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Archive for March, 2009

Laredo Public Library Project Highlighted in Public Libraries Journal

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

An article about Laredo Public Library’s NN/LM SCR Express Outreach Award was published in the January/February 2009 issue of Public Libraries, the journal of the Public Library Association. The article, “Partnerships for a Healthy Community: Laredo Public Library’s Children’s Health Fair and Outreach Program” was written by Rena Ren, Public Services Manager at Laredo Public Library; Keith Cogdill, Director of South Texas Regional Information Services at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries; and Alex Potemkin, Head of the Reference Department at Laredo Public Library. The article details the outreach project done in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; the City of Laredo’s Parks and Leisure Department and the Health Department; Laredo’s PBS station, KLRN; the Laredo Children’s Museum and the Laredo Fire Department.

NLM Journal Donation Program

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is launching a new program to ensure that its holdings of journals, indexes, and other serials are as complete as possible.  Your library can help by donating print volumes that you no longer wish to retain. If you are a DOCLINE library, use the new Web-based system at to find out what NLM needs.


Congratulations to AECHI Recipients!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 03 Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information Award (AECHI).

Edgewood Family Network
San Antonio, TX
Principal Investigator: Martha Castilla
Project Title: TECNO: Technology-Enhanced Community Neighborhood Organization
Brief description:  The TECNO project will use an existing cadre of youth to provide consultations on information technology and health information to families residing in a high-priority, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in San Antonio, TX.   This project has as its goals to raise awareness among the residents of the neighborhood of low-cost and free options for computer hardware, Internet access, and health information; raise awareness among minority youth of career opportunities in the health professions; and raise awareness among members of San Antonio’s city council of the need to foster access to computers with Internet access for residents of high priority neighborhoods in San Antonio.

Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

Houston, TX
Principal Investigator: Adela Justice
Project Title: The Vietnamese Civic Center – Consumer Health Collaborative
Brief description: Building on an earlier Consumer Health Information for Asians project, the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library will work in collaboration with the Vietnamese Civic Center (VNCC) to create a health library in their new facility so that the Vietnamese population of Houston can have greater access to much needed health information. This proposal will place a computer with Internet access in the VNCC library specifically for the purpose of searching for health information in Vietnamese, using MedlinePlus’s Multiple Languages and NLM’s Asian-American Health website, among other online resources.  Additionally, training will be provided to the staff and clients of the VNCC.

The Center for Development and Disability (CDD), University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center
Albuquerque, NM
Principal Investigators: Stormy Davis-Costanza and Catherine McClain, M.D.
Project Title: Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information: Consumer Health Information Project
Brief description:  The goal of this project is to increase the knowledge and use of currently available electronic health information and disability resources for health professionals, families and consumers. This will be accomplished through a series of hands on trainings focusing on specific databases provided by the National Library of Medicine, The Center for Development and Disability, the University of New Mexico and other specialized health related organizations. The target population for the project includes family specialists, consumers and families that have a child or children with developmental disabilities; including autism spectrum disorder, which represents a growing population needing up to date and reliable information.  Regional Family Specialists, who are community leaders and serve families which have children with disabilities and autism spectrum disorder, will identify local parent networks to participate in training sessions.

Congratulations to Edgewood Family Network, the Center for Development and Disability, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library!

March NIH News In Health

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest National Institutes of Health research, is now on Facebook!  Please join us there and post comments on our wall or start a discussion.  Share your ideas about how you use the newsletter and suggest topics you’d like us to cover.  Go to and become a fan.

The March issue of NIH News in Health is now online. In this edition:

A Loved One’s Substance Abuse Problem: What You Can Do

Too Hot to Handle? Facts About Fevers

Health Capsules:

  • Diabetes Rates on the Rise
  • Cleaner Air May Lengthen Life
  • Featured Web Site: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

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