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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for July, 2013

NLM LocatorPlus and the New NLM Discovery Platform

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

As you are aware NLM recently requested feedback on how you use LocatorPlus. This is in support of a project to implement a new system to provide search and delivery of the wide range of NLM collection resources. We sent a number of specific questions seeking this feedback. Rather than responding to these questions we would like to ask you to provide us general feedback on how LocatorPlus meets your needs and what we could improve.  Your comments can still be provided to Iris Lee at

Report on ALA ACA Session “Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1″

Monday, July 29th, 2013

By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A region

The panel session Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 was presented at the American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting in Chicago on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Speakers included Jackie Garner, Medicaid Consortium Administrator; Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Ruth Holst, Associate Director of the NN/LM Greater Midwest Regional Medical Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WebJunction.

Susan Hildreth, Director of IMLS, stressed the partnership between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and ALA. She urged public librarians to prepare themselves for the influx of questions they might receive about how to apply for health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which is to assist people who do not have health insurance through their employers. IMLS is encouraging public libraries to partner with community health centers to provide resources to uninsured people in the community. Consumer Assistants (at state Health Insurance Marketplaces) can help public librarians in locating community and state-specific resources.

Jackie Garner, Medicaid Consortium Administrator, presented highlights of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In October, 2013, 90% of the currently uninsured will be qualified for discounted or free health insurance. is the primary website to find information about the Affordable Care Act. has a toll free number (1-800-318-2596, TTY: 1-855-889-4325) that is available 24/7 in 150 languages for anyone with questions about the ACA. Each state’s Health Insurance Marketplace provides information about the available health plans. State Marketplace locations, training materials, and other resources are available on the Health Insurance Marketplace website. Applicants must complete the appropriate forms (available on and as paper forms) during the open enrollment period (October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014). By the end of summer, 2013, each state will have Consumer Assistants; also known as certified navigators, in-person assistants (IPAs), and certified application counselors (CACs), who will engage in public education, disseminate information, and assist in enrollment. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) will be funded to do outreach related to ACA.

Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager for OCLC Webjunction, will begin working on an IMLS-funded project with ZeroDivide, to produce an ACA toolkit for librarians, which will focus on small and rural community libraries. Once the toolkit is completed, the information will be disseminated via state libraries to local libraries.

Ruth Holst, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Associate Director, presented an overview of NN/LM and a few slides about MedlinePlus, which included the Health Insurance topic page. MedlinePlus is a free, reliable source of good health information from government agencies, professional organizations, and partners that have been vetted through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Health Insurance topic page provides a number of resources to understand the ACA, with many links to’s latest educational information and learning tools. In addition, ALA has developed an ACA resource page that provides information on the role of librarians, key resources, and additional resources for providing health information.

Following the conference, ALA President Barbara Stripling released a statement explaining how the American Library Association and other groups, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are working to ensure that librarians and the public are aware of information on the Affordable Care Act. IMLS has also awarded a grant to OCLC’s WebJunction to provide training support for this effort, with the first session scheduled for July 26, 2013. This session will be archived and made available that afternoon for future viewing. WebJunction has also begun developing an eHealth resource page to support library capacity to respond to patron health information requests.

The NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic (SEA) Region has developed a Libguide with information resources specific to each state and territory: This guide was adapted from the one created by Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Coordinator in the Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the NN/LM. I would like to thank Kelli Ham and Alan Carr of the PSR for allowing the SEA to repurpose their information into our ACALibguide. Suggestions are welcome for additions to this guide.

For further information, please contact Terri Ottosen (


Register for TOXNET® and Beyond (It’s free!)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Offered by the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will be teaching TOXNET® and Beyond, a free hands-on course to help information specialists find authoritative resources on environmental health and toxicology on November 15, 2013 at the Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA.

TOXNET is a full-day course (9-4 pm) designed to convey the basics of searching the NLM’s TOXNET, a web-based system of databases covering the areas of toxicology, environmental health, and related fields.  Participants will receive 6 hours of MLA CE credit.

Participants will learn the content and structure of files covering toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxic releases, and chemical nomenclature. Among the databases highlighted will be TOXLINE, the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI), and ChemIDplus.

This class is intended for librarians and non-librarians (toxicologists, environmental scientists, chemists, the law profession…) Spread the word!

For more information and to register, go to:

New Source of Data for Everyone

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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

President Obama recently discussed the importance of increased access to data and statistics for the American public ( Along with appointing the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer and working to “get rid of overlapping IT systems,” this administration established a new website,, to allow searching and downloading of more than 75,000 data sets. The goal, President Obama stated, is for “entrepreneurs and business owners” to use these data “to create jobs and solve problems that government cannot solve by itself or cannot do as efficiently.”

Now has a new design that will make it easier for users to discover ways to use this data, along with streaming to allow communication between users. is not complete, but there is enough there to get a feel for the new design and start the discovery process. When first visiting the site, there are tutorial-type messages to introduce the sections and explain the site’s different areas. The White House blog explains the redesign with a post called “First Look at,”, and asserts that we consider the site “as a very early beta” version. The changes include putting the data first, a more powerful search engine, rotating data visualization, and more modern typography such as open-source fonts.

For more information, please contact Sheila Snow-Croft (

Nursing @ NLM: Resources to support research and clinical practice from the National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Dates:  Upon request

Instructor:  David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A RML

Course Info: or

This hands-on workshop is designed for librarians responsible for information services to the Nursing and Allied Health professions as well as health professionals having nursing responsibilities. The class focuses on using NLM databases in support of nursing research, nursing education, and clinical practice. Half-day course. (4 MLA CE) Registration is offered on a limited basis.

Contact the class instructor ( with any additional questions.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

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