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Archive for May, 2014

Webinar: Use of Social Media and mHealth Tools in Local Health Departments

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The next Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 11:30 am MT, 12:30 pm CT. The meeting is open to anyone wishing to attend.

TOPIC:    Riding the Mobile Wave: Use of Social Media and mHealth Tools in Local Health Departments

Many local health departments are not fully using social media and mobile health (mHealth) tools due to lack of resources and support. Sara Rubin, senior program analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), will talk about a study conducted by NACCHO and the UPMC Center for Health Security that identified the organizational factors local health departments need to support their use of these tools in preparedness and response activities. Andrew Roszak, Senior Director for Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness and Catastrophic Response at NACCHO, will then share some other recent NACCHO initiatives, including the radiation emergency projects in several jurisdictions. This session will be of great interest to librarians who work with their local health departments or who are looking for ways to become more involved!

LOGIN:  Click on this link or go to: Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room.” A pop-up box should appear asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is: Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790, Pass-Code: 745907

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, go to the Disaster Information  Management Research Center web site./ch

NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The course, previously held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics and provides continuing education to health care professionals interested in the application of computer technologies to medicine. The Georgia course will be held at Brasstown Valley. Health sciences librarians are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility:  Application is open to US citizens or US permanent residents.  Enrollment is limited and extremely competitive.  The program is directed at biomedical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, faculty and others who are not currently knowledgeable but can become agents of change in their institutions.

Cost:  Registration, travel, housing, and meals, are fully supported by the National Library of Medicine, NIH.

Deadline:  for application is July 7, 2014, 6:00 am MT, 7 am CT. /ch

Voyaging to the Future Symposium Videos

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Learn about the influence of the National Library of Medicine over the past thirty years on the research enterprise and developing access to health information through a series of videos from the Voyaging to the Future Symposium. /da

NLM in Focus: Regional Medical Libraries

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The current issue of NLM in Focus features the NN/LM MidContinental Region! Learn more about our region and the outreach work we do. /da

MLA 2014: NLM Theater Presentations

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

If you didn’t have an opportunity to see the NLM theater presentations at MLA 2014 here’s your chance to see what’s new with MedlinePlus, PubMed, MyNCBI, and more! /da

Did you miss it – recording now available for May Breezing session on Google Glass and Open Access

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Recording now available for Breezing session  on 1) Google Glass and 2) Open Access held May 7, 2014.   See it at:  (mm)



EDUCATION: Did you miss the annual conference of MLA? Save June 18 – Breezing Along with the RML – for Highlights

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
  • Wednesday, June 18 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML –    Highlights of the annual conference of the Medical Library Association, will be shared by the NN/LM MidContinental team.   Did you have your caricature done?   Hear a great speaker?  Were inspired to start something new at your library? Join us and share your thoughts as well!

JOIN US AT:   Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to (mm)



Science Boot Camp for Librarians, University of Washington, Seattle Washington

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Get ready to register!  Science Boot Camp for Librarians is an immersive 2 ½ day event featuring educational presentations about science and will run from July 9-11, 2014. This Science Boot Camp will explore key concepts and research in geology/geophysics, marine science and health sciences – all focused on the science of disaster.  The schedule and speaker lineup is available on the Boot Camp web site.  Registration will cost $350 (which includes cost of the conference, lodging and meals). /ch


TOXNET Gets a Facelift

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

TOXNET is getting a facelift, just in time for Spring! You can preview the new interface from the TOXNET home page beginning on May 16th at It’s super slick looking, and even easier to navigate. Check it out and let us know what you think. /da

Which topic is not covered in TOXNET?

  • chemicals and drugs
  • diseases and the environment
  • environmental health
  • occupational safety and health
  • poisoning
  • risk assessment and regulations
  • NFL draft updates
  • toxicology

Comment on the NN/LM Program for NLM

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

NLM is seeking comments on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) program from health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals. NLM would like to know of effective approaches on how the NN/LM can provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information. A Request for Information is available describing the NN/LM and possible topics to comment on.

Submit comments via email to:  Justin Fraser ( AND Uyen Phuong at (

Subject Line: Include the Notice number  (NIHLM2014157)

Deadline for Comments: 1 MT 2 CT , June 26, 2014

We encourage all readers of our listserv to email their comments. /ch