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Archive for April, 2011

HAM-TMC Library Receives NLM Contract

Friday, April 29th, 2011

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The Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the contract to serve as the Regional Medical Library (RML) in the South Central Region for the 2011 – 2016 period. Eight institutions throughout the country serve as RMLs in their respective regions.

The RML program, originally authorized by Congress in the 1965 Medical Library Assistance Act, is designed to equalize and enhance access to health sciences information throughout the United States. The goals of the 2011-2016 RML contracts are: to develop collaborations among Network members and other organizations to improve access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the nation; to promote awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to Healthy People 2020; and to develop, promote, and improve electronic access to health information by Network members, health professionals, and organizations providing health information to the public.

Everyone here at the NN/LM SCR is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our work, in collaboration with our Network members, to provide health professionals and consumers in the Region with access to quality health information. In the months ahead, we will be rolling out exciting new classes and funding opportunities. Stay tuned to our website, our Twitter feed, Facebook page and Blogadillo as we announce new programs.

We are looking forward to a great five years of working with everyone in the SCR!

If you have any suggestions for our program over the next five years, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

– Michelle Malizia, NN/LM SCR Associate Director

NLM Classification 2011 Edition

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

NLM Classification

The NLM Technical Bulletin announced that the NLM Classification 2011 edition is now available. This marks the 60th anniversary of the NLM Classification. This edition incorporated all of the changes to the schedules and index from April 2010 to March 2011.  The major areas of focus are WL (Nervous System) and WM (Psychiatry).

For more details, see: Willis, S. NLM Classification 2011 Edition Now Available. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Jan-Feb;(378):e26.





UTHSCSA Adds Historic Border Health Collection

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

A collection of materials related to border health recently donated to the University of  Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA) at San Antonio libraries is now available.

The donated materials have been catalogued and can be found by using the library Hcatalog with the keyword “oliveros.” Print documents are located at the UT Health Science Library on the Laredo Regional Campus at 1937 East Bustamante Street, Laredo TX. The usable slides have been turned into a presentation, and these are available as a link from This web page also includes a brief biography of Victor Oliveros and an oral history that was conducted with Mr. Oliveros by Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian.

After his retirement from the Laredo, Texas Health Department in 2005, Mr. Victor Oliveros, who was Chief of Environmental Health Services and a founder of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission, donated this collection of materials related to border health to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio libraries. The materials included papers and government reports as well as slides showing deteriorating environmental conditions along the U.S. Mexico border at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo.

[Information provided by UTHSCSA librarian, Linda Levy]

MedlinePlus Podcast Features Disaster Outreach Symposium

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Each week, MedlinePlus presents a weekly audio update by Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., Director of the National Library of Medicine. Each of these podcasts highlights health news and accompanying information from MedlinePlus.

The podcast for April 18, 2011, Rising Expectations for Emergency Response? features comments made during the recent Disaster Outreach Symposium held at the National Library of Medicine March 29-30. The podcast may be accessed from the Videos & Cool Tools tab on MedlinePlus or directly at: .

May is Older Americans Month

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Older Americans - Connecting the Community, Logo for Older Americans Month

Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Older Americans: Connecting the Community. This theme pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. It also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.

The Administration on Aging offers a number of tools for groups wishing to celebrate Older Americans Month , including a logo, a poster, a sample article for newsletters, and a sample proclamation:

The highlight is a Wii bowling tournament to be held at senior centers throughout the country, called the Community Connection Video Game Tournament.  Winners from each participating center will be recognized by the A0A.  More information about the Wii tournament can be found at  In addition, there is an intergenerational video challenge to creatively demonstrate the role of older Americans in connecting the community.

New eScience Portal

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

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The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School announces the launch of the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians.  Although the portal has been developed to target the e-science information needs of New England science and medical librarians, all librarians are welcome to use it.

Initiated by the Lamar Soutter Library and funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region, the portal has been developed by a collaboration of New England area science and medical librarians.  It provides links to resources about e-Science, data management, current library projects, e-Science news/opportunities, and science primers—specifically for science and medical librarians working in research organizations. The e-Science Community blog portion of the portal serves as a discussion forum for librarians as well as a community bulletin board for the latest e-science news, events and opportunities.

