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Information Resources: Zika Virus and Ebola

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

Zika Virus Web Page Updates

The Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide, available at, is kept up to date as new information sources are identified.

Zika Virus Response and Information Resources Webinar

On March 10, 2016, we hosted the Director of CDC’s Division of Public Health Information Dissemination and Senior Consultant to CDC’s Zika Response, Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, who provided a Zika response update. .

Future Historical Collections: Archiving the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Christie Moffatt, archivist at the NLM History of Medicine Division, recently spoke about NLMs efforts on gathering and preserving the news and information generated on the Web during the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak.    [jh]

Free Workshop on NLM Disaster Information Resources

A free workshop on National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Resources (WISER, REMM, CHEMM, & TOXNET) will be provided in Kansas City from 1-5pm on Apirl 22, 2016Lunch is provided.

To register, please go to

This is one of a series of workshops on the same topic sponsored by a NLM information dissemination grant. The other three workshops will be held in St. Louis, Columbia, and Springfield, MO. The announcement email will be sent out once the dates are finalized.  (bbj)

Social Media Audit Step 2 – Now

Last week, each of the key contacts at our Network member institutions was sent an email with a link to our social media questionnaire. Thanks to all of you who  submitted your response back to us! For those of you who haven’t, this is a reminder that we want to hear back from you–it only takes 5 minutes.

Each of the questionnaire recipients was asked to forward the email to other professionals in their organizations. If you haven’t been forwarded a copy of the email but would like to contribute to our social media audit click, on our online questionnaire link to get to the questionnaire.  Our new deadline for responses is Tuesday, April 12, 2016./ch

Turning your data into ammunition!

Are you facing writing an annual report? Have you just finished one and wished you had more concrete numbers to back up your story? Do you know what your library is worth? Can you demonstrate to your administrators that your operation is fiscally responsible? We can help. The NN/LM MCR is offering two one hour classes – Beginning on April 12 and Advanced on April 19 –  for you to learn and share how to gather your data, turn it into ammunition and aim at the fiscal accountability target. Turn shelving statistics into value statements, turn teaching opportunities into money savings, turn information into a valued commodity.

Barb Jones and Betsy Kelly will lead you through thinking about what you know about yourself, your library and your services and help you articulate how those attributes are a value proposition for your organization.

By the end of the series you will be able to show your administrators (bosses, department heads, whomever) that the library is a strong contributor to the financial well-being of the institution; the money provides a return to the institution through the value of your skills, your services and the time saved and information used by your library users.

The classes will be held in at 11CT, 10 MT on April 12 and April 19.  For the second class you will need to bring your library’s statistics, and be prepared to work on promotional materials.  (bbj)


Announcing 2016-2017 Professional Development Award

The NN/LM MidContinental Region is offering Professional Development Awards for educational events taking place May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of clinical big data, emerging technologies, health information literacy, and effective health science librarianship practices. Learn more about application requirements at: Questions? Contact Christian Minter at

NN/LM Funding 2016-2021!

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is thrilled to announce that NLM has funded us to be your Regional Medical Library and to coordinate national training initiatives under the new program title of NN/LM Training Office for 2016-2021.

The official announcement from NLM was published (no joke) on April 1, 2016. (

The NN/LM MidContinental Region and Training Office staff are excited to implement the plans we submitted in our proposal and to work with you over the next 5 years. You can look forward to more details of our plans right after we finish carrying out the last activities for this year. /ch

EDUCATION — April Breezing and Discover Sessions

Breezing Along with the RML

Topic: K-12 School Partnership Projects & Community-Based Organizations iPad Projects
Wednesday – April 20, 2016
10-11:00A Mountain Time/11-12:00P Central Time

Successfully moving an initiative forward or to another level may mean involving others outside one’s institution or integrating new technologies. Collaborations can be challenging, and technology can be frustrating, but not always! In this Breezing Along with the RML session, hear from several recipients of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Regions’ K-12 School Partnership Funding and the Community-Based iPad Project on how they busted barriers and what they learned along the way.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in collaboration.
  • Anyone interested in integrating mobile technology.
  • Anyone interested in learning about upcoming funding opportunities.

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to


Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Topic: Resources for Community Colleges
Wednesday – April 27, 2016
1-2:00P Mountain Time/2-3:00P Central Time

Did you know that 1 out of 14 people with a bachelor’s degree attend community college seeking new careers, especially in health care? Community colleges offer numerous degrees and certificate programs in nursing and allied health, and work closely with high schools to encourage students to pursue careers in health care.  In this session, you will learn about evidence-based health information resources from the National Library of Medicine that can support health and science curriculums, including the areas of biology, biomedical and life sciences, and public health.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who works with community college students in the areas of health and science.
  • Anyone who works with high schools students preparing for a health care career.
  • Anyone who interested in knowing about these great resources.

Registration is not required. Captioning will be provided, and the webinar will be recorded and posted to our website. For login instructions, visit: If you have questions, contact

Full Text Resource

This year we’re attempting to make member aware of full text resources that are available online at any time.  A possibility is the Free Online Full-text Articles feature available from HighWire Press. According to them  “… largest archive of free full-text science on Earth!” They have more than 2.4 million articles available. When browsing the website one can see that some of the biomedical journal titles are immediately free and others are embargoed for 1 year. One may browse or search by title or topic. It may be worth a look.  [jh]

New Librarians in Oz Game Available

Attention all Librarians in Oz game players!  Now is your chance to “Deliver the Doughnuts” and work on your library promotion skills.  Come to Quadling Country and learn how to create the “one-pager” – an essential tool for informing your institutional colleagues about your skills and resources.  Will you accept the challenge to get out and introduce others to the skills of the librarian?  Can you “Deliver the Doughnuts”?

To accept this challenge, go to  (bbj)

Support for Consumer Health Interactions at the Public Library

From Bringing Health Information to the Community (BHIC) Blog

The Health Happens in Libraries team from has posted the new article “Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information” with resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests. It also provides resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. To read the article, please visit: To see the pathway and guide: