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Archive for 2007

New in the Lending Library

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

New professional development opportunities for NN/LM PNR Network members. To borrow, please send email to: To view the entire collection, please see the NN/LM PNR Lending Library web page.

Medical Librarians 2.0 book cover Medical Librarians 2.0: Use of Web 2.0 Technologies in References Services.
Edited by M. Sandra Wood. Haworth Press, 2007.
Teaching Web Search Skills book cover Teaching Web Search Skills: Techniques and Strategies of Top Trainers.
Greg R. Notess, Information Today, 2007.

Oregon Go Local Project

Monday, December 17th, 2007

By Dolores Judkins, Oregon Health & Science University

The OHSU Library has received the official announcement from the National Library of Medicine that Oregon has been accepted by to become a MedlinePlus GoLocal site. Todd Hannon, OHSU Reference Librarian, wrote the proposal for an LSTA grant through the Oregon State Library, and we were notified in October that the proposal was funded. We also received additional funding through the National Library of Medicine. We are very excited that Oregon will be one of the GoLocal states.

GoLocal is a feature of MedlinePlus that enables people to find local resources for health care, beyond the general health information that is available in MedlinePlus. To see what this will mean for Oregon, go to MedlinePlus, look up a condition or disease, and then select a state from the GoLocal link on the right side of the page. If you click on the map at you will see that the northwest does not have other GoLocal state projects, although Montana will be going live soon.

We have had wonderful support from the libraries and groups we worked with in writing the grant, and look forward to working with many of you as the project gets underway. We will be hiring a project director, and the position will be posted soon. If you have questions about this project or would like more information about it, please contact Todd Hannon at 503-494-3474 or

You Asked For It! A New Funding Opportunity for Medical Librarians

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Show your administrators how your library and your librarian skills benefit the hospital! How do you contribute to quality care, patient safety, and the all-important “bottom line”? The NNLM PNR is now accepting applications for a new award, specially designed to assist medical librarians in demonstrating their value and impact.

Rather than “outreach,” these Medical Library Impact Awards might be considered “inreach” since they address health information problems and priorities within member institutions. Award funds (maximum of $5,000) might be used to support a study of the contribution of library services to the IRS-mandated community benefit standard, to showcase the librarian as leader of an interdepartmental team working on electronic medical records and linking knowledge-based resources, to develop and evaluate an institution-wide marketing campaign, or other projects unique to your institution and community. The librarian must be the project leader and support from administration must be documented.

Applications are due February 15, 2008. Read the full announcement and link to the application form at Contact Cathy Burroughs ( or Linda Milgrom ( if you have any questions.

Revised NNLM Training Resources

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

The NN/LM offers many resources you can use when showing healthcare professionals or the public how to access good health information. Recently some of the brochures have been revised. Below is information on how to access three updated resources. By the way, a new feature: you can customize many of the trifold brochures by adding your organization’s information in the space provided on the back! Be sure and go to to see all of the pamphlets and brochures available. (more…)

Microsoft Introduces HealthVault Personal Health Records

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

On October 4, 2007 Microsoft announced a new consumer health product – HealthVault – a freely available personal health record that consumers can access on the web. The new resource also includes an Internet search tailored for health queries. Microsoft has partnered with other health agencies and organizations to contribute to the project. They are hoping that patients will coordinate with their health care providers to add individual health information to their records at Where do librarians fit into this project? It’s hard to determine from the information currently available.

To read the entire New York Times article see: Microsoft Rolls Out Personal Health Records by Steve Lohr, published October 4, 2007.

Featured Projects, National Medical Librarians Month, October 2007

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

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 2007, NLM’s Web site is currently featuring links to some great representative projects recently carried out by network members around the country. (more…)