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Archive for November, 2008

Pass the Technology

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I asked the RML Staff and members of our Emerging Technology Advisory Committee to answer the question:

What technology has most inspired your gratitude this year? Why are you thankful for it?

Here’s what they had to say:


Thanks, Public Health!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Consider just a few of the ways public health workers contribute to the well-being of our communities. Sanitarians and environmental health engineers make sure we have safe food to eat, clean water to drink, and fresh air to breathe. Emergency preparedness experts develop plans to keep us secure in the event of a natural disaster, disease outbreak, or other unthinkable situation. Public health physicians and nurses provide medical care to those without insurance. Health educators work to stem the tide of increasing health care costs by teaching the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Librarians and other information professionals put quality health information in the hands of those who need it.

We at the RML would like to thank you, our Network members, for all you do in support of public health. We encourage you get connected with other public health workers in your community. Find out what you can do to help meet their information needs.


Project Report: Web Tools Training in Rural Oregon

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Web Tools Training for Rural Oregon Health and Social Service Professionals
By Laura Kuperstein
Oregon SafeNet Program Manager

A year ago I received funding from NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region’s Express Outreach Award to train health and social service professionals on four websites- Oregon SafeNet, MedlinePlus, Oregon Helps and the Beehive – and to give information about Oregon SafeNet, our statewide maternal and child health line. My proposal was to partner with the Oregon Child Development Coalition, an agency that provides Head Start and child care to 3500 primarily Hispanic children in mostly rural areas of Oregon.


Give Me All Your Cache

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Have you cleared your browser cache lately? Speed, space, privacy, and currency are good reasons to attend to this task.


Cut Costs, Increase Resources with FreeShare

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Are you facing budget cuts in your library?  FreeShare is one way to save money on document delivery costs and expand your access to resources. FreeShare is a cross-regional DOCLINE Library Group whose members agree to fill DOCLINE requests free of charge on a reciprocal basis. FreeShare participants provide free ILLs to any other FreeShare group member. There are no charges for the material, the delivery method, or the service level. The loan is totally free to the requesting library.


Going to the Polls

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

American Flag
photo by jcolman, Creative Commons license

While you wait for the election returns, read up on a few web tools designed to turn you into a regular pollster. Online surveys can help you get feedback from colleagues, evaluate a program or service, or conduct scholarly research.