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NLM Launches New Twitter Stream For K-12 Science Educators

The National Library of Medicine has launched a new Twitter stream For K-12 science educators – (@NLM_K12). Give ‘em a shout with your favorite NLM resources supporting your school’s health and science curriculum. /da


Disaster Preparedness: DIMRC Webinar on Februrary 12th at 1:30 pm ET

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at  the National Library of Medicine will be conducting their monthly webinar.  This month : Interactive Approaches for Learning Information/Communication Tools and Emergency Management Procedures.

February 12, 2015   11:30 am/12:30 pm –  MT/CT

For more information .  [jh]

DOCLINE Users: Action Items

All DOCLINE users should be aware of and take action on the 5 following things:

1) Be sure to submit an Out of Office request if your library is not staffed and incoming requests are not monitored because of  holidays, illness, vacations, etc. for an extended period. For more information:

2) Update your institutional record at least once a year. It’s crucial to have the current contact information, borrowing/lending preferences in your record.

3) Review and update your routing table.  Check for and remove any libraries that are closed or are no longer DOCLINE participants (“Not a DOCLINE Library” designation next to the LIBID.)

4) Frequently review and update your serial holdings. It’s so very important to have an accurate holdings record to keep the DOCLINE system efficient.

5) Consider using the EFTS (Electronic Funds Transfer System to streamline and simplify billing  and/or becoming a Loansome Doc provider (especially to unaffiliated health professionals)!

For more on DOCLINE best practices :

Questions? Contact Jim


Professional Development Award – Latest Recipients

Congratulations to Kristen DeSanto from Children’s Hospital in Colorado and Heather Collins from A.R. Dykes Library in Kansas. They submitted successful applications for the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award. Ms. DeSanto will attend the Systematic Review Workshop. Ms. Collins will attend the Association of College & Research Libraries  meeting. Two more members can apply for and receive funding for professional development. These final awards are for members  who want to attend an event to improve their skills in supporting researchers (e.g., e-science event). For more information and to apply you can go to our funding page or talk to your state coordinator. /ch

Save time and money with NIH web content

The National Institutes of Health is offering its high-quality, trusted web and multimedia content via syndication services, free of charge. If you maintain a website or blog, you can now automatically pull in content from NIH without changing your own site’s look-and-feel. And, as NIH changes its content, the pages on your website will automatically be changed in real time, too! Freely use their:

  • Web content
  • Images and infographics
  • Videos and podcasts
  • Selected data sets

Learn more about NIH Content Syndication. /da

February Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The February 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. This month read about the innovative ways scientists are working to fix faulty organs and tissues; learn about how the gallbladder works and the disorders that afflict it; and find out about the risks of older adults taking anti-anxiety medications. /da

What flavor lifesaver are YOU?

As a health sciences librarian, your work buoys the diagnosis and treatment of many people in many different ways. What activities do you do that contribute to the safety of the patients treated in your hospital? Which of the following lifesavers apply to you?

  • Orange – You are on the team that develops protocols for the various procedures in your hospital.
  • Lime – You have worked with your nursing staff and your hospital has achieved Magnet status.
  • Pineapple – You often work with the Quality Improvement team.
  • Cherry – You attend the M & M meetings.
  • Grape – You are a clinical librarian.

There are several other lifesaver flavors, and many other library-related activities that contribute to the safety of hospital patients. Can you think of others that you are involved with? What flavor are YOU?

Share your contributions with your colleagues! Contact Barb Jones (jonesbarb or 573-884-5042) and tell your story. (bbj)

PMC Citation Exporter

NCBI announced the addition of a citation exporter feature to PMC (PubMed Central). This feature makes it easy to retrieve styled citations that can be copied and pasted into manuscripts or downloaded into a format compatible with bibliographic reference manager software. Instructions on how to use this export feature are available from the NLM Technical Bulletin Jan-Feb 2015 issue. /ch

New England Science Boot Camp June 17-19, 2015

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19, 2015 on the lovely campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Selection of this year’s science session topics has not been finalized, but will be announced in February. In addition to the three science sessions, this year’s boot camp will feature an evening presentation on the History of Science and a hands-on Capstone activity in which boot campers will work collaboratively to create data management plans from actual research cases.

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open April 9th  and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience. For further questions, please contact Donna Kafel, at /ch

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: K-12 Partnership Funding

K-12 Partnership Funding

Call for Applications (CFAs):
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of K-12 School Partnership funding.

The MCR plans to fund four awards up to $1,500 in Option Year 4 (May 2015-April 2016):
• Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.
• Recipients will be notified by May 8, 2015.
• Projects must be completed by April 30, 2016.

The purpose of this award is to support new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, medical or academic health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) involving National Library of Medicine health and/or science information that can serve as a model for other partnerships.

Examples of projects include:
• Partnerships to provide access to health information to support health and/or science curriculum.
• Partnerships to conduct innovative health and/or science information outreach programs.
• Partnerships to benefit community access to health information.
• Partnerships to improve access to health information for underserved/vulnerable populations.

Partners must be an NN/LM MCR Full or Affiliate member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by entering a zip code in the NN/LM Member Directory. Not a member, sign up today, it’s free.

Allocation of Funds
Reimbursements will be made to project leader upon receipt of invoice(s). Indirects and overhead are not allowable.

Quarterly and final reports are required.

Apply online.

If you have questions regarding this award, contact Dana Abbey or Monica Rogers, MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinators.