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Alicia Lillich, New Kansas/Technology Coordinator

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

It is a pleasure to announce that on May 4, 2015,  Alicia Lillich will join the A.R. Dykes Library of the Health Sciences as the Kansas/Technology Coordinator for the National Network Library of Medicine, MidContinentalRegion. Alicia will start off flying on her first day to attend meetings with other MCR coordinators at the headquarters in Salt Lake City. Soon after, she’ll  leave for MLA-Austin. Alicia comes to us from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS where she is currently winding up her position as Reference Instruction  Librarian and Affiliate Faculty, teaching Information Literacy and Website Management courses.  Alicia and  her husband, Scott and  18 month old son, Salvador are moving to the Kansas City area from Derby, Kansas. Those of you attending MLA might get the opportunity to meet Alicia in Austin.  She’s really excited to join the medical library community. /ch

DEADLINE APPROACHING – K-12 Partnership Funding

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Call for Applications (CFAs):
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of K-12 School Partnership funding.

The MCR plans to fund four awards up to $1,500 in Option Year 4 (May 2015-April 2016):
• Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.
• Recipients will be notified by May 8, 2015.
• Projects must be completed by April 30, 2016.

The purpose of this award is to support new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, medical or academic health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) involving National Library of Medicine health and/or science information that can serve as a model for other partnerships.

Examples of projects include:
• Partnerships to provide access to health information to support health and/or science curriculum.
• Partnerships to conduct innovative health and/or science information outreach programs.
• Partnerships to benefit community access to health information.
• Partnerships to improve access to health information for underserved/vulnerable populations.

Partners must be an NN/LM MCR Full or Affiliate member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by entering a zip code in the NN/LM Member Directory. Not a member, sign up today, it’s free.

Allocation of Funds
Reimbursements will be made to project leader upon receipt of invoice(s). Indirects and overhead are not allowable.

Quarterly and final reports are required.

Apply online.

If you have questions regarding this award, contact Dana Abbey or Monica Rogers, MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinators.

DOCLINE Users: Tips For Keeping Your Accounts Current

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

All institutions using DOCLINE need to  regularly perform maintenance on their accounts.  Here’s a checklist of things to keep current:

  • Regularly review and update your library’s holdings in SERHOLD to make sure they are accurate.  The goal is to keep the DOCLINE system running efficiently and quickly. Inaccurate holdings can cause problems. Update at least once a year
  • Make sure that you set up holdings so that your library can always meet the minimum fill rate(75%.) The region’s DOCLINE coordinator can help you with questions.
  • Review your routing table.  Remove any LIBIDs that have the designation “Not a DOCLINE Library”  or “Closed.” Follow the recommended guidelines for arranging  library groups and resource libraries.
  • Review and update your institutional record at least once a year.  It’s important update people, contact information, borrowing / lending preferences, etc. as those things change.
  • Smile and have fun with DOCLINE and its capabilities!  For some basics view the FAQs after logging-in.  [jh]

Health Literacy Information Resources

Friday, April 17th, 2015

NLM has updated its page that provides  a MEDLINE/PubMed search strategy for health literacy citations. This structured search will assist the user in formulating a detailed search for health literacy.  The website ( also contains a list of important resources concerning health literacy. /ch

EDUCATION: Two Informative Webinars in April!

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

LinkOut! : Harnessing the Power of LinkOut for Libraries

Tammy Magid will be facilitating a webinar that focuses on “LinkOut for Libraries” services to provide user’s access to online full-text at the point of need – it’ll be a librarian’s primer on “LinkOut for Libraries” services, tools, and customer support services. This presentation will include a brief question and answer session for participants.

Tammy A. Magid, MLIS works as a Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine where she serves as the NLM LinkOut Coordinator and Team Lead.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015,   12 pm Mountain Time, 1 pm Central Time

Who: For those who use LinkOut or anyone else who wants to learn more about the technology.

Where: Please read below.


Learn more about the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS)

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator, will be presenting an informative session on the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS.) Participating DOCLINE libraries primarily use the system. Jola will present an overview and the advantages of using the system.  She will available to answer any questions.

Who: For DOCLINE participants not currently using EFTS and/or for current users. Anyone interested in the program is welcome.

When : Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1 pm Mountain Time / 2 pm Central Time


Where:  Both presentations will be in the MCR Network Member Services Room

Log in as a “Guest” and receive prompts for the audio portion after entering the room. Captioning will be provided for both sessions.  [jh]


Betsy L. Humphreys named Acting Director of the NLM

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. She has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005. More on her accomplishments./da

Breezing Along with the RML Wednesday, April 15

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for funding Regional Medical Libraries 2016-2021 was released last week and WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU.

This funding opportunity is quite different than previous contracts. So, at the Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Breezing Along with the RML session (10am MT / 11am CT), we will present a brief overview of this FOA. We are very interested in your awsome ideas and opinions; please plan to attend so you can share what you think should be included in our proposal.

Here is the link to the FOA (

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to let your voice be heard.

This is the link to the Breezing session  (

See you next week! /ch

Disaster Information Specialist Monthly Webinar : Digital Humanitarians

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is hosting their monthly disaster information specialist  webinar on Thursday, April 9 @ 1:30 Eastern Time.  It is free and anyone may attend.

Patrick Meier, PHD, will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his book”Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.” For more information on the webinar and past presentations click here .  [jh]


Regional Medical Library Funding Open

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine announced that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities are open for applications until July 24, 2015. This is the funding for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine program.  Instructions for applying are available on the NIH grants web site. (  The deadline for proposals is July 24, 2015.

Two sessions are scheduled to answer questions  for institutions who are interested in applying.  Both sessions will be recorded:

Technical Assistance Webinar
When: Thursday April 23, 2015, from1-2pm MT, 2-3pm CT
Webinar URL –

Applying for Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements (UG4)” and Q&A with NLM Extramural Program
When: Friday, May 15, 2015
Where: Austin Convention Center, Room 12A
Time: 3:30 pm—5:30 pm

April Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The April 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue read about how the reliable health information in this resource is shared and get an update on reader’s favorite health stories. /da