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Archive for October, 2009

PubMed Demo on the RML Rendezvous

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Photo by law_keven on flickr

Are you finding the newly redesigned PubMed a tough nut to crack?

Linda Milgrom, Outreach Coordinator here at the Pacific Northwest Region, is here to help with a live demonstration and question & answer session during a special feature on the RML Rendezvous.

Join us on Wednesday, November 4 2009 at 1 pm Pacific time (2 pm Mountain, noon Alaska) at Please login as a guest after entering your name in the box. If you need more information about how to connect on the RML Rendezvous, click here. We look forward to having you join us!

PubMed Redesign is Live

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s free resource for searching millions of biomedical journal citations and abstracts, has undergone a significant facelift. The redesigned version is now live at


E-Patients Rising

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A recent report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 61% of American adults are e-patients, meaning they look online for health information. In a presentation for the Medical Library Association Tri-Chapter Conference earlier this month, Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet Project, reported on what survey data indicated about questions like these:

  • What kind of health information do e-patients seek?
  • How many e-patients use mobile devices as opposed to more stationary computers?
  • How many use social media to connect with healthcare providers or other patients?
  • How many e-patients are also e-participators, meaning they create, tag, and share health content online?
  • How satisfied are e-patients with the information they find online?


Alert the Media: More Good Press for a PNR Library

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

What happens when a librarian, a hospital public relations department, and the local media work together to provide health information outreach? Here is a great example:

Nurse’s Notes: Seeking health online? Use care.

Thanks to Dana Kopp for sharing her success with us. Dana is director of the Center for Health Information at St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center in Missoula, Montana.

UW Registration Open: MLA Webcast, November 18th

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Join your colleagues on Wednesday, November 18 from 11am-1pm (Pacific time) for the Medical Library Association (MLA) webcast Cut the Cord: Connecting to our Mobile Users. The Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will host the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Lab B.  If you will join us at UW, please register at

In Spokane, WA the webcast will be broadcast at the Riverpoint Campus. See the Riverpoint Campus Library’s blog entry for details and registration.

In Idaho, the webcast will be presented at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (conference room 5,  in Boise by Sandy Hight. Please reserve your spot by emailing her at and she will provide more details regarding meeting early and parking. Refreshments will be provided and participants are welcome to bring or purchase lunch.

In Oregon, the webcast will be presented at Portland State University in Portland.

In Montana, the webcast will be presented at the Montana State University – Bozeman Library, the Montana State University Billings Library (Please RSVP to 238-2227 or 238-2226 or email >)

This entry will be updated with additional location information as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you there!

Just-in-Time Screencasting

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

A screencast is a recording of actions performed on a computer screen. Screencasts are used to demonstrate computer-based tasks, such as website navigation, and are especially useful for distance education. Screencasts include audio and video, or sometimes just video with captions. Camtasia Studio, Adobe Captivate, and similar software can be used to create high quality, professional looking screencast tutorials, but not without significant investments in time and money.

Until recently, it would have been unreasonable to think about creating a screencast to address just one person’s specific information need. However, thanks to a number of free web-based tools that have come on the scene in the past few years, producing a screencast no longer needs to be a major production. In just minutes, you can create a screencast, upload it to the web, and share it any number of ways. Here are some free tools you can use to incorporate screencasts into your everyday interactions with information seekers.