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Mission I’mPossible – Top Secret Memo

TO: Network member Agents 

RE: Come in from the cold!

 It’s time to come in from the cold to review and update your skills in responding to emergencies.  Have you written your one-page disaster plan?  We have a template plan to guide you through this mission.  This valuable exercise will enable you to be prepared should a disaster strike your library and you can earn 30 points.  If you’ve already written your plan, share it with your supervisor or with your fellow Network member Agents by writing an article for Plains to Peak Post and earn an additional 70 points.  Brand new agents can benefit from these activities by joining the game now simply by registering online.  If you need more information, view the game details or contact Game Master Agent John Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

Member Activities RE: Medicare Quality Measure

We have 84 hospitals who are Full members. Fifteen (18%) responded to our questionnaire on quality activities. 11 (73%) are involved in an activity. 4 (27%) either don’t know or are not involved in an activity.

How are our members involved? They are doing literature searches and document delivery and/or are participating in their hospital’s efforts (committee, project, task force) addressing one or more of the Medicare metrics.

Top three Medicare effective care metrics with librarian involvement:

  • 5 (71%) Discharge Instructions
  • 4 (57%) Averting Blood Clots in Surgery Patients
  • 4 (57%) Averting Catheter Infections

 Top three Medicare patient satisfaction metrics with librarian involvement:

  • 5 (71%) How well nurses communicated with patients.
  • 5 (71%) How well doctors communicated with patients.
  • 4 (57%) How clean and quiet the hospital room and hall were.

Thanks to all who completed our questionnaire. More information in the April Plains to Peaks Post issue.

Mission I’mPossible: Current Scores

The Mission I’mPossible agents have been busy as they’ve immersed themselves into their “librarian” identities.  Three of our agents have garnered over 100 points by completing various missions: Kitty Serling, Erin Wimmer, and Amy Birks.  And we commend Agent Kitty for earning over 200 points!  But remember, there is plenty of time to gain more points.  Current agents, check out the missions you haven’t completed and see if you can overcome our leaders!

Remember, this game lasts until April 30, 2014, so the rest of you still have time to get involved.  We challenge all network members to become successful agents and complete missions in library advocacy, health information literacy, and education.  Join our Mission I’mPossible force by registering online.  Need more details? View classified information (game details) or contact Game Master Agent John Bramble at or 800-338-7667.  /rv

EDUCATION: Breezing and Spotlight sessions for February

Feb. 19 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT
Breezing Along With the RML

  • Business Communications: Library Style – The One Pager – Marty Magee – What can you do to help you and your library “stick” in peoples’ mind.   How about creating a quick one pager, identifying you, your skillset, and what services you offer?  And when and where can you use this?    If you’ve ever created one, send it to Marty Magee ( and we’ll share a few of our members offerings as well!
  • Resource Sharing: Jim Honour will be leading a discussion on best practices  in resource sharing for those librarians who have an interest in interlibrary loan, document delivery and other library mediated information services.   What best practices does your library use to ensure that health professionals and the public receive the health information they need in a timely and cost-effective manner? Participants are encouraged to share their favorite best practice during the session and why. If you share a best practice, it will be included in the next issue of the Plains to Peaks Newsletter along with your name, a short profile about yourself and your institution!

Feb. 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT
Spotlight on NLM Resources

  • The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) – Monica  Rogers -How do you know if a patient education handout is worthing having?  PEMAT is an assessment tool to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of print and audiovisual materials for patient education.  If you are a health care provider, health sciences librarian, patient educator, or anyone else who has a stake in health literacy, come learn how to use this tool.  You’ll be able to follow along as scoring is demonstrated, and then get a chance to try it out yourself.

NOTE URL:  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 (mm)


Cleaning Up Your Charts – a post from the OERC

Check out the OERC Blog for interesting articles that you can put to use in your own work. Nikki Dettmar’s Feb 7 2014 post offers tips for creating good charts for presentations and reports. BK

Education: The EHR: What’s it all about?

The EHR: What’s it all about?

If you need an overview of EHRs, a better understanding of meaningful use, want to learn more about the workings of MedlinePlus Connect, or are just wondering what all of this means to a librarian, this is the class for you.  One hour of MLA CE credit can be earned as well as points for the MCR online game, Mission I’mPossible.  The class will be offered twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, to accommodate busy schedules.

Date: 2/25/14

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 MT/11:00 – 12:00 CT; Or 1:00 – 2:00 MT/2:00 – 3:00 CT


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.  Questions to (rv)

Mission I’mPossible : Recruiting Agents

Recruting Agents for the I’mPossible Missions Force

Having well trained secret agents is essential to the survival of medical libraries and health information services in our region.  Do you have what it takes to be an agent and to assume this critical role? We need additional qualified agents and if you want to apply, we will provide the required training.  As you conduct assigned missions, you will acquire skills in a variety of areas, including multiple language resources, new technology, continuity of service, and how to demonstrate library value.  To join the I’mPossible Missions Force, register online.  Questions? View classified information (game details) or contact John Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv



FUNDING: EFTS Award Continues!

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 :

Congratulations to these libraries who received the award during this contract year- your library could be next! :

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Library – Jill Nissen, Director

Alegent Creighton Health Immanuel Medical Center Library- Joy Winkler,  Director

Questions to Jim Honour


February Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The February 2013 issue of NIH News in Health is now available. In this issue learn about how you can help impede the spread of super bugs; treatments for gout; and read about a resource for those caring for seriously ill children. /da

Professional Development Awards – Sharing Back – Feb. 5 – Recording now available!

The recording is now available from our Feb. 5th session featuring two of our members who were awarded Professional Development funding and attended conferences.  See it at:   (mm)

  • Brick and Click conference – Nicole Caskey
  • Systematic Review Workshop – Assako Holyoke