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Archive for July, 2013

It Is Not Too Late – Still Funding Season at NN/LM PNR

Friday, July 26th, 2013

MoneyTree Clip Art

Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington still have time to put on your thinking caps about innovative projects for which you need funding. We have a new suite of funding opportunities to inspire outreach in your communities or new projects within your organizations. Deadline to submit an intent to apply is August 1, 2013.  Read on for more details.

In this round, we are offering a new award — the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award — for up to $5,000 to support activities that increase awareness of health disparities and the National Library of Medicine’s resources.

Other award options include Express Outreach Awards, with emphasis this time on outreach to the Public Health workforce and/or health professionals. Express Outreach Awards are funded at up to $15,000.

For projects that focus on emerging or innovative roles for information professionals, consider a Medical Library Pilot Project Award, funded up to $15,000. Or, maybe a Health Information Services Award is just the ticket, funded up to $5,000, to support projects that promote the value of health information services within an organization or for the community.

For each award, proposals will be accepted until August 30, 2013. However, if you plan to submit an application, we need a brief statement of intent no later than August 1, 2013 to help our planning process. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to

We also offer ongoing funding (ranging from $500 to $2,000) to support costs for professional development, assessment and planning, training, and exhibit activities. These ongoing awards are available until funds are expended.

We look forward to hearing your ideas and receiving some great proposals! And, as always, if you have questions, NN/LM PNR staff are here to help.

3D Printing: an Overview

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

When I first heard about 3D printing, I assumed it was some sort of gimmick – an expensive gadget that people could use to “print” their own hokey plastic figurines.  In reality though, this is far from the truth and while expensive, these devices have the capability to create some very cool and also practical objects.  A 3D printer is a machine that prints multi-layer objects from digital models created with computer aided design (CAD) software programs.  Unlike traditional office printers, 3D printers do not print in ink.  There is a wide range of substances that objects can be printed from – depending on the desired outcome – from plastics to food stuffs.  Having trouble visualizing how this process works?  This video ( featuring students and faculty of Mechanical Engineering labs at the University of Washington provides a great visual look at how 3D printing works.

3D printers have a multitude of uses and potential uses that are being explored across domains. (more…)

Libraries and Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1 webinar

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Edited with information from WebJunction:

Due to high interest in this topic, registration for this webinar filled very quickly.

If you were not able to register, we are offering a live stream option (Friday, July 26, 9 am Pacific / 12 pm Eastern) at:

On July 26, 2013 at 9am Pacific time (10 Mountain, 8 Alaska) WebJunction will present a free webinar with similar information about open enrollment for the new Health Insurance Marketplace that begins on October 1 to what was covered during a session at the American Library Association annual conference in June, as well as newly available details. The session will be archived for future viewing if you are unable to attend the live session.

For more details about the webinar and to register, please visit

Rendezvous webcast: Information Petting Zoo

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Black cat glaring at the camera
Tori, Nikki’s almost-15 year old kitty

Edit: Recording now available at

What consumer health information would you search for when the “consumers” are animals and the information seeker is usually their owner?

Come join us on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1pm Pacific time (Noon Alaska, 2pm Mountain) during our free monthly webcast at to learn more about pet consumer health information, presented by Heather K. Moberly, MSLS, AHIP, Professor, Coordinator of Veterinary Services, Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library. Heather will provide a brief overview to veterinary education and specialties focusing on companion animals (family animals such as cats and dogs) and discuss authoritative resources covering topics such as pet care, pets and emergencies/disasters, zoonoses (diseases you can catch from animals), and toxic foods and plants.


Free Distance Learning Sessions: PubMed for Librarians

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Did you know the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) now offers free distance learning classes that are completely online?

Three sessions of PubMed for Librarians classes were added for December 2013, January and March 2014. Details about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM), Building and Refining Your Search, Customization- MyNCBI, Introduction to PubMed and MeSH with registration links are now available at Be sure to check out NTC’s website at for a variety of posts related to adult learning and teaching as well, and sign up today!

Circulating Now, A New Blog From The National Library Of Medicine’s History Of Medicine Division

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a new blog, Circulating Now, which is intended to encourage greater exploration and discovery of one of the world’s largest and most treasured history of medicine collections.  Circulating Now will bring the NLM’s diverse historical collections to life in new and exciting ways for researchers, educators, students, and anyone else who is interested in the history of medicine.  Whether you are familiar with NLM’s historical collections, or you are discovering them for the first time, Circulating Now will be an exiciting and engaging resource to bookmark, share, and discuss with other readers.

Kicking off Circulating Now will be a series of posts that draws on NLM’s historical collections and associated others to reenact in a unique way a tumultuous event in medical and American history which occurred 132 years ago this summer: the assassination of, and attempts to save, our nation’s twentieth President, James Garfield.

Visit Circulating Now at: