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Archive for March, 2011

DOCLINE Training Class in Mobile, AL

Monday, March 14th, 2011

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A DOCLINE Onsite Training Class: Getting the Best Out of DOCLINE jointly sponsored by the Southeastern Atlantic (SE/A) and the South Central Region (SCR) Regional Medical Libraries will be offered in Mobile, AL on April 14, 2011.  The University of South Alabama Biomedical Library will host it.

The class will cover institutional record administration, serial holdings, request/lend, routing tables (including library groups), while incorporating recent DOCLINE 4.5 improvements.

Although the class is available to any NN/LM current DOCLINE user, priority will be given to SE/A and SCR network members with “active” DOCLINE accounts.

If you are interested in attending, please send PJ Grier ( an email with your contact information and TYPE: “DOCLINE CLASS – UNIV OF SOUTH ALABAMA” in the subject line.

Placement will be made on an “as received” basis.

The class will run from 1PM to 4PM on April 14, 2011 and will carry MLA 3CE.


Webinar:Health Literacy in the Real World, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region will be hosting a webinar on health literacy entitled Health LIteracy in the Real World: Awareness, Ideas, Solutions on Friday, March 18, 2011. Michael Villaire, MSLM, and Chief Operating Officer, Insitute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), will be the guest speaker.

Poor health literacy is a major issue in the United States. We see examples of how it affects patients, providers, and the healthcare system every day. This session will look at some of the problems created by poor health literacy, discuss programs and ideas to help improve it on both the patient and provider side, and review some solutions. The upcoming IHA Health Literacy Conference will be reviewed, as well as a discussion of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.

This webinar is FREE. The session will be recorded for later viewing, and captioning will be provided.

When: March 18, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon CT

Registration information: Please register online at The first session of this webinar filled up quickly, so be sure to register soon for this event to reserve your space.

Login: Enter the class on March 18th about 5 minutes before the meeting starts at Log in as a Guest with your first and last name.  Instructions to connect to the audio will appear once you’ve logged in. The system will prompt you for your phone number and will call your telephone.

Equipment needed: Connection to the Internet and a phone.


Funding for HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • State-of-the-art resources;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Document Access.

Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000.
Quotations are due to NLM on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.

The solicitation for the 2011 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on Federal Business Opportunities.  Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside: (NLM-0011-0049-KDB).

Broadband Grants for Rural Communities

Thursday, March 10th, 2011


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced it is accepting applications for grants to provide broadband access in rural communities currently without broadband service. Funding is provided through the Community Connect Grant program. Grants are available to communities in the most rural, economically challenged areas where loans would not be sustainable. Funds may be used to construct, acquire or lease facilities to deploy broadband to residents, businesses and essential community facilities such as police and fire stations, libraries, schools, and health care clinics.

“Because the applicant must be able to own the broadband network and provide the broadband services, RUS encourages schools and libraries to find a broadband provider to submit the application,” said Larra Clark, director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Program on Networks.

“The Community Connect program can be meaningful to rural libraries because program applicants must provide broadband service free of charge for two years to libraries and other community facilities.”

Grants range from $50,000 to $1.5 million, and the application deadline is May 3. Each project requires matching contributions (15 percent), must serve a rural area where broadband service does not exist, and must offer basic service to all premises within the proposed service area.
Complete grant information, including FAQs and an application guide are available from  Community Connect Grant Program

Ya esta disponible nuestra NIH MedlinePlus Salud/NIH MedlinePlus Salud now available

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

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Ya está disponible nuestra revista bilingüe NIH MedlinePlus Salud en nuestro sitio web. Visítela online y aproveche para subscribirse a la versión impresa.

The bilingual magazine NIH MedlinePlus Salud is now available online.  Visit the website to subscribe to the print version.



Upcoming SCR CONNECTions: Three Simple Rules for Great Presentations

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

People in an audience

Join us Wednesday, March 16th, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.(CT), for NN/LM SCR’s monthly web conference, SCR CONNECTions. This month’s webinar is: Three Simple Rules for Great Presentations with guest Lee Hilyer, Head, Information and Access Services, University of Houston.

Lee Hilyer is the author of Presentations for Librarians: A Complete Guide to Creating Effective, Learner-Centered Presentations. Creating effective presentations using today’s technology can be a challenge. Join as Hilyer shares three simple rules that will help you design great presentation. Hilyer has presented at a number of conferences and is the author of several articles on effective presentation design. Additional information can be found on Lee Hilyer’s website;

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:

DailyMed Mobile

Monday, March 7th, 2011

NLM has launched a mobile version of DailyMed.  It is accessible from any web-enabled mobile device.  The interface allows for easy searching or browsing of the 20,000 labels from the Food and Drug Administration.

For more details, see: Kiyoi S. DailyMed Mobile Version Launched. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e1.

National Public Health Week: April 4-10, 2011

Friday, March 4th, 2011

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Join the American Public Health Association (APHA) in observing National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2011. The observation runs April 4-10. This year’s theme is: “Safety is No Accident: Live Injury-free.”

For more than a decade, communities across the U.S. have celebrated NPHW each April by highlighting public health achievements and raising awareness of issues important to improving the public’s health.

Together, we can help Americans live injury-free in all areas of life: at work, at home, at play, in your community and anywhere people are on the move. We all need to do our part to prevent injuries and violence in our communities.

For more information on National Public Health Week, including ideas for planning and promotion, see: . The NPHW toolkit includes fact sheets, outreach materials, suggested community events, and more.

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Public Libraries and Older Adults

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise… So does going to the public library.

It’s great to see that ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services has taken up the banner of promoting health information for older adults at the public library.   This recent  article in OLOS Commons, written by Fatima Perkins of Cuyahoga County Public Library, in Parma, OH, discusses the multitude of resources available for seniors to find health information at the public library, including programs, books, databases, DVDs, and games.

She suggests partnering with different organizations to bring a variety of interesting programming to the library, for example partnering with extension programs ( for gardening classes, with health providers to provide screenings, or with local fitness organizations to provide exercise or dance programs.

The NN/LM workshop Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information ( has some additional suggestions for programs at the library:

  • Wii Fit tournaments
  • Avoiding health fraud
  • Legal issues regarding health
  • Managing your medications
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • End of life planning
  • Rules of online dating
  • Choosing a nursing home
  • Memory games

Consider partnering with groups like:

As Ms. Perkins says, “Now more than ever, the public library being a community focal point has an opportunity to engage communities and transform lives.”

New Pew Internet Health Reports

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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Last month Pew Internet and American Life Project released two new health reports that explore how technology and the internet play a role in health, wellness and health education. The data from the reports demonstrates that as technologies such as the internet, social networking and mobile devices become integral parts of our everyday life these technologies change how we seek out and understand health information.

The Health Topics report provides a great deal of information about internet users’ interest in health information. The report found that 80% of internet users look for health information online. While many individuals use the internet to find food and drug safety information, searches for symptoms and treatments “dominate health searches on the web.” According to the findings, looking for health information is the third most popular online activity. The report provides data and information about how people are using the internet to find health information.

The latest report, Peer-to-Peer Healthcare provides information about the changing nature of how Americans seek health information. Historically “many Americans have turned to friends and family for support and advice when they have a health problem.” This report demonstrates how online communities are expanding the network people have when seeking personal health information and advice.

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According to the report individuals living with chronic or rare diseases increasingly “use online connections to supplement professional medical advice.” As online communities expand individuals have more access to finding and connecting with other people who share similar medical histories or are willing to provide support and advice on health topics.

Both reports provide new perspectives on health in American. Online health information is changing the way individuals manage their health and interact with their physicians. Finding ways to ensure that all internet users are successful in finding accurate and update to date health information online is an important part of achieving better health outcomes for many Americans.