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Archive for June, 2012

Call for papers: JMLA Special Issue

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Call for papers: JMLA Special Issue on New Century, New Roles for Health Sciences Librarians

The advent of both digital content and new forms of communication has made radical changes in the expectations of health science library users for access to information.

Responding to the opportunities provided by these changes, some librarians and libraries have changed their focus, no longer emphasizing libraries as keepers of the information universe but instead stressing their ability to provide expertise in support of those who work in the health information universe. A number of new paradigms have been reported at conferences and in the media: embedded librarians, e-science experts, support for translational medicine, and data curation and management. To help us gain a better understanding of these new paradigms, the Journal of the Medical Library Association is planning to devote our October 2013 issue to papers that focus on the outcomes experienced by those who have taken on these new roles.

This issue, to be published in October 2013, will include invited papers summarizing the current state of the field. We also encourage submissions from those with new roles who are willing to share their successes, or failures, with their peers. To be considered for this issue, papers must be submitted by February 15, 2013.

We particularly welcome submission of:

a. Brief Communications that describe evaluations of either the need for, or success of, new roles.
b. Case studies that describe, in depth, new or innovative roles for librarians such as embedded librarians, e science experts, support for translational medicine or data curation.
c. Full-length research papers investigating a research question related to new roles for health sciences libraries or librarians

Further details on topics of interest, requirements for submission, etc. can be found at

(Forwarded from JMLA)

MedlinePlus XML Files and Web Service Enhancements

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Today NLM announced the release of several enhancements to the MedlinePlus XML files and Web service. These enhancements make MedlinePlus XML data more robust, accessible, and flexible for users.

MedlinePlus XML Files

The MedlinePlus XML files are being published in a new format with a new DTD. Prior to this release, the files only included basic information about all English and Spanish health topics, and they were published weekly. Now, they contain all currently displaying site records and links to related multiple languages content, related health topics, and primary NIH institutes. With this release, virtually all text and links available on MedlinePlus health topic pages become accessible in XML format. MedlinePlus will update and publish the new MedlinePlus health topic XML files daily (Tuesday-Saturday) to correspond to the update schedule of the Web site.

MedlinePlus Web Service

The MedlinePlus Web service, which allows users to submit keyword queries and receive relevant health topics in XML format, now offers new features, parameters, content, and policies, including:

• A Spanish version of the MedlinePlus Web service that accepts Spanish-language queries and responds with Spanish health topics.
• Field searching for user queries. Fields that can be searched this way are title, alt-title, mesh, full-summary, and group.
• Multiple result formats: brief, topic, and all. By default, results are returned in brief format. The topic format returns the health topic results as full XML records with all associated data and links. The XML format of the topic result type matches the format and DTD of health topics in the MedlinePlus XML files (as described above). The all format returns health topics in both brief and topic format.
• Two new optional parameters, email and tool that allow Web service users to specify a contact email address and the resource using the Web service, respectively. Including these parameters in requests can assist NLM in providing better service and allows NLM to contact users if there are problems with their queries.
• An acceptable use policy that sets a request rate limit at 85 requests per minute per IP address. The new policy will help us ensure that the service remains available to all users. The policy will be enforced using request throttling, which will begin in mid-July.

Publicly available documentation for the MedlinePlus XML files and Web service reflects the enhancements described above. NLM encourages users of MedlinePlus data to subscribe to the MedlinePlus Web Service and XML Files email list to stay current on the latest changes and enhancements to these services. Send the MedlinePlus team any questions or feedback via the Contact Us link that appears on any page.

Healthy Communities COI Activities

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Healthy Communities – Community of Interest (COI) announces our upcoming educational programs, in response to needs identified by our educational assessment. We will offer two webinar series for the New England Region. First, our leader, Deb Clark, will show you how to create an effective health information handout. You will have the opportunity to see examples of effective patient materials, craft an easy-to-read patient education handout, and share it with your colleagues.

Our second program will provide the opportunity to plan a creative health information outreach project. Project planning support will be provided. And, you can compete for funding to implement your project. Below are descriptions of each program with more details. Register for our webinars.

I look forward to facilitating the Healthy Communities COI.

Michelle Eberle

Creating an Effective Health Information Handout
Presented by Deb Clark
Part One: October 10, 2012
Part Two: December 12, 2012

Learn how to create an effective health information handout. Our Healthy Communities COI Leader, Deb Clark, will teach you tips and tricks to create easy-to-read and understand patient education materials using the concepts of plain language and good document design. Between October and December, participants will create their own handouts with support from mentors and peers. At the December session, participants will share their creations.

Creative Ideas for Health Information Outreach
Kick-off: January 9, 2013
OERC: date to be determined
Awardees highlighted: April 10, 2013

In this program series, you will have the opportunity to plan and implement a community health outreach project. In January, join us to learn about a variety of innovation outreach projects by librarians and health educators. A second webinar, led by the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, will review the project planning, implementation, and evaluation process. Next, participants will be able to draft their own outreach plans and submit proposals for funding to the NN/LM NER, due by April 1, 2013. There will be mentoring and support available throughout the proposal development phase. Projects must be implemented between May 2013 and Dec 2013. Awardees will present on their projects for the Healthy Communities COI in a webinar on April 10, 2013.

New Leadership for Health Literacy COI

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Health Literacy Community of Interest is happy to announce our new leader, Margot Malachowski. Margot is the Outreach Librarian at Baystate Health, a teaching hospital in Springfield, MA. Her work is to assist patients, families and community members with finding reliable health information. She teaches classes at public libraries, schools and community centers. Margot worked in public libraries for many years before coming to Baystate Health in 2008. She currently serves on the Executive Board for Massachusetts Library System.

We congratulate our leader from year one, Caroline Marshall. And, wish her all the best with her new job at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. As leader of the COI, Caroline presented and facilitated three webinars, published several e-newsletters, and co-presented with NER staff for a health literacy session for a resource library.

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