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Archive for August, 2010

New Distance Class: Quite the Production

Monday, August 9th, 2010

notebook and headphones by Mark Hunter

Do you enjoy listening to podcasts on your morning commute? Learned a lot from screencasts and wished you could create one for your own website? And how about that library promotion video with the New Spice Guy? It’s easier than you might think to create basic podcasts, screencasts and videos* of your very own. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to announce registration is now open for a new distance learning class,  Quite the Production: Getting Started with Podcasts, Screencasts & Video.


Reminder: Community Preparedness Day Awards Available, Deadline August 20th

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Just a quick reminder – NN/LM PNR is accepting applications for Community Preparedness Day Awards. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 20th.  Projects must be completed by April 30, 2011.

The purpose of the Community Preparedness Day Award is to assist libraries in becoming active partners in the community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning activities. Participation in Community Preparedness Day projects will help make libraries part of a the nationwide effort to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools.

The goals of Community Preparedness Day are to:

  • Encourage, strengthen and/or expand library partnerships with first responders and community emergency management personnel.
  • Provide access to emergency management information tools and resources for families or other target populations.
  • Integrate and involve libraries in emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning.
  • Promote and publicize the roles libraries, faith, or community organizations can play in emergency preparedness.
  • Strengthen and expand medical and public library partnerships.

For more information and to access the application, go to the full announcement on NN/LM PNR’s web site.

New Health Information Literacy Partnership Awardee

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Congratulations to  our latest outreach funding opportunity awardee, Project Manager Laura Zeigen and Oregon Health & Science University. (more…)

Free Kittens! Who’s Using Open Source?

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
woman holding two black and grey kittens
Kitten Goggles! by fiatlux on flickr

Open source software is often described as being free as in free kittens, not free lunch. Sure, you can use it, enjoy it, and even customize it without paying a cent, but who’s going to maintain it? Do you have someone with the systems knowledge and programming skills to really make it work for you?


NLM Adds the Hanaoka Seishu Surgical Casebook to Virtual Volume

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The National Library of Medicine announces the addition of Hanaoka Seishu’s Surgical Casebook to its growing collection of virtual books and manuscripts available for thumbing through online via Turning the Pages. The virtual volume marks the continued collaboration of the Library’s Lister Hill Center and the History of Medicine Division.

The newest addition to Turning the Pages is a magnificently illustrated manuscript depicting the likenesses of the men and women who came to Hanaoka for treatment in early 19th-century Japan. It is the first in the collection in which users will turn the pages according to Japanese custom, right to left. (more…)