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Archive for January, 2015

NIH Manuscript Submission System Refresh

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

The NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) got a refresh this week. The NIHMS system supports the deposit of manuscripts into PubMed Central (PMC), as required by the NIH Public Access Policy and other participating funder (Howard Hughes Medical Institute). Are you a librarian who serves an NIH funded investigator or project? If so consider skimming through the NIHMS FAQStep-by-Step Tutorials, and Glossary..

From its Overview page:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system to facilitate the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) in support of the NIH Public Access Policy. Since its inception in 2005, NIHMS has expanded to support the public access policies of other organizations and government agencies (for more details, see the Funders List). The NIHMS system allows users, such as authors, principal investigators, and publishers to supply material for conversion to XML documents in a format that can be ingested by PMC. Depositing a manuscript in NIHMS for inclusion in PMC is a multi-step process, requiring an author to approve the deposited files and associated funding before conversion and the PMC-ready version after conversion.


Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator

Friday, January 30th, 2015

After nearly twelve years of service to the TMC Library and South Central Region, Karen Vargas is moving on to a position at the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. We thank Karen for her service and wish her well.

As you know Karen’s position was Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator. I am pleased to share that Lindsy Frazer, MLIS, MS, PhD, will join us in mid February in this capacity. Lindsy comes to us from an Arkansas public library where she is the manager of an outreach department. We will contact the Resource Libraries that this personnel change impacts individually.

Posted on behalf of:

L. Maximilian Buja, MD
Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region
Executive Director, The Texas Medical Center Library
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Health Information in Multiple Languages

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Did you know that many patients and healthcare providers often have difficulty identifying good sources of non-English language health information? Many librarians, health care providers and patients are familiar with What they may not know is that the National Library of Medicine also provides health related articles in 44 other languages; from Amharic and Arabic, to Urdu and Vietnamese. Spanish has its own MedlinePlus site, MedlinePlus en español. Foreign language teachers and students can also use these articles for language learning and practice.

This service benefits people who prefer to read health information in their native language. Users can navigate the collection of health information in multiple languages either by language or by topic. A page listing all of the languages covered is linked from the bottom right corner of’s homepage. Users can browse these languages and click through to the page listing all of the topics covered for a given language. Additionally, a languages box is displayed on the right side of the English language Health Topic pages. The languages box lists the languages with links on that topic in MedlinePlus. This box also links users to the collection of health information in multiple languages.

Health information in multiple languages serves many people around the world. This benefits those who have a better understanding when they read the health information in their native language. Physicians, health clinic personnel, hospital librarians and public librarians serve patients and care givers who seek health information in their native languages. Please share this excellent resource with those you know who may benefit from understanding more about their health and wellness in their own language.

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Teleconference on New Funding Mechanism for RML 2016-21 Award Cycle

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) ( can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information. Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements. This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects. A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.

After nearly 45 years as contracts, the RMLs will return to grants, more specifically cooperative agreements, as the funding mechanism for the 2016-2021 award cycle. Cooperative agreements will allow NLM to actively participate in the work of the RMLs and Centers, enable the RMLs and Centers to better coordinate programs among their Regions and areas of responsibility, and enable the RMLs and Centers to better respond to regional and national needs during the five year grant period. Until the early 1970’s the RMLs were originally funded as grants but transitioned to contracts to allow NLM more oversight and standardization of the work.

NLM is hosting a teleconference Tuesday, January 27, to discuss the decision to go with this award mechanism. NLM will have Extramural Program staff on the call to help get you started if you plan to apply and what you need to do now.

Join us:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 4pm ET

Teleconference Number:  US/CAN Toll Free:  1-888-450-5996, Participant Passcode662939

Check out the NLM News announcement [] for more information!

Farewell Cheryl Rowan

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Cheryl Rowan

On January 15, 2015, the NN/LM SCR bids farewell to Cheryl Rowan, the Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. Cheryl held two different positions during her tenure at the NN/LM SCR. She was hired as the Public Health Coordinator in June 2009, and became passionate about providing information outreach services to the public health workforce. In addition to teaching the NN/LM SCR’s existing classes, including the Public Health on the Web class, she developed several classes and conducted webinars on topics designed to broaden the public health community’s knowledge of information sources.

Recognizing the importance of statistics in the public health realm, she created the class Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as…Easy as 1,2,3. Originally created for the public health workforce, this class became very popular with various groups throughout the Region. She also created the class From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations which was designed to assist librarians and others who work with refugee populations. This class was the first of its type for NLM and has been taught throughout the country. As one NLM staff member noted in an email sent to the NN/LM SCR office: “You are blazing a trail with this new course content.”

Cheryl was keenly interested in helping provide information to culturally diverse communities. At the 8th Annual Diversity Rx Conference, she conducted a presentation on providing relevant and culturally appropriate health information to refugee and immigrant communities. In addition, she coordinated the development of the NN/LM SCR’s Health Disparities Taskforce which brought together librarians and information professionals serving a variety of populations to determine how to best meet the needs of culturally diverse groups. Information gleaned from this taskforce led to a poster presented at the 2012 Health Disparities Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit, a paper presented at the SCC/MLA 2011 conference and the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award.

Perhaps Cheryl’s biggest contribution to the program was in the area of health information literacy. She assumed ownership of the existing NN/LM health literacy class, revising it to including information on cultural competency. In addition to teaching this class at libraries throughout the Region, she conducted presentations on health literacy at numerous state events, including the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Winter Conference, Community Health Centers of Arkansas Annual Conference and the Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit.

In December of 2012, Cheryl assumed the Consumer Health Coordinator position. She created the class Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources which provided information on locating nutrition information and the link between nutrition and health. Cheryl also spearheaded the NN/LM SCR’s efforts to inform librarians about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She conducted numerous webinars on the ACA for state libraries and the Region as a whole. These webinars were well attended and were beneficial in allaying the concerns of public libraries on the role they would play in ACA.

Throughout the years, Cheryl has received many awards and accolades. Even before she became an NN/LM SCR employee, she was the recipient of the NN/LM SCR’s first library student outreach award. In recognition of her dedication to helping provide health information to underserved communities, she was named a 2012 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. Finally, in October 2014, she received the SCC/ MLA Librarian of the Year Award in acknowledgment of all her work in the field of health sciences librarianship.

We wish Cheryl the best of luck as she embarks on another chapter in her life. She will be missed.