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Archive for December, 2008

Technology Tuesday – Skype: What’s the Hype?

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

by Gail Kouame – guest blogger

Some of you may remember Alison’s Thanksgiving post about technologies for which we are thankful. I chose Skype as my gratitude-inducing resource. Why? Well, read on… (more…)

Registration now open for Community Assessment

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Join us in January 2009 during our second RML Rendezvous series with 4 units of continuing education credit for registered participants. ‘Community Assessment’ will help librarians and others involved in health information outreach to design quality programs and garner support for those programs by taking the right first step: collecting community and needs assessment information about the groups of people who will be involved.

For more details about the Community Assessment class please visit and register at We look forward to seeing you there!

DOCLINE Holds for the Holidays

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Is your library closing for the holidays? If you’ll be closed for two or more consecutive working days, please remember to deactivate your DOCLINE account by using the feature within DOCLINE:

Go to Institutions, Update, then Out of Office. Enter the date range when requests should not route to your library and click REQUEST APPROVAL.

This notifies your RML to review your Out of Office request. The message “Out of Office request is awaiting approval” will appear in your “Activity and Status” area of the Home page. Out of Office requests do not take effect until your RML approves them. Once approval has occurred, the message on your Home page will be removed.

Deactivation of your account will prevent DOCLINE requests from routing to your library. If you are a Loansome Doc provider and provide a resume date on the Out of Office request, your patrons will be warned that their requests may not be acted upon until that date, but can place requests. If you do not provide a resume date, patrons will not be able to send Loansome Doc requests to your library.

Note:On the last day prior to your library becoming inactive, please process as many requests as possible as ‘Filled’ or ‘Not Filled’. At the end of the day, please receipt any new requests and process all outstanding requests as ‘Not Filled’ so they will immediately route on to the next potential lender. Need help? Contact your DOCLINE Coordinator, Patricia Devine, by email, or phone 206-543-8275.

Alternative Search Engines for the Life Sciences

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

by Hope Leman
Library Technical Specialist
Murray Memorial Library
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
Corvallis, Oregon

There is so much for those of us in medical libraries to keep up on: wikis, social networking, Twitter, RSS and on and on. I worry that a basic tool of our trade, the search engine, is getting lost in the whirlwind that is Web 2.0. Here are a few newer search engines in medicine that I have come across while blogging for a search engine review site.


Recent New Network Members

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Please join us in welcoming nine new members to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region. Our newest members are … (more…)

New Training Videos for NIH Public Access Policy Compliance

Friday, December 5th, 2008

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has produced brief training videos to demonstrate two of the four methods for submitting articles to PubMed Central in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.

See the Public Access Homepage for descriptions of each of the four methods. The new videos pertain to Method C: submissions initiated by the author, and Method D: completing the process for submissions initiated by a publisher.