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MCR Members: Get Involved with the program!

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Did you know that more than 60 people, from MCR member institutions, participate in activities that support MCR programs every year ?

Members are encouraged to write articles for the Plains to Peaks Newsletter .  Do you have any great ideas for content and wish to share that knowledge?  Volunteer to write an article. Members regularly provide presentations at Breezing Along with the RML  webinars. Maybe you often teach in your institution and would love to share your knowledge on a topic with colleagues across the Midcontinental Region and beyond?   Do you like leadership roles? You may want to volunteer for service on the MCR’s Regional Advisory Board.  These are a few ideas for service.  To  discover more on specific areas for involvement please click  here.  It’s very possible you could contribute in ways we haven’t mentioned. Please let us know if you think we need to use your activity idea to support MCR programming!

How can you volunteer?  Just contact your state coordinator. Here’s where you may find that information.  Thanks and please feel free to get involved! [jh]

DOCLINE Users : Consider Being a Loansome Doc Provider!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Loansome Doc is a terrific document delivery service that any  DOCLINE library can offer to unaffiliated health professionals and/or the public.  Currently more than 25 libraries, in the MidContinental Region, provide this  service.  We are needing more providers! The service is a way to expand access to biomedical literature and promote libraries.   Each library has the ability to tailor this service to the needs of users in their area and across the country. The library decides the fees and any restrictions (such as limiting services to only those in their state.)   Loansome Doc requests coming into a library are received, processed, and filled pretty much like any other incoming DOCLINE request.  Please click here for more information .  Loansome Doc users will need to register with a Loansome Doc library and be accepted as a client before they may start ordering articles.  Questions? Please contact Jim.  [jh]

EDUCATION: Three upcoming events in December…

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Wednesday, December 10 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – The Biocontainment Unit, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Ebola

John Lowe Ph.D., M.S., a virologist and environmental scientist, is an Assistant Professor of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, and serves on the leadership team for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit in which he coordinated transportation, environmental infection control, decontamination and waste processing associated with the 2014 treatment of Ebola patients at the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. This promises to be a different, interesting, and current perspective on a hot topic!  Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2  

Thursday, December 11 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT- Systematic Reviews with Ben Harnke – a Professional Development Funding recipient

Have you ever had a request for a systematic review…with a deadline of two weeks!?!?! Do you find a disconnect between what you think a systematic review is and what the researcher does? The University of Pittsburgh’s “Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians” is an excellent introduction to this increasingly popular study design. Join Ben Harnke as he highlights the key takeaways from this three-day workshop.  Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcreducation

Monday, December 22 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – National Library of Agriculture class with Cindy Schmidt – a Professional Development Funding recipient

Cindy Schmidt recently attended “Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act”, a 1-and-a-half-day workshop sponsored by the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) and held at the National Agricultural Library. Have you ever been asked to help with a researcher’s “alternatives” search?  Has your Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ever asked for your help critiquing submitted searches?  Do you think you may be asked for such help in the future?  If so, the core messages from the workshop will be of interest to you.   Attendees should be able to  understand and present, to their patrons,  the short segments of U.S. law and policy that govern and give meaning to the required “alternatives” searches, be able to explain  the three R’s of “alternative” searching and make best use of “alternative” searching time.  This should be of primary interest for health science librarians.   Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcreducation

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 Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.  Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu

 

Recording now available: Healthy Pets/Healthy People

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

If you missed the Discover NLM Resources and More of Dec. 3 – the recording is now available:

Jim Honour covered such items as zoonotic infectious diseases, and preventing their spread, and caring for pets during a disaster.   And did you know you shouldn’t have a turtle in a daycare?   Things you didn’t know!   See it at: http://goo.gl/QScFsq

 

EDUCATION: Four December events!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, December 3 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Healthy Pets Can Keep People Healthy, Too!

This presentation will cover  NLM and government related resources that can help answer these questions and more :  What are zoonotic infectious diseases? What are the  best practices for pet owners to prevent their spread?  What can a pet owner do to prepare for their pet’s  care during a disaster? This will be an  interactive and fun webinar is intended to give you ideas you can use !  Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2  

Wednesday, December 10 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – The Biocontainment Unit, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Ebola

John Lowe Ph.D., M.S., a virologist and environmental scientist, is an Assistant Professor of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health, and serves on the leadership team for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit in which he coordinated transportation, environmental infection control, decontamination and waste processing associated with the 2014 treatment of Ebola patients at the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. This promises to be a different, interesting, and current perspective on a hot topic!  Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2  

Thursday, December 11 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT- Systematic Reviews with Ben Harnke – a Professional Development Funding recipient

Have you ever had a request for a systematic review…with a deadline of two weeks!?!?! Do you find a disconnect between what you think a systematic review is and what the researcher does? The University of Pittsburgh’s “Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians” is an excellent introduction to this increasingly popular study design. Join Ben Harnke as he highlights the key takeaways from this three-day workshop.  Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcreducation

Monday, December 22 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – National Library of Agriculture class with Cindy Schmidt – A Professional Development Funding recipient

Cindy Schmidt recently attended “Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act”, a 1-and-a-half-day workshop sponsored by the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) and held at the National Agricultural Library. Have you ever been asked to help with a researcher’s “alternatives” search?  Has your Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ever asked for your help critiquing submitted searches?  Do you think you may be asked for such help in the future?  If so, the core messages from the workshop will be of interest to you.   Attendees should be able to  understand and present, to their patrons,  the short segments of U.S. law and policy that govern and give meaning to the required “alternatives” searches, be able to explain  the three R’s of “alternative” searching and make best use of “alternative” searching time.  This should be of primary interest for health science librarians.   Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcreducation

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 Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.  Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu

 

December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The December 2014 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue read about ways to promote stress relief, learn about back pain and how to improve back health, and start the approaching New Year off by documenting your family health history. /da

What’s New on REMM? – November Update

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The NLM has announced a new version of the Radiation Emergency Management (REMM)  website .

View updates and changes  in REMM in the November News .  [jh]

NCCAM Clinical Digest: Meditation for Health

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

This issue of the digest summarizes current scientific evidence about meditation for health conditions, including cancer symptoms and treatment side effects, high blood pressure, menopausal symptoms, anxiety disorders, smoking cessation, and ADHD. /da

DOCLINE Users: 5 Things for Action

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

All DOCLINE users should be aware of and take action on the 5 following things:

1) Be sure to submit an Out of Office request if your library is not staffed and incoming requests are not monitored because of  holidays, illness, vacations, etc. for an extended period. For more information: http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/docline/dochold.html

2) Update your institutional record at least once a year. It’s crucial to have the current contact information, borrowing/lending preferences in your record.

3) Review and update your routing table.  Check for and remove any libraries that are closed or are no longer DOCLINE participants (“Not a DOCLINE Library” designation next to the LIBID.)

4) Frequently review and update your serial holdings. It’s so very important to have an accurate holdings record to keep the DOCLINE system efficient.

5) Consider using the EFTS (Electronic Funds Transfer System https://efts.uchc.edu/public/AboutEFTS.aspx) to streamline and simplify billing  and/or becoming a Loansome Doc provider http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/loansome!

For more on DOCLINE best practices : http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/docline/bestpractices.html

[jh]

New Challenge Available in Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz – Houses Falling From the Sky? Never Will Happen To Me: Emergency Preparation Planning

Monday, November 17th, 2014

map of Oz

Hello Network Members!

The Game Wizards have been busy busy busy adding more Challenges to the online interactive professional development experience (aka game) called Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz.

The newest of these challenges is called “Houses Falling From the Sky? Never Will Happen To Me: Emergency Preparation Planning” located in Munchkin Country.

In this Challenge you will learn that having a role in an emergency is not only a great way mitigate its impact on your stakeholders but also to advocate for your library. Oh, and you can also earn 5 MLA Continuing Education Credits once completed.

The learning objectives for this Challenge are:

1. Increased knowledge of why having a disaster plan in place to provide users continuity of service is important
2.  To create a continuity of service plan.
3. Use the library’s continuity of service plan as a tool  for library advocacy.

Game Tip!

If you want to get on the leaderboard fast, you can play the first Chapter of any of the Three Chapter Challenges (there are 3 with more to come). These are learning sessions (read an article or watch a video) followed by a short quiz.

Check them out and give them a try?

Good luck!

John GW Bramble