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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Funding Opportunity

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Hmong woman carrying a babySummary

Funding Oppportunity Title: Ethnic Community Self Help Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2014-ACF-ORR-RE-0816
Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Type: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.576
Post Date: 04/28/2014
Application Due Date: 06/27/2014



The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arriving refugees. The objectives of this program are to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and culturally appropriate services to refugees within five years of their initial resettlement.
The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee groups who have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years.
ORR places a strong emphasis on projects with a two-fold aim: 1) strengthening of the applicant’s organizational capacity 2) provision of SMART services (Specific Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, and Time-Bound) to refugees. Such services may include both direct and referral services.

For complete posting and link to apply, visit the HHS website

Redesigned TOXNET Database

Friday, May 30th, 2014

New TOXNET interface

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is introducing a recently redesigned TOXNET interface. The redesign improves the appearance and interactive capabilities and given it a facelift for a more current look and feel.

The new TOXNET features:

  • Improved appearance
  • Intuitive interactive capabilities
  • Improved multi-database search
  • Easy selection of items to save in “My List”
  • More accessible menus and pull-downs
  • Type-ahead Browse
  • Hover-over Help



HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers.

Projects must involve one or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition

Emphasis is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $40,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on Friday, July 11, 2014.

The solicitation for the 2014 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

Full and Open:

Small Businesses can apply to a specific set-aside:

Primary Point of Contact:
Elena Leon
Contract Specialist
Phone: 301.435.4394
Fax: 301.402.8169

Secondary Point of Contact :
Robin Hope
Branch Chief, Contracting Officer
Phone: 301.496.6546
Fax: 301.402.8169

Please Note: Refer to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site for notices, updates, and modifications to the HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2014 RFQ.

Cloud Storage and Collaboration

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Computer connected to clouds

Cloud storage continues to receive attention from industries around the world. While cloud storage is not a new technology, new advances in cloud technology, including better privacy controls and easy to use collaboration tools are generating  renewed interest. To address uses of cloud computing in education settings EDUCASE recently released the new 7 Things You Should Know About Cloud Storage and Collaboration publication. As with other 7 Things You Should Know About publications, this publication provides a brief scenario designed to address cloud storage and collaboration uses in a higher education setting. The scenario follows Dev, a grad student, who is impressed that his university’s new enterprise installation cloud storage platform has simplified his workflow and allowed him to more easily collaborate with his colleagues.

The publication goes on to address real world examples of institutions using cloud solutions on campus. Platforms including Google Drive, Box, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft OneDrive are mentioned. Downsides of cloud solutions including storage of sensitive data as well as questions about data ownership are also addressed.

EDUCAUSE addresses the importance of cloud computing for storage and collaboration in higher education. The publication indicates that cloud solutions will create “new opportunities for how academic assignments are conceived, completed, and submitted.” In data rich enterprises such as health and medicine the use of cloud storage and collaboration are technologies which should not be overlooked as they may lead to ground breaking discoveries.

Password Tips, Tools, and Managers

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Heartbleed Bug LogoRecent attacks on online services such as and vulnerabilities discovered in other sites due to the Heartbleed Bug have resulted in a wave of requests from online services for users to reset their password. The password is the most important piece of information any online user creates and should be carefully crafted. If your password has been discovered by those with malicious intent it could lead to compromised security of your personal information. Users should create strong passwords which make it difficult for their account to be hacked. Microsoft provides tips for creating a strong password which should be reviewed as your reset your password. You can also benefit from Microsoft’s Password Checker which will allow you to test the strength of the password you have created.  The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) lists the following security tips for choosing and protecting passwords:

  • Don’t use passwords that are based on personal information that can be easily accessed or guessed.
  • Don’t use words that can be found in any dictionary of any language.
  • Develop a mnemonic for remembering complex passwords.
  • Use both lowercase and capital letters.
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • Use passphrases when you can.
  • Use different passwords on different systems.

Despite all the online tips and services for creating strong passwords users are still leaving themselves vulnerable to hacking and attacks. An October 2013 security breach at Adobe that gave hackers access to 130 million passwords revealed that despite tips and tools for creating strong password many users are not following through on creating strong passwords. The top five passwords stolen from Adobe included the following:

  1. 123456
  2. 123456789
  3. password
  4. adobe123
  5. 12345678

Many people have trouble keeping up with passwords and as such often reuse the same password on multiple platforms which only puts their data at higher risk. Password managers are one way to help users maintain different passwords across multiple sites. With so many sites needing passwords a password manager is a great tool to organize this information and keep it safe. A PC Magazine post recently reviewed various password managers to help users decide which one is right for them. The editors of the post warn that moving to and setting up a password manager can “involve some serious work.” The post going into detail about each manager as well as those which include an added layer of security such as fingerprint recognition for the password manager password.  The top three password managers from the article include:

  1. LastPass 3.0 (Free)
  2. LastPass 3.0 Premium ($12.00/year)
  3. Dashlane 2.0 ($19.95/year; free edition available)

A comparison chart of password managers can also be found online from TopTenReviews.

