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Archive for 2007

National Medical Librarians Month 2007

The Medical Library Association has declared October as National Medical Librarians Month. (more…)

Promoting Your Library – A Grant Opportunity

If you promote it, they will come. And if you have money for promoting, so much the better! The Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week grant is an opportunity to apply for $5,000 for the best public awareness campaign. It is open to any type of library, and may be a great opportunity to get your users aware of resources and services you provide. Here is the announcement from ALA: (more…)

Welcome new EFTS members!

Welcome to our new EFTS members! There are now 164 EFTS members in the Pacific Southwest, representing 40.29% of our DOCLINE libraries — a major milestone! (more…)

Membership Changes: Comings and Goings

We welcome our new members! (more…)

Meet Sharon Dennis — the new Technology Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region!

Sharon Dennis has joined the staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Pacific Southwest Region as the new Technology Coordinator. (more…)

Skype Audio and Video for Collaboration and Distance Education: Save Money and Time!

If you would like to communicate with colleagues and patrons remotely without racking up long distance telephone bills or traveling to another city, take a look at Skype ( Skype is a free Voice over IP (VoIP) program that also has a videoconferencing feature. The program is freely downloadable; installation is straightforward (see for a simple “Getting Started” guide). (more…)

Viva Librarians! Announcing the Joint Meeting of Medical Library Groups, February 6-9, 2008

Want to get away? Then join us in Las Vegas! February 6-9, 2008, the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, located at the famous “Four Corners” of the Vegas Strip, will be the site for the annual joint MLA chapter meeting of the Northern California / Nevada Medical Group (NCNMLG) and the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). (more…)

NLM Grants Move to Electronic Submission Process

By October 2007, the application process for National Library of Medicine grant programs will shift from paper-based to electronic format. Grant programs that have already made the transition include NLM’s Knowledge Management & Applied Informatics Grants, Planning Grants for Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS), and Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine & Health. The electronic submission process involves two systems working together; and the NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) system. provides potential applicants with a single portal to find and apply for funding from all federal grant-making agencies. The NIH eRA Commons provides grantees with information about their grants, including summary statements and progress reports. (more…)

Consumer Health in Diverse Cultures & Communities: a course for the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River program

In June 2007, Kay Deeney and Kelli Ham went off to the wilds of Tucson, Arizona, to teach a course in the School of Information Resources & Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona called, Consumer Health in Diverse Cultures & Communities. (more…)

EFTS: Not just for large libraries!

Did you know that you can now use DOCLINE to generate a file of charges to send to EFTS? With this new feature, even small libraries can recoup some of their interlibrary loan expenses. Many are asking “Now that EFTS is available, why should we use coupons any longer?” (more…)