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Archive for March, 2009

Just When You Least Expect It…

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Over the past few weeks, our region – specifically Montana and Alaska – have experienced a series of emergency incidents. I was traveling in Eastern Montana the week of March 2-6 when my companions and I heard of the terrible natural gas explosion in downtown Bozeman. In rural states like Montana it seems that everybody knows everybody, so the impact of this type of event is felt even on the opposite side of the state. (more…)

DimDim for Sharing Screens Remotely

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Forty nursing students, some on-campus, some off. Forty required reference consultations. Two part-time librarians. Forty-two different schedules. One creative solution! Keep reading to learn how DimDim helps to facilitate communication between students and librarians at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.


Why Web 2.0 Projects Fail

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

For every successful blog, wiki, or social networking attempt, there are many abandoned projects. During the ACRL Virtual Conference last weekend, Meredith Farkas shared some great points about why Web 2.0 projects in libraries fail and what can be learned from those failures.


Oregon Health Go Local – It’s Live!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region is pleased to announce that Oregon Health Go Local is now live! This is the second live Go Local project in our region, following Montana which was released in January. Oregon Health Go Local is a project of Oregon Health and Science University Library (OHSU) with a host of community collaborators, linked from the “About” page on the site. The project team includes Todd Hannon, Emily Ford and Anne Hepburn, all at OHSU.


New Copyright Tools

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

by Michael Brewer – Team Leader for Undergraduate Services, University of Arizona Library, Tucson, AZ

With the support and expertise of the ALA OITP Copyright Advisory Subcommittee, Michael Brewer, University of Arizona Library, has developed two new tools that are now available online.

The first “108 Spinner” is specifically targeted to assist librarians with questions about when section 108 of the copyright code (the library and archives provision) applies. In general, this section allows for libraries or archives (under specific circumstances) to:

make copies of portions of works from their collections for users
make copies of entire works for users
make replacement copies of published works in their collections
make preservation copies of unpublished works in their collections.

The second tool “DitgitalSlider” helps you determine the copyright term of a work or whether it has fallen into the public domain. The URLs are:

This notice originally appeared in SEA Currents published by the Southeastern/Atlantic Region in Baltimore, MD

Medlib’s Round 1.2

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

We at Dragonfly are pleased to host this month’s edition of the Medlib’s Round blog carnival. Our theme is  “enhancing access to health information for health professionals and the public.”