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Archive for September, 2010

Emergency Access Initiative Activated for Pakistan

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Women and children walking away from high flood watersThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in Pakistan. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 230 biomedical serial titles and over 60 reference books and online databases 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 in light of the growing healthcare issues developing in the aftermath of widespread flooding in Pakistan.

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) 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.

EAI is not an open access collection – it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts in Pakistan, please let them know of this service.

Emergency Access Initiative:

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative:  American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, 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.

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally.

Photo from United Nations Development Program, UNDP in Pakistan.

New National Website Cuts Red Tape for Volunteer Health Professionals

Friday, September 10th, 2010

To make volunteering in an emergency easier for health professionals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response launched a national website this week for the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP).

ESAR-VHP is a national network of state-based programs that verifies the identity, licenses, and credentials of health professionals before an emergency happens. The HHS national ESAR-VHP website provides a single point of entry for potential volunteers, connecting them with each state’s ESAR-VHP program, so health professionals can volunteer quickly without losing time waiting to have their credentials verified.

All health professionals are encouraged to visit the ESAR-VHP website, and follow the steps to register with their state system. Health professionals include doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, medical technologists, clinical social workers, medical records technicians, and mental health counselors.

Registering with ESAR-VHP does not mean that health professionals are obligated to serve. Once registered, participants can opt in or out when contacted for volunteer service.

ESAR-VHP helps communities, states, and the nation become prepared for disasters. For more information on ESAR-VHP, visit

2010 NN/LM SCR Library Student Award Recipients

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the ten recipients of the 2010 Library Student Outreach Award. The award provides funding for students to attend and participate in NN/LM SCR outreach activities at the upcoming SCC/MLA Annual Meeting.

  1. Brian Creal  (Library School: University of Oklahoma)
  2. Amanda Goncu (Library School:  Louisiana State University)
  3. Karen Harmon (Library School: University of Oklahoma)
  4. Sharon Lee (Library School: University of North Texas)
  5. Stephanie Claire Mayeux  (Library School:  Louisiana State University)
  6. Joyce McFadden (Library School: University of North Texas)
  7. April Schweikhard  (Library School: University of Oklahoma)
  8. Andrea Spencer (Library School:  University of North Texas)
  9. Jennifer Strayhorn (Library School:  University of North Texas)
  10. Joy Yeh  (Library School:  University of North Texas)

For those of you who will be attending the meeting, stop by the NN/LM SCR Exhibit booth and meet the students!

HHS Launches

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today unveiled, the first website in Spanish of its kind to help consumers 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 partner site of

As HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “ will give Latinos across the nation better information about the choices they have, how much they cost, and what they can expect from their doctor–specific to their life situation and local community.”

Press Release:

Google Instant Search Launched

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Google Instant Saves 2-5 seconds per search compared to traditional searchThis month Google is rolling out several new applications and features. The latest feature to be unveiled, Google Instant, is designed to revolutionize the search process. Google Instant provides users with a dynamic new way to search. With Google Instant relevant search results appear as you type or change your search. Google Instant also utilizes new technology that predicts the terms you will add to your search. Google has begun utilizing new technologies to ensure that Google Instant provides users with a fast and simple search experience. Google Instant is designed to shorten the search experience, on average saving two to five seconds per search.

Currently Google Instant is being released slowly. In the near future Google anticipates Google Instant becoming the core search option on as well as Google search for mobile devices.

YEP, It’s Bout That Time Again

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Each year the National Library of Medicine (NLM) conducts MEDLINE year-end processing (YEP) activities. On November 17, 2010, NLM will temporarily stop adding MEDLINE citations to PubMed until mid-December. At that time MEDLINE will have been updated to the 2011 MeSH.

For more information, see: Tybaert S. MEDLINE®/PubMed® Year-End Processing Activities. NLM Tech Bull. 2010 Sep-Oct;(376):e1.

Wonderful World of Web Widgets

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Widgets, also referred to as gadgets, are a great way to add quick access to outside information or resources to your own website. Widgets are stand-alone applications that can be embedded into other websites by any user. Widgets can be embedded into a web page, blog or any site that uses HTML coding.

For example, you may have used the Health Resources for Haiti page provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) but you may want to provide visitors to your website with a link to these same resources. The NLM created a widget that links back to the resources. To embed the widget on your page, use the provided code to place a graphic link to the resource page on your own website.

Many other government agencies have created widgets that can be added to a website. Embedding widgets on your website allows you to personalize your website while still providing access to resources and information. Another benefit of widgets is that all of the data is managed by the original creator. Little maintenance is necessary once you add the widget to your page. Additionally coding and graphics are supplied so no additional programming skill is needed. The code can be copied and pasted.

The Government Gadget Gallery from contains a wide range of gadgets and widgets on topics including health, business, family, environment, travel, science, reference, defense and more.

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NCBI Overview with Peter Cooper

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

This month’s SCR CONNECTions on Sept 15 at 10:30am (CT) will be an NCBI Overview conducted by Peter Cooper, Ph.D., National Center for Biotechnology Information.

“This talk provides an introduction to the molecular databases at the NCBI and covers accessing data through the Entrez system and BLAST. I will give an overview of databases, describe types of molecular data, demonstrate sequence, SNP, genome information and BLAST searching using a single gene as an example to navigate across the integrated databases, search tools, and other resources. The talk is 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes for questions and answers.”

The webinar is free to anyone interested in attending. 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.

It is recommended that you test your connection before joining with Adobe Connect.

Closed captioning is available upon request with 24 hours notice.

Older Adults Double Usage of Social Media

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The latest report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project ( shows that social media use among adults aged 50-64 has nearly doubled.  Almost 1/2 of Internet users from 50-64 and 1/4 of those over 65 are users of Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media websites.

Young adults (aged 18-29) are still the main users of sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace with 86% of Internet users in this age group saying they use those sites.  However, while young adults have increased their use of those sites by 13% in the past year, adults 50-64 have increased their use by 88%, and those aged 65 and above have increased their use by 100%!

In addition, adults aged 50-64 have increased the use of Twitter or a similar product from 5% in 2009 to 11% in 2010.  Not surprisingly, email is still the primary way older adults stay connected online, with 92% of those aged 50-64 and 89% of those aged 65 and older sending or reading email on a typical day.

Based on previous research, the Pew article discusses various reasons why social media is expanding so quickly with older adults:

  • Social networking users are much more likely to reconnect with people from their past, and these renewed connections can provide a powerful support network when people near retirement or embark on a new career.
  • Older adults are more likely to be living with a chronic disease, and those living with these diseases are more likely to reach out for support online.
  • Social media bridges generational gaps and provides the opportunity to share information across generational divides.

For more information, read the full report at