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October 28, 2009

MLA Webcast hosted at the U of M on November 18th

The Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota will be hosting the Medical Library Association's educational webcast "Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users." This is a free event and 2 MLA CE credits will be awarded to participants. To register, please contact Anne Beschnett at besch015@umn.edu by Monday, November 16th.

Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users
MLA's Educational Webcast
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 1:00-3:00 pm central time
Bio-Medical Library, University of Minnesota, Diehl Hall Room 555, Minneapolis, MN


The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with current and emerging mobile technologies, innovative initiatives using mobile devices, useful mobile software applications, and funding options for projects using mobile devices.

Program objectives:

* describe mobile technology and its value for librarians and health care professionals
* demonstrate mobile technology devices and innovative applications
* explore programs that illustrate the potential of mobile technology for health professionals
* discuss funding opportunities to create and sustain mobile technology programs

The sponsorship of this webcast site 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. NLM-N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

October 27, 2009

Retirement Reception for Frances Cockrum

For those that may know Frances Cockrum, Reference Librarian at Mayo Clinic Libraries in Rochester, MN, Frances will be retiring at the end of the year!

You are cordially invited to attend the Retirement Reception for Frances E. Cockrum,
Mayo Clinic Libraries Reference Librarian

Time: 2-4 p.m. / Presentation at 3 p.m.
Date: Monday, December 7, 2009
Place: Plummer Hall, Room 1400
Mayo Clinic Libraries
Plummer Building
Rochester, MN 55905

October 22, 2009

From the GMR: Docline July - Sept 2009 Quarterly Reports Now Available

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for
July-September 2009:

1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT - Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics
1-1B - Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics
1-2A, 1-22A - Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics
1-2B - Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics
2-14 - Resource Library Quarterly Report - Fill Rate
5-1A - Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics
5-1B - Loansome Doc Throughput Report

Please note:
Reports 1-11A, 1-1AT and 1-22A are only distributed to libraries that have entered requests in DOCLINE for other libraries. Report 2-14 is only distributed to resource libraries.

DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the "Request Reports" section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/faqdocline.html#reports

If you have any questions, please complete the relevant form found under Contact Us in DOCLINE.

- Maria

DOCLINE Customer Service
National Library of Medicine
US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 3, then press 1)
Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 3, then press 1)

From the GMR: NLM HSDB adds first set of nanomaterial records

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) has added its first set of nanomaterial records. Nanotechnology is the study of matter on an atomic and molecular scale-- structures 100 nanometers or smaller. A nanometer (nm) is one billionth of a meter.

Like other HSDB records, the nanomaterial records are peer-reviewed and contain information on toxicity, manufacturing and use, chemical and physical properties, environmental fate and exposure, and more.

There are currently seven HSDB nanomaterial records:
* Carbon nanotubes
* Fullerenes
* Silver nanoparticles
* Iron nanoparticles
* Titanium oxide nanoparticles
* Zinc oxide nanoparticles
* Cerium oxide nanoparticles

Information on hollow, spherical or ellipsoidal carbon nanostructures is found in the fullerenes record. The carbon nanotubes record contains information on tubular or lattice materials.

The fields of nanoparticles and nanostructures, as well as associated nomenclature, are continually evolving. Information and/or records will be added as data become available. The HSDB and nanomaterial records can be accessed at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?HSDB

HSDB is a toxicology data file on the NLM Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET(r)). It focuses on the toxicology of potentially hazardous chemicals. It is enhanced with information on human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, regulatory
requirements, and related areas. All data are referenced and derived from a core set of books, government documents, technical reports and selected primary journal literature. HSDB is peer-reviewed by the Scientific Review Panel (SRP), a committee of experts in the major subject areas within the data bank's scope. HSDB is organized into individual chemical records, and
contains over 5,000 such records.

