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Archive for April, 2012

Attributes of a Health Literate Organization

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies has made available a discussion paper, describing 10 attributes of a helath literate organization, to guide health care organizations that seek to ensure that everyone gets the greatest benefit possible from health care information and services. The authors are participants in  the Workgroup on Attributes of a Health Literate Organization of the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy.

A PDF of the discussion paper is available free of charge.

Washington Language Access Leaders Attend National Immigrant Integration Conference 2011

Friday, April 27th, 2012

By Joana Ramos
Founding member, Board member, and Chair, Healthcare Committee,
Washington State Coalition for Language Access

The Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) is a young organization that seeks to eliminate language barriers in all areas of public life in the state, through education and advocacy. WASCLA is currently an all-volunteer group with very limited resources, so members were excited to learn that the 2011 National Immigrant Integration Conference would be held in Seattle. Not many major national conferences are held here, let alone one so specific to our mission. Travel costs usually limit the possibilities for those of us in the helping professions and community services sector from being able to participate in such venues, as important as they are for our work. We soon realized however, that the registration fees for the NIIC were beyond the reach of our organization. (more…)

I’ve Been Pinned! Webinar Recap: Pinterest for Museums and Libraries

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Sarah Caldwell is a student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington Information School. She is interning with the NNLM PNR office until she graduates in June. She can be contacted at

So many physical objects have digital equivalents — the computer “desktop.” the email “inbox,” even the sticky note — so why not a digital pinboard? Pinterest is the latest tool for sharing web content, and it is geared specifically to images. Its popularity is growing quickly, and libraries and librarians are exploring ways to use Pinterest to engage users. On March 28, librarians and library staff at the University of Washington participated in a webinar titled “Pinterest for Museums & Libraries” presented by Joe Murphy.

So, what is Pinterest? Joe described it a number of ways: as “a social sharing and visual discovery tool,” “a way to connect people through shared tastes and interests,” “a platform for search and discovery,” and “a way to curate hopes and dreams.” That’s powerful stuff! (more…)

Rendezvous: MedlinePlus Connect

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Edit: A recording is now available at, and you may be interested in a link to NLM tools for EHR Certification and Meaningful Use.

Have you heard that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is specifically mentioned in proposed objectives to help healthcare providers achieve Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs) as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act? Want to know more about MedlinePlus Connect and how the use of free high quality patient information from MedlinePlus via EHRs helps to achieve Meaningful Use? (more…)

Mahria Lebow appointed as NN/LM PNR Regional Technology Coordinator

Friday, April 13th, 2012

We are very pleased to announce that Mahria Lebow has been appointed Regional Technology Coordinator for the NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region, effective May 7, 2012. Mahria will support librarians and information professionals in the Pacific Northwest Region with training and other opportunities to help them engage more fully in Health IT and emerging technologies.

Mahria, who received her Master of Librarianship from the University of British Columbia, is currently working at the University of Iowa as a Data Manager. She has previous experience working in research laboratories and universities on research teams including UBC and OHSU. She is the recipient of the 2011 MLA Rittenhouse Award, which is presented annually for the best unpublished student paper on health sciences librarianship or medical informatics. Please join us in congratulating Mahria!

What’s Happening with PubMed?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Recently announced in the NLM Technical Bulletin are several items of interest to PubMed users:

  • A new FAQ about article versions in PubMed citations: Certain citations will now be “versioned”, depending upon new data findings. The original article will be retained. Criteria not to be considered in defining a version are re-publication of an article, publication stages, and length of time after which an update occurs. Read all about it here.
  • Citation management software and PubMed results: PubMed has been updated to include the choice “Citation Manager” as a destination for search results. This allows creation of a file to download into the software.
  • PubMed and MyNCBI: It’s now possible to save citations directly into a MyNCBI Collection, via a new button in the PubMed Abstract view. A new Collection can also be created at this point, via a dropdown menu under Save Items.

 Enjoy enhanced PubMed searching with these new features!