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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]

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

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]

EDUCATION: E-Licensing Webinars

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

What : The MCR is offering two  classes on e-licensing. Each class will cover the basics. The classes are ideal for those who have minimal or no experience with e-licensing but have a desire to learn more.  More experienced members may find it  a nice refresher.

When: 2 pm Mountain Time,  3 pm Central Time on two days

  • Part 1 : January 30, 2014 -Examination of the the vendor/librarian relationship and points to think about when negotiating a deal.
  • Part 2: January 31, 2014- A view of the basic features that librarians should be looking for in  e-licensing contracts and some newer ways to think about e-licensing.

The webinars are FREE

Wherehttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices .  Enter the room as a Guest (just insert your name in the Guest box) and then you should be prompted for the audio portion soon after entering the room.

Questions may be directed to Jim Honour

[jh]

New England e-Science Symposium

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Registration is  open for the April 9th University of Massachusetts and New England Librarian e-Science Symposium. Now in its sixth year, the 2014 symposium will feature presentations focusing on the theme “Librarians Working with Data” and will be held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School at its university campus in Worcester, MA.  For further details about the day’s program and registration link, please see the 2014 e-Science Symposium conference page.

Are you interested in sharing your e-Science projects and activities? Consider submitting a proposal for the symposium’s poster session! Symposium posters will be judged on the following categories:  Most Effective in Communicating e-Science Librarianship, Best Example of e-Science in Action, and Best Poster Overall.  The deadline for submitting poster proposals is Feb. 1, 2014.  Details can be found on the e-Science Symposium’s Poster Proposal submission page.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the NN/LM New England Region. /ch

 

Library Publishing Forum

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Library Publishing Forum, March 5-6, 2014, Kansas City, MO

This event will bring together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; to strengthen and promote this community of practice; and to advance this vibrant subfield of academic publishing. This event is hosted by the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), a 60-member organization that promotes the development of innovative, sustainable publishing services in academic and research libraries to support scholars as they create, advance, and disseminate knowledge.

We encourage library publishers (and friends of library publishing) of all sizes and statures to attend, including both administrators and technical staff charged with this important scholarly communications function. The Library Publishing Forum will include representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works. You do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend this event.

The event will be keynoted by:  Peter Berkery, Association of American University Presses and John Unsworth, Brandeis University

Earlybird registration is open until January 31. Please visit the conference web site for more information about participating in or sponsoring this conference. /ch

Continuing education course materials for “Disaster Information Specialization”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

From the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)

Disaster health information courses and supporting materials are now available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine. The courses are open to anyone at no cost and are approved for Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credit.  Course materials may be used and adapted by anyone giving presentations or classes on this content. When using or adapting materials, please give credit to the original course authors and NLM.

We’d like to hear about your use of these course materials and what DIMRC can offer (improve) that would make it easier for you to teach this material. Are you interested in being an online or classroom instructor for one or more of these courses? We are compiling a list of current and potential instructors for future mailings: please send your name, title, organization, city, state/country to Katie Chan, katie.chan@nih.gov.

Completion of a series of courses may be used toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. For information on requirements for the MLA certificate, see  Disaster Information Specialist web site and scroll down to the section on “Completing Application.” The application fee is $55 for MLA members and $75 for non-members.

Happy New Year from the DIMRC staff.  /ch

DOCLINE: Reminders for Users

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

All DOCLINE users should be aware of the NN/LM Resource Sharing Plan. http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/docline/docdelplan.html . The plan outlines the goals and  responsibilities for all DOCLINE stakeholders from the NLM to small hospital libraries.

Here are some maintenance reminders for DOCLINE users:  1) Make sure the contacts and all other information in your institutional record is current.  2) Have you reviewed and updated your routing tables recently? This needs to be done at least once a year. 3) Review and update your holdings in SERHOLD to help keep transactions in DOCLINE effficient. 4) Be sure to set your Out of Office Request if there will be not staffing in your library because of vacations, illness, etc.

You are more than welcome to contact your state coordinators, or the MCR DOCLINE coordinator with any questions/concerns you have. We always like to know of anything that should need attention.  MCR Member Services Coordinator: Jim Honour jhonour@uwyo.edu

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