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NN/LM MCR’s: “Summer Vacation?”

Ask NN/LM MCR’s staff members how they spent the summer of 2015 and you won’t hear the typical answer about vacationing at the beach, up in the mountains, or in a foreign country. Instead you’ll hear, “I learned about NIH’s new biosketch,” or “I calculated what I would spend over the next 5 years,” or “I identified what was significant about future NN/LM MCR programs.” Your NN/LM MCR staff spent the summer writing the proposal for the next 5 year cooperative agreement.

Since the National Library of Medicine changed the funding mechanism from a contract to a cooperative agreement for 2016-2021, we were introduced to the forms and rules that researchers at your institutions or you use when applying for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. This was a new experience for us, and we have great sympathy and much admiration for all who have waded through the requirements and the many, many instructions for submitting a grant or cooperative agreement proposal. Read more »

Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians

Kristen DeSanto
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado

In April I attended the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians, presented by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, and I would like to thank the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the generous professional development award that made it possible.

The award application requested that applicants first meet in person with their administrators to discuss how the professional development event could be applicable to their position, and how it could benefit their institution. I have since changed jobs, but at the time that I submitted the application, I discussed the workshop with my then-director. I explained that I had heard from staff who were interested in learning more about conducting systematic reviews, but I had not yet felt prepared enough to offer that as a service. I talked to colleagues from other institutions who had attended this workshop and they highly recommended it, so I felt confident that this event would be beneficial. I discussed with my director that attending this workshop would enable the library to offer systematic review services to staff, and she was supportive. Read more »

Introducing Christian Minter

Christian MinterChristian Minter is the new Nebraska/Education Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. She is located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a BA in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College and a MS in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America. Christian recently completed the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. During the first year, she managed multiple projects that contributed to improving and promoting NLM resources, and the second year was spent at the William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University, where she provided research support and consumer health information services.

Christian moved to Omaha from Baltimore, Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys yoga and figure skating.

New Resources on Domestic Violence From NLM

Every minute, an average of 24 people are victims of domestic violence in the United States. Domestic violence is physical, sexual, or emotional abuse that usually involves a spouse or partner. It is sometimes viewed as a private family issue, however, domestic violence is a serious public health concern. It affects millions of people from many different backgrounds and it is preventable.

Domestic Violence Health Issues

In the U.S., over 12 million people a year suffer abuse from a spouse or partner, and most of the victims are women. Domestic violence increases a person’s risk of death and injury (bruises, broken bones, internal bleeding, etc.). Other health risks include:

  • Physical: asthma, bladder and kidney infections, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain syndromes, and joint disease.
  • Emotional: anxiety, depression, and suicide.
  • Reproductive: sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancy, poor prenatal care, low birth weight and premature births.
  • Risky behaviors: risky sex, substance abuse, or eating disorders.

NLM Resources

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently released two new resources on domestic violence. The first is Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, an exhibition that looks at the history of the nurses involved in advocating for domestic violence victims. The second is a domestic violence resource page with links to current literature, data, and other resources to support research, policymaking, and clinical practice. Read more »

Journal Club

Data Curation & Management Journal Club
– Seeking members!

This year, the NN/LM MCR is starting a journal club with the purpose of helping club members understand big data and identify roles librarians can play in data management and curation. The club will follow both the Medical Library Association’s Discussion Group Program and PubMed Commons Journal Clubs structure. The plan is to have our first meeting in November 2015!

If you have an interest in this club, we want you to join us.

Check out the requirements for membership and the club meeting overview.


  1. Librarians with at least a masters degree or equivalent
  2. Preference goes to NN/LM MCR members

Club Meeting Overview:

  • The club will be hosted in Moodle
  • Meetings will be hosted in Adobe Connect
  • Members will meet once per month to discuss a selected article through April 2016

We are capping the number of club members at 15 so sign up today!

If you have any comments or question, please contact either John Bramble ( or Alicia Lillich (

Mobile App Experience Project

1st Quarter Reviews

We’ve restarted our popular mobile apps project with even more reviewers.

The cost of apps continues to be a major barrier to accessing and experimenting with for-fee apps that might improve work performance or efficiencies. Most for-fee apps have a free version but those usually  provide only bare bones functions and work as a tease to get the user to purchase the full versions. To counter this, we’ve provided a group of Network members with either a $50 iTunes or GooglePlay purchase card  to try out and review at least four apps.

The app evaluation criteria we are using for this project is a modified version of the app evaluation worksheet developed by faculty at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. In addition to the base information (app name, operating system, sponsor/publisher/creator, cost, web links, etc.), we wanted to collect other helpful information that librarians typically would provide a client. Information such as: primary user (professional/layperson); creator’s credentials; bias; up to date information; ease of app’s navigation/access; etc. We also asked the evaluator to rate the app from excellent all the way down to not good.

Take a look at the summary of the app evaluations below and perhaps it will help you select an app that is right for you or your patrons. All app reviews will be published on our web site in the future.

-Alicia Lillich, Kansas/Technology Coordinator

Please note…the app evaluations submitted by the project participants are theirs alone and are not the evaluation of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

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Whooo Says…

Dear Whooo,

I recently changed jobs and started as the hospital librarian in an urban hospital. The previous librarian had some serious illness problems, and had not been able to keep up the library for several months. I decided to revitalize the online library communications as a first priority to make library access easy for hospital users. I have been able to accomplish that task, but the quantity of communications and requests for services that I receive is pretty low. Do you have any suggestions for how I can spread the word that library services are alive and well?

Wanting More

Dear Wanting,

Congratulations on your new position! I’m sure you are facing a challenge in your desire to reactivate library services after your predecessor’s illness. Unfortunately, we all tend to forget about things as soon as they slip from our view, so many of your users may have “forgotten” about the library leaving you with a public relations problem. Read more »

Password Management Software


Using passwords properly is an important part of web security. A safe password can help protect your personal and professional information and ensure compliance with HIPAA and/or FERPA requirements.

Security experts now recommend that passwords should:

  • Be at least 8 characters in length
  • Contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Not include any dictionary words
  • And be unique to each account

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