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Archive for May, 2012

Funding for CER

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Funding Announcements tie to Newly Finalized National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Applications to Fund $120 Million in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research in 2012. Learn more at:

NLM Online Users Update from MLA

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Here are my notes from the SIS and MedlinePlus Update at the NLM Online Users’ Meeting at MLA in Seattle:

Check out the Showcase of NLM APIS.  You can find the link to the webinar in the technical bulletin. 

SIS update

  • The Drug Info Portal now includes 30,000 drugs. A new mobile site was released in April.
  •  ToxMap had a recent usability study, It will soon have a new look with new demographics.  
  • ToxMap was just updated with 2010 TRI info.
  •  Coming soon: new enhanced ALTBIB ( Animal alternatives for drug testing)
  • Hazmap has a new mobile site.
  • Toxlearn module 2 will be released in June
  • LiverTox debuted this month, includes info on drug induced liver trauma, overall 600 drugs goal go reach over1000
  • Toxtown 10th anniversary new southwest scene, after school activity, after school science club
  •  GeneEd, genetics for education, genetics research for high school students, includes lesson plans and actives
  • Environmental Health Students  Portal will get a facelift, usability study, will have a redesign
  • AIDSinfo and InfoSIDA redesigned, launched on World AIDS Day 
    HIV AIDS project funding is available. Proposals due June 18
  • Arctic Health site includes info on climate change
  •  American Indian Health now includes personal narratives of health
  • NLM4Caregivers is on Twitter and Facebook
  • RHIN redesigned, can follow RHIN on Twitter
  • WISER is 8 years old, iPhone app enhancements, working on universal IOS app
    New disaster apps webpage
  • CHEMM, developed for mass chemical event, released in mid 2011
    Follosw SIS on Twitter, Facebook, RSS

NIHSeniorHealth and MedlinePlus

NIH Senior Health

  • March 2012 redesign, previous redesign was 2008
  • 50 topics and 150 videos
  • Pages are longer, organized with subheadings in 3 topics
  •  New search feature


  • Goals for this year:
  • Increase number of visitors from US
  • Expand reach of content through new services and communications
  • On Twitter, since. Aug 2009
  • Spanish Twitter since 2011
  • Huge increase of Twitter followers
  • Huge increase in email updates, for all 900 topics
  • Subscriptions for health topics pages increased from 2 million to 39 million in last 2 years
  • Updates through RSS feeds
  • Share links to content with social media
  • Health topics web services returns search results in XML for your own site
    Example: look a SAMSHA  publication page
  • 22,000 to 940,000increase in web service requests
  • MedlinePlus Connect 
    Supports diagnosis, drug info and lab tests
  • Growth in health topics pages, to support MedlinePlus Connect
  • Now 900 health topics
  • MedlinePlus mobile, subset of info on MedlinePlus,
  • MedlinePlus Mobile Search box will be bigger, home link more prominent
  • Labelling search results
  • Expand web service for mobile
  • Spanish medication info for MedlinePlus coming soon
  • Email updates not just links but specific health info for consumers

PubMed Health

Biggest focus is on systematic reviews, not for consumers. Original launch seemed to overlap with MedlinePlus.  Now focused on CER, Comparative Effectiveness Results.


Might still be some tweaks to limits.  Send your feedback to Contact Us form.


NLM booth presentations will be posted online.

Sheldon Kotzin is retiring after 43 years as Associate Director of Library Operations.


National Health Promotion Summit

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Guest blog post by: Margot Malachowski, Outreach Librarian, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA

In early April, I attended the 2012 National Health Promotion Summit in Washington, DC. I was there with a poster describing my NN/LM NER-funded collaboration with the Springfield City Library. Over the course of the day, I spoke about my poster with over a dozen people. My business cards and copies of my poster flew off the board.

At the Opening Presentation of the Summit, Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, welcomed the attendees. He exclaimed that it was tremendous to have us here from all over the country to show our passion. He exhorted us to protect the gift of good health, pray for boredom and enjoy the miracle of a healthy day.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took the stage for the Keynote Address, claiming the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound. We all need that level of confidence! She spoke to the national goal of improving health as fundamental to opportunity. Prevention, she said, is not just the work of health agencies. I felt heartened by this, as my goals are to work with public libraries and other community organizations to disseminate reliable health information. Here are her priorities for a healthier, stronger, more prosperous America:

After the Summit, I took at look at the section in this document that addresses Accelerate the Process of Scientific Discovery to Improve Patient Care. Health sciences libraries play a part in this translational process. We support biomedical discovery by supporting our researchers as they expand the knowledge base. And, this knowledge base encompasses everything from developing medical treatments to designing screening programs. Our outreach programs address the Secretary’s call to disseminate health information to the public. As my director says, this is where the rubber meets the road in translational science.

I recommend attending HHS events—great to meet people who work in a variety of public health organizations. For my comments on the Plenary Panel and presentations, please visit my blog at

Emergency Preparedness Updates

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

A few new developments in emergency preparedness…

Recent Service Continuity Class

NER recently offered the four session course on Developing Your Library’s Service Continuity Plan. Four libraries prepared a 10-Step Service Continuity Plan developed by the folks who brought you Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit (Dan Wilson). The course has been offered by NER since 2009. Since then more than a dozen libraries have developed their own service continuity plans.

Disaster Specialization

The Medical Library Association is developing a Disaster Preparedness Specialization for its members. Five new courses are being developed for the Disaster Information Specialization. The courses are being developed through a collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.

The focus for the DIS is to develop the capacity of librarians to provide disaster-related health information outreach. The plan would have DIS participants taking a specific number of classes to reach one of two levels: The first level of the specialization would be for those who desire a basic familiarity with disaster information resources. The second level is for those who wish to gain additional training.

Two courses are being launched at the MLA Conference in Seattle:

  1. U.S. Response to Disaster and Public Health Emergencies
    (taught by Mary Moore and Kimberly Loper) on
    Thursday, May 24, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
  2. Information Roles in Disaster Management
    (taught by Robin Featherstone) that same afternoon from 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Contact Kathleen Combs at MLA for more details on these classes and the Disaster Information Specialization.

Consult your Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Resources and reports are constantly being developed and refreshed at the Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit. Recent reports include summaries of The Earthquake Summit held in San Francisco earlier this year. And the NN/LM Hurricane Summit recently held in Miami.


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