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Archive for August, 2013

Maintaining Your DOCLINE Routing Table

One of the key components of the DOCLINE software is the automated routing of requests. The routing algorithm matches citation and delivery requirements against the serial holdings and service options of the preferred lenders in the borrowers’ routing table. In order for routing to work most efficiently, holdings must be accurate and routing table and borrowing preferences should reflect current needs. Please take a few minutes to review and update serial routing tables to ensure optimal routing of requests, and take note of the following suggestions.

  • Delete closed libraries from your routing table. DOCLINE does not automatically remove closed libraries from routing tables since they sometimes return to operation, and also to allow borrowers to know about the closure of one of their preferred lending partners. While DOCLINE will automatically skip these libraries in routing, removing closed libraries from your routing table will allow you to add more libraries that are currently offering service.
  • Consider adding your library groups to your routing table. Adding library groups to your routing table frees borrowers from editing their routing table as library group membership changes. Additionally, placing a large library group like FreeShare into your Routing Table widens the available pool of libraries where requests may route. The routing algorithm is random, so NLM recommends placing a library group alone in a cell. Since borrowers have some preferred lenders within a library group, DOCLINE allows for an individual library to be added to a routing table that also exists in the routing table as part of a library group. A request would only route to the library once. If you plan to put individual libraries from a library group and also the library group in your routing table, place the individual libraries in a lower numbered cell than the library group.
  • Evaluate lender performance. See the 1-2A Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics report to review lender performance, e.g., fill rate, days to process. Unless the library fills a particular collection or service need, consider deleting libraries with a low fill rate or a turnaround time that doesn’t meet your users’ expectations.
  • Talk to your Regional Medical Library (RML) for advice! We can provide assistance and guidance on how best to structure Routing Tables, given DOCLINE functionality and the region’s standards and best practices. We can also assist you with identifying potential lending partners.

Remember that you can SAVE changes and continue making modifications at a later time. Once all changes have been made, click REQUEST APPROVAL. Detailed instructions for editing your Routing Table can be found by clicking Help in the DOCLINE menu, and then navigating to “Updating your Institution” and then “Managing your Serials Routing Table.”

DOCLINE Tip of the Month: Browser Requirements and Latest News

Tugger the DOCLINE Mascot

NLM now supports Internet Explorer 10 for DOCLINE and Loansome Doc. Browser settings for Internet Explorer 10 are similar to previous versions of IE.

DOCLINE will be ending support for Internet Explorer 7 as of November 30, 2013, due to NLM’s development schedule and limited resources for testing. [Microsoft recently announced the end of support for Windows XP and Internet Explorer 7 as of April 2014.] NLM understands the challenges of different browser version requirements from multiple systems in library environments, but must move forward with current browser standards.

DOCLINE may continue to work with IE7, however, NLM staff will not test new versions of DOCLINE or Loansome Doc with Internet Explorer 7, nor will they fix any future issues that are identified as being present only in IE7. Libraries should begin talking to their local IT departments about upgrading their browsers to at least Internet Explorer 9.

The latest release of Firefox has introduced a security change that is causing issues with using LocatorPlus and PubMed from within DOCLINE. If you upgrade to Firefox 23, you will need to follow these steps to use PubMed or LocatorPlus within DOCLINE:

  1. Open a New Tab
  2. Type “about:config”
  3. Click “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button
  4. Type “security.mixed_content.block_active_content” in the Search box
  5. Double-click the “security.mixed_content.block_active_content” row in the results to change value to “false”
  6. Close tab
  7. Close Firefox and then re-launch

Login to DOCLINE and you should be able to use Requests, Borrow/PubMed and Borrow/LocatorPlus.

DOCLINE users upgrading their browsers or using a new PC should modify their browser settings for use with DOCLINE. For more information, go to DOCLINE’s System Requirements.

Toxies Short Videos on Toxic Chemicals

The Toxies is a multi-media campaign to keep communities safe from toxic chemicals and pollutants. The campaign, produced by the statewide coalition Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE), and led by Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), works with groups across the country to bring toxic chemicals to life with a Hollywood spin. They are launching a new webisode series called The Toxies: Exposed. Through seven short videos, follow a daring investigative journalist as he chases down toxic chemicals and pollutants, to raise awareness about toxics in our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.

