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Archive for 2011

Resources for Victims of Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Philippines Storm

The Government of the Philippines is leading a major emergency rescue, evacuation and response operation in southern Philippines following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Washi, known locally as Sendong.

Read the initial Report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (covering the period of December 16 – 18, 2011):

Several resources are available from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Resource Center about the health impacts of flooding, including disease risks and worker and responder safety information: .

The National Library of Medicine has also activated a People Locator: .

Google has created a Person Finder, available in English and Filipino:

Person Finder, English:
Person Finder, Filipino:

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DiPA Award Recipient Announced

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the Year 1 Digital Preservation and Access (DiPA) Award.

The purpose of the Digital Preservation and Access (DiPA) Award is to increase accessibility to historically significant and unique items in the South Central Region by providing funding for Network members to digitize portions of their collections. These digital collections will be made freely available online.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock, AR

Project: Preserving the History of Medicine In Arkansas

Description: Medical Society readily available in a searchable digital format in order to facilitate historic preservation and research related to the history of the health sciences in Arkansas. Objectives include the following: Purchase quality digital scanning equipment, establish procedures (including metadata, etc.) for creating a searchable digital database, scan the early publications of the Arkansas Medical Society and create a searchable database of the digital files, make the files readily available through the Historical Research Center’s digital collections website at, and eventually in PubMed Central, use the scanner to digitize and make available online other important historical materials after the funding period is complete.

For a full list of funded projects from the NN/LM SCR please visit:

Please join us in congratulating the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library!

NCBI Discovery Workshop in Houston: March 13 & 14, 2012

Thursday, December 15th, 2011


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring  the NCBI Discovery Workshop in Houston, March 13 & 14, 2012.  The workshop consists of four 2.5-hour hands-on sessions emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources.

Each session uses specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.  Detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example.

Each session will also provide opportunities for participants to provide comments and suggestions on NCBI services and also to attend individual consultations with NCBI staff.

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions:

  • Sequences, Genomes, and Maps
  • Proteins, Domains and Structures
  • NCBI BLAST Services
  • Human Variation and Disease Genes

For more information about the workshop and how to register, go to:  Space is limited to 66 people so register early.  Participants are required to bring their own laptops.  Free Internet access will be provided.

Outreach to Healthcare Providers Award Recipients

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Outreach to Healthcare Providers Award:

Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Santa Fe, NM
Principal Investigator: Lou Lafrado
The Santa Fe Indian Hospital and L&D Associates Consulting Group will develop a culturally-relevant curriculum for presenting suicide prevention and awareness training using National Library of Medicine products.

Cherokee Nation Health Services Group
Principal Investigator: Sohail Khan
The Cherokee Nation Health Service group plans to develop a series of culturally appropriate multimedia tools for their patients in the Cherokee language. Additionally, iPad2s will be purchased for the medical and nursing staff so they can access databases, such as Medline/MedlinePlus, etc. at the point of care.

NLM Announces Expansion of PubMed Health

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

PubMed Health

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the expansion of the information available from PubMed Health (, which provides integrated access to clinical effectiveness reviews.

NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), in partnership with England’s national Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, the Cochrane Collaboration, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and other agencies in the US and abroad, now makes available more than 18,000 clinical effectiveness reviews via PubMed Health. PubMed Health organizes these clinical effectiveness research results, including full texts as well as summary information, for consumers and clinicians.

Effectiveness studies are essential for informed clinical and consumer decision making. Multiple studies are necessary over time, and interpreting their complex and often conflicting results is a challenge.

Systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness studies address this need with rigorous scientific methodology. However, they are scattered across the biomedical literature and the Web sites of public health agencies around the world that produce many of them. The National Library of Medicine is uniquely positioned to gather these critical clinical resources in one place.

Users of PubMed Health can:

  • Access the whole comprehensive collection of resources in a single search, including cancer information for consumers and clinicians from the National Cancer Institute
  • See the results of a simultaneous search for reviews in PubMed
  • Refer to consumer medical encyclopedia search results also delivered simultaneously
  • Follow RSS feeds of featured reviews and “Behind Headlines,” which looks at the research behind news stories
  • Learn to make sense of research results in its “Understand clinical effectiveness” and “Behind Headlines” sections
  • Share resources via e-mail and social media with “Add this”

NLM invites you to visit PubMed Health, learn more about the Web site ( or follow the project on Twitter @PubMedHealth to help you keep up with the evidence on healthcare effectiveness.

