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Archive for 2009

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.


LinkOut Tidbits

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Interested in LinkOut? LinkOut for Libraries is a service that provides access for PubMed users to their library’s journal collections. A user finds a citation in PubMed, then clicks on their library’s icon to see  the full text of the article. (more…)

Librarians and Physician Assistants: Natural Partners

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

October is an important month! Medical Librarians Month is during October, and National Physician Assistant Week is October 6-12. Librarians and Physician Assistants (PAs) are natural partners to address patient education and health information literacy. (more…)

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Today is October 1st … which means we’re in  National Medical Librarians Month 2009!

During the month, please visit NLM’s Web pages highlighting medical library projects across the NN/LM regions.

Congratulations to 10  (yes, ten!)  PNR librarians featured by NLM:

Todd Hannon and Emily Ford for Oregon Health Go Local

Jane Saxton and Susan Banks for Mobile Library Outreach

And the following librarians who participated in the Podcasting for Advocacy class, taught by Alison Aldrich and Maryanne Blake in the RML.  These students created podcasts on topics related to advocacy or promotion of their library services:

Anna Heinrich (Tuality Health Sciences Library) –
Loree Hyde (Oregon Health and Science University Library) –
Rose Jackson and Claudia Weston (Portland State University Library) –
Val Lawrence (University of Washington Health Sciences Library) –
Laura Zeigen (Oregon Health and Science University Library) –

All of these projects are  wonderful examples that illustrate PNR medical librarians’ impact in your organizations and communities.