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August 25, 2017

The Traveling Exhibits of the National Library of Medicine

Carolyn Martin

What do Harry Potter, George Washington, Charlotte Perkins-Gilman, Shakespeare, and Frankenstein all have in common? Where can you learn about health care reform, violence against women, the culture and politics of HIV/AIDS, and Native American health? They all are subjects featured in the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program. The exhibits include both a…


August 22, 2017

K-12 Health Science Resources

Carolyn Martin

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) produced resources for teachers and students? Typically we associate NLM with healthcare professionals and researchers. But, NLM has produced a number of resources that our future educators may want to know about. With all the emphasis on STEM, STEAM, or STREAM in recent years, having…


August 18, 2017

Clinical Effectiveness and PubMed Health

Patricia Devine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM)’s PubMed Health is a resource for consumers, clinicians, students and researchers on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. Clinical Effectiveness research is the focus of this database, providing answers to “What works?” in medical and health care. PubMed Health is based on systematic reviews of clinical trials. These…


August 15, 2017

REDCap: Research Electronic Data Capture

Ann Madhavan

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Pacific Northwest Region’s data coordinators, Annie Madhavan and Ann Glusker, are members of the REDCap support team here at the University of Washington. REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.  Originally created in 2004 by a…


August 11, 2017

Evaluating Health News

Carolyn Martin

In my role as the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM PNR, I bring awareness and educate various libraries (especially public libraries), K-12 schools, and community organizations about the free resources of the National Library of Medicine. Bringing this awareness and education is one way to increase health literacy and information so that the general…


August 8, 2017

Graphic Medicine—Comics Are Not Just For Kids!

Ann Glusker

One of the more exciting recent trends in communicating about health care and medicine is that of “graphic medicine”.  As Dr. Ian Williams, who coined the phrase, writes: “It has long been known that comics are ‘not just for kids’… comics and graphic novels [can] be used as a resource for health professionals, playing a…


August 4, 2017

Opiate Addiction and Treatment Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Patricia Devine

In response to the growing heroin epidemic in the United States, the National Library of Medicine’s Specialized Information Services has created a portal to provide resources and information on prescribing, overdose, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is defined as: “A primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation,…


August 1, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Ann Madhavan

Under the NE Pacific Street overpass linking the upper campus to the lower campus, housed among the UW Health Sciences Library staff offices, is the home of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Chapter. What you may ask is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), and who are the librarians…


July 26, 2017

Teaching with Primary Sources: an unconference recap

Laura Dimmit

While I’m not an archivist, it is not uncommon for me to work with a class whose assignments require, or would benefit from, some level of primary source literacy. In light of this, I was excited to attend the Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference, offered in conjunction with this week’s Society of American Archivists conference…


July 20, 2017

Reflections from an assessment newbie

Laura Dimmit

Last week, the librarians here at the UWB/CC library met for a yearly event that is lovingly called the “Assessment Party.” This day was part of a larger project, focused on library learning outcomes for Cascadia’s College 101 course. College 101, also called College Strategies, is one of the primary courses targeted for instruction at Cascadia, and one that nearly…


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