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Two New Apps from the National Library of Medicine

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has recently announced the creation of two new apps available for free download.

Screenshot of Turning the Pages Mobile App

For researchers and history enthusiasts the NLM has released the Turning the Pages App for the iPad: The application is free and features selections from three rare books from the Library’s collection. All three books first appeared on NLM’s Turning the pages kiosks and website over the past three years: The new app allows iPad users to have an up-close virtual experience with these rare treasures; the animated books scanned at high resolution are accompanied by curatorial text written by experts in their fields which put the books and images into context.

The books featured include a Japanese surgical manuscript dating from the early 19th century by noted physician Hanaoka Seishu, the first surgeon to use anesthesia in an operation. Another book included in the app is Hieronymus Brunschwig’s De Arte Distillandi, printed in Strasbourg in 1512, which contains numerous hand colored woodcuts showing physicians, alchemists, and their laboratories in Early Modern Europe. The third book is an early Persian manuscript by medieval natural historian al-Qazwini entitled “The Cosmography,” which includes colorful hand-drawn illustrations of zodiac constellations, animals, and plants from the Islamic world of the period.

Launched at NLM in 2001, Turning the Pages is part of a continuing collaboration between NLM’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications and the History of Medicine Division.

Also new to the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites ( is the Lact Med App for iPhone/iPod and Android devices. Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) can help:

Lact Med Mobile Logo

LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider:

Now you can access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at





Sewell Stipend Available for APHA 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011


Are you a librarian? Do you work in public health? If so, you should consider attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting this year in Washington, DC from October 29 – November 2, 2011. This year’s theme is Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies.

This should be a particularly great year to attend as a librarian, since librarians do a lot of important community work. Our public health impact can be seen both directly through health literacy projects and outreach as well as indirectly through education of future nurses, doctors, and public health workers. And, there is funding available through the Sewell Fund to help subsidize costs of attendance at the meeting!

What can you expect from attending APHA? Librarian attendees from the past 10 years report a wide variety of outcomes from attending the meeting. Outcomes range from being written into grants; having parts of their salaries paid by other departments; being asked to give presentations at local, state, national, and international meetings; being asked to become regular faculty members in schools of public health; and in general earning the respect of their public health colleagues.

Please visit the website ( to learn the full details of the Sewell Stipend and download an application today! The deadline for applications is Friday July 29, 2011!

If you have any questions, please contact Joey Nicholson directly at Joseph.Nicholson@nyumc.orgor or any one of the committee members listed on the website.

SCR Website Focus Group Call for Participants

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Women at computer

The SCR needs your help. We are looking for Network members who are willing to participate in an online focus group to help us assess the usefulness of our website. The focus groups will help to determine which web pages are most useful to members and which are not. Participants will also have the opportunity to recommend new content for the SCR website.

Focus group sessions will take no more than one hour and there are three different focus group sessions from which to select.

If you are interested in being a participant, visit to sign up and select the date and time that works best for you. Please respond by July 11th. We want to include at least one Network member from each state in each focus group.

Contact Emily Hurst at if you have questions about the focus groups.

New NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Computer with dollar sign

The NN/LM SCR is happy to announce the following four funding opportunities:

Digital Preservation and Access 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. In additional to digitization of materials, projects may include such activities as cataloging, indexing, archival use of rich text media and the creation of metadata.
Amount of funding: $25,000

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award
The goal of this award is to ensure that health professionals, their patients and the general public are connected to the health information resources they need to make informed health care decisions. This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic health information for such groups and organizations as consumers, the underserved and minority health care professionals, public health workers, public libraries, and community-based and faith-based organizations.
Amount of funding: $25,000

Outreach to Healthcare Providers Award
The purpose of this funding is to ensure improved access to health information and information technology for those health providers without adequate access to library and information services. This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic health information for such groups and organizations as: unaffiliated healthcare providers located in rural, inner city, and Medically Underserved Areas (MUA), public health workers, minority health practitioners, and those who serve minority populations. Subcontracts will be awarded competitively to NN/LM SCR member institutions which assess the information needs, and plan and propose an appropriate outreach program to meet the needs of these healthcare providers.
Amount of funding: $25,000

Library Student Outreach Award
The purpose of this award is to promote the value of outreach to library school students interested in health sciences librarianship. The award provides funding for students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge, LA, October 15 – 17, 2011 and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.
Amount of funding: up to $1,400 per student

More awards will be posted soon.  Stay tuned to the NN/LM SCR Funding page

June SCR CONNECTions Recording Available

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The recording for the June 22, 2011 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Drug Information Portal, is now available at

The next SCR CONNECTions will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 10:30 am CT (9:30 am MT). The topic will be Questionnaire Design with guest speaker Susan Barnes, Assistant Director of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center.

