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RML & NLM Status During Government Shutdown

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM)
The Regional Medical Library (RML) office for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region is not affected by the government shutdown and is open during regular business hours 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time on weekdays.

The National Library of Medicine
Due to the lapse in government funding, the National Library of Medicine will be closed until appropriations are enacted.

NLM Web Site
Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.

Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at

Young Invincibles Video Contest (Raising Awareness About the New Health Care Law)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Young Invincibles and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services have created a competition  that will tap into the creativity and energy of young Americans while raising awareness about the new Health Care Law and encouraging young people to take advantage of the benefits of health insurance.  With a prize pool worth up to $30,000, and over 100 prizes to be won, this is your opportunity to shine!  Cash prizes will be awarded to the creators of the best videos in three distinct categories; so whether you’ve got a talent for short films, writing a great song, or designing an entertaining video infographic, you can be a winner!

Videos can be submitted during the five-week period starting on Monday, August 19th.  A public voting period will follow to help determine the finalists in each category, and a final round of voting and judging will determine who takes home the Grand Prize.

More information about the contest and how to enter is available from the Young Invincibles web site:

Circulating Now, A New Blog From The National Library Of Medicine’s History Of Medicine Division

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

President Garfield image

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, which is intended to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world’s largest and most treasured history of medicine collections.  Circulating Now will bring the NLM’s diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine.  Whether you are familiar with NLM’s historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, Circulating Now will be an exiciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.

Kicking off Circulating Now will be a series of posts that draws on NLM’s historical collections and associated others to reenact in a unique way a tumultuous event in medical and American history which occurred 132 years ago this summer: the assassination of, and attempts to save, our nation’s twentieth President, James Garfield.

Visit Circulating Now at:

NLM Launches Outreach To Specific Populations Listserv

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the creation of a new “Outreach to Specific Populations” listserv -  This free information system will provide health information professionals, students and others with an opportunity to share information and discuss outreach to specific populations through quality information, capacity building and community engagement.  This discussion forum will enable participants to stay informed about health information resources, services and programs tailored to specific populations, as well as connect with colleagues in the field and benefit from discussions that address best practices, challenges and gaps associated with health information outreach to specific populations.  It was created by the Outreach and Special Populations Branch in the NLM Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS).


Affordable Care Program at ALA Conference

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Are you going to the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Chicago? This session may be of interest to you! You can also learn more from the MedlinePlus Health Insurance page and from

Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1

Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 1:00–2:30p.m. in the McCormick Place Convention Center, Room South 501BCD

Is your library prepared to deal with the rush of patrons who will need help completing Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace health form applications this year? In October, library patrons are expected to come to libraries in great numbers to learn about the new insurance requirements and options available. Libraries will need to know about the resources that will help library patrons. (more…)

MedlinePlus: Health Insurance

Friday, June 21st, 2013


The “Health Insurance” topic page of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s website for patients, their families and friends, has recently been updated to include information on various aspects of the Affordable Care Act. There are several new links to overviews, specific conditions, such as mental health and prescription coverage, financial issues, laws and policies, and related issues such as pregnancy, disabilities, and emergency care from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more, see: