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Diagnostic Error Class in Baltimore

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

MD writing on Chart

Diagnostic error is a significant factor in patient harm and increased medical costs. This is a free class — on how multidisciplinary teams contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error. Class focus is on evidence-based processes and the impact of librarians. The in-person class will be held on November 15, 2012 in Room LL05 at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland Baltimore from 9am – 4pm.

Session content will cover:

  • Team-oriented approaches to understanding the role of information and evidence in the diagnostic process.
  • Case analysis and discussion of bias.
  • Partnering of librarians/informationists with clinical staff to strategize improvements
  • Application of failure analysis techniques to explore system and process improvement.
  • Design of evidence sharing innovations to reduce diagnostic error.
  • Strategies for implementation of proposed projects.

Multi-disciplinary teams from organizations are encouraged to attend.  MLA CE credits will be provided.


NN/LM SCR Celebrates Banned Books Week

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Banned Books Week DisplayThe NN/LM SCR celebrates Banned Books Week with a display of medically themed banned books. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.

Some of the books included in the display are:

  • My Mom’s Having a Baby, by Dori Hillestad Butler
  • What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras and Dane Saavedra
  • Writers’ Voice: Selected from Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, by Paul Monette
  • Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a gURL, by Esther Drill
  • Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
  • It’s Perfectly Normal: A Book about Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
  • Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume

These books are part of the Harris County Public Library collection in The Texas Medical Center Library.


National Medical Librarians Month

Monday, October 1st, 2012

National Medical Libraians Month Posting

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month. As part of this celebration, the NN/LM SCR is proud to highlight the following SCR funded projects and the librarians whose hard work made these programs successful.

  1. Connecting Patients with MedlinePlus through Their Personal Health Records. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Dixie Jones
  2. Good things come in small packages: a small hospital library goes electronic. Institution: Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City OK. Principal Investigator: Emily McEwen
  3. Health Information Centers at the Mexican Consulate and 12th Street Community Clinic. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock AR. Principal Investigator: Jon Goodell
  4. HealtheLearning for Girl Scouts: Making Reliable Electronic Health Information Accessible. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Kimberly Pullen
  5. The Hidden Gem of JPS – The Medical Library. Institution: JPS Health Network, Fort Worth TX. Principal Investigator: Leslie Herman
  6. Medical Education Mobile Outreach (MEMO) Initiative. Institution: Ochsner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans LA. Principal Investigator: Jessica Delgado
  7. Mercy Crest: Outreach Programs to Increase Awareness of Access to Services and Healthcare Information for the Elderly and Disabled. Institution: St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Fort Smith AR. Principal Investigator: Pat Morris
  8. Partnering with Ville Ste. Marie Linking Seniors to NLM Consumer Health Information. Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. Principal Investigators: Deborah Sibley and Carolyn Bridgewater
  9. Preserving the History of Medicine In Arkansas. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library. Institution: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library, Little Rock AR. Project Staff: Myra Suzanne Easley and Daphne Hyatt
  10. Promoting Reliable Online Health Information Through School Librarians. Institution:  Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Principal Investigator: Kimberly Pullen
  11. Shriners Hospital for Children – Galveston Consumer Health Outreach Project. Institution: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Principal Investigator: Anne Howard
  12. Technology Education & Access for Community Health (TEACH). Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center Foundation (SEL-AHEC), Slidell LA. Principal Investigator: Helen Caruso
  13. Understanding E-Science: A Symposium for Medical Librarians. Institution: The TMC Library, Houston TX. Project Staff: Deborah Halsted, Allen Lopez, Maianh Phi and Joanne Romano

More information about these projects is available from the Previously Funded Projects page.


Farewell to Re Mishra

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Picture Re Mishra

Farewell to Re Mishra, the NN/LMSCR Health Professions Coordinator.  She will be greatly missed in both the NN/LM SCR office and throughout the Region.

Since she began working at the NN/LM SCR in 1998, she has contributed significantly to the NN/LM program. She was responsible for the development of several classes, including “TOXNET: Technology and Environmental Information” and “PubMed for Experts.”  She was also responsible for the NN/LM SCR obtaining both Continuing Nursing Education accreditation and Continuing Pharmacy Education accreditation.  As a result, classes throughout the country can be offered for health professional accreditation.  She taught hundreds of classes throughout the Region and conducted exhibits throughout the U.S.  By far her biggest contribution to the Region was her coordination of the NN/LM SCR DOCLINE program.  Since 1998, she has been responsible for assisting Network members with DOCLINE and other ILL activities. Her knowledge of DOCLINE practices and procedures was well-known throughout the country and she was frequently consulted by librarians outside of the SCR.  From 2006-2008, she worked at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education where she promoted NLM databases on  a national scale.  In 2008, she returned to the NN/LM SCR office where she served as the Health Professions Coordinator, providing training and assistance to a variety of health professionals, including allied health groups.

We wish Re all the best in the future.

National Preparedness Month 2012

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Several government agencies (FEMA, Citizen Corps, CDC, and others) as well as the American Public Health Association (APHA) have once again joined to promote the month of September as National Preparedness month.  As Americans remember the events of 9/11, they also encourage all Americans to prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. Throughout the month, more than 3,000 organizations nationwide are supporting efforts to help Americans prepare in case of emergency, with many events culminating on “Get Ready Day, ” September 18th (see ).

For more information and resources for planning an event: .

Additional resources for Disaster Information and Emergency Preparedness from:

NLM Announces New Genetics Resource for Secondary School

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

GeneEd website screenshot

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource, GeneEd Developed in collaboration with the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), teachers and experts in genetics and genetic counseling, GeneEd is a useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 – 12 to learn genetics. GeneEd allows students and teachers to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

3-d image of cell

GeneEd is a portal that teachers can use to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide as a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from NHRGI help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts.

Specialty pages including Teacher Resources and Labs and Experiments highlight those tools that teachers may find particularly helpful.  Other specialty pages such as Careers in Genetics and Highlights allow students to see what is new and noteworthy in the field of Genetics along with links to different careers related to the science of Genetics.

Hurricane Isaac and Google Crisis Response

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Image of Hurricane Issace Approaching Louisiana

With Hurricane Isaac expected to make landfall in the Louisiana area Wednesday morning, the Gulf Coast community is already preparing for the anticipated wind, rain, and possible rising waters. Google Crisis Response is a new website from Google that provides access to important information in the event of emergencies. A global tool, Google Crisis Responses brings together information from participating organizations and existing data to provide up to the minute information and updates for those in need and those responding to crisis events. The Crisis Map combines data and provides a map view of areas that are in danger. All in all, Google Crisis Response is a site supported by ““staff engineers, product managers, and partnership professionals who are dedicated to working on efforts that focus on making critical information more accessible during natural disasters”. Look to Google Crisis Response as an online tool in the event of future emergencies.

According to the Google Blog from the Hurricane Isaac Crisis Map you will be able to find emergency preparedness information, including:

  • Isaac’s current location and projected path, courtesy of the NOAA-National Hurricane Center;
  • Weather updates and data, including radar and cloud imagery from and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory;
  • Evacuation information and routes;
  • Shelter and recovery centers locations;
  • Storm-related YouTube videos, including many curated by Storyful.

Carnegie/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

I love my librarian

Do you know of a great librarian who deserves to be recognized?  Why not nominate him/her for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award?  The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, college, community college, or university librarians.

Ten librarians each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

Recognize the accomplishments of your exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarian.


Nominate your college, community college or university librarian
Nominate your public librarian

Nominations must be received by September 12.

Emerging Leader Award Recipient Katie Prentice

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Katie Prentice

Congratulations to Katherine “Katie” Prentice for being the recipient of the 2012 Emerging Leaders Award. The NN/LM SCR partnered with the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) to offer this award in order to motivate and prepare a librarian for a position of leadership in an academic health sciences library. Modeled on the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Award, this project will pair Katie with her mentor, Debbie Sibley of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans Library (LSU-NOLA). Katie will have the opportunity to develop her knowledge and skills in a variety of learning settings, including exposure to leadership in another environment.

As part of the award, Katie will travel to the LSU-NOLA library to meet with Debbie. She will also visit the NN/LM SCR office to learn how it interfaces with the Region as a whole.




West Nile Virus in the News in the SCR

Friday, August 24th, 2012


This year’s West Nile virus outbreak is on track to be the biggest ever since the virus first appeared in the United States in 1999, U.S. health officials reported Wednesday.

As of the third week of August, there have been a total of 1,118 cases of West Nile virus in people in 38 states, including 41 deaths.

In Texas, which has been hardest hit by the epidemic, 586 cases have been reported with 21 deaths, said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Officials in Dallas County, Texas, began aerial spraying of insecticides overnight last Thursday. Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma have also been hit hard by West Nile virus this summer.

Experts do not know why this year’s outbreak is so much worse than previous years, but suspect it could be a confluence of factors, most notably hot weather. Generally speaking, 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile virus develop no or few symptoms, while 20 percent develop mild symptoms such as headache, joint pain, fever, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Less than 1 percent will develop neurological illnesses, such as encephalitis or meningitis, and develop paralysis or cognitive difficulties that can last for years, if not for life.

There are no specific treatments for West Nile virus; the greatest risk for infection with West Nile virus typically occurs from June through September, with cases peaking in mid-August.

The best way to protect yourself from West Nile virus is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, which can pick up the disease from infected birds. The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Use insect repellents when outside.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants from dawn to dusk.
  • Don’t leave standing water outside in open containers, such as flowerpots, buckets and kiddie pools.
  • Install or repair windows and door screens.
  • Use air conditioning when possible.

More information at:

See also MedlinePlus Health Topic page on West Nile Virus: and CDC on West Nile Virus and Protecting Mosquito Bites: .

[HealthDay News, August 22, 2012]