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Startling MEDLINE Stats

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Here’s a startling MEDLINE stat that relates to the MCMLA Virtual Meeting keynote. During FY2015 there were 684 retracted articles! This is a 34% increase over last year. Looking for other startling stats that will wow guests at a party? NLM has them listed on its Key MEDLINE Indicators web site. /ch

New Resource: Drug Trials Snapshots

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Earlier this year the Food and Drug Administration released a new resource. Drug Trials Snapshots provide consumers with demographic information about participants in clinical trials for drugs approved by the FDA. The information provided in these Snapshots also highlights whether there were any differences in the benefits and side effects among sex, race and age groups.  In addition, the FDA produced a 30 minute video, “Drug Trials Snapshots: Making Demographic Subgroup Data More Available and Transparent” to describe this resource. /ch

December Issue of NIH News in Health

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Check out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

In this issue read about Coping with Caregiving – Take care of yourself while caring for others and Halting Hypothermia – cold can be dangerous.

Upcoming DIMRC Webinar: Efficiently Finding Elusive Disaster Health Information

Monday, December 7th, 2015

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

WHEN:  Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  “Efficiently Finding Elusive Disaster Health Information”

Disaster health literature published in biomedical journals is indexed and available through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) PubMed database. However, professionals in the field of disaster preparedness and response often need information that is (1) available quicker than the journal publishing cycle can provide and (2) is from authoritative sources who publish on the Web rather than in commercial journals. Searching the Web can be a mammoth and time-consuming task. Luckily there is a more efficient and effective way to get the information you need – Disaster LitSM, the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health available from NLM Disaster Health. Using this online database, you can find materials from sources such as CDC, the American Public Health Association, World Health Organization, Rand Corporation, American College of Emergency Physicians, most federal agencies and hundreds of others. The collecting and evaluating has already been done for you – just search using words (or text words) and phrases (just like Google or Bing), filter results by author, source, date, and publication type and get annotated references and links to the resource on the Web.



Cindy Love and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell from NLM Disaster Health will discuss how to satisfy your information needs for disaster and public health information when PubMed is just not enough. They will also discuss what kind of information is available in Disaster Lit and will demonstrate how best to do your searches.


**Please note that we are now using WebEx technology for our webinars**

Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see


Take The Pie, Leave The Pie Chart – a new post from the OERC

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Cindy Olney of the OERC posted a new blog item about the value or lack thereof of pie charts. In this season of pies it’s a fun read and might make you hungry. But just as we need to think about eating pie we also need to think about whether to use a pie chart to illustrate data. Cindy’s post is available online here ( – bk

DOCLINE Users: Regular Upates to Perform in Your Accounts

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Dear DOCINE Users,

Here are regular best practices to perform in your account at least once a year:

  • Update your Institutional Record!  Review contact information, borrowing/lending preferences, library schedule, services/fees and all other areas.
  • Review and update your Routing Tables!  Weed out any “Closed” libraries or those that are designated “Not a DOCLINE Library.” Remember to place each library group in a routing cell by itself.
  • Review and update your serial holdings so that they reflect an accurate picture of what’s available to other DOCLINE libraries.

Please click here for a detailed list of best DOCLINE best practices.   Questions  may be submitted to    [jh]

DOCLINE Users: A Best Lending Practice

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Dear DOCLINE Users,

It’s time to remind some of you about a vital lending practice when sending articles to a borrowing library.  Always include the DOCLINE request /number with every article.

Borrowing libraries need to have the ability to deliver articles quickly to the their patrons and cannot do so without a quick reference point.  When emailing an article, scan the DOCLINE request and insert it into the PDF with the article if possible.  If you can’t scan the DOCLINE request, then include the request number and the patron’s name in the email.  Including the the DOCLINE request, along with a faxed article, is also a best practice.

Borrowing libraries, especially those receiving a high volume of articles, will be grateful to know immediately who the article goes to when it arrives.


Public Domain License Filters for PubMed and PMC

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

From NLM:

PubMed Central (PMC) includes some journals published by US government agencies that make their articles available under a Creative Commons public domain license (CCO). Some other journals also apply a CCO license to selected articles in PMC. All these articles may be used and reproduced without special permission. However, anyone using the material is requested to properly cite and acknowledge the source.

You may now search for CCO articles by using special filters in both PMC (cc0 license[filter]) and PubMed (pmc cc0 license[filter]). These filters are based on license information that is provided to PMC by publishers and encoded as machine-readable identifiers in the source XML of each article. For more information, see the Open Access Subset page.

Please bear in mind that these articles, although made available under a CCO license, may still contain photographs or illustrations copyrighted by other commercial organizations or individuals that may not be used without obtaining prior approval from the holder of the copyright. /ch

Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Happy ThanksgivingThe NN/LM MCR offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Librarians in OzThis holiday weekend, you can earn CE from the comforts of your own home. “The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz” game features challenges that can be taken anytime anywhere. Current challenges (courses) include:

  • Dazzling Data Visualization
  • Just Click Your Heels to go Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Engaging Professional Users via Social Media
  • Memes and Gifts and Videos- Oh My! Using Pop Culture to Enhance Instruction
  • The Yellow Brick Road, Poppy Fields, or the Forest – which direction should you go? Planning for and showing impact


If you have any comments or question, please contact John Bramble or Alicia Lillich