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Archive for June, 2013

Amplifying the Voice of the Underserved in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The link below is of a discussion paper, Amplifying the Voice of the Underserved in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act that was a joint effort of some members of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy and the Insitute of Medicie Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities.

NIH launches: Dietary Supplement Label Database

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Searchable collection contains product information and ingredients from labels of dietary supplements sold in U.S.

Researchers, as well as health care providers and consumers, can now see the ingredients listed on the labels of about 17,000 dietary supplements by looking them up on a website. The Dietary Supplement Label Database, free of charge and hosted by the National Institutes of Health, is available at

The Dietary Supplement Label Database provides product information in one place that can be searched and organized as desired. “This database will be of great value to many diverse groups of people, including nutrition researchers, healthcare providers, consumers, and others,” said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., director of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). “For example, research scientists might use the Dietary Supplement Label Database to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements in populations they study.”

Dietary supplements, taken regularly by about half of U.S. adults, can add significant amounts of nutrients and other ingredients to the diet. Supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and more. They come in many different forms, including tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as liquids and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

Hundreds of new dietary supplements are added to the marketplace each year, while some are removed. Product formulations are frequently adjusted, as is information on labels. “The Dietary Supplement Label Database will be updated regularly to incorporate most of the more than 55,000 dietary supplement products in the U.S. marketplace,” said Steven Phillips, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine’s Division of Specialized Information Services.

For consumers, the My Dietary Supplements (MyDS) app from ODS is already available, at The app is an easy way to keep track of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other products you take, and has science-based, reliable information on dietary supplements.



Outreach to Specific Populations listserv (newly created)

Monday, June 17th, 2013


The U.S. National Library of Medicine-Outreach to Specific Populations listserv (NLM_OSP-L) provides health information professionals, librarians, advocates, health care professionals, students, and others with an opportunity to share information and discuss outreach to specific populations through quality information, capacity building and community engagement. This discussion forum will enable participants to stay informed about health information resources, services, and programs tailored to specific populations as well as connect with colleagues in the field and benefit from discussions that address best practices, challenges, and gaps associated with health information outreach to specific populations.

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  • Announcements of funding opportunities
  • National, state and/or local meetings and conferences
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  • Training opportunities
  • Best practices, trends, new ideas
  • Publications, articles, and research findings related to health information outreach

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Dartmouth Library’s October Conference

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Making Connections
& Cultivating Community

Friday, October 18, 2013

Second Call for Proposals! (And save the date!!)

Dartmouth Library’s October Conference is seeking proposals for its seventeenth annual meeting, “Making Connections and Cultivating Community.” The day-long event is scheduled for Friday, October 18, 2013, and will be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (an easy two-hour drive from Boston, Springfield, and many other New England locations).

This year’s conference will emphasize the collaborative role that academic libraries can play within their communities. Do you have a story to tell about your library in community? If so, send us a proposal! Examples might include, but are not limited to, establishing interdepartmental or interdisciplinary alliances on campus, fostering partnerships between public and academic libraries, engaging with civic organizations, or making new or non-traditional connections. We’re interested in hearing from academic libraries of all types – community, 4-year, universities, private, public, large, and small.

Proposals should include:

  • A brief description, including how you see it fitting in with the overall focus of the conference this year.
  • How much time you’ll need (typically 15-30 minutes).
  • Contact information for all speakers (e-mail and phone number).

The programs for previous October Conferences are available here.

Please e-mail your proposal to Peggy Sleeth at by June 30, 2013.

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