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Archive for May, 2005

Loansome Doc Demo Video

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

The new version of Loansome Doc will be released on Sunday, June 5, 2005. For a sneak peek at what the new Loansome Doc will look like to users, view and listen to the 9-minute narrated video, “Using Loansome Doc.”

For a sneak peek at how the new Loansome Doc changes DOCLINE, visit the Loansome Doc section of the DOCLINE Tutorial.

DOCLINE Tutorial Updated

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Announcing a major update to the DOCLINE Tutorial. If you’re new to DOCLINE or would like a review (more…)

NLM Update at MLA

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

The National Library of Medicine’s annual Update presented at the Medical Library Association meeting in San Antonio on May 17 is now available from NLM’s Staff Publications and Presentations page. It is the second link under Office of the Director.

New ICJME editorial on registration of clinical trials

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors has released a May 2005 update on clinical trials registration. According to the editorial, ICMJE’s policy on trials registration is designed to “foster a comprehensive, publicly available database of clinical trials.” According to ICMJE: “A complete registry of trials would be a fitting way to thank the thousands of participants who have placed themselves at risk by volunteering for clinical trials. They deserve to know that the information that accrues from their altruism is part of the public record, where it is available to guide decisions about patient care, and deserve to know that decisions about their care rest on all of the evidence, not just the trials that authors decided to report and that journal editors decided to publish.”

To view the editorial, “Is This Clinical Trial Fully Registered?”, see:

Web-based Tutorials for Public Health Information

Thursday, May 19th, 2005

The National Library of Medicine, in collaboration with the University of Michigan Public Health Library & Informatics Division and Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, has announced the release of the Public Health Information and Data Tutorial. This online tutorial, at, is a new tool designed to help the public health workforce effectively locate and use health information. (more…)

RSS: The Future of Content Delivery

Monday, May 9th, 2005

by Greg Bodin, Technology Coordinator
NN/LM South Central Region
(reprinted by permission from Network News)

RSS (Rich Site Summary, Really Simple Syndication, or RDF Site Summary) is a technology that allows dissemination of regularly changing web content. RSS allows content providers such as web page developers, online news publishers, bloggers, etc. to syndicate their content and notify subscribers when new content has been added. RSS allows web users to stay informed by being notified when new content is available, rather than having to visit the site to see if changes have occurred. (more…)