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Archive for August, 2011

New NLM Blog: ReferencePoint

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a new blog, ReferencePoint, targeting health sciences library staff in the U.S. and abroad. The blog will be used to increase the awareness of NLM products and services, inform about health sciences resources outside of NLM, and promote dialogue and learning exchanges between NLM staff and staff at other libraries.

Burke C. NLM Launches ReferencePoint Blog. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Jul-Aug;(381):e14.






Project Spotlight: LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, A Chronological History

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Image of Old Hospital Building at LSU HSC S

The most recent digitization project undertaken at the LSU Health Sciences Center Medical Library was funded through a Technology Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region. This digital initiative focused on the founding, development and progress of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.

The idea of a medical school located in north Louisiana was first discussed at a Shreveport Medical Society meeting on April 4, 1950, but politics, funding, and other obstacles delayed the establishment of this facility until June 7, 1965. The first class of 32 medical students began their studies in September 1969 in temporary classrooms at the Veterans Administration Hospital. This first class graduated in May 1973, two years before the medical school building was completed, bringing the 25-year struggle to a successful conclusion. Medical School alumni now number 3,300.

1981 Ground Breaking

The primary source materials that formed the nucleus of this project were drawn from the holdings of the Medical Library Archives and include correspondence, photographs, slides, newspaper articles, institutional publications, audio and videotapes, as well as three dimensional artifacts. Specific resources include the Gordon W. Maxcy Photograph Collection, several thousand newspaper clippings dating from the early 1960s, taped oral history interviews with Medical School founders and pioneers, and videotapes of memorable events including Dr. Edgar Hull’s last Faculty Council Meeting as Dean and the School of Medicine groundbreaking. More than 100 cubic feet of archival resources were searched to provide a fascinating glimpse into our past.

The NN/LM SCR Technology Award provided funding for equipment and services, including the digitization of the paper documents and the transfer of the audiovisual materials from analog to digital format. Technical and descriptive metadata was created for these digital surrogates, supplying much needed bibliographic control and subject access. These digital images provided unlimited possibilities as vehicles for education and publicity. Two of the more important applications were the Louisiana Digital Library and the Library’s history website, LSU Health Sciences Center –Shreveport: A Chronological History

Our digital images can be accessed in three format-based collections in the Louisiana Digital Library: the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Audiovisual Collection, the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Photograph Collection, and the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport Newspaper Clippings. Researchers will find extensive information and images that highlight the people, places and events that document the history of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.


The LSU Health Sciences Center –Shreveport: A Chronological History website provides another graphically rich source of information about the medical school’s history. Newspaper clippings reveal the unflagging loyalty of the local Shreveport physicians who fought long and hard to establish a medical school. Photographs document the groundbreaking, construction and dedication of the Medical School building. Audio and video clips bring life to important events in the medical school’s history.

While digitization efforts over the past five years have transformed a small portion of our growing archive, future digital initiatives will be necessary to reveal the numerous treasures still hidden in boxes and filing cabinet drawers. These newly digitized resources will be used to enhance and expand the historical website and allow us to share more of our collections through the Louisiana Digital Library.

For additional information, please contact Dee Jones at or 318-675-5458.

Special thanks to guest author Dee Jones, Head of Cataloging, LSU HSC Shreveport Medical Library.

Special Webinar on NN/LM SCR Funding

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Money Falling from Sky

Are you interested in applying for NN/LM SCR funding?  Would you like to know more about the awards and application process?  If so, join us on September 7 at 2:00 pm CT (1:00 pm MT) for the upcoming special NN/LM SCR webinar: Show Me the Money: NN/LM SCR Funding  

This free webinar is designed for anyone interested in applying for funding from the NN/LM SCR now or in the future.  The webinar will include:

  • Overview of current funding opportunities
  • Overview of the proposal/application process
  • Common mistakes of applicants
  • General tips

The webinar will be held via Adobe Connect.  Go to, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.  Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone. (Note: The meeting room will not be opened until 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time).

Be sure to bring your questions!  We look forward to “seeing” you there.

August SCR CONNECTions Recording Now Available

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The recording for the August 17, 2011 SCR CONNECTions webinar, Increasing Response Rate with guest speaker Cindy Olney, Evaluation Specialist with 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, September 21, 2011 at 10:30 am CT (9:30 am MT). The topic will be Senior Moments: Health Information for Older Adults.

Join us!

Project Spotlight: Digitization of the Aristides Agramonte Collection on Yellow Fever

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Yellow Fever Banner

Last year the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library – New Orleans received one of three Historical Preservation and Digitization Awards from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region. Their project was entitled: The Digitization of the Aristides Agramonte Collection on Yellow Fever.

The story of the Aristides Agramonte yellow fever collection at LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans is a sad one. Dr. Aristides Agramonte was a member of the US Army Yellow Fever expedition to Cuba, which gave the final proofs of the relation of the mosquito to the transmission of yellow fever. He had just accepted a professorship at the fledgling LSU School of Medicine when he died suddenly of a ‘heart affectation’ in August of 1931. His extensive personal library of books and journal articles, many devoted to the study of yellow fever, became the first materials acquired for LSU medical school library. In fact, the original name of the LSU Health Sciences Center Library was the Aristides Agramonte Memorial Medical Library.

