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Archive for March, 2012

Spring MLA Webcast: Leveraging Mobile Technologies

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Join your colleagues for the Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education webcast Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 11 am -12:30 pm Pacific time. The topics that will be covered include innovative uses of mobile technologies, addressing technology challenges, and providing best practice guidance for applying mobile technologies in clinical and curricular support settings.

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

PNR is pleased to announce funding in Oregon at Oregon Health & Science University at Biomedical  Information Communication Center (BICC) room 124, located in the same building as the library. Lunch will be available for free for  Oregon Health Sciences Libraries Association (OSHLA) members and $10 for non-members. Please register for this location at

Health Literacy Institute

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

A one-week intensive program on health literacy curriculum development and educational leadership for health professionals and educators will take place at the Tufts University School of Medicine campus in downtown Boston June 11-15, 2012. This course will teach participants to:

  • Better understand health literacy as an organizational/systems problem that includes the skills of health care professionals and health care consumers
  • Identify the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and systems changes currently employed, and needed to, improve health literacy at the individual and organizational level
  • Identify audience-specific health literacy competencies and the curriculum content needed to address those competencies
  • Write measurable health literacy learning objectives and an evaluation plan for improvement
  • Outline a health literacy curriculum for use with health professional or adult learners based on sound adult learning theory and effective teaching strategies

For more information contact Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed., Course Director:


Using NLM APIs for Product Development

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012



Software developers can learn how to tap into free data covering drugs, medical literature, clinical trials, consumer health information, molecular biology and much more during a webinar on April 10, 2012 from 11am – 12:30pm Pacific time (noon Mountain, 10am Alaska). The free webinar is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health.


NLM API Showcase will highlight the following NLM resources:

To learn how to attend via Adobe Connect webcast or video webcast visit

Upcoming March Health IT and Quality Webinars from HRSA

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

“Using Health IT for Patient Safety,” Friday March 23, 2012, 2:00 pm (ET)

This webinar will highlight how health information technology (IT) can be used in safety net provider settings to increase patient safety. Each year it is estimated that 100,000 patients die from medical errors. The presenters will showcase their use of health IT to decrease drug errors through medication reconciliation, prevent adverse drug events, and increase patient safety through care coordination across settings. (more…)

NLM Ending Support For ToxSeek

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine has decided to end its support for ToxSeek.  For ten years the National Library of Medicine has supported ToxSeek, a research project involving natural language processing and semantic technology.  This federated-search engine helped users to search across diverse biomedical and environmental health resources and provided a method for locating information resources on topics related to toxicology and environmental health.  Since there are now several comparable alternatives for users needing a federated search such as, NLM will realign the resources to support other mission-critical programs.  ToxSeek will not be available after March 23, 2012.  Please direct any questions to


NN/LM Professional Development Library: A Resource for You

Monday, March 19th, 2012


Don’t forget that as an NN/LM Network Member, you are entitled to borrow items from our Professional Development Library. View the list of what’s available, including our newest offering, Changing Roles and Contexts for Health Library and Information Professionals, edited by Alison Brettle and Christine Urquhart. To see what’s been added recently, look for the “New” button. To borrow, email us at

Another resource is our Netlibrary Collection, which includes 23 books. Email us for the password to this collection.