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Archive for July, 2010

Fair Use: Library of Congress Announces New Copyright Exemptions

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The Librarian of Congress recently announced several new exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  Enacted in 1998, the DMCA typically prohibits the circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyrighted digital works. The Act also includes a provision for the U.S. Copyright Office to hold rulemaking discussions every three years, and to amend rules at its discretion. Some of this year’s new exemptions are as follows:


Medical Mobile Android Apps

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Most lists of medical mobile applications and recommendations seem to be slanted heavily toward iPhones.  But for the Android users among us, we now have our own list. Thanks to “The Medical Blog“, from Software Advice,  the list of medical applications from the Android Marketplace has been pared down to 60 recomended applications, all aimed at health care professionals.

see:  The Best Android Apps for Doctors, Nurses and Health Care Professionals.

Physician Assistant Focus Group Participants Sought

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Attention Physician Assistants!  We are seeking  PAs (and PA students who have completed their clinical rotations) to provide feedback on a health literacy tutorial.


MedlinePlus Has A New Look!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

MedlinePlus logo

MedlinePlus, your family’s trusted source for free, reliable health information for over a decade, unveiled a new design today.  The National Library of Medicine has incorporated suggestions from users and freshened the look and feel of the entire site.  Don’t worry — all of your old favorites are still there, along with some exciting new features, such as:

  • A Videos & Cool Tools page that makes multimedia content easier to find and searchable.
  • A Share button on all health topic pages and interactive tutorials that allows you to share MedlinePlus content through your favorite social networks.  See the Diabetic Diet topic page as an example.
  • A Medical Dictionary search box on the English homepage for quick look-up of medical terms.
  • A search cloud widget on the homepage, and a widgets page where you can find options for embedding MedlinePlus content in your own blogs, personalized homepages, and other sites.


Mobile and Social

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Staff at the National Library of Medicine have been working to develop NLM’s social media presence and to make more of NLM’s online resources accessible on mobile devices (see Mobile MedlinePlus and these iPhone apps). Susannah Fox, Associate Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, was recently invited to NLM to share the latest data about how Americans of every living generation are using the Web to look for health information.

Susannah posted an excellent synopsis of her talk at Ponder these points:

“… chronic disease has an independent, positive effect on an internet user’s likelihood to use social media for health: to blog, to contribute to online health discussion, to access hospital reviews, doctor reviews, and podcasts.”

“… although most of our ‘oldest old’ and least-educated are offline, they may have what we call second-degree internet access via their loved ones and friends. Half of health searches are conducted on behalf of someone else, not the person with their fingers on the keys…”

“… if your organization’s information isn’t accessible and readable on a small screen, it’s not available at all to some groups.”

How are you responding to mobile and social trends in your organization? How do you think NLM should respond? Join in the conversation at

New Funding Opportunity: Community Preparedness Day Awards

Monday, July 12th, 2010

NN/LM PNR is currently accepting applications for Community Preparedness Day Awards. The purpose of the Community Preparedness Day Award is to assist libraries in becoming active partners in the community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning activities. Participation in Community Preparedness Day projects will help make libraries part of a the nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through its “Ready America” campaign, highlights the importance of emergency preparedness and promotes individual involvement through events and activities across the country.