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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: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr_edtech

***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 rvukas@kumc.edu or 913-588-7307.  /rv

FUNDING: EFTS Award for DOCLINE Users Who Don’t Yet Participate

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Here are some testimonials for those who  are using  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) :

“I use EFTS everyday and when I make a request for an article, I always check the box to send my request only to EFTS libraries. Thanks so much for making the process of billing so easy. The updating process is also so smooth and effortless. Blessings on you and your service to make our life easier.”

-Cliff Nestell; Shawnee Mission Medical Center; (KSUSMK)

“EFTS has simplified the process of managing interlibrary loan charges to such an extent that when the odd interlibrary loan bill does arrive I am reminded of how seamless a process the system is. And now that our accounts are accessible through the web, account status is never a question. EFTS = one check sent to one place!”

-Denise Corless, Caritas Norwood Hospital; (MAUNOH)

“Participation in EFTS is critical for a hospital librarian short on time and resources. It basically provides an accounting system which would otherwise take many extra hours to maintain. The new web access to our account gives us ready updates on all of our transactions. It’s an invaluable service.”

-Mary Jo Dorsey, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital; (PAUWPH)

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 has been extended to April 30, 2014 ! 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 : http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/#A3

Questions to Jim Honour

[jh]

Webinar: MAR/AAHSL Data Sharing

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The AAHSL Research Enterprise Task Force and the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region are co-sponsoring  a webinar focused on data management and data sharing. There are emerging federal, funder, and publisher initiatives around data sharing/data management and these presentations will provide background and information to assist in complying with the mandates. If you plan to attend please register and sign in information will be forwarded to you.  The session will be recorded for those unable to attend the webinar.

When:  Wednesday, March 26, 2014 / Noon (MT), 1 pm (CT)
Presenters:

  • Introducing Researchers to Data Management: Pedagogy and Strategy / Karen Hanson, New York University
  • Supporting the Local Research Data Environment via Cross-Campus Collaboration and Leveraging of National Expertise / Hannah Norton, University of Florida
  • DataShare: Facilitating Scientific Data Sharing / Julia Kochi, University of California, San Francisco

Click here to register.   Details to join the meeting will be sent after you register. /ch

DOCLINE: Best Practices for Users

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

DOCLINE users have many options when it comes to  supporting best practices.  The NN/LM has compiled guidelines  and etiquette to help users keep the system running smoothly and efficiently DOCLINE Best Practices for Users .   Here are some of the important guidelines for users:

1. Update your institutional record.  This needs to be done at least once a year.  Your staffing,  lending/borrowing policies and services offered may change during the year.

2. Review and update your Serial Holdings at least once a year.  We all know that holdings are not static.  It’s contingent upon the user to keep their holdings up to date so that borrowers may have an accurate knowledge of available resources.

3.  Review and update your Routing Tables.  Make sure that you remove closed libraries from your table.  Some times libraries terminate their use of DOCLINE, but still keep their NN/LM memberships.  Remove any libraries, from your routing table, with “Not a DOCLINE Library” designation. This practice will enable the algorithm to be quicker with  find lending libraries.

4.  Always use the Out of Office Planner  if your library will not be staffed.  DOCLINE users must have staff available to receive requests in a timely manner.  But, if your staff needs to be away for holidays, vacations, etc.,   it’s easy to submit a request to put your account on hold.

5. The MCR has the goal for every library to fill 75% of requests sent them.  You may want assistance if you consistently cannot meet the fill rate goal.  Your state coordinator or the MCR Member Service Coordinator are available to help .  MCR Coordinators

6. Use the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS.)  This practice reduces billing errors, speeds up processing and is a good return on investment.

DOCLINE best practices will boost your library’s performance and make you a star in the the resource sharing world!  [jh]

FUNDING: Eligible DOCLINE Users May Apply for EFTS Start-up Funds

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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 has been extended to April 30, 2014 ! 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 : http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/#A3

Questions to Jim Honour

[jh]

Preventing Diagnostic Error Webinar Series

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The National Patient Safety Foundation in collaboration with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine is offering a free Diagnostic Error Webcast Series.  These webinars will be held throughout March, and are offered without charge.  Registration is required (http://www.npsf.org/events-forums/patient-safety-awareness-week/diagnostic-error-webinar-series/)

Upcoming topics are:

Wednesday, March 12, 2-3 PM ET, 1-2 PM CT, 12-1 PM MT

“Diagnostic Safety in an EHR-enabled Health Care System” by Gordon D. Schiff, MD, Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH and Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP

Wednesday, March 26, 2-3 PM ET, 1-2 PM CT, 12-1 PM MT

“How to do a Root Cause Analysis of Diagnostic Error” by Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP, James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP and Robert L. Trowbridge, MD, FACP

Librarians should be sure to attend these sessions as the role of health sciences librarians will be discussed, particularly in the session regarding Root Cause Analysis.   (bbj)

 

Mission I’mPossible – Top Secret Memo

Monday, February 24th, 2014

TO: Network member Agents 

RE: Come in from the cold!

 It’s time to come in from the cold to review and update your skills in responding to emergencies.  Have you written your one-page disaster plan?  We have a template plan to guide you through this mission.  This valuable exercise will enable you to be prepared should a disaster strike your library and you can earn 30 points.  If you’ve already written your plan, share it with your supervisor or with your fellow Network member Agents by writing an article for Plains to Peak Post and earn an additional 70 points.  Brand new agents can benefit from these activities by joining the game now simply by registering online.  If you need more information, view the game details or contact Game Master Agent John Bramble at john.bramble@utah.edu or 800-338-7667. /rv

Member Activities RE: Medicare Quality Measure

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

We have 84 hospitals who are Full members. Fifteen (18%) responded to our questionnaire on quality activities. 11 (73%) are involved in an activity. 4 (27%) either don’t know or are not involved in an activity.

How are our members involved? They are doing literature searches and document delivery and/or are participating in their hospital’s efforts (committee, project, task force) addressing one or more of the Medicare metrics.

Top three Medicare effective care metrics with librarian involvement:

  • 5 (71%) Discharge Instructions
  • 4 (57%) Averting Blood Clots in Surgery Patients
  • 4 (57%) Averting Catheter Infections

 Top three Medicare patient satisfaction metrics with librarian involvement:

  • 5 (71%) How well nurses communicated with patients.
  • 5 (71%) How well doctors communicated with patients.
  • 4 (57%) How clean and quiet the hospital room and hall were.

Thanks to all who completed our questionnaire. More information in the April Plains to Peaks Post issue.

Mission I’mPossible: Current Scores

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Mission I’mPossible agents have been busy as they’ve immersed themselves into their “librarian” identities.  Three of our agents have garnered over 100 points by completing various missions: Kitty Serling, Erin Wimmer, and Amy Birks.  And we commend Agent Kitty for earning over 200 points!  But remember, there is plenty of time to gain more points.  Current agents, check out the missions you haven’t completed and see if you can overcome our leaders!

Remember, this game lasts until April 30, 2014, so the rest of you still have time to get involved.  We challenge all network members to become successful agents and complete missions in library advocacy, health information literacy, and education.  Join our Mission I’mPossible force by registering online.  Need more details? View classified information (game details) or contact Game Master Agent John Bramble at john.bramble@utah.edu or 800-338-7667.  /rv

FUNDING: EFTS Award Continues!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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 has been extended to April 30, 2014 ! 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 : http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/#A3

Congratulations to these libraries who received the award during this contract year- your library could be next! :

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Library – Jill Nissen, Director

Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Medical Center Library- Joy Winkler,  Director

Questions to Jim Honour

[jh]