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Thursday, October 10th, 2013

December 3, 2013 | 2:00 pm ET

A National Patient Safety Foundation Professional Series Webcast featuring

Mark Graber, MD, FACP

Attendees of this webcast will be able to:

•Discuss and estimate the likelihood of diagnostic error in your own institution.
•Identify diagnostic errors by asking patients and physicians, or using electronic “trigger tools”
•Perform an RCA of diagnostic error.

View details and register at:

This session should prove very interesting for librarians as they begin to consider diagnostic error and how their practice can impact the issue.  Attending will also bring the role of the librarian into the discussion with the physicians.  (bbj)

Mission I’mPossible – Add Your MCMLA Points

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Did you play the Mission I’mPossible game at MCMLA?  Did you input your point code into the online game?  If not, you have a week left, until October 15, 2013, to get credit for the points earned at MCMLA.  Go to and follow the link to register for the game.  This page also includes the game description and how to earn points.  Once you’ve enrolled and on the game site in Moodle, select “Mission: Advocacy” and then select the option for the number of missions completed.  On the next page, click on “Attempt quiz now.”  There is no quiz.  Just enter the secret point code in the Answer window.  If you lost your code or need additional help, contact John Bramble, or Rachel Vukas, at /rv

“Mission I’mPossible” Online Game

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


(Use your imagination for the following….)<>

“Good morning Mr. Phelps or Ms. Phelps.  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, is inviting you to engage in a game where the mission, should you choose to accept it, is to accomplish as many tasks as possible to accumulate points that will, depending on your performance as a librarian, earn you a spot on the leader-board and potentially lead you to winning the game. Many of the tasks you will be completing will challenge and increase your skills and knowledge as a librarian. You will be asked to advocate for yourself and your library program, participate in professional development activities, and increase your skills in the use of technology that can enhance your library’s reach and enrich your library’s program. As challenging as this might be, we are confident that you will be able to take on anything thrown at you.

As always, should you or anyone on your IMF (I’mPossible Missions Force) Team be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. “This description of the game theme will self-destruct in five seconds. “Good Luck!” <> <> <>

You can participate in the game by registering on the MCR website. Further instructions on how to start the game will be sent to you after registration. If you have any questions or comments, please contact John Bramble at, 800-338-7657 if in the MCR region, or 801-585-5743 office. /rv


The Quality and Safety of Medical Apps

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Have you ever wondered about the safety or accuracy of a popular medical app? Have you been asked to recommend useful apps?  Do you know if an application has been evaluated by a credible authority?  FDA regulation is required only for specific types of medical apps , primarily those that control medical devices, store or analyze patient data, and impact treatment.  That leaves a large amount of medical apps on the market unvetted.  These questions and concerns are addressed in a recent article, Medical apps for smartphones: lack of evidence undermines quality and safety, in which the authors present several strategies to promote the development of evidence based apps.  The article was also summarized in the Krafty Librarian blog, in which she included additional suggestions to utilize and build on the reviews in and the Medical App Journal.  There may even be a library role in maintaining a repository of approved medical apps.   (rv)

September 2013 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Monday, September 9th, 2013

In this month’s online issue of NIH News in Health learn about how new research is making diagnosing Autism easier; read about how opting for an earlier delivery date may affect a baby’s health; and understand the connection between young adult obesity and middle age heart disease. /da

Mission I’mPossible – Final Instructions

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Your mission, should you choose to accept it. . .

While at MCMLA, you must rendezvous with NN/LM coordinators and trainers and report on your activities as “The Medical Librarian.”  To maintain your cover, reports must be succinct, 30 seconds only.  Complete as many reports as possible for additional chances to win a Spy Cam (Logitech QuickCam Pro, headset included) and gain points for the online version of this game. Additional mission details will be in the Top Secret envelope in your registration packet.  You have 5 seconds to delete this before your computer self-destructs!

Health and Wellness @ the Library: CHIS and MLA CE Offering

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization or Medical Library Association CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with a 12 credit hour CE online class for providing consumer health services. Read on for the details:


Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services

This 12 credit hour CE course defines the basics of consumer health information and then dives directly into the essential skills and information that library staff needs to help users find trustworthy, appropriate health information.


Dana Abbey, MLS

Monica Rogers, MLIS


This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 4 weekly units, beginning the week of October 7th. The units build upon one another, with Week 1 providing the foundation for the rest of the course.  Week 1 assignments are essential and will likely take a little more time than assignments for the remaining weeks.  Time commitment: plan on an average of 3 hours per week.

Week of September 30th – set up Moodle account, review class materials, create/update profile, introduce yourself

·         Week of October 7th (Week 1) – Consumer Health Basics

·         Week of October 14th (Week 2) – Health Reference

·         Week of October 21st (Week 3) – Health Resources: There’s a (Book, Web, App) for That

·         Week of October 28th (Week 4) – The Library As a Healthy Place

Week of November 4th – Catch-up Week


This course has been certified for 12 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 12-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to qualify for Level 1 CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Please read the document MLA CE and CHIS – Course Requirementsfor all the details.


Registration is open to those residing in the NN/LM MidContinental Region – Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming. Space is limited, so register soon at

COST: No charge.


Please contact Dana ( or Monica (


Mission I’mPossible at MCMLA

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

To complete your mission at MCMLA, be prepared to account for your actions regarding health sciences libraries.  You are required to divulge this information to retain your good standing in this agency (and to gain points and become eligible for a prize.)  Check back next week at this same drop point for important final instructions.  As always, maintain your cover.  You are being watched! (rv)

No Health Insurance? Use the HRSA Find a Health Center App

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Federally-funded health centers will care for you, even if you have no health insurance. Based on your income you pay what you can afford. The HRSA Find a Health Center app helps you find the nearest health center with the mapping software in your phone. Health centers are located in most cities and many rural areas. Type in a city/state/ZIP or place name and click the ‘Find Center’ button to locate the health center nearest you.  Developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the app is available for both Android and iPhones. (rv)

“Mission I’mPossible”

Friday, August 23rd, 2013


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend MCMLA and follow your top secret orders to complete your mission tasks.   The more tasks you complete, the more chances you have to win a Spy Cam (Logitech QuickCam Pro, headset included)!  Meet at this location next week for more information, and be sure you’re not followed.  (rv)