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DOCLINE Users: Regular Upates to Perform in Your Accounts

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Dear DOCINE Users,

Here are regular best practices to perform in your account at least once a year:

  • Update your Institutional Record!  Review contact information, borrowing/lending preferences, library schedule, services/fees and all other areas.
  • Review and update your Routing Tables!  Weed out any “Closed” libraries or those that are designated “Not a DOCLINE Library.” Remember to place each library group in a routing cell by itself.
  • Review and update your serial holdings so that they reflect an accurate picture of what’s available to other DOCLINE libraries.

Please click here for a detailed list of best DOCLINE best practices.   Questions  may be submitted to    [jh]

DOCLINE Users: A Best Lending Practice

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Dear DOCLINE Users,

It’s time to remind some of you about a vital lending practice when sending articles to a borrowing library.  Always include the DOCLINE request /number with every article.

Borrowing libraries need to have the ability to deliver articles quickly to the their patrons and cannot do so without a quick reference point.  When emailing an article, scan the DOCLINE request and insert it into the PDF with the article if possible.  If you can’t scan the DOCLINE request, then include the request number and the patron’s name in the email.  Including the the DOCLINE request, along with a faxed article, is also a best practice.

Borrowing libraries, especially those receiving a high volume of articles, will be grateful to know immediately who the article goes to when it arrives.


Librarian in the world of Patient Safety

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Read about a librarian’s role in the world of patient safety in this interview of Lorri Zipperer by Dr. Robert M. Wachter. Lorri Zipperer was a founding staff member of the National Patient Safety Foundation as their information projects manager.  She has also been the Cybrarian for AHRQ Patient Safety Network since its beginning.  Lorri is the editor of Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information and Knowledge Transfer.  Dr Wachter is the editor of AHRQ WebM&M and AHRQ Patient Safety Network as well as the author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age.  (bbj)

Reminder: NLM Biomedical Informatics Course Deadline is December

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 National Library of Medicine (NLM) Georgia Biomedical Informatics Courses to be held April 3-9 and September 11-17 at Brasstown Valley Conference Center in Young Harris, Georgia.

This is a week-long survey course designed to familiarize individuals with the application of computer technologies and information science in biomedicine and health science. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on computer exercises, participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts and application areas of biomedical informatics. The target audience includes medical educators, medical librarians, medical administrators, clinical practitioners, and faculty who are not currently knowledgeable but can become agents of change in their institutions.

Applications will be accepted until December 7, 2015 at 8 a.m. All applicants will be notified by the end of January/early February of their application status.

Successful applicants will be asked for a commitment to attend the entire course and all sessions. Travel, hotel, and meals of all successful applicants will be paid for by Georgia Regents University (soon to be Augusta University) under their contract with NLM.

Click here: For more information and to apply for the course

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Adrienne Hayes at  /cm

3-Day Genomics Hackathon at NLM

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) will host a genomics hackathon January 4-6, 2016 at the National Library of Medicine. The hackathon will focus on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data. Participants will be grouped into teams, and tasked with analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets.

For more information and to register visit . Deadline to register is December 1, 2015.

Please contact with any questions.  /cm

All DOCLINE Users: Please Update Your Schedules

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Dear DOCLINE Users,

DOCLINE 5.2 was launched in October and many libraries yet need to set their schedules –

  1. Please set your library’s standard weekly schedule for lending via your institution record. The default setting is for 7 days per week. You will need to manually override the existing default settings to display an accurate schedule for your library.   The directions may be found HERE
  2. Plan ahead and set out of office dates for multiple upcoming time spans. You no longer need the RML’s approval for those out-of-office dates .  You can read how to set up the dates HERE

For complete release details, please see the Release Notes

Your DOCLINE Coordinator is available to assist.


EHR Update – Precision Medicine

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

The Precision Medicine Initiative is an effort to incorporate individual genetic, lifestyle, and environmental information background into prevention and treatment plans.

MedPage Today has published an article discussing how a collaborative effort of a group of neurologists have allowed them to use an EHR extension to standardize and share this type of information. /al

For the next six months the NN/LM Technology Coordinators will share new information on Electronic Health Records and other Health IT issues in a weekly update. We hope to increase your awareness of EHR technology developments and policies. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Alicia Lillich ( or John Bramble (

Apply to Attend the Winter 2016 Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching”

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice and places a strong emphasis both on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises.

This course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the 5-day Librarian’s Guide in the future if they so choose.

This course is offered online (asynchronously) from January 11 – February 19, 2016.

The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. The deadline for completing the application is December 7, 2015; participants will be notified of acceptance on December 21, 2015.

The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 25 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Questions? E-mail the course organizers at

Online Interactive Professional Development Experience: FREE MLA Courses available via The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Last week, the NN/NL MCR launched our Online Interactive Professional Development Experience, also known as “The Wonderful Librarians in the Land of Oz” game. We are happy to report that we already have twelve players signed up to play.
People who are playing the challenges (aka courses) found in this game are earning free CE from the Medical Library Association along with game points (so you can win the game).
Right now, there are two playable challenges. One on learning about data visualization techniques (100 game points & 5 MLA CE) and the other is learning about the social media being used by researchers (100 game points & 5 MLA CE).
There are other challenges coming up on topics such as conducting an appreciative inquiry, applying SWOT to logic models, using pop culture as a teaching tool, developing library promotion skills, and more.
Those interested in checking this out can register and earn game points instantly by sharing their own knowledge and experiences in any of the challenges.
If you have any comments or question, please contact John Bramble.

FDA Approves New Treatment for HIV

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Genvoya as a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older. For more information see the FDA Press Announcement. /ch