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April 29, 2010

From the GMR: New NLM page on Crude Oil Spills and Human Health

Please see the following message forwarded from NLM.

A new page of links to information on "Crude Oil Spills and Human Health" is now available at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/oilspills.html.

The page has links to information on how the United States responds to oil spills, state agencies in the Gulf region that respond to spills, occupational hazards for professionals and volunteers assisting with clean-up, seafood safety and more. The links under "Featured Sites" focus on the latest updates about the recent spill and subsequent controlled burning of crude oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill followed the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit oil platform 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta on April 20, 2010.

Please send your comments and suggestions about additional health information content totehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov. This information is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services, US National Library of Medicine.

April 26, 2010

ACRL Health Science Interest Group @ ALA

Dear ACRL IGHS Member,

I am writing to introduce myself and let you know about our listserv and our upcoming events. Unfortunately I didn't have access to our member list until now, so I apologize for not sending this out earlier to those who joined earlier this year. My name is Carissa Tomlinson and I started this group a little over a year ago. I currently am the liaison for nursing, gerontology, and health sciences at Towson University outside Baltimore. I started this group because while I was active in ACRL and saw myself very much as an academic librarian, there was no health science presence within the organization. Our group's charge is:

The Health Science Interest Group works to provide an opportunity for academic librarians with health sciences responsibilities to have a place in ACRL to network, share information, ask questions, and work on special projects and programs relevant to the academic health sciences. The group also works to promote interest in the health sciences to potential and current academic librarians and to improve information literacy specifically in the area of the health sciences.

Our group has grown quite a bit in the last year. We now have over 200 official members and many more who subscribe to our listserv (Google Group). We also have developed three working groups that have worked throughout the year on various group related projects. I've also had quite a bit of help from the group's elected vice-chair, Dominique Turnbow. Dominique is currently the Undergraduate Services Librarian at the UC San Diego Biomedical Library. After this summer's ALA Annual Conference, Dominique will be taking over as chair and I will continue to serve the group as past-chair. At this time, we will also be electing a new vice-chair for the 2010-2011 year.

Many of you may already subscribe to our listserv, our primary communication device, but if not, please join us at: http://groups.google.com/group/acrl-health-science-interest-group. I'm also excited to announce that we have three upcoming events at ALA Annual in DC.

Friday, June 25th from 5:30-7:30 - Happy Hour (Sponsored by the New England Journal of Medicine)
Madhatter (http://www.madhatterdc.com/), 1321 Connecticut Ave NW (near the Dupont Circle Metro stop)
Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/ydcgfnb

Sunday, June 27th from 1:30-3:30- Meeting
Our meeting will include discussion time on a topic to be determined.

Monday, June 28th from 1:30-5:00 (2 hour tour plus travel time) - NLM Tour
Meeting location to be determined. Please RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/yccrlme

Again, thank you for joining the group, I hope to meet many of you at Annual this summer. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or ideas.

Carissa Tomlinson, MLIS
Emerging Technologies Librarian
Liaison to Gerontology, Nursing,
Health Sciences and Cultural Studies
Albert S. Cook Library
Towson University
Towson, MD 21252

HSLM Membership

If you would like to join HSLM, please use this form.

Free class on online reference in ND, June 23

An interesting (free!) training opportunity on online reference and service, held in Grand Forks, ND in June....

WOW! Thanks! Customer Service in a Technology Driven World

June 23, 2010 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

UND School of Medicine Building: 501 N Columbia Rd: Room 5520

Program overview:

This professional instruction seminar on providing health care information will focus on delivery of telephone and email reference service.

The workshop will provide training on how to increase customers' satisfaction with online reference and information services. Special emphasis will be given to information professionals who work with remotely located customers. Topics discussed will include: email and voice etiquette; response time; organization of information to be delivered; matching the information retrieved to the client's initial request; applying emotional intelligence to difficult situations; and embracing the information service profession with energy and enthusiasm.

Seminar Speaker:
Chris Thompson, Group Manager at Microsoft will present this seminar. For the last 11 years at Microsoft she has worked in call center support and management. Chris manages the group of engineers that provide technical support to Microsoft's larger office customers for North America. Customer satisfaction is one of the key metrics that she is responsible for within this group which consists of 90 engineering resources located in Charlotte, Dallas, Seattle and Fargo.

Offered By:
A joint project of the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) and the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences.

To register:
To register please contact Kathy Spencer at kspencer@medicine.nodak.edu or 701-777-6029. Please register by June 18th.

There are no fees for this seminar. However, registration is required. Lunch is on your own.

This seminar is being funded through a Professional Instruction Award from the GMR/NNLM. It is funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3505.

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

April 20, 2010

SAVE THE DATE! HSLM Annual Meeting and Continuing Education Workshops on June 4

Friday, June 4, 2010
Continuing Education Workshops: Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials or Scholarly Communication Issues
Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce that HSLM will offer a choice of two continuing education workshops at Metropolitan State University on Friday, June 4, 2010. These workshops are co-sponsored by Health Sciences Libraries of Minnesota (HSLM) and Metropolitan State University's Library and Information Services. Participants will be able to register for one of the following two workshops:

Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials
Max Anderson, Technology Coordinator, Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
This course's main goal is to teach librarians best practices for creating effective screencasts (video-based online instruction modules) using Camtasia. Student learning outcomes for this face-to-face workshop include: the ability to determine how to get the most from your screencasts; learning how to divide content into logical chunks that are most appropriate for online learners; an understanding of best practices for creating content for their topic (e.g. storyboarding, script writing, and voiceover/narration); an understanding of what hardware and software tools work best for which content (and best sources for acquiring needed tools); and the ability to assess the effectiveness of screencasted content. Please note: enrollment for this workshop will be capped at twenty participants and is open to HSLM members only.

Issues in Scholarly Communication for Health Sciences Librarians
Wayne Loftus, Pharmacy Librarian and Web Services Coordinator at the Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota
Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries
What is open access? What do I need to know about the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) mandate that the results of all research funded by NIH grants must be published in PubMed Central? Find out how to access open access resources, including open access scholarly journal articles, Creative Commons licensed materials, open source software, and online tools for information access.

Registration for this event will begin on May 1, 2009 and will be limited to eighty participants. The registration form will be posted on the HSLM blog.

The workshops will take place concurrently during the morning of Friday, June 4. The HSLM Annual Meeting will be held in the afternoon. Beverages, a light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

We offer this event free of charge to current HSLM members. Non-HSLM members may attend the Scholarly Communication workshop for $30.00. To join HSLM, please fill out the form found here and mail it to the HSLM treasurer, per the instructions provided.

For more information, please contact Nicole Theis-Mahon or Martha Hardy.

April 14, 2010

Going to MLA?

Are you attending MLA next month? Are you presenting a paper or poster? Want to connect with other HSLM members while in DC?

Send a comment to this post or send me your MLA info and I'll create a list of HSLM members who will be at the meeting and post it below, keep checking back for more info!



HSLM Members @ MLA

Amy Donahue

  • Amy is presenting a paper on EthicsShare, sometime during this time block: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Left/Right Brain: What Have You Been Thinking About Lately? [Session C]). Amy will be at MLA from 5/22-27.

Samanthi Hewakapuge

  • Samanthi is going to be at the meeting to network.

Melissa Rethlefsen

  • Melissa will be presenting a paper: Teaching Web 2.0 beyond the Library: Adventures in Social Media, The Class (Melissa Rethlefsen, Ann Farrell, Susan Mayer) in: Beyond Cool: Reflecting on Web 2.0 Adventures and Misadventures, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, presenting a poster: Connecting with Public Health Librarians: We're aTwitter about Social Networking (Melissa Rethlefsen, Emily Vardell) Monday, May 24 2010 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, and be a open forum panelist at: Informal Publication Methods, Sunday, May 23 from 1:30-2:30.

Jennifer Feeken

  • Jennifer will be at MLA from 5/22-25.

Linda Watson

  • Linda Watson, Layne Johnson and Julie Jacko are presenting a paper entitled "Harnessing Health Information and Translating Knowledge Among Institutional and Community Partners: a case study at the University of Minnesota" in the Section Program Translational Science: How Libraries Are Working with Their Institutions' Clinical and Translational Science Awards Monday, May 24, 2010 2:30 - 4:00 PM. Linda will be at MLA from May 22-26.

