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Archive for November, 2007

Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information Award Recipient Announced

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Congratulations to Jeffrey Huber at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library, the recipient of the 2007-2008 Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information Award! The project, South Central Houston Community Health Information Center, will facilitate access to electronic consumer health information at the South Central Houston Community Health Center’s Riverside Clinic facility, a location which provides preventive and primary care services to medically underserved communities in the southeast area of Houston.

This will be a collaborative project between the HAM-TMC Library and the South Central Houston Community Health Center. The goal of the program is to create an Internet-connected health information center with ten workstations at the Riverside Clinic facility and to provide training regarding use of electronic health information resources to both clinic staff members and clinic clientele.

World AIDS Day

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

World AIDS Day is December 1st, 2007. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988, the goal of World AIDS Day is to increase awareness and to focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established a World AIDS Day website that contains a variety of resources such as fact sheets, websites and customizable posters designed to assist organizations to raise awareness and mobilize local communities in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has numerous HIV/AIDS health information resources including:

  • HIV AIDS Information from NLM’s Specialized Information Services division, a comprehensive HIV/AIDS information portal that contains links to resources including treatment and drug information, diagnosis and testing, statistics and vaccine development
  • AIDSinfo, a website that offers the latest federally approved information on HIV/AIDS clinical research, treatment and prevention, and medical practice guidelines for people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and friends, health care providers, scientists, and researchers. A Spanish mirror site InfoSIDA is also available
  • MedlinePlus: AIDS, with links to information on the latest news, diagnosis, prevention, therapy, disease management, clinical trials and much more.

For more information on the World AIDS Day campaign and activities around the world, see:

PBS Cancer Program Provides Partnership Opportunities for Libraries

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that it is working with WGBH Boston on the upcoming national outreach campaign for the film “The Truth About Cancer,” which will air on PBS in April 2008. The 90-minute documentary film, followed by a 30-minute expert panel, will be the launching pad for events and projects across the country focused on creating community conversations around cancer survivorship.

In conjunction with the film, WGBH is offering 15 grants to public television stations across the country (awardees will be announced December 21st, 2007). These grants will support creative projects incorporating the use of media, art and the web in portraying the idea of survivorship. Stations applying for grants will be strongly encouraged to pair with the local branches of the national partners for this campaign: National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), Susan G. Komen for the Cure, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, along with the YMCA of the USA and the American Library Association.

ALA and WGBH encourage libraries to reach out to their local PBS stations to collaborate with them on events surrounding this film. WGBH will offer extensive resources for outreach events including DVD screeners of the film, posters, and downloadable handouts on their website. More information on how to request these materials will be available in February 2008.

This collaboration will provide an excellent opportunity for libraries to develop new – or strengthen existing – community partnerships, while offering a valuable service to their communities. For more information on this campaign please contact Elizabeth Cohen, in Educational Outreach at WGBH, at or 617-300-3885. This collaborative project with WGBH is administered by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA.

New Training Guide from the National Institute on Aging

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Health issues are a vital concern for older adults, and surveys show that most of those who go online search for health and medical information. However, since only 34 percent of people age 65 and older are online, the majority of older adults are missing out on valuable health information. To broaden the numbers of older adults able to search for and find reliable health information online, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has developed a free training curriculum for those who teach and work with older adults. This Toolkit for Trainers is now available on, a senior-friendly website developed by the NIA and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (more…)

Blackboard World Conference – NN/LM SCR Professional Development Award

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

by Cathy Montoya, MLS (AHIP), Director – Education Resource Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Through funding from the NN/LM SCR Professional Development Award, I attended the Blackboard World conference – 2007 in Boston July 10 – 12. This conference represents some of the states’ most wired colleges and universities as well as institutions from other nations. For the first time, Blackboard integrated its foreign users with state-side clients. The conference offers clients of Blackboard and its new acquisition, WEBCT, an opportunity to be exposed to innovative ideas and best practices in the rapidly growing technology of electronic course management. About 2500 people were in attendance, representing 18 countries. Blackboard was also celebrating its 10th year. Ten years does not seem like a lengthy history; however in the competitive environment of electronic course management, it is a significant milestone. (more…)

2008 Equal Access Initiative Computer Grants Program

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

The National Minority AIDS Council and the National Institutes of Health, Office of AIDS Research recently announced the 2008 Equal Access Initiative Computer Grants Program. This grant program provides computer equipment/software and training to community-based organizations interested in providing HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention education programming for their clients.

One hundred (100) organizations will be selected to participate in this program. Selected participants will receive:

  • a wireless ready computer complete with Microsoft Office software;
  • funding for one representative to attend the Equal Access Initiative: HIV/AIDS Information Resources from the National Library of Medicine training held September 18-19, 2008 at the United States Conference on AIDS in Miami, Florida.

Deadline for applying: February 7, 2008.

For more information on the grant program:

For information on the United States Conference on AIDS:

NN/LM SCR DOCLINE Class at Texas Tech Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Getting the Best from DOCLINE 3 at the Texas Tech Health Science Center Library, Lubbock, TX 10:00am – 3:00pm on January 25, 2008 with a lunch break from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Course Description: Attendees will learn how to use the features of DOCLINE effectively. Instruction will include how to properly input and maintain their institution’s record and serial holdings, search for and request materials, and fill other libraries requests. Additional topics include DOCLINE upgrades, reports, Loansome Doc and EFTS.

Upon successful completion of the class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).

To register:

These classes are free and open to anyone.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Bulow at or 1-800-338-7657.

DOCLINE Help Manual in PDF Format

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

NLM is pleased to announce the release of the DOCLINE Help Manual in PDF format. A link to this file is located on the DOCLINE systems home page at This additional format will permit users or trainers to easily print specific sections of the manual.

A new DOCLINE Manual PDF file will be generated with each DOCLINE release and provided on the DOCLINE systems home page. To obtain the latest DOCLINE information, go to the online Help files and FAQs linked in DOCLINE or at

Subset Change for Consumer Health Information in PubMed

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

NLM will change one of the ways users find consumer health information in PubMed though subsets. Currently a user may apply the following search strings to retrieve consumer health information on a given subject.

[SEARCH TERM] + consumerj [sb]

[SEARCH TERM] + jsubsetk

NLM will retire consumerj [sb] in January 2008. This subset was created as a temporary search string by NLM for MedlinePlus searches. NLM will keep jsubsetk which retrieves a group of MEDLINE consumer health journals on a given subject. To help users with the change, NLM has converted jsubsetk to retrieve consumerj [sb] as well as the MEDLINE consumer health journals.

For more information read the NLM Technical Bulletin on the consumer health subsets at

Grants and Proposal Writing Class in McKinney, TX

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

The Grants and Proposal Writing class will be offered at the Collin County Community College Library (Central Park Campus), McKinney, TX on Friday, December 14, 2007 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this very basic class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including:documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.
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 consumer health course list for the Level II Consumer Health Information Specialization Program (

For more information on the class:

To register, contact Lisa Huang at: 972-548-6860