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EDUCATION: Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Do you have  the attitude of some of the characters in Munchkin Country in  the current MCR game – Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz –  that  “houses falling from the sky: never will happen to me!”?  We  hope you don’t have that attitude.  Is your library ready for the next emergency situation? What can you do to prepare for threats to the continuity of service for your library patrons? How can you protect staff and preserve/recover resources?  Join us in the next MCR sponsored (free webinar) to learn more about emergency preparedness for libraries.

When: Friday, February 3, 2015- 3pm Central Time, 2pm Mountain Time

Where:  The MCR Network Member Services Room

How: Log in as a “Guest” and wait for prompts for the audio.

Fewer than half of the respondents, in a  recent MCR questionnaire,  indicated that their institutions had an emergency plan in place.  If you are one of those members? You may want to  join us for this vital webinar!  We’ll offer ideas and tools – join us add to you knowledge!  [jh]

Building Awareness of Gender Differences that are Important to Healthcare and Research Studies

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

This series of free videos are intended for use by researchers, course instructors and students for better understanding of the African-American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, African, and Latino communities. The hope is that awareness of gender issues specific to each community and across communities will improve the ways in which researchers and healthcare providers collaborate with diverse communities throughout the research and healthcare process.Videos include gender roles, diet, exercise, education, finance, mental health, reproductive health, substance abuse, transportation needs, and traditional remedies. /da

IOM Report: Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has release a new report providing guiding principles and a practical framework for the responsible sharing of clinical trial data. Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk looks at many aspects of clinical trials and the publication of results. Of special interest to academic librarians is the section discussing the clinical trial life cycle and when to share data. The report is available free to download or read online. /da

Easy-to-Understand Medicine Instructions Available From AHRQ in Six Languages

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

New standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding of when to take medications, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center. The instructions for taking pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule, which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods (morning, noon, evening and bedtime). They are available in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. The instructions were developed in response to research that has shown that more explicit prescription medicine instructions are better understood than instructions that are vague or require an individual to calculate when to take a medicine. The AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center provides pharmacists with tools and other resources, such as the Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool. /da

Discussion on statistical theory / BLAST database: Dates for Part 1&2

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Please forward on to your favorite genomic researchers who might appreciate this high level discussion…

On Thursday, January 22nd, Stephen Altschul of NCBI will present the first part of a discussion of the statistical theory for local sequence alignments like those produced by the BLAST database search programs. It will cover the statistical parameters for local alignment scoring systems, and the formulas for calculating bit scores and asymptotic E-values and p-values from raw alignments scores.

Part 2 of this presentation will continue on Thursday, January 29th. It will be a discussion of the considerations that go into the construction and selection of amino acid and nucleic acid scoring systems for pairwise local sequence alignment. It will briefly cover the PAM and BLOSUM series of amino acid substitution matrices, and also the concepts of relative entropy and efficiency for substitution matrices.

To sign up, click here:

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Above announcement from – jb

Communicating Risk with Icon Arrays

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 is a tool out of the University of Michigan, to create icons for communicating risk. Developers have made the tool free under the Creative Commons License. Users can generate icons with one, two or three risk/benefits. /da

Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is hosting the Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 15, 2015 at  11:30  am MT, 12:30 pm CT

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone!

TOPIC:    Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, will present about his experiences advocating for greater disaster readiness in our nation’s libraries.  In addition, he will talk about creating a disaster readiness culture at the library he works at (University of Virginia Health Sciences Library) and his role in establishing a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) at the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

PRESENTER:  Dan Wilson has been the Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative since the summer of 2007.  As coordinator, he advocates library disaster readiness by facilitating summit meetings for librarians and emergency planners.  He is currently working with State Library of New Jersey and the State Library of Pennsylvania on improving disaster readiness in their public libraries, and is in the planning stages of a major initiative with the State Library of North Carolina set for this spring.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting Thursday, January 15th, click on

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.  A box should pop up 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  For more information on this and past meetings, see (Courtesy of the DISASTER-OUTREACH LIB email discussion list.)  [jh]

MEDLINE by the Numbers

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

How many articles were indexed in MEDLINE in 2014? How many MEDLINE/PubMed searches were done? Did these numbers go up or down? The answers to these questions are 765,850; 2.7 Billion; and up.  Interested in more statistics related to MEDLINE? Check out the Key MEDLINE Indicators page. /ch

2015 MeSH Now Available in PubMed

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

From NLM Technical Bulletin:

Now that end-of-year activities are complete, MEDLINE/PubMed may be searched using 2015 MeSH vocabulary. See MEDLINE Data Changes — 2015 for details on the data changes. /ch

Reminder for DOCLINE Users : Out of Office Requests

Friday, December 19th, 2014


All DOCLINE users should file an ‘Out of Office’ request, if they are away during the holidays.  That form may be submitted from your DOCLINE institutional record.  For information on this you may click here  .   Always click on “Save” or “Submit,”  after filling in the dates, to ensure that the request will reach the RML for approval!  The DOCLINE Team also would like you to  “remember to clear your lend queue at the end of your last day open. Receipt any new requests and update all requests – Filled or Not Filled. ”   Many Happy Holidays to you all! [jh]