May 9, 2012 Richmond Instruction: Toxicological Resources Class

May 9, 2012, 10-11 am, Richmond Instruction: Toxicological Resources Class


RSVP by Monday, May 7, 2012 to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.


Do you:

* Want to find basic information on substances, such as properties, manufacturing & use, methods of analysis?

* Need to find literature and data on pesticides, drugs, industrial chemicals, or other substances?

* Want to explore relationships between job tasks, exposure to toxic agents, and health effects?

* Want to learn about a tool to assist first responders at hazardous material incidents?

* Want to know the potential toxic effects of the ingredients in common household products, from shampoo to brake fluid?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Toxicological Resources class!

Topics covered will include:

1.    Online peer-reviewed databases with basic information on substances
2.    Using bibliographic databases to find journal articles on chemicals, drugs, additives, etc.
3.    Job-related exposures and their health effects
4.    How to find out what’s in common household products

…and more.

Class: Toxicological Resources
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10-11 am
Where: Richmond Campus, Building C, Room 140

Class Objectives:
To introduce to or remind CDPH staff of quality toxicological resources that are free online. These resources will help you research the toxic effects and other properties of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and other substances.

Feel free to send us your questions or topics of interest. We’ll try and incorporate some of these into the class.

Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

These training sessions are free to CDPH staff. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Monday, May 7 to:
Michael Sholinbeck: or (510) 642-2510.

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available for you so that you can plan now for the classes you’d like to attend.

May 23, 2012 Sacramento Instruction: Orientation to Library Services

May 23, 2012, 1:30-2:30 pm, Sacramento Instruction: Orientation to Library Services


RSVP by Monday, May 21, 2012 to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.


Were you aware:

* You can have journal articles, technical reports, standards, book chapters, and more, from nearly any source, delivered   to you electronically?

* You can have books from the University of California, Berkeley Library delivered to your office?

* CDPH staff has access to dozens of electronic journals and some books from your desktop and off-site?

* Librarians at the Public Health Library, who have access to hundreds of databases, indexes, and other resources, will research nearly any work-related topic for you, and post relevant citations to your own web portal?

* The library has a secure web portal where you can request library services, track your document delivery requests, view your literature search results, and more.

This orientation session will discuss all of the library services available to CDPH staff.

Some of the topics that will be covered:
1. Summary of Services to CDPH
2. Accessing Public Health Library Services
3. Full Text Electronic Journals and Books
4. Requesting Material
5. Public Health Library web pages for CDPH

Class: Orientation to Public Health Library Services
When: Wednesday, May 23rd, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Where: 1500 Capitol Avenue, Room 72.167, Sacramento
(Hearing Training Room is down the hall from the Enterprise Training Room)

Class Objective:
To introduce CDPH staff to the library and information services available to them for work-related purposes. Use of the library services will help staff obtain the
information they need to complete their work in a timely fashion.

Supervisors: Please encourage your new staff to attend if appropriate.

These one-hour training sessions are free to CDPH employees. Please obtain your supervisor’s approval to attend.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by Monday, May 21, 2012 to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.

Books Online

The number of books available full text online is increasing daily, but how do you find them? A few of the best places to look are listed below. Unfortunately, there is no single source to locate all available free online books.

Some electronic books from Ovid are available for CDPH use. These E-Books were selected based on usage during our Ovid E-Books trial and on comments from CDPH staff. The electronic books available from Ovid include:
-Essentials of Epidemiology in Public Health (2nd edition, 2008)
-Evidence-Based Public Health (2003)
Links to these e-books are available on the Public Health Library’s CDPH Electronic Books web page  and in the web portal. In the web portal, log in and click the “Electronic Books” link.

The National Academies Press publishes reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.  NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health. PDFs of nearly all NAP books is freely available.

NCBI Bookshelf is a searchable collection of online healthcare and life science books and other  documents. In addition to some classic biology and medical textbooks and monographs, it also includes books and databases produced by the National Library of Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Grey Literature Report, from the New York Academy of Medicine Library, is one of the best databases of free online unpublished literature in the health and medical fields. It is updated regularly, and includes reports from government, industry, and non-profit entities.

Open Library is a project of the Internet Archive and is funded in part by the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation. Their stated goal is “one web page for every book ever published,” and they currently host over 1 million full-text books (out of over 20 million book records available on the site).  Most of the full-text books are out of copyright books and reports.

WorldCat is a library catalog and portal to the catalogs of over 10,000 libraries of all types worldwide. WorldCat also include records from PubMed, ERIC, and more. WorldCat records often include a link to the online version of books and/or to the Google Books (or other) online version/preview.

Roots of Health Inequity: an Online Course

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) launched Roots of Health Inequity, the first comprehensive web-based curriculum about the root causes of health inequity. Funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, its audience is primarily the local public health workforce.

This free online course and learning collaborative teaches concepts and strategies for taking action on health inequities. Continuing education credit is available for the first unit in this course.

Based on a social justice framework, Roots of Health Inequity includes five course units featuring interactive presentations and case studies, readings, videos, audio, and group-directed discussions. Use Roots of Health Inequity to orient staff, inform strategic planning processes, and develop an organizational culture committed to tackling health inequities.

World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety, and Environmental Health

The World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety, and Environmental Health, a free web portal, is designed to give the scientific community and the public links to major government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, professional societies, and other groups addressing issues related to toxicology, public health, and environmental health. It makes the partnership of national and international organizations more possible by contributing scientific information resources in toxicology and environmental health to users around the world. The overall goal is to improve global public health.

The World Library is compiled by an international group of scientists called Country Correspondents who are responsible for the selection and maintenance of reliable, quality resources for their respective countries. A Review Panel of toxicologists and other professionals oversees the site’s completeness, quality, reliability, and ease of use.

The World Library of Toxicology, Chemical Safety, and Environmental Health was originally developed by Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is currently being developed and maintained as a partnership between Toxipedia, the International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX), and NLM.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. After Tobacco: What Would Happen If Americans Stopped Smoking? By Peter S. Bearman, Kathryn M. Neckerman, and Leslie Wright. Columbia University Press, 2011.
Call number: HV5740 .A37 2011.

2. WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Selected Pollutants. By the World Health Organization. WHO, 2010. Call number: TD883.17 .W465 2010.

3. Physical activity and health guidelines: recommendations for various ages, fitness levels, and conditions from 57 authoritative sources. By Riva L. Rahl. Human Kinetics, 2010. Call number: QP301 .R25 2010

4. Health hazards of environmental arsenic poisoning: from epidemic to pandemic.
By Jianren Chen and Hung-Yi Chiou. World Scientific Pub., 2011. Call number:
RA1231.A7 H43 2011.

5. Demographic changes, a view from California: implications for framing health disparities : workshop summary. By Karen M Anderson. National Academies Press, 2010. Call number: RA563.M56 D46 2010.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of
what is newly available. If you are interested in checking
out any book(s), submit a request using our online form
and we will mail the book(s) to you.

You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card,
you will need to apply
for one
before we can check out a book to you.