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Archive for October, 2010

#healthlit: a Twitter hivemind of health literacy

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Closeup of HiveMind wire and glass sculpture

HiveMind by 917 Press

On October 7, 2010, the first organized discussion on Twitter about health literacy using a hashtag of #healthlit was hosted by Dr. Cynthia Baur, the Senior Health Literacy Advisor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (@CDC_eHealth on Twitter) and (@healthfinder on Twitter). The main topic discussed was How can we improve health literacy? along with the recently launched National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and the CDC blogged about the experience. An online archive of the October 7th #healthlit conversation is available.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (@nnlmpnr on Twitter) participated in the second #healthlit chat discussion on October 28, 2010, hosted by Health Literacy Missouri (@HealthLitMO on Twitter) featuring Dr. Baur, Dr. Arthur Culbert (CEO of Health Literacy Missouri), and Gary Schwitzer, publisher of and organized as a Twitter Town Hall. (more…)

Hot Topics in Prepardness: Simulation-based Learning in Public Health

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Hot Topics Logo

The NN/LM PNR will be hosting a group seating for the next Hot Topics in Preparedness webcast on Tuesday, October 26th at noon Pacific.  To join us in person, come to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, Room T-223.

If you are unable to sit in on the webcast in person, they are archived on the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice site for future viewing.

Session Description

Public health is necessarily concerned with issues that range over long time periods and broad areas/regions. Through several relevant examples (e.g. childhood obesity, low birth weight outcomes), participants will receive an overview of why learning through computer-based learning labs facilitates the development of systemic understanding. Participants will learn how to identify appropriate issues for simulation-based learning, including next steps to build their capacity for developing effective simulations.


MLA webcast: ABCs of E-books

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Join your colleagues on Wednesday, November 10th from 11am-12:30pm (Pacific time) for the Medical Library Association (MLA) webcast ABCs of E-books: Strategies for the Medical Library.  The goal of this webcast is to familiarize information professionals with electronic books and the associated collection management issues related to various platforms, pricing models, licensing agreements, term of ownership, resource management and access methods so that they have the knowledge to make informed decisions which will best serve their constituents. Presenters include Mark Funk, AHIP, FMLA; Elizabeth Lorbeer, AHIP, Meg White, and Karen Fischer.

The Pacific Northwest Region (PNR) will host the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library, LTL.  If you will join us for the webcast at UW please register at

PNR is also pleased to announce funding for 3 other locations to host the webcast in the region.

In Spokane, WA the webcast will be presented at Gonzaga University, Foley Center Library, Geenan Board Room (3rd floor) and hosted by the Inland NorthWest Health Sciences Libraries group (INWHSL). Pre-Registration is required via  Parking information is available at

In Idaho, the webcast will be presented at Healthwise, Inc., 2601 N. Bogus Basin Rd., Boise, ID. Please contact Liisa Rogers at to register.

In Oregon, the webcast will be presented at the Portland State University Library, Room 160, and hosted by the Oregon Health Sciences Libraries Association (OHSLA). OHSLA will provide box lunches to all OHSLA members. Please pre-register via

We look forward to seeing you there!

Call for Participation in Value of Libraries Study

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Do you want to demonstrate the impact of your library on patient care? Join a study on the Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:


Open Access Week

Monday, October 18th, 2010

October 18-24 is Open Access Week, an occasion to advance knowledge about how the open access movement is impacting scholarly communication. What is open access? Here are some useful resources to help you understand open access in the context of health sciences research literature.


NLM Launches Digital Collections

Monday, October 18th, 2010

"Book cover - The Work of the Public Health Service"

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a new digital repository, Digital Collections. This new resource is complementary to the PubMed Central digital archive of electronic journal articles. The repository allows rich searching, browsing and retrieval of monographs and films from NLM’s History of Medicine Division. Additional content and other format types will be added over time. Users can perform full-text and keyword searching within each collection or across the entire repository.

The first release of Digital Collections includes a selection of 11 historical U.S. government films and a set of Cholera Online monographs, including 518 books (dating from 1817 to 1900) about cholera pandemics of that period.