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Education: Webinar on Emergency Preparedness: Don’t just react to emergencies-prepare for them!

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Health sciences libraries always have potential threats to their operations and services.  We must be proactive and plan for disruptions, so we hope you leave with some resources  to use for emergency planning at your library.   This session has two parts. Part 1: learn about and/or review the elements of the 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning, created by Dan Wilson,  Coordinator for the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) National Emergency Preparedness & Response plan. and Part 2 includes opportunities for members to share their emergency plans with other participants.

Please join us for this interactive event.  If you have a plan to share, please bring it!  You can discuss what resources you use or leave with ideas on how to update your existing plan.  We will discuss the 10 step elements and answer questions about resources.

When:  Monday,  April 28, 2014.  1 pm Mountain Time, 2 pm Central Time

Where:  MCR Network Members Services Room

Login: Enter room as a “Guest.” You will see directions for receiving audio.

Questions to Jim Honour      [jh]


MedlinePlus Connect Supports ICD-10-CM Requests

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Upon receiving a problem code request with an ICD-10-CM code, MedlinePlus Connect returns relevant health information from MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, and other reliable health resources. MedlinePlus Connect will continue to deliver targeted responses to ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT requests as well. For more information visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. /da

Registration Now Open:Attaining High Reliability and Safety for Patients Collaborating for Change

Monday, January 13th, 2014

In conjunction with National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the Patient Safety Collective of the Southwest (PSCS) will present: Attaining High Reliability and Safety for Patients–Collaborating for Change, featuring world-renowned speakers in the field of patient safety. The event aims to jumpstart the development of a “patient safety community” in southwestern states by facilitating connections and collaboration throughout the wider regional healthcare community.  The conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM on March 6-7, 2014.

Library speakers at this conference include Linda Morgan Davis and Lorri Zipperer from New Mexico, and Margaret Bandy from Denver, CO.

To find out more about the conference, and to register go to   (bbj)

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)

New tools can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings reduce prescribing and dispensing errors

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has new, free tools that can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings reduce prescribing and dispensing errors. Included are consumer leaflets for medication safety, scorecards to identify risk factors in the dispensing process, and a tool for helping pharmacies preparing to implement barcode product verification systems. /da

Submit a proprosal for the IHA Health Literacy Conference

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Are you improving health information literacy at your institution? Do you have a skill to teach? The Institute for Healthcare Advancement is seeking breakout session presentations for their Health Literacy Conference on May 9-11, 2014 in Irvine, California. The conference theme is “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy.” This year they are emphasizing the Affordable Care Act and ways in which health literacy skills help with outreach, education and enrollment efforts. Go to the Institute for Health Advancement web site, call 800-434-4633, or email Michael Villaire ( for more information.  Deadline for proposal submissions is November 15, 2013.  /ch

Sandbox Session: Mendeley – November 7, 2013 at 1 PM (MT) / 2 PM (CT)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Sandbox Session: Mendeley – November 7, 2013 at 1 PM (MT) / 2 PM (CT)

Hello Network members,

It is time to come and play in the sandbox and check out a new(ish) toy…

At the next NN/LM MCR Technology Sandbox Session we will be “playing” with Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

For these sessions, we will bring a toy, such as an online app or cool tool, and quickly show you how it works (where the switches are). Then you’ll get to play with it.

Please come and play in our sandbox!

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

Time: 1:00pm (Mountain Time) / 2:00pm (Central Time)

Come to:

 ***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

How Sandbox Session work: We pick a toy /tool, in this case Mendeley where the… 

presenter will demo some of the basic features with time for participants to try it out on their own.

To play with Mendeley, you’ll need to sign up and download the application

prior to the Sandbox Session. Go to for the download.

The only objectives for the Sandbox sessions are for you to 1) have a special time to learn something new and 2) project how this technology could be integrated into your professional life.

You do NOT need to register for the session. You do NOT need to pay anything. You NEED to COME and PLAY.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with  John Bramble

Technology Coordinator / Utah Outreach
801 585 5743 (office)
800 338- 7657 (within Region)

If you missed it….Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Resources for Community Colleges

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

If you missed the Oct. 23 Spotlight! session – Resources for Community Colleges, it is now available at:  (mm)

PubMed Commons: Post Peer Review System from NCBI

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013


The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has released PubMed Commons, currently in pilot phase, which is a new system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications indexed in the PubMed database. This is intended to be a forum for open and constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. Find out more about the project and how to participate. /da

EDUCATION: Breezing Along with the RML – Wed. Oct. 16 at 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Health Literacy thru Pop Culture

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Breezing Along with the RML – Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT - Did you learn how to do a tracheotomy with an ink pen and a knife from CSI?  Know all the symptoms of ricin poisoning thanks to Breaking Bad?  Learned how to tie a tourniquet from Gunsmoke?  We’re going to take a look at health information on popular TV shows.  We’ll provide examples and discuss the good, the bad, and the funny.  Come for the clips, stay for the edutainment. Presented by Monica Rogers.

NOTE URL  Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to (mm)