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Archive for July, 2009

PubMed Redesign Meeting with David Gillikin

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Online Users’ Meeting at the 2009 Medical Library Association (MLA) annual meeting provided a preview of the upcoming PubMed redesign. David Gillikin, Chief of NLM’s Bibliographic Services, will reprise this preview for anyone who did not get to attend the user meeting in Honolulu. This 15 minute presentation will review the draft design for the new search results page and abstract view presented at MLA. David will remain on the call for questions and answers. This session will be recorded for those unable to attend.

Meeting Name:  PubMed Redesign
When:  08/05/2009  1:00 pm (CT)

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Oral Health Information Tutorial

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

As part of an NN/LM SCR funded project, SMILE (Sharing MedlinePlus/MEDLINE for Information Literacy Education), library staff from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio developed an online tutorial to provide instruction that focuses on finding and evaluating information relevant to public health dental practice. The Oral Health Information Tutorial is now available for practitioners such as educators, dental hygienists and dentists working in the field of dental public health.

You can view each of the 4 modules of the tutorial independently:

  • Module 1: Toolkit for Dental Public Health Professionals – Learn how to define public health dentistry and identify professional resources to help stay informed of developments in the field.
  • Module 2: Evidence-Based Dental Public Health – Learn how to find evidence-based scientific literature and apply it to your practice.
  • Module 3: Oral Health Data Tools and Statistics – Learn about available statistics related to oral health and how to find these resources on the Internet.
  • Module 4: Oral Health Resources – Learn what quality online resources exist for patients and consumers.

Posting adapted from Staying Well. Connected. blog.  Written by Lara Sapp, Outreach Fellow, UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Acceso Hispano Launches New Online Service Provider Directory

Monday, July 27th, 2009

To help inform and empower the Latino population in the United States, Self Reliance Foundation provides an interactive, multi-dimensional online presence with its Acceso Hispano initiative. The fundamental goal of Acceso Hispano is to improve the quality of life of the Hispanic population living in the United States by linking to the support services or information they may need. The site serves as a news platform and communication tool between service providers, promotores and the public, as well as provides educational resources. All portions of the website are available in English and Spanish.

Acceso Hispano has recently launched an online service provider directory as a tool for connecting service providers to the communities which seek them out. The directory currently contains more than 17,000 community organizations, services, and programs throughout the United States, related to education, health, civic participation, finances, violence reduction, arts and culture, science and environment, and immigration.  Any 501c3 nonprofit organization, community group, government or educational institution that provides affordable or free and bilingual services is encouraged to add their listing to the database and to utilize the search services to help provide referrals to clients.

 The Acceso Hispano website may be accessed at

First Class of Association of Health Care Journalists/NLM Fellows Announced

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The inaugural class of Fellows in the Association of Health Care Journalists-National Library of Medicine (AHCJ-NLM) Fellowships was recently announced by AHCJ.

The Fellows, health journalists selected by AHCJ from dozens of qualified applicants, will receive training about NLM’s services and meet with physicians and researchers at NLM and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during a weeklong visit to the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, September 13-17, 2009. (more…)

New Multilingual Materials from Healthy Roads Media

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Healthy Roads Media has responded to numerous requests for materials available in a format which could be used in closed-circuit television or video-on-demand systems by hospitals, large clinics, educational systems and social service systems to provide information to populations they are trying to serve.

Healthy Roads Media has recently converted approximately thirty topics into an MPEG video format that will work in these systems. To cover the costs of this effort and maintain the resources, a fee will be requested for these files.


Deadline for NN/LM SCR Funding Coming Soon

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Just a reminder: August 3th is the deadline for several of the funding opportunities available from the NN/LM SCR office:

Access to Electronic Consumer Health Information:
This funding is for a project that uses electronic consumer health information to assist health professionals, their patients and/or the general public to find the health information resources they need to make informed health care decisions.  Three (3) projects up to $25,000 each will be available.

Express Outreach Award:
This funding is for a project that will highlight the National Library of Medicine’s databases to improve access to health and biomedical information.  Special consideration will be given to first-time applicants for this award. Thirteen (13) projects up to $5,000 each will be awarded.

Information Access Improvement Project Award:
The purpose of the IAIP award is to help NN/LM SCR Network members to improve their access to Internet-based health information including National Library of Medicine products and services. Ten (10) projects up to $5,000 each will be awarded.

Library Technology Award:

The purpose of the LTA award is to assist full Network members in the NN/LM SCR to implement large-scale technology applications to further encourage library improvement and expansion of library services. Three (3) projects up to $20,000 will be awarded.

Professional Development Award:
The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to health care professionals and consumers.  Ten (10) awards up to $1,000 each are available.

Partners in Public Health Information Outreach
The purpose of the Partners in Public Health Information Outreach award is to provide the public health workforce with timely, convenient access to information resources that can help them perform their jobs more effectively.
Two (2) projects up to $25,000 will be awarded.

Library Student Award
The purpose of this award is to promote the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship.  As part of the award, students would attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Tulsa taking place October  17-21.  Ten (10) awards are available. This award is intended to cover all expenses, up to $1,400 per student

ALA Announces Upcoming Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Webinar

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is sponsoring another Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) webinar Wednesday, July 22 at 12:30 PM EST on Public Computing Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption Funding.

After an earlier webinar which was an overview of BTOP, this webinar will give potential library applicants specific information and support for their planned applications to the BTOP funding categories of Public Computing Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption

Greg Rohde of e-Copernicus and the former administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will present an overview of the Public Computer Center application and Sustainable Broadband Adoption Funding Category. Lynne Bradley, Director of ALA’s Office of Government Relations, will discuss various library-specific scenarios and ideas to illustrate the range of projects that may be supported in these funding categories.

Title: BTOP Webinar

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

For more information, go to

To register, please click here:

H1N1 Pandemic Spreading Too Fast to Count

Monday, July 20th, 2009

On Thursday, July 16, 2009, MedlinePlus® news published a story from Reuters Health with these three key points:

1.) H1N1 virus has spread more quickly than other pandemics;

2.) The World Health Organization (WHO) states it is “pointless” to count individual cases;

3.) Countries should track deaths, unusual patterns

WHO has said that the current H1N1 pandemic is the “fastest-moving pandemic ever”, and that it is now virtually “pointless” to try to count every case. The WHO Briefing note (issued July 16) went on to say that “further spread of the pandemic, within affected countries and to new countries, is considered inevitable.”  Influenza viruses of past pandemics have required six months or more to spread as widely as the new H1N1 virus has spread in less than six weeks.


July SCR CONNECTions Recording Online

Friday, July 17th, 2009

The recording of the July 15 SCR CONNECTions web meeting “Introducing DOCLINE 4.0” is available online at The recording is 34 mins 29 secs long.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 10:30-11:30 AM CT.

Topic: Screencasting in Libraries
Time: August 19 2009, 10:30-11:30 AM Central Time

New NLM History of Medicine Banner Exhibition

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Exhibition Program is accepting requests to host a new banner exhibition scheduled to be available October 4 2009.

The title is Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Yellow Wallpaper. In the late nineteenth century, at a time when women were challenging traditional ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life, medical and scientific experts drew on notions of female weakness to justify inequality between the sexes. Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected these ideas in a terrifying short story titled “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” The famous tale served as an indictment of the medical profession and the social conventions restricting women’s professional and creative opportunities.

As with other banner exhibitions, NLM is asking host libraries to cover incoming Federal Express expenses, which usually run a couple of hundred dollars. The booking period is 6 weeks. The online exhibition will feature K-12 lesson plans and a higher education module and will be available after Labor Day.

For more information see:

Questions may be directed to Jill Newmark, Exhibition Registrar in the NLM History of Medicine Division: