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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Clifford Lynch Presentation: “Biomedical Libraries in the Next Decades”

On December 16, 2011, in celebration of the end of NLM’s 175th anniversary, Clifford Lynch, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, gave the presentation Biomedical Libraries in the Next Decades: Open, Diffuse, and Very Personal, at the National Library of Medicine. Overriding themes of his presentation included the implications surrounding the convergence of the increasingly data intensive nature of the biological sciences with traditional journal publications, and the possibilities for large scale computational scholarship. Another key topic was how developments in the broader economic, social, and regulatory climate will affect the evolution of medical knowledgebases. He emphasized the importance to the life sciences community of having an institution such as NLM, as a focal point for aggregating the staggering amount of information and data generated in the life sciences. There’s nothing analogous to NLM in other areas of scholarship. (more…)

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…)

NN/LM PSR E-Licensing Program is formally underway!

The NN/LM PSR E-Licensing Program is now a “go” with two STAT!Ref offers underway. (more…)

Announcing the NN/LM PSR E-Licensing Program

We are pleased to announce the NN/LM PSR E-Licensing Program! The following series of questions and answers will help you decide if you would like to participate in this new venture. These questions and answers are also available on the NN/LM PSR web site on the Licensing Electronic Resources page. Please contact Julie Kwan at the RML office if you have any questions. (more…)

Meet Sharon Dennis — the new Technology Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region!

Sharon Dennis has joined the staff of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Pacific Southwest Region as the new Technology Coordinator. (more…)

New NN/LM Contract for 2006-2011

The National Library of Medicine has reappointed the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library as Regional Medical Library for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region (NN/LM PSR). The new contract covers June 1, 2006, through April 30, 2011. (see the May announcement by NLM. ) (more…)