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June 29, 2007

From the GMR: PubMed Central hits one million article mark

PubMed Central (PMC), NLM's free digital archive of full-text journal articles, reached the one million-article mark the week of June 18. The millionth article reportedly came from the American Journal of Pathology. Now in its seventh year, PMC is enhanced each week with articles from over 350 important life sciences journals whose publishers
have agreed to deposit current issues. All of the content submitted to PMC is converted to a normalized electronic format for long-term storage and display on the web.

Many of the participating publishers have also benefited from the PMC Back Issue Digitization Project, where NLM scans older issues from cover to cover, starting with volume 1, and creates PubMed citations for
articles that are not in PubMed. jointly sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the UK, the NLM scanning project has collected and collated over 5 million pages of material. As of June 2007, these scanned articles accounted for 675,000 of the million articles in PMC.

Because of back issue digitization, several historically important works are now available in their entirety, including: Annals of Surgery from v.1, 1885; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. from v. 1, 1915; and all of the titles published by the American Society for Microbiology, including the Journal of Bacteriology, from v.1, 1916. This year, scanning was completed for the American Journal of Public Health v. 2 1912, and very soon BMJ will be available back to v. 1, 1857 along with all of the specialty journals published by the British Medical Association. Each of these title continues to participate in PMC by submitting current content in full-text electronic form for every issue.

NLM is indebted to a wide range of publishers depositing electronically produced content to PMC and to a host of contributors to the back issue scanning project. Worldwide donations from libraries and associations of disposable back issues have assisted NLM with filling in journal volumes not supplied by publishers. While all donations are gratefully received, two institutions deserve special mention: the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA and Brown University in Providence, RI.

The staff of NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information is responsible for the technical oversight of PMC and for the flow of current and scanned content, enabling PMC to grow exponentially each month. The staff of Library Operations manages contract activities, quality control and journal issue collection for the scanning project.
To learn more about PubMed Central, or to browse its contents, go to: http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov.

June 27, 2007

From the GMR: CDC Funding for American Indians/Alaska Natives

The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has two funding opportunities focused on cancer in American Indians/Alaska Natives. One award will be made under each.

(1) Increasing Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Services for Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Women

Funding Opportunity Number: DP07-714
Application Deadline: July 23, 2007
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Estimated Total Program Funding: $350,000

The purpose of this program is to:
*Increase the number of urban American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women
receiving Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection (BCCED)screening.
*Decrease time to access diagnosis and treatment.
*Increase participation of Urban Indian Health Organizations (UIHOs) in
state BCCED Program & Comprehensive Cancer Control coalitions.
*To provide a model for other state health department programs to work
with UIHOs in a collaborative, culturally appropriate manner.

Details at http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/DP07-714.htm

(2) Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Prevention and Control Programs for American Indian/Alaska Native People

Funding Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-DP07-711 Application Deadline: August
6, 2007 Expected Number of Awards: 1 Estimated Total Program Funding:
$350,000

Non-profit organizations with experience and expertise in addressing the health care needs of urban Indian populations and providing culturally competent services to them. Please see the complete funding opportunity
announcement for more eligibility details.

The goal of the program is to develop/strengthen collaborative partnerships among 1) American Indian/Alaska Native health facilities/ tribal organizations, 2) state/local health departments and 3)organizations working with cancer control which will result in improved screening access and outcomes.

Details at http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/DP07-711.htm

June 21, 2007

JCAHO WANTS FEEDBACK ON ELIMINATING LIBRARY STANDARD

Jim Bulger from Allina suggested that HSLM put forth a statemen regarding JCAHO considering eliminating the library standard.

I would like to hear from the board and membership as to whether we should put forth a statement. This is the note Jim forwarded to me:

-----Original Message-----
From: NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Health Science Librarians
[mailto:GMRLIST@UIC.EDU] On Behalf Of Ruth Holst
Sent: Wednesday, June 13, 2007 4:26 PM
To: GMRLIST@UIC.EDU
Subject: [GMRLIST] JCAHO and Hospital Library Standards

If you are concerned about the elimination of the Library-related
standards in the Joint Commission's standards documents, please send
your comments using the survey tool below.

Thank you,
Ruth

> JCAHO WANTS FEEDBACK ON ELIMINATING LIBRARY STANDARD
>
> As you may be aware, the JCAHO is in the process of what they are
> calling a "Standards Improvement Initiative (SII)", which includes the
> deletion of IM.4.10 (Information-Based Decision Making) and IM.5.10
> (Knowledge-Based Information). The elimination of both standards is
> detrimental to medical libraries, which in turn is detrimental to our
> patrons providing quality patient care services. Carla Funk and Kathy
> Stemmer-Frumento, MLA JCAHO Liaison, will be attending the annual
> Liaison Symposium next month, where we will be discussing this
> decision. MLA will also be sending a letter to them expressing our
concerns with these changes.
>
> In the meantime, please let JCAHO know of your disapproval by
> completing the proposed changes survey
> > ive.htm>http://www.jointcommission.org/Standards/SII/sii_im_personal_p
> erspective.htm . Please also include comments in the boxes provided.
> Just remember to word your comments in a positive way. We are calling

> on all members to respond, even if you work in an academic library and

> especially if you are affiliated with a teaching hospital. Encourage
> your administrators to respond, too.


Ruth Holst
Associate Director, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region University of Illinois
at Chicago 1750 W. Polk Street, MC763 Chicago, IL 60612-4330
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226
E-mail: rholst@uic.edu

June 20, 2007

From the GMR: Farewell to Tammy Mays

Tammy Mays will be leaving her position as the Consumer Health Coordinator, GMR, on August 16. She is excited and honored to be accepted in the University of Wisconsin at Madison's PhD program and a recipient of the ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship.

Tammy has been the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NN/LM GMR for the past six years. Prior to joining the GMR, Tammy was an Associate Fellow (1997-1998) at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. After completing the Associate Fellowship program, Tammy relocated to Wisconsin, where she was the Outreach Coordinator for two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Libraries.

During her time with at the GMR, her contributions include:

Building a consumer health program for the region by developing instructional materials, presenting and exhibiting at professional librarians' and health professionals' meetings. She has trained public librarians, consumers, and health professional to search NLM's consumer health products and services. She served on the Web-STOC Advisory Committee and the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) review team (with joy).

Tammy was able to make available the 4 consumer health workshops for the public libraries on the national Web site: http://nnlm.gov/train/consumer/ and facilitated a face to face in Chicago with the other consumer health coordinators and other RML staff to receive training from the author, Jo-Ann Benedetti.

Tammy has co-authored a chapter on consumer health information for Decisions for Health, Level Blue (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2004) and edited two issues of Library Trends on Consumer Health Information. She has also co-authored articles with the other consumer health coordinators.

Tammy received the ARL/MLA Leadership and Career Development Program Award (2003-2004) and most recently participated in the MLA Institute (2006). The newly gained knowledge and skills from participating in the Institute resulted in the transfer of the, Nursing on the 'Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use, a face-to-face MLA continuing education course to a Web-based environment. She is currently teaching the two-week course using UIC's Blackboard to 33 medical librarians around the US.

Most recently Tammy was the lead on conducting two focus groups with local community-based organization representatives. The purpose of the 90-minute session was to gather local perspectives on health information needs of community-based organizations and how the NN/LM GMR can help with those health information needs.

You will continue to see her at MLA. She is the incoming chair-elect for CAPHIS and is serving on the National Program Committee for MLA 2008.

Congratulations and Best Wishes, Tammy!

Ruth

Ruth Holst
Associate Director, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226
E-mail: rholst@uic.edu

June 14, 2007

From the GMR: JCAHO wants feedback on eliminating library standard

Via the GMR list (and a bunch of other lists):

As you may be aware, the JCAHO is in the process of what they are calling a "Standards Improvement Initiative (SII)", which includes the deletion of IM.4.10 (Information-Based Decision Making) and IM.5.10 (Knowledge-Based Information). The elimination of both standards is detrimental to medical libraries, which in turn is detrimental to our patrons providing quality patient care services. Carla Funk and Kathy Stemmer-Frumento, MLA JCAHO Liaison, will be attending the annual Liaison Symposium next month, where we will be discussing this decision. MLA will also be sending a letter to them expressing our concerns with these changes.

In the meantime, please let JCAHO know of your disapproval by completing the proposed changes survey: http://www.jointcommission.org/Standards/SII/sii_im_personal_perspective.htm. Please also include comments in the boxes provided. Just remember to word your comments in a positive way. We are calling on all members to respond, even if you work in an academic library and especially if you are affiliated with a teaching hospital. Encourage your administrators to respond, too.

June 1, 2007

From the GMR: Funding Opportunities from the GMR

From the GMR list - reminder of funding opportunities. -Liz

Hello Network Members,

Since many of you have recently returned from the Medical Library Association meeting and are eager to initiate new projects for your libraries, June 1st seems like a great time to remind you that we have multiple funding opportunities for Network members for Year 2 of our contract with NLM. For a summary, go to: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/current.html

We offer two types of funding, Awards are for under $5000 and Subcontracts are over $5000. The Requests for Proposals (RFPs) have some minor revisions, so we urge you to check the latest versions on our Web site to make sure your applications are complete.

This year we have four Awards, including Exhibit Awards (up to $1500), Outreach Express Awards (up to $4900), Professional Instruction Awards (up to $1500), and Technology Improvement Awards (up to $4900). Please use the online application forms linked to the RFPs to make your submissions.

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be offering MedlinePlus Go Local subcontracts at $25,000. In addition, we will again offer subcontracts in the areas of Consumer Health, Health Disparities, and Public Health. These latter three subcontracts are available at two levels of funding: $12,000 and $35,000. Online applications are NOT available for the subcontracts, but we have provided outlines within the RFPs to assist you with constructing your proposals.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about any of our funding opportunities or about the application process.

We look forward to hearing from many of you during Year 2.

Ruth

Ruth Holst
Associate Director, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
Phone: 312-996-6872
Fax: 312-996-2226
E-mail: rholst@uic.edu
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