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Archive for August, 2012

Smells like e-Science? Congratulations to Sally Gore!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

NLM awards Informationist supplement grants to 7 NIH researchers.

Informationist Sally Gore, Soutter Library will provide metadata, database design and retrieval advice to the technical team of Roger Luckmann’s project titled “Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Non-Adherent Women”.  Sally will assist investigators in identifying key information technology issues in the existing tracking system; work with them on a systematic review, provide customized instruction to the team, and support public access submission. The grant involves a 3-arm randomized trial comparing 2 forms of outreach to women who are due for a screening mammogram. The interventions will run for 4 years and already involves a multidisciplinary research team including primary care, informatics, counseling and behavioral sciences.

Resource Updates August 2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012

New app for Guide to NLM Mobile Resources

NLM recently released a new mobile app that is intended to serve as the authoritative guide to NLM mobile resources. The app was created as an HTML 5 mobile Web site in support of the Library’s ongoing efforts to make our information broadly available. Learn more about this new resource via the NLM Technical Bulletin article at

To explore the app, visit on your mobile device.

The Library welcomes your feedback about this new app at or via the Contact Us link in the footer of the app.

What’s New in PMC: Another Name and Another Facelift

PMC (formerly known as PubMed Central) has shortened its name in order to avoid confusion with PubMed. What’s also new is PMC’s look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages.

Have you checked out “The learn about drugs” page of the NLM?

You can find LactMed information here

That’s right, this page is a gateway to a comprehensive list of databases and web sites to help you become and stay informed about prescription drugs, over the counter drugs, supplements and other medications or remedies you want or need to know about.

It’s like shelf reading except you don’t have to tilt your head.

KM Pilot Projects Updated at HLAG Meeting

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The HLAG (Hospital Library Advisory Group) held a meeting to discuss several issues pertaining to hospital libraries as well as to receive updates from individual KM (Knowledge Management) pilot projects taking place in the region.

For issues, HLAG members provided comments on the feasibility of regional consortial purchasing as well as on the limited role the NER could play.  The group also discussed suggestions on developing a future program to showcase KM pilot projects.

As for project updates, the group heard from Anne Fladger, who is currently funded project for the Rehabilitation Services Department at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  Anne is working on a project to digitize the “standards of care” for the Rehab Services Department.

Gary Strubel from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington filled us in on a current project to completely transform the library function into a knowledge services center.   Gary will continue to look out for additional opportunities to help the library through its transition to a knowledge services center.

And finally, Dina McKelvy from Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME, filled us in on a current project to create a repository of academic, research-oriented materials for the Sports Medicine Department.  Dina will do a lightning presentation at NAHSL’12 later this October, and is preparing to work on a poster to be presented at MLA’13 next May.

Please stay tuned for more updates down the road! 



Need help with learning PubMed? Arlene Freed says: “Call Me!”

Monday, August 13th, 2012

When asked what does Arlene Freed do for the NN/LM NER, she reponded:

“I answer questions on searching PubMed and general questions about PubMed.  Librarians can call or email me.  I respond quickly and cheerfully!”

NN/LM NER has enlisted Arlene Freed, an instructional consultant, to provide individual consultations to network member to better understand PubMed database changes and functionality.

Since becoming an Instructional Consultant, Arlene has done webinars for member libraries like Aroostook Medical Center and Kennebec Valley Community College. At the request of UConn HealthNet, Arlene recently taught PubMed to public librarians at Connecticut State Library.

Having spent more than 20 years at Hartford Hospital Health Science Libraries, she says:

“I came to medical librarianship circuitously and brought all my previous skills to this wonderful profession.  Though I am retired from full time work, I’m not ready to completely retire from a profession that I love.”

Having been a web resource librarian, Arlene loves ending each of her instructional sessions with a web resource that might interest librarians.  Arlene offered this advice and resource tip: “… administrators, department heads and others in hospitals may be thinking about more than medicine. The business of medicine and healthcare is on everyone’s minds” Arlene recommends a resource like the Health Affairs blog ( as a reliable source for health administration, policy, and research.”

What does Arlene do when she isn’t imparting her love and passion for the profession?  Currently living in Boston, she and her husband, David, walk everywhere exploring all Boston has to offer, often finding that there are more to do than one has time.

To get in contact with Arlene Freed, you can email her at or contact us at

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