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Archive for January, 2010

Haiti Earthquake-Related Health Information and News on Twitter and Facebook

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

The Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services Division (SIS), of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has compiled two lists of organizations which are using Facebook and Twitter to provide health information and/or news relevant to the situation in Haiti.

Below are two lists: the first is sites with health information and the second list is organizations’ sites that are reporting their activities.


Changes to PubMed’s Advanced Search

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

A recent article in the NLM Technical Bulletin, PubMed® Advanced Search, Limits, and Homepage Revised, describes the changes that will be available in early February.  The biggest changes included a new Limits page and a redesigned Advanced Search page.

Emergency Access Initiative Launched

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers announce the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 65 reference books for libraries and hospitals affected by the earthquake in Haiti.  The collection is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to the disaster.

The Emergency Access Initiative collection is a combination of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and also emergency medicine related titles.  The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users.  It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

The literature is being provided as part of the Emergency Access Initiative – a collaborative partnership between NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles and select reference books to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.  While the project was established to assist libraries affected by disasters in the United States, NLM and the publishers are activating the Emergency Access Initiative today in light of the medical disaster unfolding in the aftermath of the earthquake.

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative:  American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts or was impacted by the Haitian earthquake, please let them know of this service.

Emergency Access Initiative:

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally.  Libraries in the United States can contact their Regional Medical Library for assistance and support at 1-800-338-7657.

SCR CONNECTions Jan 20 Webinar Recording Available

Monday, January 25th, 2010

The recording for the January 20 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Health Materials, is available online at

The next SCR CONNECTions, Nursing Resources, will be held on Wednesday, February 17, at 10:30am CT.

New NLM Web Page on Haiti Earthquake Health-Related Resources

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has created a new web page, devoted solely to Haiti earthquake health information links, available at:

The page lists new web pages about the Haiti earthquake situation from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). There is also a section on Haitian Creole and French-language materials. Links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as public health assessments, emergency surgical care, and  management of dead bodies, are included.

The page will continue to expand and will add a section on hazards from concrete dust and other airborne particulates from the collapsed buildings and subsequent clean-up activities.

Screencasting Class in Lake Charles, LA

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials class at the McNeese State University, Frazar Library in Lake Charles, LA on Friday, March 26, 2010 from 1pm – 5pm.

This 4-hour hands-on class will provide attendees with a fun, yet informative, overview of screencasting, how you can integrate this technology into your information services and education opportunities, what hardware and software tools will work best for your needs, and how to create an effective screencast using cost-effective tools.

Upon successful completion of the class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

The class is free and open to anyone.   For more information on the location and how to register, go to:

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

Health Indicators Webinar Series

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) in collaboration with the Medical Library Association (MLA) is very pleased to announce the following 4-part webinar series on Health Indicators:

Part I: Health Indicators: Overview – Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Part II: Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) – Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Part III: Practical Approaches for Using Health Indicators – Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Part IV: Examples of Health Indicator Projects* – Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

*The proposed date is contingent upon the availability of two important indicator projects (MATCH and SUSA) which are currently under development.

Presenters Nancy Allee and Cheryl Wold have developed informative sessions to acquaint participants with the variety, depth, use, and purposes of health indicators. Archived versions of the sessions will be available in the future.

For a complete description of the Health Indicators Webinar Series, and to register, see

Haiti Humanitarian Aid

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Update: The USAID Haiti links listed below have been moved to this page: . (posted January 26, 2010)

Subsequent to the recent earthquake in Haiti, inquiries on where to direct donations of commodities and offers of volunteer assistance may be forthcoming. The US Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID, is the lead federal agency (along with Department of Defense) responding to the Haiti earthquake disaster.

The form for specifically offering commodities is located at: You can indicate that the commodities are a donation.

The form for offering your personal services is located at:

You must indicate on the forms that you agree to have your information shared with government and non-government organizations (NGOs) who may then contact you.


New NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is happy to announce two new funding opportunities now available:

Community Preparedness Day Award
The purpose of the Community Preparedness Day Award is to assist libraries in becoming active partners in their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning activities.  The objectives of Community Preparedness Day are: Integrate and involve libraries into their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning activities; Provide access to emergency management information tools and resources to first responders, public health workforce, health care professionals and the community;  Promote and publicize the role libraries can play in emergency preparedness.
Amount of funding:  Two (2) projects up to $5,000 each will be awarded.
Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2010
Application and more information:

Historical Preservation and Digitization Award
The purpose of the Historical Preservation and Digitization award is to increase accessibility to historic and unique items in the South Central Region by providing funding for network members to digitize portions of their collections. These digital collections will then be made freely available online
Amount of funding: Three (3) projects up to $25,000 each will be awarded.
Deadline for Applications: March 15, 2010
For more information and instructions on how to apply:

For a list of all NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities:

Relevance of Health Information to the Situation in Haiti

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

In the aftermath of a disaster such as the recent earthquake in Haiti, health information can be a valuable resource. The following resources may be of use to libraries and librarians who may be called upon to provide such information.

NLM has an Earthquake topic page on MedlinePlus in English,,  and in Spanish,, which may be useful for general background information or for explaining earthquakes to children.

Relevant patient education materials are available via  MedlinePlus, including:  “Health Information in Haitian Creole (Kreyol),”, and in French,  Information in multiple languages is also available from the Refugee Health Information Network, There are also many materials at NLM related to disaster recovery and long-term medical and mental health needs. 

The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) does not have a specific emergency response role in an event like this unless requested by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Operations Center. However, the Center is available to assist librarians in providing information services in their institutions as their hospital, university, military unit, etc. responds to the earthquake.

For additional resources, see the NLM DIMRC website at or the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit at .