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Archive for March, 2014

FUNDING: EFTS Award for DOCLINE Users Who Don’t Yet Participate

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Here are some testimonials for those who  are using  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) :

“I use EFTS everyday and when I make a request for an article, I always check the box to send my request only to EFTS libraries. Thanks so much for making the process of billing so easy. The updating process is also so smooth and effortless. Blessings on you and your service to make our life easier.”

-Cliff Nestell; Shawnee Mission Medical Center; (KSUSMK)

“EFTS has simplified the process of managing interlibrary loan charges to such an extent that when the odd interlibrary loan bill does arrive I am reminded of how seamless a process the system is. And now that our accounts are accessible through the web, account status is never a question. EFTS = one check sent to one place!”

-Denise Corless, Caritas Norwood Hospital; (MAUNOH)

“Participation in EFTS is critical for a hospital librarian short on time and resources. It basically provides an accounting system which would otherwise take many extra hours to maintain. The new web access to our account gives us ready updates on all of our transactions. It’s an invaluable service.”

-Mary Jo Dorsey, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital; (PAUWPH)

The MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150 in start-up funding for  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) to each MCR library using DOCLINE but not currently participating in the EFTS program.  EFTS is used by health sciences libraries, and other DOCLINE users,  for processing payment of inter-library loan transactions.   Benefits include reduced costs,  minimizes human error, reduced paperwork and  increases efficiency.  More information on the program is here.

Any MCR DOCLINE library, but EFTS non-participant is eligible to apply.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extended to April 30, 2014 ! Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline date.

For more information about the award requirements and how to apply : http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/#A3

Questions to Jim Honour

[jh]

EDUCATION: Breezing and Spotlight! dates for March 2014

Friday, March 14th, 2014

March. 19 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT
Breezing Along With the RML

  • Clever Evaluation –  Program evaluation is a lot like exercising: most of us know it’s important and we plan to start doing it as soon as we have time.  So Cindy Olney, evaluation specialist for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), will present a one-hour session on evaluation methods that are quick, resourceful, and useful.  Her strategies include using existing data, combining evaluation with other project activities, and enlisting the help of others in data collection.

Mar. 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT
Spotlight on NLM Resources

  • Mobile Resources  – John Bramble will be presenting on many of the free mobile apps available in National Library of Medicine Gallery of Mobile Apps (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/). If you’d like to follow along with John as he demos apps, be sure and download the apps before the session. If you have any questions or need help with this prior to the session, please do not hesitate to contact John (john.bramble@utah.edu,  800-338-7657800-338-7657 toll free in region, 801 585 5743801 585 5743 office)

NOTE URL:  https://utahntc.adobeconnect.com/mcr  Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. 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 MLA CE will be available for the Mobile Resources session.   Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu (mm)

 

Webinar: MAR/AAHSL Data Sharing

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The AAHSL Research Enterprise Task Force and the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region are co-sponsoring  a webinar focused on data management and data sharing. There are emerging federal, funder, and publisher initiatives around data sharing/data management and these presentations will provide background and information to assist in complying with the mandates. If you plan to attend please register and sign in information will be forwarded to you.  The session will be recorded for those unable to attend the webinar.

When:  Wednesday, March 26, 2014 / Noon (MT), 1 pm (CT)
Presenters:

  • Introducing Researchers to Data Management: Pedagogy and Strategy / Karen Hanson, New York University
  • Supporting the Local Research Data Environment via Cross-Campus Collaboration and Leveraging of National Expertise / Hannah Norton, University of Florida
  • DataShare: Facilitating Scientific Data Sharing / Julia Kochi, University of California, San Francisco

Click here to register.   Details to join the meeting will be sent after you register. /ch

Mission I’mPossible – The Race is On!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

We’re into the last two months of our online game and it’s time to complete those missions and earn MLA CE credits.   Remember, MLA credits are available only if you complete all three parts of any of the following missions: Emergency Preparedness, Community Languages, and Walk’n Talk Like a CFO.   The game lasts until April 30, so there is still time to participate and even win!  We’re still recruiting and we welcome a new agent, Margaret Bandy.  Join her and the other Mission I’mPossible network agents in a fun learning environment by registering online.  For any questions or more details, be sure to contact John “Game Master” Bramble at john.bramble@utah.edu or 800-338-7667. /rv

