Elizabeth Hill, AHIP, completed her PhD in Education!

From MLA News June/July 2010; 50(6) p8:

Elizabeth (Beth) Hill, AHIP, library manager, Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur d'Alene, ID, successfully defended her dissertation, Information Seeking as Self-directed Learning in the Lives of Rural Practitioners: A Multi-case Study, and graduated with a doctoral degree in education from the University of Idaho.  Prior to assuming her current position in May 2007, Hill was a clinical reference specialist at Kootenai Medical Center and a reference librarian at the University of Idaho.   

Reminder of Idaho Commission for Libraries Classes

Just a reminder of the great resource we have in the Idaho Commission for Libraries  Their WebJunction/Idaho classes cover a wide a range of library-related topics in areas such as management, technology and services.  Contact Shirley Biladeau at or visit the web site at

2010 - hopes for the New Year

I am looking forward to 2010 (twenty-ten, sounds good does it not?). I am continuing my education with a class at Idaho State University NURS 610: Advanced Evidence Applications. This is a required class for nurses seeking a master's degree and I plan to use what I learn to improve the services I provide as a librarian to all nurses, and develop the foundation I need for research into how nurses select and evaluate evidence for their practice.

Magnetic Libraries & Nursing Research

My hospital is working toward becoming magnetic, but we are not there yet. One of the issues for us is getting more staff involved in nursing research. I am chair of our Nursing Research Council. We have educated ourselves about nursing research and now need to reach out more to our staff to get involved and doing research.

New version of PubMed

Have you tried the new clean looking PubMed? This version will be very attractive to my staff.

I will be doing several more practice searches before I am ready to demo this to my staff in new nurses orientation. I found the information in the NLM Technical Bulletin to be very helpful for finding where my favorite features are hiding

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