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Archive for June, 2007

Diversity Programming Database Created by Ocean County Library, NJ

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The Ocean County Library, Ocean County, NJ, has created and is maintaining a database of successful programs to diverse audiences called the Diversity Cookbook. This database has been made public to assist librarians who may find it useful for planning programs. The database is designed so that someone from any library can enter their successful diversity program information into the database.

The Diversity Cookbook results can be limited by the target community, the age group targeted, the difficulty level of the program (fast food, casual dining, or gourmet), the preperation time, or all four at once. To enter a program, click on the down arrow in the upper right corner of the screen where it says “select” and choose “Add a Recipe.”

Ocean County Library’s Diversity Cookbook:

The Spring 2007 NIH MedlinePlus Magazine is Available

Friday, June 29th, 2007

ABC News journalist Sam Donaldson and his wife, television reporter Jan Smith grace the cover of the latest issue of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. Click here to read the Spring 2007 issue of the latest magazine online or for a free subscription:

HHS Initiative: Improving Hispanic Elders’ Health

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is launching an Initiative to Improve the Health of Hispanic Elders. The HHS initiative “Improving Hispanic Elders’ Health: Community Partnerships for Evidence-Based Solutions” is designed to encourage Hispanic elders and their families to take advantage of new Medicare benefits, including prescription drug coverage, flu shots, diabetes screening and self-management, cardiovascular screening, cancer screening services and smoking cessation programs.

AHRQ, AoA, CDC, CMS, and HRSA are teaming up to assist local communities in developing more coordinated strategies for improving the health and well-being of Hispanic elders. HHS will start by convening a workshop where teams from the invited areas will learn about state-of-the-art strategies and tactics they can deploy to address disparities among their Hispanic elder populations.

The communities invited to apply for this pilot project are: Chicago, IL, El Paso, TX; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; McAllen, TX; Miami, FL; New York, NY; San Antonio, TX; San Diego, CA.

For more, see the HHS press release:

New NLM Resource for Genetic Information

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The National Library of Medicine’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has collaborated with the Genetic Alliance to create a portal to the National Library of Medicine’s vast array of genetic information. This resource helps health professionals and consumers find information from basic overviews of genetic diseases to complex scientific information. (more…)

National Initiative to Deliver Fiber-Speed Internet Connectivity to Every U.S. Library Underway

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

The Community TeleStructure Initiative (CTI) announced today plans for a series of workshops on the National Fiber to the Library (F2L) initiative; its goal being to connect every library in the U.S. with fiber-speed internet by 2010. The first workshop will be held in Sausalito, CA on July 2, and will include broadband policy & market leaders in California joined by key national policy leaders like the American Library Association, the Fiber to the Home Council and the FCC. The remainder of the press release is located at: 


NLM Online Indexing Training Module Now Available

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

The public version of the NLM Online Indexing Training Module is up and available at Links to it are also available from: and

Papers of Medical Philanthropist and NIH Benefactor Mary Lasker Added to the National Library of Medicine’s Profiles in Science Web Site

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, announces the release of an extensive selection from the papers of Mary Lasker (1899–1994), a noted patron of science, medical research advocate, and health promoter, on the Library’s Profiles in Science Web site.

With this addition, the number of prominent researchers, public health officials, and promoters of medical research whose personal and professional records are presented on Profiles has grown to twenty-two. The site is at
“In the decades after World War II, Lasker acted as a catalyst for the growth of the world’s largest and most successful biomedical research enterprise, with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as its centerpiece,” said Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine.

Called “this country’s First Lady of science and medicine” by former National Cancer Institute director Vincent T. DaVita, Lasker was a well-connected fundraiser and astute advocate who through charm, energy, and skillful use of the media persuaded donors, congressmen, and presidents to provide greatly increased funds for biomedical research. “I’m infuriated when I hear that anyone’s ill, especially when it’s from a disease that virtually nothing is known about,” she explained.

Lasker was driven by an unshakeable belief that the nation’s postwar wealth could be mobilized to unravel scientific mysteries and find cures for even the most intractable diseases. “You can solve any problem if you have money, people, and equipment,” was her mantra. She developed a compelling political rationale for federal sponsorship of medical research, built a powerful lobby that won large research appropriations, and pushed NIH into new scientific directions, at times in opposition to scientists.

