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Archive for January, 2013

NN/LM SCR Launches YouTube Channel

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

We are pleased to announce the launch of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region YouTube Channel. Visitors to the channel can view videos from the NN/LM SCR including the new educational video “We Are the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region” which provides an overview of the NN/LM SCR’s services.

YouTube is a free video-sharing Web site, created in February 2005, on which users can upload, view and share videos. Unregistered users may watch videos, and registered users may upload an unlimited number of videos. Today an estimated 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

The NN/LM SCR YouTube channel will include videos from outreach events, exhibits, database training for online classes, and more. Users can subscribe to be notified whenever new content is posted on the NN/LM SCR channel.

We look forward to posting new and informative videos online as they are created.

Improve Your Search Skills with Google Search Education

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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Google recently launched a website with resources teachers and librarians can use to improve student search strategy. The Google Search Education site includes many tools to help improve student search strategy and search results using the Google Search Engine. Lesson plans with practice search questions and activities are provided. For those who are interested in live demonstrations of the search techniques, the Live Training area includes videos with sample searches and discussions.

While Google Search Education was developed for improving student search strategy, there are a variety of tools librarians and other educators can benefit from. The A Google A Day Challenges are a fun way to test and improve your search skills. The site provides great resources for those who are interested in learning more about how to take their Google Search to the next level. All content and educational materials are developed by the Google Search team and provide some of the best information on how to get the most from Google.

The site also provides access to free online Google Search classes including Advanced Google Power Searching (registration required), a two week online class which starts today, January 23, 2013. A link is provided to videos and lessons from the previous class Power Searching with Google.

New Funding Opportunities from the NN/LM SCR

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the latest round of funding opportunities:

Disaster Preparedness Award ($10,000):
The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness Award is to help libraries prepare for disasters so that they can assist their communities with health information and other recovery needs after an emergency. Approaches can include, but are not limited to, activities that will integrate the library into their community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery plan; equipment that will allow the library to have more flexibility in responding to the Internet needs of the community; and partnerships with city emergency planning groups, hospitals, public health organizations to enhance health information access in library settings.

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award ($25,000):
The goal of this award is to connect health professionals, their patients and the general public to the health information resources from the National Library of Medicine. This solicitation will focus on projects designed to improve access to electronic health information for such groups and organizations as consumers, the underserved and minority health care professionals, public health workers, public libraries, and community-based and faith-based organizations.

Express Outreach Award ($5,000 per project):
The purpose of the Express Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases to improve access to health information.

Health Disparities Information Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award is to support a wide range of outreach projects aimed at improving access to and use of the National Library of Medicine’s databases by populations which experience significant health disparities, including, but not limited to minority, rural and other medically underserved populations.

Health Information Literacy Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Literacy Award is to support Network member projects, particularly those from community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs) and other organizations that serve minority populations, to develop innovative and creative ways to promote health literacy to these target populations.

Health Information Needs Assessment Award ($5,000):
The purpose of the Health Information Needs Assessment Award is to improve health information outreach through increased knowledge of community needs. Thorough needs assessments serve to analyze community needs in depth, with respect to the community’s cultural, social, economic and physical situations. This award is designed to give organizations an opportunity to study a community in detail and to subsequently design strategies that promote the National Library of Medicine’s databases.

Hospital Library Promotion Award ($5,000):
The purpose of this award is to support projects that promote the value of the hospital library to the hospital administrators and staff. As hospitals expand their services and programs, hospital librarians can play a significant role in areas such as: education and training to address knowledge management, clinical information systems, patient safety programs, electronic health records, health literacy, or patient education.

Library Student Outreach Award (funding will cover all costs related to meeting attendance):
The award provides funding for students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Fort Worth TX and participate in meetings, conference sessions and other activities designed for them to learn about the importance of health information outreach and services conducted by librarians in the South Central Region.

Mobile Applications Project Award ($8,000):
The purpose of the Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award is to provide an opportunity for Network members to provide outreach services and increase access to health information by utilizing mobile technologies. Projects may target health professionals, public librarians, public health workers, consumers, or the general public.

Professional Development Award ($1,500 per event):
The purpose of this award is to enable individuals at NN/LM SCR Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.

Technology Improvement Award ($5,000 per project):
The Technology Improvement Project (TIP) Award is intended to improve access to and increase use of free high quality health information including National Library of Medicine’s databases. It is designed to meet the health information needs of “underconnected” communities and increase access to health information services within the community.

See the NN/LM SCR Funding page for more information and for deadlines.

