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Midday at the Oasis Update!

Midday at the Oasis is held monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 pm Pacific Time. The sessions are recorded and captioned for accessibility. The previous sessions are listed on our Archive page.

The next Midday will be on February 15th. The speaker is Caitlin Sticco, an NLM 2nd year Associate Fellow, who will cover the development of a prototype tool for partially automating gene indexing called the Gene Indexing Assistant.

To attend Midday, please register at! or here.

Future Midday topics will cover Evidenced-based Practice, e-Science and PubMed Health.  To suggest a topic, send an email to Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator at


IOM Report – Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies has released a new report, Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality. This IOM report has received a lot of press through a Reuters article by Julie Steenhuysen. The IOM reviewed a list of adverse events associated with eight vaccines to evaluate the scientific evidence about the event-vaccine relationship. They found that side effects or “adverse effects” associated with some vaccines were generally very rare or minor, and some adverse events following a vaccine may be due to coincidence and are not caused by the vaccine. As Steenhuysen put it, “vaccines [are] largely safe”.

Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality“, is available for free, along with all National Academies Press PDF books and reports.

NLM and NN/LM National Cooperative Medical Journals Print Retention Program

Publishers have been shifting their journal publishing model from print to electronic journals over the past decade. The online availability of full-text articles proved very attractive to library patrons as medical students, clinicians, and researchers could get immediate access to their preferred titles from their desktops. Since 2000, medical libraries throughout the United States have increasingly shifted their journal subscriptions from the traditional print to the electronic journal version to meet user expectations of immediate access to material 24 hours a day.

While the shift to electronic journals has eased the pressure on the limited physical space in libraries, libraries increasingly have come under pressure to give up physical space to other areas of their parent organizations. As a result, libraries have had to discard the print holdings of some, many or all of their journal titles – limiting them to the years/volumes available online.

Some publishers have been working on converting the earlier print issues to electronic format through various means, but not all titles, and not all volumes. Libraries with a current subscription to the electronic version generally still have to purchase these backfiles of scanned print volumes – regardless of their previous print subscription. Furthermore, future access to backfiles at some publisher sites cannot be guaranteed.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are working to ensure the preservation and continued access to the historical literature through a new national cooperative medical journals print retention program. For the entire article about the national cooperative medical journals print retention program, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Valerie Florance Talks About NLM Grants

Valerie Florance, PhD, Director of NLM’s Division of Extramural Programs, was featured in a March 9, 2011 article in NLM in Focus. Extramural Programs is the only part of NLM authorized to award grants. In 2010, NLM made 185 awards, totaling nearly $50 million in a mix of new and continuing grants. Forty-one of the new awards, totaling $37 million, were made with American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.

In the interview, Dr. Florance discusses the goals of NLM’s extramural programs, the five types of NLM grants available, future directions for the field of biomedical informatics, and how librarians fit into that vision. She also addresses outcomes-based measurement of grant success.

NLM in Focus is an electronic newsletter featuring behind-the-scenes looks at the National Library of Medicine, and showcasing its programs and services, research projects, and staff talents. RSS subscriptions are available for NLM in Focus, to provide notification whenever new stories are posted. More information is available on the FAQ page.

2011 State of the States Report Released!

In spite of major budget challenges and rising demand for public health care programs, states undertook significant, wide-ranging efforts to lay a foundation for health reform, according to the 2011 State of the States report titled, Laying the Foundation for Health Reform.

State of the States: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform takes an in-depth look at state health policy efforts in 2010 and provides insights and lessons learned on:

  • Establishing committees and task forces to study the impact of the Affordable Care Act and develop strategic plans for responding to its provisions;
  • Implementing state-based pre-existing condition insurance plans;
  • Working with insurance carriers and the public to implement insurance market reforms included in the ACA;
  • Improving premium rate review processes and considering the impact of medical loss ratio requirements;
  • Collecting data and planning for state-based health insurance exchanges;
  • Reducing costs and improving outreach and enrollment efforts in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; and
  • Undertaking efforts to improve the health care delivery system and promote population health.

This report is a valuable guide for state policymakers—it highlights the efforts of states that have made early achievements in implementing the Affordable Care Act as well as the accomplishments of innovators who have sought to control costs and improve the quality of health care for their residents.

The report is free. Visit for your copy.

California HealthCare Foundation sites now available for the iPhone

California Healthline is a “daily digital digest of health care news, policy, and opinion”. Produced by the California Healthcare Foundation, California Healthline is available on the web, via RSS feeds, and as an app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. The site’s contents includes news, feature articles, and special reports; it is updated Monday through Fridays at 9 am Pacific time. Covered topics include: children’s health coverage, chronic disease care, federal stimulus funding, health care costs, health care reform, health IT, mental health funding, patient safety, and 14 other topic areas.