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Archive for July, 2010

Library Student Outreach Award Deadline August 1

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

August 1st is the deadline for the NN/LM SCR’s Library Student Outreach Award!

Do you know, or work with, any library students interested in health sciences outreach? If so, encourage them to apply for the 2010 Library Student Outreach Award. The award provides funding for students to attend and participate in NN/LM SCR outreach activities at the South Central Chapter (SCC) of the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting taking place in Austin, TX October 16 – 20.  At the conference, students will attend meetings and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and outreach services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.

Library students currently attending an ALA-accredited Library or Information Sciences program located in the South Central Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) are eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply:

MedlinePlus Redesign Webinar July 21, 10:30 am CT

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

On Wednesday, July 14, 2010, the National Library of Medicine will release the redesigned MedlinePlus. New features include:

  • Emphasizes search and makes navigation more intuitive
  • Frequently used content is easier to find
  • New MedlinePlus logo for strong product branding
  • Web 2.0 technologies that help users share content

On Wednesday July 21, 2010, at 10:30 am CT, NN/LM SCR Coordinator Karen Vargas will review the redesigned MedlinePlus in detail as part of the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar series.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Go to, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name. Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

For more detailed information about logging in to SCR CONNECTions, go to:

Information Needs Related to Gulf Oil Spill Conf Call

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

On Thursday, July 15 at 12:30 CT, the National Library of Medicine’s regularly scheduled Disaster Information Specialist Meeting will include a guest speaker from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) who will discuss the ongoing oil spill.

The guest speaker, Joseph “Chip” Hughes, MPH has been deployed since April to the Gulf region where he has been working with Coast Guard and BP officials as well as local and state officials, academic institutions and other federal agencies to provide worker safety training. He will share his insights on the ongoing situation and talk about the information needs related to the oil spill.

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meetings are open to everyone and may be attended in person or by conference call. If you only want to listen in to hear the guest speaker, just sign off the call after that portion of the meeting.

To join by phone, please call 1-888-813-8477 and enter passcode 394248.

Broadband Today

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Broadband typically refers to high-speed Internet access. Unlike traditional dial-up Internet access, broadband is always on and faster than dial-up. Broadband access changes the way individuals access and use information. Broadband also impacts many aspects of daily life including communications, information acquisition, health care, the economy and education. While broadband access is growing it is not yet available in all parts of the United States. Many rural areas struggle with broadband coverage and access.

A recent story featured on National Public Radio (NPR) highlighted how an American Indian tribe in a remote part of the United States has difficulty accessing emergency assistance because broadband access is not yet reliable or affordable in the area. This story highlights the difficulties associated with providing broadband access and the problems which can result when a community is underconnected.

In March the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released Connecting America: the National Broadband Plan which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The multifaceted plan calls for improving broadband access, reliability and availability.

A special feature of the plan provides for the “reform and upgrade of the Rural Health Care Program to connect public health facilities to high speed Internet facilities and to foster telemedicine applications and services.”

Interested in learning more about broadband availability in your area? You can explore broadband maps made available by

As the broadband plan takes shape we can anticipate many changes in the way we access and use information. Providing individuals with a national broadband network can mean changes in the way health information is used and delivered and may also enhance health care. Many rural areas are still in great need of high-speed Internet access; through government funding and award initiatives we can expect to see big changes in broadband access in the years to come.

MedlinePlus Redesign Debuts July 14

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

On Wednesday, July 14, MedlinePlus will unveil a completely redesigned site with a freshened look and feel, a new logo, and distinctive color schemes for English and Spanish pages. The content on the current site will still be available in the new design, with some exciting new features and enhancements. The new design emphasizes search, makes navigation more intuitive, and highlights frequently used content.  The National Library of Medicine invites you to preview the new design and read more about the changes.

Once the new look is live next week, please visit MedlinePlus, and send your feedback and comments about the new design via the “Contact Us” link that appears on every page.

Historical Preservation and Digitization Award Recipients Announced

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is happy to announce two recipients of the Historical Preservation and Digitization Award.

Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library – New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Project Title: Digitization of the Aristides Agramonte Collection on Yellow Fever
Principal Investigators: Deborah Sibley & Molly Knapp
Summary: This project aims to digitize 149 rare books and journals identified as the first materials acquired for the LSU medical school library. The books belonged to Dr. Aristides Agramonte, a prominent pathologist and department chair at LSU during the 1900’s. He served in the US Army with Dr. Walter Reed during the Yellow Fever expedition to Cuba. His collection includes a large number of early publications on yellow fever.

Institution: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library, Dallas, TX
Project Title: Dallas Medical History, 1890-1975: A Digital Collection
Principal Investigator: Matthew Zimmerman
Summary: The goals of this project include enhancing availability of information about Dallas’ medical history, improving public awareness of historical resources available online and preserving original images. This project will create a digital repository for over 500 images illustrating the history of medicine in Dallas. A web exhibit featuring high interest images will also be created.

Congratulations to both institutions. These projects will begin soon, we look forward to utilizing these online collections in the future.

New Videos on NIH Peer Review & Tips for Applicants

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has released a series of videos to show grant applicants and others how scientists from across the country review NIH applications for scientific and technical merit. Each year, NIH assesses over 80,000 grant applications.

The videos are designed to provide insights and understanding to both new and established applicants that can empower them to improve their applications, thus increasing their chances for receiving a more positive review.  

The videos can be viewed and downloaded at .

HHS Launches New Consumer Focused Health Care Website

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled an innovative new online tool to enable consumers to take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources that will help them access quality, affordable health care coverage. is the first website to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a single, easy-to-use tool. combines information about public programs with information from more than 1,000 private insurance plans.  Consumers can obtain information about options specific to their life situation and local community.

In addition, the website will provide information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as other health care resources.  The website will connect consumers to quality rankings for local health care providers as well as preventive services.

The complete press release from HHS may be viewed at: Visit the website directly at: .