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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]

Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is hosting the Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 15, 2015 at  11:30  am MT, 12:30 pm CT

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone!

TOPIC:    Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, will present about his experiences advocating for greater disaster readiness in our nation’s libraries.  In addition, he will talk about creating a disaster readiness culture at the library he works at (University of Virginia Health Sciences Library) and his role in establishing a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) at the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

PRESENTER:  Dan Wilson has been the Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative since the summer of 2007.  As coordinator, he advocates library disaster readiness by facilitating summit meetings for librarians and emergency planners.  He is currently working with State Library of New Jersey and the State Library of Pennsylvania on improving disaster readiness in their public libraries, and is in the planning stages of a major initiative with the State Library of North Carolina set for this spring.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting Thursday, January 15th, click on

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.  A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you. For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790  Pass-Code: 745907  For more information on this and past meetings, see (Courtesy of the DISASTER-OUTREACH LIB email discussion list.)  [jh]

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Email Discussion List

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB is a discussion group for librarians and others interested in disaster information outreach to their communities and responding to information needs for all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery.

To subscribe:  To view archived messages:



New Genetics/Genomics Information Subject Guide

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) released a new Genetics/Genomics Information subject guide as the latest update in the NLM subject guide series. These guides, based on their most frequently asked questions, are starting points for health professionals, researchers, librarians, students, and others. Other published guides in their series are about finding:

Health statistics,
Library statistics,
Drug information, and
Conference proceedings, abstracts, papers, and posters.

NLM will develop more subject guides as needed./da

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has a new guide addressing the challenges of healthcare access in rural areas and ways communities and policymakers can address these needs. Areas covered include workforce shortages, health insurance status, distance and transportation, poor health literacy and the stigma of certain conditions like mental health or substance abuse. /da

Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The RML offices will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 27 & 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We wish you all a wonderful holiday!


DOCLINE Users: 5 Things for Action

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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!

For more on DOCLINE best practices :


Webinar: 10 Must-Have Skills for Today’s Library Director

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This sounds like session appropriate for all librarians, not just library directors, no matter what type of library you may work in. It is sponsored by SirsiDynis and features Sara Houghton, Director of the San Rafael Public Library, Author and Blogger of Sara Houghton’s presentation includes:

  • Communicating across generations
  • Managing conflict
  • Elevator pitching or promoting
  • Handling a budget
  • Familiarizing yourself with legal issues
  • Avoiding burnout

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time: 11am MT, 12pm CT


EDUCATION: Webinar dates – next up in December!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Due to scheduling conflicts, our November Breezing and Discover sessions are moving to December.

Wednesday, December 3 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Healthy Pets Can Keep People Healthy, Too! Healthy pets can keep people healthy tooThis presentation will cover  NLM and government related resources that can help answer these questions and more :  What are zoonotic infectious diseases? What are the  best practices for pet owners to prevent their spread?  What can a pet owner do to prepare for their pet’s  care during a disaster? This will be an  interactive and fun webinar is intended to give you ideas you can use !

Wednesday, December 10 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – The Bio-containment Unit, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Ebola

Join us at:   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.  One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.  Questions to

Ebola Information for the Public

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Many of our libraries serve communities whose members are concerned about health care workers and others returning from countries in Africa that are battling Ebola. Our communities may be unsure about the disease is, transmitted and the symptoms. The American Public Health Association has created an Easy-To-Understand Fact Sheet on Ebola that can be printed and distributed. /ch