October 21, 2009


A message from Amy Donahue, NLM Associate Fellow at the U of M. The session is this Saturday, but you can still register:

I just wanted to alert you to an event that's happening on the University of Minnesota campus at the Mayo Auditorium this weekend: http://healthcampmn.eventbrite.com/

I've signed up to go; I learned about HealthCamps from a colleague at NLM, and since I'm pretty interested in social networking and healthcare, it seemed like a good match! I don't know if anything will actually be of interest to us, but I'll definitely pass on anything I learn on the blog/at meetings. It seems that it's mostly industry people (insurance, medical devices, etc.), but it definitely crosses over into the health information realm, and librarians have attended some of the other healthcamps around the country. I think the two most interesting sessions are the personal health "It's your health deal with it!" and the doctor rating (maybe I'll get a chance to bring up GoLocal?) "American Idol Doctors."

Take care,

From the GMR: Workshop Assistance for Recovery Act Limited Competition

A message from NIH about Technical Assistance Workshops for Applications to Recovery Act Limited Competition (RFA-OD-09-010) Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research (RC4)

Technical Assistance Workshops for Applications to Recovery Act Limited Competition (RFA-OD-09-010) Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research (RC4)

The NIH Office of the Director will host two pre-application technical assistance workshops (to be videocast live) for NIH RFA-OD-09-010, Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research. The purpose of the informational meeting is to provide technical assistance on and answer questions related to the preparation of applications in response to RFA-OD-09-010. The meeting will begin with brief presentations from relevant staff, and then open into a question and answer session. Online participants may submit questions to sheurtin@mail.nih.gov with the word "Question-NIH CRI RFA-09-010 wkshkp." Please frame questions clearly, specifically and concisely, in no more than 4 sentences.

All researchers, community members and other persons interested in submitting an application in response to this "Grand Opportunities" RFA are strongly encouraged to attend the technical assistance meeting either in person or online.

The workshops/videocasts will be held Friday, October 23rd at
* 10:30 am-1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT),
* And 2:00-4:30 pm (EDT).

To access the videocasts live on October 23, please follow this computer link:
To view the videocast description in future events scheduled please follow this link:

Meeting Registration
Pre-registration for this event is required. Please read instructions carefully. Failure to follow these instructions will keep your registration from being processed. Meeting attendees are encouraged to register for the meeting at their earliest opportunity. Registration deadline is October 22, 2009. To register for the meeting please send an email to burgoonp@od.nih.gov.

* In the subject line you must enter "Registration NIH CRI RFA-09-010 wkshkp."
* Enter your name, Office or Dept. , institutional Affiliation, email address and telephone into the appropriate fields
* You may write a brief statement of your interest in this RFA (no more than 3 sentences)
* State whether you plan to participate in-person or online

You will receive a confirmation email upon successful registration.

For questions about the video casts please contact:
Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director
Office of the Director
The National Institutes of Health
1 Center Dr., Rm B3-11
Bethesda, MD 20892

October 20, 2009

Rescheduled info for Disaster Medicine teleconference (10/22/09)

From: Norton, Elizabeth (NIH/NLM) [C]
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 11:46 AM
Subject: [DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB ] Oct 22 1:30pm EST Disaster Information Specialist Project meeting - w/ Special Presentation

The Disaster Information Specialist Project monthly meetings are open to all and may be attended in person or by conference call.

Dear Colleagues,

We have a meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2009 (rescheduled from Oct 8), 1:30-3:00 pm (eastern) in the Edward Rhodes Stitt Library at the National Naval Medical Center, 8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD. To join by phone, please call 1-888-813-8477 and enter passcode 394248. A separate email will be sent to local participants with directions and logistics.

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kenneth Schor, Acting Director, and Kandra Strauss-Riggs, Joint Program Coordinator, from the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) joining us for the meeting. The newly launched NCDMPH was established under Homeland Security Directive 21 (HSPD-21). The Center is actively engaging input from the Federal and non-Federal sectors to develop a cross-boundary disaster medicine and public health education and training collaboration that is cutting-edge, innovative and outcomes focused.

Dr. Schor will share a brief history of the Center and its role as an education center for disaster health preparedness. Following the presentation, he will join us in a discussion about the information needs of the Center, the roles librarians can play in disaster preparedness training and how the Center will transform disaster medicine and public health training and education.

This will be an excellent presentation that your staff or persons in your organization may be interested in attending. Please feel free to invite them and to join us on the phone.