Library Student Internship at Office of Minority Health

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Established in 1986, the overall mission of the Office of Minority Health is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will promote health equity and eliminate health disparities. It advises the Health & Human Services Secretary on public health program activities affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC) is seeking a student intern for Summer 2011, to serve in its library. This internship will provide an MLS student with experience in special librarianship in some of the following areas: cataloging, indexing, reference resources and digitization. The library is contracted to serve the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health staff members as well as public patrons, providing access to information resources specifically related to minority health and health disparities within the United States.

The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to the daily operation of the library by:

  • Cataloging and indexing print and electronic journal articles
  • Editing existing library catalog records to coordinate with a new Integrated Library System, using INMAGIC software
  • Linking catalog records to electronic resources
  • Assisting in digitization project procedures
  • Writing content for the Knowledge Center webpage development

The student must be currently enrolled in an MLS degree program with an interest in special libraries or public health. Additionally, the student should be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational, communication, and Internet skills. The ability to work independently is also preferred. Some physical work will be required to inventory and weed the collection, in preparation for a digitization project. Minority students are encouraged to apply.

Schedule & Salary:
This position offers a salary of $10.00/hour, with no added benefits. The internship will be available beginning early in June 2011. The Knowledge Center is open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday. The schedule is flexible, and the intern will have the option of working between 16 to 30 hours per week, for a maximum of 200 hours for the summer. A minimum of 150 hours would be expected. No relocation or housing allowance is available for this position.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to Faye Williams, Library Services Manager, at .

Faye Williams
Library Services Manager
Knowledge Center
Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 650, Rockville, MD 20852
Tel: 1-800-444-6472 ext. 231  or  301-251-1797 ext. 231
Fax: 301-251-2160

Show Off Your Apps Challenge from NLM

Friday, April 15th, 2011

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The NLM Show Off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information Challenge is an initiative of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This Challenge is open to individuals, teams of individuals, and organizations. The purpose of this contest is to develop innovative software applications to further NLM’s mission of aiding the dissemination and exchange of scientific and other information pertinent to medicine and public health. Eligible software applications must make use of NLM’s vast collection of biomedical data including downloadable data sets, APIs (application programming interfaces), and/or software tools.

Judging criteria

• Quality and Accuracy (data are presented accurately)
• Impact on Potential Users (data presented clearly to target audience)
• Usability (operation of program requires minimal training and has the potential for repeated, regular use)
• Innovative Design (creativity and originality of concept)
• Platform Neutrality (operates on major web browsers, systems, and mobile devices)
• Extensibility (potential for further development)
• Alignment with Section 508 Accessibility Guidelines (see standards at:

For full details visit:

Get started today! All Submissions must be available for evaluation by August 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM ET for judging purposes.

Winners will be honored at an NLM awards presentation in Bethesda, MD on November 2, 2011.

New Health Literacy Website from CDC

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new health literacy website: Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All.

The site ( provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health and make health information accurate, accessible and actionable for all. The resources are for all organizations that interact and communicate with people about health, including public health departments, healthcare providers and facilities, health plans, government agencies, non-profit, community and advocacy organizations, childcare and schools, the media, and health-related industries.

The site features health literacy organizations by state and planning tools to use the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The health literacy blog provides a forum for commentary and discussion of vital issues in health literacy improvement. Join CDC in implementing positive changes to improve health literacy.

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New REMM Version Released Today

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management) has just released new online and Mobile versions.

What’s new on REMM lists some of the key updates, but there are many, many more.
The following may be of interest:

  1. Mobile REMM: updated content for Android (new), iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile
  2. Nuclear Reactor Accidents: new content and references
  3. Potassium Iodide: new content and references
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): 14 new pages with photos
  5. Seven new video screencast tutorials: explaining key REMM interactive clinical tools
  6. Nuclear detonation clinical triage tool: for use if medical response resources are scarce
  7. Simplified clinical algorithm for managing radiation exposure: new format and content

Contact the REMM Team directly with questions or comments: Contact us.

For more information, visit