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Archive for March, 2012

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries.
Because this FOA focuses on providing health information to health disparity populations, institutions with demonstrated commitment to the needs of health disparity communities (including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas) are encouraged to apply. Redesign

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

In March, NIHSeniorHealth, the premier government website for older adults, will soon have a fresh look and enhanced features.

The redesigned site will include longer pages, more menu choices, and a search feature — all presented in an inviting, colorful, and still easy-to-use format. The updated look reflects input from visitors to the website as well as testing with older adults.

IHA Health Literacy Conference Discount

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Are you interested in improving the health information literacy of your organization? The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) invites you to attend the Eleventh Annual Health Literacy Conference, “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy,” May 9-11, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency, Irvine (near Orange County/John Wayne airport). MLA credit is offered for attending. There is even a special discount for librarians! Use discount code MLA12 when you register here, and save $50 off the regular low registration rate. Register early to get this special rate – early registration deadline is on or before April 11th.

Questions? Visit the conference website, send an email to or call (562) 690-4001, ext. 202 for more information.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) recognizes that members have a role to play in health literacy and encourages you to attend this conference. The NN/LM and the Medical Library Association will be hosting an exhibit table at the conference to help inform attendees how librarians can support improved health literacy.

Journal of eScience Librarianship is now available!!

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

On February 17th, 2012 the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library launched the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSL).  JeSL is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, and medical sciences.

The inaugural issue  features much of the work previously showcased at the 3rd annual eScience Symposium. The issue  includes a review of the DataSpace, the funding and operational model of data preservation employed by Princeton University. In this review, the author Raquel Abad provides an overview of DataSpace and highlights some critical questions facing data preservation projects.

Also available in the journal is an article by Jen Ferguson on the “Description and Annotation of Biomedical Data Sets,” Ferguson describes the workflow and software used in curating data sets and suggests possible roles for librarians in similar data curation projects.

Check it out!

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