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TODAY! How is the ACA helping rural minority communities? No-cost webinar this afternoon!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The National Rural Health Association (and I guess the NN/LM MCR is as well) is promoting today’s (12pm-1pm MT / 1pm-2pm CT) Health and Human Services no-cost webinar that will discuss the impact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having on rural minority communities. The webinar promises to demonstrate how HHS and other groups are educating minority consumers and communities of color on the health options available to them. To attend, you need to register – – jb

In conversation with “e-Patient Dave”

Monday, June 30th, 2014

“e-Patient Dave” is a leading advocate for engaging patients in their care and allowing patients to access their medical records. He also coauthored Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook. He was diagnosed in 2007 with metastatic renal cell cancer.  In this conversation, Dave discusses his views on the relationship with the patient in patient care and patient safety.  (  (bbj)


EDUCATION: Webinar – What’s Your Emergency Plan ? Resources to help you to provide services despite disruptions.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Health sciences libraries always have potential threats to their operations and services.  We must be proactive and plan for disruptions, so we hope you leave with some resources  to use for emergency planning at your library.   This session has two parts. Part 1: learn about and/or review the elements of the 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning, created by Dan Wilson,  Coordinator for the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) National Emergency Preparedness & Response plan. and Part 2 includes opportunities for members to share their emergency plans with other participants.

Please join us for this interactive event.  If you have a plan to share, please bring it!  You can discuss what resources you use or leave with ideas on how to update your existing plan.  We will discuss the 10 step elements and answer questions about resources.

When:  Monday,  April 28, 2014.  1 pm Mountain Time, 2 pm Central Time

Where:  MCR Network Members Services Room

Login: Enter room as a “Guest.” You will receive directions for receiving audio. [jh]


EDUCATION: Webinar on licensing electronic resources: Hospital vs. Academic Health Sciences Libraries

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

This  FREE webinar is for all MCR members, and others, who want to learn the inside story on licensing e-resources.  Perspectives will be provided by librarians at two member institutions who have experience in this area and will focus on negotiation, technical and administrative issues related to licensing.

The view from an academic health sciences librarian side will be presented by Ann Kaste who is the digital resources librarian at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Manager of Library Services, Kristen DeSanto, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical and Research Library, present the hospital librarian’s viewpoint.

Join us as they compare and contrast their opinions on the important points in licensing e-resources!

You do not need to register.

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 , 11 am Mountain Time/ Noon, Central Time.

Where: The MCR Network Member Services Room

Login : Key in your name and Enter as a guest.  You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.

Questions? Please contact Jim Honour

Sandbox Session: Using PowerPoint’s Photo Editor for Phantastic Photos – April 1, 2014 at 10 AM (MT) / 11 AM (CT)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Hello Network members,

It is time to come and play in the sandbox and check out a new toy…

At the next NN/LM MCR Technology Sandbox Session we will be “playing” with PowerPoint’s photo editor.  We will learn how to add photos to presentations, add text to your images, enhance photos and edit images for research papers. The presenter will demo some of the photo editing features with time for participants to try it on their own.  For this session you will need access to PowerPoint and need to have some photos loaded on your computer to practice with.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Time: 10:00 am (Mountain Time) / 11:00 am (Central Time)

Come to:

***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

The only objectives for the Sandbox sessions are for you to 1) have a special time to learn something new and 2) project how this technology could be integrated into your professional life.

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Vukas at or 913-588-7307.  /rv

Cleaning Up Your Charts – a post from the OERC

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Check out the OERC Blog for interesting articles that you can put to use in your own work. Nikki Dettmar’s Feb 7 2014 post offers tips for creating good charts for presentations and reports. BK

Sandbox Session*: PowerPointPosters

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

- February 5, 2014 at 12 PM (MT) / 1 PM (CT)

Hello Network members,

Did your poster proposal get accepted for the 2014 MLA Conference and you’re not sure where to begin?
Or maybe you simply want to create awesome posters for your library that promotes some of the neat things you’re doing?
Or perhaps you’d just like to come to the Sandbox Session* to learn something new?

If you answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, then it is time for you to come and play with us at the next Sandbox Session* and check this cool toy…PowerPointPosters tips and tricks.

We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Time: 12:00pm (Mountain Time) /1:00pm (Central Time)
Come to:

***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

*Sandbox sessions are online get-togethers where we introduce a “toy”, such as an online app or cool tool, and quickly show you how it works (where the cool buttons and switches are). Then you’ll get to play with it and show the rest of us (or not if you are shy) what you came up with.

How Sandbox Session work: We pick a toy /tool, in this case PowerPoint, where the…

presenter will demo some of the basic trips and tricks for creating a poster using MS PowerPoint with lots of time for participants to try them out on their own.

The only objectives for the Sandbox sessions are for you to 1) have a special time to learn something new and 2) project how this technology could be integrated into your professional life…oh, and 3) have some fun while learning.

You do NOT need to register for the session. You do NOT need to pay anything. You NEED to COME and PLAY.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with John Bramble

Technology Coordinator / Utah Outreach
801 585 5743 (office)
800 338- 7657 (within Region)

If you missed it…..Spotlight! session of Jan 10 – PubMed Update – recording now available

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Spotlight! on NLM Resources – January 10, 2014
PubMed Update
View the archived recording at:

“Worth Every Cent and More”

Friday, November 8th, 2013
“Health Libraries Inc (based in Victoria) and Health Libraries Australia (a national group of the
Australian Library and Information Association) have collaborated to carry out this investigation
into the return on investment of health library and information services in Australia.
The partners commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey health
libraries across the nation and from this to assess the return on the annual investment in these
services to their organisations. The survey took place between June and September 2013, and
was supplemented by in-depth case studies.
The indicative result from this work is that health libraries have been found to return $9 for
every $1 invested — and that’s a conservative estimate of their real contribution. For example,
it takes into account the time saved by medical practitioners in sear
ching for answers, but it does not take into account the improved quality of the results supplied by trained information
specialists. It looks at how much it would cost users to have to buy the information they gain
for free from the library, but it does not assess the savings achieved by library staff negotiating
advantageous prices with information suppliers.
The results provide a snapshot of the continued outstanding value of health libraries against
a backdrop of significantly greater usage but declining investment. Over the last three years,
the majority of health libraries have remained static or experienced a decrease in their print/e-
resources budget, staff hours and space.
The purpose of this report is to assist library and information professionals to present the business
case for health libraries within their organisation. By doing so, we hope health libraries will
be able to maintain their excellent service to medical practitioners; a service which impacts
directly on positive health outcomes for patients.”
You can read the entire report at
How does this relate your your value?  Calculate your value with the Library Valuation Calculators (bbj)

FUNDING: EFTS Award for DOCLINE Users- Deadline to Apply is October 31st

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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 is October 31, 2013. 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 :

Congratulations! The OJ Cloughly Alumni Library at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the latest recipient of the award!

Questions? Please Contact Jim Honour