Her Wisconsin childhood, though otherwise placid, was scarred by disease. She herself suffered from painful ear infections as a child and had to interrupt her undergraduate studies when stricken in the influenza pandemic of 1918. The absence of medical remedies against these conditions left her “deeply resentful” at an early age, she remembered, and would later fuel her advocacy of medical research and drug development.

With her husband, the wealthy advertising pioneer Albert Lasker (1880–1952), she established the Lasker Foundation in 1942 to promote medical research. The Foundation created America’s most prestigious prizes in biomedical research. More than seventy Lasker Award winners have become Nobel Laureates.

Lasker led the reorganization of the American Cancer Society as a modern fundraising and lobbying organization powerful enough to persuade Congress to boost appropriations for cancer research. She was an early supporter of cancer chemotherapy, and urged scientists to apply their research findings to drug development more quickly. She lobbied for the establishment of the National Heart Institute (now the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) and the National Institute of Mental Health, and secured a place for the lay public on NIH scientific advisory boards, a role she often filled herself. Congressional leaders relied on the expert witnesses she presented to justify large increases in the NIH budget year after year.

Asked about her own scientific talent, Lasker averred that “nobody would have me in their laboratory for five minutes. I couldn’t cut up a frog, and I certainly couldn’t perform surgery. I’m better at making it possible for other people.”

Her political influence diminished after she helped launch the War on Cancer in the early 1970s, a controversial measure that raised unrealistic public expectations of impending breakthroughs in cancer treatment. Nevertheless, she continued to serve as the “Fairy Godmother of Medical Research,” in the words of Business Week, raising money for research on hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and AIDS until her death in 1994.

The online exhibition features correspondence, newspaper accounts, and photographs from the Mary Lasker papers at Columbia University Libraries. Visitors to the site can view, for example, an extensive exchange of letters with her confidante and fellow advocate, Florence Mahoney, a note of tribute from Salvador Dali with a drawing in his hand, and a photo of her at a tree planting ceremony with New York City Mayor Robert Wagner that captures her interest in urban beautification.

Located in Bethesda, Maryland, the National Library of Medicine is the world’s largest library of the health sciences. For more information, visit the Web site at

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)—The Nation’s Medical Research Agency—includes 27 institutes and centers, and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH, and its programs, visit

Grant Opportunity: Alibris Collection Award

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

The Alibris Collection Award is an annual grant of up to $3,000 worth of books to an academic, public, special or K-12 library supporting specific collection development projects that advance the mission, priority areas, and goals of the selected library.

The purpose of the Award is to help provide materials for libraries with replacement projects, retrospective collection development projects, or routine collection building needs. Past recipients have included the YWCA of Metropolitain Chicago for books benefiting sexual assault survivors, Flower Mound Public Library in Texas for beginning reading books, Baxter County Public Library in Arkansas for books about Japanese-American internment camps during World War II and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital of Ohio for books about development disabilities.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2007

For more information,

NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunity: Regional Symposium Award

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR announces the availability of a Regional Symposium Award, The purpose of this award is to allow Network members to work with the NN/LM SCR office to coordinate and implement a forum to support and enhance 2006-2011 Regional Medical Library Contract initiatives, including emerging health information technologies, hospital library advocacy, health information literacy, health information outreach to community based organizations, public health workforce, or allied health professionals, or assessment and evaluation. The Symposium format should allow time to highlight and promote the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NN/LM SCR programs and services, as well as a discussion and feedback forum by attendees.

NN/LM SCR Class in Houston: Beyond an Apple a Day

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR will teach the class Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information in a Public Library on Monday, June 18, 2007, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, in the Street Level Classroom.

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behaviors of consumers. It will address the recommended core health reference collection, as well as databases and newsletters/ periodicals. It will cover the reference interview, disclaimers, and privacy as well as networking with medical librarians. The class will introduce the Medical Library Association and its local chapters. It will describe possible ways to market a consumer health service in the community.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. This class is in the approved general consumer health course list for the Consumer Health Information Specialization Program (

To register for the class:

For more information about the class: