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Archive for 2006

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.

Go Local Project Awards Now Available!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Have you ever researched a health topic on MedlinePlus and wished you could find information at a more local level? There’s an opportunity in the Pacific Northwest to develop just such an option!

NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce that funding is available for MedlinePlus Go Local projects in the Pacific Northwest. The MedlinePlus Go Local Project links MedlinePlus users to health services in their local community related to the health topic they are researching. Conversely, the project also directs users of the Go Local site to MedlinePlus health topics. For example, users get medical information on diabetes from MedlinePlus and then visit a Go Local site for nearby health programs, services, and providers.

Here are some key questions to ask when considering a Go Local project. Do you have:

* An institutional commitment to create and maintain the site?
* At least a half-time salaried person to coordinate the project?
* Staff to do outreach and publicity?
* Staff to index and maintain the local records with the vocabulary and geographic mapping?
* An existing web site or database to serve as a starting point?

If your institution is interested in implementing Go Local, visit the call for submissions for the MedlinePlus Go Local award.

Maximum award is $25,000.

Contact Gail Kouame either by email or telephone at 1-800- 338-7657 (in AK, ID, MT, OR, and WA) for more information. Deadline for notifying NN/LM PNR of your intent to apply is November 1, 2006. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2006.

An appeal to ILLiad Libraries regarding the DOCLINE Comments field

Monday, August 28th, 2006

As many of you know, the transfer of request information from DOCLINE into ILLiad is not always a smooth journey – data turbulence is not uncommon. More specifically, the DOCLINE “Comments” information goes awry in the transfer to the ILLiad “Special Instructions” field: that is, all of the DOCLINE “Comments” data appears in the ILLiad “Special Instructions” on-screen, but truncation occurs when the record is printed out.

This data oversight can be easily remedied by the lender (you!) verifying delivery method requests *before* the Request Form is printed out. To do this:

• Open the “Lending Request Form” in ILLiad
• Check the “Notes” field on the right side of the Form
• View the entire DOCLINE request by clicking anywhere in the white text-box in the upper right-hand corner
• Look at: (scroll below for image)
o “Comments” (near the bottom)
o “Alternate Delivery Method(s)” – since they do not transfer into ILLiad

All of the above should be done in the ILLiad client. This should not take you long in your day-to-day lending, and your borrowers (plus your RML!) will thank you for it – and once again, thank you for helping to foster good lending karma in DOCLINE!

Questions or concerns? Please email Patricia Devine.

ILLiad interface