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Archive for October, 2006

New NN/LM PNR Funding Opportunities

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

The NN/LM PNR announces new funding opportunities, ranging from $500 – $25,000. Awards are aligned with goals to promote quality health information access by underserved communities and health care professionals in the Pacific Northwest Region. (more…)

NN/LM at the Western MLA Chapters Meeting

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

The Western MLA Chapters Meeting is fast approaching! From October 14 – 17, up to 175 participants will be attending the conference at the Red Lion Hotel on 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine is an official exhibitor, and this year there will be staff from both the Pacific Northwest and the Pacific Southwest Regions at our exhibit booth. We invite you to stop by and find out what’s new at your RML, and to meet staff from both of our regions!

Monday October 16, 2006

10:30 – 11am, Associate Directors
Cathy Burroughs (PNR) and Heidi Sandstrom (PSR)

Noon – 12:30pm, DOCLINE Coordinators
Andrea Ryce (PNR) and Julie Kwan (PSR)

12:30 – 1pm, Outreach Coordinators
Linda Milgrom (PNR) and Alan Carr (PSR)

1 – 1:30pm, Consumer Health Coordinators
Gail Kouame (PNR) and Kelli Ham (PSR)

3 – 3:30pm, Education Coordinators
Maryanne Blake (PNR) and Kay Deeney (PSR)

NLM Long Range Plan 2006-2016

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

A copy of “Charting the Course for the 21st Century: NLM’s Long Range Plan for 2006-2016” as approved by the NLM Board of Regents is available online:

Featured Projects, National Medical Librarians Month, October 2006

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

In addition to the many librarians on the National Library of Medicine staff, NLM relies heavily on the work of medical librarians associated with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, made up of more than 5,800 member organizations. In recognition of National Medical Librarians Month, October 2006, NLM’s web site is currently featuring links to some great representative projects recently carried out by network members around the country. (more…)

A ToxMystery!

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

ToxMystery ( is the National Library of Medicine’s new, interactive learning site for 7-10 year old kids. It provides a fun, game-like experience while introducing potential environmental health hazards sometimes found in the home.

“Toxie” the cat helps find the hazards hidden in each room, and offers hints when needed. The objective is to find all the hazards. Ever seen a cat …dance? Players will be treated to fun animations when they complete each area. When all the hazards in the house have been discovered, Toxie delivers an animated celebration, and players can print a personalized certificate.

ToxMystery’s Parent Resources page provides more detailed information about everyday environmental hazards that can be harmful to one’s health. A For Teachers page contains more than ten downloadable activity pages that can be used in elementary school classrooms.

ToxMystery has been enthusiastically tested by real kids, who enjoyed “answering the questions and playing the game,” hearing Toxie talk “about all the hazards,” watching items in the rooms “hover around and made sounds,” and seeing “Toxie do funny things when you finish a room.”

The NLM has provided an important set of environmental health databases for toxicologists and other scientists for many years. ToxMystery joins a number of other new NLM resources geared towards the general public (

Located in Bethesda, Maryland, the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest library of the health sciences, is a component of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.