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October 30, 2007

September 2007

The September 2007 issue of the Health Informer is available here.

October 26, 2007

From the GMR: New wildfires page from NLM

Maybe not directly useful to our users, but a very nice example of a way health sciences librarians can respond in these types of emergencies.

The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on the health effects from wildfires
(http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/californiafires.html). The California Wildfires web page includes information on the health effects from fires and exposure to smoke; links to air quality resources, environmental clean-up following fires, and animals in disasters.

In addition, resources for emergency responders and information in Spanish are also included. Searches of NLM databases, such as MedlinePlus, PubMed,TOXLINE, Tox Town, and Haz-Map (occupational health) are provided for additional health information. It also provides the locations of facilities reporting to the EPA Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund sites in and around San Diego ( TOXMAP ).

This web page is designed to help emergency responders, health care providers, public health workers, and the general public find authoritative and timely information about key health concerns from wildfires. Links to other federal government web sites, includingUSA.gov, FEMA, and the Department of Health and Human Services
are included.

From the GMR: New Dietary Supplements Resource from NLM

The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplements Labels Database (http://dietarysupplements.nlm.nih.gov) includes information from the labels of
over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements.

The database is designed to help both the general public and health care providers find information about ingredients in brand-name products, including name, form, active and inactive ingredients, amount of active ingredient/unit, manufacturer/distributor information, suggested dose, label claims, warnings, percentage of daily value, and further label information.

Links to other NLM resources, such as MedlinePlus and PubMed, are provided for additional health information. In addition, links to related Fact Sheets from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM ), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are also available.

October 17, 2007

For Hospital Librarians: Health Information Literacy Survey for Hospital Administrators and Health Care Providers

From the GMR for Hospital Librarians: please encourage your administrators and care providers to complete this survey!

The Medical Library Association (MLA) in cooperation with the American Hospital Association (AHA) Society for Health Care Advocacy (SHCA) has distributed a Web-based Health Information Literacy Survey to hospital administrators and health care providers throughout the country. The survey will help ascertain administrators' and health care providers' awareness and understanding of health information literacy, its value in support of patient care, and the role that librarians and libraries can play in promoting health information literacy.

The survey was developed in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine, TAP Consulting, an outside research firm, and MLA's Health Information Literacy Project Coordinator, Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi. You can best help us by forwarding the link to the survey at https://www.assessimpact.com/MLA/mla.cfm to administrators and health care providers in your hospital, with your encouragement to complete the survey. A non-active copy of the survey is available for your review at http://www.zhost.com/mla/adminLong1.html.

The overall goal of the MLA research project is to increase awareness of health care providers' knowledge of health information literacy issues as well as the NLM tools and resources for increasing health literacy levels that are available to them and their patients. For an overview of the full project, visit

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi at sabrina_kurtz-rossi@comcast.net.


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

October 10, 2007

2008 MLA Poster Submission

What better way to connect with colleagues than by sharing your ideas? The 2008 NPC invites proposals for the best ideas expressed as a poster or electronic demonstration. The range of opportunities for self-expression is unlimited. The NPC encourages posters that facilitate collaboration and highlight the vision, use, or development of cutting-edge technologies and the means by which health sciences librarians can harness today’s powerful information environment to promote access to health care information. Consider local best practices, valid research results, current trends, and future projects that highlight the power of partnerships. The NPC is promoting the concept of a “green? meeting, with alternatives to paper copies of handouts encouraged.

Plan to submit your abstract, using the structured abstract guidelines at http://research.mlanet.org/, by Monday, November 5, 2007. Posters should not repeat information submitted for papers. Posters will be posted to MLANET prior to the meeting and will be available for viewing during MLA ’08. Awards will be given for the best posters. Complete submissions details are available at:

Questions about posters should be sent to either of the following 2008 NPC members, Tammy Mays (tmays@wisc.edu) or Elizabeth Irish (irishe@mail.amc.edu).

Thank you,
Tammy Mays and Elizabeth Irish
Poster Chairs, 2008 MLA National Program Committee

October 7, 2007

Community Genomics Forum: October 12 in St. Paul

via the GMR list:

The Community Genomics Forum Project, entitled "Genomics, Community, and Equity: A Continuing Dialogue," is being held in four states in the Greater Midwest Region on October 12, 2007. One of the sessions is being held in St. Paul!

Visit http://www.genocommunity.org/index.php?note=Minnesota to read more and to register for the forum.

The forums will feature presentations by national genomics experts as well as an opportunity for community members to participate in dialogue sessions about related issues. The forums are intended to raise awareness about the importance of genomics and what it means to citizens of your community. Materials have been created to publicize the forums including posters, fliers, newsletter blurbs and other items. The host organization will be
able to provide you with these marketing materials.