December SCR CONNECTions Reminder

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

tablet computers Join us Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions. Please note this presentation will take place one week earlier than our regularly scheduled SCR CONNECTions.

The topic for Wednesday’s webinar will be Unwrapping Mobile Technology Trends for the New Year.

Technology Coordinator, Emily Hurst will present on a how mobile technology is enhancing education and outreach.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL:

This webinar is available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. If you cannot attend this webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.

National Library of Medicine Announces YouTube Channel

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Screenshot of Youtube page

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is pleased to announce the launch of its new YouTube channel, at

YouTube is a free video-sharing Web site, created in February 2005, on which users can upload, view and share videos. Unregistered users may watch videos, and registered users may upload an unlimited number of videos.

The NLM YouTube channel will post videos of database training, NLM exhibitions (such as an overview of the new Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness), public service announcements, lectures and more. Interested parties can subscribe to be notified whenever new content is posted on the NLM channel. The NLM site also features links to NIH YouTube channels and other federal health resources.

December NIH News in Health

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

A woman selecting oil to put in frying pan

The December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available. In this edition:



Health Capsules


Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
Visit our Facebook wall to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or start a discussion about how you use the newsletter. We want to hear what you think!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-435-7489 for more information.

Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award Recipient Announced

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the Year 1 Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award.

The purpose of the MAP award is to provide an opportunity for Network members to provide access to health information utilizing mobile technologies.

Yan Hong, Ph.D.
School of Rural Public Health, Texas A & M Health Science Center, College Station, TX
Project: Disseminate ICANFIT A mobile application to promote physical activity and access to health

Description: This project will be built upon an ongoing effort to develop ICANFIT, a web and mobile application designed specifically for seniors with the following features: 1) the ability to search local physical activity resources with preset personal preferences, 2) individual goal-setting and physical activity progress tracking, 3) offering social support through virtual networking, 4) sending senior-friendly regular (daily/weekly) healthy tips, and 5) providing easy access to health information. The goal of the project is to disseminate ICANFIT to seniors in rural central Texas.

For a full list of funded projects from the NN/LM SCR please visit:

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hong and the School of Rural Public Health, Texas A & M Health Science Center!

Technology Improvement Project (TIP) Award Recipients Announced

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Technology Improvement Project (TIP) Awards.

The TIP award is intended to implement and increase access to high quality health information. Funded projects are designed to meet the health information needs of “under connected” communities and increase access to health information services within the community.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Project: Partnering with Ville Ste. Marie Linking Seniors to NLM Consumer Health Information

Description: This project will provide technology improvement at Ville Ste. Marie, an assisted living community located in Jefferson Parish, Ville Ste. Marie offers both independent and assisted living arrangements for seniors. LSUHSC – New Orleans Libraries Reference staff will conduct at least two training sessions to staff and residents at Ville Ste. Marie. The toolkit, Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online will be used extensively throughout both sessions.

Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, LA
Project: Medical Education Mobile Outreach (MEMO) Initiative

Description: This project will expand the access of science, medical, and healthcare information for high school aged students in the students in the Summer Scholars STAR Program as well as for students particiapting in the Oschsner iLab by upgrading the current minimally available technology to cutting edge mobile technology. Projects involving mobile technology will be introduced in the curriculum.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
Project: HealtheLearning for Girl Scouts: Making Reliable Electronic Health Information Accessible

Description: The LSUHSC-S Medical Library will purchase two laptop computers. These computers will be used in the field to instruct the Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf on using reliable online health information resources such as healthelinks, MedlinePlus, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases. The LSUHSC-S Medical Library faculty will conduct educational outreach activities at the Shreveport center to teach the staff and volunteers there how to find trustworthy online health information resources.

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, Dallas, TX
Project: Medical Research and Resource Library

Description: This project will provide for the creation of a web based medical resource center to assist families in understanding a diagnosis, research to compliment healthcare provider services, and education to fortify the decision making process. This award will allow RMHD to construct a Medical Research and Resource Library, providing critical and accurate information and resources. Equipment added to the library including a computer will provide access to online resources including NLM resources such as MedlinePlus.

For a full list of funded projects from the NN/LM SCR please visit:

Please join us in congratulating all of the award recipients!