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January 17, 2013

From the GMR: Limited funding available for Disaster Communication Summit

Network Members,

We recently announced that the GMR will co-sponsor the NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit in Chicago on March 7-8, 2013.

As an incentive, we are offering 20 Professional Development awards for up to $1200 for GMR Network Members to attend. If you are interesting in applying for this award, go to the GMR webpage link for the Professional Development award:
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/profdev/profdevcfa.html

We have a very short turn-around for this award, so please apply before January 31, 2013.

We have blocked some rooms at the Club Quarters at 111, West Adams Street, Chicago IL 60603. If you call to register (203-905-2100) at Club Quarters, tell them you are part of a group and use the group code UOI363 (that's capital U,O,I for University of Illinois). They are holding 20 rooms at the group rate of $126 plus tax. Chicago's hotel tax is 16.4%. This block is being held until February 4th so please register right away.

For more information about visiting the University of Illinois at Chicago, here is the link to the GMR Visitor Information page: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/visitorinfo/index.html

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A small amount of funding is still available for Exhibit Awards during the current contract year. More information about the Exhibit Award may be found at:
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/exhibits/exhibitcfa.html

A new cycle of funding will be available after May 1, 2013. We expect to be sending out some announcements soon for how to apply for awards and subcontracts for projects that begin after May 1, 2013.

Ruth


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Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

January 16, 2013

From the GMR: Invitation to NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit - March 7-8

Dear Network Colleagues

You are invited to register for the NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit in Chicago on March 7-8, 2013. The Summit is being co-sponsored by the Greater Midwest and MidContinental Regions of the NN/LM and registration preference will be given to members from these two regions. This unique one and a half day summit will feature:

* Speakers from libraries and the emergency planning community on roles libraries/librarians can play before, during, and after a disaster, with emphasis on communication strategies

* The MLA CE class: "U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies" which is one of the required courses for the new MLA Disaster Information Specialization

* A hands-on workshop with take-away tools for improving your library's readiness, including a one-page service continuity plan

* Opportunities to network with librarians, community emergency planners, and representatives from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

To register for one or all three parts of the summit, go to: http://goo.gl/z248J

The GMR will be providing Professional Development awards for up to 20 GMR Network members to attend.

Ruth

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Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email:rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

July 17, 2012

From the GMR: Registration re-opened: "Information Roles in Disaster Management" online class

Disaster Information Specialization: Online Course Offering

Registration has re-opened for the online course "Information Roles in Disaster Management," to be held on Wednesday, July 18, and Thursday, July 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CENTRAL time each day. The course will discuss librarians' roles in supporting the disaster workforce. Registration will close at 5 PM on July 17 or when full capacity (an additional 25 registrants) is reached.

This course is a required course for MLA's Disaster Information Specialization Program and is offered at no cost. This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.

To register, go to: http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/info_roles.html.

For more information, contact Debra Cavanaugh, Coordinator, MLA Continuing Education, mlapd3@mlahq.org, 312.419.9094 x32.

April 3, 2012

From the GMR: Invitation to new courses on Disaster Information

Network Members,

Here is an opportunity to attend 2 MLA CE courses for free and begin to accumulate contact hours that can be applied to the new Disaster Information Specialization program being launched by MLA.

I received the following invitation from Kathleen Combs at MLA. They are
inviting each RML to send two Network members to each of the two new
courses being developed under a contract with NLM. The course titles are
listed below but the exact content outline is not yet available. These
classes are free and you would be helping the instructors by giving them
feedback on the content and instructional methods.

If you are interested in taking these two classes which will be held in
Seattle on May 24th, the Thursday after the last day of the MLA meeting,
please let me know soon. You may need to adjust your travel dates for
MLA to do this, but I think these will be worthwhile courses.

Please let me know if you have questions about this opportunity.

Ruth

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Dear RML Directors:

As many of you know, MLA is working with NLM to create the Disaster
Information Specialization.

We currently have a contract with NLM to develop 5 new CE courses on the
topic of disaster information. Two of these courses are being hosted
after the MLA 2012 in Seattle.And we want to work with the RMLs to fill
these two classes.Here are the details:

1. Each RML is able to send two attendees.The attendees can be members
from your region or staff members.However, we ask that only one of
the two be a staff member.
2. The courses are free for attendees.Attendees will be asked to cover
their own transportation, hotel and food costs.
3. The courses will be held at the RML at the University of
Washington.MLA will provide buses to and from the University and the
Seattle Convention Center.
4. Attendees will take both classes.However, we are not splitting up
attendance so that two attendees can take the first class and a new
set of attendees can take the second.
5. Attendees will receive MLA CE contact hours for attending the
classes. They can use these hours toward apply to the specialization.

We are currently working with the developers on the final title, content
and logistics of the courses.Below is preliminary information that you
can use to publicize the availability of the two course seats for each RML:

//

May 24, 2012

8:00am - 11:30am

/U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies/(or similar
title)

Instructors: Mary Moore, Chair, Department of Health Informatics, and
Executive Director, Medical Libraries and Biomedical Communications,
Louis Calder Memorial Library; and Kimberly A. Loper, Vice Chair -
Administration, Department of Health Informatics and Special Projects&
Digital Initiative Librarian, University of Miami Miller School of
Medicine, Miami, FL

1:00pm - 4:30pm

/Information Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response, Recovery/(or
similar title)

Instructor: Robin Featherstone, Liaison Librarians, Life Sciences
Library, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec


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Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

February 15, 2012

From the GMR: Register now for March's Lake Effects webinar

Hello, Network Members,

It's only the Ides of February but there's no time like the present to be prepared.

Next month's Lake Effects will be presented by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS, Librarian with Aquilent, Inc., Supporting the mission of the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division Disaster Information Management Research Center. You may remember Siobhan from her work at our sister region, the MidContinental. Siobhan was the force behind creating the NN/LM blog: Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC).

Appropriately titled for a March 15th presentation:

Preparing for the Ides of March! Help from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) (March 15, 2012)

Don't wait to register!
http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

Jacqueline

November 2, 2011

From the GMR: Awardees: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2011

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2011 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is funding seven Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects in a new program which began September 2011. The program supports efforts of libraries and other organizations to work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by agencies working in any phase of all-hazards management. For more information, visit: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2011disasteroutreachawards.html

The awardees are (note the two from our region):
1. American Academy of Pediatrics [Elk Grove Village, IL]
2. Health Sciences Library, College of Community Health Sciences, University of Alabama [Tuscaloosa, AL]
3. Inova Fairfax Hospital [Falls Church, VA]
4. Kanawha-Charleston Health Department [Charleston, WV]
5. Marshall Co. Health Dept. [Benton, KY]
6. Monroe Co. Dept of Public Health [Rochester, NY]
7. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center [Albuquerque, NM]

August 11, 2011

From the GMR: FUNDING for Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a new funding opportunity for small pilot projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at least one library and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as a hospital, volunteer organization, public health department, public safety department, fire/rescue, or other local, regional or state agency. NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Proposals are limited to six pages plus supplemental materials such as resumes, letters of support, and a budget.

For more information and instructions about the "Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2011" (NLM-011-130-KDB), please visit
http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2011disasteroutreachrfq.html.

The solicitation notice is on FedBizOpps.gov at
https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=54495f6f78d46c7c5d6873a8f0825e88&tab=core&_cview=0.

The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, and other resources.

July 13, 2011

From the GMR: NLM releases Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

The National Library of Medicine has released Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/ .

Chemical emergencies are high risk events that require first responders to quickly make a series of complex decisions to minimize the risk of injury to their patients and themselves. The tools in CHEMM provide a comprehensive resource to help responders make safer decisions and provide them with the right information when it is needed most.

CHEMM enables first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases.

CHEMM enhances and builds on the successes of the suite of Emergency Medical Management tools that began with the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM; http://www.remm.nlm.gov/) web-based resource, which provides information for health care providers about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation and other injuries anticipated following radiological and nuclear emergencies.

CHEMM is a web-based resource that is downloadable in advance so that it is available during an event if the Internet is not accessible. It provides evidence-based information and guidance on a wide variety of topics, including quick chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities.

CHEMM and REMM are the result of collaborative efforts between the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) - Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO), the National Library of Medicine - Division of Specialized Information Services (NLM/SIS), as well as many medical, emergency response, toxicology, industrial hygiene, and other experts.

http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/news/Pages/chemm-110711.aspx

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.

March 16, 2011

From the GMR: NLM resources related to earthquakes, tsunamis, radiation emergencies

The National Library of Medicine has resources that may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from NLM, US federal agencies, and other key resources are listed on the new topic page "Disasters in Japan 2011" at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/japan2011.html.


TSUNAMIS, EARTHQUAKES:
For earthquake information for responders and health professionals, see the "Earthquakes-Resources for Response and Recovery" page at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/earthquakes.html.

MedlinePlus has topic pages on earthquakes and tsunamis in English and Spanish. Although not intended to be specific to the current events in Japan, these pages give background information for a general audience:

Tsunamis
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tsunamis.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/tsunamis.html

Earthquakes
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/earthquakes.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/earthquakes.html

RADIATION EMERGENCIES:
Clinicians who need to learn more about assessing and managing radiation emergencies can turn to the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) web site. Selected, key files from REMM are also available for downloading on mobile devices from http://www.remm.nlm.gov/downloadmremm.htm.

For a general audience, see the MedlinePlus pages on:
Radiation Emergencies
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/radiationemergencies.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/radiationemergencies.html

Radiation Exposure
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/radiationexposure.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/radiationexposure.html

January 21, 2011

From the GMR: New page in Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Network Members,

We wanted to let you know about a new page, "Table-Top Exercises," making its debut on the emergency preparedness and response toolkit site today. You'll find it here: http://nnlm.gov/ep/table-top-exercises/. Dan Wilson and Susan Yowell have developed the exercises in order to help NN/LM members and others prepare for service disruptions, as they've been very successful in past training sessions.

Please feel free to share these with others in your institutions. They would be useful exercises for a local consortium to do a practice session on emergency preparedness.

Ruth

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Ruth Holst, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA
President, Medical Library Association
Associate Director
NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Library of the Health Sciences
1750 W. Polk Street, MC763
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-996-6872
Email: rholst@uic.edu
Fax: 312-996-2226

January 19, 2011

From the GMR: ACEP Launches Integrative Training Program on Disaster Planning

FYI. Some of you may be interested in this online training.

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: [DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB ] ACEP Launches Integrative Training
Program on Disaster Planning
From: "Patti Reynolds"
Date: Wed, January 19, 2011 7:29 am
To: DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB@LIST.NIH.GOV
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http://www.acep.org/collaborativeplanning/

ACEP Launches Integrative Training Program on Disaster Planning

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has launched a free first-of-its-kind integrative training that covers the development and maintenance of pre-incident plans.

Under a cooperative agreement with FEMA, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has launched a free first-of-its-kind integrative training that covers the development and maintenance of pre-incident plans ensuring the efficient distribution of patients, the sharing of
information and resources, and the coordination between state and local agencies with hospitals and other Additional topics include patient and resource tracking, credentialing systems, deployable federal resources, principles of community emergency planning, and more.

This course is directed toward those working in emergency management agencies and healthcare organizations, especially in small communities and rural areas, which have primary job responsibilities other than disaster preparedness. It is also useful for those in public health, EMS, fire services, and other organizations involved in disaster preparedness. The four-hour online training is part of a training portal that has several components to it. Each state has its own virtual community to foster collaboration. Each virtual community includes a members section, the training modules, a Q&A section and a Forum section. For more information,
go to http://www.acep.org.

Patricia Reynolds, MLIS
Director, Bishopric Medical Library
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
941-917-1730
941-917-1646 - fax
patti-reynolds@smh.com
Bishopric Medical Library "Wall"
http://home.smh.com/sections/services-procedures/medlib/Library/Wall.html

January 4, 2011

From the GMR: Use the Professional Development Award to attend the 2011 Disaster Information Outreach Symposium

Hello Network Members,

The GMR currently has Professional Development Awards available for your use. If you are a Librarian, information professional, or an informationist that has found that you need to focus on disaster information the meeting described below may well be worth attending. Our award could be used to support that attendance.

