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May 27, 2008

From the GMR: Clinical Trials Summary Results Database

Message from Betsy Humphreys about Clinical Trials Summary Results Database.


As you may know, NLM is working on the development of a clinical trials summary results database to implement provisions of the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). A preliminary mockup of the results data entry system is available for review and comment at http://prsinfo.clinicaltrials.gov/rrs-mockup-intro.html.

Information about how to comment (by June 18, 2008) is on the website - as is a way to sign up to receive notification when subsequent drafts and other information about FDAAA registration and results reporting requirements are posted. These requirements are likely to apply to many drug and device trials carried out in NN/LM institutions. In addition, the approach taken in ClinicalTrials.gov is likely to influence requirements for summary reporting from clinical research information systems.

Please share this message with interested parties in your institutions.

Thanks very much.


Betsy L. Humphreys
Deputy Director
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
email: humphreb@mail.nih.gov
tel. 301/496-6661

From the GMR: New Consumer Health Coordinator

The GMR is delighted to announce that Samanthi Hewakapuge began working as the Consumer Health Coordinator on May 16, 2008.

Samanthi was the Health Sciences Reference and Outreach Librarian at Ohio University until May 2008. She was the liaison librarian and conducted library instruction classes to Schools of Health Sciences, Nursing, Hearing Speech & Language Sciences, Recreation and Sport Sciences and served as the subject bibliographer for the Consumer Health book collection . Her outreach work included Go Local Ohio Southeast site navigation presentations.

Samanthi earned her Library Science degree from the University of Arizona in 2003. Soon after graduation, Samanthi was employed by the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona for three years as an outreach information specialist. She conducted health education outreach projects on environmental health and toxicology for local schools and communities. She was also the project coordinator for the Health Observances and Public Education (HOPE) Partnership, which was a partnership among seven other universities to promote health education literacy.

Samanthi had the opportunity to work with the Native American tribes in Arizona and South Dakota. She was an intern for the Native American Access to Technology Program in Arizona, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation during 2001-2003. She visited and taught computer literacy classes at several tribal libraries. Samanthi worked on the reproductive health manual, Indigenous Women's Health Book, Within the Sacred Circle, as a co-editor when she was interning at the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center in Lake Andes, South Dakota.

Samanthi holds a second masters degree from Ohio University, in Communication and Development Studies. She presented at a panel at the International Communication Association Meeting in 2000. Samanthi is a native from Sri Lanka and has been living in the United States since she came to pursue her graduate studies in 1998. She is interested in information dissemination, health communication, health literacy, and working with diverse communities.

I hope you will all join me in welcoming Samanthi to the GMR Office.

May 15, 2008

From the GMR: New Technology Coordinator!

The GMR is delighted to announce that Max Anderson began working as the Technology Coordinator on May 12th.

Max earned his MLIS in 1999 from Florida State University. Shortly after graduating, he worked as a Public Access Computer Trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, installing granted computer technology and training ibrarians in rural libraries across the country. While working with the Gates Foundation, Max became involved with the creation of what became WebJunction, an online portal for libraries. He serves as an advocate for WebJunction, and has taught informational courses online about the portal.

From 2003 to 2008, he worked at SOLINET as an Educational Services Instructor. He wrote and taught classes on OCLC products and services, web design, application of social software to libraries, PubMed as part of a web searching class, and general technology to librarians around the Southeast.

Max is a well-known speaker, and has presented at various conferences including: Computers in Libraries, state library conferences, Midwest Chapter of MLA, and Southern Chapter and Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA Joint Conference. In 2007, he was invited to Australia and New Zealand by CAVAL to teach classes about social software in libraries. In 2008, he participated in the MLA Webcast on Web 2.0. He recently published an article in the Georgia Library Quarterly on RFID in Libraries. Some of his interests include emerging technologies, web design, planning for library futures and technology change, cataloging, and advocacy and support for libraries.

Max will be attending the MLA meeting in Chicago. Please introduce yourself if you get the opportunity.

May 9, 2008

From the GMR: GMR Year 3 Funding Announcement

GMR began a new year on May 1, 2008. We are delighted to announce that we again have multiple funding opportunities for Network members for Year 3 of our contract with the National Library of Medicine (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 five Awards, including Exhibit Awards (up to $1500), Outreach Express Awards (up to $4900), Professional Development Awards (up to $1000), 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.

MedlinePlus Go Local subcontracts are available again at $25,000. In addition, we have three types of outreach subcontracts: Consumer Health, Health Disparities, and Public Health. These latter three subcontracts are available at two levels of funding: $12,000 and $40,000. 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 3.

May 8, 2008

Multilingual Enhancement in MedlinePlus!

MedlinePlus has a multilingual feature, providing access to high quality health information in languages other than English and Spanish. This new service benefits people who prefer to read consumer health information in their native language. It also helps the information professionals and health care providers who serve them.

The new collection contains over 2,500 links to information in more than 40 languages and covers nearly 250 Health Topics. Continuous growth is expected.

Users can navigate the new collection of health information in multiple languages either by language or by topic. A page listing all of the languages covered is on the MedlinePlus homepage, in the list on the left side of the page. Users can browse these languages or link to the page listing all of the topics covered.

