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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 ( 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 (,  800-338-7657800-338-7657 toll free in region, 801 585 5743801 585 5743 office)

NOTE URL:  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 (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)

  • 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

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 :

Questions to Jim Honour


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

Recordings from February webinars now available…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

1)  Breezing Along with the RML – Feb, 19, 2014, at:  

  1. Business Communications: Library Style – The One Pager – Marty Magee
  2. Resource Sharing – Jim Honour

2)  Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Feb. 26, 2014 – PEMAT – Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool  at:


EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – PEMAT (Patient Education Materials Tool) – Wed. Feb. 26 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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

  • The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) – Monica  Rogers -How do you know if a patient education handout is worth having?  PEMAT is an assessment tool to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of print and audiovisual materials for patient education.  If you are a health care provider, health sciences librarian, patient educator, or anyone else who has a stake in health literacy, come learn how to use this tool.  You’ll be able to follow along as scoring is demonstrated, and then get a chance to try it out yourself.

NOTE URL:  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)

Mission I’mPossible – Top Secret Memo

Monday, February 24th, 2014

TO: Network member Agents 

RE: Come in from the cold!

 It’s time to come in from the cold to review and update your skills in responding to emergencies.  Have you written your one-page disaster plan?  We have a template plan to guide you through this mission.  This valuable exercise will enable you to be prepared should a disaster strike your library and you can earn 30 points.  If you’ve already written your plan, share it with your supervisor or with your fellow Network member Agents by writing an article for Plains to Peak Post and earn an additional 70 points.  Brand new agents can benefit from these activities by joining the game now simply by registering online.  If you need more information, view the game details or contact Game Master Agent John Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

Mission I’mPossible: Current Scores

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Mission I’mPossible agents have been busy as they’ve immersed themselves into their “librarian” identities.  Three of our agents have garnered over 100 points by completing various missions: Kitty Serling, Erin Wimmer, and Amy Birks.  And we commend Agent Kitty for earning over 200 points!  But remember, there is plenty of time to gain more points.  Current agents, check out the missions you haven’t completed and see if you can overcome our leaders!

Remember, this game lasts until April 30, 2014, so the rest of you still have time to get involved.  We challenge all network members to become successful agents and complete missions in library advocacy, health information literacy, and education.  Join our Mission I’mPossible force by registering online.  Need more details? View classified information (game details) or contact Game Master Agent John Bramble at or 800-338-7667.  /rv