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Archive for September, 2012

Nancy Harger to teach TOXNET.

Monday, September 10th, 2012

One of the services offered by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is trainings and education on NLM products like MedlinePlus® and NCBI databases such as GenBank® and OMIM® and MeSH ®.  This month we would like to take an opportunity to introduce you to Nancy Harger. Nancy will be teaching TOXNET® to interested users and librarians in the New England Region.

TOXNET® is a database for hazardous chemicals, toxic releases and environmental health. It is intended for the public as well as professionals. Anyone (with a working internet connection) can access and use.  A librarian might decide to use TOXNET® to answer a patron’s question related to a toxic chemical or environmental hazard or a researcher might use it to find evidence of oral contraceptives affecting the composition of a mother’s breast milk.  One of the more interesting aspects of this database is Tox Town, a program designed to help the public find and learn about toxic substances they may encounter in their daily lives.  Tox Town is interactive and an excellent resource for any age group (let teachers and friends know about it!).  You can become more familiar with TOXNET® by visiting these sites:


Toxicology Tutorials:

For those of you who don’t already know Nancy, she serves as the Clinical and Education Services Librarian at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Nancy attends teaching rounds, chart rounds, and morning report with her laptop to help locate information to answer clinical questions posed by the residents (How’s that for meeting our library constituents where they are?!).

If you are interested in having her come to your library or place of employment for training and education on how to use TOXNET® you can contact her at: (508) 856-3334 or

NER on the road…

Monday, September 10th, 2012

On September 15 and 16, 2012, Michelle and Myrna will be attending the Medicine 2.0 Conference happening here in Boston.  Medicine 2.0, also known as the annual World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web 2.0 in Medicine, Health, and Biomedical Research, is a conference which brings together academics, clinicians and innovators in the field of social media, mhealth, and Web-based interventions.  Michelle and Myrna will be presenting on MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus Mobile and the Communities of Interest learning model.

On behalf of the Specialized Information Services (SIS) Division of the NLM, Mark will be giving a presentation on “First Response Tools:  WISER, CHEMM, and REMM” at the Massachusetts Association of Hazardous Materials Technicians conference on Sep 19 in Plymouth, MA.  The presentation will entail an introduction to the NLM, their involvement in developing resources tools for disaster management, along with  a summary look at three leading tools supported by NLM:

  •  WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders)
  • REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management)
  • CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management)

On October 13, 2012, Myrna will be facilitating a conversation about health literacy at a student leadership conference in Worcester organized by the MassAHEC.   MassAHEC’s mission is to “connect students to careers, professionals to communities and communities to better health. We inspire, train, recruit and retain a diverse and broad range of health professionals to practice in communities where the need is greatest.” 

On November 30, 2012 we will be holding our annual Regional Advisory Committee meeting.   The Regional Advisory Council advises NN/LM—NER on all program areas and assists in the evaluation of program areas. The RAC and its entities provide feedback on current trends and issues facing libraries and assist in identifying opportunities for collaboration and outreach throughout the region.

If you would like to attend or would like more information, please contact us at

This week is National Health IT week!

Monday, September 10th, 2012

What is National Health IT Week?

“Now in its seventh year, National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents—vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT. “

There are a number of activities and forums planned, and plenty of opportunities to attend, virtually (

If you attend any of the forums or activites, please let me know!

Additional resources new on

Stage 2 Meaningful Use—Final Rules: On Thursday, August 23, ONC and CMS released final requirements for the Stage 2 Electronic Health Records Incentive programs and Standards & Certification Criteria. Information and resources about both rules are available on a new Meaningful Use Stage 2 page.

New Consumer Videos Available: In recent weeks, ONC has expanded its library of consumer-friendly videos. New videos available in the Patients and Families section of include an animated video about the benefits of health IT, as well as winners of two consumer video challenges. Watch the videos.

Resource Updates September 2012

Monday, September 10th, 2012


The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd. Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

Teachers can use the site to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide as a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from NHRGI help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, which makes this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom. Specialty pages including Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments highlight those tools that teachers may find particularly helpful.  Other specialty pages such as Careers in Genetics and Highlights allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of Genetics along with links to different careers related to the science of Genetics.

Go to to check it out!

New LinkOut Library Submission Utility Quick Tours

Three new Quick Tours have been added to the LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources ( Web Page:

  • Uploading Icons demonstrates the different ways to upload an icon image into the Library Submission Utility.
  • Contact Info shows how to add, edit and delete contact information in the Library Submission Utility.
  • Library Info, PrId and NameAbbr explains where to find your library information such as ProviderId (PrId) and NameAbbr, which is the same as your User Name, in the Library Submission Utility. This information is frequently requested by library vendors.

These Quick Tours replace the “Library Submission Utility: An Introduction” Quick Tour.

A New System of Registry Number Identifiers for Chemicals in the MeSH Database

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Substance Registration System (SRS) – Unique Ingredient Identifiers (UNIIs) are being introduced into the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary starting with the 2013 MeSH Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs). The UNIIs are an integral part of the FDA Substance Registration System. They appear in several databases such as the Veterans Administration National Drug File Reference Terminology, the USP Dictionary of United States Adopted Names (USAN) and International Drug Names (INN), and the RxNorm database. Each UNII is a unique series of ten characters that includes a check digit to ensure data integrity (see Figure 1).

For more information, please go to


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