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Archive for April, 2010

May is Older Americans Month!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month to assist our National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging, and community services providers plan for activities that might take place in May or throughout the year. This year’s theme “Age Strong! Live Long!” recognizes the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span three generations.

For further information check out their website A0A Older Americans Month

PubMed Search Clinic Recording Available

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The recording of the PubMed Search Clinic on the PubMed Search Builder conducted on April 20, 2010 is now available for viewing at: Questions and answers resulting from the clinic will be posted at a later date.

Library Technology Award Recipient

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is happy to announce the recipient of a Year 04 Library Technology Award:

Robert M. Bird Library, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Principal Investigator: Mark Hopkins
Project title: Delivering History: Connecting Users to Historical and Cultural Heritage Materials12
Brief description: Utilizing ContentDM the Library will capture, digitize and share content from its History of Medicine Collection. Three collections from the History of Medicine Collection will be the focus of this project. These collections include: the collection of surgical instruments of Dr. Joel Price, the historical collection of Martha Primeaux, an American Indian leader in the field of nursing, and the collection of Dean Long who served as College of Medicine Dean at OU from 1915-1931.

Congratulations to Mark and the Bird Library!

SCR CONNECTions Wednesday, April 21, 10:30am CT

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Join us April 21 from 10:30am – 11:30am(CT), for NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. This month’s topic is: PubMed Update. The presenter will be Re Mishra, NN/LM SCR Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator.

All web conferences 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:, chose “Enter as a Guest”, and type in your name.

Additional information about monthly SCR CONNECTions is located on the NN/LM SCR website at:

Closed captioning is available upon request with 24 hours notice.

PubMed Training Manual Updated

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The PubMed Training Manual used by the National Training Center and Clearinghouse trainers has been updated.  Go to for the April 2010 version of the workbook.

NLM’s Yellow Wall-Paper Exhibition Sites in the South Central Region

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Five libraries in the South Central Region are hosting the National Library of Medicine’s exhibition Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Yellow Wall-Paper.” Artist and writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was discouraged from pursuing a career to preserve her health, rejected 19th century ideas about feminine weakness to justify inequality between the sexes 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.

The following South Central Region libraries are hosting the exhibit:

1/24/2010 – 3/6/2010 Prairie View A&M, Undergraduate Medical Academy, Prairie View, TX (completed)

3/21/2010 – 5/2/2010 Austin College, Sherman, TX

10/31/2010 – 12/11/2010 Our Lady of the Lake College Library, Baton Rouge, LA

12/20/2010 – 1/29/2011 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

5/29/2011 – 7/9/2011 Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, TX

For more locations:

PubMed Search Clinic

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

A thirty-minute online search clinic will be presented by the National Library of Medicine via Adobe® Connect on Tuesday, April 20 at 1:00 pm ET. The presentation will cover the mechanics of the PubMed Search Builder page and how to use search tags.

The details are available at: Search Clinic: Building a PubMed® Search. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Mar-Apr;(373):e14.

Free Online Health Literacy Training for Public Health Professionals

Monday, April 12th, 2010

To help public health professionals respond to the problem of limited health literacy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched a free “Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Online Training” program. The purpose of this training is to educate public health professionals about limited health literacy and their role in addressing it in a public health context.

This web-based course can be accessed at any time by any computer with Internet access and  takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Trainees can earn a variety of continuing education credits. The training program may be accessed at:

NLM Journal Donation System Celebrates First Birthday

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

One year ago the National Library of Medicine (NLM) launched a web-based journal donation system to make it easy for DOCLINE libraries to find out if NLM needs any volumes of print journals they are discarding. The new system has been a big success, and libraries report that it’s easy to use. From April 2009 through March 2010, a total of 217 libraries submitted offers and 2,437 items were added to NLM’s collection.

Please continue to help NLM make their print journal collection as complete as possible. If you are a DOCLINE library, go to to see which volumes NLM needs.  If you’re not, please contact us at 301-496-0081 or NLM will pay for shipping.

World Health Day: April 7, 2010

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

World Health Day: 1000 cities, 1000 lives The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated April 7, 2010 as World Health Day 2010. The focus of his year’s World Health Day is urbanization and health. With the campaign “1000 cities – 1000 lives”, events will be held worldwide which encourage cities to open up streets for health activities.

The global goals of the campaign are:

  • 1000 cities: to open up public spaces to health and
  • 1000 lives: to collect 1000 stories of urban health champions who have taken action and had a significant impact on health in their cities.

To date, more than 1300 cities have joined the campaign worldwide. For more information, including an interactive map of participating cities, visit the World Health Day website: .