Image from medical text

Dr. Agramonte’s personal library of yellow fever materials is now available as a searchable collection through the Louisiana Digital Library:
Over 130 books and journal articles dating back to the 1790s discuss the epidemiology and pathology of yellow fever. Books are included from authors such as Benjamin Rush, Carlos Finlay, the New Orleans Board of Health, and Aristides Agramonte.

image from medical text

Researchers interested in the history of medicine, yellow fever epidemics, tropical medicine and the development of the first scientific theory used to trace and find a cure for a communicable disease will find a special interest in this collection. The collection is full text searchable and includes items in English, Spanish, French and German.

Upon Dr. Agramonte’s death, the American Public Health Association noted that “in the death of Dr. Agramonte science has lost a devoted servant. His knowledge of tropical diseases and his great experience in the practical handling of them made him peculiarly fitted for the professorship he had just accepted.” Through this collection, we hope to share some of his knowledge. LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is proud to offer this collection as a free resource.

Additional news about this project can be found in the recent LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network newsletter:$Content/Homepage+News+&+Announcements/$File/Newsletter%202011%20VOL20ISSUE1.pdf

Special Thanks to guest author Maureen Molly Knapp, Digital Projects Manager LSUHSC Library New Orleans

Figure 1: Color slides from Recherches sur la cause et la prophylaxie de la fievre jaune. (1903),6326
Figure 2: Color illustrations of yellow fever symptoms. From Yellow fever and malarial diseases embracing a history of the epidemics of yellow fever in Texas. (1876),10484

Classes in San Antonio, TX Sept 28 & 29

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR will be offering the following classes at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Briscoe Library.

PubMed Logo

Wednesday, Sept 28, 2011
1pm – 5pm
Keeping Up with NLM’s PubMed

With a hands-on approach, this class will show attendees how to use the features of PubMed effectively. Attendees will be able to describe the contents of PubMed; formulate basic search strategies; display, print, and save results in various formats; revise and refine searches; and use special features such as Limits and Advanced Search.

Toxnet Logo

Thursday, Sept 29, 2011
9am – 12pm
TOXNET Toxicology & Environmental Information

This is a 3-hour hands-on class intended for inexperienced users. It is designed to introduce participants to the different databases available on TOXNET. Attendees will gain experience locating toxicology, chemical, and other hazardous substance information. Databases to be covered include: Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), LactMed, TOXLINE, TOXMAP, Household Products Database, and ChemIDplus.

The classes are free.  To register for the classes, go to:

Launch of Public Health News Portal from APHA

Monday, August 8th, 2011

APHA logo

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has launched Public Health Newswire, APHA’s newest resource that provides the latest news of public health events, trends and advocacy.

The site features timely, relevant information from across the public health community through news roundups and commentary from APHA members, Affiliates and partners as well as original reporting of public health events and advocacy efforts around the country. The site also features the latest research from the scientific community.

Public Health Newswire is freely accessible at . Email subscription and RSS feed are also available.

Important Revisions to NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


Due to year 1 funding restrictions, the NN/LM SCR has made some changes to its recently promoted funding opportunities.  The number of awards has not been affected, however, the application deadlines and period of performance have changed on many of the awards.

The following Request for Proposals/Call for Applications have been modified:

If your award is not listed, there are no changes to the originally posted information.

We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may have caused.  Please contact the NN/LM SCR if you have any questions

Project Spotlight: Dallas Medical History, 1890-1975: A Digital Collection

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

On March 30th, 2011 The Library of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX debuted an online collection of more than 500 historic photos documenting the development of medical care and medical education in Dallas. This online repository, titled Dallas Medical History, 1890-1975: A Digital Collection, is viewable on the web at

This project, made possible through a Historic Preservation and Digitization Award from the NN/LM SCR, consists of two complementary parts:

Historic photo of Baylor laboratory

Dallas Medical Images, 1890-1975 A repository of more than 500 images from the Library’s collection which portray institutions, people, and events that have played a role in Dallas medicine. Each photo is dated and accompanied by searchable descriptive information. About 200 of the images portray the history of UT Southwestern’s predecessor institutions including Southwestern Medical College. Another 200 illustrate the history of St. Paul Hospital (now part of UT Southwestern) from 1896-1975–including many fascinating photos of the St. Paul interior and exterior around 1905–and the St. Paul School of Nursing from 1900-1971. The remaining 100 or so images document other institutions, people and events in Dallas medicine, including about forty images of Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Parkland Hospital School of Nursing, which operated from 1914 to 1955.

Medical Care Milestones in Dallas, 1890-1975 An exhibit of sixty high-interest images, arranged in chronological order, showing highlights in the development of medical care in Dallas. Expanded descriptions explain the significance and context of the subject matter. Most of these images are also in the repository, but—to enrich the exhibit—thirteen have been added from the Dallas Public Library Texas/Dallas History and Archives collection and from other sources.

For further information, contact Bill Maina, Archivist and History of Medicine Librarian, at the Library, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, via email at or by phone at 214.648.2629.

Special thanks to guest writer Matthew Zimmerman, Manager, Digital Services & Technology Planning, UT Southwestern Medical Center Library.

MedlinePlus Connect Webcast Now Available

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Last week MedlinePlus® Connect Project Manager Stephanie Dennis provided an overview of MedlinePlus® Connect in a 30 minute webcast. The webcast was hosted by the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). A recording of the webcast, MedlinePlus® Connect: Linking Patient Portals and EHRs to Consumer Health Information, is now available at

MedlinePlus® Connect is a free service of the NLM, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This service allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus, an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers. Additional information about MedlinePlus® Connect can be found online at:

MedlinePlus Connect Flow Chart