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Children’s Use of Complementary Health Approaches

A new report based on data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that nearly 12 percent of children aged 4 to 17 years use of complementary health approaches, with significant increases in children’s use of yoga, fish oil, and melatonin. /da

Education – Breezing Along with the RML Recording Available

Recording for Breezing Along with the RML – February 18, 2015 is now available at

Julie Solenberger led a discussion on the results of the Marshall Study and how libraries around the country are using the results to promote their services.

Share your input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM

As Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retires as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a “Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine” to articulate a strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical and health information. The group’s charge and members are here,

Today, the working group posted a Request for Information (RFI) We hope you’ll consider responding to this RFI. Please share this opportunity with colleagues that have benefited from NLM and Network resources that contributed to their research, teaching, education, and outreach efforts.

Due Date: March 13, 2015. /da

New Report on Complementary of Alternative Medicine Usage

Read about American’s use of natural products and mind and body approaches in a new report utilizing National Health Interview Survey data.

Just in case you missed the announcement, NCCAM is now NCCIH. /da

NCCIH Clinical Digest: Weight Control and Complementary and Integrative Approaches

The current issue of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH, formerly NCCAM) Clinical Digest is now available online. Find out about current evidence, clinical guidelines, and information for consumers and patients on weight control and complementary and integrative approaches. /da

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