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June 28, 2011

From the GMR: Access Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) with your mobile device

Need to know more about drugs and breastfeeding? The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMed) can help.

LactMed is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Its information covers maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/lactmedfs.html

Now you can access LactMed with your mobile device. The LactMed App for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android can be downloaded at http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/help/lactmedapp.htm

From the GMR: Making PubMed Work for You - ONLINE

Due to popular demand, the GMR is offering a second online class of PubMed.

Making PubMed Work for You is available in an online format. This three-week course will cover the same materials as the in-person class, but you can take it at your own pace via Moodle. This class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system.

Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search Results, Limits and Details, Related citations, My NCBI, Searching with MeSH, and the Single Citation Matcher.

Join us from July 18th through August 12, 2011. Register online with the GMR registration system at: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

See you online.

Holly.

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region
haburt@uic.edu

June 23, 2011

From the GMR: MedlinePlus RSS & Content Sharing Enhancements

NLM released several exciting enhancements that improve users' ability to share and consume MedlinePlus content:

RSS feeds are now available for every health topic page on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español. This means that MedlinePlus now offers nearly 1,800 feeds for English and Spanish combined that are customizable to your specific interests. Whenever we add a new link to a MedlinePlus topic page, the item appears as a new entry on the corresponding health topic RSS feed. You can subscribe to the health topic RSS feeds using the RSS reader/aggregator of your choice. Links to the feeds are available on all health topic pages, the MedlinePlus RSS Feeds page, and via your browser's RSS auto-detect feature.

In addition to the new health topic feeds, MedlinePlus now offers two new English RSS feeds allowing you to subscribe to all new links added to MedlinePlus and all new NIH links added to MedlinePlus. These new feeds are available on the RSS Feeds page under the heading "General Interest RSS Feeds." For Spanish-language users, there is a new RSS feed that contains all new links added to MedlinePlus en español. This new feed is available from the Spanish RSS Feeds page.

NLM also unveiled enhancements to the print, email, and AddThis share icons on MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español health topic pages. These icons are now located above the topic summary, and the Facebook and Twitter sharing options are more prominent, making it easier for you to share content in these very popular social networks.

Examples of the new RSS feeds and the improved sharing features can be seen on the health topic pages listed below:

-Food Allergy (English): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/foodallergy.html
-Alergia a las comidas (Spanish): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/foodallergy.html

If you have any questions about these enhancements, please use the "Contact Us" link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page.

June 21, 2011

From the GMR: New NLM Resource: Come On, Mom, Dad, Get Healthy!

FYI. New Resources from NLM's Specialized Information Services (SIS) focused for public and school librarians: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/k12.html

Come on, Mom, Dad, Get Healthy! The TAPAS (Teens Against Parent Addiction Squad) Take Action is a new book authored by Marti Szczur and is now available in PDF form on our K-12 Web page: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/outreach/TAPAS_Mom_Dad_Get_Healthy.pdf.

This story explores the issue of parental addictions and what kids can do to educate themselves (and their parents) on the health consequences of these addictions.

June 16, 2011

From the GMR: MLA Looking for Instructor/Developer for Disaster course

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is looking for a continuing education (CE) instructor(s) to develop and teach an introductory course on disaster information. Below are the specifics of what is expected of this instructor:

* To develop the content and materials for a 4-hour CE course focusing on disaster information. The instructor will have a liaison from MLA's Disaster Information Specialization working group for general content assistance.
* To pilot test the course both in-person and virtually before September 24, 2011. Our goal is to reach approximately 50 individuals with the various pilot tests.
* The pilot test of the in-person course would be at an MLA Chapter meeting to be determined. We are currently in negotiations with the MLA Midcontinental chapter to host the course during their annual meeting in St. Louis, MO. The offering would possibly occur on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 8am-Noon.
* The in-person course should include student interaction beyond the standard Q&A session.
* The pilot test of the virtual course would need to be taught sometime before September 24, 2011.
* The virtual course should include a minimum of 2 hours of online instruction with student interaction. If needed, MLA would be able to assist with the use of their instructional software.

