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Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz! Come and play, learn, and maybe even win!

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Librarians in Oz Logo

Dear Network member!

You are invited to join us on an adventure.

Starting the moment you read these words, you can register to play a game* we are calling Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz.

This is primarily an advocacy game that will help you improve your skills in advocating for yourself and your library, but doing it while competing with other players.

As a player, you will be sent on grand adventures where we want you to be challenged. As you proceed through the game, we hope you find yourself becoming a better librarian.

Oh, did you know that you can earn free Continuing Education Credits from the Medical Library Association when you complete the three part Challenges (a.k.a. See One, Do One, Teach One challenges)? Wow!

Oh, yeah! You can earn 10 points right away if you update your Moodle profile an upload a picture of yourself by October 6, 2014.

Click here to start the registration process.

*If you are uncomfortable with the idea of playing a game to better your skills as a professional or justifying your time while on this adventure, think of your participation as an online interactive professional development experience that can earn you and/or your organization free continuing education credits (approximately $149 savings per credit) from the Medical Library Association.

If you have any questions or comments about this game or online interactive professional development experience, please do not hesitate to contact John Game Wizard Bramble (801 585 5743 office) (800 338 7657 main toll free number) or send mail to – jb

Recordings Available: NIH Public Access Policy

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Two  recordings for librarians on the NIH Public Access Policy are available.

“The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians” The transcript and slides are available at Scroll down to the Articles and Other Communications section.

“The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches”  MLA CE credit is available for this session only.

The sessions were sponsored by NIH and the NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region./ch

How can YOU be involved?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Have you ever wondered what you, a librarian, can do about diagnostic error?  Sign up for the Quint CE class “Applying Information Expertise to the Challenge of Diagnostic Error Reduction”     Investigate the ways we as librarians can recognize and analyze failure to create positive change in the information seeking process. Learn how to sharpen your information seeking skills and contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error!  Register now at  (bbj)

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

Research Institutions Grand Funding: How are MCR states doing? Are we up, down?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

On my way to work this morning, NPR had a segment discussing their online tool, using NIH data, that tracks grant funds received by research institutions across the United States. Preliminary national data indicates there’s been a 20% drop in grant funding since 2004. I was pleased to note there weren’t any of our MCR states on the Top Ten List of Notable Declines but nor were there any on the Top Ten List of Notable Increases. Is your funding up? Is it down? Is the same? See for yourself by clicking here. jb


DOCLINE Users: Loansome Doc Maintenance on Wednesday, Sept. 10th

Monday, September 8th, 2014

DOCLINE and Loansome Doc will be unavailable on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 7:00 am to approximately 7:30 am Eastern Time, due to system maintenance.  [jh]



Resource Sharing: DOCLINE Member Responsibilities

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

DOCLINE Users have several responsibilities during the year .  Some important ones are 1) Check your DOCLINE account’s institutional record to ensure that contacts, addresses and borrowing/lending preferences are up to date.  2) Review and update your library’s serial holdings at least once a year.  Regular maintenance of your holdings will promote a more efficient DOCLINE system.  3) Regularly update you library’s Routing and M/A/N tables.  Remove any closed libraries,  and libraries  that have  “Not a DOCLINE library” designation.  Make sure to place library groups in cells by themselves.  4) Make sure that you know the system requirements for using DOCLINE and that you use a  newer browser version with the correct settings.  Following these suggestions will also ensure seamless navigation when using DOCLINE.  For additional information on resource sharing and DOCLINE usage:  and the  NN/LM Resoure Sharing Plan    [jh]

Share Your Impact Stories Today

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Attention librarians who have stories to share about how they have played a pivotal role in saving patient’s lives, improved their outcome, and/or reduced their length of stay. We’re also looking for librarians who have saved their institution millions (thousands or hundreds is okay, too) of dollars by helping your institution make major decisions. We know there are stories out there to be told!

Join us (Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1-3 MT, 2-4 CT) for an online celebration of the value of what health sciences librarians bring to healthcare. This is not a time to be shy! It’s time to puff up your shoulders brag. Drop in anytime–stay as long as you can–leave when you have to.

With October being Medical Librarians Month. Your stories will be collected and made available on the web for you and others to use (more about this later). We also plan to use some of these stories for a financial impact research project that the RML is working on.

When: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1-3 MT, 2-4 CT


Login: as a Guest with your first and last names. Have the system call you on your phone. /ch


Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The National Institute on Aging has created a presentation toolkit based on the booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People. The toolkit includes slides, speaker notes and participant handouts.

Topics include:

  • Get ready for a doctor’s visit
  • Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns
  • Make collaborative decisions about treatment
  • Remember what was discussed following the appointment

Access the toolkit:

There is a new MCR game blowing in from the far north…

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Hello Network members!

Do you recall last year’s awesome game hosted by the RML? Mission I’mPossible? where Agent Kitty Serling was our winner? Were you one of the agents playing the game or maybe you wished you were?

Well, have we some great news for you folks who like playing games while at the same time competing with your colleagues, learning new things, and doing good stuff at your library or institution.

We don’t want to give the theme away…yet! But I will give you a tiny hint. It involves cyclones, witches, munchkins, and cities made of emeralds plus part of the storyline is located in one of the states in our region and starts with the letter “K”. If you are lucky (or super smart) and can name the theme, please contact John Bramble with your answer to see if you’re correct.

Please stay tuned to future RML news announcements for details and launch date!