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Archive for January, 2010

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers, announce the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 65 reference books for libraries and hospitals affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The collection is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to the disaster.

The Emergency Access Initiative collection is a combination of common biomedical journal titles, reference books, and emergency medicine related titles. The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

The literature is being provided as part of the Emergency Access Initiative – a collaborative partnership between NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles and select reference books to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. While the project was established to assist libraries affected by disasters in the United States, NLM and the publishers are activating the Emergency Access Initiative in light of the medical disaster unfolding in the aftermath of the earthquake.

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

If your library is working with an organization that is involved in relief efforts or that was impacted by the Haitian earthquake, please let them know of this service.

The Emergency Access Initiative can be accessed at

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally. Libraries in the United States can contact their Regional Medical Library for assistance and support at 1-800-338-7657.

Coping with the traumatic news from Haiti

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

A message from:
Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network
Lyman Maynard Stowe Library
University of Connecticut Health Center
Judith Kronick, Healthnet Reference Librarian

If you are asked for recommendations for online resources about helping children–and adults– cope with the traumatic news about the earthquake in Haiti, here are some suggestions….

“Talking to Kids About World Natural Disasters”
Advice from a child psychologist at the New York Child Study Center

“Managing your distress about the earthquake from afar”
An article from the website of the American Psychological Association, national professional association of psychologists

“Talking to Children about Earthquakes and other Natural Disasters”
Written by a child and adolescent psychiatrist. On the website of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

“The Tragedy in Haiti: Helping Children Cope: Tips for Parents and Caregivers.”
Ideas for helping all children and adolescents as well as those in the U.S. whose families have been personally impacted by the Haitian earthquake. From the website of the National Association of School Psychologists

New Page from NLM on Haiti Earthquake Information

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

A new page on Haiti earthquake health information links from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center is now available at

The page lists new web pages about the Haiti earthquake situation from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). There is also a section on Haitian Creole and French-language materials. Links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as public health assessments, emergency surgical care, and management of dead bodies, are included.

This page will continue to expand and will add a section on hazards from concrete dust and other airborne particulates from the collapsed buildings and subsequent clean-up activities.

Haiti Earthquake Widgets & Gadgets for Your Website

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Compiled by Cindy Love, Disaster Information Management Research Center, NLM, NIH

Health and Human Services “HHS Resources for Haiti”:

White House “Help for Haiti, ” at the bottom of this page:

Person Finder: Haiti Earthquake
Instructions for embedding Person Finder on your web site:

Please visit WP-Admin > Options > Snap Shots and enter the Snap Shots key. How to find your key