Our Medical Circuit Librarian Angela Thor provides library services to small hospitals who are CLRC members that would otherwise be unable to support a library staff. She is available remotely and is on call for reference help, holds regularly scheduled times in each hospital, and manages each hospital’s collection. She also represents these hospitals when negotiating consortial database pricing and resource sharing. You can email Angela or call her at 315-256-3198. Currently, Angela serves three hospitals: Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, NY (Library liaison: Kim Clement), Oneida Healthcare Center in Oneida, NY (Library liaison: Jane Berry), and Rome Memorial Hospital in Rome, NY (Library liaison: Julie Chrysler).
The Hospital Library Service Program (HLSP) is a state-funded program to provide services to assist not-for-profit hospitals, licensed by the New York State Health Department, to meet the Board of Regents standards of quality for health science libraries in hospitals.
The Hospital Library Service Program supports a medical circuit library program. The Circuit Program brings a professional librarian to contracting hospitals that do not have a librarian on staff. The Program also provides support for medical resource sharing, access to online medical information, medical library continuing education, and technology enhancements for all hospital libraries.
The Hospital Library Committee serves as an advisory committee for the Hospital Library Service Program. The Committee advises on the priorities for activities and funding of each year’s Hospital Library Services Program plan.
For more information, please visit the NYS Regulations for the Hospital Library Service Program from the New York State Library’s Department of Library Development.
The New York State Library provides funding for the provision of medical and consumer health information services for all types of libraries and library systems. These funds are administered regionally by the Empire State Library Network (ESLN) of New York State.
This Medical Information Services Program (MISP)is most commonly used to subsidize payments for charges for medical interlibrary loans from Resource Libraries in the NN/LM and from the National Library of Medicine.
CLRC’s MISP Plan:
CLRC libraries and library systems may use the MISP funds for:
For a list of the 166 libraries currently willing to provide document delivery outside of their region, CLICK HERE
Healthy Searching Program
To inquire about hosting a Healthy Searching workshop at your library, email Medical Circuit Librarian, Angela Thor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Searching is the CLRC’s consumer health workshop series! These workshops can teach you to find reliable health information online. The CLRC offers both patron and staff training courses to area libraries, health clinics, community centers, and more!
Have a health question? Look no further! This list from our courses contains links to credible medical Web sites from government, educational, and professional sources. Find information on health conditions, drugs and supplements, healthcare facilities, government services, and more!
MedlinePlus, from the National Institutes of Health, provides easy-to-find health information that is reliable, free, and doesn’t try to sell you anything. It has text, audio, and video information on medical symptoms, conditions, and research as well as information about prescription drugs and supplements. There is also a dictionary and a section on understanding medical terms.
Even with health insurance, it’s important to check out costs on expensive procedures. You can look up the range of costs for a variety of things from blood tests to MRIs to teeth whitening.
The Question Builder, from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, helps you create a printable list of questions to take to your doctor visits to make it easier to talk about your condition, prescriptions, tests, etc.
This tool from the AHRQ has you answer a series of questions about which aspects of your health are most important to you. You can then give this information to your doctor to help determine which treatments will be effective without harming your quality of life.
If you would like to better understand what health insurance is all about, this is the place to go. You will find terminilogy and explanations on types of health insurance, including Medicaid, as well as information on the Affordable Care Act and navigating healthcare for the uninsured.
Pills, Supplements and Lab Tests
Can’t remember what that pink pill is? This tool from the National Institutes of Health’s can help you to identify it. You can search by shape, size, color, imprint, and even scoring.
Forgot what that orange pill you found at the bottom of your purse is? If you don’t find it with Pillbox, try Pill ID Wizard. You can search by color, shape, or imprint.
Helps you understand your lab report including ranges and reliability. Also available for 16 countries other than the U.S.
Evidence-based information on herbs, botanicals, vitamins, supplements, and more.
This National Institutes of Health organization researches alternative medicine from herbs and supplements to acupuncture and massage.
Get the latest on drug recalls, withdrawals, and safety alerts.
Choose My Plate, a service of the USDA, offers advice for healthy eating, getting enough physical activity, and age-specific nutrition pages.
SuperTracker has nutritional information for a wide variety of foods, along with tools to help you keep track of your eating and exercise. With an account, you can create your own personal health plan tailored to your body type and lifestyle.
Easy-to-Read Health Information
New York State Web sites
Shop, compare, and enroll in a health insurance plan. Includes a premium and tax credit estimator.
The NYS Hospital Profile provides quality-of-care ratings for the hospitals in your area. Click your county on the map and choose a hospital to find out how big it is, if it will perform the procedure you need, or if it’s been cited for violations.
NYS Nursing Home Profile rates the quality of care at nursing homes in your area. Select your county to see a list of nursing homes. Select a home to see official state ratings, complaints brought against the facility, and any corrective actions taken.
Physicians Profile can help you find a doctor by name, speciality, or services offered. Each profile contains information about the doctor’s education, practice, legal history, and professional activities.
You can compare prices at pharmacies in your area of the 150 most frequently prescribed drugs in the state. NOTE: Some smaller, locally owned pharmacies have not reported their prices to the database.
Though not run by NY state, this site allows you to look up drug prices within a specific, city or zip code, so if you don’t find it at NYS Prescription, try here.
Sources for Seniors
NIH Senior Health has information on the major health topics affecting older adults. It also has videos containing health tips and stories from older adults dealing with conditions or diseases. The exercise stories section has some great profiles of healthy seniors and info on how they stay that way.
The National Institute on Aging offers tips and encouragement for older adults so they can keep active and healthy throughout their life time.
Benefits Checkup can help you find government health benefits. By answering a few questions about your household, income, and assets, you can find what benefits you may qualify for, and be linked to their Web sites quickly. While there are many resources for seniors, members of other groups can find assistance as well.
Medicare Physician Compare helps you find health care professionals accepting Medicare in your area. You can search by specialty as well as gender.
Caring.com is a resource and support center for caregivers. It has financial, health, and legal information as well as a community forum for caregivers to find answers and support. Perhaps the most useful part of the site, however, is the senior care ratings database. Community members share their opinions on care facilities’ cleanliness, staff attitude, medical expertise, and much more!
Sources for Kids, Teens and Parents
KidsHealth, run by Nemours Children’s Hospital, has information for parents, kids, and teens. The pages are colorful and easy to use, and the main pages have featured questions like “How can I balance a part-time job and school?”
Healthy Children, a service of the American Academy of Pediatrics. has kids’ health info along with an e-mail list for news and updates on breakthroughs in childrens’ health.
The AACAP provides mental health information for issues affecting kids and teens. Click on “Resource Centers” on the homepage to find facts on different mental health conditions.
Kids’ Quest is run by the CDC and has several different “quests” to help children learn about some of the most common disabilities. Each quest starts with a quiz to see what kids already know, and then it provides facts, Web sites with more information, movie and book recommendations, and ways to support people with that given disability.
The American Dental Association offers information parents can look at with their kids including how to keep teeth healthy and what to expect from a trip to the dentist.
BAM! uses animation to teach kids about their bodies, diseases, safety and healthy lifestyles. Older kids can probably view the site on their own, but younger ones may need some help reading the information and understanding how the activities work.
Go Ask Alice!, from Columbia University offers older teens and young adults a place to ask health questions. Many questions have already been answered, so it’s best to search the topics section first. There’s also a section with quizzes, games, polls, and other fun activities. NOTE: May contain adult content.
Sources for Veterans
My Health-E-Vet is the VA’s all-in-one online resource for veterans. By creating an account, you’ll have access to many of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ services right at your fingertips. You can keep track of your health records; find a VA facility; get help with physical, mental, and emotional troubles; and connect with other veterans in your community!
Military OneSource, from the Department of Defense, contains resources for active members of the military including life in the armed forces, health issues, helping family members adjust, financial and career help, and crisis assistance.
This Web page contains resources for Veterans to find immediate help, along with a list of common mental health topics. You can also find nearby VA centers, and take anonymous screening tests for different mental health problems, such as depression and substance abuse.
The Veterans’ Health Information Clearinghouse has resources specifically for New York residents, including local hotlines and state Web sites.
Mobile Websites and Apps
This family friendly site lists mobile apps for kids’ health including tools and games.
A comprehensive list of all government mobile apps divided by category.
My Fitness Pal helps you meet your health goals by keeping track of your daily food intake and exercise. There is nutritional information for thousands of meals (including popular restaurants), and the app breaks down your daily eating habits to let you know which type of nutrients you’re lacking (and which you should probably cut back on). The exercise database lists the calories burned for everything from walking to water-skiing.
Information for Non-English Speakers
A good jumping-off point to government Web sites with materials in Spanish including MedlinePlus, HealthFinder, FDA, and NIH.
HealthReach is a national collaborative partnership that has created a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency. Health information is provided in printable handouts, as well as audio recordings and videos.
AIDS information in ten languages and growing.
Links to Spanish-language health resources for health professionals to share with their patients who are Spanish-speaking.
Are you a medical professional?
Would you like free access to hundreds of medical journals?
Just sign up for a
Physician’s Borrower’s Card
at the NY State Library
Fill it out, fax it in, and find your favorite journal at your fingertips.
Questions? Contact Angela Thor
More instructions here.
This information is intended to be used in partnership with advice from your doctor or other health care professional. Any and all materials supplied by the CLRC are for informational purposes only. The CLRC and their personnel are not giving medical opinion, advice, or care.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.
For more information, please visit the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region.