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Archive for February, 2014

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness website.  For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.

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The Little Mermaid Has Lost Yet Another Voice: Alternatives to Ariel

Monday, February 24th, 2014

As previously announced, the University of Washington Libraries will no longer be using Ariel to send and receive documents, effective February 28, 2014.

The University of Washington is committed to serving libraries in the Pacific NW Region. As a service to these libraries, we are hosting an RML Rendezvous, Special Edition, to discuss alternatives to Ariel for large and small libraries. Join us on Wednesday, February 26, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time, for a one hour session presented by Heidi Nance, Head, ILL and Document Delivery Services, University of Washington Libraries and David Ketchum, Resource Sharing Librarian, University of Oregon Libraries.

See the Rendezvous website for details on how to connect. If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast which will be posted to the website.

Due to a recent Adobe Connect system update, please test your computer ahead of time to help avoid technical difficulties as a plugin may be needed.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

Turning the Page!

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

angela ruffinAngela B. Ruffin, Ph.D. has announced her retirement, effective February 28, 2014.  This is certainly a significant milestone for her.  And, it is the end of an era for all who have worked closely with Dr. Ruffin, known by most as Angela!  She has been the National Library of Medicine (NLM) administrator for contracts that University of Washington Health Sciences Library has with NLM. Several of us have worked very closely with her over the years and she has been a very important person in our work lives.

When we say goodbye to her, Angela will have given almost 14 years of distinguished service as Head, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Office in the Division of Library Operations, National Library of Medicine. Before that, she had 10 years of successful experience in coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office. In fact, she spearheaded the first round of 30 Grateful Med outreach projects conducted by hospital libraries nationwide, including one in each state of the PNR! She went on to provide unflappable leadership and dedication to the mission of the NN/LM, a program she helped to dramatically expand in scope and focus to reflect paradigm shifts in healthcare and health information delivery, along with changing roles of the information professional.

Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Please join us in congratulating Angela on her career and well-deserved retirement!

 

 

 

RML Rendezvous February 19th – PubMed Update!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
PubMed Update presented by Jessi Van Der Volgen of the National Library of Medicine Training Center.

February 19, 2013 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)

Join trainers from the NTC and NLM for a one-hour PubMed update session via Adobe Connect.   We’ll demonstrate newly added PubMed features, such as PubMed Commons and sort by relevance.  We’ll also look at recent interface changes, as well as some other features that may be new to you.  Bring your questions!  To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name.  Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code given in the Notes box on the screen.

If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.

Due to a recent Adobe Connect system update, please test your computer ahead of time to help avoid technical difficulties as a plugin may be needed.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

 

 

Training Opportunity: PubMed for Trainers

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

What do searching for drugs and chemicals in PubMed®, finding information about diseases using indexing rules, and creating a one hour PubMed class using the “rapid design” technique have in common?  These are all topics covered but the class “PubMed for Trainers,” where you will have an opportunity to gain new skills, brush up on existing PubMed Skills, and collaborate with colleagues to help create effective training strategies.

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for the free hybrid class called PubMed for Trainers (PMT). The class is held in 4 sessions; 3 online and 1 in person session (attendance in all is expected).

The class runs from March 6 – 27, 2014.  The last of the four sessions will be in-person at the University of Washington in Seattle on Thursday, March 27th. Upon completion, the class is eligible for 15 MLA CE contact hours. The class is offered at no cost. (more…)

NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg to Receive Paul Evan Peters Award

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Washington, DC – February 3, 2014 – The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Donald A.B. Lindberg, director, National Library of Medicine, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

“In terms of genuinely sustained, visionary, and high-impact leadership in using networked information to transform everything from consumer health care to fundamental research in molecular biology and related disciplines, I can’t think of any organization that can match the record of the National Library of Medicine under Don Lindberg’s leadership,” noted CNI executive director Clifford Lynch. “He has been responsible for an incredible string of strategic and often prescient commitments that have changed our world. Don is a wonderful choice for the Paul Evan Peters Award.”

Donald Lindberg has worked as a scientist for over 50 years, becoming widely recognized as an innovator in applying computer technology to health care, medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. In 1984 he was appointed director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library, a post that he still holds. As NLM’s director, he has spearheaded countless transformative programs in medical informatics, including the Unified Medical Language System, making it possible to link health information, medical terms, drug names and billing codes across different computer systems; the Visible Human Project, a digital image library of complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies; the production and implementation of ClinicalTrials.gov, a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world; and, the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a national resource for molecular biology information and genetic processes that control health and disease. Today, NLM has a budget of $327 million, more than 800 employees, and digital information services that are used billions of times a year by millions of scientists, health professionals, and members of the public. (more…)