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August 27, 2007

From the GMR: DOCLINE 3.2 is available

Hello DOCLINE Libraries,

This message is for your information. Please excuse any duplication.

DOCLINE 3.2 is now available. The DOCLINE 3.2 release notes can be viewed at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/docline/docline_rel_info_v3_2.html

The release of a new version of DOCLINE occasionally reveals problems with browser settings. If you are experiencing a problem in DOCLINE, please check your browser settings using the instructions linked from:

If the browser settings are correct, please tell us about the problem via the "Report a Problem" form found under Contact Us in DOCLINE. The form gathers information that is useful to us in investigating the issue.

As a reminder, when reporting a problem with PubMed, please use the "Write to the Help Desk" link at the bottom of PubMed. Their form gathers information that is specific to PubMed and assists the PubMed Team in investigating problem reports.

DOCLINE Customer Service
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From the GMR: Discontinuance of Black and White MeSH

Message from NLM about MeSH:

The National Library of Medicine has decided to discontinue the printing of the Index Medicus Supplement, sometimes known as the Black and White MeSH. We have received a great number of comments on this proposal, and are grateful for the input. Overall, it appears that our impression that few would be inconvenienced by the discontinuation of the printed edition was correct. Given the high cost of printing even a few copies of the book, we do not see the benefit as justifying the expense. For those wishing a souvenir copy, the 2007 MeSH will continue to be available from the Government Printing Office for another 14 months.

In response to concerns expressed by several individuals, we plan to make available a set of PDF files containing the various hierarchies. These will be formatted in such a way as to make printing them on 81/2 by 11 inch paper feasible, enabling a user to print out and review an entire tree easily.

We encourage all to avail themselves of the resources available at www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh. There is a considerable amount of printable introductory material, information about how we update MEDLINE, as well as links to downloadable files and the MeSH browser. The PDF files of the trees will also be available there.

The current MeSH files are available for download, in one of three different formats. Furthermore, the browser at the MeSH website provides ready access to the current version of MeSH. The browser supports partial word searches of three letters or more, and provides many links between related terms. As is our practice, all of these services and files will remain free of charge.

Once again, we wish to express our gratitude for the many comments received.

Stuart J. Nelson, MD
Head, Medical Subject Headings
8600 Rockville Pike
Building 38A Room B2 E17
301-496-1495 (Office)
301-402-2002 (Fax)
"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world."

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

From the GMR: Attend free PubMed, TOXNET and ClinicalTrials.gov classes

Now is the perfect time to update your skills! The National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC) will be offering free hands-on classes in several locations throughout the region in the coming months. For more information and registration, visit: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/schedule.html

PubMed®: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Columbus OH: Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Omaha, NE: Thursday, October 12, 2007
Detroit, MI: Thursday, October 25, 2007
Chicago IL: Monday, April 28, 2008

TOXNET®: 8:30am to 5:00pm
Columbus OH: Thursday, September 6, 2007
Chicago IL: Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The NLM Gateway and ClinicalTrials.gov: 8:30am to noon
Columbus OH: Friday, September 7, 2007
Omaha, NE: Friday, October 12, 2007
Detroit, MI: Thursday, October 26, 2007
Chicago IL: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

All training sessions are free and intended for health sciences library staff, health professionals, and anyone interested in using these free National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases. The NLM Gateway is of particular interest to public and consumer health librarians. The Clinical Trials database is of interest to anyone concerned with consumer health. The TOXNET® class and database focus on environmental health and toxicology. Visit NLM Training Registration at http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/request.html for a quick and easy on-line registration form.

Columbus: Classes will be held at Ohio State University Prior Health Sciences Library, 376 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

Omaha: Classes meet prior to the Midwest/MCMLA conference at Creighton University Health Sciences Library, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178

Detroit: Class will be in the Wayne State University David Adamany Undergraduate Library, 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202. Go to http://www.mdmlg.org/meeting.htm to register

Chicago: Hosted by the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region, classes meet at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences located at 1750 W. Polk Street, Chicago, IL 60612

Classes are also listed on the GMR Calendar at http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=NNLMGMR

Enjoy the learning.


Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
1750 W. Polk St. M/C 763
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
phone: 800-338-7657 (in the Region) or 312-996-2464
fax: 312-996-2226

August 24, 2007

What's Up with Cindy?


Some of you may be asking...what's up with Cindy Gruwell? Well this note is way overdue!

