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Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event: Resources from National Library of Medicine and more

The National Library of Medicine reminds users of three resources of special interest to those who need to learn more about or have urgent access to health information related to tsunamis, earthquakes, and radiation emergencies affecting Japan.


Clinicians who need to learn about assessing and managing radiation emergencies are urged to use the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) web site at Selected key files from REMM are also available for downloading on mobile devices from The entire REMM web site can be downloaded to a laptop or desktop computer for use where there is no Internet connection.


The NLM Emergency Access Initiative,, has been activated in support of medical efforts in Japan. 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 journals and over 65 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It 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 Japan, please let them know of this service. NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative.


A new page of links to information on "Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Radiation Event - March 2011" is now available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at The resources on this page may help with understanding the health issues related to the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and possible nuclear power plant disruptions. Resources from the National Library of Medicine, US federal agencies, and other key resources are listed for responders, health professionals, and the general public.

Mar 15, 2011 | Categories: News, New Resources | msholinb

Safety is No Accident - National Public Health Week 2011 is April 4-10

"Injuries are not accidents, and we can prevent them from happening. Taking actions such as wearing a seatbelt, properly installing and using child safety seats, wearing a helmet and storing cleaning supplies in locked cabinets are important ways to proactively promote safety and prevent injuries."


APHA's National Public Health Week web site is full of information about injury prevention, and what can be done by you, public health people, to "educate Americans that Safety is No Accident." It includes safety tips, news, events, and much more, including the NPHW Blog.

Be sure to check out the Public Health Library's NPHW display in the library:


Mar 15, 2011 | Categories: News | msholinb

NCBI Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff will give a Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley on June 6-7, 2011. The Workshop will consist of four intensive 2.5-hour hands-on training sessions, each emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Participants will also be able to set up individual consultations with NCBI staff.

The sessions will focus on NCBI resources related to the following topics:

Sequences, genomes and maps (Monday June 6, 9:00 am - 11:30 am)
Proteins, domains and structures (Monday June 6, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
NCBI BLAST services (Tuesday June 7, 9:00 am - 11:30 am)
Human variation and disease genes (Tuesday June 7, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions.

This is a great opportunity to explore these powerful tools under the guidance of expert NCBI staff. Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up early, as researchers from throughout the region are expressing interest in the workshops and space will be limited.

To register, go to Registrants should receive a confirmation e-mail within a week.

The sessions will be held in a large auditorium with wireless Internet access. They are intended to be hands-on sessions, so participants should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Participants will be notified of the location. For more information about the sessions, please see

Mar 11, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

AtoZ Maps Online Now Available at UCB

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The UCB Library has subscribed to a new map and GIS data database, AtoZMapsOnline. This resource provides more than 145,000 maps and also includes links to GIS data and commercial and free GIS software.

AtoZMapsOnline's diverse holdings make it a valuable resource for students of all disciplines. The database includes outline maps, political maps, physical maps, thematic maps, climate change maps, environment maps, historic maps, hurricane maps, earthquake maps, volcano maps, fire maps, animal and plant species distribution maps, current event maps, geology maps, topographic maps, and weather maps. These maps are presented in pdf files which are easily incorporated into presentations, papers, or easily translated into vector lines using graphics software.

Download and use the maps in any way you wish! This includes use for print and electronic reports, so long as the maps are not resold. AtoZMapsOnline can be found on the Public Health Library's Public Health GIS Resources web page.

Originally posted on the Earth Sciences and Maps news blog.

Mar 07, 2011 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

No Health Without Research: World Health Report for 2012

"In times of financial crisis and competing priorities, it is even more important that evidence and science informs health policy and decision making." Thus states Tikki Pang, Director, Research Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization. WHO's forthcoming 2012 World Health Report will be the first to discuss the impact of health research. The hope is to provide a practical "A to Z Guide for Investing in Health Research."

WHO and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) have launched an initiative to encourage researchers to complement and substantiate the key messages in World Health Report 2012 by creating a special WHO/PLoS Collection. Researchers are invited to submit papers for the collection; see details at the PLoS Collections site.

Background information is on Tikki Pang's blog post on PLoS' Speaking of Medicine blog and WHO's World Health report site.

Mar 07, 2011 | Categories: News, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

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