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Announcing: a NEW way to connect with NN/LM MCR Staff – Online Office Consults

Beginning this week (Tuesday, August 12, 2014) the folks at the NN/LM MCR will be offering a new way to connect with them by offering online consultation services. MCR staff have created online offices where you can go and meet with them to talk about pretty much anything under the sun or on something in their work expertise (or hobby) area.

We know what you’re thinking…you have always been able to connect with MCR staff just by picking up the phone or by shooting them an email, but can a phone or an email share a live view of a webpage (either yours or theirs), download a document right there and then, or see how messy John’s office is? NO! We didn’t think so! Go check out our staff webpage  and see the many expertise areas of our staff.

Some examples of what we can help with…

Claire says she can help you with: making the most of the services and resources available rom the NN/LM MCR; focus groups by the book or what corners can be shaved and still get results; and if you’re a solo librarian and want to speak to someone who understands librarian-ese, or maybe you have a wild idea (or not so wild idea) and want a second opinion.

Marty says she can help you with: how to make education fun and interactive; using course management software (e.g. Moodle, MoodleRooms, Blackboard, etc); improving business skills, such-as communications, project management, and software tools (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, search engines, etc.); NLM online databases (PubMed, MedlinePlus, NIH Senior Health, PhPartners, etc.) and of course any of her hobbies related to reading, walking, genealogy, cooking, etc.

Dana would really like to help with: developing community partnerships; issues surrounding health information literacy; supporting public health efforts; and how to get your MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization certification.

Jim can help you with: everything DOCLINE-EFTS-LINKOUT-Loansome Doc; online instruction; NLM Databases (especially consumer health/education); and Emergency Preparedness.

Rachel would like to help you with NLM databases and mobile apps, search engines,  desktop computing tools including Microsoft Office Suite and Web 2.0 apps, increasing internet access to restricted resources, and electronic health records and patient education.  She’s also available if you want to discuss photography, folk music, or have an online hammered dulcimer lesson.

Barb knows a lot about: identifying library value unique to your institution; developing better business skills; how to conduct marketing and promotion efforts; finding the return on investment for your library; issues surrounding patient safety and diagnostic error; NLM resources; and issues around health information literacy. And if you have similar hobbies, such as: knitting; stained glass, reading books

John will talk your ears off, if you let him, on: gaming in adult learning; NN/LM resources and services; NLM databases; website design and online communication tools use/implementation; desktop computing tools (e.g. MS Office products, Web 2.0 apps); and mobile (Apple Products) Devices and app management/use. John also has his hobbies he likes to talk about, like: welding metal together in interesting ways; cooking for others; whitewater rafting; alpine skiing; and digging in garden.

Contact John Bramble,, if you have any comments or questions about any of the above.


The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians (August 19, 2014)

When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11am- 12:30pm MT, 12pm – 1:30pm CT

Register at:  Space is limited.

Join  a discussion about the NIH Public Access Policy and the critical role libraries play. Presented by Dr. Neil Thakur, National Institutes of Health, and by Kathryn Funk, National Library of Medicine.

This webinar will:

  • Review basics of the public access policy, and the role of librarians;
  • Present the Public Access Compliance Monitor;
  • Answer questions about the policy sent to us in advance via the online registration form;
  • Address issues and questions raised during the webinar.

Please list any questions you would like addressed during the webinar in the “Questions & Comments” section located on the online registration page.

Sponsored by the NIH and by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region. /ch

Annual Report: How MCR Staff Spent Our 2013-2014 Year

I’m sure you’ve heard us recommend writing an annual report to show your value. We practice what we preach and do one every year for the National Library of Medicine our funding agency. We also do it for you our constituency. You can read our annual report for 2013-2014 on our web site.  Our highlights from last year were:

  • Contract Site Visit:  NLM pulled together a team to review activities of the region. The site visit report was very complimentary and you can read what they said in our report.
  • Bringing Health Information to the Community blog questionnaire: We assessed who was subscribing to the blog and their interests.  Find out who’s reading this blog and their favorite subjects in our report.
  • Training and Presentations: This year MCR offered 82 in-person and online classes reaching 1,543 participants. Ten training sessions were recorded and viewed by  823 people. Twelve presentations were recorded and received 515 views.
  • Expert Health Search: Barb Jones, Missouri/Library Advocacy Coordinator, worked closely with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine to develop this national program. Patients are offered literature searches and information and information delivery by health sciences librarians.
  • Funding: The MCR funded 4 members  for professional development award; 2 members received EFTS subsidies; 3 CBOs received an iPad and data services to successfully increase their information access out in the community.
  • Mission I’mPossible: We initiated the Mission I’mPossible game and recruited 15 agents to play. /ch

Joint Commission Topic: Communication Resources

The Joint Commission has compiled a list of resources to support Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care. This annotated list supports communication with the diverse populations that are served by hospitals. /ch

Jobs at NLM

NLM has 6 vacancies in Library Operations and the National Center for Biotechnology Information.The short posting time reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly. See the Technical Specialist postings for job descriptions on the NLM Job Openings page or on and follow the instructions to apply. One posting is for “Status Candidates” (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) and the other is for for “All US Citizens.”

Please contact NIH Human Resources Specialist Zenaida Olivero for further information.

Technical Specialist positions are open in the following areas:

  • The National Network Office administers the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM).
  • The MEDLARS Management Section of the Bibliographic Services Division (BSD)
  • Indexing Unit A
  • Indexing Unit B
  • The Medical Subjects Headings (MeSH) Section
  • The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)  /ch

Coffee and Conversation! Thursday, August 7, 2014

Coffee and Conversation!
Is your searching/information seeking biased?
Take a break and join us for an informal discussion on bias in information seeking.

Our discussion will focus on the following questions:
· Can bias affect information seeking/information retrieval? If yes, what is the bias and how does it impact information seeking?

· What should we be aware of within our own thinking when searching?

· What steps/actions can we take to reduce the impact of bias in our searching?
Lorri Zipperer, Rebecca Graves and Barb Jones will be discussing the following articles:

Windschitl, PD, Scherer, AM, Smith, AR, Rose, JP. “Why so confident? The influence of outcome desirability on selective exposure and likelihood judgment.” (2013) Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 120 (1), pp. 73-86.

Scherer, AM, Windschitl, PD and Smith AR. “Hope to be right: Biased information seeking following arbitrary and informed predictions” (2013) Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 49 (1) pp. 106-112.

Hart, W, etal. “Feeling validated versus being correct: a meta-analysis of selective exposure to information” Psychological Bulletin, 2009, 135 (4), ppl 555-588.

Please join us on August 7th at 2:30 CT,/1:30 MT/3:30 ET/12:30 PT).

To attend the session log in as a guest at

We’ll be learning together and hope you can join us. (bbj)

Webinar: 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

The Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine funded three outreach and collaboration projects for 2013-2014. These projects are near completion. The awardees will present information about their projects, how libraries collaborated with disaster-related organizations, and what outcomes they achieved.

WHEN: August 14, 2014. 11:30 MT, 12:30 CT

LOGIN: Visit 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  /ch

EDUCATION: Save the dates for Breezing and Discover – Aug. 2014

Breezing Along with the RML – August 20, 2014, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT

  • Dan Short, with the Copyright Clearance Center will give an overview of CCC’s content licensing solutions for the academic market focusing on the Annual Copyright License and Get It Now.  The Annual Copyright License offers content reuse coverage for the entire academic institution with 3 million titles (and growing) in the database.  Get It Now offers fast delivery for unsubscribed journal content to help facilitate and advance research.
  • Health Literacy Updates – Monica Rogers will share updates from the region on state initiatives.

Discover the National Library of Medicine and More  (formerly Spotlight! on NLM Resources)– August 27 , 2014, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

  • Topic:  Statistical Resources

Join us at:   Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to


New Resource: Healthcare Info Sources

Are you looking for information on accreditation and regulations, healthcare quality, healthcare reform, patient safety, quality,performance and process improvement?  Check out Healthcare Info Sources (  Developed by Barbara Duffy, who has many years experience in the quality improvement world, this resource is currently freely available to all.  Log in as a guest to check it out, and if you like it, create your own login.  (bbj)

“Re-skilling for Research”

Check out this free report from RLUK (Research Libraries UK) published in 2012 and conducted by Mary Auckland.  It is “an investigation into the role and skills of subject and liaison librarians required to effectively support the evolving information needs of researchers.  (bbj)