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Archive for 2011

Major Outreach Award Highlights: Promoting Web Access to Health Information in San Diego

by Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, AHIP; Gregory A. Chauncey, MBA; Stacy Gomes, PhD.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA

Picture of Naomi Broering, Judy Consales, Julie Kwan and Becky
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine’s (PCOM) Library received Major Outreach Award funding from the RML in 2009, for an 18-month project that ended in April 2011. The overall project goal was to promote easy-to-use Web informatics access to NLM and NIH online health information resources for consumers and health professionals. This gargantuan, but fun task involved networking and collaborating with an eight-member team of San Diego public libraries, faith-based organizations, a community center, and affiliated clinics, to implement an instructional program with a variety of teaching alternatives targeting an ethnically diverse community. We taught hands-on workshops, developed electronic tutorials, held live web-based sessions that were videotaped, produced DVDs, and conducted a series of Webinars for health care practitioners. In addition, we made web page enhancements, such as adding an A to Z database arrangement, new online tutorials of PubMed and MedlinePlus, and implementation of Web 2.0 features used for instructional training of NLM resources. Examples of links for tutorials and databases are on the PCOM web site. It was an ambitious project, but extremely rewarding! (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Text-A-Librarian at San Francisco General Hospital

by Joy Graham, MLS, AHIP
Manager, Barnett Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco General Hospital

One of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had in my library career was spending an 8-hour day shadowing a nurse in one of the patient care units at my hospital. I learned so many things, including that I should wear comfortable shoes and be ready to run!

In addition to that, I learned that nurses in our hospital do not have time to look things up on the Internet. Even assuming that they knew where to find the SFGH library web site, the few computers on the unit are constantly being used by nurses for charting. The telephones on the units are unavailable too, either ringing or in use by someone else. I concluded that if nurses were to communicate with the library, it had to be by a means other than email or telephone. That’s when the idea of a library-sponsored text messaging service was conceived and how Text-A-Librarian @ SFGH came into being. (more…)

Searching for Journals in PubMed

Recently I was searching for journal articles from a certain country. From PubMed, I accessed the NLM Catalog with the limit turned on for Journals referenced in the NCBI databases. From the Advanced Search page in the NLM Catalog, I could select Country of Publication with the Search Builder. This gave me a list of 449 journal titles. (more…)

Ginny Tanji, PSR Resource Library Director, elected to lead NLM’s Board of Regents

Virginia “Ginny” Tanji, Librarian V, MSLS, MEd, Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), has been elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Her appointment comes as NLM prepares to celebrate its 175th anniversary, which will include a special exhibit that focuses on native peoples, including Native Hawaiians. (more…)

Express Outreach Award Proposals Now Being Accepted!

We are pleased to announce the continuation of our popular Express Outreach Award funding program for 2011-2016. For Contract Year 1 (May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012), we intend to fund up to five awards ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 each. The complete details, along with a link to the application form, are now available at Proposals received by June 30, 2011, will receive top priority consideration.

We are especially interested in funding proposals emphasizing the following areas:

  • Development of culturally and linguistically appropriate resources
  • Outreach to minority health practitioners and students
  • Outreach to special populations
  • Improving access to electronic consumer health information
  • Projects that support innovative ideas on new roles for the information professional in the health care setting
  • Programs to promote MedlinePlus Connect
  • Programs with Regional Extension Centers
  • Community emergency preparedness collaborations
  • Pilot projects promoting the roles of libraries in institutions with Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs)
  • Pilot projects promoting the roles of libraries in e-science initiatives

All projects must be completed, with final reports and invoices submitted, by March 31, 2012. Indirect costs will no longer be accepted on project budgets, to allow the entire award to be devoted to direct project costs!

The upcoming Midday at the Oasis will include presentations by Alan Carr describing the Express Outreach Award funding details and application, Lori Tagawa summarizing previous Express Outreach Award outreach projects, and special guest speakers describing their funding experiences. If you plan to attend, please register online!

As always, feel free to write or call to discuss potential project ideas, or to ask questions about the award program. We will be looking forward to seeing your proposals!

The First Lady and the USDA Launch “MyPlate,” the Next Generation’s Food Pyramid

MyPlate IconOn June 2, 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack launched the federal government’s new food icon, MyPlate. MyPlate is a new generation icon that will assist consumers in building a healthy plate during meal times. “MyPlate is an uncomplicated symbol to help remind people to think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles,” said Secretary Vilsack. The MyPlate icon, as seen to the right, uses a place setting to help consumers visualize the healthy proportions of fruit, vegetable, grains, protein and dairy food groups.

The MyPlate website,, provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. The online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children. Later this year, USDA will unveil an exciting “go-to” online tool that consumers can use to personalize and manage their dietary and physical activity choices.

MyPlate was developed using guidelines established by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which was released earlier this year. A summary of the launch is available in a previous issue of Latitudes. Some of the selected guidelines for consumers from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include:

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

MyPlate will replace the MyPyramid image as the government’s primary food group symbol. MyPyramid, which was introduced in 2005 alongside the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report, will still be available for health professionals and nutrition educators in the For Professionals section of the new MyPlate website.

“Nothing about me, without me!” Reflections on the ACHA Conference

Image of the Adult Congenital Heart Association Webpage Icon
I recently attended the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) Conference in Los Angeles. What is unique and interesting about this conference is that people with the disease, patients and family members along with the health care practitioners attend together. This community engagement is useful for both the health care providers and the people with this disorder. Congenital heart disease (CHD) runs the gamut from holes in the heart to misplaced, missing or malformed valves, vessels and heart chambers. CHD affects both children and adults. About 10% of CHD is not diagnosed until patients are adults. Think of the athletes who develop a cardiac problem and then realize they were born with a heart defect. (more…)

Resource Sharing in the New NN/LM Contract for 2011-2016

We have posted the new National Network of Libraries of Medicine Resource Sharing Plan for 2011-2016, which provides policy and guidance for the future. The network of DOCLINE libraries continues to provide essential resource sharing services for the benefit of health professionals and consumers throughout the U.S. (more…)

Change to ILL National Maximum Base Cost

The “National Maximum Charge” that limited Resource Libraries to charging $11 was removed as a requirement for Resource Libraries in the NN/LM contracts for 2011-2016. The change was effective May 1, 2011. As needed, Resource Libraries may raise ILL fees to recover costs. Primary Access Libraries and Other libraries were already able to charge fees necessary for cost recovery. As always, all charges and provided services must comply with copyright law. (more…)

What’s new in the new RML contract?

On Monday, May 2, 2011, we announced the new RML contract, and we were delighted to receive so many messages from you. We cannot thank you enough for sending your congratulations, thanks, and excitement for the future. All of us in the RML office are busy with tasks to set up our new program, and we would like you to know our plans. We thought a simple question and answer format might be a good way to start. (more…)