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Archive for 2007

Infobuttons: What are they and why should you care?

By Joy Graham, MLS, AHIP
Barnett-Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA

EFTS — How To Get Approval From the Powers That Be!

[Editor’s Note: Because there is so much continuing interest in EFTS, we are reprinting Maryann Zaremska’s article, from the May/June 2003 issue of Latitudes, about making the case for EFTS to your hospital administrators. After the article was published, there was a change in which an administrator must sign the memorandum of agreement; this change has been incorporated into Maryann’s article below. For complete instructions on how to join EFTS, click here.]

By Maryann Zaremska, MLS
Manager, Library Services
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
San Francisco

Getting the most from PubMed indexing: Announcing the availability of NLM’s online indexing training module

PubMed is designed so that the novice user can simply type search terms in a box with automatic mapping to MeSH terms. Therefore, some ask: “Do I really need to know how articles are indexed?”

“Yes, you do!” experienced searchers generally agree. They know how often they are challenged to find the five most useful references from a database of over 17 million citations. They also intuitively recognize that a feature such as PubMed’s Related Articles is shaped not only by the occurrence of words in article titles and abstracts but by the use of MeSH headings and subheadings. (more…)

What’s New with PubMed®?

The NLM Technical Bulletin continues to be a primary resource to keep up-to-date with PubMed. Here are some recent examples: (more…)

Welcome New EFTS Members!

Welcome to our new EFTS members! (more…)

2007 AIDS Community Outreach Projects: Deadline Approaching!

Requests for Quotations for 2007 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects must be submitted to the National Library of Medicine by Monday, June 18, 2007. These awards are directed at community-based organizations and libraries that are planning to design and conduct projects to improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000 and Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000. (more…)

Preserving your Hospital Library: A Case Study and Advice

[Editor’s Note: Because we are getting a lot of questions in the RML office about hospital library downsizing, we asked Debbie Hunt, an independent information professional, for a case study and advice to hospital libraries. Here is Debbie’s contribution:] (more…)

How to reduce — if not eliminate(!) — invoices and checks for interlibrary loan

Hospital libraries typically reduce invoicing and check-writing for interlibrary loan in two ways: 1) by joining other libraries in reciprocal agreements to provide each other with free loans, and 2) by joining EFTS, the Electronic Funds Transfer System provided through the University of Connecticut. And the most savvy hospital libraries do both! (more…)

Member News

Read about your colleagues! (more…)

2007 Survival of the Fittest Webcast now available on DVD & VHS!

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, “Survival of the Fittest: Strategies to Prove Your Library’s Value,” was a success! (more…)