On August 8th I left the University of Minnesota after 13 years. I wanted to test new waters and accepted the position of information literacy librarian at St. Cloud State. This position allows me to work with a wide variety of students and subject areas. I am excited about the challenge and today completes my 2nd week on the job!

As a result of this change and focus in the profession, I decided to step down as the chair with Barbara Talley stepping in to take on the leadership this year rather than next. I am still a member of HSLM and look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events!

Please feel free to contact me by way of email: cagruwell@stcloudstate.edu or phone: 320-308-1508


August 15, 2007

From the GMR: Position Opening: Education and Outreach - New England

Announcing a position opening:

Education and Outreach Coordinator

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine ­New England Region is seeking an energetic, idea-driven, pedagogically-skilled librarian for its Education and Outreach Coordinator position. The Education and Outreach Coordinator develops, schedules, and conducts instructional sessions for information resources from the National Library of Medicine. The position also has a primary role in coordinating NER's exhibiting activities.

Under contract with NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine ­New England Regional Medical Library strengthens the information infrastructure to provide access to health information to underserved health professionals, public health professionals, and special populations. The Regional Medical Library for the New England Region is the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.

For more information go to: http://nnlm.gov/ner/about/job.html

August 13, 2007

From the GMR: New State Contact Librarian for Minnesota

As most of you know, each GMR program coordinator serves as a state contact librarian to one or more states within the region, providing a point of contact for network members and health organizations in the designated states. If you have a question about the services of the GMR, ask for your state contact librarian when you call or email the office.

Bryan Vogh was the state contact librarian for Minnesota, but he has been reassigned. The new contact librarian for Minnesota is Holly Ann Burt, the Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator. You can reach Holly at 312-996-2464, or by email at haburt@uic.edu.

August 10, 2007

From the GMR: Draft multimedia in Hmong

We are working with Healthy Roads Media to do heart health series in Hmong - see first two drafts at http://www.healthyroadsmedia.org/Miscellaneous/Drafts/drafts.htm (Physical Activity and Cut Down on Salt). Note the cultural adaptations, especially for the foods. We believe that audio and video formats are very valuable for ESL/English Language Learner audiences.

Input/feedback would be welcome - please send to me or via our Contact page at www.hmonghealth.org. Also, please share via other NN/LM lists in regions with a Hmong population. Also, let me know if you'd like to join the Hmong Health listserv - instructions at http://www.hmonghealth.org/news/articles.asp?NID=2.

We are also linking to other multimedia in Hmong (and some in English), including streaming video from ECHO Minnesota, http://www.echominnesota.org.

Also note that we are standardizing our translations to the Green Hmong dialect. We hope to include both White and Green translations in the Health Dictionary. Volunteers to work on this are welcome - just contact me.

This work is funded by our current NN/LM Health Disparities subcontract, Networking for Hmong and Immigrant Health. "This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago."

Thanks for your input - Peg

Margaret (Peg) Allen, MLS-AHIP
P.O. Box 2, Stratford, WI, 54484
715-687-4976 Mobile 715-212-3635
Peg Allen, Library Consultant
www.pegallen.net pegallen67 @ yahoo.com
Coordinator, Hmong Health Education Network
Health Information for the Global Village (MLA theme 1995)

August 8, 2007

From the GMR: NLM Black and White MeSH feedback requested

NLM is interest in receiving feedback on the questions below from NN/LM Network libraries. Responses should be sent to Stuart Nelson (nelsonst@mail.nih.gov) by Friday, August 17. Thanks!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is contemplating discontinuing the printing of the Black and White MeSH, once known as the Supplement to the Index Medicus.

The printing costs are considerable given that there are less than 300 purchases of the book worldwide. NLM is interested in hearing responses to the questions below as part of deciding whether to discontinue the printing.

1. Have you been receiving the Black and White MeSH?
2. If so, under what circumstances is it being used?
3. Do you know of anyone who would be inconvenienced by its discontinuance?
4. Are users aware of the three electronic versions of MeSH that are
freely available?

August 1, 2007

My Health Minnesota - Go Local publiciity

The Twin Cities media has been covering the launch of the My Health Minnesota Go Local web site.

The Fox affiliate, Channel 9, ran a story on the launch featuring Karla Block. You can view it at: http://health.myfoxtwincities.com/

The ABC affiliate, Channel 5, did a live interview with HSL Library director Linda Watson during their 6am newscast on 7/31/07.