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Archive for February, 2011

New Tools For Virtual Reference

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Guest post submitted by Network member Meg Brunner, MLIS, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute Library, University of Washington; Chair, Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS). If you’re interested in writing a guest post, please contact us at


Reading through my RSS feeds yesterday morning, I came across the latest article from Social Media Examiner, a free online magazine that explores new and better ways to use social media tools to increase your visibility and interactivity online.  Though this site is primarily geared toward businesses, I often find its advice applicable to libraries too, as was the case with yesterday’s post, “22 Hot New Social Media Tools Worth Exploring.”


NLM and You: The Video Contest

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

National Library of Medicine logo

The National Library of Medicine is sponsoring a video contest in honor of its 175th anniversary. First prize in the contest is $1000! Videos must be 30 to 60 seconds long and address one or more of the following questions. How has an NLM product or service helped you:

  • Solve a health problem or enabled you to help a loved one?
  • Carry out research or make a new discovery?
  • Make a difference in clinical treatment or help a client or patient?
  • Write a report?


Free Webinar on Health Literacy With An Expert In the Field

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Our colleagues in the Mid-Continental Region have asked us to spread the word about this upcoming webinar:

Health Literacy in the Real World: Awareness, Ideas, Solutions

March 17  9am Pacific Time
Guest Speaker: Michael Villaire, MSLM
Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Poor health literacy is a major issue in the United States. We see examples of how it affects patients, providers, and the healthcare system every day. This session will look at some of the problems created by poor health literacy, discuss programs and ideas to help improve it on both the patient and provider side, and review some solutions. The upcoming IHA Health Literacy Conference will be reviewed, as well as a discussion of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.

This webinar is FREE. Register online at (registration is not required but is appreciated).
Log into the class on March 17th :
Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone.
Login: as a guest with your first and last name, Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided.

New Journal Article: PubMed and Beyond

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

If you are interested in alternative literature searching strategies, be sure to read the article “PubMed and beyond: A survey of web tools for searching biomedical literature” published last month in the open access journal DATABASE: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation. This article is a review of 28 search tools that are based on MEDLINE data. The author is a researcher at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is the division of the National Library of Medicine that produces PubMed.


New Distance Class: Making Connections

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Outpatient 0 by tomswift46 on Flickr

Is trying to keep up with information about electronic health records (EHRs) turning everything into a blur? Do you know your HITECH from your HIPAA without screaming “HIE!”? Just how can librarians be a part of the latest way that health information is being used and managed by both clinicians and patients?

Join Nikki Dettmar, Education and Assessment Coordinator, for Making Connections: Electronic Health Records and Librarians, a free online class between February 28 – March 18, 2011  that provides an introduction to electronic health records and the conjunction of health information technology (health IT), information professionals, and patients accessing information through EHRs. The course has been submitted for 3 continuing education credit units from the Medical Library Association, and upon completion of this course participants will be able to:


Rendezvous: Transcending Borders Globally

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Sherri Fuller and friend, Giraffe rescue center in Nairobi

Edit: The RML Rendezvous recording and slides are now available

Reminder – Please join us on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1pm Pacific time (12 Alaska, 2pm Mountain) as Dr. Sherrilynne Fuller, FMLA, presents Transcending Borders Globally: Lessons and Opportunities for Librarians in Building Sustainable Health Information Systems* for our free monthly webcast at If you are unable to join us then, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast at the Rendezvous website later.