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Archive for April, 2005

Localize PubMed for Your Users

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

A medical resident comes into the library to find information for his Grand Rounds presentation in 4 hours. He performs a quick PubMed search, and retrieves 428 citations. In the search result, the library’s icon marks articles which are immediately available, electronically or in print. (more…)

NCBI advanced training course

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Announcement from Renata Geer at NCBI:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is pleased to invite participation in an advanced training course designed specifically for information specialists who provide support to users of NCBI’s molecular biology services.

This five-day course is scheduled for August 1-5, 2005, at the National Library of Medicine, and is approved for 40 MLA C.E. contact hours. (more…)

Getting Started with RSS feeds

Monday, April 11th, 2005

by Andrea Ryce, NLM Fellow
UW Health Sciences Library

I attempted to explain the intricacies of RSS feeds in ten minutes or less at the Washington Medical Librarians Association (WMLA) meeting on April 1st, but I think I fell short of providing anything of actual use. Following is an excellent introduction to RSS feeds and how to use them, courtesy of the Community of Science: (more…)

Dragonfly Gets Blogged

Monday, April 11th, 2005

As of March 31, 2005 Dragonfly, the newsletter of the NN/LM PNR, has a new look and feel. It is no longer a quarterly publication. Articles and anouncements are still published as soon as they are written but they are now compiled monthly. Another feature of the new design is that readers can make comments about the items that are posted. In order to prevent spam and untoward remarks from appearing in Dragonfly readers will be asked to register the first time they want to comment. Instructions for registering are in the link, About Dragonfly. Announcements and new articles will still be posted on PNRNews and HLIB-NW lists to alert you when new information is available on the blog.

The new design was crafted by Michael Boer, Information Technology Coordinator at the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region and is based on one created by Michael Miller, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region. The new Dragonfly is produced using a content management system software called Word Press. Maryanne Blake will continue as Editor of Dragonfly and Michael Boer as Publication Manager.

Report of NN/LM Hospital Internet Access Task Force

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Last year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine formed the NN/LM Hospital Internet Access Task Force to address how the network and the National Library of Medicine could assist hospital libraries in working effectively with their hospital IT departments. The Task Force was chaired by Roth Holst, Associate Director of the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region. Representing the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region were Susan Barnes, Acting Assistant Director of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center and Cathy Burroughs, Acting Associate Director, NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region. They were charged with identifying current barriers and problems that inhibit easy access to Internet-based information within the hospital environment and worked to identify promising strategies for ensuring easy access while maintaining appropriate security and privacy protections. The final report of the Task Force is now available and can be found at
http :// . (Note: this link is no longer active.)

Library Trends Issues on Consumer Health Information

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

NN/LM PNR’s own Consumer Health Coordinator, Gail Kouame, is a contributing author to the two most recent volumes of Library Trends, dealing with consumer health information issues. The issues are Library Trends, 53(2) and 53(3), Fall 2004 and Winter 2005 “Consumer Health Issues, Trends, and Research: Parts 1 & 2”, edited by Tammy L. Mays, from the NN/LM GMR in Chicago, IL. You will find articles by health sciences and public librarians and others who are working with librarians to bring health information to the public. (more…)