The development and instruction of this course will be a part of the curriculum of MLA's Disaster Information Specialization. This specialization is a joint project of MLA and the National Library Medicine (NLM). This program will be designed to develop the capacity of librarians and other interested professionals to provide disaster-related health information outreach.

Our vision of this specialization is to create a continuing education program that will prepare participants to provide disaster-related library or information services as part of their ongoing job functions. The specialization will offer a curriculum of courses that would allow those interested to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support their libraries, institutions and communities with information needed for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

This program would be designed to allow participants the opportunity to expand their roles by offering more specialized training in providing access to information in times of disaster and emergency.

To find out more about the development of MLA's Disaster Information Specialization, check out http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/index.html.

MLA will provide a $5,000 honorarium for the development of the course. There are also additional funds set aside for honoraria and expenses to teach the course both virtually and in person. MLA will consider both single instructors and instructor teams.

If you are interested in being considered as the instructor(s)/course developer(s) for this course, please send an email to mlapd1@mlahq.org. This email should include your name and contact information; a copy of your resume/CV, including your teaching and course development experience; and a brief (500-word or less) description of your interest in the project including our experience or knowledge of disaster information, and your ideas for the course including how you would include student interaction.

Your email and any questions you have should be sent to Kathleen Combs, MLA's Director of Professional Development, at mlapd1@mlahq.org by Friday, June 24, 2011.

Please feel free to send this email on to anyone who you think would be interested in this opportunity.

From the GMR: NIH Announces Five New CTSAs

Congratulations to the University of Kentucky and the University of Minnesota, two of the five new CTSAs! See the official announcement below.

For some context, check out http://www.ahc.umn.edu/research/CTSA/ - the short video about the award at the U of M is very interesting.

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The National Institutes of Health has announced five new Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) to accelerate scientific discoveries into treatments for patients.

Administered by the National Center for Research Resources, these 2011 grants extend the CTSA consortium to 30 states and the District of Columbia. With these most recent awards, the NIH is funding 60 CTSA institutions. The five new institutions are the Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City; University of Kentucky, Lexington; and University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

The NIH news release about the 2011 awards is available at www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2011/ncrr-14.htm, and more information about the CTSAs and related science advances can be viewed at www.ncrr.nih.gov/ctsa.

In addition, NIH has awarded the Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a grant to encourage and facilitate collaboration, sharing and interaction among the CTSAs, as well as with other NIH-funded institutions and organizations. For more information after 11 a.m., view the Vanderbilt news release at www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/news/releases.php.

June 8, 2011

From the GMR: Free Online PubMed Class starting Monday, June 13th

The GMR is offering PubMed Online!

For the first time, we are offering Making PubMed Work for You in an online format. This three-week course will cover the same materials as the in-person class, but you can take it at your own pace via Moodle.

This class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching the PubMed system. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Search Results, Limits and Details, Related citations, My NCBI, Searching with MeSH, and the Single Citation Matcher.

Join us as we launch of this newest distance learning program which will run from June 13th through July 8, 2011. Register online with the NEW GMR registration system:
http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

See you online.

Holly.

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region

From the GMR: Free webinar on Researching Drugs, Environmental and Toxicology Topics - June 16

Join us for our next GMR Lake Effects Webinar: Researching Drugs, Environmental and Toxicology Topics. We will meet on June 16, 2011, at 1 pm Central Time.

Find out What's New! There's more to National Library of Medicine (NLM) website than just PubMed. Discover the Environmental Health and Toxicology databases available through the NLM's Specialized Information Services. Learn about the Drug Information Portal, Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM), Household Products Database, TOXNET, and information for kids and students. Your presenter will be Holly Ann Burt, GMR Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator.

This class is available for one hour continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Register for this class with the NEW GMR registration system at:
http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

See you online.

Holly.

Holly Ann Burt, MLIS
Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator
NN/LM-Greater Midwest Region

June 2, 2011

From the GMR: PubMed Basico

Hi folks,

The updated Spanish version of PubMed is now available online, with grateful thanks to translator Dr. Héctor A. Bonaccorsi.

