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Upcoming Webinars: Hospital Libraries, PubMed Searches

Both webinars are sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Regional Medical Library.

Hospital Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities (Boost Box)
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
10:00am MT/11:00am CT

In this session we will discuss the current state of hospital libraries and consider their future in light of the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, and budget cuts. We will especially consider the role the librarian plays and their effect on these changes, as well as ways the library’s resources (including the librarian) can help offset the expenses hospitals are facing. Speaker: Heather N. Holmes, MLIS, AHIP, Clinical Informationist, Summa Health System, Akron, OH.
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CE

Saving time with PubMed Subject-specific Queries (Focus on NLM Resources)
Thursday, Dec. 17 , 2015
10:00am MT/11:00am CT

Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with NN/LM MAR Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!
No Registration Required
Eligible for 1 MLA CE


Take The Pie, Leave The Pie Chart – a new post from the OERC

Cindy Olney of the OERC posted a new blog item about the value or lack thereof of pie charts. In this season of pies it’s a fun read and might make you hungry. But just as we need to think about eating pie we also need to think about whether to use a pie chart to illustrate data. Cindy’s post is available online here ( – bk

DOCLINE Users: Regular Upates to Perform in Your Accounts

Dear DOCINE Users,

Here are regular best practices to perform in your account at least once a year:

  • Update your Institutional Record!  Review contact information, borrowing/lending preferences, library schedule, services/fees and all other areas.
  • Review and update your Routing Tables!  Weed out any “Closed” libraries or those that are designated “Not a DOCLINE Library.” Remember to place each library group in a routing cell by itself.
  • Review and update your serial holdings so that they reflect an accurate picture of what’s available to other DOCLINE libraries.

Please click here for a detailed list of best DOCLINE best practices.   Questions  may be submitted to    [jh]

DOCLINE Users: A Best Lending Practice

Dear DOCLINE Users,

It’s time to remind some of you about a vital lending practice when sending articles to a borrowing library.  Always include the DOCLINE request /number with every article.

Borrowing libraries need to have the ability to deliver articles quickly to the their patrons and cannot do so without a quick reference point.  When emailing an article, scan the DOCLINE request and insert it into the PDF with the article if possible.  If you can’t scan the DOCLINE request, then include the request number and the patron’s name in the email.  Including the the DOCLINE request, along with a faxed article, is also a best practice.

Borrowing libraries, especially those receiving a high volume of articles, will be grateful to know immediately who the article goes to when it arrives.


Public Domain License Filters for PubMed and PMC

From NLM:

PubMed Central (PMC) includes some journals published by US government agencies that make their articles available under a Creative Commons public domain license (CCO). Some other journals also apply a CCO license to selected articles in PMC. All these articles may be used and reproduced without special permission. However, anyone using the material is requested to properly cite and acknowledge the source.

You may now search for CCO articles by using special filters in both PMC (cc0 license[filter]) and PubMed (pmc cc0 license[filter]). These filters are based on license information that is provided to PMC by publishers and encoded as machine-readable identifiers in the source XML of each article. For more information, see the Open Access Subset page.

Please bear in mind that these articles, although made available under a CCO license, may still contain photographs or illustrations copyrighted by other commercial organizations or individuals that may not be used without obtaining prior approval from the holder of the copyright. /ch

Librarian in the world of Patient Safety

Read about a librarian’s role in the world of patient safety in this interview of Lorri Zipperer by Dr. Robert M. Wachter. Lorri Zipperer was a founding staff member of the National Patient Safety Foundation as their information projects manager.  She has also been the Cybrarian for AHRQ Patient Safety Network since its beginning.  Lorri is the editor of Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information and Knowledge Transfer.  Dr Wachter is the editor of AHRQ WebM&M and AHRQ Patient Safety Network as well as the author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age.  (bbj)

Thanksgiving Holiday

Happy ThanksgivingThe NN/LM MCR offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz

Librarians in OzThis holiday weekend, you can earn CE from the comforts of your own home. “The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz” game features challenges that can be taken anytime anywhere. Current challenges (courses) include:

  • Dazzling Data Visualization
  • Just Click Your Heels to go Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Engaging Professional Users via Social Media
  • Memes and Gifts and Videos- Oh My! Using Pop Culture to Enhance Instruction
  • The Yellow Brick Road, Poppy Fields, or the Forest – which direction should you go? Planning for and showing impact


If you have any comments or question, please contact John Bramble or Alicia Lillich


NCCIH Network Pharmacology and Natural Products Webinar

Network Pharmacology and Natural Products Webinar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
1:00–4:00 p.m. EST

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) will hold a webinar on network pharmacology and natural products Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Presenters will discuss new technology that has the potential to raise awareness on how natural products impact biological networks. Registration. /da


Reminder: NLM Biomedical Informatics Course Deadline is December

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 National Library of Medicine (NLM) Georgia Biomedical Informatics Courses to be held April 3-9 and September 11-17 at Brasstown Valley Conference Center in Young Harris, Georgia.

This is a week-long survey course designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and application areas of biomedical informatics. The target audience includes medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, clinical practitioners, and faculty who are not currently knowledgeable but can become agents of change in their institutions.

Applications will be accepted until December 7, 2015 at 8 a.m. All applicants will be notified by the end of January/early February of their application status.

Successful applicants will be asked for a commitment to attend the entire course and all sessions. Travel, hotel, and meals of all successful applicants will be paid for by Georgia Regents University (soon to be Augusta University) under their contract with NLM.

Click here: For more information and to apply for the course

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Adrienne Hayes at  /cm