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Archive for January, 2006

Updated in LinkOut: New Homepage & Help Manual

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

The new LinkOut homepage and the new LinkOut Help manual have been released! The new homepage, shown below, features a “tabbed” format that gathers information for each user group into a separate section, allowing users to quickly locate appropriate information.

The new LinkOut homepage provides an easy to use framework to access LinkOut Help, the help manual for LinkOut. The new homepage also contains frequently updated information, like FAQs and provider and journal lists, links to Tutorials, and, for librarians, direct links to tasks in the Library Submission Utility.

LinkOut Help compiles information about using and participating in LinkOut for all user groups in a single, searchable manual. Users can browse LinkOut Help using the tables of contents or search LinkOut Help for a specific topic. The manual is also available in PDF for easy printing.

Please send questions or comments to

LinkOut team

New LinkOut Homepage

The NLM-Hosted Go Local System: An Opportunity for Medical Libraries

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

This informative article by Naomi Miller, Manager, Consumer Health Information in the Public Services Division at NLM gives the history and the present-day workings of GoLocal. She describes the GoLocal process and calls on the reader to consider participating.

“The National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus is a high-quality gateway to consumer health information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government, professional and voluntary organizations creating authoritative health information. … What MedlinePlus does not include is information on local health services. Early in the development of MedlinePlus, NLM staff recognized that local organizations would be the best source of information about services in their states or regions. MedlinePlus concentrates on linking to information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues from national sources. Providing the information on facilities, health care professionals, programs and services, is the goal of MedlinePlus Go Local. The ultimate goal is to integrate the two complementary services. MedlinePlus provides the health information and link users to Go Local sites for information about services. Go Local sites would provide the links to local community services and connect residents to MedlinePlus for health information.” Read the entire article.

3 more EDD award winners – with funding for more

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

We’re pleased to announce that 3 institutions have recently secured funding from the NN/LM PNR to improve or implement electronic document delivery:

Betty M. Anderson Library, WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing (Spokane, WA)
Award amount: $2000
Award funding will be used to purchase a replacement scanner to ensure uninterrupted participation in electronic document delivery.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center Library (Bellevue, WA)
Award amount: $1340
Overlake Hospital Medical Center Library will be purchasing a scanner in order to offer electronic document delivery service to their patrons and other libraries.

Portland VA Medical Center Library
Award amount: $299
The Portland VA Medical Center Library will use their funding to purchase components to add to their existing copier. This will allow the Library to directly scan and send articles electronically to off-campus clinicians, researchers and residents in a timely manner.

The NN/LM PNR has additional funding to award 5 more DOCLINE institutions up to $2000 each to improve or implement their electronic document delivery. If you are interested, please fill in the online application. Applications are due on January 31, 2006. For more information, visit the official announcement on the PNR website, or email Andrea Ryce at Note: links to outdated information have been removed.