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March 29-30, 2011

Disaster Information Outreach

A symposium for Information Professionals Meeting Disaster Health Information Needs
http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/symposium2011.html

National Library of Medicine
Lister Hill Center, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

Learn about...
* Tools for providing disaster health information
* Communications and disasters
* Assessing and meeting the information needs of disaster managers and responders
* Using library facilities to support disaster needs during response and recovery
* Workforce development for those interested in disaster information
* Disaster resources for librarians - building a community of practice
* Medical Library Association's new disaster information specialization

Why attend?
* Network with other disaster-minded information professionals
* Medical Library Association continuing education credit will be offered
* No cost for symposium registration

Registration is currently open. Seats are limited. Attendance is free.

Disaster Information Outreach Symposium - Registration
http://www.orise-registration.org/dimrc/


GMR Professional Development Award
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/profdev/individual/profdevrfp.html


Charniel McDaniels MS
Network Coordinator
National Network Of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
1-800-338-7657
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/

November 24, 2010

From the GMR: New look for "Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness"

The Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness has a new look and new web address, http://phpreparedness.nlm.nih.gov. It is now a featured resource on the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) web site, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov.

The Resource Guide was first developed by the New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2002 with funding from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR). The Guide is now jointly funded by NICHSR and DIMRC. The Guide continues to provide access to no-cost web materials on public
health preparedness topics for the public health workforce.

Recently, this database and web site moved to NLM and the content continues to be maintained by the New York Academy of Medicine Library. Previous web addresses will automatically take the user to the new web address. Comments and questions about the Resource Guide may be sent to tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov.

September 10, 2010

From the GMR: Emergency Access Initiative for Pakistan

Please excuse any duplication. The following message was posted to DOCLINE-L
today. If your library is involved with any Pakistani libraries or relief
efforts, please let us know.

Charniel McDaniels, MS
DOCLINE Coordinator
NN/LM GMR
University of Illinois at Chicago
1-800-338-7657
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/
Please include your LIBID in your response


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Friday, September 10, 2010 10:18 AM
To: DOCLINE-L@LIST.NIH.GOV
Subject: [DOCLINE-L] Full-text material for Pakistan

All,

The National Library of Medicine announces the activation of the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in Pakistan. The Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles from over 230 biomedical serial titles and over 60 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters.

While the project was established to assist libraries affected by disasters in the United States, NLM and the publishers are activating the Emergency Access Initiative in light of the growing healthcare issues developing in the aftermath of widespread flooding in Pakistan.

The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection - it is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts in Pakistan, please let them know of this service.

Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People's Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

Sample journal titles:
. Accident and emergency nursing
. American journal of infection control
. Annals of internal medicine
. Archives of surgery
. Burns
. Depression and anxiety
. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness
. Environmental toxicology and pharmacology
. International journal of cardiology
. International journal of infectious diseases
. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association
. Journal of emergency medicine
. Journal of traumatic stress
. Lancet
. New England journal of medicine
. Surgery

Sample book titles:
. Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy
. Public health & preventive medicine
. Trauma
. Handbook of critical care
. Human virology
. Infectious diseases: the clinician's guide to diagnosis, treatment and
prevention
. AHFS drug information

Online Databases:
. Cochrane database of systematic reviews
. DynaMed
. UpToDate

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or
301-594-5983 internationally.

- Maria

March 4, 2010

From the GMR: New NLM page on Chile Earthquake health-related links

NLM response to Chile earthquake. Please share with interested people.

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CHILE EARTHQUAKE

The National Library of Medicine announces a new page of Chile earthquake information for those in the United States and elsewhere who are monitoring or responding to the medical and public health needs in Chile. It is available at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/chileearthquake.html.

The page lists new Web links about the Chile earthquake aftermath from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). People locators, social media resources, and alerts for travelers to Chile are also listed.

A separate page on "Earthquakes - Resources for Response and Recovery" (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/earthquakes.html) links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as traumatic injuries, guidelines for responders, stress and coping, and sanitation issues.

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

February 2, 2010

From the GMR: More Haiti Response Resources

Another message about resources available for Haiti response - this may not be directly applicable to most of us, but I'm constantly impressed with what's available and how it's arranged.

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Please circulate the resources below to all medical teams involved in Haiti response. Please include civilian and military teams in Haiti and in neighboring countries receiving patients from Haiti. Also include teams planning a future response, as well as those already on the ground. Emergency operations centers and those providing information and logistical support for medical teams may also be interested. There's a lot that could be said about any of these resources, but the descriptions are brief so that health professionals can quickly scan them.