Digital Life in 2025

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

How will you be using technology in the year 2025?  A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project asked experts to make predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025.  Predictions examine developments in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and big data.  “The experts also predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.”    The experts tend to agree on most of the coming technology changes, but disagree about it ramifications.  I encourage you to read the report to determine if you agree or disagree. /rv

The World Wide Web is 25 years old!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The World Wide Web turns 25 on March 12, 2014. To mark the anniversary of the Web, the Pew Research Center conducted a new national survey to document the use and impact of the internet.  Pew Research began studying the internet in 1995 and statistics show American internet use grew from 14% in 1995 to 87% in 2014.   Their latest survey not only examined use, but included questions on the impact of the internet on personal life and relationships and concluded that the internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users. You can read more about the report here  and also view a summary of the findings. /rv

DOCLINE: Best Practices for Users

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

DOCLINE users have many options when it comes to  supporting best practices.  The NN/LM has compiled guidelines  and etiquette to help users keep the system running smoothly and efficiently DOCLINE Best Practices for Users .   Here are some of the important guidelines for users:

1. Update your institutional record.  This needs to be done at least once a year.  Your staffing,  lending/borrowing policies and services offered may change during the year.

2. Review and update your Serial Holdings at least once a year.  We all know that holdings are not static.  It’s contingent upon the user to keep their holdings up to date so that borrowers may have an accurate knowledge of available resources.

3.  Review and update your Routing Tables.  Make sure that you remove closed libraries from your table.  Some times libraries terminate their use of DOCLINE, but still keep their NN/LM memberships.  Remove any libraries, from your routing table, with “Not a DOCLINE Library” designation. This practice will enable the algorithm to be quicker with  find lending libraries.

4.  Always use the Out of Office Planner  if your library will not be staffed.  DOCLINE users must have staff available to receive requests in a timely manner.  But, if your staff needs to be away for holidays, vacations, etc.,   it’s easy to submit a request to put your account on hold.

5. The MCR has the goal for every library to fill 75% of requests sent them.  You may want assistance if you consistently cannot meet the fill rate goal.  Your state coordinator or the MCR Member Service Coordinator are available to help .  MCR Coordinators

6. Use the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS.)  This practice reduces billing errors, speeds up processing and is a good return on investment.

DOCLINE best practices will boost your library’s performance and make you a star in the the resource sharing world!  [jh]

FUNDING: Eligible DOCLINE Users May Apply for EFTS Start-up Funds

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150 in start-up funding for  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) to each MCR library using DOCLINE but not currently participating in the EFTS program.  EFTS is used by health sciences libraries, and other DOCLINE users,  for processing payment of inter-library loan transactions.   Benefits include reduced costs,  minimizes human error, reduced paperwork and  increases efficiency.  More information on the program is here.

Any MCR DOCLINE library, but EFTS non-participant is eligible to apply.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extended to April 30, 2014 ! Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline date.

For more information about the award requirements and how to apply : http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/#A3

Questions to Jim Honour

[jh]

Webinar: Accessing Information About Chemicals and Chemical Hazards

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The recent chemical spill in West Virginia illustrates how vulnerable our communities can be to chemical contamination. In this case, little information existed about the chemical and its effects on health. Chemist Shannon Jordon, MPH, of the Specialized Information Services team at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, will speak about how NLM gathered information and created new chemical records that could be used by public health and environmental officials dealing with the spill. This webinar and conference call will also feature tools that can be used to access information about chemicals including WISER and CHEMM.

 LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 11:30 am MT, 12:30 pm CT, Thursday, March 13th, click here . Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room.” A pop-up box should appear, asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you. For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings /ch

March Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The March 2014 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. This month learn about how your liver functions and things that can damage it; understand different kinds of headaches and how to treat them; and how diet drinks may lead to increased caloric intake from solid foods. /da