The Toxies is a project to highlight the real life battle to retire dangerous chemicals and pollutants and protect our health. The videos feature Bisphenol-A, Chloropicrin, Flame Retardants, Fracking Chemical Cocktail, Lead, Mercury, and Yellow Soap. Last year, actor D.W. Moffett hosted the event at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, and wrote in the Huffington Post how he and his wife Kristal “learned about the ubiquitous toxic exposures in our daily lives and our country’s broken regulatory system that does not adequately protect us.”

There was a worldwide premiere of these webisodes and discussion on August 15th at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. Following the screening, a discussion was held with scientists, advocates, and community members. Afterwards, all seven webisodes were posted online, along with accompanying fact sheets, links to take action, discussion guide, and trivia game, so you can host a “screening” and discussion for your organization. All videos are available in English and Spanish. Online and print materials will also be available in Spanish. Explore the Toxies website for more information!

Apply Now to Attend the Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching!”

Health science librarians are invited to participate in an online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice, places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises.

This course is offered online (asynchronous) from October 21 – December 2, 2013. The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo. Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. The deadline for completing the application is September 9, 2013; participants will be notified of acceptance on September 23, 2013.

The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 15 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted. This course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the five-day Librarian’s Guide that will be offered in April of 2014. Questions about the online course may be directed to the course organizers.

NLM Medical Text Indexer Providing Baseline for International BioASQ Challenge

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Medical Text Indexer is being used as one of the baselines for the international BioASQ challenge. The Medical Text Indexer (MTI), a system for producing indexing recommendations, assists in the indexing process at NLM. The BioASQ challenge is a series of challenges on biomedical semantic indexing and question answering, with the aim of advancing the state of the art accessibility for researchers and clinicians to biomedical text. The MTI indexing results are providing one of the baselines used in the “Large-scale online biomedical semantic indexing” part of the challenge, which is designed to parallel the human indexing currently being done at NLM. Alan R. Aronson, PhD, Principal Investigator for the MTI project, also will be delivering an invited talk on Indexing The Biomedical Literature In A Time Of Increased Demand And Limited Resources at the BioASQ Workshop in September. Dr. Aronson is a Principal Investigator at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, an Intramural Research Division of the National Library of Medicine.

August issue of NIH News in Health is now available!

Illustration of a woman shopping for dietary supplements.Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

Should You Take Dietary Supplements? A Look at Vitamins, Minerals, Botanicals and More
When you reach for that bottle of vitamin C or fish oil pills, you might wonder how well they’ll work and if they’re safe. The first thing to ask yourself is whether you need them in the first place.

Recognizing Cataracts: Watch for Vision Changes as You Age
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Learn how to recognize, treat and prevent this common condition.

Health Capsules:

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S.

New One-Stop-Shop Website Launched to Educate Business Owners About the ACA!

The Obama Administration has announced the launching of Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop website which provides employers of all sizes with educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them compete. The site includes a wizard tool that is tailored based on size and location, so businesses can learn how the law helps them provide affordable coverage options to their employees while still meeting their bottom line. The site will act as a user-friendly hub that connects employers to informational content on tax credits and other provisions of the law from the Small Business Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury Department. As part of the Administration’s ongoing dialogue with leaders of our nation’s top businesses, this latest tool will help ensure that employers of all sizes know what the Affordable Care Act means for them, and have the information they need to take advantage of the new benefits and opportunities under the law. The Administration will work with the employer community to ensure the site continues to be a helpful resource for businesses and their employees, including updating the site with additional, timely information.

Many parts of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect, including new consumer protections, and improvements to health care coverage, that ensure consumers get more value for their premium dollars. Additional benefits will take effect in late 2013 and beyond. Starting October 1, 2013, individuals, including those who are self-employed, and small businesses looking for a better plan, will have a new way to shop for private health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) found at HealthCare.gov. Individuals may be eligible for lower costs on their monthly premiums and self-employed individuals and small businesses may be eligible for tax credits to help with the costs of coverage.