the PML booth and took informational material about our Consumer Health Information Service and Medline Plus magazines. Several attendees asked for more information on specific topics. To supplement the newsletter and video material, a LibGuide was created specifically for Alcoa. Another LibGuide, based on this material, was published for all types of businesses. Finally, a toolkit to assist medical libraries in reaching out to industry partners was created.

Conclusion:  We have had the opportunity to make a number of observations over the course of this project that will be useful to other medical libraries. The resources made available through NIH/NLM are viewed as valuable additions to the information currently disseminated by business wellness personnel.  Once aware of the resources, those personnel are likely to incorporate use of the NIH/NLM resources into their existing wellness programs. For that reason, there is merit in continuing to support outreach to businesses.

However, several constraints exist which should be considered.  In large national or international corporations, approval processes for implementing local or regional changes to wellness programming may require several months. Conditions such as economic constraints or business expansion will take priority and consume company resources that might have been planned for implementing changes or additions to the wellness program. Access to employees for assessment of the outreach, while ideal, is difficult due to work schedules, union rules, and general reluctance of the employees to participate. It is also likely that wellness personnel will be unavailable to participate in wellness outreach during the open enrollment period for insurance, which may vary by company.

Join Us for a PubMed Update

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

When:  January 8, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where: (Adobe Connect)

Who:     Trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

What:  Join NTC and NLM trainers for a one-hour PubMed update session via Adobe Connect.  Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months.  Bring your questions!  The session is offered at no cost.

No registration required!

WISER for Windows 4.5 is Now Available

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available.  This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.

Here’s a closer look at what’s new in this release:

  • Full integration of CHEMM content, which includes:
  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
  • ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.

WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website.

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • WebWISER 4.5, which includes CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 updates, and more
  • WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

Toolkit for Hospital and Medical Librarians

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

A new toolkit:  Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections – Useful Tools, An International Perspective developed by The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and Joint Commission International (JCI), is now available to help healthcare organizations implement practices to reduce these preventable infections that threaten lives and increase healthcare costs.

The toolkit and monograph are designed for healthcare personnel who insert and care for central venous catheters and who are responsible for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections in all healthcare settings.

PubMed Central (PMC) Releases New ID Converter

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

PMC has just released an upgrade to the ID converter, now dubbed the PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter ( This utility allows you to start with the unique identifier for an article that is in PMC, and find additional unique identifiers that may apply to the article.

Improvements include support for DOIs, auto-detection of the ID type based on its format, and enhanced output. It also provides output in any of several different formats: HTML, XML, JSON, or CSV.

This tool uses an underlying web service, that is also publicly available for those needing programmatic access to this data. See the ID Converter API documentation (

NJ Public Health Association 2013 Annual Conference

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The NJPHA 2013 Annual Conference “Non-Traditional Public Health Partnerships: Lessons From Hurricane Sandy” will be held on December 6th from 11 am – 4 pm at the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center at 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton Township, NJ.

The fee is free for members, $40 for non-members and $10 for non-member students. This fee covers registration for the event and also membership for 2014.

Continuing Education credits will be provided through the New Jersey Learning Management Network (NJLMN)

Keynote: TBD speaker from NJ Department of Health
Panelists: speakers from state library, Ocean County church, Ocean County fire department and the NJ Local Boards of Health Association

Poster presentation session will be held also. The application for the poster presentation can be found at the event website.

Please go to for more information and to register. We hope to see you there! Please let me know if you have any questions.