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Archive for 2008

How to Make a Podcast Class in Dallas TX, February 19 2009

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Two Can You Hear Me Now? How to Make a Podcast class sessions will be offered February 19, 2009 in Dallas, TX at the UT Southwestern Medical Center Library. It will be offered in English in the morning and Chinese in the afternoon. This hands-on class is designed to provide a fun yet informative introduction to what is podcasting and how you can utilize this technology in your library services, to enable your users to access the information whenever they want, wherever they want and however they want it. Basic steps and suggestions on how to make a podcast will be covered and students will be able to enjoy hands-on practice on popular audio recording and editing software and make their first personal podcast! This course has been approved for 2 hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.


Thursday, 2/19/2009 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (English)
Thursday, 2/19/2009 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Chinese/中文)

To get more information and to register, go to

If you have any questions, please contact Shikun “KK” Jiang at:

DOCLINE Class at HAM-TMC Library

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the class Getting the Best out of DOCLINE at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, TX on Monday, February 9, 2009 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Attendees will learn how to use the features of DOCLINE effectively. Additional topics include DOCLINE upgrades, reports, Loansome Doc and EFTS.

To register for the classes, go to:

If you have any questions, please contact Re Mishra at or 713-799-7880.

Games for Health

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Health games are designed using gaming technologies and principles, to improve participants’ awareness of health related issues, or to increase their engagement in physical activities.

(more…) and Gateway Training Coming to Houston

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Investigators or sponsors for certain clinical trials are required to submit basic results data to   In addition, links to published results are currently available in  Do you know how to access this information?

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) will be teaching the class NLM Gateway and on February 2, 2009 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, TX.   In addition to, this class also covers the NLM Gateway database which allows users to search multiple NLM databases in a single search.

To register for the class,

More PubMed Improvements

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Trying to keep up with the changes occurring in PubMed can seem difficult sometimes.  One easy way to keep up is to subscribe to the NLM Technical Bulletin‘s RSS feed.  When a new article is posted on the NLM Technical Bulletin, you get a message in your blog reader.

Some of the recent articles about PubMed improvement include:

Nahin A. PubMed® Advanced Search Evolves. NLM Tech Bull. 2008 Nov-Dec (365):e6.

PubMed Advanced Search will no longer be a beta site.

Nahin A. Title Scanning Easier with New PubMed® Summary Format — Coming Soon. NLM Tech Bull. 2008 Nov-Dec (365):e7.

The Summary format has changed so that the article title displays first.

Gene Sensor. NLM Tech Bull. 2008 Nov-Dec (365):e16.

Gene Sensor detects if the PubMed query includes a gene symbol and links it to the Gene Database.

Health Literacy Information Resources From NLM

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

The National Library of Medicine resources PubMed and MedlinePlus can be used to find health literacy information.

To find health literacy information in PubMed:

  • Go to PubMed at
  • On the left side of the page under PubMed Services click on Special Queries
  • Scroll down and under Subjects click on Health Literacy
  • Click on MEDLINE/PubMed health literacy search
  • To narrow your search, use the Limits tab.  You can limit your search by date, language, etc.

To find health literacy information in MedlinePlus:

  • Go to MedlinePlus at
  • Click on Health Topics
  • Under Find your topic by first letter click on the letter H
  • Scroll down and click on Health Literacy

Another useful resource is BHIC (Bringing Health Information to the Community), an NLM-funded blog with a wealth of health literacy information.

NN/LM Funding Web Conference December 17

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Do you have a great health information outreach or technology idea but don’t know how to find the money to implement the project?   Have you ever wanted to apply for NN/LM SCR funding but didn’t know where to begin?  Have you ever wondered what types of projects the NN/LM SCR has funded in the past?

If so, join us on Wednesday for the next SCRCONNECTions web conference on December 17, 2008 at 10:30 – 11:30 CT (9:30 – 10:30 MT).  This month’s topic will be NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities.  This session will cover the awards available from the NN/LM SCR office, including the Express Outreach, Course Development, Mobile Health Education, DOCLINE Library Improvement, Access to Electronic Health Information, Partners in Public Health Information Outreach, Library Technology, Professional Development and Information Access Improvement Project awards.  We will provide you with an overview of the award process and information on the types of projects previously funded from NN/LM SCR.  You’ll also receive some tips for applying for funding so that you can turn your project ideas into reality.

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!   To join the conference, follow the instructions at:

Downloadable Mobile REMM Available

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The Radiation Event Medical Management System (REMM) can now be downloaded to mobile devices (Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm) with selected key files from the full online version.

REMM provides:

  • Guidance for health care providers, primarily physicians, about clinical diagnosis and treatment during mass casualty radiological/nuclear (rad/nuc) events.
  • Just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise.
  • Web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the internet is not accessible.

Cyberchondria: A Microsoft Study on Health-Related Internet Searches

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Many people are using the Internet as a diagnostic tool to find information on health conditions, disease symptoms, as well as treatment suggestions.  Microsoft recently published a new study on medical web-searching behavior and how search results from popular Web search engines can affect decision making.

Among other results, the study found that answers retrieved from Internet search engines can often lead users to believe that common symptoms are likely the result of serious illnesses and to increase the anxiety of people who have little or no medical training.

You can access the full article at

Spanish Health Information Class in Lake Charles, LA

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The NN/LM SCR is offering the class ¿No Comprende? Spanish Health Information Resources for English Speaking Librarians on January 7, 2008 at McNeese State University, Frazar Memorial Library, in Lake Charles, LA.  The class will be held from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  There is no charge for this class.

¿No Comprende? Spanish Health Information Resources for English Speaking Librarians
Do you have a growing Latino population in your community? Do you need to find health information in Spanish fast but don’t know where to look? This 4-hour hands-on class will cover resources for learning basic, library, medical, and Internet Spanish vocabulary. You will also learn to evaluate and identify health websites in Spanish to which you can direct your patrons.  Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

To register:

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Vargas at 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), 713-799-7880, or