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October is National Medical Librarians Month!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

nmlm_poster_2014-1 Each October is National Medical Librarians Month. See the Medical Library Association’s web site for ideas to promote your library and download a poster:  This year’s theme is:”Critical Knowledge for Challenging Times.”

To recognize Medical Librarians Month, and the  critical resources and services you provide to your institution, the NN/LM PNR is sponsoring  a contest.

The winner will receive a $1500 travel scholarship to MLA 2015 in Austin, Texas for travel costs including: flight, hotel, and per diem.

To enter the contest, write a brief article about how you, as a librarian, have made a difference by answering one or more of these questions:
1) Have you helped save a life? Have you found a solution to a problem others had searched for with no luck? Have you performed outreach and changed lives? Reached a new user population that your library had never reached before? Have you helped the family of a patient through the fear of uncertainty?
2) Have you proven your worth to an administrator or told someone how important libraries are, changing his or her behavior?
3) Have you explored new or non-traditional roles, expanding the realm of what a librarian does?

Tell us your story! We will accept entries until October 31, 2014 and all stories will be published on Dragonfly.

Please send to with the subject line, “Medical Librarians Month.” Good luck!

Hello from Emily Glenn: New Community Health Outreach Coordinator

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Emily GlennHello to all in the Pacific Northwest Region! My name is Emily Glenn and I am the new Community Health Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region. In this position, I will promote awareness and use of NLM resources, particularly for unaffiliated health professionals and the public health workforce serving minority, rural, and underserved communities in our region. I will also be sharing news about factors impacting community healthcare, such as health disparities, the electronic health record, and Accountable Care Organizations. If see me at meetings, exhibits and other events, come by and introduce yourself!

Throughout my career, I have enjoyed supporting researchers, physicians, and students, particularly in the area of collaboration technologies, open access, and publication. For many years, I was a solo librarian at Seattle BioMed, where I was surrounded by research in tropical and neglected infectious diseases and got to learn a ton about sponsored research. During the past year, I led library development in a public medical college and teaching hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where I worked with many local and international partners. Before becoming a librarian, I was a technical services archivist and photographer of herbarium specimens.

I am thoroughly delighted to be a part of the RML and look forward to getting to know you (and getting back in touch with many of you). Please contact me with questions, or just to introduce yourself. Here are several ways to reach me:

Phone: 206-616-7283
Skype: Emily.glenn877

Hello from Carolyn Martin: New Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator

Friday, September 19th, 2014

martin2Hello everyone! My name is Carolyn Martin and I’m the new Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Region. Way back in my early childhood years I lived in Glenwood Springs, CO and have longed to come back to the western states. I have been enjoying exploring the city, figuring out the public transportation system and learning about the University of Washington as well as my new job.

I’ve been a hospital librarian for over twenty years at two of the major hospitals in Indianapolis where I covered all aspects of librarianship: cataloging, purchasing, reference, instruction, interlibrary loan, etc. I worked with physicians, nurses and other clinicians along with other non-clinical staff and patients in their quest for health information.

Working with patients and their families continually reminded me how important health information is on all levels for all people and how often many of us are unaware of the various barriers that prevent people from access. I look forward to collaborating with you in providing access for your communities. I have a lot to learn so please be patient as I find my way and I welcome any suggestions.

I am excited to be here and I hope to meet many of you in person. Please feel free to contact me:

Phone: 206.221.3449
Skype: carolyn.martin334

Reflections From An Outreach Coordinator: Gail’s Grand Adventures

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

GailWaterI think I’m still in a bit of shock that I’ve left the NN/LM PNR after 11.5 years that I can only describe as amazing!  I have moved on to become the Assistant Director for HEALWA –  HEALWA is another contract supported program here at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library that provides access for eligible health professionals in Washington State to a suite of evidence-based information resources.   I was asked to write up a little something reflecting on my years as an Outreach Coordinator and perhaps insert a few lessons learned along the way.  So, here we go… (more…)

Potent Presentation Information

Friday, September 5th, 2014

This is a guest post written by Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Logo with focus on message, design, and delivery

The American Evaluation Association ( sponsors a Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i) that has a stated purpose of helping evaluators improve their presentation skills, both within a conference setting and as part of individual practice. P2i challenges evaluators to hone in on three concepts: Their message, their design, and their delivery.

There are a wealth of handouts available as PDF files,Word documents and Powerpoint presentations available from the p2i tools website ( that sometimes include AEA conference specifications in addition to many great messaging, designing and delivery principles. For an example of each principle be sure to check out the Presentation Preparation Checklist (from 3 months ahead of time to afterwards to include modifications while the information is freshly in mind), How to Design a Research Poster (great infographic visualization and instructions on how to make your data ‘pop’), and the Delivery Glue Handout (did you know as a general rule it takes 16 times the length of your talk to make presentation slides and a script?).

Resources on Depression from the NIH

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The recent death of Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams from an apparent suicide has brought attention to the plight of many who suffer from depression, an estimated 1 in 10 adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Depression can be debilitating to those who suffer as well as their friends and family. It can also adversely affect outcomes of chronic and other health conditions, and it can lead to unhealthy behaviors. Although many people with depression do not seek treatment or are not helped by the treatment they receive, the majority can improve with treatment.

The National Library of Medicine’s consumer health resource, MedlinePlus, offers a variety of resources about depression, including educational videos and tutorials, materials in other languages (and the entire site in Spanish), links to symptoms and treatment options, patient handouts, and ways to connect with organizations and support groups. also provides consumer-based information specific to seniors, as depression is a common problem among older adults. has the option to increase text size and change the contrast, to make it easier to read. The NIH National Institute on Aging has added depression resources, including causes and prevention, and toll-free numbers to call for help.

The NIH National Institute of Mental Health is the primary organization for research about depression. Check their website for information on clinical trials, health topics, funding opportunities and current research priorities. The also publish booklets, fact sheets and brochure; and host monthly Twitter chats.