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September 8, 2017

#icanhazPDF – LOL Cats, Librarians and Copyright

Patricia Devine

Remember LOL cats?  The definition first appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014, although it was in use on the internet for several years before that and LOLcat internet memes are everywhere. LOLcats, or “laugh out loud cats” have their own language, lolspeak, which is kind of a pidgin English or baby talk, but…

September 6, 2017

Tweet and Learn: Twitter as an Educational Tool

Patricia Devine

Twitter has been growing in popularity (although not as a money-making venture), and is one of the most used social media tools. While many still use it to connect with friends, follow the antics of celebrities, and keep up with family members, the use of Twitter as an educational tool has also been emerging for…

August 31, 2017

Follow the TRAIL…

Ann Glusker

…the TRAIL, in this case, being the Translational Research and Information Lab, located in the Health Sciences Library (HSL)! Late last year the HSL, in partnership with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), UW Medicine Research Information Technology (RIT), and the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Network of National Libraries of Medicine (NNLM-PNR),…

August 28, 2017

Data Literacy: “What It Is and Why You Should Care”

Ann Glusker

Open data… big data… data management…  These terms swirl around us, and often we just let them flow past.  But, to understand and navigate the rapidly changing landscape that is data, we need certain skills, and these are characterized as “data literacy”.  One definition of data literacy, from DataPopAlliance.org, is “the desire and ability to…

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…

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