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html

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For Haiti earthquake health care responders

The following online medical information resources are available at no cost, thanks to the generosity of participating publishers. Most of these resources are usually available only by paid subscription. Publishers have made these resources available for health care providers responding to the Haiti earthquake.

Emergency Access Initiative, http://eai.nlm.nih.gov. This online collection provides access to 200+ popular medical journals. It also includes over 60 e-books, including the Merck Manual, Harrison's Internal Medicine, basic textbooks, drug handbooks, and titles on emergency medicine, infectious diseases, toxicology, post-disaster public health and more. Emergency Access Initiative is a collaborative effort between the National Library of Medicine and participating publishers. For assistance with the Emergency Access Initiative, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally.

Health Resources for Haiti, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html. A compilation of links to resources for medical teams responding to the Haiti earthquake. The page includes Creole-language materials for non-Creole speakers to use in healthcare settings, as well information on traumatic injuries, mass fatalities, mental health, and the public health consequences of the earthquake damage. This content is always no-cost.

Infectious Diseases of Haiti, http://www.gideononline.com/blog/wp/wp-content/uploads/The-Infectious-Diseases-of-Haiti-by-GIDEON.pdf. This guide covers the 198 infectious diseases known to occur in Haiti and is based on the resources of the Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network (GIDEON).

GIDEON, http://trial.ebscohost.com. User ID: s2759300 and password: trial. GIDEON is a knowledge management tool used for diagnosis and reference in the fields of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology, and antimicrobial chemotherapy.

DynaMed, http://trial.ebscohost.com. User ID: s2759300 and password: trial. DynaMed has summaries for nearly 3,000 disease topics and 800 drug records. The information is from medical journals, associations, and contributing clinicians and is intended for health professionals.

Cochrane Evidence Aid: resources for Haiti earthquake, http://www.cochrane.org/evidenceaid/haiti. This page provides access to Haiti-relevant reviews from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The complete Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is available through the Emergency Access Initiative, see above.

Joint Language University, http://jlu.wbtrain.com. This DOD-sponsored website has Haitian Creole language materials that can be downloaded from their home page. You can learn very basic introductory phrases along with targeted medical, police, and military terminology.

MedlinePlus, http://medlineplus.gov, AND Mobile MedlinePlus, http://m.medlineplus.gov. Basic health information for the general public, plus patient information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Also in Spanish. This content is always no-cost.

January 28, 2010

From the GMR: Haitian Creole materials on RHIN (Refugee Health Information Network)

The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) initiated an improved link to its Haitian Creole materials. To check it out go inline to the RHIN homepage (http://www.rhin.org) and click on Health Information in Haitian Creole in the Featured Resources section at the upper left side of the page.

Your comments are welcome, at info@rhin.org

January 26, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Emergency Access Initiative launched

Important message from NLM. We have been looking forward to this announcement.
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers announce the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 30 select reference books for libraries and hospitals affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The collection is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to the disaster.

The Emergency Access Initiative collection is a combination of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and also emergency medicine related titles. The Emergency Access Initiative serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

The literature is being provided as part of the Emergency Access Initiative - a collaborative partnership between NLM, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text articles and select reference books to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. While the project was established to assist libraries affected by disasters in the United States, NLM and the publishers are activating the Emergency Access Initiative today in light of the medical disaster unfolding in the aftermath of the earthquake.

NLM thanks the participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, BMJ, Elsevier, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, Oxford University Press, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

If your library is working with a library or organization involved in relief efforts or was impacted by the Haitian earthquake, please let them know of this service.

Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov

For questions regarding the Emergency Access Initiative, please email custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1-888-346-3656 in the United States, or 301-594-5983 internationally. Libraries in the United States can contact their Regional Medical Library for assistance and support at 1-800-338-7657

January 21, 2010

From the GMR: NLM Haiti Earthquake Page

A new page of Haiti earthquake health information links is now available
at http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html

The page lists new Web pages about the Haiti earthquake situation from both government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). There is also a section on Haitian Creole and French-language materials. Links to background information on earthquakes and subsequent health issues, such as public health assessments, emergency surgical care, and management of dead bodies, are included.

