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Job Announcement: NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

If you’d like to work with a great team of librarians consider applying for this position.

The A.R. Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) seeks a dynamic, customer-focused individual for the position of NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator.

This position works as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) coordinator for the state of Kansas, and will provide outreach and training to medical librarians, healthcare professionals, and the public.  This position also serves as a co-coordinator of technology in collaboration with the Technology Coordinator at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.  As a co-coordinator of technology for the NN/LM MCR, the individual in this position will be responsible for identifying emerging technologies and is responsible for promoting and supporting the use of technology throughout the region.  This position requires travel.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school; experience in collaboration projects including, but not limited to, diverse groups, community/library, business/library, local and virtual; an understanding of technology’s use in libraries and its effect on library services, particularly in a medical library setting; and a working knowledge of NLM databases and products.

For a complete job announcement and application details, please visit  the KU Medical Center Employment Opportunities web site.  Search for the position title,  NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator, in the pull-down menu. Applications are currently being reviewed and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. /ch

Quint*Essential Update of the NN/LM

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

For all members who will be in Denver next week, be sure to attend the Quint*Essential Update of the NN/LM. The session will be bright and early at 8am on Wednesday at the Quint*Essential Chapter Meeting.  Until then be  thinking about the critical issues facing your library and bring your bold ideas for strategies your RML can use to provide resources and programming to support your critical needs. It’s a chance to think creatively and “dream big.”  All four RML staff serving the five chapters will look forward to hearing your input!  /ch

Population Health Added to Special Queries

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The NLM PubMed Special Queries page includes a link to a new MEDLINE/PubMed Population Health search.

A definition for population health is “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. The field of population health includes health outcomes, patterns of health determinants, and policies and interventions that link these to differences between groups of people.” 1

For more information./da

DOCLINE 5.0 : New article in the NLM Technical Bulletin

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Attention all DOCLINE Users:

The NLM Technical Bulletin now has an article about DOCLINE 5.0, which was released on August 24, 2014.

DOCLINE 5.0  Released: Introduces Serials Embargo Information.   Lis Unger, a member of the DOCLINE team, reviews some new features in the newest DOCLINE version.  The most notable is the Embargo Period field which allows libraries to record the number of months an electronic journal title is embargoed for interlibrary loan.   [jh]

DOCLINE Libraries using LinkOut: New LIBID feature available

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

DOCLINE libraries using LinkOut can now  add  their LIBIDs in  “Library Info” via the Library Submission Utility .  For more information  you may contact Jim Honour  the MCR’s DOCLINE  Coordinator.  [jh]

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