The NEW URL is:
http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/pubmedguia.pdf

It is linked from the page:
Non-English Guides to PubMed
http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/intlpubmedlinks.html

Expect the updated version of PubMed My NCBI in Spanish shortly.

As always, if you know of PubMed guides in other languages, please let me
know and I will add links to them.

Holly.

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
haburt@uic.edu
nnlm.gov/gmr

From the GMR: Change to National ILL Maximum Base Cost

The "National Maximum Charge" that limited Resource Libraries to charging $11 was removed as a requirement for Resource Libraries in the NN/LM contracts for 2011-2016. The change was effective May 1, 2011. As needed, Resource Libraries may raise ILL fees to recover costs. Primary Access Libraries and Other libraries were already able to charge fees necessary for cost recovery. As always, all charges and provided services must comply with copyright law.

NLM removed the $11 limit because multiple requests were received from Resource Libraries, who stated they were unable to recover their costs at $11 per article. Additionally, Resource Libraries were permitted to charge above the $11 limit via surcharges, which caused confusion among network members in regards to the expected charge. The removal of the National Maximum permits all libraries in the Network to charge cost recovery based fees.

As a point of reference on lending, during the previous contract period of May 2006-May 2011, Primary Access Libraries filled nearly 43% of the DOCLINE requests. Resource Libraries filled just over 31% of the requests. "Other" libraries lent just over 22% of requests.

We recommend that libraries changing their fees provide adequate notice to their regular borrowers, and through regional announcement lists. Borrowers may wish to review their Routing Tables. Borrowers unable to find a lender can route requests to NLM, whose base ILL fee remains unchanged at $9.

If libraries need assistance with Routing Tables, searching for lending partners, or other aspects of DOCLINE, please contact Max Anderson at max@uic.edu.

Thank you,

Max

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Max Anderson, Technology Coordinator
NN/LM GMR
max@uic.edu

From the GMR: Staffing Changes in the GMR

Network Members,

Charniel McDaniels, GMR Network Services Coordinator, left the UIC Library of the Health Sciences on May 31, 2011, to seek other professional opportunities. The GMR staff and I want to express our gratitude to Charniel for her service to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) since 1997 and the Library of the Health Sciences since 1991.

During her tenure in the GMR Office, Charniel provided expert advice about DOCLINE to hundreds of network members and served as the liaison to several regional committees and working groups, most notably the Resource Sharing Committee during the 2001-2006 contract and the Advocacy Working Group during the 2006-2011 contract. This latter group was responsible for creating the very successful "Time=Money" campaign on behalf of hospital librarians.

Moving forward, Max Anderson (max@uic.edu), GMR Technology Coordinator, will be the GMR's lead contact for questions related to DOCLINE.

For our network colleagues in Michigan, Jacqueline Leskovec (leskovec@uic.edu) will become the GMR contact librarian and for our Kentucky colleagues, Holly Ann Burt (haburt@uic.edu) will be the GMR contact librarian.

Please don't hesitate to contact me or any of the GMR Coordinators if you have questions about GMR programs or services.

Enjoy your summer!

Ruth

Ruth Holst
Associate Director, NN/LM GMR
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
rholst@uic.edu

From the GMR: What's New on The Cornflower through May 2011

Hello, Network Members,

The GMR started off the new 2011-2016 contract with a month of posts to the GMR blog, The Cornflower. Below is a list of the latest posts through May, 2011.

Do you have information about a particular project or activity that you would like to share with the Region? See the following page, Writing for The Cornflower: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/blog/writing-for-the-cornflower/ for more information on how to post on the GMR blog.

NLM Releases Digital Collection "Medicine in the Americas"

Print Retention Task Force Final Report Available

Bringing Health Information to the Community Blog Goes National!

Combating Email Overload

Save the date: 2011 Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting

QR codes, PubMed, and MedlinePlus

Using Your Smartphone to Lose Weight (and other interesting things you can do with a smartphone)

Thanks.

Jacqueline
Editor, The Cornflower