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Check with NLM Before Discarding Journals

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Journal Donation System makes it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM need items you are discarding. The system can be used by DOCLINE and non-DOCLINE libraries to offer any title, including titles not owned by NLM.

The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page. In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301) 496-0081 or

NLM will pay shipping for needed volumes. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see /da


Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Breezing Along with the RML – July 16, 2014, 10:00 MT/2:00 CT

  • Topic 1:  History of Medicine – The Four Humors Traveling Exhibit and a Humor Collection
  • Topic 2:  History of Veterinary Medicine with Trent Jones from the University of Missouri – Columbia

Discover the National Library of Medicine and More – July 23, 2014, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

  • Topic:  Community College Resources .  Join Marty Magee, as she covers some of the requested topics from Community College librarians such as PubMed searching,  searching MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and health statistic information.  Databases coverage will include: PubMed Health, Clinical Trials, and Genetics Home Reference.  And for faculty and students as well, there will be Apps and Mobile Resources.

Join us at:   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.   Questions to


If you missed it…..Recording of Breezing Session of June 18

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Recording of Breezing Session of June 18:

  1. Highlights of Medical Library Association annual conference from RML Staff
  2. NLM Request for Information -  Member Input

Check out the Breezing page for other past recordings and upcoming dates for Breezing sessions:

DISCOVER NLM AND MORE….June 25, 2014 1:00 MT/2:00CT – Clinical Trials

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

We’ve renamed our” Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources” to…. “Discover NLM and More.”

Our “first” new session will be on Wednesday,  June 25 at 1:00 MT/2:00 CT -Clinical Trials

  •  “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the result.” Wise words from Winston Churchill, and they could not be more appropriate for this one-hour session on the results database. This free public registry of clinical trials launched in 2000 with a mere 4,000 studies, and today boasts nearly 168,000. Join Dana Abbey to explore the basics of clinical trials, the purpose of registering and submitting results, and searching and interpreting results.  One MLA CE credit will be available for this class.

JOIN US AT:   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.   Questions to (mm).



Response to Request for Information

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

During the June Breezing Along with the RML session participants came up with three recommendations for the NN/LM.  Thanks to those who stayed to provide your input! These recommendations have been sent to NLM.

  • Improve quality health information access to the unaffiliated –public health workforce, the public—especially in rural areas.
  • Work with accrediting bodies to define access to health information and define the librarian as the expert that can most efficiently provide access to health information.
  •  The librarian is available to health care providers at the point of care.

You too can respond to the Request for Information. For instructions go to this web site.  Deadline for input is June 26, 2014. /ch

EDUCATION: PubMed for Trainers from the NTC…

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Would you like to gain new PubMed search skills, brush up on existing skills and collaborate with colleagues to develop training strategies?  Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers.    PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth look at PubMed and provides an opportunity to share training ideas with fellow participants.    PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online and 1 in-person class.  The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

  • Part One (online): September 29, 2014
  • Part Two (online): October 2, 2014
  • Part Three (online): October 9, 2014
  • Part Four (in-person): October 17, 2014

The in-person session is scheduled one day after MCMLA 2014 in Denver on October 17th, so you can attend the conference and stay for PubMed for Trainers. The in-person class will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Health Sciences Library in Aurora, CO.   The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.  The series is eligible for 15 hours of MLA CE credit.  For a complete description including times, go to: (mm)  To register, visit


EDUCATION: Breezing Along with the RML – June 18, 2014 10:00 MT/11:00 CT

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Wednesday, June 18 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML  

  1. Highlights of MLA annual conference from RML Staff – You couldn’t attend the Medical Library Association annual conference?  You want to hear about the  highlights ?  Hears about caricatures , great speakers and more.  Join us and share your thoughts as well!
  2. Request for Information – Let’s put our heads together and provide ideas to the National Library of Medicine on the NN/LM program. NLM has published a Request for Information. At this month’s Breezing Along with the RML you’ll  have the opportunity to network with colleagues to generate ideas on the future priorities of the NN/LM. These ideas  will be forwarded to NLM.

JOIN US AT:   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.   Questions to (mm)


Copyright MOOC for librarians and k-12 educators

Friday, June 13th, 2014

For those of you interested in brushing up your knowledge about copyright:

Kevin Smith, the scholarly communication officer and copyright expert at Duke University, and two colleagues are organizing a four-week MOOC (Massive Open Online Class) on the basics of copyright.  The course is aimed at librarians and K-12 educators and offered on the Coursera platform.  A great, free opportunity to learn from one of the best.  For more information and to register click here. /ch


Scotland releases new health literacy policy

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Scotland has released a new health literacy policy and toolkit titled “Making it Easy: a Health Literacy Action Plan for Scotland.”  You can review the policy, action plan and toolkit at  (bbj)

Resource Sharing: DOCLINE Users – Things You Need to Know!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Dear DOCLINE Users:

Here are 5 DOCLINE best practice tips:

1) Review and maintain your institution’s serial holdings  data .  To review your institution’s serial holdings, you must log in,  and then click on the “Serial Holdings” tab. It’s very important to make sure your holdings are accurate for efficient and quick lending.

2) Make sure that your routing tables are current  Remove any libraries, on your routing table,  with the designation “Not a DOCLINE Library”  or “Library Closed.”

3) The fill rate target for all MidContinental Region libraries is at 75% or higher.  If you are having trouble meeting that goal, your state coordinators or the MCR’s Member Services coordinator will  be able to provide some suggestions.  You can find your fill rate by clicking on “Requests” and then “Reports.”

4) Review and maintain your institutional  record for accuracy and completeness.  The institutional record contains a list of those people, and their contact information, who have access to your DOCLINE account.  To find your institution record,  you must log in, click on the “Institutions” tab, click on “Update” and on the “People” button on the left side.  Remove names of those who do not now have access or add new names.  Update any changes of address.   You’ll also want to be sure all of your borrow and lend preferences are current too.

5)  Always submit an “Out of Office” request if your library will not be filling requests while staff are away from the office.  In DOCLINE, click on your “Institutions” tab,  “Update (LIBID)”  and then on the “Out of Office” tab on the left sidebar.

All reviews and updates should be performed at least once a year.  Taking these steps shows your commitment to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Resource Sharing Plan

For more information you may contact Jim Honour