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Archive for 2009

MLA Fall Webcast 2009

The Medical Library Association’s educational webcast, “MLA Fall 2009 Webcast: Cut the Cord: Connecting to Our Mobile Users,” was a success! (more…)

Holiday Tips and Healthy Gifts

Whether it’s preparing holiday meals, decorating the house, entertaining guests, or even navigating a crowded parking lot at a local store, extra responsibilities at this time of year can be stressful for many people. Reducing stress and living healthy lives is always important, but even more so during the holidays. The good news is that there is help out there! (more…)

MLGSCA/NCNMLG 2010 Joint Meeting – Register Now!

Join us for the Joint Meeting at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Glendale, AZ from January 27-30, 2010! The conference theme is Rejuvenate: Engage, Refocus, Connect and what better setting than a beautiful new resort to engage, refocus and connect with colleagues? (more…)

Building a Custom Library Toolbar with LibX

Would you like to create a custom library toolbar for your users to search your library catalog and other important resources? LibX, a free online tool available at, allows you to do this without programming. (more…)

How to handle archives when you are not an archivist

Some time ago, I visited a library that had just received a “gift” from hospital administration of two boxes of archival material to “look after”. The librarian asked me how to handle these materials. Upon returning home, I asked advice from our local archivist, Russell Johnson, UCLA’s Librarian for History and Special Collections for the Sciences. Russell’s advice was simple, cost-effective, and practical, and I want to share them with our Network members. Here is Russell’s advice: (more…)

A network member’s personal account of the Samoan tsunami

By Sonja Evensen, Evaluation Specialist
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL)
Honolulu, HI

This story begins with a trip to Pago Pago, American Samoa, for a work project. I relish the part of my job that brings me to interesting places, with meaningful work, and lovely people. While in such locations, I try to take some vacation time to explore. I prefer Western Samoa to American Samoa, so on Saturday morning I took off for a new adventure, with no set plans, other than finding surf. Samoa has some incredible surf, all along the south coast. On a friend’s recommendation, I stayed at Sina PJs, at Tafitoala on the South coast of Upolu. They have a few beach ‘fales’ or huts, right on the water, near a small village and about a 40 minute walk down the beach from Coconuts resort. (more…)

Welcome New Members!

We extend a hearty welcome to our new members! The following libraries have joined since May 2009. (more…)

MLA’s Educational Webcast – Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, will be sponsoring eight (8) regional sites for the broadcast of MLA’s Educational Webcast: (more…)

2009 AIDS Community Outreach Projects Announced

The National Library of Medicine has funded awards for the 16th round of AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects. Since the beginning of this program in 1994, NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, state and local departments of health, and libraries, including public libraries. (more…)

PubMed® Redesign is Here!

The changes to PubMed have been a long time coming! We saw some highlights at MLA 2009 in Honolulu. In August we saw short presentations of mock-up pages of what the new PubMed would look like. This week the preview link was leaked on Twitter, various blogs and Facebook pages, and now has been officially released. The preview version of the redesigned PubMed is available on the PubMed homepage at (more…)