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Archive for October, 2010

RML Rendezvous: Everything You Want To Know About EFTS

Friday, October 15th, 2010

UPDATE: This session has been postponed until Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 12:00 noon Pacific Time. See you then! 

Guest speaker Jolanta Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator from the University of Connecticut Health Center , will join us this month on Wednesday, October 20, at 12 noon Pacific Time (note time change for this one session). She will tell you the advantages of using EFTS and answer your questions. If you can’t attend, a recording will be available later on the RML Rendezvous page.

We look forward to seeing you at the webcast! For more information and to test your computer connection, please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous?

New Herbal Supplements Database in MedlinePlus

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

pills and herbal supplements

Recently, MedlinePlus released 100 new English and Spanish monographs on a broad range of dietary supplements and herbal remedies.  The new content is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version (NMCD). Some of the highlights of the new monographs include:

  • Descriptions of herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and how they work
  • Effectiveness ratings for different indications
  • Safety concerns, including special precautions and warnings
  • Information on interactions with medications, foods, and other herbs and supplements
  • Dosages that have been studied in scientific research
  • Extensive lists of references, with links to PubMed
  • A “Share” button on each monograph that allows users to easily share the content with friends and family (more…)

Two New NLM Traveling Exhibitions

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Binding Wounds Logo

The National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program is offering two new traveling banner exhibitions to libraries and community centers to borrow for six week bookings.


Farewell from Neil Rambo

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Editor’s Note: Neil Rambo has served as Acting Director of the Pacific Northwest Regional Medical Library for the past two years. He has served NN/LM PNR and the University of Washington Libraries for the past two decades. Neil will be leaving us this month for New York City, where he will be the Director of the NYU Health Science Libraries and Knowledge Informatics, and Director of NN/LM’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Medical Library. We wish Neil all the best in his new endeavors!

I don’t look back much. I always feel I don’t have time to reflect; only a need to move on. I’m sure that’s a mistake: I could make the time and my output would probably be improved with a dose of reflection. But as I enter the last few days of my long stint at the University of Washington and in the Pacific Northwest region, I can’t help but reflect on what has gone before. Sorting through things in my office – tossing a few of them into a box to ship to the next stop – is like looking through a kaleidoscope, of sorts, of changes.


Tweet with us for National Medical Librarians Month

Friday, October 8th, 2010

October is National Medical Librarians Month, a time to promote and celebrate the important work of health information professionals. Here at NN/LM PNR, we’re using Twitter to spread the word about the value of health information professionals, especially those here in our own region.


Teaching High School Students to Evaluate Health Information

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Several studies have found that while the majority of youth report using the Internet for health questions, they often lack skills to screen search results for quality answers. To help address this gap, the University of Washington Center for Public Health Nutrition has announced a new curriculum resource for school health personnel, librarians and educators:

Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information