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“Libraries don’t need more advocacy, they need better advocacy”

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A new article by Wendy Newman at the University of Toronto discusses how to make your advocacy message more effective.  (bbj)


Webinar on NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

You, your researchers, and staff in your grants office may be interested in this event.

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, 11 am – 12 pm MST, 12 pm – 1 pm CST, NCBI will host the webinar, “NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy: PMC Submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography and SciENcv.” Presenters will outline how to use My NCBI to report public access policy compliance for NIH grant holders. Topics will include the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create BioSketches.

To register for this Webinar, go here: /ch


DOCLINE Users: Action Items

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

All DOCLINE users should be aware of and take action on the 5 following things:

1) Be sure to submit an Out of Office request if your library is not staffed and incoming requests are not monitored because of  holidays, illness, vacations, etc. for an extended period. For more information:

2) Update your institutional record at least once a year. It’s crucial to have the current contact information, borrowing/lending preferences in your record.

3) Review and update your routing table.  Check for and remove any libraries that are closed or are no longer DOCLINE participants (“Not a DOCLINE Library” designation next to the LIBID.)

4) Frequently review and update your serial holdings. It’s so very important to have an accurate holdings record to keep the DOCLINE system efficient.

5) Consider using the EFTS (Electronic Funds Transfer System to streamline and simplify billing  and/or becoming a Loansome Doc provider (especially to unaffiliated health professionals)!

For more on DOCLINE best practices :

Questions? Contact Jim


What flavor lifesaver are YOU?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

As a health sciences librarian, your work buoys the diagnosis and treatment of many people in many different ways. What activities do you do that contribute to the safety of the patients treated in your hospital? Which of the following lifesavers apply to you?

  • Orange – You are on the team that develops protocols for the various procedures in your hospital.
  • Lime – You have worked with your nursing staff and your hospital has achieved Magnet status.
  • Pineapple – You often work with the Quality Improvement team.
  • Cherry – You attend the M & M meetings.
  • Grape – You are a clinical librarian.

There are several other lifesaver flavors, and many other library-related activities that contribute to the safety of hospital patients. Can you think of others that you are involved with? What flavor are YOU?

Share your contributions with your colleagues! Contact Barb Jones (jonesbarb or 573-884-5042) and tell your story. (bbj)

PMC Citation Exporter

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

NCBI announced the addition of a citation exporter feature to PMC (PubMed Central). This feature makes it easy to retrieve styled citations that can be copied and pasted into manuscripts or downloaded into a format compatible with bibliographic reference manager software. Instructions on how to use this export feature are available from the NLM Technical Bulletin Jan-Feb 2015 issue. /ch

New England Science Boot Camp June 17-19, 2015

Friday, January 30th, 2015

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19, 2015 on the lovely campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Selection of this year’s science session topics has not been finalized, but will be announced in February. In addition to the three science sessions, this year’s boot camp will feature an evening presentation on the History of Science and a hands-on Capstone activity in which boot campers will work collaboratively to create data management plans from actual research cases.

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open April 9th  and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience. For further questions, please contact Donna Kafel, at /ch

EDUCATION: Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Do you have  the attitude of some of the characters in Munchkin Country in  the current MCR game – Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz –  that  “houses falling from the sky: never will happen to me!”?  We  hope you don’t have that attitude.  Is your library ready for the next emergency situation? What can you do to prepare for threats to the continuity of service for your library patrons? How can you protect staff and preserve/recover resources?  Join us in the next MCR sponsored (free webinar) to learn more about emergency preparedness for libraries.

When: Friday, February 6, 2015- 3pm Central Time, 2pm Mountain Time

Where:  The MCR Network Member Services Room

How: Log in as a “Guest” and wait for prompts for the audio.

Fewer than half of the respondents, in a  recent MCR questionnaire,  indicated that their institutions had an emergency plan in place.  If you are one of those members? You may want to  join us for this vital webinar!  We’ll offer ideas and tools – join us add to you knowledge!  [jh]

Building Awareness of Gender Differences that are Important to Healthcare and Research Studies

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

This series of free videos are intended for use by researchers, course instructors and students for better understanding of the African-American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, African, and Latino communities. The hope is that awareness of gender issues specific to each community and across communities will improve the ways in which researchers and healthcare providers collaborate with diverse communities throughout the research and healthcare process.Videos include gender roles, diet, exercise, education, finance, mental health, reproductive health, substance abuse, transportation needs, and traditional remedies. /da

IOM Report: Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has release a new report providing guiding principles and a practical framework for the responsible sharing of clinical trial data. Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk looks at many aspects of clinical trials and the publication of results. Of special interest to academic librarians is the section discussing the clinical trial life cycle and when to share data. The report is available free to download or read online. /da

Easy-to-Understand Medicine Instructions Available From AHRQ in Six Languages

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

New standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding of when to take medications, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center. The instructions for taking pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule, which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods (morning, noon, evening and bedtime). They are available in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. The instructions were developed in response to research that has shown that more explicit prescription medicine instructions are better understood than instructions that are vague or require an individual to calculate when to take a medicine. The AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center provides pharmacists with tools and other resources, such as the Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool. /da