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The HealtLINE blog serves as a means to facilitate communication to HealthLINE members beyond the capabilities of the HealthLINE listserv and provides information about HealthLINE meetings, CE classes, news, website suggestions, and more. It was originally launched in March 2004.


Blog posts from March 2004 through October 27, 2010, may still be viewed at http://healthline.blogspot.com/. This site includes all posts since October 29, 2010.

  • June 27, 2011 3:59 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The tech site, Gizmo's Freeware, has a thorough list of free books that are available online. The books can be searched by category/genre, or you can browse the 300+ sources alphabetically. There is a health/fitness/medicine category that includes books for health care professionals and consumers.

    Thanks to the iLibrarian blog for the tip.
  • June 15, 2011 7:00 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The National Academies Press has announced that over 4,000 of their books are now available for free in PDF format. You will have to give them your email address at the very least, or you can create a free account for more options.
  • March 29, 2011 9:14 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    See the most recent NLM Technical Bulletin for info on the redesign of My NCBI. It's a pretty lengthy post, but I did not see when the changes are supposed to take place.
  • March 21, 2011 7:04 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Have you heard about the new tool that links MedlinePlus directly into the electronic health records? Want to learn more?

    The Midcontinental Region of the NLM is offering a free webinar on March 30 at 12:00. A lunch and learn!
  • March 10, 2011 7:41 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    A free webinar series on grey literature starts up April 5. More tools for the toolbox!

    You do have to register with Academy Health, the sponsoring organization.
  • March 01, 2011 6:31 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    An article from the journal Database reviews 28 different 3rd party tools for PubMed.

    PubMed and Beyond: A Survey of Webtools for Searching Biomedical Literature

    Very interesting. My favorite tool, based solely on name, is Anne O'Tate.
  • January 21, 2011 2:40 AM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Join us in congratulating Clayton Crenshaw, the most recent recipient of the HealthLINE Librarian of the Year Award. Our organization is lucky to have someone so dedicated and hardworking!

    Clayton CrenshawClayton Crenshaw- LOTY
  • December 10, 2010 6:58 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    I read an interesting post from Resource Shelf that both Google and Bing offer proximity searching. I've been quite out of touch as this has been available in Google for over five years!

    The operator for Google is AROUND(x). Example: Librarians AROUND (5) awesome should find instances where 'librarians' and 'awesome' occur within five words of each other.

    The operator for Bing is near:(x) Bing has quite a few other advanced search options that I wasn't aware of. Worth checking out.
  • November 30, 2010 5:05 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    As posted in an NLM Technical Bulletin last week, the Journals Database is going to merge with the NLM catalog. This is somewhat traumatic news to me as I use the Journals Database in PubMed all the time, but it might be a good thing.

    The article includes more information and screen shots.
  • November 30, 2010 4:52 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    If you didn't get the chance to listen live to the NLM lecture on MeSH, a recording is now available.
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