November 26, 2020

New Article: “Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine”

This new article is being made available at no charge by Cambridge U. Press and Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. It’s available as a PDF, in HTML, and an ePub file. Other articles from a special edition of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness on Ebola are also available for free.

Title

Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine

Authors

Cynthia B. Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine

Stacey J. Arnesen
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine

Steven J. Phillips
Specialized Information Services
National Library of Medicine

Source

Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

Abstract

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers Internet-based, no-cost resources useful for responding to the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak. Resources for health professionals, planners, responders, and researchers include PubMed, Disaster Lit, the Web page “Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources,” and the Virus Variation database of sequences for Ebolavirus. In cooperation with participating publishers, NLM offers free access to full-text articles from over 650 biomedical journals and 4000 online reference books through the Emergency Access Initiative. At the start of a prolonged disaster event or disease outbreak, the documents and information of most immediate use may not be in the peer-reviewed biomedical journal literature. To maintain current awareness may require using any of the following: news outlets; social media; preliminary online data, maps, and situation reports; and documents published by nongovernmental organizations, international associations, and government agencies. Similar to the pattern of interest shown in the news and social media, use of NLM Ebola-related resources is also increasing since the start of the outbreak was first reported in March 2014 (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2014;0:1-4)

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See Also: Reports About Ebola Outbreak From the Congressional Research Service and Other Ebola Reference Items (October 14, 2014)

See Also: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (via NLM)
Ebola resources in the guide can be found here.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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