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MCR Member Advocates for Libraries with New Book

Liz Burns, librarian at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City is the author of Being A Solo Librarian in Healthcare: Pivoting for 21st Century Healthcare Delivery.

“This book brings to light the current job responsibilities of the healthcare librarian, but at the same time reveals a dichotomy. In theory, advances in healthcare research promise better care and improved safety for patients. In practice, there are barriers that undermine change. The author calls attention to the underutilized healthcare librarian at a time when clinical information delivery to the doctor or nurse is equal to or more important than how wired the hospital is. This is a book for healthcare stakeholders who support evidence-based practice and for those considering entering medical librarianship. The profession is in flux as hospitals must decide whether they can afford a library and librarian or whether they can afford not to have one.

Discusses current trends in healthcare librarianship
Describes the daily job duties of a hospital librarian
Looks at barriers to hospitals practicing evidence-based medicine
Connects improved patient care to healthcare librarian services”

The book will be released in June, 2015; you can order a copy on Amazon.

Congratulations to Liz on the completion of this text, and many thanks to her for stating the value and function of hospital librarians! (bbj)


The Good Nutrition Reading List

eat right logoIn observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.

This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories includechild and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs.


Youth Violence Prevention Week: Resources

March 23-27 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week. MedlinePlus has resources to help parents, caregivers and teens understand, prevent and cope with youth violence.

Teen Violence (MedlinePlus):

We will fund you to go to the Research Data Access and Preservation Summit on April 22- 23rd, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. If you…

Apply for the NN/LM MCR to fund your travel, hotel, and attendance to this really interesting event!

Time is running out!

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit on April 22- 23rd, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN is sponsored by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

This funding is part of the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award.

To qualify to apply, you must:

  • Be an individual from full member NN/LM MCR institution
  • Be a full-time health science librarian
  • Fully complete the application (read what we need from you carefully before submitting) (WARNING – some of the requested information requires you to get support from your higher level administration)

If you have another professional development event related to escience or data management you’d rather attend and will be completed by the end of April 2015, please submit an application for that event.

Questions to or 800 338 7657


NIH forms team of experts to chart course for the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative research network

A newly created team of experts in precision medicine and large clinical research studies will seek public input from the large and diverse stakeholder community interested in the development of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. From our region, Spero Manson, PhD is a member of this team. If you attended MCMLA last year in Denver, you might have heard his talk on a type 2 diabetes public health intervention. /da

Free Live Webinar on ScreenCasting – Four chances to attend a live session April 1-4

Hello all,

If you are interested in a great tech speaker, you may consider registering for one of the live webinars on ScreenCasting.

Even though DottoTech  is a .com website, they have always provided excellent educational technology offerings presented in fun and understandable way.

There are a variety of dates and times between April 1st through April 4th to select from.

Register here



Recording Available: NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy

In early March NCBI hosted a sold out webinar outlining the NIH Public Access Policy, NIHMS and PubMed Central (PMC) submissions, creating My NCBI accounts, use of My Bibliography to report compliance to eRA Commons, and using SciENcv to create BioSketches.  The recording is now available on  the NCBI You Tube channel  ( The slides and Q & A are available on the NCBI FTP site  (

A live re-broadcast of the webinar will be held on April 21, 2015.  Details will be announced on the RML News. /ch

April 1st webinar: “A Practical Guide to Using NCBI BLAST on the Web”

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st, the NCBI will present a webinar on the NCBI BLAST service. The webinar will highlight important features and demonstrate the practical aspects of using NCBI BLAST, the most popular sequence similarity service in the world.

We will also show you how to use other important sequence analysis services associated with BLAST including Primer-BLAST, iGBLAST, and MOLE-BLAST, a new tool for clustering and providing taxonomic content for targeted loci sequences (16S, ITS, 28S). These aspects of BLAST provide easier access and results that are more comprehensive and easier to interpret.

For more details about this webinar, see the latest story on NCBI News. Information on upcoming webinars, as well as summaries, recordings via YouTube and related materials from past webinars, is available on the NCBI Webinars page.

• Register for this webinar:

• NCBI News:

• NCBI Webinars:

• NCBI webinars on YouTube:

The above announcement can from the ncbi-announce mailing list. For information, go to:

Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians

From the NN/LM GMR:

The NN/LM Greater Midwest Region held the symposium “Re-forming Health Care: Changes that Impact Patients, Health Systems, and Librarians” on March 12, 2015. There were three talks; one on patient communication, one on the Affordable Care Act and the need for information,  and  one on evidence based practice at the organizational level. It was fascinating to hear them talk together in the last part of the symposium. The symposium was recorded and accessible from the GMR web site.   <>

People who register can receive 4 hours of MLA CE for listening to the program. /ch

Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals, Continued Improvements Needed

Your institution may be one that is working on reducing its infection rate and could use your help. Most Americans entering a hospital for care hope to leave healthier than when they arrived. But in some cases, hospital patients acquire health care-associated infections as part of their stay – and even die from them. Progress has been made in the effort to eliminate infections that commonly threaten hospital patients such as Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infections (deadly diarrhea). The report relating this progress and the status of each state in addressing this issue  is available on the CDC web site. <> /ch