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Archive for 2011

NLM Awardees: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011

2011 project sites

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is funding seven Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects in a new program which began September 2011. The program supports efforts of libraries and other organizations to work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by agencies working in any phase of all-hazards management.

Congratulations to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, NM!

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will partner with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and  Informatics Center and University of New Mexico Center for Disaster Medicine. The project will develop a framework for extending the role of librarians and informationists in providing access to the resources of the National Library of Medicine and other federal and state sources to the National Disaster Medical System and other federal response entities. The project will also develop and implement processes for improving local emergency responders’ ready access to quality disaster management information at time of need.

More information about the award and other recipients is available at: .


NLM Associate Fellows Program Recruiting

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

2011-2012 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research. The Associate Fellows are introduced to a wide range of technologies and skills used in managing information at a national library.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2011)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2012. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the web at  Application deadline is February 3, 2012.   Between four and seven fellows will be selected for the program.

New Clinical Alert

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Commonly used three-drug regimen for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis found harmful. National Institutes of Health stops one treatment arm of trial; other two treatments to continue.

New NLM Exhibition Banner Traveling Exhibit

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Henkel Physicians Banner

A new National Library of Medicine (NLM) Traveling Exhibition, The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters, is now available for institutions to borrow. The exhibit features a collection of correspondence from a family of physicians in 19th Century Virginia. The letters document the working lives of the Henkel physicians as they share medical cases, professional rivalries and the experience of the Civil War.

Information on all of the traveling exhibitions can be found on the NLM Exhibition Program website.

Regional Symposium Award Recipient Announced

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

someone's arms stretching above their cubicle.

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce that the Year 1 Regional Symposium Award is awarded to:

The School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Dr. Loriene Roy
Symposium Title: Workplace Wellness @ Your Library

This symposium will share the background and strategies for promoting healthy workplaces and lifestyles among library workers. The symposium will present tailored resources (a Workplace Wellness Inventory, a Wellness Passport, and a document, Know Before You Go: Tips For Healthy Conference Travel); customized training on using MedlinePlus and other National Library of Medicine products/services; practice with seated exercise routines; and an opportunity to share news about grassroots efforts in libraries.

Congratulations to Dr. Roy and the UT School of Information!

SCC Library Student Presentation Schedule

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Booth Demonstration

Interested in learning about the Topic Specific Queries in PubMed?  Do you want to support future librarians?

If so, while you’re wandering around the exhibit hall at SCC, take a few minutes and stop by the NN/LM SCR’s exhibit booth to learn more.  Every year, the ten recipients of the NN/LM SCR’s Library Student Outreach Award conduct presentations in the SCR’s exhibit booth.  While they have the knowledge, they need audience members to attend the presentations.

A fabulous prize will be raffled off after every presentation!

Schedule of presentations:

9:00 am – Electronic Health Records Query

9:15 am – Healthy People 2020 Query

9:30 am – Complementary Medicine Query

10:00 am – Health Disparities Query

10:15 am – Health Literacy Query

2:30 pm – Electronic Health Records Query

2:45 pm – Healthy People 2020 Query

3:00 pm – Complementary Medicine Query

3:15 pm – Health Disparities Query

3:30 pm – Health Literacy Query

Professional Development Award Recipients

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Professional Development Award:

Cindy Caton, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock, AR
Activity: ILLiad International Conference, Virginia Beach, VA

Kathy Kerdolff, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Activity: Southern Group on Educational Affairs, Lexington, KY

Jennifer Lloyd, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Activity: Innovative Users Group, Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Strother, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library-New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Activity: National Museum of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD

Luke Rosenberger, University of Texas Health Science Center Library-San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Activity: Group on Information Resources of the Association of American Medical Colleges, La Jolla, CA

Sheryl Widdoes, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Library, Houston, TX
Activity: Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC

Kay Chapa, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library, Dallas, TX
Activity: Association for the Prevention Teaching and Research, Washington, DC

Kelly Gonzalez, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library, Dallas, TX
Activity: Association of American Medical colleges, Denver, CO

Tox Town Adds a Funeral Home to the City

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A blow-up of the section of Tox Town's City that has the Funeral HomeIn Tox Town’s City Scene you can now find a Funeral Home among the businesses.

Funeral home employees are exposed to a number of health and safety concerns. Go directly to the new location page to learn about possible employee exposure to various chemicals, including formaldehye, solvents and bloodborne pathogens:

En español: Funeraria

Year 1 Express Outreach Award Recipients

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

The NN/LM SCR is happy to announce the recipients of the Year 1 Express Outreach Award:

Institution: Face to Face Enrichment Center, Gonzales LA
Project Title: Project Connections: Your Link to Health Resource Information
Project Manager: Gabrielle Johnson

Institution: Greater Houston Area Health Education Center, Houston TX
Project Title: Double CLICKS
Project Manager: Alexander Reyna Jr

Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
Project Title: Connecting Patients with MedlinePlus through Their Personal Health Records
Project Managers: Marianne Comegys and Dixie Jones

Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
Project Title: Promoting Reliable Online Health Information Through School Librarians
Project Managers: Marianne Comegys and Kimberly Pullen

Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center Foundation (SEL-AHEC), Slidell LA
Project Title: Technology Education & Access for Community Health (TEACH)
Project Manager: Helen Caruso

Institution:  St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Fort Smith AR
Project Title: Mercy Crest: Outreach Programs to Increase Awareness of  Access to Services and Healthcare Information for the Elderly and Disabled
Project Manager: Pat Morris

Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock AR
Project Title: Health Information Centers at the Mexican Consulate and 12th Street Community Clinic
Project Manager: Jon Goodell

Institution: University Health System, Care Link Program, San Antonio TX
Project Title: CareLink Patient Education Initiative: Using MedLine Plus Videos to Reach the Underserved
Project Manager: Virginia Mika

MedPrint: National Cooperative Print Retention Program

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Old Books

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) are pleased to announce the launch of MedPrint, a national cooperative medical serials print retention program, which will ensure the preservation of and continued access to selected biomedical journals in print. The MedPrint program is open to all U.S. libraries in DOCLINE.

Approximately 250 journals selected from Abridged Index Medicus® (AIM) and scanned PubMed Central® (PMC) titles will serve as the first set of materials to preserve in print. MedPrint participants will volunteer to retain one or more titles included on the list for up to 25 years, ending in 2036. The goal of the program is to get commitments for 12 copies of each title with widespread geographic distribution. NLM’s copy will be the 13th.

A formal agreement will be signed between MedPrint participants and NLM. Commitment to titles beyond the original 250 is encouraged, but will not be included in the agreement.

A title list and the formal agreement document are available from the MedPrint website.