The page will continue to expand and will add a section on hazards from concrete dust and other airborne particulates from the collapsed buildings and subsequent clean-up activities. Please send your comments and suggestions about additional health information content to tehip@teh.nlm.nih.gov. This information is compiled by the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services, US National Library of Medicine.

October 20, 2009

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

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From: Norton, Elizabeth (NIH/NLM) [C]
Sent: Friday, October 16, 2009 11:46 AM
To: List DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB
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.

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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

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.

October 2, 2009

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!

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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

September 28, 2009

H1N1 Flu Preparedness Information for HSLM Members

Four Things YOU Can Do RIGHT NOW in Preparation for H1N1 Pandemic Flu

1. Memorize 1-800-DEV-ROKS
This is the NN/LM toll-free number (1-800-338-7657) in an easy-to-remember form, ROKS without a "c". It connects to the regional office of the Greater Midwest Region. Call this number when disaster strikes and overwhelms your ability to continue to provide services. The GMR will respond and assist you based on the national NN/LM Plan.

2. Develop and maintain a disaster plan
Even a little preparation, using simplified approaches, can substantially increase your ability to respond and recover from a disaster. For example, have you identified the unique resources you have and where they are located so you know what you must save when recovery time is limited? The NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit External Link Indicator can help you identify the four key elements of a disaster plan.

3. Identify a back-up library
Develop a relationship with a partner library and create a formal or informal mutual understanding of what will help if disaster strikes. Use the Model MOU/MAA tab on the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit External Link Indicator to find sample agreements.

The University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries will help Minnesota colleagues to the extent possible with patient-care emergency literature searches or document delivery requests (within the limits of our various licenses) in the event of pandemic flu. The most effective way to alert us to that need would be through our medref@umn.edu account, with a subject line that begins EMERGENCY REQUEST, or a phone call to our Reference Desk at 612-626-3260 (during normal business hours, 8am-5pm M-F). If there is an extensive research or document delivery need, we could handle that through our fee-based service, InfoNOW (http://www.lib.umn.edu/infonow/)

4. Get to know your GMR Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

For a contact list and description of the coordinator's responsibilities, see NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator Role Statement PDF file ( 43 kb, rev: Aug 24, 2009).

Paul Elliott Dahl, the Emergency Preparedness Regional Coordinator for Minnesota, may be contacted at 651-201-5092 or by e-mail at paul.dahl@state.mn.us

September 16, 2008

Emergency planning documents from Loyola University Medical Center

Attached is another emergency preparedness and recovery plan provided by Logan Ludwig from the Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, IL). Please make proper attribution if you utilize any part of Logan's plan in your own plan.

Paul Dahl, Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

Barr Library, Minnesota Department of Health
625 North Robert Street, PO Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Phone: 651-201-5090 Fax: 651-201-5099
email: library@health.state.mn.us
Check out the Library's web site at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/library/library.htm

September 9, 2008

Hospital Emergency and Disaster Recovery Plans

Attached is an example of a emergency and disaster recovery plan developed by Robert Koehler of the Meriter Hospital Medical Library located in Madison, Wisconsin. Please make sure proper attribution is made to Robert Koehler if you utilize any part of the Meriter Hospital Medical Library's plan in the development of your own plan.

A disaster plan provided by the San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is also located at http://nnlm.gov/webreports/ep/uploads/2008/08/sample-plan-from-sf-hospital-library.pdf

An academic institution having a disaster and emergency preparedness plan is the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia Health System is found at http://nnlm.gov/webreports/ep/uploads/2008/08/emergency-preparedness-response-plan-public-aug-20081.pdf

Thanks to Daniel T. Wilson and Susan Yowell for their work on the public edition plan. The University of Tennessee Health Center Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center also has a emergency and disaster recovery plan at http://nnlm.gov/webreports/ep/uploads/2008/04/ut-library-disaster-plan-2007-final.pdf

A service continuity planning slide show is also available at http://www.slideshare.net/dtw2t/service-continuity-class?src=embed

Paul Elliott Dahl
Regional Coordinator for Minnesota

Paul Elliott Dahl, Library Director
R. N. Barr Library (Freeman and Golden Rule Buildings)
Minnesota Department of Health
Phone: 651-201-5092
Fax: 651-201-5099
paul.dahl@health.state.mn.us

Physical Address:
Orville L. Freeman State Office Building, C-132
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538

Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975