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Toolkit for Hospital Librarians

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The NN/LM SE/A region created a Toolkit for Hospital Librarians. Organized by David Midyette, SE/A’s Outreach Coordinator, this toolkit includes a diversity of information for hospital librarians. Topics include: technology, assessment and evaluation, leadership, marketing and promotion, health literacy, EHRs, copyright, ILL, open access, citation styles, disaster resources, statistics, and evidence based practice. Take a look at this helpful toolkit at:

SuperStorm Sandy Disaster Information Page

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center has compiled a list of health information resources onto one “SuperStorm” Sandy webpage. Please make use of the webpage and share with others. On this page you will find links to overviews, state specific pages, cleanup and recovery information, mental health information, multi-language resources, social media information, apps and widgets, and more.


Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS (Contractor)
Aquilent, Inc., suppporting the mission of the National Library of Medicine
Specialized Information Services Division
Disaster Information Management Research Center
6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
301-496-2742, phone
301-480-3537, fax
“Support for librarians providing disaster information outreach to their communities.”

Healthnet News Fall issue

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The Fall issue 2012 of Healthnet News is now available on Healthnet’s website at

The new issue has information on resources about West Nile virus, planning inexpensive, nutritious meals, clinical research trials and deciding whether or not to participate, important steps to follow when dropping off and picking up your medicine from the pharmacy, medication resources, and reviews of new consumer health books.

-Alberta Richetelle, UCONN Healthnet

Pew’s Mobile Health 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

On November 8, the Pew Internet and American Life Project released Mobile Health 2012. This report gives us the latest findings on health information seeking by smartphone owners. Most notably, this report gives us data about the fast adoption of health apps by Latinos and African-Americans. These findings are the result of a nationwide telephone survey of 3,014 adults living in the United States. The survey was done in English and in Spanish, utilizing landline and cell phone connections.

Mobile Health 2012 finds that these groups of health consumers are more inclined to use their phones to look for health information: people who act as caregivers to others, people who went through a recent medical crisis and people who experienced a recent, significant change in their physical health.

These populations are more likely to use phones to find health information:

• 18-49 years old
• Blacks and Hispanics
• Household income exceeding $50,000
• At least some college education

These populations are more likely to download a health app onto their phones:

• 18-29 years old
• Women
• Whites and Blacks
• Household income exceeding $30,000
• At least some college education

Exercise, diet and weight control apps are the most popular. Other apps include those that track menstrual cycles, blood pressure, pregnancy, blood sugar or diabetes and medication. The WebMD app was listed by 4% of those with health apps on their phones.

Margot Malachowski
Health Literacy COI Leader

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