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DOCLINE Participants: Consider Using EFTS

Any library that participates in DOCLINE may utilize the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) for billing.  The system has operated since 1996.  Nationally 1,395  institutions are current members, with 71  in the MidContinental Region using the service. One user testimonial:  “We love this service. We are a busy information center who needs for services such as this to run smoothly to enhance what we are able to provide in-house and from other sources. We are glad to be participants.”

Here are some of the advantages

  • Increases efficiency
  • Reduces billing errors
  • It provides reports on billing activities.
  • It’s free to join

How does an institution become a member of EFTS? Please click here .  Questions? You may contact EFTS by email   or the MCR



Monica Rogers – new job

Monica Rogers has been the NN/LM MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinator since Jan. 2, 2012.  She will bring her knowledge and experience to the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center at the University of New Mexico as the new Division Head of Reference and User Support Services.  Over the last three and a half years, Monica led authorship of the national blog ‘Bringing Health Information to the Community’ ( presented webinars, taught classes, exhibited and presented at conferences, and worked with community-based organizations to increase the knowledge, skills, and access to health information across the NN/LM MidContinental Region.

Monica’s last day with the RML will be September 4, 2015.  We appreciate what she’s contributed to the region and wish her the best in her new position.

Education – August 2015 Discover Recording Available

The recording for the August 2015 Discover NLM and More session is now available.


A current estimation is that over 300 languages are spoken in the United States!  Finding accurate and high quality health information for these languages can be challenging.  Explore HealthReach and other refugee and multiple language resources.  All resources presented are freely available and easily accessible to all.

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Education – September Breezing and Discover Sessions

Breezing Along with the RML
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – 10 MT/11 CT
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  2. EFTS and LoansomeDoc Results
    Jim Honour, Member Services Coordinator will share the results of two questionnaires, sent earlier this year, to MCR institutions using DOCLINE  but  not participating in the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) or  not providing Loansome Doc services to unaffiliated health professionals.  He will touch on reasons found  for non-participation and conclusions from the results.

Discover NLM and More – K-12 Resources
Wednesday, September, 23, 2015 – 1 MT/ 2 CT
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Are you looking for reliable and safe places for students to conduct research? Do you need plain language text that’s easy for students at various reading levels to understand? Could you use time-saving lesson plans that relate to concepts within the health and science curriculum? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, this is the session for you! The National Library of Medicine has worked with teachers to identify resources that can meet the need of students in biology, chemistry, environmental health/science, genetics, health, and medicine. Several resources can also be used in language classes. Who should attend: K-12 teachers, library staff, and media specialists; community college instructors and library staff; public librarians; and anyone working with K-12 or community college level health and science instruction.

Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded. One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information. Questions to

Check Out “NLM’s Unique Early English Books Now Online”

The National Library of Medicine has a new collection available through Digital Collections. “The Unique English Imprints, Pre-1800,” includes letterpress books and pamphlets printed in the English-speaking world from 1550 to 1800. Most of this collection was published during a very innovative time in medicine and printing, with topics including the Great Plague, the Voluntary Hospital Movement, and adoption of smallpox inoculation. For more details, visit Circulating Now: /cm

Loansome Doc : Connect individuals with documents

Loansome Doc is an excellent avenue for individuals to order needed articles- especially those who are unaffiliated health professionals or the public.  Some affiliated health professionals also prefer to find articles and order them through the Loansome Doc portal.  The NN/LM encourages DOCLINE libraries to provide the services if possible.  Loansome Doc Information for librarians may be found here

Please let the MCR know if you have questions .    [jh]

Position Announcement for Middle Atlantic Region

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM MAR).  The Academic Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs aimed at academic institutions, with a special focus on community colleges, research universities and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health. We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine. A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be is available online. /ch

Google to Extend Sharing Flu Data

From the Google Flu Trends Team:

Instead of maintaining their own website going forward, Google is now going to empower institutions who specialize in infectious disease research to use the data to build their own models. Starting this season, they will provide flu and dengue signal data directly to partners including Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (to update their dashboard), Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza Division. The  Google Flu Trends Team will also continue to make historical flu and dengue estimate data available for anyone to see and analyze.

First started in 2008,  Flu Trends  was the product of software engineers who wanted to explore how real-world phenomena could be modeled using patterns in search queries. Over time, they have used search signals to create prediction models, updating and improving those models over time as they compared their prediction to real-world cases of flu. /ch

RWJF Culture of Health Prize 2016 Call for Applications

If you’re involved in a community health project, your community may be eligible for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally driven change across the nation. The prize recognizes whole communities. Applicants must be a collaboration beyond an  individual organization and it’s initiatives to what has been accomplished across the community. Applications are due November 12, 2015. Click here for more information and to see the prize criteria. /ch

Save the Date: Public Health and Public Libraries Webinar

Public Health and Public Libraries: Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
1 pm MT/2 pm CT

This webinar explores health-related outreach and programming ideas, and highlights the training and resources provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to help your library improve the health literacy of your community.

Presented by:
Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region
Anita Kinney, Program Analyst, United States Access Board
Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, NN/LM MidContinental Region

For more information and to register visit: