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Archive for October, 2012

Wondering About LinkOut?

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Three new “Quick Tours” (short video tutorials) have been added to the National Library of Medicine’s  LinkOut for Libraries Training and Educational Resources web page:


  • Uploading Icons demonstrates the different ways to upload an icon image into the Library Submission Utility.
  • Contact Info shows how to add, edit and delete contact information in the Library Submission Utility.
  • Library Info, PrId and NameAbbr explains where to find your library information such as ProviderId (PrId) and NameAbbr, which is the same as your User Name, in the Library Submission Utility. This information is frequently requested by library vendors.

Not using LinkOut yet? Participating libraries can link from PubMed citations to their library’s online journal subscriptions, directly to the desired article. This provides added value to your users and allows them to access needed resources easily and without delay. There is no charge to libraries to participate in LinkOut. For more information, see the FAQ or contact Patricia Devine at

Rendezvous: Data Dashboards

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

iPad and iPhone mounted on a car dashboard
iPad as a Carputer by ivyfield on Flickr

Edit: Recording now available at

When you want to know how well your car is operating, you look at its dashboard. Similarly, you can develop data dashboards to monitor program progress and provide “at-a-glance” updates to your stakeholders.

Come join us on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 1pm Pacific time (Noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain) during our free monthly webcast at to learn more about the uses of data dashboards and fundamentals of good design during this session presented by Cindy Olney and Dave Tolmie from the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC). The session will include examples of dashboards and identify free online tools so you can create your own! (more…)

What is a MOOC and Why Would I Take One?

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Cow licking nose with MOOC! text superimposed over image
MOOC! by AJC1 on Flickr

Have you heard the term MOOC (pronounced ‘mook’) and been uncertain if people were discussing a type of distance education or the sound a preoccupied cow makes?

A massive open online course (what the MOOC acronym means) is a free asynchronous online class, such as our Pacific Northwest Region Moodle classes like Making PubMed Work For You, that is usually taught by university faculty to thousands of students at once. MOOCs cover a wide range of topics and enrollment at any of the universities offering the courses isn’t needed as they view offering MOOCs as a form of open source education and community outreach. (more…)