The usual announcements and business items will also be included on the agenda.

I hope you'll be able to join us on the 22nd.

Elizabeth Norton

From the GMR: MedlinePlus - Medical Words Tutorial

Hi all,

If you didn't know already, the Dictionary section of the MedlinePlus has a tutorial titled "Understanding Medical Words" http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/medicalwords.html Now this tutorial talks! There are still a few edits that need to be made to the page but you can get a sneak preview. There are controls on the bottom left of each page to turn sound on or off or adjust the volume.

If you have any questions you can contact Naomi Miller millern@mail.nlm.nih.gov.

Samanthi Hewakapuge, MA, MLS
Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Library of the Health Sciences - UIC
1750 W. Polk St. (M/C 763)
Chicago, IL 60612-4330
(312) 996-7791
(312) 996-2226 Fax

October 19, 2009

Job posting: Electronic Resources Librarian, midwestern University (IL)

Midwestern University has a proud and impressive history dating back to 1900; the organization was incorporated in Chicago, Illinois, to train physicians in a not-for-profit environment. Today, Midwestern University is still governed by the strong principles of the founding administration and faculty. The organization has grown in two campuses located in Downers Grove, IL and Glendale, AZ. Midwestern University is an independent, not-for-profit corporation organized primarily to provide undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate education in the health sciences.

At our Downers Grove campus, we seek an Electronic Resources Librarian

Under the direction of the Assistant Director, the Electronic Resources Librarian coordinates and maintains electronic access to library resources creates and maintains library web pages and links, provides user support for library software and web resources, and provides reference services. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 p.m.

Responsibilities include:
* Manage, maintain, and troubleshoot access to a variety of library electronic resources and utilities such as databases, ejournals, ebooks, link resolver tools, and an integrated library system.
* Provide both staff and user support (in person and remotely) including troubleshooting and training for library software, web resources and equipment.
* Create and maintain library web pages and links and coordinate content provided by other staff.
* Manage user authentication, including global and individual ids and passwords.
* Provide reference and circulation services.
* Coordinate the library's electronic systems and activities with the university's information technology services.
* Continuously improve personal health science related database knowledge and searching skills, and stay current with health science library and technology trends.
* Contribute good teamwork skills to accomplish group projects and goals.

* A Masters Degree in Library/Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution
* Experience and knowledge in integrated library systems technology, including online catalogs, link resolvers, document delivery systems, etc.
* Experience with web page design and maintenance
* Experience in technology troubleshooting including electronic subscription access
* Experience providing reference in a health sciences library
* Ability to prioritize and address daily technical challenges in a rapidly changing environment
* Experience working in a team and customer service oriented environment
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

MWU offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. The benefits package for full-time and eligible part-time employees includes: medical, vision, dental, life insurance, disability, retirement contributions, tuition reimbursement, child care subsidy and a generous paid-time off policy.

For consideration, please submit your resume to: Jobsil@midwestern.edu, or send by fax: (630) 515-7207 Attn: Recruiter.

Job postings: 2 positions available at Western Illinois University

Position Announcement
Library - Instructor - Student Outreach Services

APPOINTMENT: Negotiable.

QUALIFICATIONS: ALA-Accredited Masters Degree. Demonstrated experience in using technology to provide virtual reference services: email, instant messaging, social networking and chat to library users. Working knowledge of Web 2.0 applications. Demonstrated experience working with undergraduate students.
The individual holding this position should possess, in addition to the requisite educational background, superior interpersonal, communication and writing skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in working in Libraries and Higher Education. Experience with visual/graphic design, a plus. Experience in providing class-based instruction and reference.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reports directly to the Dean of Libraries. As leader of outreach services to undergraduate students explores and evaluates emerging technologies and works closely with University Relations and the Marketing Librarian. Works closely with campus groups such as the Office of Student Affairs and represents the Libraries at student organizations, Discover Western, Student Orientation Advising and Registration programs. Participates in the Libraries Liaison Program to academic departments. Provides class-based and reference-based instruction.

