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Archive for March, 2012

A Message from the RML Director, Spring 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Kate CarpenterIs it my imagination, or is March actually the busiest month of the year?  What other month offers budget requests, mid-term exams, spring break, theater and ballet subscription renewals, preparation of income taxes, and even “March Madness” in addition to all other routine tasks and strategic priorities that we work at?

It is tempting, with all these to-dos on an ever-growing list, to just go with the flow and take care of tasks as they pass by.  Unfortunately, that approach, while practical, expeditious, and less stressful, also reduces the return on investment of our leadership role, administrative decisions, and work productivity.

Instead of working on the surface level of moment-by-moment news, daily listerv postings, weekly meeting agendas, monthly report-outs, or annual data gathering, we must put our strategic priorities first. Those other duties provide us with useful content, yield foundational decisions, and assure that our units are responsible organizational citizens, all good outcomes to achieve. But they don’t always help us to collaborate, integrate, and innovate, each of which is essential to the future viability of our organizations.

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Multilingual PubMed trifold brochures

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Did you know that the PubMed Basics trifold brochures are now available in FIVE languages?

  • PubMed Basics (English)
  • PubMed (French)
  • PubMed Basico (Portuguese)
  • PubMed Basico (Spanish)
  • PubMed 简介 (Simplified Mandarin Chinese)

All but the French version are translations of the English PubMed Basics. The PubMed My NCBI brochure is available in English and Spanish translations. If you know of other versions, please let me know.

Visit http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/intlpubmedlinks.html for these and other Non-English Guides to PubMed.

These brochures have also been added to the MLA Clearhinghouse at http://cech.mlanet.org/.

Lessons Learned from the Midwest Veterinary Conference

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Exhibit boothBy Jessica Page
Assistant Professor and Head
Veterinary Medicine Library
Ohio State University

The Midwest Veterinary Conference, hosted by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, draws over 5000 veterinarians, technicians and others from Ohio and neighboring states. I often field calls from practicing veterinarians and alumni of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine regarding how they can access the veterinary literature. Exhibiting at the 2012 MVC seemed like a good opportunity to reach these veterinarians on their own turf to let them know about some of the resources available to them.

The practicing veterinarians who visited our booth had varying degrees of familiarity with PubMed. Some were completely unaware that a free resource for searching the medical literature was available to them, and were eager to have a more targeted search tool than Google. Others who already used PubMed were happy to gain demonstrated and written tips on effectively searching the veterinary literature. Most veterinarians we spoke with were unaware, and pleased to learn, that they were eligible for library cards from the State Library of Ohio, which would give them convenient access to materials from the OSU Libraries and those of other OhioLINK member institutions. (more…)

GMR to Sponsor Sites for April 18th MLA Webcast

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The GMR is offering to sponsor a number of sites for the upcoming MLA Webcast: Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries to be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., CT.

Visit:  http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/mlawebcast/ for detailed information on how to become a sponsored site.

The GMR will cover the registration costs for up to two (2) sites per state in the region for this webcast. Because of the limited number of sites we can sponsor, we encourage you to work with your state and local librarian groups to identify centralized locations. Sites will be selected based on geographical location, accessibility, and potential number of attendees.

The deadline to email/fax your registration and email supporting information to the GMR is NOON, Friday, March 23, 2012.

Contact Holly Burt at the GMR, if you have any questions.
For more information on this webcast, visit:  http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/techtrends/