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Archive for 2007

Partners in Health Information Literacy and Dissemination: Strategies for Visibility and Outreach to New Audiences

Friday, September 28th, 2007

This is the first in a series of articles about ways that Pacific Northwest regional medical librarians can become more visible (and valued) in their communities by collaboratively promoting themselves and health information resources.

One effort in support of helping network members be more visible partners in their states and local communities is a new brochure, produced by the NN/LM PNR’s Regional Medical Library (RML), featuring an insert including the names of local regional medical librarians.

The new brochure’s insert, specific to a state, will list the medical librarians who have simply expressed a willingness to advise community-based organizations (for example, public libraries, K-12 schools, social service agencies, faith communities, small businesses) on health information-related concerns. Examples of services regional medical librarians might provide to community-based organizations (CBOs): (more…)

Health Literacy Month

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Health Literacy Month, celebrated each October, is a time when health literacy advocates around the world promote the importance of understandable health information. Started by Helen Osborne in 1999, this month is a time for all health literacy advocates to let the world know why health literacy matters. There is no right or wrong way to participate. (more…)

InfoCamp Seattle 2007

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

All Pacific Northwest librarians, catalogers, information architects, user
experience designers, usability engineers, information scientists, technical
writers and all professionals and students interested in user-centered
information and design issues are invited to InfoCamp 2007!

What: InfoCamp Seattle 2007
When: October 13-14, 2007, 9am-6pm
Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle
Cost: Free for ASIS&T or IAI members and students. $20 for all others.

InfoCamp Seattle 2007 will be a collaborative BarCamp-style unconference,
organized by the Pacific Northwest Chapter and the UW Student Chapter of the
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

Join us at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on October 13 & 14, 2007, for
two days of workshops, roundtable discussions, technology demos, and social
networking sessions. This is the Web 2.0 of conferences — the session
content will be decided entirely by YOU, so bring a topic of debate, a
project to show off, a design for feedback, or any other idea to share with
your professional community!

Registration is now open:

Chemicals and Drugs in PubMed: Online Search Clinic

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

NLM and the National Training Center and Clearinghouse recently conducted an hour-long clinic that covered how the MeSH vocabulary is used to describe substance concepts and how to search PubMed for relevant articles. The webcast of this August 23rd clinic was recorded and is available, along with a transcript and copies of the presenter’s slides, at Questions posted by participants and NLM’s responses will be added soon.

Important “take home” messages from the clinic:

    1. In general, use unqualified substance names for the most comprehensive results. If you must qualify, use the [NM] search tag to find your substance as either a MeSH term or a supplementary concept or substance name.

    2. Check MeSH for previous indexing to capture the literaturre indexed prior to when the specific substance term was added to MeSH.

    3. Use pharmacological action terms for precision. To combine with a substance term, search the pharmacological action term as a MeSH heading [MH] so as not to explode and include all of the substances with that pharmacological action.

    4. Ignore stereoisomerism (identified as the letters D, L, DL, R, or S, or the symbols plus or minus before a substance name) when identifying substance names.

    5. If you can’t find a salt, try the general compound.

    6. Search by CAS registry number [RN] only after checking MeSH, as recently added substances do not have an RN.

    7. In chemical or molecular names, include all commas and hyphens, but delete parentheses or square brackets (which would be confused as nesting or qualifier symbols by PubMed).

    8. If you cannot find the chemical in MeSH, try searching by fragments of the chemical name in the MeSH database.

    9. Try the PubChem Substance database to find substances, especially if you have only the molecular name, structure, or weight.

Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) is offering a series of disaster planning workshops in Oregon and Washington.

The “Protecting Library & Archive Collections” workshops are presented in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster preparedness activities:

* Complete a disaster plan by the end of Part 2.
* Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively.
* Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections.
* Learn how to use practical decision-making skills during an
* Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print

Currently scheduled workshops include: (more…)

Web 2.0: CDC invests in Second Life real estate

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Reprinted from “Government Health IT”
BY Ben Bain
Published on Aug. 10, 2007

A virtual world where millions of beautiful, eternally young people with designer bodies fly from island to island seems more like a setting for a beer commercial than a place where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would put its money.

But CDC’s decision to purchase its own island in the virtual world of Second Life makes real-world sense, said John Anderton, an associate director of communications science at CDC. His Second Life avatar, Hygeia Philo, is an attractive woman inspired by Hygeia, the ancient Greek goddess of health.

“Avatars have the good fortune of being sort of eternally youthful and healthy, but each of those avatars is connected to a person and those people do have real health needs,” he said. “It’s people’s health CDC is interested in, and people are using different tools to access [health] information.” (more…)