RANK & SALARY: 12 month, Unit B Faculty position. Minimum of $40,000. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/hr/benefits.php. WIU faculty are members of an AFT-affiliated collective bargaining campus. http://www.wiu.edu/provost/agreement/article29-31. shtml#30

THE DEPARTMENT:WIU Libraries is undergoing a transformation of its services and facilities with its migration toward digital resources and services. WIU Libraries employs 17 faculty and 42 civil service staff in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, 3 on-campus branch libraries and at the WIU-Quad Cities Library. The Libraries' collection includes over 1,000,000 catalogued items, approximately 1,000 periodical print subscriptions, access to over 55,000 full text journals and databases, 300,000 maps and substantial government documents, microforms and non-book materials. The annual budget is $4.5 million.

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as one of the "Best in the Midwest Colleges" by The Princeton Review and selected as one of just 21 public universities ranked a Tier 1 Midwestern Masters Institution by U.S. News and World Report, Western Illinois University serves more than 13,000 students through its traditional, residential, four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its upper division, urban, commuter location in the Quad Cities/Moline.

WIU is a comprehensive, public university offering 62 undergraduate degree programs, 36 graduate degree programs and a doctorate degree. With a student to faculty ratio of 16:1, WIU's 627 full-time faculty teach 93 percent of all undergraduate as well as graduate courses in addition to 13 pre-professional degree programs and 15 certificate programs.

Western's Leslie F. Malpass Library ranks among the finest at comprehensive universities in the United States and features two state-of-the-art electronic classrooms, a wireless computer network, and other ongoing technical improvements. The Malpass Library and its four branches house more than 1 million volumes; and the Library subscribes to more than 100 online databases offering access to more than 30,000 unique journal titles in full text.

WIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

APPLICATION: Letter of application stating experience in services to undergraduates, web technologies, reference, instruction and other areas of expertise; resume with current email for correspondence; photocopy of transcripts; and three professional reference contacts (name, relationship to applicant, phone number and e-mail address). Apply to: Mary Day, WIU Libraries Dean's Office, Malpass Library; Western Illinois University; 1 University Circle; Macomb, IL 61455-1390.

Application review begins November 9, 2009 and will continue until the position is filled.

Phyllis C. Self, Ph.D.
Dean, University Libraries
Western Illinois University
One University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Job Posting: Reference: North Dakota

The University of North Dakota, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences is searching for a health sciences librarian to provide reference and instruction. We work with faculty, students and researchers in several health sciences programs. The job description is posted on the library web site at http://undmedlibrary.org/ and includes links to information about Grand Forks and the University. This is a mid-career position. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.


Barbara Knight, MA, MLS, AHIP
Assistant Director & Collection Management
Library of the Health Sciences
Medical School Room 1300
501 N Columbia Rd Stop 9002
Grand Forks ND 58202-9002

From the GMR: Additional Funding for EFTS

The GMR is offering additional funding to support Resource Sharing until November 16, 2009. If you were unable to apply for this funding over the summer you have another chance. If you need assistance don't hesitate to call your DOCLINE Coordinator.

How to Fund EFTS

From the GMR: Library advocacy letter for hospital administrators

In honor of National Medical Librarians Month, the Greater Midwest Region is pleased to support our hospital librarians by re-instituting the Hospital Administrators Campaign. The Advocacy Working Group of the Regional Advisory Council has assisted our office in generating an advocacy letter to hospital administrators informing them of the invaluable services medical librarians provide. This year we are asking the administrator to contact the librarian.

It is our hope that this effort will give the librarian an opportunity to connect with the organization's leadership. If you would like to participate in this effort go to Promoting Your Library (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/member/advocacy/index.html) and follow the directions there.

October 14, 2009

"Cool Web 2.0 Tools" Slides Available

Melissa Rethlefsen's presentation on Cool Web 2.0 Tools at yesterday's HSLM Fall Program are available to view online.

October 6, 2009

October National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Teleconference RESCHEDULED

Due to a conflict with a major regional Medical Library Association meeting, the October 8 Disaster Information Specialist project meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 22 at 1:30 pm EDT. More info about the meeting here: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/lmcguire/hslm/2009/10/conference_call_presentation_b.html

Another announcement with logistical detail about the October 22nd meeting is forthcoming.

From the GMR: Pillbox Beta Version Released

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), with support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has released a beta version of Pillbox, a resource intended to enhance patient safety via an identification and reference system for solid dosage medications. http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov

Pillbox combines pharmaceutical data from the FDA and NLM with high resolution images, enabling rapid identification of unknown medications. This system is designed for use by emergency physicians, first responders, other health care providers, Poison Control Center staff, and concerned citizens.

Pillbox allows users to identify solid dosage medications based on several physical characteristics: imprint (characters or number printed on a medication), shape, color, size, and scoring. Users are shown thumbnail images of possible matches which are continually updated as additional information is entered. Once a medication has been identified, further information is provided, including brand/generic name, ingredients, and
DEA schedule. Links to NLM drug information resources are also offered.

NLM has made a great effort to verify the authenticity of each image. However, the Pillbox images are not part of the Structured Product Label (FDA-approved drug label) and have not been verified by each manufacturer. For this reason, Pillbox is not currently intended for clinical use.

This fall, NLM and the FDA will initiate a pilot program working with manufacturers to have images submitted for inclusion with the FDA-approved drug label. This will increase the number of images in Pillbox and help to create a resource appropriate for clinical use.

Pillbox Beta has two versions: the Adobe Flex version is designed for rapid identification of an unknown medication; the Pillbox screen-reader version has advanced search functionality, including drug name.

Questions about Pillbox should be addressed to David Hale, Biomedical Files Implementation Branch (http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/branchmissions.html),
Division of Specialized Information Services, National Library of
Medicine, david.hale@nih.gov.

October 2, 2009

From the GMR: Live PubMed Redesign Webcasts - Oct 6 & 7

Learn about the 2009 PubMed redesign during a thirty minute live online demonstration and question and answer session presented by the NLM®.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009:
9:00 am - 9:30 am Eastern Time
11:00 am - 11:30 am Eastern Time

Wednesday, October 7, 2009:
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Eastern Time
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern Time

At: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/pubmed2009/

For more information and links to instructions visit http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so09/so09_pm_demo.html

Please read the article, PubMed® Redesign,
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so09/so09_pm_redesign.html, before you attend this demonstration.

Thank you NLM for these webcasts.

Conference call presentation by the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

This item from the disaster listserv was passed along to me, about an upcoming presentation by the Acting Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. The presentation looks interesting, and is is open to anyone who would like to join the conference call. Details below if you're interested!

Dear Colleagues,

We have a meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 8, 2009, 1:30-3:00 pm (eastern) in the Edward Rhodes Stitt Library at the National Naval Medical Center, 8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD. To join by phone, please call 1-888-813-8477 and enter passcode 394248. A separate email will be sent to local participants with directions and logistics.

The agenda will feature a presentation by Dr. Kenneth Schor, Acting Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. http://ncdmph.usuhs.edu/Pages/default.aspx. Dr. Schor will share a brief history of the Center and its role as an education center for disaster health preparedness. Following the presentation, he will join us in a discussion about the information needs of the Center and the roles librarians can play in
disaster preparedness training.

This will be an excellent presentation that your staff or persons in your organization may be interested in attending. Please feel free to invite them to join us on the phone.

The usual announcements and business items will also be included on the agenda.

I hope you'll be able to join us on the 8th. - Elizabeth Norton

October 1, 2009

From the GMR: Updated PubMed brochures

As was recently announced, PubMed is updating their web interface.
See: http://preview.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

In preparation, we at the NN/LM have updated the trifold brochures to reflect these changes. Both pdf and doc formats are available, although only URLs for the pdf format of the updated brochures are included here. For a complete list of downloadable brochures, visit:

Updated brochures:

Full Text and PubMed

Gateway Basics

MedlinePlus for Health Professionals

PubMed Basics

PubMed My NCBI

Searching PubMed with MeSH

Please let us know if you catch any additional changes that should be made
to these handouts.

Have a great weekend all!


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