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Highlights from the PubMed Update – January 2014

Lisa Traditi
Health Sciences Library – University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
-Dana Abbey, Colorado/Health Information Literacy Coordinator

If you missed the January 2014 Spotlight! on NLM Resources with the National Training Center’s (NTC) Jessi Van Der Volgen discussing recent updates to PubMed, don’t fret. We’ve put together a recap of the information.

Here’s what’s new: Read more »

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Whooo Says…

Dear Whooo,

I am one of four librarians who work in a medium sized urban hospital. I am fairly new to this job and to the profession, and I want to be sure and start my career off on the right foot. In my few months here, I have noticed there is a difference in how people are treated and how their ideas are received that doesn’t seem to correlate to the quality of their work. I’m not sure what is going on here; is this common? How can I ensure that my contributions are recognized favorably?



Dear Confused,

I’m so glad you wrote with this question. I think you have stumbled on a very important part of the workplace, and I congratulate you for your astute perception. You are very correct in your observation that the quality of your work is not the only criteria for job success.

One of the important aspects of any job is your relationship with your boss. This relationship is important now, and may continue to be important in your career as a source of references and mentorship. It is also an area in which you have some degree of control. Read more »

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Supporting Public Library Health Information Programs and Training

One of the major charges for the NN/LM MCR is to work toward improving access to and sharing of biomedical information resources throughout the region. We believe working with and through public libraries is one of the major ways to reach out to the residents of our states. Public libraries interact with individuals and groups in ways that hospital and academic libraries cannot.

Our coordinators have formed relationships with many of the public libraries in our states, and also with our state libraries in order to offer educational programming and opportunities for partnership to achieve our mission. We also offer region-wide programming opportunities with Spotlight! on NLM Resources. For the past few years, we have noticed that participation by public librarians has decreased. In order to increase public librarians’ attendance at our training opportunities, we decided to work through our six state libraries to find out what the interests and needs are for health information trainings. Read more »

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Health Literacy: Succeeding One Project at a Time

Note: This is the first in a series of articles on librarian involvement in health information literacy.

Health literacy is the “degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process and understand health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions.” The RML wants to help you foster health literacy in your institution, while also advocating for your library and its services, so we’ve made a list of things to keep in mind and ways to get started!

Before diving in, it’s important to keep in mind that this is a gradual process and it takes time to build relationships and trust and as they say, “slow and steady wins the race.” We also know that not all suggestions or activities are appropriate for every institution. We encourage you to get creative and find ways to either make an adjustment so it can work for you, or use it as a jumping off point to think of new ideas. We highly suggest you seek out your supervisor’s approval. This offers them the opportunity to provide support and suggest contacts. As an added bonus, you can use this as a way to get buy-in from them to not just support you in your efforts, but to become involved themselves. Read more »

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NN/LM National Initiatives

As part of supporting the mission of The National Library of Medicine, the NN/LM MCR also participates in national outreach initiatives. The NN/LM is currently focusing on four outreach initiatives. The NN/LM MCR has a coordinator serving on each of the task forces.

  • Community College Outreach – John Bramble
  • MedlinePlus Connect – Rachel Vukas
  • – Dana Abbey
  • K-12 Education – Barb Jones

Each task force was asked to define desired outcomes from outreach activities targeting a specific population or subject. Then the task force was to learn about the group’s needs and currently available resources. Once the task force identified needs, they developed a logic model to describe how to achieve outcomes, and determine how those outcomes would be measured, and data collected. Throughout the process they were to identify and document effective practices for providing outreach and then share those findings with the rest of the NN/LM. Read more »

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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. Read 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: Read 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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