We have Pride

June 16, 2016

sign for LGBTQ displayJune is LGBTQ Pride Month, and we are celebrating with a special display. Come check out a book from our StudentsAWARE Health Equity Collection. This year the display is dedicated to our brothers and sisters killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016.  Evening & Weekend Library Supervisor Jenny Kim hand-lettered 49 hearts with their names in commemoration of their lives.

Make a crane!

May 27, 2016

For springtime fun, we are making and collecting origami cranes in the library. We have origami paper and directions available at the front desk. Come on over and make a crane or two as a fun break from studying. When you finish your crane, it can join the NCNM Library crane flock. We’re collecting the cranes in a ‘flock student with origami cranepile of multicolored origami cranesbox’. When we have enough cranes gathered, library staff will turn the flock into a beautiful piece of art to hang in the front room of the library. Come help the flock grow!

AWARE collection renamed

May 13, 2016

Students and librarian holding new signIn May, we renamed and rebranded our AWARE collection. This is a special collection the library started in 2009 at the request of the AWARE students, who asked that we create a special shelf for books specific to social and cultural medical issues. Initially we included some books from our existing collection, and SGA/AWARE contributed funds to purchase additional books. It’s not clear how many books were in the original collection, but correspondence from the time refers to it as a “shelf,” which suggests that it wasn’t more than about 30 books. This collection has grown in the ensuing years and now includes nearly 100 books and DVDs. We continue to add to the collection; in fact we recently purchased six new books in honor of Black History Month.

Recently Kitwana Pounsel-Lott of StudentsAWARE approached the library asking how we could make the collection more visible and its content more transparent to those not familiar with the AWARE acronym. After considering a number of options, we decided to change the name of the collection, or rather elaborate on it, to the StudentsAWARE Health Equity Collection. The new and larger sign further increases the visibility of the collection. We thank Kitwana and the StudentsAWARE group for taking the initiative and working with us to enact this change!


The mission of AWARE (Actively Working to Advance Real Equity) is to create a culture of inclusion at NCNM, guide the effective recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, students and staff, and to promote excellence in natural medicine by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education and health care.  The goal of AWARE is to create an environment at NCNM that is genuinely welcoming to all community members, with an emphasis on preparing students to work with the diversity they will encounter in all their professional activities.

StudentsAWARE is a student organization dedicated to the facilitation, education, and development of social justice issues, both on campus and in the community. The mission of StudentsAWARE (Actively Working to Advance Real Equity) is to support AWARE in creating a culture of inclusion at NCNM (National College of Natural Medicine). Our goals include promoting culturally and linguistically appropriate health care, improving the curriculum to include a stronger understanding of diversity and provide students with the tools and experiences needed to competently serve diverse populations.

Goodbye, password!

April 26, 2016

Home page of Classicalchinesemedicine.orgUser ID and password are no longer needed for the Classical Chinese Medicine Associate’s Forum, our own Heiner Fruehauf’s rich database of articles, lectures and practical demonstrations. From the library’s Databases page, you can enter the site the same as you would any other database.  If you are on campus, simply click on the name of the database: Classical Chinese Medicine Associate’s Forum.  If you are off campus, click on the off-campus users link.

New e-book added

March 30, 2016

clinicians handbookThe latest edition of The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine is now available online. To access it, search the library catalog for the title and look for Online Access. Ask a librarian if you have any questions.

Revive, NCNM-style

March 22, 2016

2016 spring breakCome see our display of books and videos for your spring break chill time.

Happy Lunar New Year

February 11, 2016

New Year card with Monkey for year 2016

On Friday, February 12 the library will celebrate the Year of the Monkey with festive decorations and treats in the Chinese Herb Library.  Stop by the library after the community hour celebration to sample oranges, candies, and other delicious snacks!

Celebrate Black History Month

February 5, 2016

The NCNM Library and Student Doctors for Ethnic Diversity (SDED) proudly present Black History Month: The Medical Viewpoint, on display in the library through the month of February.

Explore the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to the fields of medicine, research and healing arts from antiquity to the present. All books are available for checkout from the library.

SDED book drive is ON

January 20, 2016

SDED book drive 2016 retakeThe Student Doctors for Ethnic Diversity (SDED) book drive is back! In observance of the MLK holiday and Black History Month, SDED is hosting a book drive for the Black United Fund of Oregon in an effort to increase literacy rates among Portland-area children and adults. You can drop off age-appropriate (0-18 y/o) books for BUF students January 20-February 27 in the library — just look for the blue bin. All genres accepted!