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Archive for January, 2011

What Do NLM Resources Mean to You?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Medical Library Association’s Legislative Task Force would like to know how you have benefited from access to federally funded health information resources such as those provided by the National Library of Medicine. We here at NN/LM PNR would like to hear those stories, too!

Per a forwarded e-mail message from Mary Langman, MLA’s Coordinator for Information Issues and Policy:

Your input makes a difference, especially when communicating with members of Congress about the value of libraries and information programs and services. Stories of real life experience are practical ways to help Congress understand how Federal investments in information services and programs, such as PubMed Central,, and MedlinePlus, are making a difference in the lives of their constituents.

We are looking for anecdotal information that describes how information accessed from an NLM database or repository has made a difference in someone’s life, in the outcome of their health care, has furthered the discovery of scientific research, or led to the development of innovative programs and services that support our nation’s health information needs.

(The Legislative Task Force) hopes to share this information with members of Congress and their staff during the spring 2011 Legislative Task Force Capitol Hill visits to illustrate how Federal funding and access to health information and services furthers our nation’s healthcare reform goals.

Please send your stories to Mary Langman by February 1, or share them here in the comments.

Thanks to Bob Richart, PNC/MLA’s Legislative Liaison, for forwarding this request.

What’s New in the NN/LM PNR Lending Library

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

The NN/LM PNR Lending Library is a collection of materials for professional development opportunities for NN/LM PNR Network members. See below for three recent additions to our collection. To borrow, please send email To view the entire collection, see the NN/LM PNR Lending Library.

ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library. Medical Library Association webcast, November 10, 2010. (90 minutes).
The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with electronic books and the associated collection management issues related to various platforms, pricing models, licensing agreements, term of ownership, resource management and access methods so that they have the knowledge to make informed decisions which will best serve their constituents.
Lakser, Roz Diane and Guidry, John A. Engaging the Community in Decision Making: Case Studies Tracking Participation, Voice and Influence. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2009.
Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff. A project of the California State Library and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific SW Region, 2010 (also available online at

Environmental Health Student Portal

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Environmental Health Student Portal

The National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health introduced a new Environmental Student Health Portal this week.

Connecting middle school students to environmental health information is the goal, and the site provides a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 6 – 8 to learn how the environment can impact our health. The Web site explores topics such as water pollution, climate change, atmosphere, and chemicals. (more…)

New MedlinePlus Bookmarks!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

We are pleased to let you know that we now have new MedlinePlus bookmarks available featuring the current logo and color scheme.

MedlinePlus bookmark with label

They are in English and Spanish and have a space where you can affix a label with your organization’s information  in order to co-brand (see example in photo above).  The space best accommodates labels sized 1″ x 2 5/8″ (Avery 5160 is one example).  We have a good supply of these bookmarks on hand, so if you’d like to order some please email with your request.

New Look For the NLM Homepage

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a newly designed web site as of January 11, 2011.

NLM homepage January 11, 2011

The homepage design is entirely new, focusing on your top tasks. Within the NLM site, thousands of pages have also been updated. Site-wide navigation is now included in the header so many of your favorite links are just a click away. There is also a new “Share” feature to send content to friends, colleagues, or yourself via social bookmarking and networking. Links have been added to make it easier to connect with NLM on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope you find this new design useful. Your feedback is welcome via the Contact NLM link.