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Archive for July, 2011

PNR Website Assessment Focus Groups

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Pacific NW Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, is looking for Network members who would like to help us with assessing the usefulness of our website. As we begin our new contract cycle, we are taking inventory of our existing pages. The focus groups will help us determine which web pages are useful to our members. Participants will have the opportunity to recommend new content for the website as well.

If you would like to participate in a one-hour online focus group, please answer this brief survey  to let us know a time that works for you. Focus groups will be August 3 at noon, August 10 at noon, or August 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Thank you for your interest! Please contact Pat Devine, 206-543-8275 or if you have any questions.

Planning to apply for an Express Outreach Award? Please see the revised RFP!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

In late June, we announced our newest funding opportunities, including an Express Outreach RFP. Today’s update: The RFP and application form for Express Outreach awards have an important revision!

Here’s information about what’s different in the revised Express Outreach RFP, and our request to please use the revised application form when submitting your proposal.

What’s new in the revised Express Outreach RFP?
Express Outreach projects funded in 2011 must now be completed by September 30, 2012 (not February, 2013).

How is this different from the RFP announced in June?
Projects you propose for this round will now have 12 months (not 18 months) of funded support.

Is the funding level still $15,000 for this award?
Yes, we can still fund four successful Express Outreach proposals for up to $15,000 each.

What do I need to do?
The Express Outreach RFP has been revised with the new timeline requirement. Please plan your projects accordingly, and use the revised application form to cost out your budget for a performance period from: Oct 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012.

Has the deadline changed?
No, the deadline for applications is the same as before: August 26, 2011.

Thanks so much for your patience, and do let us know if you have any questions.
We hope to see great ideas proposed for outreach in your communities!

Cathy Burroughs, NNLM PNR
Associate Director

National Library of Medicine Releases Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

CHEMM banner

reposted from Public Health Emergency:

The National Library of Medicine has released Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) .


A Summary of Current Funding Opportunities

Friday, July 8th, 2011

golden eggs in an egg carton

photo by erix! on flickr

Here at NN/LM PNR, our mission is to improve access to quality information for health professionals and health consumers in the Pacific Northwest. We need your help! If you work in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and have a great idea for health information outreach or improving library services, we would love to provide the funds to set your project in motion. We’ve announced five new funding opportunities over the past few weeks, bringing our total number of available awards types to nine. To help you (and us!) keep it all straight, we are summarizing the possibilities for you here in one handy blog post. Here are our currently available awards listed in order of application deadline. Our funding page will be continuously updated with the latest information about available awards and descriptions of projects we’ve funded. (more…)

Rendezvous: What’s New at the RML?

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Signing a contract by diylibrarian on Flickr

Please join us on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 1pm Pacific time (12 Alaska, 2pm Mountain) as Cathy Burroughs, Associate Director of the Regional Medical Library (RML) presents Summer Update: What’s New at the RML? as a brief overview about services for the Pacific Northwest Region, including new directions for our 2011-2016 contract, during 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.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future RML Rendezvous webcasts.

For more information please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous? to test your computer connection as a Flash update may be needed. We look forward to seeing you at the webcast!

National Library of Medicine launches MedlinePlus Connect

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine has formally launched MedlinePlus Connect. This free service allows health organizations and health information technology (HIT) providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to, a trusted source of authoritative, up-to-date health information for patients, families and health care providers. MedlinePlus brings together information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other federal agencies, and reputable health information providers. MedlinePlus covers a wide range of health conditions and wellness issues, and includes key resources to inform patients about their health.

To learn more about MedlinePlus Connect please read the news release and visit