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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Clifford Lynch Presentation: Impressions from a Network Member

by Naomi C. Broering, MLS, MA, AHIP
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA

I highly recommend viewing this inspiring and provocative presentation about the future role of medical libraries. In addition to the summary submitted by Alan Carr, NN/LM PSR, I wish to note my personal observations. (more…)

NLM Honors Winners and Honorable Mentions of the “Show Off Your Apps” Software Development Challenge

In April 2011, The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, invited people to show off their apps. NLM challenged people to create innovative software applications that use the Library’s vast collection of biomedical data, including downloadable data sets, application programming interfaces (APIs), or software tools – all of which are free and available for public use. The winners and honorable mentions of the Show Off Your Apps Challenge have been announced, including a winner from NN/LM PSR! (more…)

Express Outreach Award Highlights: Text-A-Librarian at San Francisco General Hospital

by Joy Graham, MLS, AHIP
Manager, Barnett Briggs Medical Library
San Francisco General Hospital

One of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had in my library career was spending an 8-hour day shadowing a nurse in one of the patient care units at my hospital. I learned so many things, including that I should wear comfortable shoes and be ready to run!

In addition to that, I learned that nurses in our hospital do not have time to look things up on the Internet. Even assuming that they knew where to find the SFGH library web site, the few computers on the unit are constantly being used by nurses for charting. The telephones on the units are unavailable too, either ringing or in use by someone else. I concluded that if nurses were to communicate with the library, it had to be by a means other than email or telephone. That’s when the idea of a library-sponsored text messaging service was conceived and how Text-A-Librarian @ SFGH came into being. (more…)

Biomedical Publishing 101: A Webinar

On Tuesday, December 7, 2010, the NN/LM Midcontental Region hosted a free webinar, Biomedical Publishing 101. This webinar was created by the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors. (more…)

Cool Tool: Save Web Content for Reading Later on Your Computer, Smart Phone or E-Book with Instapaper

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the number of interesting links to web articles that come your way each day? You may quickly skim the articles but do not immediately have time to read them in-depth. If you have ever wished there was an easy way to save articles for later reading, then you may want to take a look at Instapaper ( (more…)

Community Health Data Initiative Launched

On June 2, 2010, a forum was held at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., introducing the Community Health Data Initiative (CDHI). The forum’s opening two-hour plenary session featured remarks by Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Following that were demonstrations by eight organizations, showcasing new, cutting-edge examples of how the government’s raw health data could be transformed into freely available applications for health professionals, policy makers, and the general community. The entire plenary session was recorded and is available for viewing. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)