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Advocacy Book Group Meets Tuesday, August 4

The Advocacy Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO by Harrison Monarth at 2 MT, 3 CT.  We will be discussing Chapters 2 – 8 which is the Section titled “Influencing People and Events: The Foundation for Success in Communication”

The group will meet in Adobe Connect room

If you have questions about the group before August 4, please contact Darell Schmick at  Otherwise, you may contact Barb Jones at  (bbj)


EFTS: A service for all using DOCLINE

The Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS) is available to all DOCLINE participants.  Nationwide 1,396 institutions are regular users. The are many advantages to using the service.  If your library pays for interlibrary loans and you do not use EFTS, you may want to Join!.  If you have questions you may contact Member Services.  [jh]

Solo Hospital Librarians’ Chat

Next Friday, July 31, we’ll have our monthly chat at 2 pm CST. This is time of summer when I wonder why I find it so hard to move and think; then I see the temp is 94 degrees and the heat index is 102 and climbing. So the agenda for this month’s chat will reflect my slow-down approach to living.

Good News: Anyone? What at work surprised you in a good way?

Need Help: Who needs ideas or wisdom from colleagues? A MLS student contacted me about the chats and she hopes to join us this Friday, bringing lots of questions about the medical librarian profession. So be thinking about what you would recommend or share with someone who wants to join our ranks.

Let’s Explore: Interesting times are unfolding at MLA, and I hope Ellen Aronson can give us an up close and personal update on changes in place.

It’s time to think about projects, posters, articles, and other contributions we can make to our profession. Who has ideas in the works?

I know that some folks who wanted to hear about Comparative Effectiveness Research were not able to attend the June chat, so I thought we’d explore the topic again. Helen-Ann Brown Epstein will resist being assigned to desk duty at work so she can bring us deeper into the how-to and where parts of this topic. My knowledge of the data sources was somewhat superficial; also, I could use a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using observational data. And if you have used PubMed’s Topic Specific Query for CER or encountered research articles using this approach, tell us about your experience. I think of it as big data uses in nonacademic settings!

Finally, if anyone is less summer-weary and has a subject to explore, bring it on!

Talk to you Friday the 31st!


Louise McLaughlin, M.S.L.S., M.P.S.
Information Specialist
Woman’s Health Sciences Library
P. O. Box 95009
Baton Rouge, LA 70895-9009
225.924.8467 fax


Name: Solo Hospital Librarians Chat
Start Time: 07/31/2015 2:00 PM CST
Duration: 01:00

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Call in Participant Code: 959760
For any questions, contact Barb Jones at

All Members: Check for Updates Needed in Your Institutional Record

All members should check to make sure that information in their institutional record is accurate. Affiliate network members can check here .   Are all the contact names, phone numbers, email addresses and street addresses accurate? If information needs an update, you may contact your state coordinator or Member Services.  They will be happy to take the information and update your record.

DOCLINE users (Full Network Members) may log in and click on the Institutions tab at the top and then click on the tab “Update: xxxxxx.”  All full members need to update their records at least once per year. That includes:

1. Checking on all the accuracy of contact information, people -including email addresses, services & fees listed, DOCLINE options, etc.

2.  Making sure routing tables are efficient. Any libraries designated as “closed” or “not a DOCLINE library” need to be removed from the table. Each library group should be placed in a cell by itself.

Questions? [jh]



Webinar: SciENcv

NCBI staff will present a webinar on SciENcv, their platform for maintaining a record of research accomplishment in the form of a CV. In this webinar, they’ll show you how to use SciENcv to maintain your scientific record and generate the new BioSketch. SciENcv is linked from MyNCBI. If you are a librarian whose user population needs to create and maintain a CV, this would be a useful webinar for you to attend too.

The webinar will be on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11am MT, 12pm CT.  Click here to register  The session will be recorded and the RML News will have a posting on the recording. /ch


FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. Users can view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data: history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. /ch



Webinar: AHRQ Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture

This free Webcast from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will discuss the development of the new AHRQ Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture, present results from the pilot test, and introduce the available toolkit materials. In addition, survey users will share their experiences using the survey and plans to improve their patient safety culture. Wednesday, July 15, 1:30-2:30 MT, 2:30-3:30 CT. Register. /da


July Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The July 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about options for infertility, read about strategies to manage metabolism changes as we age, and stay up to date on how to protect your skin from sun damage. /da

What Works: Sharing Data for America’s Communities

The Urban Institute is making available What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities. This work will assist those looking to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to education, and build stronger communities through the use of data. /da

DYI Tool for Program Success Stories

The OERC has shared another great site for creating success stories. A story builder tool is available at the CDC Injury Prevention and Control web site. The story builder takes you through three steps to produce an attractive, well-written program success story. Each step offers downloadable Microsoft Word documents to walk you through the process and serve as templates for creating and publishing your stories. The post is available on the OERC blog.  /bk