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Archive for May, 2010

Reminder: Halamka to Present 2010 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Knowledge Services and the Role of Medical Libraries in Healthcare IT

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, will give the 2010 Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture on Wednesday, May 26, at 2:00 pm Eastern time (11:00 am Pacific time) at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Halamka is the Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Halamka participates on several state and national committees. He serves as Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), and is the current the Chair of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee. He also authors a blog: Life as a Healthcare CIO.

The lecture will be recorded and broadcast live on the Web to Medical Library Association members and the NIH community at

The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the Medical Library Association and the National Library of Medicine.

Announcing the MedlinePlus Preview

Friday, May 21st, 2010

A message from the National Library of Medicine:

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español will debut a new design in summer 2010. Many of the changes are based on feedback we received from you.

To get a sneak peek at what’s coming, please go to to start your tour. There is a feedback form on the bottom of every page, and we welcome your comments.

New Grant Programs at NLM

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Announcing two new grant programs from the National Library of Medicine:

NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08)

National Library of Medicine
Application Receipt Date(s): July 14, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) solicits resource grant applications for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and the health care providers who care for those populations. Access to useful, usable, understandable health information is an important factor during health decisions. Proposed projects should exploit the capabilities of computer and information technology and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their health care providers. Preference will be given to applications that show strong involvement of health science libraries. Preference will also be given to applications submitted by or that involve minority-serving institutions.

NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22)

National Library of Medicine
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

The purpose of the NLM Independent Career Development Award for Biomedical Informatics (K22) program is to facilitate the transition of investigators from the mentored to the independent stage of their careers by providing “protected time” for newly independent investigators to develop and receive support for their initial research programs. The award applies to biomedical informaticians who are pursuing research in clinical informatics, public health informatics or translational informatics. Preference will be given to candidates who received their informatics training at one of NLM’s university-based training programs in biomedical informatics.

Help Test the Usability of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Toolkit Site!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Concord Evaluation Group (CEG) is looking for NN/LM member librarians to participate in a usability evaluation of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Toolkit Website (EPR Toolkit). The usability evaluation is part of an ongoing effort to evaluate and enhance the EPR Toolkit. The feedback we hear from member libraries is crucial to ensuring that the Toolkit meets users’ needs. Those selected to participate will receive $75 for their time and input. (more…)

Online Privacy in the News

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

In recent months, social media giants Facebook and Google have made headlines for controversial decisions affecting user privacy. Here’s some information to help you educate yourself and others about these privacy implications.


211info Reaches New Audiences Throughout Oregon

Monday, May 10th, 2010

211Info sign

Submitted by Laura Kuperstein, 211info

I have just completed eight trainings funded by NN/LM entitled “Oregon 211 Outreach Project.” The purpose of the project was to provide community-based trainings to health and human service professionals in rural areas of Oregon on the services of 211info, our efforts to create a 2-1-1 statewide system, and NLM resources for health and safety. The trainings went well and I received very positive feedback through post-surveys.