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Jessi Van Der Volgen: New Assistant Director of NLM Training Center

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

I am very pleased to announce that as of August 1, 2015, Jessi Van Der Volgen has started in her new position as Assistant Director for the NLM Training Center. Jessi started as Trainer/ Curriculum and Content Specialist in 2013 and then was appointed Interim Director from May 1 through July 31, 2015. During that period she brought on Cheryl Rowan as a new Trainer / Curriculum and Content Specialist, supervised the NTC staff, and coordinated the submission of the NN/LM Training Office proposal. Congratulations to Jessi in her promotion to leading the NTC. /ch

Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

Friday, July 31st, 2015

tox town city viewFrom NLM:
The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets.The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city. /ch

Advocacy Book Group Meets Today – Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Advocacy Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO by Harrison Monarth at 2 MT, 3 CT.  We will be discussing Chapters 2 – 8 which is the Section titled “Influencing People and Events: The Foundation for Success in Communication”

The group will meet in Adobe Connect room

If you have questions about the group before August 4, please contact Darell Schmick at  Otherwise, you may contact Barb Jones at  (bbj)


EFTS: A service for all using DOCLINE

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS) is available to all DOCLINE participants.  Nationwide 1,396 institutions are regular users. The are many advantages to using the service.  If your library pays for interlibrary loans and you do not use EFTS, you may want to Join!.  If you have questions you may contact Member Services.  [jh]

All Members: Check for Updates Needed in Your Institutional Record

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

All members should check to make sure that information in their institutional record is accurate. Affiliate network members can check here .   Are all the contact names, phone numbers, email addresses and street addresses accurate? If information needs an update, you may contact your state coordinator or Member Services.  They will be happy to take the information and update your record.

DOCLINE users (Full Network Members) may log in and click on the Institutions tab at the top and then click on the tab “Update: xxxxxx.”  All full members need to update their records at least once per year. That includes:

1. Checking on all the accuracy of contact information, people -including email addresses, services & fees listed, DOCLINE options, etc.

2.  Making sure routing tables are efficient. Any libraries designated as “closed” or “not a DOCLINE library” need to be removed from the table. Each library group should be placed in a cell by itself.

Questions? [jh]



FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. Users can view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data: history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. /ch



July Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The July 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about options for infertility, read about strategies to manage metabolism changes as we age, and stay up to date on how to protect your skin from sun damage. /da

What Works: Sharing Data for America’s Communities

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The Urban Institute is making available What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities. This work will assist those looking to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to education, and build stronger communities through the use of data. /da

Advocacy Book Group Starting July 28!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO is the book that has been selected for the next Advocacy Book Group. This book, written by

Harrison Monarth focuses on perfecting leadership communication skills, and then using these skills to influence how others perceive you and what your reputation is throughout the organization. Contents include how to:

  • Accurately “read” people and predict their behavior
  • Influence the perceptions of others
  • Persuade those of opposing views to your side
  • Create and maintain a personal “brand”
  • Perform damage control when things go wrong.

Our group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4 CT, 2-3 MT in Adobe Connect room The group will run for four weeks, July 28 – August 18. Plan to attend if you have any interest in corporate communication and influence, or want to discuss ways to influence others about the value of your library and your services.

If you have any questions, contact Barb Jones at or 573-884-5042.  (bbj)


HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

2015-06-23_1924The HHS emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool, launched today to aid community health agencies and emergency
management officials in disaster preparedness as they plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home. /da