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Archive for March, 2010

Healthy Roads Media Has New Multilingual Materials

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Healthy Roads Media has created a number of new free materials. First, there is a set of HIV/AIDS materials in English and French that have been made possible with the support of the Specialized Information Services Division of the National Library of Medicine. There are new materials (English and Spanish) that focus on helping to get parents to ask questions about their children’s health care. These are based on the SpeakUp materials of The Joint Commission. There are English and Somali web videos that provide guidance on drawing up insulin and giving a subcutaneous injection. These diabetes education materials were developed by Health Information Translations ( and have been reformatted and made available here with their permission. Lastly, there is a new English language title that deals with reading medication labels. It is made possible through a partnership with a collaborative team from New York (Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester and Rochester Committee on Refugee Resettlement). It is also being developed in the Karen language.

SCR CONNECTions March 17 Webinar Recording Available

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The recording for the March 17 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Reliable Complementary and Alternative (CAM) Websites, is available online at

The next SCR CONNECTions, PubMed Update, will be held on Wednesday, April 21, at 10:30am CT.

Customizing PubMed Search Results

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

PubMed now allows users to tailor how their search results will display.  By setting their preferences with My NCBI, users can select whether the results will be in the Summary or Abstract format, how many citations there will be per page, and the order of the results.

SCreenshot of My NCBI options settings

See the NLM Technical Bulletin article for the full details.

Audio Pronunciations Added to MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Have you ever read a medical word and wondered how to pronounce it?  Do your customers ask you for help pronouncing medical words?  MedlinePlus can help!

The MedlinePlus medical dictionary now includes audio pronunciations.  Learn how to say words like ptosis, Sjogren’s and fibrillation.  Search the medical dictionary on MedlinePlus and then click on the red speaker icon to hear the pronunciation.

If you have any questions or comments about this new feature, please send them to the MedlinePlus team via the contact form on MedlinePlus.

MLA Estelle Brodman Awardee in SCR

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Congratulations to Stephanie Fulton, Assistant Library Director at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Research Medical Library, the recipient of the 2010 Medical Library Association’s Estelle Brodman Award for Academic Medical Librarian of the Year.  The Estelle Brodman Award recognizes an academic medical librarian at mid-career level who demonstrates significant achievement, the potential for leadership, and continuing excellence. The award was established in 1986.

Dr. Ana and Dr. Don Cleveland MLA Award Recipients

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Congratulations to Drs. Ana and Don Cleveland (University of North Texas, College of Information), recipients of the 2010 Medical Library Association’s (MLA) Ida and George Eliot Prize, for their book “Health Informatics for Medical Librarians“!

The Ida and George Eliot Prize is presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. They will receive the award at MLA’s annual meeting in May.

Both “Dr. Ana” and “Dr. Don” Cleveland have taught many librarians in the South Central Region.

Health Statistics on the Web Class at HAM-TMC Library

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as …1, 2, 3! at the HAM-TMC Library, Houston, TX, on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

This 3-hour hands-on course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the features and scope of several statistics Internet resources through the use of numerous exercises.

Upon successful completion of the class, each participant will receive 3 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 Cheryl Rowan at or 713-799-7880.

Reminder: NN/LM SCR Educational Needs Assessment

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR Educational Needs Assessment is closing on Friday, March 12, 2010. Please go to: to respond.

New Ways to Connect with the National Library of Medicine

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Social networking opportunities are attracting new users to sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Now you can stay connected with the National Library of Medicine through both Facebook and Twitter. Become a Fan of the National Library of Medicine on Facebook and follow informative tweets on Twitter by using the links below.

National Library of Medicine Facebook Fan Page

nlm_newsroom Twitter feed

Additional information about all social networking  options from the National Library of Medicine can be found in the following page:

HIV/AIDS Community & Library Funding Opportunity

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • State-of-the-art resources;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Document Access.

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Monday, April 19, 2010.

The solicitation for the 2010 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site at

See the complete announcement online at: