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March 2012 SCR CONNECTions

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Join us Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.

The topic for this month’s webinar will be: “Spring is in the Air: Get Ready with Help From the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center.” This month’s guest presenter will be Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS Librarian, Aquilent, Inc., contractor with the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL:  Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL:

This webinar is available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. If you cannot attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.



March NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, March 5th, 2012

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Check out the March issue of NIH News in Health,, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:


Halt the Hurt! Dealing with Chronic Pains,
Dry Eyes and Mouth? You May Have Sjögren’s Syndrome,

Health Capsules:

How Often Should Women Have Bone Tests?
Mobile App Helps Teens Quit Smoking,
Featured Website: Easy-to-Read Drug Facts,

Download a PDF version for printing:

Visit our Facebook wall,, to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or start a discussion about how you use the newsletter. We want to hear what you think!

Why Not Try Tumblr?

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Launched in 2007 the microblogging site Tumblr has been attracting more users recently because of its easy to use posting interface and simple set up process. Once an account is created users can post various forms of content including photos, text, videos, and links to their “tumblelogs” (the word is a combination of Tumblr and blogs).

Tumblr is a free service that makes blog posting easy while also incorporating social networking and discovery features. Tumblr users can easily create an account, post their own items, and explore what other Tumblr users are posting. Users can subscribe to other users’ tumblelogs and see what they are posting. Social networking-like features make it easy for Tumblr users to “Like” and repost what others have already posted. Users can add additional text as well as tags to their posts making them easier to find in searches.

According to a recent article from, Tumblr experienced a 218% growth rate between June 2010 and June 2011. The site has also seen a dramatic growth in funding. While most Tumblr users are located in the United States, the platform does have a growing international presence and is available in multiple languages.

Tumblr provides themes and customizable templates for users’ Tumblr pages. Tumblr provides ways for users to communicate through messages but is somewhat limited when it comes to the ability to leave comments on posts. Some themes provide the ability to include RSS feeds making it even easier for non-Tumblr users to subscribe and follow posts.

Several libraries have turned to Tumblr as an alternative to meet their blog needs. In the South Central Region, we see the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Briscoe Library is using Tumblr to post photos and updates about their library renovations: The New York Public Library is also using Tumblr.

For additional tips about getting started with Tumblr, try A Complete Guide To Tumblr by Cameron Chapman.