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Google Docs

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

a Technology Tuesday guest post
by Janet Crum
Head, Collection Management and Systems
Oregon Health & Science University Library

Google Docs is a free, online office suite featuring word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. It includes a variety of collaboration tools and works with any modern web browser.  Read on to learn more about this useful tool.

RML Rendezvous update: 3Rs of Licensing archive, December/January schedule

Monday, December 1st, 2008

If you weren’t able to attend the three RML Rendezvous sessions on October 31, November 7 and November 14, 2008 (or if you were and want to revisit them) be sure to check out the fantastic electronic licensing information and discussions at the 3Rs of Licensing: Risk, Rights & Restrictions page with the archived session recordings. Many thanks to Diane Carroll for the wealth of information that she shared with us all!

In one week (December 8, 2008), we will join the Valuing Library Services and Cost Benefit/ROI Calculators webmeeting session at 11am Pacific Time.  Barb Jones and Betsy Kelly from the MidContinental Region, NN/LM will reprise their MLA presentation on these tools to enable health science librarians to determine the return on investment and cost benefit of their libraries and services. Come with some numbers and let’s discuss how you can use the online calculators to show the value your library brings to your institution.  We will not use the RML Rendezvous website but the following one: Please call 1-866-548-4716 with passcode 243436 if the system does not call your phone at the time of the meeting.

In January 2009, save the dates for our second RML Rendezvous Continuing Education class. On January 14, 21 and 28, 2009, Susan Barnes and Maryanne Blake will offer Community Assessment for MLA CE credit. Additional information and registration for the class will be announced later this month. We look forward to having you join us!

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.