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Archive for December, 2009

National Library of Medicine’s Training for You Locally!
PubMed® and TOXNET® and Beyond Training in San Antonio and Lubbock, TX!

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC), in conjunction with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR), is offering FREE hands-on classes at the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, TX and the Preston Smith Library in Lubbock, TX!

The following classes will be taught by the staff of the NTCC:
PubMed in San Antonio
Thursday, February 25, 2010
8:30am to 5:00pm

TOXNET and Beyond in San Antonio
Friday, February 26, 2010
9:00am to 4:00pm

PubMed in Lubbock
Thursday, May 6, 2010
8:30am to 5:00pm

TOXNET and Beyond in Lubbock
Friday, May 7, 2010
9:00am to 4:00pm

To REGISTER for any or all of these classes, or to look for other class locations, simply click on this registration form link (

PubMed® (7.5 MLA CE Hours)

Anyone who has used PubMed regularly has noticed some of the many recent changes, and more extensive changes are anticipated in the upcoming months. This PubMed® class is of particular interest to those who want a review of recent changes to the system, including medical librarians, researchers, medical editors, and anyone who searches for biomedical journal article citations. This full-day class is designed to teach students how to use PubMed® which includes MEDLINE citations. The class also includes an overview of the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) and its importance as a tool to both searchers and indexers.

TOXNET® and Beyond (6 MLA CE Hours)
This full-day class is designed to convey the basics of searching NLM’s TOXNET®, a Web-based system of databases in the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related subjects. Students learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical searching and nomenclature. Among the databases highlighted will be TOXLINE®, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, the Integrated Risk Information System, the Toxic Release Inventory, and ChemIDplus.

For further information about our classes, please go to:

Intro to Disaster Planning for Libraries Screencast

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Dan Wilson, Coordinator of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness Plan, has developed a screencast introducing libraries to the importance of disaster planning.

The screencast focuses on major disasters, and provides an introduction to the need for libraries to plan for disasters which have the potential to greatly affect library operations for extended periods of time.  It is approximately nine minutes in length and can be viewed directly at: or from the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit website at:

Interactive Timeline on H1N1: The Year in Review

Friday, December 18th, 2009

United States Department of Health and Human Services senior officials have developed this interactive timeline to provide an update and perspective on the H1N1 outbreak, as well as to discuss the next phase of the response to the pandemic.

Visit to view the timeline, which contains news clips, video, and text to give perspective on the pandemic beginning with the initial cases in March 2009.

Nationwide, the supply of H1N1 vaccine has steadily increased and is now available to the gerneral population.

For more information on the H1N1 situation, visit .

Public Comment Period on Healthy People 2020 Objectives Ends December 31

Friday, December 18th, 2009

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is inviting public comment on the DRAFT set of objectives for Healthy People 2020. For the past three decades, Healthy People has provided a set of national 10-year health promotion and disease prevention objectives designed to improve the health of all Americans.

Visit to:

  • View proposed draft objectives for Healthy People 2020
  • Comment on the proposed objectives
  • Comment on the topic areas
  • Suggest additional objectives

Comments will be accepted through December 31, 2009.

Area Health Education Centers Directory

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The AHEC program helps bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs.

Currently, 54 AHEC programs with more than 200 centers operate in almost every state and the District of Columbia. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work collaboratively with AHECs to improve health for underserved and under-represented populations.

A complete directory and map of all AHECs may be found at:

PubMed Central’s New URL

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

PubMed Central (PMC) has a new  URL,  The change was made to help make PMC more fully integrated with NCBI resources.  The old URL ( will automatically redirect users to the new address.

For more information on the new format convention, see Fogelman M. PubMed Central® (PMC) — New URL Format. NLM Tech Bull. 2009 Nov-Dec;(371):e12.

SCR CONNECTions Webinar: Funding and Proposal Writing

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Have a great idea for an outreach, technology or document delivery project? Wondering where to find funding for these and other projects? Afraid of the application process? If so, join us for the next SCR CONNECTions webinar: “Funding Opportunities and Proposal Writing Tips” on December 16, 2009 at 10:30 – 11:30 CT.

This webinar will cover upcoming NN/LM SCR funding opportunities, including Technology Improvement, Outreach, Document Delivery and never-before-offered awards. In addition, each step of the application process will be covered in detail so that you can apply for one of these funding opportunities with confidence.

The webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. You don’t need to install any software to join the conference, simply click on the URL: Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

We look forward to “seeing” you virtually on Wednesday the 16th.

UNT Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grants

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Portal to Texas History staff at the University of North Texas (UNT) is extending an invitation to institutions to apply for a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-project. They will be funding mini-projects for libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other groups that hold history materials.  All of the materials will be scanned at the Digital Imaging Lab in the Willis Library on the University of North Texas campus in Denton, and hosted in The Portal to Texas History.  For the digitization mini-projects funding will be allocated in the range of $25 – $1000, based on the costs outlined in the application.

The application deadline is January 15, 2010, and scanning will begin in March of 2010.

Learn more and download applications at:

Questions? Please contact Tara Carlisle, (940) 369-8740,

FDA Releases Fraudulent 2009 H1N1 Influenza Proucts List

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a Fraudulent Products List intended to alert consumers about Web sites that are or were illegally marketing unapproved, uncleared, or unauthorized products in relation to the 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus (sometimes referred to as the “swine flu” virus). It should be noted that the uses related to the 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus are not necessarily being promoted by the manufacturers of the products.

The Fraudulent 2009 H1N1 Influenza Products List may be accessed at:


NLM’s Specialized Information Services New Resource:ToxLearn

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Specialized Information Services has released a new resource, ToxLearn, . ToxLearn is a joint project of NLM’s Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Project (TEHIP) and the U.S. Society of Toxicology (SOT).

ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to toxicology. It can be used as an ancillary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course, and can provide users of NLM’s toxicology databases with a working knowledge of basic toxicology principles. It does not require any prerequisite knowledge beyond a basic understanding of biology and chemisty.

Only Module One will be released at this time with additional modules to come later.