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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for June, 2011

Tuscaloosa Tornado Recovery Aided by SLIS Distance Students

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

by Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A

In the face of Tuscaloosa’s recent natural disaster, the EF4 tornado that plowed through town Wednesday, April 27th, distance students in the University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) used their understanding of technology to show true leadership skills. Although the twister missed the University, lack of electricity blocked access to campus buildings and internet access was at first impossible and then sketchy for days.  First, Autumn Faulkner of Troy, AL, and Brandee Idlemann of California started a Facebook group called Love for SLIS, where information could be exchanged and monies donated. Steve Zary of Hattiesburg, MS and Brittany Turner in New York State started a Google Docs spreadsheet to help locate everyone connected to SLIS. “Distributed organizations can learn from this,” Elizabeth Aversa, Director of UA SLIS, explains: “those with access to technology can help those in trouble.” By the time Aversa was able to access the web at the College of Communications Friday afternoon, half of everyone in the School had already been located. Using the Facebook group posts, she filled in more gaps on the spreadsheet, put out calls to faculty to pull up their class lists and help, and, as the list grew smaller, worries began to fade. Technology assisted down to the final ten percent, and those last few were found by physically going on foot and on motor scooter to knock on doors left standing. The result: a few minor injuries, much property damage, and a huge number of volunteers coming out to help.

Many others provided assistance: too many to count checked in and offered to help. Here’s a small sampling of the abundant generosity within our profession. Many utilized UA Acts of Kindness to send donations. David Fenske, Dean of the iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, offered to mount the UA SLIS distance learning program, but since the University itself was not damaged, bags for distribution of donated items were needed more than servers. He and Delia Neuman, Director of the School Library Media Program, organized a tote bag drive called “Totes for Tuscaloosa.” The University of Maryland School of Information Studies iSchool, led by Diane Barlow, Associate Dean, and Trudy Hahn, Professor of the Practice, also sent huge cartons of hundreds of bags. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro held a blood drive. The Florida State University College of Communication & Information sent tote bags and supplies. St. Catherine University in Minnesota checked in, sending a card signed by their faculty with encouraging messages. Scott Klingler, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, brought USM SLIS volunteers and assisted with carpentry and tree removal. When Rachel Fleming-May, Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, discovered Alabama would not be able to hold graduation ceremonies as scheduled, she initiated an effort that led to UT tying their graduates’ traditional yellow roses (the hood lining color for library science) with a crimson ribbon (UA’s school color), sending a signed banner of encouraging messages to UA graduates, and each UT graduate donated a pair of much needed work gloves with messages written on them to show solidarity.

And we mustn’t forget the faculty at UA SLIS and how they pulled together: Steve Miller, Professor and Coordinator of the Book Arts Program, discovered his house had taken a direct hit, and SLIS volunteers flocked to help him clean up and retrieve as many belongings as possible. Dr. Steven MacCall, Associate Professor, had houseguests for six weeks, including people, parrots and cats. Anne Edwards, Associate Professor, dug up surviving plants from Steve Miller’s house and is keeping them alive for when they rebuild.  So many volunteers, faculty, staff, and students stuck around and dug in their heels to help. The NN/LM SE/A speaks for the region when we say we are proud of the way UA SLIS students took the helm and showed peer leadership when it was most needed, and all those who chip in to help when disaster strikes.


American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting: October 29-November 2, 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Are you a librarian? Do you work in public health? If so, you should consider attending the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting this year in Washington, DC from October 29 – November 2, 2011. This year’s theme is Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies.

This should be a particularly great year to attend as a librarian, since librarians do a lot of important community work. Our public health impact can be seen both directly through health literacy projects and outreach as well as indirectly through education of future nurses, doctors, and public health workers. And, there is funding available through the Sewell Fund to help subsidize costs of attendance at the meeting!

What can you expect from attending APHA? Librarian attendees from the past 10 years report a wide variety of outcomes from attending the meeting. Outcomes range from being written into grants; having parts of their salaries paid by other departments; being asked to give presentations at local, state, national, and international meetings; being asked to become regular faculty members in schools of public health; and in general earning the respect of their public health colleagues.

Please visit our website (listed below) to learn the full details of the Sewell Stipend and download an application today! The deadline for applications is Friday July 29, 2011!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any one of the committee members listed on our site.

Hope to see you there!

Barbara Folb and Joey Nicholson
Co-Chairs, Client Relations Committee 2011
Public Health/Health Administration Section
Medical Library Association

MedlinePlus: Enhancement

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Following the health topic enhancements released last week, today NLM released another enhancement to improve users’ ability to share MedlinePlus content. On MedlinePlus drug pages in both English and Spanish, you’ll find new Email, Facebook, Twitter, Share, and Print buttons. A screen capture showing the changes to the drug pages appears below.


If you have any questions about this enhancement, please use the “Contact Us” link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page.

BeyondtheSEA: Informatics for Librarians – Recording Now Available

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The recording for our June 23, 2011 webinar: BeyondtheSEA: Informatics for Librarians is available now at:

Please join a revealing discussion on clinical informatics curriculum, health sciences librarianship and the mixture of both.  The panel discussion is a short overview of the “nut and bolts” of clinical informatics, how the domain is integrated in hospital, ambulatory and public health settings and the components of clinical informatics that may be best-suited for professionals having information science skills.

