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Archive for July, 2011

Use of the Internet for Health Information in the US

Monday, July 25th, 2011

stethoscope and computer

A new U.S. survey finds that women are more likely than men to use the Internet for medical information, and whites are more likely to do so than minorities.

According to the findings released Thursday by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, whites aged 18 to 64 were almost twice as likely as Hispanics to search for health information online.

Other key findings from the 2009 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)  include:

  • Fifty-seven percent of whites surveyed had looked up medical information on the Internet in the previous 12 months, compared to 38 percent of blacks, 29 percent of Hispanics and 48 percent of Asians.
  • Among those aged 18 to 64, employed people (53 percent) were more likely than the unemployed (41 percent) to look for health information online, and people with higher incomes in that age group were about twice as likely to do so as those with lower incomes.
  • Among adults aged 25 – 64, higher education was associated with increased use of the Internet for health information.
  • Those with private health insurance were more likely to seek health information online over the past year (59 percent did so) than those with government-funded Medicaid insurance (31 percent) or no coverage (33 percent).

See also the news story from Health Day News at: .

The complete NCHS Data Brief can be accessed via: .

Project Spotlight: Delivering History through the OUHSC History of Medicine Collection

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Nursing Degree Ceremony

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Bird Library, Oklahoma City, OK has digitized some of its collections through funds from a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR).

These include items from the University’s College of Nursing, one of its earliest Deans (Dr. Long) from the College of Medicine, and several medical instrument collections.  Working with these materials certainly provided a new perspective and value to being a medical librarian!

With this award we were able to train staff, experiment with new scanning methods such as stereoscopic and rotational views, and provide publicity to highlight our collections in unique ways.

The experience of starting a digitization project from the ground up was challenging and rewarding.

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Through collaboration with the Louisiana State University Health Science Center – Shreveport (LSUHSC-Shreveport) Medical Library, we are working to put together a digitization kit that will share some of the methods and lessons learned to help other libraries begin their digitization projects.

Visit the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Bird Library History of Medicine collection online at: You can browse the collections and take a virtual tour of the History of Medicine Room.

Special thanks to guest author Mark Hopkins, Library Technology Manager, Robert M. Bird Library.

July SCR CONNECTions Now Available

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The recording for the July 20, 2011 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Questionnaire Design with guest speaker Susan Barnes, Assistant Director of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, is now available at You can also find links to the presentation materials here.

The next SCR CONNECTions will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:30 am CT (9:30 am MT). The topic will be Increasing Response Rate and Susan Barnes, Assistant Director of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center will be the guest speaker again.

New Look for PubMed Central

Monday, July 18th, 2011

PubMed Central (PMC) is the latest database from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to receive a facelift. The PMC interface update is similar to recent updates done to PubMed and Bookshelf  and provides for a more consistent design of the resource and navigation features.

PubMed Central Interface

Specific improvements include:

  • A revamped homepage, which offers better navigation through the site as well as direct access to resources such as the Users’ Guide and NIH Public Access information
  • Redesigned Advanced Search and Limits pages
  • An updated search results format
  • Direct access to images in PMC articles
  • A new organization and updated appearance for PMC’s informational pages, including drop-down menus for navigation links

For more information about the redesign, including screenshots of the various improvements please refer to the NLM Technical Bulletin article.

Project Spotlight: Bringing a South Texas Story from Paper to Pixel

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Photo from Beulah Exhibit

Library Technology Award Spotlight: Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library, Bringing a South Texas Story from Paper to Pixel: Digital Documentation of the Hurricane Beulah Crisis in the Rio Grande Valley. This project highlights the effect of hurricane Beulah on healthcare in South Texas. This project was funded in year four of the previous contract.

Hurricane Beulah is still recognized as one of the most significant storms to make landfall in Texas. On September 21, 1967 the storm moved into the mouth of the Rio Grande, and inundated South Texas with heavy rainfall. The memories of the hurricane and its aftermath were still fresh in the minds of many who attended the May 6th opening of a photography exhibit which chronicles the response of health professionals and local volunteers to refugees displaced by flooding in Starr County.

Hurricane Beulah caused extensive flooding on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. To escape the rising floodwaters, over 14,000 refugees from Camargo, Tamaulipas crossed the border into the small town of Roma, Texas. The refugees were in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care. It was in Roma that Dr. Mario E. Ramirez, the only physician in town and Starr County’s Public Health Service Director, rose to action in the face of a crisis. For several weeks, Dr. Ramirez along with volunteers from the local community, UT Medical Branch in Galveston, Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio as well as the U.S. Army worked to help the hurricane victims.

In 2007 the Library at the UT Health Science Center Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen was named for Dr. Mario E. Ramirez. The Ramirez Library subsequently received materials from his personal archive and library. These are a rich collection of photographs, letters, and documents. Many of the materials donated by Dr. Ramirez are related to Hurricane Beulah, including 139 photographs and 185 pages of letters, newspaper clippings, and personal journal entries. The photographs were taken by George Tuley, a Rio Grande City teacher, who would later go on to a 39-year career as a photojournalist at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

The photographs portray the use of makeshift medical equipment in the absence of IV poles, incubators, and oxygen tents. The photographs also document the transformation of a high school into a packaged disaster hospital where blackboards were used to record patient information including diagnoses and treatments.

In 2009 the Ramirez Library received a Library Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to support the digitization, cataloging, and uploading of the Hurricane Beulah photographs to the UT Health Science Center Libraries Digital Archive as well as the creation of a traveling exhibit. The full collection of Hurricane Beulah photographs from the Ramirez Collection can be viewed online at The photography exhibit will remain on display at the Ramirez Library, and a traveling version of the exhibit will be made available to local schools, libraries and museums. For more information, please contact Graciela Reyna, Assistant Director, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at (956) 365-8850 or

In the photo above Dr. Mario E. Ramirez examines a replica of a makeshift incubator that is depicted in one of the photographs included in the Hurricane Beulah exhibit. Dr. Ramirez attended the opening reception for the exhibit at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen on May 6.

Special thanks to guest author Kathy Carter, MLIS Medical Librarian, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library.

New Resource: Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

CHEMM website bannerChemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions in order to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most. CHEMM enables first responders & other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases. CHEMM is available online at

As a web-based resource, CHEMM can be downloaded in advance, so that it would be available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities.

CHEMM is the result of collaborative efforts between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), and the National Library of Medicine – Division of Specialized Information Services (NLM\SIS), as well as many medical, emergency response, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and other experts.


NN/LM SCR New Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Money Tree

The NN/LM SCR is happy to announce nine additional funding opportunities, including five new awards, for 2011-2012:

Disaster Preparedness AwardNew Award!
The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness Award is to assist public libraries in preparing for disasters so that they can assist their communities with health information and other recovery needs after an emergency.
Funding available: One project up to $10,000

EFTS Assistance Award
The purpose of this award is to promote participation in the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) among libraries that are not currently EFTS members due to institutional barriers.
Funding available: Three projects of $200 each

Express Outreach Award
The purpose of the Express Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases to improve access to health information.
Funding Available: Eight projects of up to $5,000 each

Hospital Library Promotion AwardNew Award!
The purpose of this award is to support projects that promote the value of the hospital library to the hospital administrators and staff.
Funding available: One project up to $5,000

Mobile Applications Project New Award!
The purpose of the Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award is to provide an opportunity for Network members to provide access to health information utilizing mobile technologies. Projects may target health professionals, public librarians, public health workers, or consumers.
Funding available: One project up to $10,000

Needs Assessment AwardNew Award!
The purpose of the Needs Assessment Award is to improve health information outreach through increased knowledge of community needs. This award is designed to give organizations an opportunity to study a community in detail and to subsequently design outreach strategies that are effective in that community.
Funding available: One project up to $5,000

Professional Development Award
The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.
Funding available: Ten events/training activities up to $1,500 each

Regional Symposium Award
The purpose of this award is to allow Network members to work with the NN/LM SCR office to coordinate and implement a symposium.  The symposium should include information about the products and services of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Funding available: One symposium up to $8,600

Technology Improvement AwardNew Award!
The Technology Improvement Project (TIP) Award is intended to implement and increase access to high quality health information. The Technology Improvement Program is designed to meet the health information needs of “underconnected” communities and increase access to health information services within the community.
Funding available: Three projects up to $5,000 each

A list of all current funding opportunities is available from the NN/LM SCR Funding web page

Webinar July 13, 2011: Role of Libraries and Librarians in Disasters

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 will host a one hour presentation and interactive discussion Wednesday, July 13, 2011, beginning at 11:00 CT. The topic will focus on libraries as community resources in the context of disasters and emergencies. The American Library Association, the National Library of Medicine, and other organizations within the library community are supporting efforts to tap the potential of libraries, librarians, and information services to aid in the nation’s disaster management efforts.

Guest presenter will be John C. Scott, founder of the Center for Public Service Communications and Senior Consultant to the National Library of Medicine on its development of a Disaster Management Research Center as recommended by its Long Range Plan (2006-2016). Mr. Scott has provided consulting services to the private sector and numerous government agencies in the specialized field of applying telecommunications and information technologies to reduce health disparities, to improve health services to underserved and disenfranchised individuals and communities and to improve the collection and sharing of scientific, technical and community knowledge to reduce human vulnerability to natural hazards.

For instructions on how to join the presentation, and see the Background Page for related materials and Instructions for Live Meeting. If this will be your first time to participate, please check your connection in advance by clicking on the Live Meeting Link. The Live Meeting client must be used in order to access the audio.

Call for Applications: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Monday, July 11th, 2011

AAHSL logo

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment. They will be paired with mentors who are academic health sciences library directors. In addition to the individual relationship with their mentors, fellows benefit from working collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. Experienced program faculty and mentors will provide content and facilitation for the cohort. The program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community to minimize disruption to professional and personal schedules. The sponsors will provide financial support for a small cohort of fellows and will underwrite travel and meeting expenses.

The program is designed to:

  • Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
  • Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
  • Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
  • Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
  • Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
  • Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
  • Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
  • Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.

Deadline for Applications is August 1, 2011

For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb, Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee.

NIH-funded Research to Explore Oil Spill Health Effects

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Gulf Of Mexico coastline

An NIH-funded network of researchers will evaluate potential harmful effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on reproduction and birth outcomes, the cardiorespiratory system, and behavior and mental health. The network of community and university partnerships, under the leadership of NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), will conduct research to evaluate the level of potentially harmful contaminants in air, water, and seafood, and assess their relationship to health outcomes.

The five-year, $25.2 million program will support population-based and laboratory research at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans; Tulane University, New Orleans; the University of Florida, Gainesville; and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In contrast to NIEHS’ Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study, known as the GuLF Study, which is focused on the oil spill cleanup workers and volunteers, this new research will concentrate on the range of acute and long-term health effects to the general public.

As an integrated network, these four institutions will collaborate on approaches and share results to better understand the interplay and effects of multiple stressors on human health. The universities will partner with more than a dozen community organizations to incorporate local concerns and more effectively communicate research findings.

In addition to sharing data and research results, each of the four institutions will implement a community resilience project, which seeks to better understand how local populations respond to and recover from disasters. Through their partnerships with community-based organizations, researchers will assess how culture, social networks, and other determinants may enhance pre-event preparedness and post-event recovery.

For the complete press release, please see

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