Additionally, a tool kit of materials has been created to aid community organizations and libraries in organizing events to engage the public in this ongoing dialogue. These materials include background information on the project, materials to market a community event, educational information about genomics and related issues, and information for planning an event. All materials are featured on the project website at http://www.genocommunity.org/. We encourage you to utilize the tool kit to sponsor or co-sponsor an educational event around genomics. The tool kit will provide you with the necessary resources to make such an event a success. We have sent a similar letter to the public libraries. We encourage you to partner with the public library in your region to further the activities suggested in this letter.

This project is funded by NHGRI and is a partnership between the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics (CPHCG) and the Life Sciences and Society Program at the University of Michigan and the National Community
Committee (NCC) of the CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers.

October 3, 2007

Position Announcement: University of South Dakota Dean of Libraries

The University of South Dakota invites applications and/or nominations for the position of Dean of Libraries. USD seeks candidates with vision and skills to direct and to further develop an outstanding academic, mid-size research library. The successful candidate will have a clear understanding of the critical issues driving the transformation of research libraries and the changing roles of libraries and library staff. The Dean of Libraries reports directly to the Provost and supports USD’s strategic plans for excellence in liberal education and competitive research.


The Dean of Libraries provides leadership, planning, and oversight for all services and functions of the I.D. Weeks Library (http://www.usd.edu/library/) and Lommen Health Sciences Library (http://www.usd.edu/lhsl/). The Dean of Libraries works in concert with USD’s McKusick Law Library (http://www.usd.edu/lawlib/) and the Wegner Health Sciences Library in Sioux Falls (http://www.usd.edu/wegner/) as well as with public and private organizations to maintain and build library resources and services for students and faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Dean of Libraries is expected to advance the development of an outstanding, mid-size research library as well as to support services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in residential and distance programs.


Required: An ALA-accredited MLS (or international equivalent) and evidence of: successful administrative and organizational leadership experience; commitment to student learning; effective support of university research; outstanding oral and written communications skills; and scholarly and professional achievement.

Desired: An additional Masters or Doctoral degree in a disciplinary field (terminal degree preferred) and the abilities to: advance and implement the use of emerging technologies; continue strategic development of appropriate information resources and instructional capacity; secure external funding for the library and library services; effectively develop and implement programmatic and financial plans; develop and sustain effective relationships with students, staff, faculty and administrators; and serve as an effective advocate for the libraries and their educational missions at the campus, community, state and national levels.


Together, I.D. Weeks and Lommen Libraries have a staff of 12 FTE librarians with faculty rank, and 23 FTE classified staff. The libraries’ collections contain approximately 600,000 bound book and journal volumes, 300,000 government documents and over 200 online databases. The libraries currently provide access to a wide range of digital resources, including over 25,000 online journals and nearly 2,000 print periodicals and newspapers. The Weeks Library’s collection on Native American culture in the Great Plains region and 19th century Western Americana is internationally recognized. The libraries also contain significant art and humanities collections; in-depth K-12 educational materials; and primary historical materials housed in the Special Collections department, including senatorial papers, the Mahoney collection on the history of the violin, and Wounded Knee massacre and siege materials.


Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public, liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the state’s only AACSB-accredited School of Business (Beacom School of Business), the School of Law, the Sanford School of Medicine, the School of Health Sciences, and the College of Fine Arts. USD has a total enrollment of roughly 8,700 students taught by 400 faculty and has more than 55 graduate and professional degree programs which comprise approximately 25% of total student enrollment. USD has received recognition from Princeton Review and others as one of the nation’s best colleges and universities. In acknowledgement of its strong achievements in rural medicine, U.S. News and World Report recently listed the USD’s Sanford School of Medicine as 10th in the nation.

SALARY/COMPENSATION: Commensurate with education and experience.

Apply on-line at https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/ by submitting a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three to five professional references.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Dr. Karen L. Olmstead, Graduate Dean
and Chair of Dean of Libraries Search
Email: Karen.Olmstead@usd.edu
Phone: 605-677-6287
Fax: 605-677-5202

Screening of applications will begin on October 15, 2007 and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
The University of South Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.

October 2, 2007

From the GMR: PubMed/MedlinePlus Brochures are available in Word format

More Handouts Options!

Due to popular demand, there are now TWO options when downloading the National Library of Medicine trifold brochures - use either Word or PDF formats of:

* PubMed® Basics
* PubMed My NCBI
* Full Text and PubMed
* Searching PubMed with MeSH®

* MedlinePlus®: Trusted Health Information for You
* MedlinePlus: Información de Salud para Usted

* Gateway Basics

For links to these and other resources, visit our GMR Handouts page at: