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Archive for March, 2011

New Funding Opportunity from Health Resources and Services Administration

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

On Monday, March 21, HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) posted the FY2011 grant competition for the Public Health Training Centers (PHTC) Program. $6.5 million in funding is available through FY 2011 appropriation and the Prevention and Public Health Fund for up to 10 cooperative agreements (up to $650,000 each annually) to support up to ten new Public Health Training Centers (PHTCs) as cooperative agreements in an amount up to $650,000 each annually.

PHTCs provide education, training and other services to help meet public health workforce needs and address related shortages. CEPH-accredited schools of public health and public health programs are eligible. Grant applications for the PHTCs program are due May 23, 2011 8:00 PM ET. A technical assistance call for potential PHTC grantees took place on March 30 at noon; the slides and recording will be available afterward. The link to the funding announcement is:;jsessionid=hGcqNHhZkQ2cS1GvWt0rcgXfQh7pPdcQ5px8TQGyhVTMhQJHbjvt!1145704052?oppId=80873&mode=VIEW.

NOTE re eligibility: Supplemental applications from existing centers MAY be submitted through this announcement, although the intent of the competition is to stand up new centers. Therefore supplemental applications are likely to be viewed (in the Objective Review Process) as less strong applications compared to those of new applicants, and potential applicants are urged to evaluate whether the effort of putting together a supplemental application is worthwhile.

Web-based Course: Demonstrating Your Value

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Stack of money

Services and programs of academic health sciences libraries can impact student learning, faculty instruction, researcher productivity, and patient care. How can you describe that impact when many other departments are competing for the same, limited funds? To position itself for competitive advantage, a library must commit to practical program evaluation, user-centered assessment, and data-driven decision making.

The web-based course Demonstrating Value: Can Journals Compete with Mouse Cages In Institutional Budgets? will review strategies for practical evaluation and user-centered assessment. After completing this course, you’ll be better prepared with the right data when a budget administrator asks, “How do I decide between journals for the library and mouse cages for the research program?”

Two sessions offered online, Spring 2011.

Session 1: April 13 – April 16
Session 2: May 4 – May 7

MLA CE Contact Hours: 8

To register:

NLM at MLA 2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011


The Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA) will be held May 13-18, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN. Attendees are invited to visit the NLM exhibit booth #510 (May 14-17) to meet NLM staff and see NLM Web products and services. The NLM Theater at the booth will feature demonstrations and tutorials on a wide variety of topics.

For more details, see Zipser J. 2011 MLA Meeting Reminder and NLM Invitation. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e10.


Librarians, Health and SXSWi

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

SXSWi 2011 Logo

Many people are familiar with South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual music showcase where many popular bands find their big break in Austin, TX. Since the early 1990s, SXSW has also offered another type of showcase, one for multimedia and technology, currently referred to as SXSW Interactive (SXSWi). As with the music festival, SXSWi is a conference and festival where the best and the brightest come to showcase their new ideas. New startups and experts in the field converge to share ideas about technology and better understand the technology trends we can expect to see in the future.

Technology startups that launched at SXSWi or were introduced to a large audience for the first time include some well known social media tools such as Foursquare and Gowalla. Twitter also achieved popularity through use at SXSWi.

Panels of experts and leaders in a variety of fields report on the state of technology from the value of data visualization to technology’s role in healthcare. Many tech savvy librarians also attend and participate in the conference.

According to the recent article from The Atlantic, SXSW 2011: The Year of the Librarian, librarians were plentiful at the conference this year and focused on a variety of topics including the digitization of Federal archives, adequate access to the Internet, data visualization, social media and the rights of online users.

The role of technology and healthcare is also a popular topic. In the past favorites such as e-Patient Dave been included on panels. This year members from the Department of Health and Human Services were on hand to partake in the interactive experience. They have shared their experiences at the event on their blog. From discussions on open data to mobile health care apps, technology and healthcare do have a place at SXSWi. As technology continues to change our daily life, we can expect to see more discussion and innovations at popular events such as SXSWi.


Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is participating in a number of programs at the 2011 Texas Library Association conference in Austin, TX, April 12-15.  Come by to see us!

TLA 2011 Logo

Tuesday, April 12 Preconferences (additional ticket purchase required):

  • Information Literacy from Birth to Earth: an Unconference, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Karen Vargas, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, with Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Community Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MCR
  • Shaking the Money Tree: Harvesting Grants, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
    Michelle Malizia, Associate Director, panelist

Wednesday, April 13

  • Program: Birds Do It, Bees Do It, and You Know You Get Questions About It: Sexual Health Resources, 1:00 – 1:50 pm
    Karen Vargas
  • Contributed Paper: The Community Eye of the Hurricane: Gulf Coast Public Libraries’ Experiences and Needs Related to Hurricane Response, 3:30 – 3:50 pm
    Michelle Malizia and Karen Vargas

