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Archive for June, 2012

JMLA Special Issue on New Century, New Roles for Health Sciences Librarians

The Journal of the Medical Library Association is planning to devote the October 2013 issue to papers that focus on the outcomes experienced by health sciences librarians who have taken on new roles. This issue will include invited papers summarizing the current state of the field. In addition, submissions are encouraged from those with new roles who are willing to share their successes, or failures, with their peers. To be considered for this issue, papers must be submitted by February 15, 2013. Further details on topics of interest, requirements for submission, etc. are located on the MLA web site.

The advent of both digital content and new forms of communication has made radical changes in the expectations of health science library users for access to information. Responding to the opportunities provided by these changes, some librarians and libraries have changed their focus, no longer emphasizing libraries as keepers of the information universe, but instead stressing their ability to provide expertise in support of those who work in the health information universe.  A number of new paradigms have been reported at conferences and in the media: embedded librarians, e-science experts, support for translational medicine, and data curation and management.  This special issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association will help us gain a better understanding of these new paradigms.

The following types of submissions are particularly welcomed:

  • Brief Communications that describe evaluations of either the need for, or success of, new roles.
  • Case studies that describe, in depth, new or innovative roles for librarians, such as embedded librarians, e science experts, support for translational medicine, or data curation.
  • Full-length research papers investigating a research question related to new roles for health sciences libraries or librarians.

DOCLINE Tip of the Month: Out of Office Request

Summer has just started and some of you may have vacation plans ahead. Will your library be closed for two or more business days (not including the weekend)?

To prevent DOCLINE requests from routing to your library during staff absences, use the Out of Office feature in your institution record. To access this, go to Institutions, Update, then Out of Office. Enter the date range when requests should not route to your library and click Request Approval.

NLM recommends processing as many requests as possible as “Filled” or “Not Filled” on the last day prior to your library becoming inactive. At the end of the day, receipt any new requests, and process all outstanding requests as “Not Filled” so they will immediately route on to the next potential lender.

More information on this feature is available on the DOCLINE web site.

NLM Resources About Colorado Wildfires

The National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) web site now includes updated resource listings on its Fires and Wildfires topic page, with links related to the current situation in Colorado, such as maps, open shelters, and air quality advisories. The Colorado-specific links are along the right side of the page, in the beige box. Another site is also available, which includes more specific resources related to the Waldo Canyon fire, such as social media accounts to follow, evacuation maps, and Red Cross shelter availability.

2011 State Snapshots provide state-specific health care quality information!

The 2011 State Snapshots, available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) web site, provide state-specific health care quality information; including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement, with the goal of helping state officials and their partners to better understand health care quality and disparities in their state. The web site includes a State Selection Map, which allows comparison of a particular state’s health care quality against all other states.

State-level information used to create the State Snapshots is based on data collected for the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports (NHQR). These reports measure trends in effectiveness of care, patient safety, timeliness of care, patient centeredness, and efficiency of care. New for 2011 are chapters on care coordination and health system infrastructure. The reports present, in chart form, the latest available findings on quality of and access to health care. The NHQR includes over 150 measures of overall health care quality, as reported at the state level.

NLM Drug Information Portal Now Available for Mobile Devices!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drug Information Portal is now available for mobile devices. This mobile optimized web site covers over 32,000 drugs and provides descriptions, drug names, pharmaceutical categories, and structural diagrams. Each record also features information links to 19 other resources; including NLM PubMed, NLM LactMed, and Drugs@FDA. The mobile version of a resource is used when available. Smart phones accessing the main Drug Portal site will be taken to the mobile site.

The Drug Information Portal is a free Web resource from the NLM that provides an informative, user-friendly gateway to current drug information for over 32,000 drugs. Links to sources span the breadth of the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. Current information regarding consumer health, clinical trials, AIDS–related drug information, MeSH pharmacological actions, PubMed biomedical literature, and physical properties and structure, is easily retrieved by searching on a drug name. A varied selection of focused topics in medicine and drug–related information is also available from displayed subject headings.

NLM and National Endowment for the Humanities to Cooperate on Initiatives of Common Interest

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), are forming a new partnership. They will collaborate to develop initiatives that bring together scholars, scientists, librarians, doctors and cultural heritage professionals from the humanities and biomedical communities in order to share expertise and develop new research agendas.

Representatives from the NLM and the NEH signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines their partnership and recognizes their shared interest in advancing health and medical education, training and information dissemination for research, teaching and learning by the humanities and biomedical communities.

As initial efforts, the partners will work together to:

  • Explore areas of mutual interest for research, particularly in the fields of digital humanities and the history of medicine;
  • Develop and participate in curricula and courses, training and internship opportunities, and other educational initiatives; and
  • Develop initiatives to increase access to careers in medicine and health, with a particular interest in reaching students who are under-represented in the fields

Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse is Timely New Topic on

Cartoon of two older men playing chess outdoors.Data from national surveys reveal a disturbing trend for 50- to 59-year-olds: the number of those reporting past-month abuse of illicit drugs — including the nonmedical use of prescription drugs — more than doubled from 2002 to 2010, going from 907,000 to 2,375,000, or from 2.7 to 5.8 percent in this population. Among those 65 and older, 414,000 used illicit drugs in 2010. A new topic, Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse, available on, describes this trend and the effects of medication and drug abuse on older adults.

Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse is the latest topic to appear on NIHSeniorHealth, joining a roster of nearly 60 research-based health topics of interest to older adults, including exercise and physical activity, safe use of medicines and management of diseases such as stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. A joint effort of the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine at NIH, NIHSeniorHealth has senior-friendly features such as large print and opened-captioned videos to make the information on the site easy for older adults to see, understand and navigate. Recently redesigned for today’s older adults, NIHSeniorHealth now features a search function that offers users access to an even broader selection of senior-related health information.

National Library of Medicine Releases Redesigned Web and Mobile Versions of Haz-Map

Screenshot of Haz-Map WebsiteThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released redesigned web and mobile versions of Haz-Map. The new design adapts to web browsers on desktop computers, laptops, and tablets, as well as mobile browsers on smart phones, such as iPhones, Android and Blackberry phones.

Haz-Map is an occupational health database designed for health and safety professionals and for consumers seeking information about the health effects of exposure to chemicals and biologicals at work. Haz-Map links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms. It currently covers over 5997 chemical and biological agents and 235 occupational diseases. More information can be found at Haz-Map Fact Sheet.

PubMed Discovery Tools (Results by Year, PMC Images Search) Added!

Mouseover for the PubMed PubMed “Results by year” and PubMed Central “PMC images search” tools now display in the discovery column for all PubMed users.

The “Results by year” timeline tool displays with search results of 10,000 or more citations. Mousing over the bars in the timeline will show the number of citations for each year. Click the right and left arrows to display older or newer years, and click the individual bars in the timeline to display the results for a single year.

The “PMC images search” tool displays for PubMed search results that meet a number of criteria, e.g., results with a minimum of 250 citations, filters are not active, the search does not include Boolean operators, the search retrieves a minimum of 4 relevant images calculated using a term weighted algorithm.

For additional information, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

NLM Theater Presentations and PowerPoint Presentations from MLA 2012

The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) was held May 18-23, 2012 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Attendees were invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth featured demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics. Recordings of the NLM Theater Presentations are now available:

In addition, the PowerPoint presentations from the NLM Online Users’ Meeting, NLM Update, and DOCLINE Users’ Group Meeting are also available online.