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National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Health Literacy Web Site Enhanced with Cultural Resources!

The NN/LM Health Literacy web site now includes content related to culture in the context of health literacy. As part of a project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program, Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated the existing health literacy web-based resource at the NN/LM, and determined that it would be beneficial to address the importance of culture in understanding health literacy.

Culture is one component of health literacy, but it is also a critical element of the complex topic of health literacy. Culture shapes communication, beliefs, and the comprehension of health information. By enhancing the NN/LM Health Literacy web page with content and links to valuable resources about health literacy in a cultural context, users will be able to better meet the health information needs of vulnerable and diverse population groups they serve. The new content raises increased awareness about vulnerable and special populations, and highlights the connection to health disparities and health literacy. For a better understanding of culture and health literacy, consider visiting these additional resources:

Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785.

United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy.

United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities & Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information.

New Resource: “Walk Softly And Listen Carefully, Building Research Relationships With Tribal Communities”

The National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center and Montana State University’s Center for Native Health Partnerships have published a new resource, Walk Softly and Listen Carefully: Building Research Relationships with Tribal Communities. A PDF version of the document is available for downloading. This new resource was developed with insights from those involved with tribal research in Montana and elsewhere.

Increasingly, tribal leaders acknowledge that research is a key tool of tribal sovereignty in providing data and information to guide community planning, cross-community coordination, and program and policy development. Efforts to address longstanding issues, such as health disparities for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), have increasingly used partnership research approaches. This document seeks to strengthen these partnerships by providing insight about how culture, sovereignty, and experience matter in research with Native communities.

New NLM Exhibition on the History of Horse Veterinary Medicine

From Monday, July 11, 2011, through Friday, October 7, 2011, the National Library of Medicine will host a new exhibition, “From Craft to Profession: The Transition from Horse Farrier to Professional Veterinarian,” in the NLM History of Medicine Reading Room, Building 38, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The public is invited to visit from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Mondays through Fridays and from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays (except Labor Day weekend, September 3-5).

This exhibition will showcase original illustrated manuscripts and early printed books from the Library’s collections featuring the care and treatment of horses over the past five centuries. The curator is Michael North, Head, Rare Books and Early Manuscripts, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.

The year 2011 has been named World Veterinary Year, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France. In 1761, French riding master Claude Bourgelat (1712-1779) founded the first veterinary school, marking the beginning of the scientific study of the horse, eventually replacing the traditional art of farriery. Farriers were often blacksmiths and the equivalent of barber surgeons for horses, who learned their trade through apprenticeship. In the century after Bourgelat’s school opened, the practice of veterinary medicine became a credentialed profession requiring an academic degree and strict licensing, replacing the old system of farriers and apprenticeships. A slide show of the exhibition is available on

NLM Awards UCLA a New RML Contract

On April 30, 2011, the National Library of Medicine announced that the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library is the recipient of a new five-year contract to serve as Regional Medical Library for the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The new contract will run from May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2016. The Biomedical Library has served as Regional Medical Library since 1969.

The press release  also named the awardees for the seven other Regional Medical Libraries as well as the NLM National Training Center, the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, and the Web Services Technology Operations Center.

NLM requests resource library participation in National Cooperative Print Retention planning meeting May 15th, 2011

 Please join NLM, RML and resource library staff at an informal meeting to be held on Sunday May 15 2:00-3:00pm in Minneapolis to learn about and discuss plans for a national cooperative print retention program.  The meeting will be chaired by Martha Fishel from NLM, and you will hear reports from regions 2 and 3 where regional planning efforts have started.  The purpose of this meeting is to learn about what we have investigated so far, and hear some of the recommendations that are under consideration.  We encourage participation from every region. 

If you have questions now that you would like addressed at the meeting, please send them by April 29th to Martha Fishel:

Meeting Details:

Sunday, May 15, 2011, 2:00PM – 3:00 PM

Minneapolis Convention Center – Room 101B, Level One

April Issue of NIH News in Health is Now Online

Cartoon of a patient receiving anesthesia in the operating room.The April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available! In this edition:

  • Waking Up to Anesthesia: Learn More Before You Go Under
  • Reflux or GERD? When Heartburn Spells Trouble
  • Barbers Help Beat High Blood Pressure
  • Booklet Offers Tips for Staying Fit
  • Featured Web Site:

NIH News in Health is also available as a PDF for printing. Visit their Facebook Page to suggest topics you’d like covered, or start a discussion about how you use the newsletter. A limited number of print copies are available free of charge for display in offices, libraries, or clinics. Call 301-435-7489 for more information.

NLM’s Emergency Access Iniative — available for the cholera outbreak in Haiti

NLM’s Emergency Access Initiative,, is now available through November 20 for access to resources usually available only by subscription. Publishers are providing access only for those affected by the cholera outbreak in Haiti and for those providing assistance to the affected population.

Click on Online Databases for access to Cochrane, DynaMed, and UpToDate. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews has relevant materials under “cholera,”  and both spellings: “diarrhea” or “diarrhoea,” and “diarrhoeal” or “diarrheal.” DynaMed has an entry for “Cholera” and UpToDate has a section titled “Overview of Vibrio cholerae infection.” Over 70 online textbooks and over 200 journals are also available.

NLM also has a topic page, “Health Resources for Haiti, Post-Earthquake,” with information about cholera in the top section labeled “Earthquakes and Health.” Some resources are also in Spanish, French, or Haitian Creole.

MedlinePlus offers cholera information for the general public at in English and in Spanish. 

 Reprinted from Cindy Love’s post on the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB discussion group.

Search Clinic on Building a PubMed Search, April 20

From the NLM Technical Bulletin,

Search Clinic: Building a PubMed® Search

A thirty-minute online search clinic will be presented by the NLM® via Adobe® Connect™ on Tuesday, April 20 at 1:00 pm ET. The presentation will cover the mechanics of the PubMed Search Builder page and how to use search tags.

For more information and access to the clinic, go to:
The clinic will be recorded and available for viewing at this address.

Please note that, due to technical limitations, there is a maximum capacity of 300 participants permitted…

PSR will put a link to the recorded Search Clinic on our Distance Learning web page, when it is available.

New Books Added to the NCBI Bookshelf

From the NCBI News, February 2010


New books added to the Bookshelf include: Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, Familial Cancer Syndromes, and UMLS Reference Manual. To view these and other books see:

PubMed® Search Results can be Customized Using My NCBI!

See the Technical Bulletin article for new changes to My NCBI. Some of them are ones I have heard from Network Members during recent PubMed trainings! You can increase the number of filters from 5 to as many as 15; you can change the display to always show you 50 citations in the Abstract format if you wish!

PubMed® Search Results can be Customized Using My NCBI