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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for July, 2011

Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) and K-12 Resources

Friday, July 29th, 2011

by Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

Many network members are familiar with the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) at the National Library of Medicine, but perhaps many are not or would like a refresher or reminder of the information and resources provided by the Division. Recently at an exhibit for school nurses in D.C., the Consumer Health Coordinator (Terri) and the Public Health Coordinator (Sheila) for the Region, met Karen Matzkin. She coordinates the K-12 program for the SIS and attended the conference to display a poster. She brought some very helpful handouts for nurses and teachers to give out at the booth. These handouts were very popular with the conference attendees and went quickly.

For those not familiar with the SIS, the Division produces information resources on a wide range of topics covering toxicology, environmental health, HIV/AIDS, drug and consumer product information, and disaster/emergency preparedness and response. The Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) component covers toxicology, environmental health, and chemistry. The Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) seeks to improve access to quality and accurate health information by underserved and special populations. The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) helps provide online and downloadable information resources relevant to national emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. SIS also coordinates many of the National Library of Medicine’s HIV/AIDS information activities.[1]

SIS has a very helpful page on their website that points to resources for K-12 science and health education. They work with teachers and scientific experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs. Categories on this page include: biology, careers, environmental health science, chemistry, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, HIV/AIDS, lesson plans, projects, and Spanish language resources. For those of you with potential funding projects involving the K-12 population, teachers or school nurses, the resources are a good source of training materials and ideas. The K-12 page is located at:

Additionally, there are two relatively new offerings from the National Library of Medicine on environmental health for the K-12 population. The Environmental Health Student Portal ( introduces middle school students to environmental health science within the context of current middle school science curriculum standards. It is the newest edition to the family of NLM resources for students, with links to government and other selected sites.

The Environmental Health Student Portal provides a safe and reliable environment for teachers and students to study the following topics and their impact on health:

  • water pollution
  • climate change
  • chemicals
  • (coming soon) air pollution

Middle school teachers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the District of Columbia helped determine the site’s content as well as ways in which it can be incorporated into the classroom.

The Environmental Health Student Portal allows students to conduct research, play games related to environmental health, locate science fair projects, and view videos. Teachers can find relevant content and lesson plans from resources like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

Tox Town, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances, has added an “Indoor Air” topic. Most people in the United States spend a significant amount of time indoors. The indoor air we breathe can be more polluted than outdoor air.
Visit the new Indoor Air location pages, in both Spanish and English, to learn about possible indoor air pollutants and how these pollutants can increase the risk of illness.
Indoor Air:
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2011 MAC/MLA Annual Meeting - October 10-12, Richmond, VA

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Capitalize on Our Strengths
October 10-12 Richmond, Virginia

Online Registration
To register for the 2011 meeting, connect to the conference Website at
If you register by the September 2nd deadline, you will save $50!
Online registration ends on September 30th.

On-site Registration

On-site registration must be paid in cash or by check. We will not have the facilities to take credit cards at the Registration Desk.

Questions? Please contact:
Beverly Murphy
MAC Registration Chair

A recent snapshot of hospitals' electronic purchasing habits in the Southeastern Atlantic Region

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Prepared by: PJ Grier, Outreach and Access Coordinator, Southeastern Atlantic Region

The need for an assessment grew out of discussions from the regional Hospital Library Summit held in January 2011 at the Regional Medical Library (RML) in Baltimore, MD.  It was primarily driven by the concern that e-licenses are administered on a hospital-by-hospital basis, and it was thought that the process might benefit from group purchasing. While several NN/LM regions have alliances, consortia or agencies engaged in one or more group purchasing activities, to date, no library agency has demonstrated national scope, experience, knowledge and infrastructure to manage effectively all aspects of group purchases of electronic licensed resources exclusively for hospitals that are unaffiliated with academic medical centers.  As hospital libraries close and/or merge, an unknown number of hospitals do not have the capacity to administer them effectively as responsibility is transferred to less knowledgeable employees.

In the last year the membership has encouraged the RML to dig deeper into this issue.  As a result, an assessment mechanism was developed by a small RML ad hoc advisory committee[1] and electronically distributed by the RML, using a Survey Monkey tool, to approximately 400 hospital librarians during the month of April (April 1st – April 18th).  Five concepts with seventeen questions were formed with input from ad hoc advisory committee members and given finishing touches by the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC).

Of the 354 questionnaires that were successfully delivered, 91 were returned which is a 26% response rate. Table 1, below, shows the location of libraries represented in the sample.


Respondent Break-down By State

TN 11 VA 8 NC 5
MD 9 GA 7 AL 3
FL 8 SC 6 MS 2
Note: 61 librarians provided complete contact information. States not reported are: DC, PR, VI, WV







Below are the concepts, questions/answers (as reported), consolidated results and RML commentary as appropriate.


