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SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for December, 2011

NN/LM and NLM Holiday Closings

Friday, December 16th, 2011

We here at the SE/A RML want to wish you all the best the holiday season has to offer.  Since everyone is busy with holiday things, vacations, and general merriment, SEA Currents will be on holiday as well.  Keep your eyes peeled for new posts in the new year.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from everyone here at SE/A!

Holiday Closings:

NLM, December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012

NN/LM, SE/A Offices: December 24, 2011 – January 2, 2012

My NCBI will be down for 5 hours Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16th, 2011

My NCBI will be unavailable due to site maintenance on Monday, December 19 at 8AM EST for approximately 5 hours.

SE/A New Staff: Andrew Youngkin

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Andrew Youngkin has joined the staff of the NN/LM SE/A as our new Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator as of December 5, 2011.

Andrew earned an MLS from Emporia State University in 2005 and a B.A. from the University of Utah in 2002. Most recently, Andrew worked as a reference librarian at the EPA Headquarters and Chemical Libraries in Washington, D.C. Prior to the EPA, Andrew served a mid-size community hospital for 3 years as a senior medical librarian, managing day-to-day library operations, teaching information literacy, and providing reference and research to hospital staff, patients, and administrators. Andrew enjoys teaching and writing with professional interests that include new and emerging technologies, assessment and evaluation, and health information literacy. When not working, Andrew pursues a range of outdoor activities, traveling, and keeping up with his kids, ages 5 & 7.

Andrew’s email address is:

AIDSinfo and infoSIDA Redesigned

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

 Sites Offer Federally Approved Information on HIV Treatment and Research

To mark World AIDS Day 2011 (December 1), a redesigned AIDSinfo Web site has been released, along with the Spanish-language infoSIDA.  These sister sites offer federally approved information on HIV treatment and research to health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the public. Resources include medical practice guidelines, treatment and prevention research studies, educational materials for consumers, and information on approved and investigational HIV/AIDS-related drugs.

Information is available in both English and Spanish. AIDSinfo and infoSIDA are services of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), managed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). NLM is the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Redesign of the sites was based on research on user needs and behaviors and focused on reorganization of content and improved navigation to make information easier to find.

Changes to the sites include: 

·         Reorganizing content logically into six main categories, including new categories for Education Materials and Mobile Resources and Tools.

·         Creating a home page design that gives users a snapshot of the entire Web site, direct access to all site content, and the ability to search for information without having to click away from the home page.

·         Improving navigation to reduce the number of clicks necessary to access information anywhere on the sites.

·         Providing links to resources such as mobile applications and social media tools (including Facebook and Twitter) throughout the sites to make them accessible from any page.

·         Creating a distinct Web address for infoSIDA- to make it easier for users to bookmark and for search engines to index infoSIDA.

AIDSinfo welcomes feedback on the redesigned Web sites by e-mail (, phone (800-448-0440), or Live Chat.

AIDSinfo and infoSIDA are sponsored by: 

·         National Library of Medicine (NLM), Office of AIDS Research (OAR), and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the National Institutes of Health

·         Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health & Human Services;

·         Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Department of Health & Human Services;

Beyond the SEA: Health Literacy Basics for Health Sciences Librarians - December 14, 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Health Literacy Basics for Health Sciences Librarians

Presenter:  Paula G. Raimondo, MLS, AHIP

Paula Raimondo is the Head of the Liaison and Outreach Services department at the University of Maryland Health Sciences & Human Services Library, in Baltimore, Maryland.  She became interested in the ramifications of low health literacy when she began her service as a member of the campus’ Institutional Review Board (IRB).  As a nonscientist on the IRB, one of her primary responsibilities is to review the informed consent documents that are part of research protocols.  She was concerned that the majority of the potential research participants who would be reading the consent documents would not be able to understand the medical terminology, and therefore not be fully able to understand their role in the protocol.

As a result, Paula developed a workshop, initially called “Health Literacy and Informed Consent”, later changed to “Communicating with Patients”, that she offers on a regular basis to faculty, staff and students on campus.  She uses the data she presents in class to raise awareness about the difficulties many patients have in understanding and acting on health information.  She is especially keen to persuade healthcare providers to develop clear language communication skills, so that they can share information with all patients, regardless of their literacy level.

Since Paula began teaching the class, around 2005, a lot of research has been done linking low health literacy levels to low health status and disparities in healthcare.  We also have more tools at our disposal to aid with health information communication.  She believes it is important that healthcare providers understand how to communicate with their patients, and that patients be empowered to talk to their healthcare providers. 

This Beyond the SEA session will review health literacy facts, consider effects of low literacy on patient behavior, discuss guidelines for clear health communication, and introduce some literacy evaluation tools.

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm ET

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