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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

Where .  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


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,

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. . 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


Health Literacy

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Do you know the definition of health literacy?  According to the Affordable Care Act and Healthy People 2020 it is “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process and understand health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions.”

What does that mean to your practice of librarianship?  How do you use this concept in order to serve your users?  (bbj)

DOCLINE: Offer Loansome Doc Services!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

DOCLINE users have an avenue to provide support to health professionals by extending Loansome Doc (LD) services.  .  Some of the advantages  are that  1) affiliated health professionals can order and check on status of articles themselves  2) unaffiliated health professionals can have better access to biomedical literature  and 3) extra user services can enhance the status of the library within your institution.

Currently, twenty-five DOCLINE libraries, in the MidContinental Region, offer Loansome Doc services to unaffiliated  health professionals. We need more providers and  it’s easy to start.  Login to your DOCLINE account, click on the tab to update your institutional record and then click on the “Loansome Doc” tab on the left.  You have the ability to set preferences  for the service according to what makes sense for your library.  Questions about the service?   Please send an email to:  [jh]

DOCLINE: Reminder to Submit Out of Office Requests

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Libraries using DOCLINE must submit an Out of Office request when shutdown for staff vacations/holidays, or for an emergency.  The action makes your library  temporarily inactive while you are away.   With a busy holiday season coming soon, you would be advised to check your calendars and the make the request.  It’s fast and easy to submit your request.

To submit an Out of Office request, log in to your DOCLINE account, click on the “Institutions” tab at the top, then click on “Update (LIBID)” button and then find the “Out of Office” tab on the left side of the screen.  Remember, once you have entered the dates, you must click on the colored “Request Approval” tab at either the bottom or top of the page.  The request will be submitted to the MCR Member Services Coordinator.  You will also see a message that your request is approved after the coordinator has reviewed it.  More informaiton:

Any questions may be directed to Jim Honour


Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

If you’re working with data or know someone who is, this will be of interest.

The Data Citation Synthesis Group has released a draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles and invites comment.

The preamble states: Sound, reproducible scholarship rests upon a foundation of robust, accessible data. For this to be so in practice as well as theory, data must be accorded due importance in the practice of scholarship and in the enduring scholarly record. In other words, data should be considered legitimate, citable products of research. Data citation, like the citation of other evidence and sources, is good research practice.

In support of this assertion, and to encourage good practice,  guiding principles for data citation have been drafted.

For the Synthesis Group to take full account of your views, please be sure to post comments on the discussion forum. Comments are open until Dec 31, 2013. /ch



FUNDING: EFTS Award Application Deadline Extended!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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 extend to December 31, 2013. 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 :

Questions to Jim Honour