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Archive for 2011

Show off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The National Library of Medicine’s software development challenge Show off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information solicited applications that used the library’s data to develop innovative ways for people to obtain and share scientific and medical information. Entrants could create a new app, or submit an existing one. (more…)

eScience webcast: Locations in the Pacific Northwest Region

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Join your colleagues on Friday, November 18th from 11am-12:30pm (Pacific time) for the Medical Library Association (MLA) webcast Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research.  The topics that will be covered include an introduction and review of eScience, understanding research and researchers, collaborative science (or ‘the science of team science’), and concluding with librarian involvement as connectors and facilitators. (more…)

Medical Librarians as Search Engines

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Laurel Egan from St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana, shares her thoughts on medical librarians as a resource in our last  entry in the contest to recognize National Medical Librarians Month. Winners will be announced soon!

Medical Librarians: Your Ultimate Search Engine.

Definition: A search engine is a web site that collects and organizes content from all over the internet. Those wishing to locate something would enter a query about what they’d like to find and the engine provides links to content that matches what they want.  In other words, we as medical librarians locate, collect, and organize in order to provide needed information for our patrons. The statement that medical librarians are the best resource when searching for health information goes beyond the usual perception that we can obtain or retrieve information. It also applies to the expanding role of creating vessels that assist in organizing and assembling information to create better access for our patrons. (more…)

Community Preparedness Day Awards: Be Ready!

Friday, October 28th, 2011

NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce funding opportunities for Community Preparedness Day Awards.  Community Preparedness Day Awards assist libraries in in becoming active partners in the community’s emergency preparedness, response and recovery planning activities.  Awards of up to $5000 each are available to NN/LM member organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. (more…)

Hospital Librarian is Pleasantly Surprised

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Our next submission in our library advocacy series for our contest to recognize National Medical Librarians Month comes from an anonymous hospital librarian. Remember, entries are due by October 31.

I am surprised.

Many of us know the worth of medical librarians. We know we provide valuable services for our patrons and our facilities. We also know how we can help others who don’t yet know about our services.

Some of us are not afraid to speak up to promote our services. And some of us are. That’s not the profession; that’s our individual personality or our own distinctive style. (more…)

Rendezvous: Comparative Effectiveness Research

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Edit: A recording is now available at

Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER, also known as Patient Centered Outcomes Research) has received much attention over the past two years stimulated in part by federal research funding, but also by issues of healthcare quality and cost as well as by an array of market forces. (more…)