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EDUCATION: Webinar – What’s Your Emergency Plan ? Resources to help you to provide services despite disruptions.

Monday, April 14th, 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 receive directions for receiving audio. [jh]


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]

Mission I’mPossible – New Mission Announcement!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

TO: Network member Agents
Security Level: Top Secret! For your eyes only!
RE: New Mission Announcement for “Mission I’mPossible”, a game for MCR Network members.

Dear Agent!
We need you to report back on some critical information that can save the world from certain destruction (or at least your library).

While you have been conducting field missions, have you ever heard this coming out the mouths of the people in your hospital?

“The library costs a lot of money! I think we should spend our dollars someplace else.”

We need to prepare you for a response that won’t blow your cover or put you in hot water. We need you to be able to blend in as a Financial Administrator and be able to express return on investments, cost benefit analyses, and the retail value of library services.

We are calling this Mission: Walk’n Talk like a CFO.

By the end of this Mission, you will have demonstrated your understanding of how to effectively express the value of your library using concepts found in ROI, CB/A, and Retail Value calculations.

You will be able to answer the question confidently…”What is your library’s worth?”

This Mission will go live Wednesday, January 29, 2014

If you are not a registered Agent, a requirement to play the game, you can learn how to do this by visiting this link.

Register for the Game here!

There are also other Missions you can play, such as:
a) An emergency preparedness plan at your library.
b) Providing consumer health information in multiple languages.
c) Attending scheduled Agent Network meetings (i.e., Spotlight and Breezing).

Need more information? See the game details or contact John Bramble at or 800-338-7667.

Sandbox Session*: PowerPointPosters

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

- February 5, 2014 at 12 PM (MT) / 1 PM (CT)

Hello Network members,

Did your poster proposal get accepted for the 2014 MLA Conference and you’re not sure where to begin?
Or maybe you simply want to create awesome posters for your library that promotes some of the neat things you’re doing?
Or perhaps you’d just like to come to the Sandbox Session* to learn something new?

If you answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, then it is time for you to come and play with us at the next Sandbox Session* and check this cool toy…PowerPointPosters tips and tricks.

We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Time: 12:00pm (Mountain Time) /1:00pm (Central Time)
Come to:

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

*Sandbox sessions are online get-togethers where we introduce a “toy”, such as an online app or cool tool, and quickly show you how it works (where the cool buttons and switches are). Then you’ll get to play with it and show the rest of us (or not if you are shy) what you came up with.

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

presenter will demo some of the basic trips and tricks for creating a poster using MS PowerPoint with lots of time for participants to try them out on their own.

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…oh, and 3) have some fun while learning.

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)

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

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 Exhibit available – Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health & Illness

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine has  opened the Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health & Illness exhibition:  Explore the site for interviews, a timeline,  and additional resources including lesson plans and information on careers in medicine and science.

If you missed it…..Spotlight! session of Nov. 6 – K-12 Resources – recording now available

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Spotlight! on NLM Resources -November 6, 2013
Resources for K-12 Teachers and Librarians
View the archived recording at:

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EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Wed. Nov. 6 1:00 MT, 2:00 CT – NLM and K-12 Resources

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Upcoming dates  for Breezing and Spotlight! sessions….

  • November 6 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  Spotlight! – NLM and K-12 Resources-Learn about NLM resources that can be used with any K-12 group.  In addition to learning about the resources and how to use them, we’ll explore how to find lesson plans and activity sheets.  You don’t want to miss seeing a talking cat or getting this free CE credit! – Presented by Monica Rogers
  • November 20 – 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML –  Library Facilities in Transition – a panel discussion
  • December 18  – 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML – Data Accuracy in Journals

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. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to (mm)