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Archive for April, 2011

My NCBI has been Redesigned

Monday, April 25th, 2011

The MY NCBI redesign occurred last week.

There is an NLM Technical Bulletin article about it that does a thorough overview including screenshots: My NCBI Redesign, You can also find, on the NCBI YouTube Channel, an overview of how to customize the page:

Here’s quick overview:
As with all the recent changes the header will be consistent with other NCBI resources. Once you log in the homepage will display all of your content. If you have an iGoogle account and maintain your own customized homepage then some of this should feel familiar to you. You can maneuver each of the sections to display, or not, in the order that you prefer.

  • Each of the sections in My NCBI; Saved Searches, Collections, Filters, Recent Activity and My Bibliography will have their own box that you can move, close or delete from the main page.
  • The filters section displays your choices all in one box (portlet, function window) making it easy to add and change filters. You can create a custom filter to fit your specific needs. More information about filters can be found in the My NCBI online help book:
  • All stored data will display on the homepage.
  • A search box will be available where you can search NCBI databases directly from the My NCBI homepage.
  • If you haven’t explored the My Bibliography function a nice overview is included in the Technical Bulletin article.

If you run into issues please let NLM know by using the “Write to the help desk” link found at the bottom of the page.

MedlinePlus Connect Update

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This service allows electronic health record (EHR) systems to easily link users to MedlinePlus, an authoritative, up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers.

MedlinePlus Connect Web service complements the previously released Web application. The Web service will give EHRs more flexibility in how they return MedlinePlus information and links to patients and providers. A technical details page teaches you how to implement MedlinePlus Connect. To show how the service responds to requests, we created a Web service demonstration page. You can continue to access overview and other information at

Also, MedlinePlus created a page that lists some of the health care organizations and electronic health record systems that are using MedlinePlus Connect. This is not a comprehensive list.

The groups on this list have told NLM they are using MedlinePlus Connect and agreed to appear on this page. Organizations or EHR systems who are using MedlinePlus Connect and want to be added to the list can send us a note through the Contact Us link at the top of any MedlinePlus page.

If you would like to introduce your organization to MedlinePlus Connect, a tri-fold is available on our handouts page.

Top 10 tips to go green at your library

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Today is Earth Day. In honor of Earth Day, here are some tips to go green at your library.

1. Form a green library committee
2. Link going green to saving energy costs to earn administrative support
3. Recycle books (Better World Books)
4. Turn down the heat 1 or 2 degrees
5. Use energy efficient lighting and automatic timers and/or collect batteries and CFL bulbs for recycling
6. Encourage telecommuting if possible
7. Encourage people to turn off lights when a room is not in use
8.  Encourage people to bring mugs rather than disposable cups
9. Clean green
10. Start a library community garden or have more houseplants

Some resources you can explore for more information about the environment and your library are:

Antonelli, Monika. The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond. Electronic Green Journal. 1(27). 2008

Celebrate Earth Day by thinking of at least one step you can take to make your library more earth friendly, and put that step into action!

Earth Day

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Earth Day is Wednesday. Think of all the waste of weeded library books tossed in the trash. An organization called Better World Books offers a solution. They will recycle your books by selling them online. Shipping is free! You get a quarterly commission. Also, they donate some proceeds to literacy efforts. Learn more about Better World Books.

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