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

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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

Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

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

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

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


Papers From a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine recently acquired the Charles Henry Stevens Papers, 1945-1946. Charles Stevens was a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class and administered medical treatment and services on the Navy hospital ship USS Repose during World War II. His papers include photographs, a ship’s newsletter, and his uniform insignia.

To learn more visit the Circulating Now blog:    /cm

Online Interactive Professional Development Experience: FREE MLA Courses available via The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Last week, the NN/NL MCR launched our Online Interactive Professional Development Experience, also known as “The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz” game. We are happy to report that we already have twelve players signed up to play.
People who are playing the challenges (aka courses) found in this game are earning free CE from the Medical Library Association along with game points (so you can win the game).
Right now, there are two playable challenges. One on learning about data visualization techniques (100 game points & 5 MLA CE) and the other is learning about the social media being used by researchers (100 game points & 5 MLA CE).
There are other challenges coming up on topics such as conducting an appreciative inquiry, applying SWOT to logic models, using pop culture as a teaching tool, developing library promotion skills, and more.
Those interested in checking this out can register and earn game points instantly by sharing their own knowledge and experiences in any of the challenges.
If you have any comments or question, please contact John Bramble.

This Thanksgiving Complete Your Family Health Portrait

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day. Over the holiday or at other times when families gather, you are encouraged to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in your family. The “My Family Health Portrait” is an online tool that can make it easy for you to record your family health history. /da