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The HealthLINE 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.

  • 08/04/2011 5:47 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Lisa Huang pointed out that the PDF version of the book The Future of Nursing: Leading Change is available for free from the National Academies Press.

    I had posted last month that all NAP books are free in PDF format. These aren't just older books either as The Future of Nursing is a 2011 edition.

    Thanks to Lisa for the tip!
  • 07/27/2011 4:28 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    DOCLINE 4.6 will be released on July 26. DOCLINE will be down from approximately 6:00am to 7:00am while the upgrade occurs.

    Go to the NNLM posting on the 4.6 release for more information.

    Update- There are two webinars that will go over the changes in Docline. One is today (July 27) from 3:00-4:00, and the other is August 1st from 1:00-2:00. See the NN/LM MAR blog for details.
  • 07/22/2011 8:17 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The MidContinental Region of the NN/LM is hosting a webinar titled, 'Nurses and Librarians: Perfect Partners!'

    The webinar will be held on July 19 from 1-2. See the MCR page for more information and to register.

    Update- The recording of this webinar is now available.
  • 07/22/2011 7:44 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Amazon announced this week that they are offering textbook rentals for the Kindle. The rental period lasts from 30 days to one year, and the price varies by rental time and title. The rental service is available via the Kindle app on many different devices, so you can use this service even if you don't own Kindle. That last point main be a real advantage for usage as textbooks will look much better using the Kindle app for the iPad, PC or Mac.

    Wired has a nice review.
  • 07/22/2011 7:26 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    The 2nd edition of the Medical Library Association Guide to Managing Healthcare Libraries has been reviewed in most recent issue of JAMA.
  • 07/20/2011 5:43 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    A HealthLINE member sent this citation and review of an interesting article on methods to bring evidence to the bedside nurse.

    Larkin ME, Cierpial CL, Vanderboom T et al. Research ambassadors: Bringing findings to the bedside. Nurs Manage. 2009; 40 (10):20-23.  (I would link to the PubMed citation, but they failed to index the entire October issue- amazing!)

    The article by Larkin et al discusses the barriers and practical initiatives to bring nursing research findings directly to the bedside. As librarians, we can proactively support these initiatives through participation on our hospital’s Nursing Research Committee, training, literature search and document delivery activities.
  • 07/14/2011 7:24 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Another interesting post from Albi Calman:

    Are you responsible for providing consumer health information to patients, families, or visitors to your libraries? Take a look at the health brochures published by JourneyWorks Publishing. Although these brochures will set you back a few dollars (a set of 50 brochures will cost around $18.00), the pamphlets are colorful, nicely organized and illustrated, and offer dependable, current information on a wide range of health-related topics. They are carefully written and are rated at a 4th – 6th grade reading level. We produce a monthly display related to a particular health topic; these materials are usually the first information pieces to attract visitors’ attention.
  • 07/05/2011 9:02 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    Albi Calman from Children's Medical Center at Legacy shared this review:

    I just finished reading Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an epic examination of the history of cancer — the book is subtitled “a biography of cancer” — and the researchers, physicians, and victims who have fought and sometimes been consumed by this illness. Mukherjee is an oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and this is his first book. This is compelling reading; the prose is elegant and provocative.  I urge you to read it, and if possible, to consider adding it to your library’s collection.
  • 07/01/2011 5:18 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    A little Friday fun! When I saw this post on the Laika's MedLib Blog, I thought, 'so what, Google has had an image search forever'. But, this is different! You can now use an image as your search. Upload a picture, copy and paste the URL of the image, or drag and drop an image into the search box.

    I'm going to be taking pictures of the very weird bugs in my yard, and then I'll use the search by image to identify them. I know how to party for the 4th!

    Unrelated to insects or images, I have met my goal of one new entry every day this week on the HealthLINE blog. Next week you'll start seeing items from my fellow Communications Committee members. Do you have something cool to share, but aren't a CC member? No worries- send me what you have, and I'll be happy to post it for you.

    Have a happy and safe 4th!
  • 06/30/2011 3:37 PM | Jon Crossno (Administrator)
    There is a handy new tool now available for those of us that create patient materials or work in any area that deals with patient education. The Plain Language Medical Dictionary was created by the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library. Though it's not an exhaustive list, it does include a lot of the common medspeak terms which it then 'translates' into plain language.

    Source: Bringing Health Information to the Community
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