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Archive for October, 2008

Five Social Reasons to Use Social Bookmarking

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

After you’ve made the switch from browser-based bookmarking to social bookmarking, here are some ways to maximize the social potential of your bookmarks.


Six Selfish Reasons to Use Social Bookmarking

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Social bookmarking is an alternative to saving bookmarks in a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Social bookmarks are saved to a website instead.  The intention of social bookmarking is to make your bookmark list public, encourage you to share it, and help you discover other web users with similar interests. However, even if none of that sounds appealing to you, there are still plenty of good reasons to switch to social bookmarking.


Now registering: Nov. 12 MLA Webcast, Survival Tips and Stories

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Please join NN/LM PNR on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 for the Medical Library Association’s educational webcast Survival Tips and Stories: Expanding the Library’s Services in Times of Disaster. PNR will host the broadcast from 11am-1pm Pacific time at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library (Lab C). There is plenty of room in the lab, please click to register via SurveyMonkey to let us know you’ll be here. Covered beverages are allowed but please no lunch in the lab. Other participating locations in our region include


Tiny Little Screens

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

This week: The National Library of Medicine’s products for handheld devices; how to test a PDA, Blackberry, or iPhone without owning one; and additional resources about mobile computing in healthcare.


A New Old Shoe … Or an Old New Shoe?

Friday, October 10th, 2008

It depends on how you look at it.

Picture of Neil Rambo

If you’ve been around for a while (since before 2004 or thereabouts) you may recognize the name, if not the older face. If you are newer than that, then allow me to introduce myself: I’m Neil Rambo, acting director of the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries and acting director of the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region. I assumed this role at the beginning of September upon the resignation of Sherrilynne Fuller after 20 years of groundbreaking leadership. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity.


PNR Go Local Funding – Fall 2008

Friday, October 10th, 2008

NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce this year’s round of funding to support implementation of Go Local 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.

The end user experience for Go Local is that each MedlinePlus health topic links to relevant local services on the Go Local site. Go Local sites receive this user traffic from each MedlinePlus health topic and route it to a page listing matching Go Local records or to a page explaining that the site contains no matching local services. To see how these links work, choose a Go Local area from the pull-down list or map link on any MedlinePlus health topic page.

To see the full funding announcement and call for submissions, please visit –