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Advocacy Book Group Starting July 28!

Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO is the book that has been selected for the next Advocacy Book Group. This book, written by

Harrison Monarth focuses on perfecting leadership communication skills, and then using these skills to influence how others perceive you and what your reputation is throughout the organization. Contents include how to:

  • Accurately “read” people and predict their behavior
  • Influence the perceptions of others
  • Persuade those of opposing views to your side
  • Create and maintain a personal “brand”
  • Perform damage control when things go wrong.

Our group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4 CT, 2-3 MT in Adobe Connect room The group will run for four weeks, July 28 – August 18. Plan to attend if you have any interest in corporate communication and influence, or want to discuss ways to influence others about the value of your library and your services.

If you have any questions, contact Barb Jones at or 573-884-5042.  (bbj)


Telling Good Stories about Good Programs

We all know it’s important to submit reports about our work and achievements but it can take quite a bit of time and effort to compile an annual report. There is another way to get your message out – a story. The OERC has shared a number of links to examples of short stories – just one or two pages – and resources for pulling a story together, creating a story document and sharing it. Take a look at  /bk

Apply for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, 2015-2016

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through July 20, 2015.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged to apply.

Sixty-seven fellows and fifty-seven different mentors have participated in the program since its beginning. To date, twenty-seven of sixty-one graduate fellows have received director appointments. Overall, 75% of fellow graduates have been promoted to director or other positions of higher responsibility.

Download the program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, /ch

HOSA-National Library of Medicine Health Information Ambassador program Utah pilot

The HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassador pilot encourages high school students (within HOSA chapters) to be familiar with – and teach peers how to use – and evidence-based health information resources on the Internet. The pilot encourages the development of Health Information Ambassadors among high school students within HOSA chapters. Health Information Ambassadors are identified through a knowledge – and Internet capability – screening test that was developed at NLM. High school students who receive a high score on the screening test receive a certificate designating them as HOSA-NLM Health Information Ambassadors. The NN/LM MidContinental Region based at the Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah is one of  three organizations coordinating the program. /da

HHS launches GIS-based tool for health disaster readiness

2015-06-23_1924The HHS emPOWER Map, an interactive online tool, launched today to aid community health agencies and emergency
management officials in disaster preparedness as they plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home. /da

What to do when you find a great professional development opportunity but…

What do you do when you hear about an excellent professional development opportunity but your institution won’t fund you to attend? Consider applying for NN/LM MCR professional development funding (approximately $1500 per award) to support full Network member librarians. Priority will be given to professional development in the areas of emergency preparedness, personal and electronic health records, health information literacy or patient safety. Eight of the awards have been set aside for members to attend the MCR co-sponsored cross regional event scheduled for 2016. Watch the RML News for announcements on this event. To apply go to our professional development funding web page. <>

NN/LM MidContinental Region staff are ready and willing to assist you in 1) discussing whether your professional development idea is fundable and 2) reviewing your application before you submit. Feel free to contact us if you would like our assistance. /ch

Webinar: Peggy Cruse on the 2015 Research Data Access & Preservation Summit

Peggy Cruse from National Jewish Health (NJH) will share her experience of attending the 2015 Research Data Access & Preservation Summit.  Peggy was funded by the NN/LM Professional Development Award. She will explain how the NJH Library is working with administration and campus stakeholders to assess current service gaps and strengthen existing data management services. In her presentation, Peggy will provide Summit highlights and explain how she’s integrating these ideas into meaningful practices at NJH. Health sciences librarians and informationists, especially those new to data management and those in hospital settings, will benefit from attending this session.

When: July 1, 2015 11am MT, 12pm CT.


Login: as a Guest with your first and last names. Instructions will follow to access the audio portion. /ch

NCCIH Clinical Digest: ADHD

The June issue of the NCCIH Clinical Digest is now available online. This issue’s focus is on evidence-based complementary and integrative approached for ADHD.  Subscribe to NCCIH Clinical Digest./da

SciENcv — Converting Profiles that Use the Old NIH Biosketch Format to the New NIH Biosketch Format

The newest release of SciENcv has a feature to help users convert biosketches from the former NIH format to the new format, which took effect January 2015. Step by step conversion instructions are in the latest NLM Technical Bulletin. /da

Last Day to Apply – Mobile Apps Experience Project

We have a few more App cards available! Take advantage of this last chance to apply and participate!

Deadline is Today – Tuesday June 16th

Through this program, qualifying full Network members will receive a $50 iTunes or $50 GooglePlay purchase card in exchange for at least 4 evaluations of apps appropriate to the field of health science librarianship. This is a great opportunity to try several for-fee apps and share your experiences with others in the region.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday June 16, 2015. See this link for details and to apply:

Please contact Alicia Lillich if you have any questions.