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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

Online: Ebola Conference 2014

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Ebola Crisis: What it means for West Africa and the World

Monday, October 27, 2014. 11-3 MT, 12-4 CT

Timely and educational conference on the Ebola outbreak. Participants can join the meeting in-person or via the web for a multi-disciplinary dialogue which will focus on how best to curb the epidemic, understand its impacts, and mitigate future high-fatality events. Sponsored by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), in collaboration with the Earth Institute. Click here for the live stream.


NLM Associate Fellowship Program 2015

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Please forward on to possible candidates.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.
In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.
Applications and additional information are available on the Web at  Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or . /ch

TODAY! How is the ACA helping rural minority communities? No-cost webinar this afternoon!

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

The National Rural Health Association (and I guess the NN/LM MCR is as well) is promoting today’s (12pm-1pm MT / 1pm-2pm CT) Health and Human Services no-cost webinar that will discuss the impact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having on rural minority communities. The webinar promises to demonstrate how HHS and other groups are educating minority consumers and communities of color on the health options available to them. To attend, you need to register – – jb

Resource Sharing: DOCLINE Member Responsibilities

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

DOCLINE Users have several responsibilities during the year .  Some important ones are 1) Check your DOCLINE account’s institutional record to ensure that contacts, addresses and borrowing/lending preferences are up to date.  2) Review and update your library’s serial holdings at least once a year.  Regular maintenance of your holdings will promote a more efficient DOCLINE system.  3) Regularly update you library’s Routing and M/A/N tables.  Remove any closed libraries,  and libraries  that have  “Not a DOCLINE library” designation.  Make sure to place library groups in cells by themselves.  4) Make sure that you know the system requirements for using DOCLINE and that you use a  newer browser version with the correct settings.  Following these suggestions will also ensure seamless navigation when using DOCLINE.  For additional information on resource sharing and DOCLINE usage:  and the  NN/LM Resoure Sharing Plan    [jh]

Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The National Institute on Aging has created a presentation toolkit based on the booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People. The toolkit includes slides, speaker notes and participant handouts.

Topics include:

  • Get ready for a doctor’s visit
  • Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns
  • Make collaborative decisions about treatment
  • Remember what was discussed following the appointment

Access the toolkit:

There is a new MCR game blowing in from the far north…

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Hello Network members!

Do you recall last year’s awesome game hosted by the RML? Mission I’mPossible? where Agent Kitty Serling was our winner? Were you one of the agents playing the game or maybe you wished you were?

Well, have we some great news for you folks who like playing games while at the same time competing with your colleagues, learning new things, and doing good stuff at your library or institution.

We don’t want to give the theme away…yet! But I will give you a tiny hint. It involves cyclones, witches, munchkins, and cities made of emeralds plus part of the storyline is located in one of the states in our region and starts with the letter “K”. If you are lucky (or super smart) and can name the theme, please contact John Bramble with your answer to see if you’re correct.

Please stay tuned to future RML news announcements for details and launch date!



NLM announces release of DOCLINE 5.0

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Maria Collins  announced today the upcoming release of DOCLINE 5.0 on August 27, 2014.  The new release will have several changes, including an embargo field to serial holdings that will be used by the routing algorithm,  and monthly summary of ILL borrowing and lending for libraries.  Any and all libraries using the DOCLINE interlibrary loan system will be affected.

To learn more about the upcoming changes including screenshots, see the Release Notes: Honour   is happy to help you with any questions.  [jh]