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Archive for December, 2011

Personnel Changes for the MCR

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Be reassured no one is leaving! This time the MCR is announcing a change in responsibilities. Jim Honour is taking over the responsibilities for Member Services. He is now the Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator and will lead our efforts to provide services to you, our members, as you share resources and support your use of DOCLINE, EFTS, and LinkOut. Our popular series of DOCLINE webinars will continue with Camille Salmond and Jim. Jim also leads our continuity of service efforts in emergency preparedness. Our thanks to John Bramble, Technology Coordinator, for doing double duty until we could transition Member Services responsibilities to Jim.

Suzanne Sawyer, our Project Coordinator, is temporarily taking on additional responsibilities to see us through this contract year. She will provide outreach services to the state of Utah. Her new role will include exhibiting at health professional meetings, introducing and training providers on NLM resources, and supporting members in the state.

Congratulations to Jim and Suzanne on their new positions! /ch

SAVE THE DATE: Workshop for eScience

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Wednesday – February 22, 2012 @ the University of Utah

IN-PERSON WORKSHOP: Developing Data Services to Support eScience/eResearch

LOCATION: Spencer F. & Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building (Room TBD), University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

DATE/TIME: Wednesday – February 22, 2012, 9:00-11:30am MT

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Jian Qin, Associate Professor and Director CAS eScience Program, Syracuse University


  • Learn what eScience means, and why it matters to research librarians
  • Understand the practices of data management and curation in support of eScience
  • Know how to move forward in your institution with an eScience initiative

This workshop is presented at no cost to you. SPACE IS LIMITED, please register @

For more information on the workshop:

NO TRAVEL FUNDS? Consider applying for the Professional Development Award to attend this workshop. This award supports librarians who wish to attend a conference, take training, or attend a workshop by the end of April 2012. For more information, visit our funding page

Additional e-science events are occurring on the same day. For more information visit: [da]


FUNDING: Reminder to apply for awards!

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The NN/LM MidContinental Region is now offering two funding opportunities. The awards will be made until the funds are exhausted, or until the end of the contract year (April 30, 2012) whichever comes first.

Professional Development Award is to support health sciences librarians who wish to attend a conference, or take a training or workshop of their choice. (Each award will be for up to $1,500)

Training Health Professionals Stipend is to support health science, public, or special librarians who wish to exhibit and present at a medical or health-related meeting or conference in the MidContinental Region. Three awards will be made with each for up to $1,000.

Each award has specfic requirements, so you’ll need to read them carefully before applying.  Applicants’ institutions need to be NN/LM members.   For more information - . Contacts: Dana Abbey (for Training Health Professionals Stipend) or Jim Honour [jh]

EDUCATION: Start marking your 2012 Calendar -Upcoming Breezing and Spotlight! sessions

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Start marking your 2012 Calendar –
Upcoming Breezing and Spotlight! sessions:

  • Breezing Sessions 10:00 MT, 11:00 CT: January 18, February 15, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 30
  • Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources 1:00 MT, 2:00 CT:  January 25, February 8, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27

For more information and archived recordings of past sessions see:  Questions to Marty Magee –

Holiday Closures

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

NLM will be closed on Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas and Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year’s.

The NN/LM MCR will be closed Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26  and Friday, December 30 – Monday, January 2.

Best wishes for wonderful holidays and a happy and healthy new year!

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine -a spectacular illustrated book that showcases rare, beautiful, idiosyncratic, and surprising works in the collection of the world’s largest medical library – will be published in April 2012 by Blast Books of New York, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine. It is available for pre-order through all major online booksellers.

Find the Latest Reviews of Clinical Effectiveness Research @ PubMed Health

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care. The site now boasts over 18,000 systematic reviews and health technology assessments.

PubMed Health provides summaries and full texts of selected systematic reviews in one place. The reviews were generally published or updated from 2003. There is also information for consumers and clinicians based on those reviews. For more information, see the current NLM Technical Update [da]

Learn about toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine’s TOXMAP now provides information on the toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Companies involved in hydraulic fracturing are not currently required to report to the US EPA Toxics Release Inventory Program and so are not represented in TOXMAP. However, TOXMAP provides information on many of the most toxic chemicals used. [da]

Wish You Well Foundation Grant

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The Wish You Well Foundation funds  programs that support family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Their funding is on-going with reviews 4x a year. Funding ranges from $200 to $10,000. Details are available at /ch

National Leadership Grants

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting proposals for National Leadership Grants to support projects that have the potential to advance museum, library, and archival practice. They encourage proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers. Proposals should address key needs and challenges that face libraries, museums, and archives.

A webinar offering general Information about the NLG program, grant categories, funding types, and tips on applying will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 12:00 MT, 1:00 CT

  • Amount available is $50,000-$500,000
  • Deadline for proposals is 2/1/201
  • Details on the grant is available at