Thursday, April 14

  • Net Fair II: Free, Credible and Online–Medical Information at Your Fingertips, 11:00-11:50 am
    Karen Vargas

April 13-15 Exhibits

  • National Library of Medicine, booth #1815
    Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator, Karen Vargas, Michelle Malizia

Updated 4/8/11 KV

Odyssey Stand-Alone for ILL

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

By Ronetta Mills, ILL Specialist
Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC) Library in Amarillo, TX

Libraries should consider implementing Odyssey Stand-Alone, a document transfer system for Interlibrary Loan.  Many Resource Libraries and other large libraries are already using Odyssey within their ILLiad Resource Sharing Management software.  Libraries not using ILLiad can download the free Odyssey Stand-Alone software from Atlas Systems.  With it you can send documents via FTP (file transfer protocol) from computer to computer using the internet IP address.

Odyssey Address Book

At TTUHSC, we have been using Odyssey Stand-Alone for approximately 6 months now.  The system works well with our existing scanner and twain driver and the interface is very easy to use.  Each library that receives your Odyssey transmissions must also have the Odyssey software and their delivery address must first be entered into your system’s address book area.  Once the entry is complete, it is just a click to choose the borrower from the list and scan the document.

Some hesitate to use the Odyssey Stand-Alone version because it comes without technical support.  But there is a listserv (Odyssey-L) monitored by the manufacturer with great diagnostic and troubleshooting information.  There is also a FAQ page with answers to all the questions I’ve encountered so far.

For libraries already using Ariel Interlibrary Loan Document Transmission software, Odyssey Stand-Alone can be run on the same computer using the same scanner and printer as Ariel software.  It may be necessary to shut down Ariel while scanning with Odyssey – Ariel will monopolize the scanner – but Odyssey can receive right along with Ariel on the same equipment.

Good luck!

PubMed Mobile Beta

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Screen shot of Pubmed Mobile Beta on iPhone

PubMed Mobile Beta provides a simplified mobile friendly Web interface to access PubMed. PubMed Mobile includes the same basic search functionality and content as Standard PubMed.

PubMed Mobile does not include specialized search pages, such as Limits and Advanced search, or added features, such as My NCBI, Clipboard, or LinkOut/Outside Tool. To use these and other PubMed features, display your retrieval in Standard PubMed via the link at the bottom of the screen.

Canese K, Welker E. PubMed Mobile Beta. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e7.



March SCR CONNECTions Recording Now Available

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The recording for the March, 16 2011 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Simple Rules for Great Presentations with guest Lee Hilyer, Head Information and Access Services, University of Houston Libraries, is now available online at Presentation materials and links to resources Lee mentioned are provided.

The next SCR CONNECTions will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:30 am CT (9:30 am MT). The topic will be a contract wrap-up with SCR Associate Director Michelle Malizia.

Videocast of Disaster Information Outreach Symposium, March 29 and 30

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Disaster Symposium Information

The Disaster Information Outreach Symposium for and about information professionals meeting disaster health information needs will be March 29-30, 2011. This free event will be held at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

While registration for onsite attendance is now closed, the Symposium will be videocast. It is not necessary to register in order to view the videocast. Please see  for day 1 and for day 2. Prior to the event, you may wish to visit the Web site and click “Player Software” near the top of the page to download the software necessary to view the program. A recording will be archived for later viewing following the symposium.

More information is available at . Click on “Speakers” to learn more about the lineup of experts, including keynote speaker Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The second day of the symposium will be devoted to professional development for librarians. Individuals who attend or view both days of the event will be awarded 10.5 Medical Library Association continuing education credits.

National Library of Medicine Celebrates 175 Years

Monday, March 14th, 2011

NLM staff stand in the shape of the number 175

2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health. The world’s largest medical library and the producer of electronic information resources used by millions of people every day, NLM has changed the way scientific and medical information is organized, stored, accessed, and disseminated. From its founding in 1836 as the library of the U.S. Army Surgeon General to its present position at NIH, NLM’s hallmark has been information innovation, leading to exciting scientific discoveries that ultimately improve the public health.

A new website has been launched to showcase the events surrounding the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine. Additional information can now be found online at:

Additionally, the Library has planned a number of special programs in support of its mission. These include:

NLM Logo for 175 anniversary

  • A disaster information outreach symposium, March 29-30 (;
  • A workshop on long-term preservation and management of electronic health records, April 6-7 (;
  • A symposium on the future of clinical trials, June 6-7;
  • Training for journalists in the use of NLM resources and research, October (details to be announced);
  • An NLM Extramural Programs “Greatest Hits” symposium, with presentations about the various grant mechanisms, Nov. 9;
  • Contests to recognize original short videos that promote awareness of NLM’s information products and services, and creative applications that demonstrate the greatest potential to deliver information to the public using NLM data resources; and
  • Special speakers, seminars and other activities throughout the year.
  • To read about NLM staff members’ special numerical salute to the 175th anniversary, go to: The photo, which is in the public domain, is also available at