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Archive for March, 2009

Ask a Librarian – New Column in JAAPA

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Thanks to an alliance between physician assistants and librarians, the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants features a new online column starting this month: “Ask a Librarian”.  This column is a co-authored by  Jim Anderson, Physician Assistant, and Susan Klawansky, Network Member and Librarian at Seattle Children’s Library & Information Commons.  The column will promote collaboration with medical librarians, address questions from physician assistants and point to resources, including Congratulations to Susan Klawansky for this important outreach effort.

EFTS Saves Money, Streamlines Procedures

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

New participants in the Pacific Northwest Region in the Electronic Fund Transfer (EFTS) System for interlibrary-loan and document delivery include: 


     Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
     Seattle, WA (WAUFHC)


     Providence Portland Medical Center
     Portland, OR (ORUPRO) 

     Washington State University
     Spokane, WA (WAUSPC)

EFTS virtually eliminates the need to create invoices and write checks for re-imbursement for interlibrary loans and document delivery between participants.  Among the advantages are monthly detailed transaction based reports, the ability to handle variable charges and the ability to handle non-DOCLINE transactions.

Interested in participating? See the demo on the EFTS home page , or contact Patricia Devine for assistance,, 206-543-8275.

Registration Open: MLA CE Broadcast at UW, March 25th

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Join your colleagues on Wednesday, March 25th from 11am-1pm at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library Teaching Lab (LTL) as NN/LM PNR hosts the Medical Library Association’s continuing education webcast, Finding Work-Life Balance: Strategies for You and Your Institution. If you will attend in Seattle, please register at so we will have your materials and CE certificate ready. There is no cost for attendees!

The Idaho Health Sciences Library is also hosting the MLA webcast, which will be held at Room 266 in the Eli M. Oboler Library, 850 South 9th in Pocatello. Marcia Francis will have a copy of the webcast on DVD that you can contact her to borrow later.

In Oregon, the webcast will be held at Portland State University Library, Room 160, at 1875 SW Park Avenue.

PNR has also ordered a copy of the webcast DVD that will be available in our Lending Library later for you to check out. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Carnival is Coming to Town!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

A blog carnival is periodic roundup of quality blog posts from a particular field of interest. Bloggers take turns hosting the carnival. I am happy to announce that on March 10, the Medlib’s Round blog carnival– a roundup of the month’s best posts from the field of medical librarianship– will be hosted here at Dragonfly.  Keep reading to learn more and to find out how you can participate.