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Archive for September, 2008

A Virtual Tour of the RML

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Have you ever wondered what life is like at the RML? We invite you to come in and take a look around with the help of Flickr, a popular online photo sharing application.

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Just for the Health of It (or Taking the Fear of out Providing Consumer Health Information)

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Dynamic Duo – PNR and the Idaho Commission for Libraries

For the past several months PNR staff, especially Roy Sahali our Community Resources Coordinator, have been working with the Idaho Commisson for Libraries (ICFL) to strategize about how to raise interest in having libraries in Idaho partner with community-based organizations for health information outreach activities. Based on input received at a planning meeting held in July, we have worked with the ICFL to arrange a pre-conference workshop at the upcoming Idaho Library Association meeting taking place this week in Idaho Falls.

“Just for the Health of It (or Taking the Fear of out Providing Consumer Health Information)” will guide participants to learn how to find resources in their communities that address consumer health needs. (more…)

New EFTS Members in the Pacific Northwest

Monday, September 29th, 2008

NN/LM PNR is glad to welcome three new members to the EFTS system:

Billings Clinic
2825 8th Ave North
PO Box 3700
Billings MT 59107-7000
Devers Eye Institute – Legacy Good Samaritan
1040 NW 22nd Avenue
Suite 160
Portland OR 97210
Salem Hospital
665 Winter Street SE
PO Box 1400
Salem OR 97309-5014

 

Participation in the EFTS System is up to 57 members, or 37.5% of the DOCLINE Libraries in our Region.

The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS), is a transaction-based electronic billing system for interlibrary-loan (ILL) and document delivery.

EFTS eliminates the need to create invoices and write checks for re-imbursement for interlibrary loans and document delivery between participants. Among the advantages are monthly detailed transaction based reports, the ability to handle variable charges and the ability to handle non-DOCLINE transactions.

Want more information? Contact Patricia Devine at devine@u.washington.edu or 206-543-8275.

Doodle: A No-Nonsense Scheduling Tool

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Thanks to Doodle fan Lisa Oberg for suggesting this topic.

E-mail. Most of your contacts use it all the time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best tool for every job. Let’s say you need to schedule a meeting for a group of people who don’t share a common calendaring system. You could ask each invited person to e-mail you with dates and times when they are available. You would then need to manage numerous incoming messages to find the best time to meet. Depending on the number of invitees, this could turn into quite a chore. Next time, try Doodle instead.

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Podcasts and Podcasting

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
As information professionals, we spend a lot of time managing printed words. Spoken words deserve some attention, too. This week’s edition of Technology Tuesday explores podcasting as an alternative way to convey information.

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Talking With Others About RSS

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Last week’s Technology Tuesday post was about using RSS to track updates to your favorite blogs and websites. Many of you reading this are bona fide RSS junkies already, but you might still be wondering how to incorporate RSS as a service for patrons of your library or information center. Here are some strategies for talking with health professionals, faculty, students, and others about the benefits of RSS.

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