National Prevention Strategy Released

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011


On June 16, 2011 the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council, announced the release of the National Prevention Strategy ( ), a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, called for the development of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy to guide the nation as it shifts to an emphasis on prevention and health promotion. The Act also provides $15 billion over 10 years for the Prevention and Public Health Fund to enable states and communities to expand preventive services.

The National Prevention Strategy recognizes that good health comes not just from receiving quality medical care, but also from clean air and water, safe outdoor spaces for physical activity, safe worksites, healthy foods, violence-free environments and healthy homes.

The strategy outlines four strategic directions that, together, are fundamental to improving the nation’s health.  Those four strategic directions are:

  • Building Healthy and Safe Community Environments;  
  • Expanding Quality Preventive Services in Both Clinical and Community Settings;
  • Empowering People to Make Healthy Choices; and
  • Eliminating Health Disparities.

Prevention should be woven into all aspects of our lives, including where and how we live, learn, work and play. Everyone—businesses, educators, health care institutions, government, communities and every single American—has a role in creating a healthier nation.

For more information, see the complete press release at: .

24% of U.S. Counties Report More Deaths than Births

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Last year, more people died than were born in nearly one-quarter of all U.S. counties, a new study shows.

red barn rural scene

This trend, known as natural decrease, is the result of younger people moving away, as well as decreases in fertility levels. Researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) also found that rural areas are particularly hard hit by natural population decrease, which is taking a toll on local schools, hospitals and other family services.

The study showed that last year, “24 percent of all U.S. counties experienced natural decrease. And, for the first time in U.S. history, deaths now exceed births in an entire state [West Virginia],” Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer with the Carsey Institute and professor of sociology at UNH, said in a university news release.

The link to the full HealthDay News story can be found at: . Go to for the complete study published by the UNH Carsey Institute.

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Reminder: SCR CONNECTions on June 22, 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

This is a reminder that the SCR CONNECTions will be on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CT). The topic will be the Drug Information Portal. Besides the NLM drug resources, the portal searches resources from other key agencies. The information is geared toward both consumer and research.

All web conferences are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. You don’t need to install any software to join the conference, simply click on the URL:, chose “Enter as a Guest”, and type in your name. Additional information about monthly SCR CONNECTions is located on the NN/LM SCR website at:

Twitter Update 2011

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

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A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows a significant increase in the number of online adults using Twitter. According to the report 13% of online adults are using Twitter which demonstrates an increase from the 8% of online adults who identified themselves as Twitter users in November 2010. Also of note, 95% of Twitter users own a mobile phone and half of these users access the service on their handheld device. The report also shows that African Americans and Latinos have a high rate of adoption of the service.

Twitter use is growing in popularity among Internet users ages 25-35 doubling from 9% to 19% since late 2010. Use of Twitter by Internet users ages 35-44 has also grown from 8% to 14%. The full report can be found online at

Twitter is used by the NN/LM SCR to provide updates about health information, regional activities and news. You can follow the NN/LM SCR on Twitter at Twitter is also frequently used by librarians and conference attendees to provide information about the sessions they attend. Look for information about using Twitter at the next conference or class you attend. Additionally healthcare organizations including public health programs and hospitals are finding ways to use Twitter to promote healthy behaviors.

30 Years of AIDS: Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

On June 5, 2011, the United States marked “30 Years of AIDS.” It was on that date in 1981 that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a report on the first cases of AIDS in the U.S. This was the first official report of what would become known as the “AIDS epidemic.”

Today, an estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and nearly one out of five people living with HIV do not know it, according to the CDC. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) program has compiled a timeline highlighting some of these key milestones [].

While research for a cure is still under way, HIV testing is especially critical. On June 27, the nation will observe the annual National HIV Testing Day, initiated 17 years ago by the National Association of People with AIDS. People can find a local HIV testing site and/or other services including housing, substance abuse, family planning, mental health, and health centers by entering their ZIP code into the HIV Prevention and Services Provider locator tool [].

For more information on “30 Years of AIDS”, resources for HIV/AIDS, HIV testing, and more, visit: .