Informatics issues span the complex gamut of patient care. It involves the participation of countless organizations including care delivery, commercial vendors, national/international standards, consultants, contractors, policy institutes, government entities, third-party payers, professional associations to name a few. Informatics issues cover an array of interrelated topics including all forms of health information systems (particularly Electronic Health Records), system standards and architectures, information frameworks, the need for more informaticists in the context of healthcare reform, implementation of meaningful use (and other enabling government policies) and ICD-10, system life cycle management, content integration, system design, user workflows and the pros/cons of various types programming languages.  Additionally, you will hear “real-world” perspectives from a student point-of-view; a hospital librarian who is a member of the first cohort of the Hopkins certificate program.

Clinical informatics is not new, is sometimes confused with bioinformatics and is often described as “the intersection of computer science, information science and health sciences”. Beyond that, what does clinical informatics portend for hospital and other health sciences librarians? The discussion aims to be informal and is hoped that librarians will have a better understanding of clinical informatics and their potential part in it.  The virtual panel is comprised of a pediatrician, librarian/computer scientist (Johns Hopkins faculty) and another librarian (an informatics student).


Harol Lehmann
Harold Lehmann, MD, PhD
– Associate Professor, Health Sciences Informatics and Pediatrics, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD-Dr. Lehmann, is a professor and board-certified general pediatrician with doctoral training in biomedical informatics. His research area has involved evidence-based medicine and clinical decision making, so he comes to today’s session with much affection for the library community. He has also founded many of Johns Hopkins’ health sciences informatics training opportunities ranging from an undergraduate course, through post-baccalaureate certificates, masters, a new PhD, and post-doctoral training. Along with Nancy Roderer, he is figuring out what the ideal educational experience would be for librarians regarding informatics and looks forward to hearing suggestions from the group.

Nancy Roderer, MLS, AHIP, ACMI
– Professor and Director, Health Sciences Informatics and Director of Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD- Ms. Roderer is a professor in the Division of Health Sciences Informatics in the School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She serves as Director of the Welch Medical Library and Director of the Division of Health Sciences Informatics.  Professor Roderer is a graduate of the University of Dayton (Mathematics and Computer Science) and the University of Maryland (Library and Information Services and Computer Science).  She has previously pursued her interests in understanding and facilitating information use and in integrated information management through both operational and research activities at Columbia and Yale Universities, including service as Co-Principal Investigator of IAIMS projects at both institutions.  Professor Roderer’s research and teaching focuses primarily on the information behavior of health sciences personnel and on developing systems and services to better meet the needs of that community.

Mary Lou Glazer, MLS, AHIP
– Chief, Medical Library at Dept. of Veterans Affairs and Adjunct Professor at Dowling College, Northport, New York

Ms. Glazer graduated from Long Island University – C. W. Post with a Bachelors degree in Accounting and from CUNY Queens College for her Masters in Library Science.  She is now completing a Clinical Informatics certificate program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and was a fellow at the National Library of Medicine Bioinformatics Program at Woods Hole, MA. Mary Lou Glazer has been the Chief of the Medical Library at the Northport (NY) VA Medical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs for over four years and also teaches library research at several local colleges.

List of previously presented web conferences on subjects such as marketing your library and NN/LM updates.

Save the Date - November 30, 2011 - Repositories in Science & Technology:Preserving Access to the Record of Science

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Repositories in Science & Technology: Preserving Access to the Record of Science

A One-Day Workshop Co-sponsored by CENDI and NFAIS

Hosted by FLICC at the Library of Congress

The Mumford Room, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, SE,  Washington, DC 20540
Wednesday, November 30, 2011  *  9:00 am – 4:30 pm  *

The over-arching nature of this one-day workshop will appeal to a broad array of communities, including librarians, scientists/researchers, technologists, information professionals, both managerial and content providers, publishers, and futurists – anyone who is concerned with ensuring access to the record of science, both today and in the future!


Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, will open the day with a thoughtful and high-level perspective of the current repository landscape – the various types that have emerged and the different, yet synergistic missions served by libraries, archives and repositories.  Following his perspective will be a series of case studies given by established repositories from around the globe.  These studies will provide real-life examples of how and why each repository was developed, how they operate, and how they are handling the diverse issues facing all repositories, whether they be institutional or national, data-oriented or subject-oriented, public or private – issues such as interoperability, standards, scope, user concerns, accessibility, preservation, costs and sustainability, level of openness (access), and the evolution of digital formats.

A third session will take a look at two initiatives that directly support the mission of repositories through the development of unique identifiers.  These identifiers will play a major role in ensuring ease of access to the record of science.

The day will close with a summary wrap-up followed by a facilitated discussion on such key challenges as interoperability, information sharing, and collaboration across repositories. What action is required now to build a secure foundation for the preservation and ease of access to the growing mass of scientific output?  Follow-up sessions may be scheduled depending upon the outcome of today’s workshop.  So plan on joining us and add your voice in the development of the future role of repositories.


Invited and confirmed speakers have been chosen for their expertise in the subject matter to be addressed.  As the agenda firms up, it will be made available online along with an opportunity to register. Watch for future communiqués on this timely and informative event, but for NOW mark November 30th on your calendar!!!!

Kathryn R. Simon
CENDI Technical Support
c/o Information International Associates, Inc.
Oak Ridge, TN  37830
865-298-1234 Office

865-293-2537 Mobile

865-481-0390 Fax

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.