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Archive for July, 2008

How to Make a Podcast Classes in September

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now? How to Make a Podcast class will be offered September 4-5, 2008 in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK, and September 9, 2008 in Lubbock, TX. This popular, hands-on class provides a fun and informative introduction to podcasting and how you can utilize this technology in your library. Students will make their own personal podcast! This course has been approved for 2 or 3 hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.

For a detailed class schedule with times and locations see:

To register for a class:

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

PubMed Changes: New ATM and Citation Sensor

Friday, July 25th, 2008

PubMed has changed the way that Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) works. The ATM was created to recognize author names, journal titles, and MeSH vocabulary terms in PubMed without having to use search tags. Because the old ATM did subject searches, it would often overlook author names, journal titles, or multi-word terms. By searching all fields, the new ATM is able to retrieve more relevant citations.

Citation Sensor is a new PubMed feature that matches searches with citations. It recognizes combinations of search terms that are characteristic of citation searching, e.g., volume/issue numbers, author names, journal titles, and publication dates, which it then matches to citations.

NLM and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse presented a 30 minute online search clinic via Adobe® Connect on Thursday, July 17th on these changes. View the recording at:

New NN/LM SCR Associate Director

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

The Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library is pleased to announce that Michelle Malizia has been appointed the new Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR). Michelle has over six years experience at the NN/LM SCR in a variety of positions. In 2002, she was hired as the Outreach Coordinator and was responsible for the coordination of outreach efforts to healthcare and public professionals in the five-state region. She became the Public Health Outreach Coordinator in 2006 at the beginning of the 2006 – 2011 Regional Medical Library Contract.

Michelle has over 10 years of experience in medical librarianship including positions at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi and the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in San Antonio, TX.

To contact Michelle Malizia:

New Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator: Re Mishra

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Ruicha “Re” Mishra has re-joined the NN/LM SCR office as the Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator. She will be responsible for coordinating our outreach efforts to health professionals as well as coordinating document delivery for the Region.

Re worked as the Education-Communications Coordinator at the NN/LM SCR from 1998 – 2005. In this role, she created numerous classes including “TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information.” She taught a considerable number of classes throughout the region and exhibited at conferences of health professionals, consumers and librarians. She also secured Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) accreditation for three classes that can be offered by other RMLs. This process took considerable work and diligence.

After her tenure with the NN/LM SCR, Re worked for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) as the Health Information Specialist II. Her responsibilities included teaching classes on National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases and exhibiting on behalf of NLM at national exhibits throughout the country.

Re brings to the NN/LM SCR years of experience as a medical librarian in a variety of roles from outreach to document delivery.

Please join me in welcoming Re Mishra to the NN/LM SCR! Her email is

New Nutrition and Workforce Development PHPartners Pages

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce,, has released two new topic pages: Nutrition and Workforce Development.

The Nutrition topic page includes links to government, professional and research organizations that focus on nutrition issues; grants and funding opportunities; legislation and health policy issues related to nutrition; published literature and research reports; and nutrition promotion, education and information resources.

The Workforce Development page provides links on public health workforce development activities and resources including education and training opportunities; legislative action; professional meetings, summits, councils, and conferences; new workers development programs; tools and resources on public health workforce issues; and workforce projects and research reports.

To keep up-to-date on new PHPartners resources, sign up for the weekly email update or subscribe to the PHPartners RSS feed.

Think Accessible Before You Buy: Guidelines for Libraries Purchasing Electronic Resources

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, a division of the American Library Association, has released “Think Accessible Before You Buy, Questions to Ask to Ensure that the Electronic Resources Your Library Plans to Purchase are Accessible.” It provides guidelines to ensure the electronic resources and Web services that libraries purchase are accessible to anyone-especially patrons and staff with disabilities.

With plenty of examples, this document breaks down the technical language barrier and helps us to understand the highest priority accessibility checkpoints, so that we can make sure our patrons and staff can effectively use our electronic services.

It includes:

  • Definition list of commonly used accessibility terms
  • Computer software accessibility checklist
  • Internet and Web-based content accessibility checklist
  • Electronic database and computer software accessibility evaluation form
  • Internet and Web-based content accessibility evaluation form

Read more at:

Sewell Stipend Call for Applicants

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Do you work with public health professionals? Are you interested in public health? Are you interested in attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting?

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in San Diego, CA from October 25 – 29, 2008. Its theme is Public Health Without Borders.

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. is offering stipends to librarians and other information professionals to help cover the costs of their attending and/or participating in this meeting. Successful applicants from the greater San Diego area will receive a stipend of at least $650. Successful applicants from outside greater San Diego will receive at least $1,000. This amount covers most of the APHA Membership at $195 and Early Bird (pre-August 15, 2008) Member Registration at $380. Though significant, these amounts will NOT cover all costs, so stipend recipients will need to find additional monies to cover remaining costs.

Completed applications are due July 25, 2008–just over 3 weeks from today. To apply, download the Word application form at Add all required application materials to the completed form and send as a SINGLE email attachment to Joey Nicholson at:

For more information, contact Joey Nicholson at:

Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Hope you’ll join us at this colorful and fascinating meeting!

Joey Nicholson
Chair, Client Relations Committee
PH/HA Section, MLA

Database Trainer/Online Analyst
National Training Center and Clearinghouse The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029