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Archive for July, 2007

Search Clinic: Chemicals & Drugs in PubMed®

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Learn how to find articles about a chemical or drug of interest. The U.S. National Library of Medicine is hosting a 45-minute online clinic on how the NLM MeSH vocabulary is used to describe substance concepts and how to search PubMed for relevant articles.

The clinic is designed for librarians and other information specialists with little to moderate experience in searching for articles about chemicals or drugs in PubMed. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of how to search PubMed.

The clinic is limited to 150 attendees, so please register early.

Date: Thursday, August 23rd
Time: 2:00 – 2:45pm EDT

For information and registration, see
The clinic will be recorded. Those unable to participate “live” may view it at a later time at this address.

Harry Potter Fever Comes to the National Library of Medicine

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Exhibit: Medicine and Magic in Harry Potter

There is more to the Harry Potter series than a child hero or a fantasy adventure–many characters, plants, and creatures are based in history, medicine, and magical lore. Ms Rowling has drawn on important works of alchemy and herbology in shaping her stories.

In a special temporary exhibition, Medicine and Magic in Harry Potter, the History of Medicine Division showcases seven of the beautiful, centuries-old treasures in its collection that are mentioned in Harry Potter. In addition, a free screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” will be shown on Friday, September 7th, 2007 in the Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH Building 38A

When: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, through November 30, 2007

Where: Inside the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, first floor, National Library of Medicine, Building 38, National Institutes of Health campus, Bethesda, Maryland

For NLM Visitor Information: go to or call 301.496.5405.

For more information:

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2007-2008

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2007-2008 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health center libraries.“This collaboration of NLM and AAHSL is of exceptional value for the next generation of directors,” said AAHSL president Elaine Martin. “Our evaluation shows that the program has contributed to the quality of leadership in the profession.”

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health center library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for up to five fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

Fifty fellows and mentors have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, five former fellows have assumed director positions.

“The program helped sharpen my focus and convinced me that becoming a director was a worthwhile ambition,” noted Jett McCann, fellow, class of 2004-2005. “It exposed me to what a variety of directors actually do and how they work. The comradeship forged with my cohort colleagues continues; we are each others’ best critics, advisers, and champions.”

Jerry Perry, fellow, class of 2002-2003, said, “It provided an opportunity to reflect and put my career goals into perspective. The relationship and dialogue I established with my program mentor serve as an ongoing source of insight and discovery, and I’m certain it will make me a better director.”

Karen Brewer, mentor, class of 2005-2006, stated, “We don’t often get the chance to reflect and discuss ‘directorship’ in this way. I’ve learned as much from my fellow as she has from me.”

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a yearlong fellow/mentor relationship; Web-based courses and journal clubs on issues related to library leadership; and a two-week site visit to the mentor’s home library (in one or two-week segments).

The program is designed to:

  • Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
  • Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health center libraries;
  • Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
  • Expose fellows to another academic health center library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
  • Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
  • Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
  • Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
  • Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 17, 2007, deadline for potential fellows and mentors for the 2007-2008 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health center libraries, as well as a minimum of five years of department head level or higher responsibility, or equivalent experience, in an academic health center library, hospital library, or other library-related setting. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged. Mentors should have at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health center library.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at
For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb, Project Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

Radiation Exposure Management Website

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

The Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM) website is designed to provide easy-to-follow procedures for clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological or nuclear events. REMM provides just-in-time, evidence-based information that is understandable to those without formal radiation medicine experience.


WISER 3.1 is Now Available

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

WISER 3.1 is now available! This release applies to WISER for Windows, WISER for Pocket PC, and WebWISER (

This release includes an enhanced substance printing capability in WISER for Windows, which many of you have asked for. When printing WISER substance data, you will now be presented with a wizard that provides the option of printing all or any combination of the data for a substance.

This is also an important maintenance release, so WISER for Pocket PC and WISER for Windows users should download the latest version from

As shown with the substance printing capability, your feedback is important to the future direction of WISER! Please submit any comments, suggestions, ideas, etc. in the feedback page of the WISER web site:

Please look for the following additional capabilities in future releases:

  • The version 3 features made available in WISER for Palm OS
  • Windows Mobile Smartphone support
  • Expansion of the features introduced in 3.0:
  • Additional substance category support, including more categories
  • Additional tools/reference materials for radiologicals and chemicals
  • Biological mode: biological substance data and related tools and reference materials
  • And more!

Report Explores Library Valuation

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Worth Their Weight: An Assessment of the Evolving Field of Library Valuation is a report written by Arns Imholz for the Americans for Libraries Council that explores library valuation, or measuring a library’s monetary worth to its community. The report discusses the methodologies, analyses, and other tools used to determine library valuation. Surveys and study summaries are also included in the report.

Read the report online at or a blog article about the report written by the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center located at  

Save Time on DOCLINE and Other Billing Activities

Monday, July 16th, 2007

The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) is an easy to use system designed to streamline and expedite the billing process for DOCLINE libraries.

Created in 1996 through a joint effort between the University of Connecticut, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, EFTS reduced the need to send checks or invoices between participants. The system gives users the opportunity to keep funds in an account to pay for ILL requests. EFTS can also be used for other billing, as long as both parties are participants. A suggested minimum deposit of $100 is needed to open the account; however, lesser amounts are also accepted with prior approval.

The lending library reports its loan transactions to EFTS. Transactions can be reported to the system via a file created with the assistance of a third party software such as QuickDoc, Clio and Illiad or by creating a billing file in the DOCLINE system. Additionally, the EFTS website provides a method for reporting transactions. After logging in as a member, choose the Transaction File link; then choose the option Build an Online Transaction File. An easy to use template opens and the user fills in the blanks and uploads the information. The amount of the request(s) will then be deducted from that borrower’s account. Libraries will be able to see their activities at any time at the EFTS site by logging in to their respective account and clicking the Reports link.

To learn more about the EFTS system or to become a member, go to

To find out which libraries in your region are EFTS members, go to

EFTS – How to Get Approval from the Powers That Be!, Maryann Zaremska, former Fiscal Officer, now Manager of Library Services at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, CA. This article may be useful for libraries where administrations are reluctant to establish an EFTS account.

Online Users Interested in Internet Health Videos

Monday, July 9th, 2007

iHealthBeat reports that a survey by Jupiter Research shows that forty-six percent of online users are interested in watching health videos online.

Of those online users who are interested in health videos:

  • 52% already go online monthly for health reasons
  • 24% have visited a health group, blog, network or community
  • 18% have used the Web to track or monitor a health condition

62% of respondents said that they would use search engines to find health videos, compared with 47% who said they would use a health web site and 11% who said they would use a health insurer’s web site.

For more information, go to iHealthBeat (subscription site)

Due Date Fast Approaching for Fall 2007 Awards

Monday, July 9th, 2007

This is a reminder that applications and proposals are due for the 2007 NN/LM SCR Fall Cycle awards on Wednesday, August 1, 2007. Calls for Applications and Requests for Proposals with this due date are listed at: and include the following:

  • Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information
  • Information Access Improvement Project
  • Library Technology
  • Partners in Public Health Information Outreach
  • Professional Development

Please let the award manager, or me, know if you have questions regarding any of the awards.

Google Researches Medical Information

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Google has used its Co-op platform to help health information seekers find medical information a little easier. The platform helps users refine their searches and lists more reputable websites closer to the top of its results list.

Moreover, Google has created a health care advisory panel to help the company understand the health information needs of its users. The company though has been criticized for not having certain types of medical professionals on the panel including medical librarians.