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Mission I’mPossible : Recruiting Agents

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Recruting Agents for the I’mPossible Missions Force

Having well trained secret agents is essential to the survival of medical libraries and health information services in our region.  Do you have what it takes to be an agent and to assume this critical role? We need additional qualified agents and if you want to apply, we will provide the required training.  As you conduct assigned missions, you will acquire skills in a variety of areas, including multiple language resources, new technology, continuity of service, and how to demonstrate library value.  To join the I’mPossible Missions Force, register online.  Questions? View classified information (game details) or contact John Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv



EDUCATION: Breezing and Spotlight sessions for February

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Feb. 19 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT
Breezing Along With the RML

  • The One Pager – Marty Magee.   This segment taken from the Business Communications:   Library Style class as taught by Marty Magee and Barb Jones will focus on a promotional tool you can easily create.   Feel free to bring suggestions and ideas!
  • Interlibrary Loan – Jim Honour

Feb. 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT
Spotlight on NLM Resources

  • The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) – Monica  Rogers

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.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to (mm)


Mission I’mPossible: Secret Identity

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The Mission I’mPossible secret agents are AWESOME! Each agent completed their task in covert identity by updating their online game profile.  Your next mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build on that identity and integrate yourself into management, become comfortable with financial jargon, and “Walk’n Talk like a CFO.”  Further instructions are online under Mission: Advocacy.

We invite all potential agents to join us in becoming library financial wizards!  The only requirement is to register online. Questions? View  classified information (game details) or contact John Bramble at or 800-338-7667.

EDUCATION: PubMed Update on Jan. 10

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
  • Friday, January 10 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT  – Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources – PubMed Updates from the National Training Center (this is a change of time/date from regular Spotlight! sessions).

Please note the time!  Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the new Relevance Sort.  Bring your questions!  One MLA CE will be available for this event, as well as points for Mission I’MPossible.  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.

FUNDING: DOCLINE Users – Apply for EFTS Award !

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150 in start-up funding for  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) to each MCR library using DOCLINE but not currently participating in the EFTS program.  EFTS is used by health sciences libraries, and other DOCLINE users,  for processing payment of inter-library loan transactions.   Benefits include reduced costs,  minimizes human error, reduced paperwork and  increases efficiency.  More information on the program is here.

Any MCR DOCLINE library, but EFTS non-participant is eligible to apply. You must enroll in EFTS to receive the award.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extended to December 31, 2013. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline date.

For more information about the award requirements and how to apply :

Questions to Jim Honour


Mission I’mPossible

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Special Agent Ranking:

Kitty Serling is in the lead, Sarah Weitzel is in second place and Jackie Hittner is in a very close third place!  These Special Agents are doing a commendable job, but wouldn’t you like to see if you can outsmart them?  You’ll be amazed at how fast you can earn points.  So start playing now by registering for the game or visit the game details page.  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

Stay tuned as we’ll be adding new missions in the next few weeks.  The next opportunity to gain some points is by attending our next session of Breezing Along with the RML on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT.  /rv

Mission I’mPossible – Join the IM Force Now!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

What do Jim Phelps, Cinnamon Carter, Rollin Hand and Ethan Hunt have in common?  They are all members of a “super-secret agency carrying out vital missions, often relying on high-tech equipment” (from a description of the original TV series.)  We want you to join them by participating in the MCR Mission I’mPossible online game.  Have fun while enhancing your health information sciences skills and knowledge!

The game continues through April 30, 2014, so you still have plenty of time to play and become the winner.   New agents are always welcome.  (Do you remember when they replaced Martin Landau with Leonard Nimoy?)  Register to start playing now!  Check here for all of the game details. /rv

Big Data for Healthcare Providers

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Big data is not just for researchers.  Increasingly, healthcare providers are turning to clinical data analytics technology to streamline administrative processes, boost care quality and cut readmission rates.  CIO magazine recently highlighted several real-life cases of healthcare organizations that are using big data analytics to improve outcomes and reduce costs.  One of the organizations mentioned is Intermountain Healthcare in Utah.  In another example, the University of North Carolina Health Care system is using big data to improve the quality of care and reporting data for cancer screening.  Future plans include analyzing data for medicine compliance and the number of clinic visits to predict bad health outcomes.  /rv

PMC Releases New ID Converter

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

PMC has just released an upgrade to the ID converter, now dubbed the PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter ( This utility allows you to start with the unique identifier for an article that is in PMC, and find additional unique identifiers that may apply to the article.

Improvements include support for DOIs, auto-detection of the ID type based on its format, and enhanced output. It also provides output in any of several different formats: HTML, XML, JSON, or CSV.

 This tool uses an underlying web service, that is also publicly available for those needing programmatic access to this data. See the ID Converter API documentation (

Mission I’mPossible Game Status Update

Monday, November 18th, 2013

We have a new secret agent, Sarah Weitzel, who is already in second place!  Congratulations Sarah!  The Health Information Literacy category has three tasks worth a combined total of 110 points, and if you start playing now and complete all three, you could be in first place next week.  Remember, you can also gain points for attending our Breezing Along with the RML session this week on Nov. 20.  We hope to see you there and on the game board next week.

To start playing the game, all you need to do is register.  Check here for all of the game details. /rv