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Archive for August, 2006

Four New Funding Opportunities from NN/LM SCR

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

The NN/LM SCR announces four new funding opportunities. Deadline to apply for all Awards: November 15, 2006. To see all funding opportunities, go to

Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information:
Amount of funding: one (1) award up to $25,000
This award will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic consumer health information. The proposed projects may target individuals and organizations providing health information to the public, as well as targeting the public directly. Potential projects include: demonstrating and teaching the use of PubMed, MedlinePlus,,, additional NLM databases, and other sources to obtain health information; and promoting awareness of relevant health information resources at the regional, state, and local level.
This award requires a formal proposal.
More information is available at:

Express Outreach Award
Amount of funding: eleven (11) projects up to $5,000 each will be awarded
The purpose of this award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases. Proposed Outreach Projects may target: underserved or unaffiliated healthcare professionals, public libraries, public health workers and/or the general public. This Call for Applications replaces the separate Express Consumer Health, Express Public Health and Express Outreach Calls advertised in the 2001-2006 RML Contract.
More information on the award is available at:
An application for the Express Outreach Award is available at:

Information Access Improvement Project Award (IAIP):
Amount of funding: five (5) projects up to $5,000 each will be awarded
The purpose of the IAIP Award is to provide an opportunity to Network members interested in improving access to Internet-based health information including NLM products and services. Funds may be requested for items including: computer equipment, software and Internet Service Provider fees.
More information on the award is available at:
An application for the IAIP award is available at:

Professional Development Award:
Amount of funding: five (5) projects up to $1,000 each will be awarded. This award is intended to cover the costs of professional development courses such as registration fees and travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.).
More information on the award is available at:
An application for the Professional Development Award is available at:

For further information, contact:

Michelle Malizia
Public Health Outreach Coordinator
Karen Vargas
Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator

1133 John Freeman Blvd
Houston, TX 77030-2809
voice: 713-799-7880 or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only)
fax: 713-790-7030

Dr. John Shaw Billings Classification Scheme No Longer Used at New York Public Library

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Since the 1890s, the reference collection in the Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Library has been arranged according to a unique scheme developed by the Research Libraries’ first director, Dr. John Shaw Billings, a physician who had directed the Library of the Surgeon General’s Office for 30 years and established the Index Medicus in 1879.

But library officials felt it was time for a change from a system used only by NYPL, and starting this summer they began converting the reference collection to the Library of Congress classification. “We have a history of a classification system that doesn’t make a lot of intuitive sense to the user community,” Research Libraries Director David S. Ferriero said in the August 17 New York Times.

For more information:

NLM-Funded Technology and Disaster Project

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

As part of a grant-funded project, two simulated exercises were enacted in San Diego County on Tuesday to demonstrate how technology can help in disaster response. The $4 million project, called the Wireless Internet Information System for Medical Response in Disasters, was funded by the NIH’s National Library of Medicine.


Courageous Librarians

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

From The Nation:
Courage, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. And in an era of increasing controls on the gathering and dissemination of information, many Americans are unaware of the courageous stands librarians take every day.

“Librarians at the Gates”
The Nation, August 22, 2006

New State Information Resource

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

The Rural Assistance Center (RAC), a national resource for rural health and human services information, has launched State Resources on its Web site allowing easy access to continuously updated demographics and statistics, documents and resources, contacts and success stories for all 50 states.

Press Release:

State Resources page:

New Health Podcasts

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

According to the Washington Post, a recent search turned up almost 2,000 podcasts on health related topics. The Post’s favorites are:

Johns Hopkins Medicine Podcast (

NIH Research Radio (

The Mayo Clinic’s Medical Edge Radio (

For more information, go to:
“Listen to Your Doctor…on Your iPod”
Washington Post Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Public Health Funding Opportunity

Monday, August 21st, 2006


The NN/LM SCR announces the Partners in Public Health Information Outreach award Request for Proposals (RFP).

The goal of the Partners in Public Health Information Outreach award is to provide the public health workforce with timely, convenient access to information resources that can help them perform their jobs more effectively. Proposed projects should target public health department employees serving state and local communities.


Number of Cyberchondriacs Increases to 136 Million

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The latest Harris poll has new statistics for “Cybercondriacs” (adults who have ever gone online for health information).

  • The percentage of online adult Americans who have searched the Internet for health information has reached 80%.
  • The total number of Americans who have gone online for health information is estimated to be 136 million.
  • A large majority of cyberchondriacs (88%) continues to indicate that they were successful in searching for health information online.
  • Eighty-seven percent cyberchondriacs say that the health information they found online has been reliable (25% “very reliable” and 61% “somewhat reliable”). Interestingly, this has declined from 2005 when 90 percent felt this way. Of special note, the percentage of those who indicate that online medical information is “very reliable” has declined substantially from 37 percent in 2005 to the current 25 percent.

For more information:

NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunity: Library Technology Award

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The NN/LM SCR announces a new funding opportunity in the 2006-2011 RML Contract: Library Technology Award.

The purpose of the Library Technology Award is to assist full Network member libraries (Resource Libraries and Primary Access Libraries) in the NN/LM SCR that are interested in implementing large-scale technology applications to further encourage library improvement and expansion of library services. Bidders are encouraged to submit proposals that expand existing services or introduce new services to enhance health information access through the use of technology.

One (1) project up to $20,000 will be awarded. Letters of Intent are due by 1 October 2006. Proposals are due by 15 November 2006.

Additional information on this award and the application are located at:

NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunity: MedlinePlus Go Local

Friday, August 11th, 2006

The NN/LM SCR is accepting proposals for MedlinePlus Go Local projects for the following states in the South Central Region (SCR) where no Go Local is in existence: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Existing Go Local projects in the SCR can be found at:

The participation guidelines are located under “South Central Region” at: Additional information on Go Local is located at:

Funding up to $25,000 may also be available for awarded projects.

If you have any questions, please contact the South Central Region at 800-338-7657 or 713-799-7880.