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Archive for June, 2010

NN/LM SCR Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Resources

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region has a web page specifically devoted to information and resources on all types of emergencies and disaster recovery efforts. The web page is currently the featured SCR web page: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery, and may also be accessed through the NN/LM SCR homepage (

Topics on the page include: resources from the Federal Goverment; resources focused specifically to libraries, schools, and medical associations; a people locator; and animal health resources. A link to the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit is  included. The toolkit was created “to promote disaster planning in health sciences libraries and to serve as a disaster planning resource for local communities and the nation.” A link to a shelter-in-place plan and diagram is included, as well as sample disaster plans.

Clinical Queries Redesigned

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

The PubMed Clinical Queries page has been redesigned to filter one search by three clinical research areas: Clinical Study Categories, Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics.

See the NLM Technical Bulletin article: Canese K. PubMed® Clinical Queries Page Redesign. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 May-Jun;(374):e26.

Sewell Stipend Available for APHA

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The 2010 Sewell Stipend is now accepting applications!

“Social Justice lies at the heart of public health. It is central to its mission and is frequently described as public health’s core value. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work, play a greater role in longevity and overall health in the United States than genes, health insurance and access to health services…Ultimately education, transportation and housing policies affect the health of people. The challenge for any government–municipal, regional, state and federal–is to introduce health consequences into all discussions of social policies.”

These opening lines in this year’s Preliminary Program for the 138th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition really help set the tone to explain why social justice is a public health imperative. Join us in Denver at APHA this year November 6-10, 2010 to explore this link and discover more about the social determinants of health!

With the award, The Sewell Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Please download an application form and read all the requirements via the Medical Library Association’s PH/HA website at Applications are due Friday July 23, 2010. If you have any questions, please e-mail Joey Nicholson directly at

Upcoming Screencasting Classes in Fort Worth and Shreveport

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The NN/LM SCR will be offering two Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials classes in the Region this summer.

The first class opportunity will be held Wednesday, July 28th from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library in Fort Worth, TX.

The next class opportunity will be held Tuesday, August 24th from 8:30am – 12:30 pm at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport Medical Library in Shreveport, LA.

Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials is a 4-hour hands-on class which 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.

Classes are free and open to anyone.   For more information on the locations or to register for either class, go to:

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Hurst at or 713-799-7880.

Hold the Phone! NLM Announces Health Hotlines App

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Health Hotlines

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Health Hotlines is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch ( Health Hotlines is also compatible with the iPad.

Health Hotlines is a compilation of organizations with toll-free telephone numbers to assist the public in locating health-related information. It is derived from DIRLINE, NLM’s Directory of Information Resources Online, which contains descriptions of almost 9,000 health and biomedical organizations and resources.  Some of the subject areas included in Health Hotlines are AIDS, cancer, diseases and disorders, maternal and child health, aging, substance abuse, disabilities and mental health.

Health Hotlines is also available on the NLM’s website

SCR CONNECTions June 16 Webinar Recording Available

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

The recording for the June 16, 2010 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Mobile Applications, Resources and Devices, is now available online at

Please note that in response to questions asked during the webinar additional slides were added to the Presentation Materials. You will find additional applications listed and links to web resources.

The next SCR CONNECTions will be held on Wednesday, July 21st at 10:30am CDT. The topic will be a Review of the MedlinePlus Redesign. Look forward to seeing you then!

Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children Knowledge Path Online

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The Maternal and Child Health Library released a new edition of the knowledge path, Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents.  The knowledge path points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at advancing health coverage and improving health care access for children and adolescents. Emphasis is placed on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Separate sections present resources for professionals (health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers) and for families. A special topics section points to resources that address health reform, outreach and enrollment, and school-based and school-linked care.

View the path online at Knowledge paths on other maternal and child health (MCH) topics are available at .

My NCBI to Replace eRA Commons for Bibliography Management

Friday, June 11th, 2010

NIH is now providing Commons users with a more efficient, accurate and user-friendly way to manage their professional bibliographies, associate publications with their grant awards, and ensure compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.  As of July 23, 2010, program directors and principal investigators (PD/PIs) will be unable to enter citations manually into eRA Commons and must use My NCBI’s “My Bibliography” tool to manage their professional bibliographies.

Users can log in to My NCBI and access My Bibliography from eRA Commons, or they can log in directly to My NCBI using their Commons username and password.

Required actions:

  1. If not already established, PD/PIs must establish a My NCBI account to gain access to My Bibliography.
  2. My NCBI accounts must be linked to eRA Commons accounts.
  3. As of July 23, 2010, Commons will no longer support manual entry of citations. PD/PIs will no longer be able to type or copy and paste citation data into Commons and must enter new citations into their My NCBI accounts.
  4. As of October 22, Commons will no longer display citations that a PI has manually entered into Commons. All citations previously entered manually into Commons will be removed from the Commons system. Therefore, these citations must be added to My Bibliography so that they will continue to appear in Commons and can be associated with future annual progress reports.

Read the entire NIH notice at:

2010 MLA DOCLINE Update

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The PowerPoint presentations from the MLA 2010 DOCLINE Update and the NLM Sunrise Seminar are now available at:

More Mobile News from NLM

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Wiser Icon

WISER joins REMM as the latest National Library of Medicine (NLM) resource now available for free download for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Wireless System for Emergency Responders (WISER)

Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM) (Available for iPhone/iPod Touch, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices.)

Additional resources including some titles from the NCBI Bookshelf (National Center for Biotechnology Information) are available for use on other devices.

AIDSinfo’s PDA Tools (Works with Pocket PC and Palm OS.)

NCBI Bookshelf (Works with MobiPocket Reader. The software works on Palm Powered devices, Pocket PCs, Symbian phones and PCs.)

Don’t forget the following sites have been optimized to provide mobile access. Any mobile device with Internet access should be able to access and use these sites through the mobile browser.

Mobile MedlinePlus

PubMed® for Handhelds

More information on all mobile resources from the NLM can be found on the NLM Mobile site.