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Loansome Doc : Connect individuals with documents

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Loansome Doc is an excellent avenue for individuals to order needed articles- especially those who are unaffiliated health professionals or the public.  Some affiliated health professionals also prefer to find articles and order them through the Loansome Doc portal.  The NN/LM encourages DOCLINE libraries to provide the services if possible.  Loansome Doc Information for librarians may be found here

Please let the MCR know if you have questions .    [jh]

Position Announcement for Middle Atlantic Region

Friday, August 28th, 2015

The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System (HSLS) invites applications for the position of Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM MAR).  The Academic Coordinator has primary responsibility for designing and evaluating outreach and education programs aimed at academic institutions, with a special focus on community colleges, research universities and colleges/universities with programs in the health sciences, health and science education, library science, emergency management, and environmental health. We are looking for an energetic, creative, innovative, and service-oriented individual interested in being part of a collaborative team that works together to improve access to and sharing of biomedical and health information resources, with an emphasis on resources produced by the National Library of Medicine. A complete position announcement including job responsibilities, qualifications, salary/benefits and where to apply may be is available online. /ch

Member Involvement: This is a Great Way to Help the MCR!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Many of our members help with MCR infrastructure and outreach programs each year: If you are seeking service or think that you have a skill to offer please click here:  Involvement

Here are some of the ways you may be involved:

  • Present for  MCR webinars
  • Exhibit for the National Library of Medicine at meetings and conferences.
  • Submit articles to the Plains to Peaks Post Newsletter
  • Co-author an article with a NN/LM Coordinator or co-present at a conference
  • Volunteer to serve on the Regional Advisory Board or a MCR work group

Only the lack of imagination may limit how a member  may be involved. If you have a desire to help and/or an idea of how you may participate please let your state coordinator/MCR staff know  and they can get you started!  [jh]

PubMed for Librarians

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering PubMed® for Librarians (PML) in December 2015. Just think…it will be cold then! PML is a series of five, independent, online classes. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits. And, the best part is that all classes are completely FREE!

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – December 7, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – December 8, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – December 9, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – December 10, 2015

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI – December 11, 2015

Questions? Email me at:

New IOM Report: Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future Workshop Summary

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine’s “Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future: Workshop Summary” captures presentations and discussions of the progress made in the field of health literacy since its 2004 report titled “Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion.” The report, available free online, includes perspectives on health literacy and medications, and how the concepts of health literacy have been integrated into patient interactions. /da

Data Science Training Opportunity – Hackathon

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

This event may be of interest to you or researchers you work with.

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program and the NIH Library are pleased to join the Johns Hopkins (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics in announcing the first JHU DaSH – Data Science Hackathon – on September 21-23, 2015 in Baltimore.  The organizers– Drs. Brian Caffo, Leah Jager, Jeff Leek and Roger Peng – include JHU professors who teach the popular Coursera Data Science Specialization. This Data Science Hackathon will provide an opportunity for hands-on training that reinforces and builds on data management and analysis skills such as those covered in the MOOC specialization (completion of the specialization is not a prerequisite). For questions, contact Lisa Federer ( in the NIH Library. Interested individuals need to fill out an application to verify that they meet minimal data science requirements.

Network members who qualify to attend the event should consider applying for the NN/LM MCR’s Professional Development Funding. /ch

RxNorm August 2015 Release, RxMix Tutorials, and Upcoming Jamboree

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Hello RxNorm users. Please share with appropriate people who could benefit from this information

Upcoming RxNorm August 2015 Release will include the following data changes:

New Injectable Dose Form – RxNorm includes one new injectable dose form: Jet Injector. This dose form occurs in a few new drugs and some drugs that were in line to be modified in RxNorm already as part of the prescribable names project. This release also includes many changes to dose forms for injectable products as part of the ongoing prescribable names (TTY=PSN) work.

 RxMix Tutorials – New tutorials on using RxMix, a web application that allows users to combine functions of the RxNorm, RxTerms, NDF-RT, and other drug information APIs:

Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Interactive Mode:
Using RxMix to Retrieve NDCs for an Ingredient: Batch Mode:
Pre-Built Workflows in RxMix. Finding Drugs that May Treat a Disease:

2015 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop – The NLM is sponsoring the third annual “2015 DailyMed/RxNorm Jamboree Workshop.” Join us as DailyMed marks its tenth anniversary in 2015. The meeting will feature a retrospective look at how industry has made use of DailyMed in that time.

When: September 24, 2015, 9:05 am to 5:10 pm EDT
Where: Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, NIH Building 38A, 1st Floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20894

Speakers from the federal government, industry, academia and non-profit sectors will present. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, and Avalere Health representatives will talk about biosimilars naming. Ed Millikan, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, will present an extended look at Risk Evaluation and Mediation Strategies.

Registration – The Jamboree is a free public meeting; however, registration is required and seating is limited. While the proceedings will be Webcast and archived, in-person attendance offers greater opportunity to exchange ideas, questions, and insights with your peers. Please see registration information and the agenda at:

Advocacy Book Group Meets Today – Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Advocacy Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO by Harrison Monarth at 2 MT, 3 CT.  We will be discussing Chapters 2 – 8 which is the Section titled “Influencing People and Events: The Foundation for Success in Communication”

The group will meet in Adobe Connect room

If you have questions about the group before August 4, please contact Darell Schmick at  Otherwise, you may contact Barb Jones at  (bbj)


EFTS: A service for all using DOCLINE

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS) is available to all DOCLINE participants.  Nationwide 1,396 institutions are regular users. The are many advantages to using the service.  If your library pays for interlibrary loans and you do not use EFTS, you may want to Join!.  If you have questions you may contact Member Services.  [jh]

Solo Hospital Librarians’ Chat

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Next Friday, July 31, we’ll have our monthly chat at 2 pm CST. This is time of summer when I wonder why I find it so hard to move and think; then I see the temp is 94 degrees and the heat index is 102 and climbing. So the agenda for this month’s chat will reflect my slow-down approach to living.

Good News: Anyone? What at work surprised you in a good way?

Need Help: Who needs ideas or wisdom from colleagues? A MLS student contacted me about the chats and she hopes to join us this Friday, bringing lots of questions about the medical librarian profession. So be thinking about what you would recommend or share with someone who wants to join our ranks.

Let’s Explore: Interesting times are unfolding at MLA, and I hope Ellen Aronson can give us an up close and personal update on changes in place.

It’s time to think about projects, posters, articles, and other contributions we can make to our profession. Who has ideas in the works?

I know that some folks who wanted to hear about Comparative Effectiveness Research were not able to attend the June chat, so I thought we’d explore the topic again. Helen-Ann Brown Epstein will resist being assigned to desk duty at work so she can bring us deeper into the how-to and where parts of this topic. My knowledge of the data sources was somewhat superficial; also, I could use a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using observational data. And if you have used PubMed’s Topic Specific Query for CER or encountered research articles using this approach, tell us about your experience. I think of it as big data uses in nonacademic settings!

Finally, if anyone is less summer-weary and has a subject to explore, bring it on!

Talk to you Friday the 31st!


Louise McLaughlin, M.S.L.S., M.P.S.
Information Specialist
Woman’s Health Sciences Library
P. O. Box 95009
Baton Rouge, LA 70895-9009
225.924.8467 fax


Name: Solo Hospital Librarians Chat
Start Time: 07/31/2015 2:00 PM CST
Duration: 01:00

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