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Mission I’mPossible – The Race is On!

We’re into the last two months of our online game and it’s time to complete those missions and earn MLA CE credits.   Remember, MLA credits are available only if you complete all three parts of any of the following missions: Emergency Preparedness, Community Languages, and Walk’n Talk Like a CFO.   The game lasts until April 30, so there is still time to participate and even win!  We’re still recruiting and we welcome a new agent, Margaret Bandy.  Join her and the other Mission I’mPossible network agents in a fun learning environment by registering online.  For any questions or more details, be sure to contact John “Game Master” Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

Digital Life in 2025

How will you be using technology in the year 2025?  A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project asked experts to make predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025.  Predictions examine developments in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and big data.  ”The experts also predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.”    The experts tend to agree on most of the coming technology changes, but disagree about it ramifications.  I encourage you to read the report to determine if you agree or disagree. /rv

The World Wide Web is 25 years old!

The World Wide Web turns 25 on March 12, 2014. To mark the anniversary of the Web, the Pew Research Center conducted a new national survey to document the use and impact of the internet.  Pew Research began studying the internet in 1995 and statistics show American internet use grew from 14% in 1995 to 87% in 2014.   Their latest survey not only examined use, but included questions on the impact of the internet on personal life and relationships and concluded that the internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users. You can read more about the report here  and also view a summary of the findings. /rv

DOCLINE: Best Practices for Users

DOCLINE users have many options when it comes to  supporting best practices.  The NN/LM has compiled guidelines  and etiquette to help users keep the system running smoothly and efficiently DOCLINE Best Practices for Users .   Here are some of the important guidelines for users:

1. Update your institutional record.  This needs to be done at least once a year.  Your staffing,  lending/borrowing policies and services offered may change during the year.

2. Review and update your Serial Holdings at least once a year.  We all know that holdings are not static.  It’s contingent upon the user to keep their holdings up to date so that borrowers may have an accurate knowledge of available resources.

3.  Review and update your Routing Tables.  Make sure that you remove closed libraries from your table.  Some times libraries terminate their use of DOCLINE, but still keep their NN/LM memberships.  Remove any libraries, from your routing table, with “Not a DOCLINE Library” designation. This practice will enable the algorithm to be quicker with  find lending libraries.

4.  Always use the Out of Office Planner  if your library will not be staffed.  DOCLINE users must have staff available to receive requests in a timely manner.  But, if your staff needs to be away for holidays, vacations, etc.,   it’s easy to submit a request to put your account on hold.

5. The MCR has the goal for every library to fill 75% of requests sent them.  You may want assistance if you consistently cannot meet the fill rate goal.  Your state coordinator or the MCR Member Service Coordinator are available to help .  MCR Coordinators

6. Use the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS.)  This practice reduces billing errors, speeds up processing and is a good return on investment.

DOCLINE best practices will boost your library’s performance and make you a star in the the resource sharing world!  [jh]

FUNDING: Eligible DOCLINE Users May Apply for EFTS Start-up Funds

The MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150 in start-up funding for  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) to each MCR library using DOCLINE but not currently participating in the EFTS program.  EFTS is used by health sciences libraries, and other DOCLINE users,  for processing payment of inter-library loan transactions.   Benefits include reduced costs,  minimizes human error, reduced paperwork and  increases efficiency.  More information on the program is here.

Any MCR DOCLINE library, but EFTS non-participant is eligible to apply.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extended to April 30, 2014 ! Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline date.

For more information about the award requirements and how to apply :

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Webinar: Accessing Information About Chemicals and Chemical Hazards

The recent chemical spill in West Virginia illustrates how vulnerable our communities can be to chemical contamination. In this case, little information existed about the chemical and its effects on health. Chemist Shannon Jordon, MPH, of the Specialized Information Services team at the U.S. National Library of Medicine, will speak about how NLM gathered information and created new chemical records that could be used by public health and environmental officials dealing with the spill. This webinar and conference call will also feature tools that can be used to access information about chemicals including WISER and CHEMM.

 LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 11:30 am MT, 12:30 pm CT, Thursday, March 13th, click here . Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room.” A pop-up box should appear, asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you. For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

  • Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
  • Pass-Code: 745907

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings /ch

March Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The March 2014 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. This month learn about how your liver functions and things that can damage it; understand different kinds of headaches and how to treat them; and how diet drinks may lead to increased caloric intake from solid foods. /da

MLA CE Credits for Mission I’mPossible

How would you like to earn some MLA certified continuing education credits on your own schedule and at your own pace?  All you have to do is become a Network Agent (register online) in the Mission I’mPossible game AND complete a 3-part mission.  You can earn 3 hours of CE credit by completing all three tasks in any of the following missions:

1) Mission I’mPossible: Advocacy – Emergency Preparedness for Continuity of Service

2) Mission I’mPossible: Health Information Literacy – Community Languages

3) Mission I’mPossible: Advocacy – Walk’n Talk Like A CFO

Once you have finished all three parts of the mission, the Game Master will send you the MLA Evaluation.  So, all of you Agents who’ve only completed the first task of a mission, get going!  Finish up and get your CE credit!  And the class is open for anyone new who wants to join and get some additional CE credits.  For more information contact John “Game Master” Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

Preventing Diagnostic Error Webinar Series

The National Patient Safety Foundation in collaboration with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine is offering a free Diagnostic Error Webcast Series.  These webinars will be held throughout March, and are offered without charge.  Registration is required (

Upcoming topics are:

Wednesday, March 12, 2-3 PM ET, 1-2 PM CT, 12-1 PM MT

“Diagnostic Safety in an EHR-enabled Health Care System” by Gordon D. Schiff, MD, Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH and Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP

Wednesday, March 26, 2-3 PM ET, 1-2 PM CT, 12-1 PM MT

“How to do a Root Cause Analysis of Diagnostic Error” by Mark L. Graber, MD, FACP, James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP and Robert L. Trowbridge, MD, FACP

Librarians should be sure to attend these sessions as the role of health sciences librarians will be discussed, particularly in the session regarding Root Cause Analysis.   (bbj)


How Mayo Clinic Is Using iPads to Empower Patients

The Mayo Clinic is using technology to improve outcomes and lower costs delivering care to surgical patients. They developed a program using iPads to provide educational materials to patients recovering from cardiac surgery. Using the capabilities of the iPad, the materials (such as expected daily care events and a self-assessment tool) were presented as videos, voice-over slideshows and text modules. The full article in The Health Care Blog includes more details on the development of the standardized practice model and the program results and benefits.  Most patients felt it was a positive experience and preliminary data shows the program can help shorten length of stay, reduce cost of care, and improve patient independence after leaving the hospital. /rv