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Archive for May, 2012

Limits Change in PubMed

Friday, May 11th, 2012

PubMed website

As of Wednesday, PubMed has made a change of how limits are accessed.  Instead of a separate page, limits will be a sidebar down the left side of the results page.  The previous Limits page was not intuitive to most users.  Making the filters more prominent should bring greater attention to this feature.

For more about the change, read Canese K. PubMed Filters Sidebar Replaces the Limits Page. NLM Tech Bull. 2012 May-Jun;(386):e3.  A Y0u-Tube video is also available.

Electronic Consumer Health Information Award Recipients Announced

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Nurse holding tiny globe

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 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.

Recipient: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
Project: The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Project
Description: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport will partner with the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana to provide computer equipment that YMCA members and staff can use to find online health information at three fitness center locations. The Library will offer training sessions on NLM resources and will develop educational materials to publicize the public training sessions and NLM resources.

Recipient: Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region, Bellaire, TX
Project: CLICKS to Sip-n-Surf
Description: The Texas AHEC East – Greater Houston Region will offer a tested program of customized computer literacy classes at two senior centers. The seniors will receive 36 3-hour long coaching sessions on the computer, Internet, MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth. In addition, they will create the first Internet café in Houston that is designed for underserved seniors.

DiPA Award Recipient Announced

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

image of a computer keyboardThe NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the Digital Preservation and Access (DiPA) 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.

Recipient: University of Texas Medical Branch Moody Medical Library, Galveston, TX

Project: In Pasteur’s Own Hand: The Creation of a Digital Repository

Description: The purpose of this project is to create a digital repository of carefully selected material from the private library of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895). This project seeks to dramatically improve user awareness and access to the personal and academic thoughts of one of the world’s most celebrated scientists. The Pasteur Collection held at the Blocker Collections at UTMB’s Moody Library contains 154 items including books, offprints, prints, manuscripts and unpublished handwritten letters by Pasteur which he maintained in his personal library. This project envisions digital preservation and also foresees increased user access to this collection. The project will allow the library to offer some of these materials in English, edit the images for legibility, enter descriptive metadata, and provide access to this collection on both the Moody Medical Library and the Texas Digital Library websites. Digitized PDFs images will feature the original document, the French transcription of the hand written documents and notes, and the English translation.

For a full list of funded projects from the NN/LM SCR please visit:

Please join us in congratulating the University of Texas Medical Branch Moody Medical Library!

National Network of Public Health Institutes Call for Proposals

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Four Hands Joined Together

Public health institutes (PHIs) are nonprofit organizations that work to improve the public’s health by fostering innovation, leveraging resources, and building partnerships across sectors. PHIs address current and emerging health issues by providing expertise in areas such as: Fiscal/Administrative Management; Population-Based Health Program Delivery; Health Policy Development, Implementation, and Evaluation; Training and Technical Assistance; Research and Evaluation; Health Information Services; Health Communications and Social Marketing and Convening/Partnering.

In August 2011, National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) embarked on a new set of projects that are designed to amplify PHI’s roles and impact on public health performance, policy, and evidence, as well as strengthen NNPHI’s own infrastructure and partnerships. This Call for Proposals seeks to enhance the performance of the public health system by supporting additional states with finding ways to use the PHI model to help address their pressing health challenges. This project will fund up to two states to advance efforts to establish a PHI that meets NNPHI’s definition, with an ultimate goal of improving these states’ public health systems.

Important dates:

  • May 30, 2012 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT): Dialogue4Health Webinar, “What can a Public Health Institute do for my Public Health Department?” More information at:
  • June 6, 2012: Letters of intent due
  • June 25, 2012: Deadline for full receipt of proposals
  • Late July 2012: Project recipients announced

For complete information, see:

Health Information Literacy Award Recipient

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Health key on keyboard

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012-2013 Health Information Literacy Award.

Institution: Crossroads Pharmacy, Mesquite, TX

Project Title: Improving Health Information Literacy in Seniors Using Internet Resources

Description:  This project will be a pilot study assessing the effectiveness of computer training on the MedlinePlus and NIHSeniorHealth databases among seniors in the Southeast Dallas area. The project will utilize two groups: the study group and the control group. The study group will participate in the educational program, while the control group will receive the standard pharmacy prescription drug information handout. An after-training assessment will measure the effectiveness of the training on health literacy.


Express Outreach Award Recipients

Friday, May 4th, 2012


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 Express Outreach Award:

Institution:  Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
Project Title: Promoting the Environmental Health Student Portal through School Science Teachers and Librarians
Description:  This project will provide instruction to Caddo Parish public school science teachers and librarians on the use of online reliable environmental health information resources available through the Environmental Health Student Portal, including ToxTown, MedlinePlus, and other NLM databases.

Institution: Forest Lawn Missionary Baptist Church, Houston TX
Project Title: Operation Succeed: Help for the Homeless
Description:  The goal of this project is to increase female veterans’ use of the NLM databases through effective training in basic computer skills so that the veterans can access authoritative information about medical issues and concerns.

Institution: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Project Title: Shining a Light onto MedlinePlus: Collaboration with the Light and Salt Association
Description:  This project will provide a dedicated desktop, laptop and printing capabilities for the staff at Light and Salt (an Asian American community-based organization) for use with their clients and visitors in order to promote the following NLM databases: MedlinePlus’ Health Information in Multiple Languages webpage, Asian American Health and NIHSeniorHealth.

Institution: Texas Woman’s University, Denton TX
Project Title: Promoting National Library of Medicine Online Resources to Students, Professors, and Researchers in the Social and Cultural Sciences: A Focus on Sociology and Anthropology
Description: This project will promote NLM online resources to students, professors, and researchers interested in studying human health and medicine through sociology and anthropology.

Congratulations to all our awardees!

Disaster Preparedness Award Recipients

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 Disaster Preparedness Award.  The purpose of this award is to assist libraries in preparing for disasters so that they can assist their communities with health information and other recovery needs after an emergency.

Recipient: Hydro Public Library, Hydro, OK
Project Title: Disaster Preparedness and Education Using Technology
Description: The Hydro Public Library and the Hydro Fire Department will partner to bring disaster education to first responders as well as implement a disaster plan using technology for communication between the department, library and community.

Recipient: Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX
Project Title: Dallas Public Library Emergency Preparedness Planning
Description: This project will allow Dallas Public Library to develop a library and community disaster preparedness plan, including a one-shelf disaster library collection at seven branches throughout the greater Dallas area.


Health Information Needs Assessment Award Recipients

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

group of children

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012-2013 Health Information Needs Assessment Award.  The purpose of the Health Information Needs Assessment Award is to improve outreach through increased knowledge of community health information needs.

Recipient: Tulane University, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, New Orleans, LA
Project Title: Making The Youth Connection: Matas Library health information needs assessment of youth in New Orleans school-based health centers
Description: The goal of this project is to uncover insights and perspectives about health information-seeking behaviors and needs of youth in New Orleans. A formative evaluation process using focus groups is proposed to elicit this information.

Recipient: University of Oklahoma – Tulsa Schusterman Library, Tulsa, OK
Project Title: School Health Connection: A Health Information Needs Assessment of School Nurses in Tulsa County
Description: This project will assess the health information resource needs of school nurses employed within the public school districts of Tulsa County. The project will employ electronic surveys and focus group sessions to ascertain current use of health information sources, current school health initiatives, and perceived opportunities for partnerships and collaborations leading to future outreach projects.


Regional Symposium Award Recipient

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

symposium speaker

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012-2013 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 related to health and/or technology.

Recipient: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, TX

Symposium Title: Vaccines, Epidemics and Ethics

Description: This symposium will highlight the latest research on vaccines and their role in the prevention and control of infectious diseases and epidemics. Included will be a series of speakers, a physical and digital archival display, a website, a print and web research guide, and an interactive quiz on using NLM databases.


Watch and Learn

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Logo for YouTube

iLibrarian Ellyssa Kroski recently posted about the 5 Educational YouTube Channels for Librarians. Created in 2007 YouTube has taken off since the first video was upload. According to YouTube, “48 hours of video are uploaded every minute, resulting in nearly 8 years of content uploaded every day.” A lot of videos exist in YouTube and more are constantly being added. While many videos are fun distractions, a great deal of useful video content in YouTube is also educational especially for technology topics. How can librarians find and use materials from such a large database of videos?

Thanks to this list librarians can more easily explore YouTube Channels that provide relevant content for education, how-to videos, exposure to technologies, and ideas. For additional information visit the original post from iLibrarian.

  1. Mashable: Mashable is the go-to destination for social media-oriented tech news on the Internet. When it comes to video, Mashable’s YouTube channel delivers current events, trends, introductions to new cutting edge technology, and how-to videos about the most popular sites and products.

  3. Lifehacker: We’ve got a lot on our plates when it comes to managing our digital lives and balancing events in the real world. Lifehacker helps you manage the two, while showing you efficiency tips to expedite the whole process.

  5. TED talks: Yes, it’s common knowledge by now that TED is the place to go for some of the most inspiring video content on the Internet. Still, TED makes this list out of its tireless commitment to expanding our minds.

  7. TEKHD: TEKHD, or TEKzilla is one of the most popular tech channels on YouTube. With smart, punchy and entertaining videos, it’s easy to ingest their information at a junk food-rate. The channel produces helpful, cutting edge tips everyday, such as this video on how to make your Twitter into an RSS feed.

  9. Create Customized Channels: You can filter and sort the content from YouTube into recommended videos with a site called Frequency. The site delivers the best videos to you based on what’s popular among the public, your Facebook friends, and your Twitter followers. You can follow channels and highlight certain videos to build a custom YouTube viewing experience. One of my favorite filters on Frequency is the How-To section that pulls in the best instructional content on YouTube. Find the best recent videos without having to wade through all the spam and low-quality uploads.

Try these channels to explore YouTube and lean more about technology topics with ease.