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A LibGuide on Clinical Data Management.

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region recently published a  LibGuide  ( that introduces hospital librarians to clinical data management. For those who attended “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes” you’ll find resources to  complement what you heard at the forum. For those who were not able to attend, this is an excellent starting point to learn about clinical data and what librarians can do to support their institutions use of this data. It includes definitions, key sites, and resources for implementation and training./ch

Professional Development Awards Still Available Through April 30th!

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Do you have a great professional development opportunity that occurs before April 30, 2016, but need money to attend? We can help! Consider applying for the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award (approximately $1500 per award). Must be a librarian at a full Network member library. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of emergency preparedness, personal and electronic health records, health information literacy or patient safety.

NN/LM MidContinental Region staff are ready and willing to assist you in 1) discussing whether your professional development idea is fundable and 2) reviewing your application before you submit. Feel free to contact us if you would like our assistance.

Click here to submit an application.


Special Webinar: Zika Virus Response and Information Resources

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion list:

The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET/1 PM CT, 12 PM MT

TOPIC:  “Zika Virus Response and Information Resources”

Dr. Sonja Rasmussen will discuss how information resources are pulled together and disseminated for the CDC Zika Virus response. In addition, representatives from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will provide an overview of NLM Disaster Health’s Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide.


Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is the Director of CDC’s Division of Public Health Information Dissemination (the Division that includes the CDC Library) and the Editor-in-Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series. She is also a Senior Consultant to CDC’s Zika Response.


Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

For more information on this and past meetings, see       [jh]

Discover NLM Resources & More – March 23, 2016

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More: Genetics Information Resources
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 – 1 PM MT/2 PM CT
Join us at

Genes are amazing! Did you know that only 1% of our DNA is unique? You are 99% identical to everyone on the planet! But slight variations in our genes can predispose us to certain diseases and conditions. In fact, nearly all diseases or medical conditions have a genetic component (except trauma), and many drugs don’t work the same due to an individual’s genetic differences in drug metabolic pathways. Enter precision or “personalized medicine” using new methods of genetic testing to understand a person’s risk of disease and improve treatment protocols, like drug dosages. Innovations like this can optimize your healthcare, but they have also contributed to an explosion of information. In this interactive session explore authoritative and free genetics education resources from the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah and the National Library of Medicine spanning learners from grades 5 to adults!

Why You Should Attend:

  • You want to know more about precision medicine.
  • You want to know more about genetic resources for students, patients, teachers, and consumers.
  • You field health-related questions from the public, patients, students and teachers (K-12, community college, higher education), or medical specialists.
  • You want to learn how you can help promote and work with precision medicine specialists where you work.

Louisa Stark, Director of the Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah
Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine. MidContinental Region

Registration is not required. Captioning will be provided, and the webinar will be recorded and posted to our website. For login instructions, visit: If you have questions, contact

Breezing Along with the RML – March 16, 2016

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

March 16, 2016 – 10:00 am MT/ 11:00 am CT
Join us at:

This month’s topics are:

  • Diagnostic Error
  • Cost Impact of Librarian Methodology

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

Free Access to Articles from Major Publishers Added – Zika Virus Information Resources

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Elizabeth Norton shares this information on the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB  discussion list:

Recognizing the importance of sharing data in a public health emergency, many major journal publishers have opened their Zika Virus content collections for free – and the list is growing. Free access has been offered to articles, guidelines, reports, news items and commentaries.  You can find the most current list on the NLM Disaster Health “Zika Virus Information Resources” page (

Zika Virus continues to capture the attention of the medical and preparedness communities. With so many unknowns and new information coming out daily, it is important to keep up with the latest. We have made that easy for you. Our Zika Virus Information Resources page ( contains all the latest authoritative information coming from federal, national and international sources. You can check back frequently to see what is new, or you can embed the content on your own web site through the HHS Syndication Storefront.   



EHR Update – Apple/FBI Backdoor

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

There has been a lot of press about Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter regarding the FBI’s request for “backdoor” access for iOS data. iPhones and other Apple devices contain a myriad of information and are increasingly used to collect users’ health data.  Healthcare IT News discusses these claims and the implications of providing such access in a recent article. /al




EDUCATION: E-Licensing and You – Webinar

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Are you the one at your library who suddenly has the responsibility of negotiating licenses for the electronic resources? You may not have the experience of working with vendors nor do you know much about licensing?  Maybe you’re just curious and want to learn more about e-licenses. This may be the webinar for you.  The content in this free MCR sponsored webinar reviews some of the basics in the area of e-licensing.

When:  Monday, February 29, 2016   10 am Mountain Time/11 am Central Time

Where: in the MCR Network Member Services Room

Just click on the link above, key your name in the “Guest” window and click on “Enter Room” You will be prompted to key in your phone# and the system will call you.

Questions? Click here



Update of URL: Disaster Info Specialist Program Webinar Recording

Friday, February 19th, 2016

From the DISASTER-OUTREACH -LIB email discussion list:

Many people could not log into this webinar due to a problem with the meeting URL.  The webinar was recorded and is now available for viewing on our Web site at:  (February 16, 2016)

 TOPIC:  “From West Africa to Omaha: Research on Ebola and Other Emerging Pathogens”

This presentation focused on the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s research on Ebola conducted within the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.


Christopher Kratochvil, M.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Vice President for Research, Nebraska Medicine

Bruce Gordon, M.D., Executive Chairman, IRBs, UNMC, Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC


For All EFTS Users

Friday, February 19th, 2016

For those of you who missed this message sent to the [efts-l]  email discussion list:

Attention EFTS Members!

Please take a moment to review and UPDATE your Member Profile.  Changes in staff, addresses, telephone numbers and emails should reflect current information.

Thank you!

Jola Sliwinski  I  EFTS Program Coordinator