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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)


Mission I’mPossible Critical Announcement

Monday, April 28th, 2014

We have received an anonymous tip that your network agent identities may have been compromised. It is necessary to complete your missions by tomorrow and then cease your activities. Make sure your reports have been added to the Mission I’mPossible site by April 30 to ensure your success as you attempt to become the Top Network Health Information Agent.

 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 message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck to you all.

Mission I’mPossible – The Final Mission

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Attention all Network member secret agents:

You have, if you choose to accept it, one FINAL mission.  You must work with the SIS (Specialized Information Services) by attending the Spotlight session Wednesday, April 23.  You still have the opportunity to change your agent status and achieve a higher level of health information knowledge (and earn more points) by finishing uncompleted mission tasks.  Remember, the game ends April 30, 2014 and you must complete your tasks and turn in your secret agent credentials at that time.  The winning agent will be awarded accordingly.  Will it be you?  /rv

Mission I’mPossible – 3 Weeks to Complete Your Mission

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Time is limited!  You have only three weeks to complete your missions and become a Super Secret Agent!  And it is a possible mission.  Join now and complete all three parts of any of the following missions: “Emergency Preparedness,” Walk’n Talk Like a CFO (both under Mission Advocacy) and “Community Languages” (under Mission Health Information Literacy) and earn 3 hours of MLA Certified CE.  Currently 0ur top three agents are Kitty Serling, Erin Wimmer, and Amy Birks.  Become an agent by registering online and compete for the top spot!   For mission details and classified information, contact John “Game Master” Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

Last full week to apply for $50 iTunes/GooglePlay purchase card

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Hello NN/LM MCR Full Network members!

The deadline to apply for a $50 iTunes/GooglePlay purchase card is April 15, 2015.

Why are we encouraging your to apply?

We have learned from past mobile device projects that the cost of apps is a major barrier to accessing and experimenting with for-fee apps that might improve work performance or efficiencies vs. the free versions of for-fee apps or just focusing on free apps.

To address this issue, the NN/LM MCR would like to offer librarians working at full Network member institutions either a $50 iTunes or $50 GooglePlay purchase cards (depending on your device) in exchange for them sharing what they learned about the app.

The deadline to submit your application is April 15, 2014.

In order to apply for the $50 purchase card, applicants simply fill out the form and agree to fully participant in the project as outlined at the link below.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact John Bramble ( or Rachel Vukas (