News and More News About Flu Season 2012-13

Friday, January 18th, 2013

News about the 2012-2013 influenza (or “flu”) season has been everywhere recently. The cities of Boston and New York have declared public health emergencies, and Dr. Anthony Facui, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, has indicated that we are in what is classically described as a flu epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 22,048 flu cases from September 30 – December 31, 2012, compared with 849 cases reported during the same time frame in 2011 (

One of the ways librarians and information specialists can share important messages about topics such as the flu is by using social media tools to promote reliable and trustworthy health information to our clients and audiences. The Health and Human Services Media News Media Team has created suggested messages relevant to the flu. Consider how you might use them:


  • It takes 2 weeks after vaccination for you to be protected. Use our finder to find a #flu vaccine center near you.
  • Teachers-help keep your classrooms free of germs. Teach healthy habits at school to prevent flu in your classroom.
  • There are three different types of #flu shot and a nasal spray. Which is the right one for you?
  • Flu activity is high across most states in the US now. Learn more about preventing #flu. Visit
  • Vaccination is the best protection against #flu but vaccine may be limited in some areas. Use  to locate vaccine.
  • Got the #flu? Don’t share it. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever goes away. Visit
  • It’s #flu season. provides advice on caring for yourself and loved ones who are sick.
  • If you still need #flu vaccine, now’s the time to get vaccinated. #Flu is widespread in many states.
  • #FluView, a weekly report of #flu activity in the U.S., is available on the @CDCgov website at
  • Find out what’s happening near you on the @CDCgov #flu map.


  • If you haven’t already been vaccinated for the flu, now’s the time. Vaccine may be limited in some areas.  You may need to contact more than one provider (pharmacy, health department, or doctor) to find available vaccine. Visit for more information.
  • Learn more about how to care for loved ones with the flu, including people at high risk (children, seniors, and people with chronic conditions). Start by getting vaccinated, practicing healthy habits like covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and washing hands regularly. Visit for more information.

For general information about the flu, start with the “flu” Health Topics page in MedlinePlus ( which has good current information in many languages, including a number of new videos.

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[Note: Special thanks to Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, Health Sciences Librarian, Aquilent, Inc., SIS Division of DIMRC, NLM for some of the content in this post via Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians listserv.]


Health Online 2013 Report Released

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

This week the Pew Internet and American Life Project released the Health Online 2013 report. Results were collected August 7 through September 6, 2012 with data coming from a nationwide survey of 3,014 adults living in the United States. The report provides current data related to online health information. 35% of US adults report that they have gone online to try to find information about their own health condition or a condition someone else might have.

According to the report 77% started their search for health information online using a search engine such as Google while only 13% began their search at a site that specializes in health information such as MedlinePlus or WebMD.

Online health information seekers are also using the internet as a diagnostic tool. 59% of those who have looked for health information online report trying to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have. According to the report this “translates to 35% of US adults.” 53% of these “online diagnoses” report speaking with a medical professional about what they found online.

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1) 59% of US adults have looked online for health information in the past year. 2) 35% of US adults say they have used the inernet to try to figure out what medical condition they or another may have. We call them “online diagnosers.” 3) 53% of online diagnosers talked with a clinician about what they found online. 4) 41% of online diagnosers had their condition confirmed by a clinician. (Image from Health Online 2013 Report)

The report found that while 85% of US adults own a cell phone, younger adults and minorities are more likely to use a mobile device to search for health information.

Also included in the report are statistics about peer-to-peer health advice and health care reviews. The report found that despite the popularity of Consumer Reports type reviews for products and services, health care reviews have not yet caught on among general consumers. Also of interest, the report found that when looking for health information online, about 26% of those polled were asked to pay for access to content.

The full Health Online 2013 report can be found online and provides access to more data and statistics related to health information and online health search behaviors.

NLM Partners in Two IMLS 21st Century Grants

Sunday, January 6th, 2013


The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced that NLM is a partner with two institutions in supporting the hands-on education of library science students in leadership development; and in the management and preservation of 21st century cultural heritage institutions.

With the Association of Research Libraries, NLM is a partner in providing a host site for library school students to complete a fellowship that offers exposure to the management and operations of a research library. The fellowship, available to graduate students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups, supports six-week internships where students are provided hands-on projects, introduction to the issues facing libraries and extensive mentoring and leadership development, priming them for careers in research libraries. Two fellows will be joining NLM in the summer of 2013.

The partnership with Catholic University of America will support internships for students in its Cultural Heritage Information Management concentration. Students will be educated in the organization, management, and preservation of materials. The internship at NLM will provide the hands-on education needed to develop skills in selection of materials for preservation; choices in the arena of digitization; and decisions to be made in accessibility and presentation of objects both physically and in the online environment. Students are expected to join NLM for internships beginning summer 2014.

Additional information can be found at the IMLS grant announcements.