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Sewell Stipend to Attend APHA 2011 – Call for Applicants

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Announcement from the Public Health/Health Administration Section, Medical Library Association

Are you a librarian? Do you work in public health? If so, you should consider attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting this year in Washington, DC from October 29 – November 2, 2011. This year’s theme is Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies.

This should be a particularly great year to attend as a librarian, since librarians do a lot of important community work. Our public health impact can be seen both directly through health literacy projects and outreach as well as indirectly through education of future nurses, doctors, and public health workers. And, there is funding available through the Sewell Fund to help subsidize costs of attendance at the meeting!

What can you expect from attending APHA? Librarian attendees from the past 10 years report a wide variety of outcomes from attending the meeting. Outcomes range from being written into grants; having parts of their salaries paid by other departments; being asked to give presentations at local, state, national, and international meetings; being asked to become regular faculty members in schools of public health; and in general earning the respect of their public health colleagues.

Please visit our website (listed below) to learn the full details of the Sewell Stipend and download an application today! The deadline for applications is Friday July 29, 2011!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any one of the committee members listed on our site.

Hope to see you there!
Barbara Folb and Joey Nicholson
Co-Chairs, Client Relations Committee 2011
Public Health/Health Administration Section
Medical Library Association

Joey Nicholson, MLIS
Education and Curriculum Librarian
NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Health Sciences Libraries

MedlinePlus RSS Enhancements

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

[Forwarded from MedlinePlus Staff]

Yesterday, NLM released several exciting enhancements that improve users’ ability to share and consume MedlinePlus content:
RSS feeds are now available for every health topic page on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. This means that MedlinePlus now offers nearly 1,800 feeds for English and Spanish combined that are customizable to your specific interests. Whenever we add a new link to a MedlinePlus topic page, the item appears as a new entry on the corresponding health topic RSS feed. You can subscribe to the health topic RSS feeds using the RSS reader/aggregator of your choice. Links to the feeds are available on all health topic pages, the MedlinePlus RSS Feeds page, and via your browser’s RSS auto-detect feature.
In addition to the new health topic feeds, MedlinePlus now offers two new English RSS feeds allowing you to subscribe to all new links added to MedlinePlus and all new NIH links added to MedlinePlus. These new feeds are available on the RSS Feeds page under the heading “General Interest RSS Feeds.” For Spanish-language users, there is a new RSS feed that contains all new links added to MedlinePlus en español. This new feed is available from the Spanish RSS Feeds page.

NLM also unveiled enhancements to the print, email, and AddThis share icons on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español health topic pages. These icons are now located above the topic summary, and the Facebook and Twitter sharing options are more prominent, making it easier for you to share content in these very popular social networks.

Examples of the new RSS feeds and the improved sharing features can be seen on the health topic pages listed below:

• Food Allergy (English):
• Alergia a las comidas (Spanish):

If you have any questions about these enhancements, please use the “Contact Us” link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page.

New Topic Page on Obesity on

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

A new topic page on Obesity is now available on at

The topic page links to obesity information and resources including government, professional and research organizations that focus obesity issues; reports, publications and guidelines; obesity programs and campaigns; child obesity information; data and statistics; legislation and policy issues; grants and funding opportunities; training and continuing education; and upcoming conferences and events.

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce,, is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries. The mission of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public’s health. welcomes suggestions of new links to post. Please suggest links at

To keep up-to-date with public health news and online information resources, you can subscribe to the PHPartners RSS feed at, or to the weekly email announcement list at

Welcome to Healthy Communities!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

As the first leader of this new Community of Interest, I am excited to work with all of you to develop the Healthy Communities COI into an dynamic group that promotes collaboration between libraries and other community agencies to support healthier living. Before I detail some of what our COI will be focusing on this year, let me tell you a little about myself.

I am a medical and consumer health librarian at a small hospital in western Maine. I oversee one of the MaineHealth Learning Resource Centers which provides quality health information resources as well as community outreach health education classes. I have also been an active member of our local Healthy Maine Partnership coalition to bring more opportunities for physical activity, healthy eating, smoking cessation, and substance abuse support to our service area. As the current Chair of HSLIC, our state’s professional organization for health sciences libraries, I have a good understanding of how libraries can partner with health and community agencies to benefit our residents.

Presently, The Healthy Communities COI is planning to survey our members on community collaboration issues such as librarian comfort level, experience, and barriers to collaboration. Come learn more about the Healthy Communities COI and other NN/LM NER COIs at the Tuesday afternoon breakout session at the NAHSL Conference in Connecticut.

Some future topics of discussion for our group may include:
–How medical libraries can better reach out to their communities
–How our libraries help our institutions demonstrate community benefit
–What skills librarians need to develop in themselves to be effective community collaborators
–The barriers to community collaboration and how to overcome them
–Other goals for our COI

I can foresee us eventually breaking into small task force groups working on specific projects, reviewing community outreach grant requests received by the NER, and sponsoring continuing education programs. All in all, the Health Communities COI should be a very active and stimulating group and I look forward to hearing your ideas and learning about your experiences.

You may contact me at or (207)743-1562 x6896.

Deborah Clark, MLIS, AHIP

Stephens Memorial Hospital

Norway, Maine

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