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Vol 12 No 2 – October 2013

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Mission I’mPossible: A Game for Network members


Mission I'm Possible Logo

Good morning Mr. or Ms. Net Workmember,

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region is inviting you to engage in a game where the mission, should you choose to accept it, is to accomplish as many tasks as possible to accumulate points that will, depending on your performance as a librarian, earn you a spot on the leaderboard and potentially lead you to winning the game.

Many of the tasks you will be completing will challenge and increase your skills and knowledge as a librarian. You will be asked to advocate for yourself and your library program, participate in professional development activities, increase you skills in the use of technology that can enhance your library’s reach and enrich your library’s program.

As challenging as this might be, we are confident that you will be able to take on anything thrown at you.

As always, should you or anyone on your IM Force Team be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

This description of the game theme will self-destruct in five seconds.

Good Luck!

We here at the RML hope that the above introduction to the MCR Game we are calling “Mission I’mPossible” has stirred some interest within you – enough that you are considering play the game. (more…)

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National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program

Ever thought of participating in the Traveling Exhibits from the National Library of Medicine?

Book a Traveling Exhibition page

Take a look at institutions in our region that have had exhibits and those that are scheduled: (more…)

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EFTS Award – Apply Now!

The Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) is a partnership between the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the NN/LM and the University of Connecticut Health Center/ Lyman Maynard Stowe Library.  The system is used by health sciences libraries to process interlibrary loan transactions and is currently used by almost 1,400 libraries.

Why should you use EFTS?

  • It reduces costs
  • It reduces paperwork and human error
  • It’s efficient
  • It’s a flexible system
  • It provides management reports

Learn more about the system:


What’s the EFTS Award?

The NN/LM MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150.00 in startup funding to each Network Member library enrolling in the EFTS program.


  • You must be a MCR DOCLINE library and not currently participating in the EFTS program.
  • Apply for funding by October 31, 2013. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline.

To learn more about the award, requirements and how to apply online:

If you think you would like to take advantage of this funding offer, don’t hesitate to apply!  The deadline is quickly approaching!

For any questions, contact Jim Honour:  or at 800-338-7657 opts. 1, 2, 8.

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Site Visit Report:

Innovation, Creativity, Enthusiasm

The MCR staff received the report for the site visit conducted in July. We loved the first sentence, “The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) MidContinental Region (MCR) is characterized by innovation, creativity and enthusiasm.” All our anxiety drained out; and we breathed a sigh of relief.

Strengths of the Region

In addition to the compliments for the staff, the team highlighted accomplishments. These included an increase in membership among public libraries, an increase in readers of the Bringing Health Information to the Community blog and a new publication system incorporating postings contributed from four other RMLs. They acknowledged our strengths: the commitment of the Resource Library Directors to the distributed model and that MCR is one of the few regions that has an advocacy coordinator. (more…)

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Whooo Says

Dear Whooo,

I’m an academic librarian who has also recently worked in a hospital library. I follow your column with interest, and have also taken the Measuring Your Impact class to learn how to value and promote my library services and collection. I’m not quite sure what is happening in our institutional environment, but the approach of demonstrating the librarian’s value to the institution is not working well. Managers and administrators keep talking about Lean principles and Six Sigma but I’m not sure how this translates to demonstrating the worth of my library.

Puzzled (more…)

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