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Coffee and Conversation! Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Coffee and Conversation!
Is your searching/information seeking biased?
Take a break and join us for an informal discussion on bias in information seeking.

Our discussion will focus on the following questions:
· Can bias affect information seeking/information retrieval? If yes, what is the bias and how does it impact information seeking?

· What should we be aware of within our own thinking when searching?

· What steps/actions can we take to reduce the impact of bias in our searching?
Lorri Zipperer, Rebecca Graves and Barb Jones will be discussing the following articles:

Windschitl, PD, Scherer, AM, Smith, AR, Rose, JP. “Why so confident? The influence of outcome desirability on selective exposure and likelihood judgment.” (2013) Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 120 (1), pp. 73-86.

Scherer, AM, Windschitl, PD and Smith AR. “Hope to be right: Biased information seeking following arbitrary and informed predictions” (2013) Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 49 (1) pp. 106-112.

Hart, W, etal. “Feeling validated versus being correct: a meta-analysis of selective exposure to information” Psychological Bulletin, 2009, 135 (4), ppl 555-588.

Please join us on August 7th at 2:30 CT,/1:30 MT/3:30 ET/12:30 PT).

To attend the session log in as a guest at

We’ll be learning together and hope you can join us. (bbj)

New Resource: Healthcare Info Sources

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Are you looking for information on accreditation and regulations, healthcare quality, healthcare reform, patient safety, quality,performance and process improvement?  Check out Healthcare Info Sources (  Developed by Barbara Duffy, who has many years experience in the quality improvement world, this resource is currently freely available to all.  Log in as a guest to check it out, and if you like it, create your own login.  (bbj)

Course dates announcement for “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI – announcement for upcoming course.


Independence Day Holiday

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

NLM and MCR offices will be closed on Friday, July 4th for Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday!

Happy 4th of July

Mission I’mPossible’s #1Secret Agent (and game winner): Kitty Serling

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Mission I’mPossible has been accomplished!  We congratulate the game winner, Agent Kitty Serling from Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri, as our super top secret RML agent.

We’d also like to recognize the other top scoring agents: Agent Erin Wimmer, Agent Jackie Hittner, Agent Sarah Weitzel, and Agent Margaret Bandy.

The game players had to accomplish a series of library-related tasks such as writing a disaster-preparedness plan or using the library value calculator so it took some (really really fun) work to gain those points!

Agent Kitty and Agent Erin performed as such a high level, they have agreed to become Special Game Masters for the up coming game.

Watch for announcements about the new game and plan on joining us for fun and professional development.

Free evaluation tools from AEA

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The  OERC posted a link to the American Evaluation Association Online Public Library –  a collection of AEA conference presentations, assessment instruments (such as rubrics and logic models) and more. Check out their post at or go straight to the AEA site at – bk

Support the National Blue Button Consumer Campaign

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The Blue Button Initiative is a public-private partnership that seeks to give consumers easy and secure access to their health records from a variety of sources and it supports ONC’s (the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) focus to increase the interoperability of health information.  You can join this effort and support patient education by featuring the Blue Button public service announcements on your library website and promoting activities of the campaign.  Link to “Launching this fall: the National Blue Button Consumer Campaign” to find the national partnership organizations, a link to the PSAs and additional details about the campaign. /rv

Spotlight! is now DISCOVER…..AND our next session – June 25, 2014

Friday, June 13th, 2014

We’ve renamed our” Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources” to…. “Discover NLM and More.”   The change is being made to help us re-gear, rethink, and restructure our webinars, not just to include more and different resources, but to include you, to interact with you in these training sessions, and discover right along with you, all the wonderful resources we have at our fingertips, from the National Library of Medicine, and other resources, that may be relevant to you.

Our “first” new session will be on Wednesday,  June 25 at 1:00 MT/2:00 CT -Clinical Trials

  •  “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the result.” Wise words from Winston Churchill, and they could not be more appropriate for this one-hour session on the results database. This free public registry of clinical trials launched in 2000 with a mere 4,000 studies, and today boasts nearly 168,000. Join Dana Abbey to explore the basics of clinical trials, the purpose of registering and submitting results, and searching and interpreting results.  One MLA CE credit will be available for this class.

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.   Questions to (mm).


A Call To Action for a Nationwide Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the release of Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.

“This paper describes ONC’s broad vision and framework for interoperability and is an invitation to health IT stakeholders – clinicians, consumers, hospitals, public health, technology developers, payers, researchers, policymakers and many others – to join ONC in developing a defined, shared roadmap that will allow us to collectively achieve health IT interoperability as a core foundational element of better care, at a lower cost and better health for all.” The ONC welcomes your feedback on this paper and will offer several opportunities over the coming months to provide your feedback. Stay tuned for future details. /rv

Hot Off the Press!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Interested in patient safety?  Check out the new “Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information and Knowledge Transfer” volume by Lorri Zipperer.  You can read a chapter for free at  This book is a great way to examine the role for librarians in patient safety!  (bbj)