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Archive for 2010

MedlinePlus Connect: Connecting Electronic Health Records to Health Information for Patients and Consumers


The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently announced MedlinePlus Connect (, a free service that allows electronic health records (EHR) systems to link patients and consumers to MedlinePlus (, NLM’s authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus provides information about conditions and disorders, medications, and health and wellness. (more…)

A DOCLINE Milestone — the 30 millionth request, filled by a PSR Resource Library!

October 19, 2010, marked the 30 millionth DOCLINE request – and it was filled by one of our Resource Libraries, the Savitt Medical Library of the University of Nevada, Reno. (more…)

Announcing a Consumer Health Professional Development Resource — Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Consumer Health Toolkit, the result of a multi-year collaboration between the California State Library and NN/LM PSR. The Toolkit is a comprehensive professional development resource for librarians and library staff to build their competencies in providing excellent consumer health services to users. (more…)

Congratulations to Stephen Hase Kiyoi, new NLM Associate Fellow!

Stephen Hase Kiyoi

Stephen Hase Kiyoi, a June 2010 graduate of the UCLA Department of Information Studies, joins the ranks of National Library of Medicine (NLM) 2010-2011 Associate Fellows. The program is designed to prepare librarians for leadership roles in health sciences libraries and research. During their year at NLM, Associate Fellows are introduced to a range of technologies and skills through in-class learning modules taught by NLM staff, and they then put that knowledge into practice through short term projects at NLM. Learn more about NLM’s Associate Fellowship Program and the other 2010-2011 Associate Fellows on the Associate Fellowship Program web site.

During his time at UCLA, Stephen worked as a Public Service Assistant at UCLA’s Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, where he provided reference services to researchers, students, and the general public. Stephen also contributed regularly to the library’s blog, and collaborated with librarian Amy Chatfield to create UCLA’s Genetics and Genomics LibGuide. Stephen created two video tutorials, the first on how to use PubMed’s Single Citation Feature, and the second on how to batch download citations from PubMed to EndNote.

Stephen also worked as a Graduate Student Assistant for Christine Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. In that capacity, Stephen cataloged Christine’s research and writings, edited and maintained her professional website, and helped prepare class syllabi and webpages. (more…)

New Community Outreach Coordinator: Lori Tagawa!

Lori Tagawa Hihi! During the last few weeks, you might have come across my name on e-mails or around the website. I’m going to take advantage of Latitudes to properly introduce myself; My name is Lori Tagawa and I am the new Community Outreach Coordinator for the NN/LM PSR RML.

During the last two years, I worked closely with RML as an administrative assistant for the UCLA Biomedical Library. Earlier this month, with the support of Judy Consales and Julie Kwan, I was able to obtain a temporary appointment with RML as the Community Outreach Coordinator. My appointment will extend until the end of our current five-year contract, and if I’m lucky, will dip into the next.

In this position, I will be managing subcontracts with community-based organizations to improve access to health information resources. This will include assisting our subcontractors working with various communities to help them provide access to NLM and NN/LM resources and services. I will be communicating with our subcontractors to coordinate quarterly reports, as well as answering any subcontract-related questions.

I am also currently developing culturally and linguistically appropriate instructional and informational materials to support promotion and training efforts. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, with a focus on sociocultural studies, and I hope to use my educational (as well as personal) background to help strengthen our efforts, especially within special population communities. (more…)

Thank you, Heidi, for your years of service!

Heidi SandstromNursing Poster

Heidi Sandstrom retired from the UCLA Library and thus from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, as of June 29, 2010. We are grateful for her dedicated service and wish her well on her future endeavors! (more…)

Welcome New Members!

We extend a hearty welcome to our new members! The following libraries have joined since October 2009 or have reinstituted their membership: (more…)

2010 Express Outreach Awards Announced

The following three Express Outreach Award projects were recently funded in amounts ranging from $3,315 to $12,000. All of the projects strive to improve access to health information for health professionals and health consumers and to promote the awareness and use of products and services available from the NLM and the NN/LM. Target groups include urban populations, medically underserved communities, and minority and immigrant populations. (more…)

NN/LM PSR Transitions

We continue to see many personnel changes at libraries within the region and this year that includes the RML as well. Heidi Sandstrom will be departing UCLA at the end of June but is leaving the NN/LM PSR program in the very capable hands of Julie Kwan. Effective March 1, Julie assumed responsibilities as Acting Associate Director of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region. (more…)

Discovering Your Interests: PSR’s Learning Needs Assessment

PSR conducted a learning needs assessment during late November and early December. We are very pleased that we received 171 responses, ten more than last year’s survey. Here’s what we learned from the survey! (more…)