Liz Fine

  • Liz is presenting a paper entitled "Developing Expert Subject-Specific Searchers with a Continuing Education Program For Staff" in the Section Program Building Subject Expertise: What, How, and/or Why?. The presentation is in group taking place Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM. Liz will be at MLA from May 22-26.

Barbara Olson-Bullis

  • Barbara Olson-Bullis will be at MLA from May 20-25.

April 8, 2010

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through March 2010

The GMR blog/newsletter, The Cornflower, is a way to keep up with announcements, news and reports from the Greater Midwest. The Cornflower is one of the vehicles that GMR members can use to share information about particular projects and news from their organizations.

See: Writing for The Cornflower for more information. For your convenience, here is this month's summary of blog posts.

GMR Sponsors MLA Webcast Sites

R3: A Reference Spree at Rolling Prairie

OHSLA Spring Meeting 2010

Learning your Vitamin A, Bs and C

Save Display Settings in PubMed My NCBI

AHIP Releases Health Literacy Tool

Editor, The Cornflower

From the GMR: GMR Update for April 2010 now available!

Please check the latest edition of the GMR Update, available at the following URL: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html

The GMR Update is presented quarterly online. See the latest happenings from the GMR!

From the GMR: Follow, Fan and Connect with NLM through social media services

Hi all,

The NLM has created a page with all the social media services provided by them: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/socialmedia/index.html

You can also get to this page via the NLM Home Page and click on the cube image "Connect with NLM": http://www.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

From the GMR: Books and Free Article citations in PubMed

Hi Folks,

You may have noticed a change in the way PubMed displays Free Articles and offers a link directly to the PubMed Central article when available. To read about these (and one other) visit, the NLM Technical Bulletin at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma10/ma10_pm_books.html


From: Majewski, Kate B. (NIH/NLM) [E]
Sent: Wednesday, April 07, 2010 8:43 AM
To: Bougard, Renee (NIH/NLM) [E]
Subject: Books citations in PubMed

PubMed was updated late yesterday (Tuesday, 4/6) with a small number of citations from the Entrez Books database. With these additions, there are some minor differences in the Summary display format. The following Tech Bull article has details:

Below is a summary of the new labels and links that you will see on the Summary display:

* The label: Books & Documents when free full text is available from the Entrez Books database.
* The label: Free PMC Article when free full text is available from PubMed Central.
* The label: Free Article when free full text is available from the publisher or other full text provider. The link to the full text appears on the Abstract display.
* Free text link: Appears when free full text is available from either the Books database or PubMed Central.

April 2, 2010

From the GMR: Come to Chicago and Teach PubMed

Hi Folks,

PASS THE WORD. If you enjoy teaching PubMed, if you want to come to Chicago for a week, if you don't mind working five days of that week at an exhibit, then consider participating in RSNA 2010.

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) will be meeting November 28th through December 3rd, 2010, at McCormick Place in here Chicago. http://rsna2010.rsna.org/

We work out of two locations so we will need five teachers and an additional three local proctors. Teachers must be willing to teach either a Basic or and Advanced class of PubMed (1.5 hours) and we will provide manuals and additional handouts for both teachers and attendees.

We need volunteers with a diversity of language skills (multilingual folk have priority) and expert searching knowledge of PubMed is required.

Please check your schedules and let me know if you are interested and available to offer your skills to this unique NLM exhibit.

Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you in November.


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
fax: 312-996-2226

April 1, 2010

From the GMR: Physical Activity and Children and Adolescents Knowledge Path

The Maternal and Child Health Library released a new edition of the knowledge path, Physical Activity and Children and Adolescents. This electronic guide points to resources that analyze data, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving physical activity levels within families, schools and after-school programs, child care and early childhood education settings, and communities. The knowledge path also presents resources about physical activity for children and adolescents with special health care needs. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_phys_activity.html. Knowledge paths on other maternal and child health (MCH) topics are available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/index.html.