Also, on individual English language health topics pages, a "languages" box appears on the right side of the page. The languages box lists the languages with links on that topic in MedlinePlus. The languages box also links users to the collection of health information in multiple languages. Users can also search the new collection of health information in multiple languages. Additionally, a new collection called Multiple Languages appears on the MedlinePlus search results pages.

The MedlinePlus collection of health information in multiple languages is not meant to be comprehensive. Instead, as with our English and Spanish collections, MedlinePlus staff selects materials according to our quality guidelines (quality guidelines specific to the new collection are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/criteria.html).

As always, NLM welcomes your comments and suggestions about MedlinePlus. A Contact Us link appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page.

May 7, 2008

2008 Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars now and reserve Friday, June 6th for the HSLM Annual Meeting!

The Library at Regions in St. Paul will be hosting the event. It will be all day (9 am to 3 pm) and will include lunch.

This will be a participatory meeting - some structured networking to share what's going on at ALL our libraries and some discussion about what we want to HSLM to be and do. Details will be forthcoming!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Donna Barbour-Talley
HSLM Chair 2007-2008

Donna Barbour-Talley, MA
Manager, Medical Library
North Memorial Health Care
3300 Oakdale Ave North
Robbinsdale MN 55422

FAX 763/520-1453
or library@northmemorial.com

May 5, 2008

Job Posting: The University Of South Dakota

Position Title: Health Science Information Services Librarian
Institution: The University Of South Dakota
Library: USD Libraries
Position Type: Library Faculty
Level: Assistant Professor to Associate Professor
Starting Date: September 1, 2008

The University of South Dakota (USD) is recruiting an experienced librarian to serve as health science and medical information specialist serving the Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM) and the School of Health Sciences.

The USD Libraries are comprised of I.D. Weeks Library, Lommen Health Sciences Library, and Wegner Health Sciences Information Center. This position will support SSOM and Health Sciences programs to include:
medicine, eight allied health science professions with programming ranging from associates to doctoral level. The University of South Dakota is a research institution with quality standards in research and publication. Faculty librarians excel in librarianship, conduct research, publish, and engage in service to the profession. This librarian is responsible for information services, with emphasis on outreach, information and instructional services, and user support.

Specific responsibilities include:
*serving as liaison to health science and medical programs
*providing general reference services, including staffing the USD Libraries reference desk, answering phone and email reference questions, and conducting research consultations
*participating in instructional services, including teaching classes and designing face-to-face and online instructional materials which includes library research techniques, computer-based information systems, the Internet, use of all health science library resources and evidence-based practice
*developing content for the library's Web site
*promoting and evaluating services and resources
*participating in collection development in designated areas
*serving on relevant library-wide committees

Reports directly to the Dean of USD Libraries.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program; two years of professional experience in health sciences library or equivalent experience; interest in implementing emerging technologies; evidence of professional involvement within medical or academic librarianship; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to meet university standards in research, publication, and professional service commensurate with tenure requirements.

Additional Desirable Qualifications: Advanced degree in health related field of study. Academic background in health or life sciences; knowledge of evidence based healthcare; experience searching appropriate health related and life sciences research databases and resources such as PubMed; and a record of scholarly publication.

Salary: Beginning salary between $44,000- 59,000 depending on experience.

Application Procedure: Apply on-line at www.yourfuture.sdbor.edu by submitting a curriculum vita, statement addressing required qualifications, and complete contact information of at least 3 professional references.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin May 23, 2008 and continue until position is filled.

Affirmative Action Statement: The University of South Dakota is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

Additional Information: http://www.usd.edu/lhsl

May 1, 2008

EBM for librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity

Please see the announcement the EBM for Librarians class, to be held in Peoria in July. I took this class in Chicago at the end of March, and it was EXCELLENT - I highly recommend it. Let me know if you have any questions! -Liz

EBM for librarians: Appraising the evidence for validity.

This 3 day class will be offered in Peoria, Il on July 16, 17, and 18, 2008

Introduction to EBM: Research Design and Searching Tools - Day 1
Critically Appraising the Medical Literature for Validity; Diagnosis and Therapy - Days 2 & 3


Day 1 places an emphasis on the first two steps of the EBM process: formulating a searchable clinical question and efficiently searching the literature. Tools available to facilitate the EBM process will be introduced. These tools include PubMed Clinical Queries, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Practice Guidelines and other electronic resources available. The course will provide an overview of levels of evidence, research design, and bias in publication. Librarians will have the opportunity to work as teams, each sharing his/her unique perspective and knowledge.

Days 2 and 3 provide an in-depth exploration of the third step of the EBM process - critically appraising the medical literature for validity. Days 2 and 3 focus on the evidence based medicine process of critically appraising therapy and diagnosis articles for validity and by analysis of results. In the context of analyzing journal articles and answering case-based clinical questions, an in-depth understanding of the statistical concepts used in the medical literature will be covered. A focus will be placed on the epidemiological concepts fundamental to understanding the clinical literature such as number needed to treat, absolute risk reduction, likelihood ratio, confidence interval and intention to treat.

COST: $375 [includes 21 MLA CEs, Lunch (all 3 days), Workbook and Materials, Coffee, Snacks]

CE HOURS: This course has been approved for 21 MLA CE hours.

FACULTY: Sandra De Groote, MLIS; Cleo Papas, MLIS; Peg Burnette, MLIS; Jo Dorsch, MALS; Jordan Hupert, MD; Leo Niederman, MD;

For more information and to register - visit: