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Archive for September, 2009

Redesigned PubMed Preview Live

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The preview of the redesigned PubMed is now available as a link from the homepage of PubMed. To go there directly, go to:

September SCR CONNECTions Recording Online

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The recording of the September 16 SCR CONNECTions webmeeting “ A New Look at This Valuable Public Health Resource” is available online at

October’s regular SCR CONNECTions has been cancelled due to SCC/MLA. Watch for announcements about a special edition of SCR CONNECTions featuring a PubMed Update on November 12 at 10:30 a.m. CT.

Library Student Outreach Award Recipients

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Library Student Outreach Award:

  1. Susan Akumu Abu (Library School: Texas Woman’s University)
  2. Jose Arturo Gonzalez (Library School:  University of North Texas)
  3. Laura Gutierrez-Ross (Library School: University of North Texas)
  4. Brenda Gunter  (Library School: University of North Texas)
  5. Sashenka Lopez (Library School: University of North Texas)
  6. Ruth Neal  (Library School:  University of Oklahoma)
  7. Jani Okai (Library School: University of North Texas)
  8. Samantha Ruimy (Library School:  University of Texas at Austin)
  9. Katie Sughrue  (Library School: University of Texas at Austin)
  10. Talicia Tarver (Library School:  Louisiana State University)
  11. Gita Thamban  (Library School:  University of North Texas)
  12. Eric Willman (Library School:  University of North Texas)

The award provides funding for students to attend and participate in outreach activities at the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting taking place in Tulsa, OK October 17 – 21, 2009.  At the conference, students will attend meetings and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and outreach services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.

The students will also assist us in staffing the NN/LM SCR’s exhibit booth at the conference.  If you’re attending SCC, come by and visit them at the booth!

TLA Scholarships and Grants for 2010

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Texas Library Association has announced their scholarships and grants for this year.   Supporting professional development, continuing education and Masters level education, up to $10,000 is awarded each year by TLA. Below is a brief description of several of the awards.  For complete information and application forms, visit the TLA Grants, Scholarships, and Stipends webpage (more…)

Classes in Harlingen

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The NN/LM SCR is offering the following classes at the Ramirez Medical Library, Regional Academic Health Center, Harlingen, TX on Tuesday, November 10.

Geeks Bearing Gifts
Nov 10, 2009
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This class is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Content will be presented in with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies. Some of the topics to be covered include instant messaging, podcasting, blogs and wikis, social networking sites, collaboration software, and more. The hands-on class is 4 hours.

A 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning
Nov 10, 2009
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Emergencies affecting libraries go beyond hurricanes and tornadoes.  Is your library prepared for a leaky pipe, fire, flood, pandemic flu or other emergency event?
Designed to provide beginning level training in emergency preparedness for librarians in medical libraries and information centers, the class consists of an informative and engaging PowerPoint presentation, interspersed with several interactive portions.  Participants will learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for their libraries, how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and via the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure.  This is a 2-hour class.

To register for the classes, go to:

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

New NIH-funded Website on Chronic Disease

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The Continuum Center for Health and Healing, Beth Israel Medical Center, has launched a new NIH-funded website on the integrative approach to three chronic diseases: heart disease, diabetes, and chronic pain.


This website, New Approaches to Chronic Disease, provides in-depth, evidence-based information, extensive resources and research summaries, and unique online exercises that offer patients a multidisciplinary integrative approach to managing heart disease, diabetes and chronic Pain. The site is available in English and Spanish at:

*Information provided by Marsha J. Handel, MLS, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY.

EBSCO Provides Free H1N1 Resources

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Due to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza and concerns about the 2009/2010 flu season, the EBSCO Publishing Medical and Nursing editors of DynaMed™, Nursing Reference Center™ (NRC) and Patient Education Reference Center™ (PERC) have made key influenza information from these resources freely available to health care providers worldwide. Access to these resources can be obtained directly via the following link: 

The resources are divided into three categories: For Clinicians, For Nurses, and For Patients.The information for patients includes resources in multiple languages for both H1N1 and Seasonal Flu.

EBSCO’s editorial teams will monitor the research and update these resources continuously throughout the upcoming flu season.

September 8 Webinar “Placing a Value on Library Services” Recording Available

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Recording of the September 8 NN/LM SCR webinar Placing a Value on Library Services is available at Two resources mentioned during the session are:

The purpose of this webinar was to help librarians work with two “valuation” tools: (1) the new Library Value Calculator, adapted from one originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association, and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library; and (2) the Cost Benefit and ROI Calculator, that helps determine a library’s contribution to the institutional “bottom line.”

HHS Unveils New Food Safety Consumer Website

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has debuted a new consumer-oriented website designed to promote food safety for consumers. ( is subtitled “Your Gateway to Federal Food Safety Information”, and provides a wealth of resources on keeping food safe, food poisoning, food recalls and alerts, and more. Information is also organized into three food categories: meat, poultry, fish; eggs & dairy products; and fruits & vegetables.

Links are provided to a variety of free multimedia (including podcasts, videos, and e-cards) and educational materials about food safety from federal government agencies and the Partnership for Food Safety Education.

September Issue of NIH News in Health

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

In this edition:
Time to Study: How Parents Can Help With Schoolwork
There are so many distractions to pull your kids’ attention away from what needs to get done for school. Here’s how to help them focus and succeed.

Time To Let Them Go: Staying in Touch With College-Bound Kids

If you’ve recently had a child go off to college, you’re likely facing a whole new set of worries. This time in your child’s life is one of great transition. It’s important to give your child enough space to do some growing.

Health Capsules:
•    Human See, Human Do?
•    Drinking Problems and Older Adults
•    Featured Web Site: NIDA for Teens

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

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Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health.  We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics.  Just email or call 301-435-7489 for more information.