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Archive for 2009

Public Service Announcements, YouTube Style

By Alison Aldrich
Technology Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM PNR
University of Washington
Health Sciences Library

Congratulations to Dr. John Clarke, winner of the 2009 Flu Prevention PSA Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Here is his winning entry: (more…)

Have you checked your DOCLINE routing table for closed libraries?

In the RML office, we follow changes in our members’ status. Sometimes those changes involve DOCLINE — such as when a DOCLINE library merges with another, when it ceases to participate in DOCLINE, or when the library closes. We have gathered this list to remind other DOCLINE libraries to regularly check their DOCLINE routing tables and remove libraries that are listed as “Closed” or “Not a DOCLINE Library”. (more…)

National Library of Medicine Offers Disaster Information Resources on Wildfires

An extensive list of resources related to wildfires is now available from the Specialized Information Services division at NLM. Learn how to prepare and protect yourself from wildfires, and get information on how the smoke and particulate matter may affect your health. (more…)

HITECH Priority Grants Program Rollout: Next Steps Toward Nationwide Health Information Exchange

David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, recently announced the rollout of the first two in a series of HITECH priority grant programs which represents a critical step forward in laying the groundwork for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). (more…)

Welcome new EFTS members!

There are now 206 EFTS members in the Pacific Southwest, representing 52% of our DOCLINE libraries! (more…)

August 11 Repeat of PubMed Redesign Presentation of MLA 2009

Our August “Midday at the Oasis” will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 11:30 AM (PT), 8:30 AM (HT). We are making an exception to the usual Midday schedule in order to reprise David Gillikin’s 2009 MLA presentation—a preview of the upcoming PubMed redesign. (more…)

Is there a Doctor in the House? No, but there’s a Computer and a Chat Room…

A few years ago, I was co-teaching a consumer health class to library school students. In addition to the traditional health websites, my colleague presented a few examples of user-generated content—sites where ordinary people were posting stories about their own health conditions on discussion lists or on their personal blogs for anyone to see. One particular example involved a young woman who had a suspicious mole that turned out to be a type of skin cancer. She posted her story and pictures on her blog, which elicited a flood of responses from people with their own stories. Another example was Ronda’s Migraine page, a support community that offers a journal area where people can post their own stories, a live chat area and discussion forums. This site was started in 1996 and is still going strong! (more…)

Outreach Strategies for Community-Based Organizations

This spring, our office conducted a survey of Network members about outreach strategies for community-based organizations (CBOs). The purpose of this survey was to define the most effective strategies being used by Network members to reach out to CBOs. The survey included topics such as strategies used to establish partnerships and approaches used to raise awareness about NLM resources among CBOs. (more…)

A Personal Quest with a Two-Fold Mission: Or, Why I Joined the Medical Reserve Corps

By Amy Knehans
Pharmacy/Health Sciences Librarian
Edwin H. Mookini Library
University of Hawai’i at Hilo

I moved to Hilo, Hawaii, in 2005. Hilo is located on the east side (windward) of Hawaii Island, also known as the “Big Island“. The town overlooks Hilo Bay and is surrounded by two volcanoes, Mauna Loa, considered active, and Mauna Kea, dormant. Disasters are not unknown in this area. (more…)

Meet us at the Oasis!

On July 15, NN/LM PSR staff will host the first of its monthly web conferences, “Midday at the Oasis.” These conferences will be held from 1-2 pm Pacific Time on the third Wednesday of each month. As the name implies, we are hoping that you will take a break in your day to quench your thirst for news about what’s happening in the region, and for knowledge about new NLM and NN/LM resources, programs, and services. We look forward to sharing what we know and to your sharing with us what you need and find helpful in your work. (more…)