CONCEPT 1: Participation in Group Purchasing Arrangements

1.Do you currently participate in one or more consortium/consortium or group purchasing arrangements for subscribing to or purchasing electronic resources?

Yes    51.6%
No    48.4%

Comment: Of total respondents, more than half do participate in one or more group purchase arrangement.

2.  If yes, what is/are the names of the consortium/consortia?

Tri-Cities Area Health Sciences Library Consortium
MAHSL – Maryland Association of. Health Sciences Librarians
AHEC of North Carolina
TABAMLN – Tampa Bay Medical Library Network
Tenn-Share – Tennessee Information Resource Sharing Consortium
Baltimore Consortium for Resource Sharing
VALNET (Veterans Admin Library Network)
Navy Medical Libraries
GaIN – Georgia Interactive Network for medical information

Comment: Although a library may belong to a listed consortium, to a lesser degree it may also make other group purchases by virtue of being part of a health system, as noted below.

3.  Do you currently participate in a group purchasing arrangement as part of a multi-hospital system (i.e. Medstar Health, Ascension Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, etc.) or as a VA hospital?

Yes   36.6%
No   63.4%

4.What is the name of the multi-hospital system?

Trinity Health
Veterans Health Administration
Novant Health
Wellmont Health System
Mountain States Health Alliance
Bon Secours Health System
Gwinnett Hospital System
Lifebridge Health


CONCEPT 2: Vendor involvement in Group Purchasing Arrangements

1.  Who are the vendors involved in the consortium or group purchase?

TABLE 2:  – Vendor Involvement
Vendor PercentResponse Total # ofHospitals Vendor PercentResponse Total # ofHospitals
STAT!Ref 66.7% 60 AMA 5% 5
Ovid 59.0% 54 Proquest 5% 5
Elsevier 56.4% 51 Rittenhousee-books 5% 5
EBSCO            51.4% 47 Springer 5% 5
Wiley 10% 9 UptoDate 5% 5
NEngl J Med 8% 7 Springer 2% 2
Swets 8% 7

Comment: To explore further benefits to group purchasing, it is probably best to focus on the larger volume vendors, the top 4 having more than 50% of respondents participating.  Conversely, it might be more expedient to focus on vendors who have a smaller share of respondents (less than 50%). Our ad hoc advisory committee could weigh the pros and cons of each approach.


Dale Prince, Appointed Executive Director of the NN/LM SE/A

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of James Dale Prince (or Dale as we know him) as the new Executive Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic (NN/LM SE/A) Region, effective August 1.

Dale has served as the Acting Executive Director of NN/LM SE/A since early January and has done a wonderful job moving the RML forward, transitioning from the old contract to the new one.  Some of his accomplishments have included:

  1. closing out the 2006-2011 NNLM contract,
  2. responding to best and final offer requests for the 2011-2016 contract,
  3. reworking the Year 1 (2011-2012) budget in response to a budget reduction request from the National Library of Medicine,
  4. beginning the work of the new contract, including sending out requests for funding proposals,
  5. submitting reports as required and requested,
  6. working through a difficult recruitment for a communications coordinator,
  7. hiring a Library Associate, Ashley Cuffia,
  8. instituting new processes for flexible working hours,
  9. participating fully in the HS/HSL’s senior management team, including strategic planning.

I can also verify that he has spent long hours on the phone addressing questions and concerns.  And he and I have also traveled a bit visiting some of our resource libraries in Mississippi and Washington, DC.  He has learned (and continues to learn) the intricacies of our region and the regional office with great enthusiasm.

Dale has almost 10 years of experience in the regional office.  Most recently he has served as Technology Coordinator and is a nationally recognized expert on new and emerging technologies.  He has developed courses that have been taught across the country and has appeared on nationally broadcast webinars on technology implementation in health sciences libraries.  His professional involvement has included chairing the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association and he currently chairs the Electronic Media and Technology Section of the Medical Library Association.  Additionally, he has numerous presentations to his credit.

Following in the footsteps of Carol Jenkins, Suzanne Grefsheim, Faith Meakin and Janice Kelly, I am confident that Dale will bring his own style, creativity, convictions, and direction to this position.  I look forward to working with Dale and know you will give him your full support, your good ideas, and your honest input, as we continue to advance the outreach goals of the National Library of Medicine to all our constituents in the SE/A and beyond.


DOCLINE Unavailable 7/26 - 7:00AM-8:00AM EDT

Monday, July 25th, 2011

As a reminder, DOCLINE 4.6 will be released tomorrow morning, Tuesday, July 26, 2011.  DOCLINE will be unavailable Tuesday morning from 7:00 AM to approximately 8:00 AM Eastern Time while we make the software changes.

For information on DOCLINE 4.6, see


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