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Archive for February, 2009

CAPHIS Outstanding Consumer Health Information Service Award

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

This award is offered by the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association (MLA) to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of consumer health librarianship. The recipient of the award will be presented a plaque and $500.00 at the CAPHIS membership meeting during the MLA annual meeting in Honolulu.

Nomination Requirements and Eligibility:

  1. Members of the CAPHIS Executive Board are not eligible for the award.
  2. Recipient is not required to be a member of MLA or CAPHIS or to attend the awards ceremony.
  3. Nominations must specify how the nominee exemplifies outstanding contributions to consumer health librarianship through anecdotes and/or evidence. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Examples of model customer service activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducted outreach programs
  • Provided instruction on information access to consumers
  • Made presentations of posters and/or papers at professional meetings
  • Wrote consumer health publications in the professional literature
  • Enhanced the work of CAPHIS for the profession
  • Provided leadership to CAPHIS

Nominations should be submitted in MS Word and sent via e-mail to the co-chair of the CAPHIS Awards Committee:

Steven Douglas
Acquisitions Librarian
University of Maryland, Baltimore – Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Nominations must be received by April 1, 2009. Please note: Only the award recipient will be notified by April 15, 2009. The recipient is responsible for their own expenses if they choose to attend.

NIH Presenta La Revista NIH MedlinePlus Salud

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Hay una nueva revista para la gente que necesita información en español sobre temas de salud. Los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud, la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina y los Amigos de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina publicaron recientemente NIH MedlinePlus Salud. Esta revista es producida en sociedad con la Alianza Nacional para la Salud de los Hispanos. (more…)

NIH Introduces NIH MedlinePlus Salud Magazine

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

There’s a new magazine for people who want health information in Spanish. The National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, and the Friends of the National Library of Medicine recently launched NIH MedlinePlus Salud. The magazine is produced in partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.  (more…)

Classes in Alexandria, LA

Friday, February 13th, 2009

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the following classes at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center/AHEC Learning Resource Center, Pineville, LA on Thursday, April 30.

April 30, 2009
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Keeping up with NLM’s PubMed

With a hands-on approach, this class will show attendees how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will be able to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Related Articles, Link to journals, Citation Matcher, and Clinical Queries. The instructor will demonstrate online searches and students, at computers connected to the Internet, will be invited to follow along. Time for individual practice will be provided.

April 30, 2009
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Getting the Best Out of DOCLINE

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.

PubMed for Experts Class in Albuquerque, NM

Friday, February 13th, 2009

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the class PubMed for Experts at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque, NM on Friday, March 27 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Designed as an advanced class for experienced MEDLINE searchers. This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches. Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present difficult searches to discuss with the class.

To register for the classes, go to:

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

In Memory of Dr. Elizabeth Eaton

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Dr. Elizabeth Eaton, Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region and Executive Director of the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library, passed away on February 3, 2009.  Dr. Eaton served as the Director of the NN/LM SCR and Executive Director of the HAM-TMC Library since November 2001.  During her tenure, she made significant contributions to the Library and the Region. (more…)

Participate in Project to Advocate for Libraries

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Advocate for libraries! Share your data! Libraries are faced with staff reductions and budget decreases. Librarians are responding by looking for ways to demonstrate their value and the value their libraries contribute to the parent organization.

We are collecting data from librarians so that we can show the aggregate value of health sciences libraries – by region, by state, by library type, by service. Enter your library statistics using the Library Value Calculator on the NN/LM MidContinental Region website (, then click the Submit Data button. Your library location (state only), library type, budget, timeframe, and the value of your library services and benefits will be added to the database.

We will not receive any personal information in the submission and we will not include in the database your name, email address or feedback, if sent. We are eager to include your data and to hear your thoughts about the calculator and how you have or will use it.

The results of the value of health sciences libraries will be presented Sunday at 11:30 in the Library Toolkit program at MLA in Honolulu. Help us! Be part of the solution.

If you have ANY questions or encounter problems using the calculator please contact us or use the feedback form on the calculator website. We will be happy to work with you on the process of identifying and entering your data in the calculator.

Betsy Kelly
Assessment & Evaluation Liaison
NN/LM MidContinental Region
Becker Medical Library
Washington University in St. Louis
800.338.7657 opt 1/opt2/opt2

Barb Jones
Advocacy and Missouri Liaison
NN/LM MidContinental Region
J Otto Lottes Library
University of Missouri
Columbia MO
800.338.7657 opt 1/opt2/opt4