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Archive for July, 2012

How To Talk To Your IT Department

Monday, July 16th, 2012

The following guest post by David Tolmie, MLIS, Systems & Evaluation Specialist, University of Washington Health Sciences Library, makes recommendations about partnering successfully with your IT Department

As a librarian who works in IT — and worked in IT for many years before becoming a librarian — I’m often asked how librarians can better approach IT/Systems support staff. Most IT folks, in my opinion, find their way to the IT profession and stay there because they like solving problems. At the same time, most IT folks are measured first and foremost on keeping systems running securely; that is, maintaining the status quo. As such, it can be a challenge to get IT to change a system that they believe is working.

Taking these two factors into account, I recommend people approach their IT folks with a problem they need solved, rather than by asking them to change the status quo.


Funding Opportunity From NLM: Disaster Health Information Outreach And Collaboration Projects 2012

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders, and others that play a role in health-related disaster-preparedness, response and recovery.


WISER update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

WISER for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available. This new release adds native support for the iPad. Search WISER’s full set of known substances, employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability, and leverage WISER’s protective distance mapping feature with an interface customized for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Check out what’s new in this release:


Weekly Twitter roundup for July 2 through 6

Friday, July 6th, 2012

July 2
Study: Alaska Native children greatly impacted by cycle of domestic and sexual violence 
Rise in boomer illicit drug abuse is NIHSeniorHealth featured topic

July 3
Healthcare apps for smartphones pit FDA against tech industry
Happy 4th of July! Fireworks safety information:

Hot Topics In Practice: Responding To The Whooping Cough Epidemic In Washington State, July 31st at noon Pacific

Friday, July 6th, 2012

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) is hosting its monthly Hot Topics in Practice webcast, with the July topic being “Responding To The Whooping Cough Epidemic In Washington State.”  Leading the everyday tasks of a public health agency is important, but leadership during an epidemic is essential.  In April 2012 the Washington State Department of Health declared a whooping cough epidemic.  As of June 16 there were 2,647 reported cases throughout the state and the numbers could increase by the end of the year.  In the July Hot Topics a panel of public health leaders still in the midst of the outbreak will share their perspectives on declaring and responding to the epidemic. (more…)

Reflections From MLA 2012 Professional Development Awardees

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

This year, NN/LM PNR funded several of our Network Members to attend Continuing Education Courses at the Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting in Seattle.  We asked them to send in some of their thoughts and reflections after attending their classes.  Read on to see what they had to say: (more…)