New in the Lending Library

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Lending Library Books on shelf

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is happy to announce the addition of nine new titles to the Lending Library. New titles on diverse topics have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. This post provides an overview of the books which have been added.  Books from the Lending Library may be requested by Network Members or those who are employed by Network Member institutions. You will notice that our growing lending library has been divided into categories to better help you locate books on specific topic. Visit the Lending Library page to request any of these exciting new titles.


. Elisabeth Doucett. Branding is one part of the marketing process that focuses on developing a laser-clear message and the means to communicate that message to the intended audience. But as a library, where does branding fit? The book covers everything from working with outside experts to evaluating and maintaining your library’s brand, illustrated by case studies from other libraries. For those who have made a start, the chapters stand on their own librarians can pick up wherever they left off. End-of-chapter exercises enhance the feedback process. Tips, suggestions for success, and answers to frequently asked questions ensure your team collaborates on a library brand that will bring more patrons through the door! 

Collection Development

. Karen Calhoun. Calhoun’s textbook is a highly readable, thought-provoking authoritative and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena. It provides an up-to-date overview of the progress, nature and future impact of digital libraries, from their collections and technology-centered foundations over two decades ago to their emergent, community-centered engagement with the social web.


How To Thrive as a Solo Librarian. Carol Smallwood and Melissa J. Clapp. This book is a compilation of chapters by librarians offering advice to colleagues who must work alone or with very limited help. The contributors come from schools and colleges, special and corporate archives, public libraries, and seasoned LIS faculty across the United States and abroad who are familiar with the vigor, dedication, and creativity necessary for solo librarians.

Making the Most of Your Library Career. Lois Stickell and Bridgette Sanders. An MLIS can provide the skill set needed to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, career librarians from every corner of the profession offer a personal, down-to-earth view of “what it’s really like out there.” Filled with valuable insights into how to better launch and manage a library career, this book addresses important topics like

  • How to work and adapt at a new organization
  • What management expects and how to view everyday activities from that point of view
  • How to make suggestions for change
  • Advice on navigating the cyclical nature of a librarian’s work year
  • The rewards and challenges of professional organizations
  • Why a library degree is valuable outside a traditional library setting

Those new to the field will find the contributors’ seasoned advice both inspiring and practical, while veterans of the profession will find guidance on retuning their careers in librarianship’s changing environment.

Health Literacy

Health Literacy from A to Z (Second Edition). Helen Osborne. This book is an easy to use handbook designed for the busy health professional. Filled with ideas and strategies that can be used in everyday practice, Health Literacy from A to Z is a first-of-its-kind resource. Learn the key principles and strategies of effective health communication presented in a simple, informal manner by one of the nation’s leading experts in health literacy. Whether you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional, case manager, public health specialist, practice manager, health care educator, student or family caregiver this book is for you. Instructor Resources include a Sample Syllabus and PowerPoint Presentations. What’s New in the Second Edition of Health Literacy from A to Z The Second Edition is updated and revised to reflect current health literacy research and practice with new information about timely health literacy topics. This edition has 14 new chapters.

Informatics, e-Science, and Big Data

Data Points: Visualization that Means Something. Nathan Yau. Using examples from art, design, business, statistics, cartography, and online media, Yau explores both standard-and not so standard-concepts and ideas about illustrating data.

Management and Leadership

Library Management Tips That Work. Carol Smallwood. There’s no shortage of library management books out there—but how many of them actually tackle the little details of day-to-day management, the hard-to-categorize things that slip through the cracks of a larger handbook? Library Management Tips that Work does exactly that, addressing dozens of such issues facing library managers, including

  • How to create a job manual, and keep staff accountable
  • Keeping your library board in the loop
  • Using numbers to make your case
  • Dealing with unreturned library materials
  • Methods for managing multiple libraries with one FTE librarian
  • Retaining services despite budget cuts and staff shortages
  • Public relations on a shoestring

Management Basics For Information Professionals. G. Edward Evans and Camila A. Alire. Reflecting the rapidly changing information services environment, the third edition of this bestselling title offers updates and a broader scope to make it an even more comprehensive introduction to library management. Addressing the basic skills good library managers must exercise throughout their careers, this edition includes a completely new chapter on management ethics. Evans and Alire also pay close attention to management in “new normal” straitened economic conditions and offer updates on technological topics like social media.


Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back. George Takei. In this groundbreaking book, Takei chronicles the “dark side” of the Net – how he has battled the haters, spammers and trolls, and even how some of his once-loyal fans were quick to turn on him. Takei’s musings on the nature of our increasingly connected world – why people share, what it really means, and how the developing world actually gets how to use social media – is required reading for anyone trying to understand and leverage its power.

Request for Information National Network Of Libraries Of Medicine

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a Request for Information (RFI) asking health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities the opportunity to recommend effective approaches on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Information Requested:
Recognizing that there have been many changes in information seeking behavior, technology, education, and the health care environment, NLM is seeking input from current and potential user communities to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the NN/LM.

Comments can include but are not limited to the following guiding questions:

  • Priorities, Strategies, Partnerships
  • Outreach, Programs Training, Resource Sharing
  • Membership, Network Structure, Service Coordination

All responses must be submitted via email to Justin Fraser and Uyen Phuong by 3 PM June 26, 2014. Please include the Notice number (NIHLM2014157) in the subject line. Response to this RFI is voluntary.

NLM will use the information submitted in response to this RFI for planning purposes and is not obligated to comment or respond to any responder’s submission. However, responses to the RFI may be reflected in futures solicitations.

Professional Development Award Recipients

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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

Conference Room

Recipient: Kelly Gonzalez, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX
Activity: Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians

Recipient: Elaine Hicks, Tulane University, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, New Orleans, LA
Activity: Library Research Seminar VI, The Engaged Librarian

Recipient: Toni Hoberecht, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa Schusterman Library, Tulsa, OK
Activity: American Library Association Annual Meeting

Recipient: Lisa Huang, Collin College, Denton TX
Activity: American Library Association Annual Meeting

Recipient: Julia Jenkins, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
Activity: Library Assessment Conference

Recipient: Phill Jo University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Robert M. Bird Library, Oklahoma City OK
Activity: Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Conference

Recipient: Heather Moberly, Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Activity: American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges 2015 Meeting

Recipient: Rita Premo. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans, New Orleans LA
Activity: Association of College and Research Libraries 2015 Conference

Recipient: Sandy Tharp, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Library, Perkins OK
Activity: Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums Conference

Recipient: Yumi Yaguchi, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Amarillo TX
Activity: North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) 29th Annual Conference

MERS-CoV Spreads to the United States

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Microscopic image of coronavirus

On May 2, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (or MERS) in the United States. The virus was found in a man who had traveled from Saudi Arabia to Indiana at the end of April.

MERS-CoV is a viral respiratory illness that first begin infecting humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012. All reported cases since have been linked to 7 different countries, and all have originated within the Arabian Peninsula. The symptoms are similar to that of the flu: fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. MERS is unusually deadly, however; around 30% of the people infected have died. Despite the name, MERS is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.

The CDC has not yet advised any travel changes and recommends the following to those traveling to the Arabian Peninsula:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils, with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

If you develop symptoms of respiratory illness within 14 days of travel, the CDC recommends visiting your healthcare provider. For more information regarding MERS-CoV, coronaviruses, and the recent case in the United States, visit the links under Resources.


Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MERS CoV First US Case Announced / Press Release / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions about MERS CoV / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

About Coronaviruses / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


UPDATE 5/13/2014

A second case of MERS-CoV was confirmed on May 12, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. As with the previous case, the patient was a healthcare worker who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. In a press conference, CDC Director Dr. Tom Friedan and Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, iterated that so far MERS is not considered easily transmissible. The two US cases have occurred in health workers that were in close contact with those already infected with MERS. 

For the complete press conference transcript, visit the CDC’s Media page.


2014-2015 NN/LM SCR Express Outreach Award Recipients

Friday, May 9th, 2014

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014-2015 Express Outreach Award:

Instructor with students on computers

Organization: Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge LA
Title of Project: Finding Health Information in a Digital Video World
Responsible Investigator: Courtney Britton

Organization: Morningcrest Health Library, University of Oklahoma Tulsa, Tulsa OK
Title of Project: Improving OU-T Reach with Enhanced Media Presentations
Responsible Investigator: Ruth Neal

Organization: Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans LA
Title of Project: New Orleans HINARI Training: Access to Global Health Resources
Responsible Investigator: Elaine Hicks

Organization: YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX
Title of Project: Eastside YMCA’s Summer Family Nutrition Series
Responsible Investigator: Tendai Matambanadzo

More information on these and all funded NN/LM SCR projects is available from the Previously Funded Projects page