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Archive for August, 2012

Rendezvous: NLM Disaster and Emergency Response Tools

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

fire burning in Utah mountains
on Flickr by Utah National Guard

Edit: A recording is now available at

Earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes, and currently wildfires – the Pacific Northwest is fraught with possibilities for natural disasters. What role do librarians and information specialists play in the disaster/emergency preparedness and response cycle? What role can you play? Find out more about the National Library of Medicine’s disaster and emergency response tools and the disaster information specialization program that can get you started working with your organization’s emergency response program.

Come join us on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 1pm Pacific time (Noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain) during our free monthly webcast at for this session presented by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS, Aquilent, Inc. supporting the National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division.


A Facelift for PubMed Central

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

PubMed Central, the free full-text archive of biomedical and life science journal literature at the National Library of Medicine,  has shortened its name to PMC in order to avoid confusion with PubMed. What’s also new is PMC’s look and feel, which has been updated to conform to NCBI’s new standards for page design. This redesign allows for a cleaner and more uniform presentation across PMC’s site as well as its article, issue and journal archive pages. See the NLM Technical Bulletin for more information on these enhancements. To subscribe to email announcements or an RSS feed to the Technical Bulletin, visit this page.

Initiating Odyssey Interlibrary Loan Delivery at the Riverpoint Campus Library

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

This is one in a series of reports from our funding awardees. Read on to learn what the WSU Riverpoint Campus accomplished with their Technology Improvement Award.

By Bob Pringle, Director of Nursing and Riverpoint Campus Library Service, Spokane, WA

Last fall, we submitted a Technology Improvement Award proposal to the Regional Medical Library. We needed to replace an old staff computer used for ILL processing, and wanted to add a new scanner for use with Odyssey software, in addition to our Ariel station. We received the award in October 2011. We purchased two pieces of equipment: a Fujitsu 6240 color scanner and a Dell computer with 4 GB memory, which meets current WSU Spokane IT standards, spending just over $3,500.