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Archive for January, 2011

NLM Launches Environmental Health Student Portal

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Specialized Information Services Division announces the launch of the Environmental Health Student Portal ( This web site introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards. This newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students is a free web site that contains links to government and other reviewed and selected sites and provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:
•    water pollution
•    climate change
•    chemicals
•    air pollution (coming soon)

Image of Student Portal

Middle school teachers from school systems in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia participated in focus groups to determine the need for an environmental health site, the content, including topics and sub-topics covered, and ways in which they can incorporate the use of the web site into their classrooms. Topics and subtopics highlighted on the web site come directly from the data collected during this research. The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos. Teachers can use the site to locate links to relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

Explore the New NLM Home Page

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

On January 11, 2011, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new design and organization for its main web site. The NLM home page ( has an entirely new design, focused on your top tasks.

An image of the new NLM home page

The NLM also updated thousands of pages within the site. Pages now include site-wide navigation in the header so many of your favorite links should be just a click away. There is also a new “Share” feature so you can send content to your friends, colleagues or yourself via social bookmarking and networking.

The NLM welcomes your feedback via the Contact NLM link.

NIH News in Health

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The January 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:

Your Aging Eyes: How You See as Time Goes By
You can’t prevent all age-related changes to your eyes. But you can take steps to protect your vision and reduce your risk for serious eye disease in the future. Effective treatments are now available for many eye disorders. You can also learn how to make the most of the vision you have.

Biological Blueprints: Protein Shapes Help Treat Disease
Proteins deliver oxygen to your tissues, defend against infection, digest food and even make new proteins. These molecules are uniquely designed to carry out their tasks. If we can understand how protein shapes affect what they do, we might be able to understand what goes wrong in some diseases and develop better treatments.
Read more about proteins and disease.

Health Capsules:
•    More Frequent Dialysis Helps Kidney Patients
•    Reducing College Drinking
•    Featured Web Site: NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

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Comments on Draft National Prevention Strategy

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Becky J. Lyon
Deputy Associate Director, Library Operations, National Library of Medicine

Dear Colleagues,

Your input matters. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council (the “National Prevention Council”). The Council, consisting of 17 Federal departments and agencies led by the US Surgeon General, is responsible for developing the first-ever National Prevention Strategy, which will be released later this year. The Strategy will address national goals for prevention, health promotion, and integrative and public health. The Council is currently seeking broad public comment on it draft recommendations. The public may comment through January 13, 2011.

The National Prevention Strategy provides an unprecedented opportunity to shift the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention. It will present a vision, goals, recommendations and action items that public, private, nonprofit organizations and individuals can take to reduce preventable death, disease and disability in the United States. The final National Prevention Strategy will also include specific actions that the Federal government and others in the public, private, and non-profit sectors can take to achieve its recommendations. The recommendations and related action items in the final National Prevention Strategy will be based on evidence-based interventions.

NLM knows the value of the work that you do. We would like to encourage you and your communities to provide comments regarding these draft recommendations and related action items. We also encourage you to use National Prevention Strategy as an opportunity to discuss with your communities ways in which your libraries might help increase local awareness and adoption of its recommendations.

National Prevention Strategy draft recommendations

To provide comments on the draft recommendations through January 13, 2011, please visit

Patient Safety Class in Plano, TX

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR in conjunction with HealthLINE will be offering the Patient Safety Resources Seminar class at the Ambulatory Care Pavilion, Children’s Medical Center at Legacy, in Plano, TX.

Class: Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines
Instructor: Ruicha Mishra, NN/LM SCR
Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011
Time: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
4 MLA CE contact hours

Click here to register; space is limited to register soon.  Deadline to register is January 17, 2011.

This interactive seminar focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety processes and activities – both within their institutions and organizations and in providing patient safety resources for health professionals, for administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include understanding the definitions and issues of patient safety; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying appropriate resources; and library advocacy in the area of patient safety. These four hours of lecture, discussion and brainstorming help librarians in all fields become effective agents for improving patient safety.

Prezi Please

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Prezi has been hailed by many as the next generation of PowerPoint. Prezi, a web-based presentation application, allows users to create fluid presentations that do not require slides. Instead users create their presentation on a canvas. Images, text and video can be included in each presentation. The final product is a presentation in which the presenter can zoom from one topic to another presenting their idea. Another way to think of Prezi style presentations is to think of an information poster. On the poster you have many ideas but you can only present one area or topic at a time. With Prezi you can lay out your topics and use the software to fly from one area to another.

More presenters are turning to Prezi for conference presentations. Prezi style presentations provide a new way to share information and to make your presentation stand out in a crowd.

Prezi presentations created using a free account must be published online and feature Prezi branding. Users who pay for a Prezi account can share their presentations privately, work on presentations offline and have Prezi branding removed from their final project. Both free and pay accounts feature the ability to download the presentation so that presentations can be done offline. Prezi offers special account discounts for educators and students. Users with .edu email addresses are able to use some aspects of paid accounts for free.

Try out the Prezi presentation below about the NN/LM SCR.

American Library Association: Census 2010 Partner

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

As a 2010 Census partner, the American Library Association (ALA) has helped share the 2010 Census message and supported the Census Bureau’s goal of achieving a complete count. The 2010 Census defines who we are as a nation, affects political representation and directs the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding, including support for our libraries.

Required once every 10 years by the U.S. Constitution, the census counts every person living in the United States, both citizens and noncitizens. Census data are used to reapportion the U.S. House of Representatives, re-district each state and determine the distribution of the Electoral College. Census data also directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. The new data is critical in determining locations for new hospitals, improving schools, building new roads, expanding public transportation options and more.

In December 2010, the U.S. Census released the data online. Census data may be viewed as interactive graphical representations for Population Change, Population Density, and [Congressional] Apportionment for each decade since 1910.

A complete first look at  2010 Census Results can also be found at The related news release from the American Library Association (ALA) can be viewed at:

Upcoming SCR CONNECTions Webinar: Online Collaboration Tools

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

With travel restrictions and busy schedules, working together can be difficult. Luckily online collaboration tools provide a way for colleagues to stay connected as well as learn and share information. Join us for the next SCR CONNECTions webinar: “Online Collaboration Tools” on January 19, 2011 from 10:30am – 11:30am CT.

This webinar will provided an overview of online collaboration tools for project management, document creation and hosting online meetings. Special emphasis will be given to free and low cost communication solutions.

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: