This post is part of a series on NNLM NER’s funded projects.
For several funding cycles, 15-40 Connection, an organization dedicated to improving cancer detection skills, has received support from NNLM NER. This unique organization targets people between the ages of 15-40, considered to be in their prime, asserting that “[s]ince 1975, improvements in cancer survival rates for 15 to 40 year-olds have continuously lagged behind all other age groups. Delayed diagnosis is a major culprit of this shocking statistic.”
In an effort to raise cancer detection rates, 15-40 Connection promotes self-empowerment in three steps. First, identify what your “great” is. When you are at your best, what are your eating, sleeping, and bathroom habits? What is your skin like? Is your weight steady? Your energy? Second, if you notice a change that lasts more that two weeks, consult your health care provider. Fatigue dragging you down too long? Injury not healing properly? 15-40 Connection wants to you to risk the embarrassment that your concerns are not warranted. Get checked out. Third, communicate openly with your health care provider. Here’s where 15-40 Connection is ready to lend a hand. This organization builds educational resources and outreach activities around self-empowerment.MedlinePlus Supports Self-Empowerment
As an Education and Outreach Coordinator, I was curious to see how 15-40 Connection promotes the National Library of Medicine. I am impressed with how they weave MedlinePlus into their storytelling. In this blog post, featuring Holy Cross student Henry Carr, the bone cancer hyperlink goes directly to MedlinePlus. That is just one example. The website routinely links to MedlinePlus. And, 15-40 Connection swag includes the promotion of MedlinePlus.
An early detection advocate and cancer survivor, Henry Carr made a huge impact on the staff at 15-40 Connection. They dedicated the 2016 Crusaders Against Cancer 5K fundraiser to him. Sadly, Henry died in June after a recurrence of his cancer.
On October 28, I headed over to Holy Cross for this year’s Crusaders Against Cancer fundraiser. Once again, the run was dedicated to Henry. Many runners wore gray HC for HC t-shirts. Others wore Crusader purple. The day was crisp and clear. And the message of self-empowerment was clear as well.
In addition to using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE system, libraries can soon send interlibrary loan (ILL) requests to NLM via Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), saving libraries already using OCLC time and effort by integrating these requests into their existing workflows. The change, beginning January 2018, gives libraries wanting to borrow materials from NLM three possible avenues for placing requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. DOCLINE, which has served medical libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1985, efficiently routed more than one million ILL requests in Fiscal Year 2017. As a national library, NLM will continue to serve as a library of last resort for ILL, meaning that libraries should first try to fill requests from local or regional libraries before submitting them to NLM.
In addition, NLM will raise the fee for filling an interlibrary loan request from $9.00 to $12.00. The long overdue price increase will help keep the NLM ILL service a national leader and ensure that NLM can continue to deliver efficient service and maintain a fast turnaround time to complete incoming requests.FAQ
Will NLM lending in OCLC have any effect on DOCLINE?
No. NLM does not anticipate any impact on DOCLINE and will continue to develop and maintain the system.
If my library belongs to OCLC and DOCLINE, must I use one or the other?
Libraries can choose the borrowing method that best suits their ILL processes, taking into consideration the different billing methods associated with each system, as well as different statistical reporting options.
Will NLM still offer its portal?
Yes. If libraries and other institutions are unable to submit requests through DOCLINE or OCLC, NLM’s preferred methods for ILL, the portal will still be available for submitting and checking on the status of interlibrary loan requests.
Why did the price of an ILL increase?
The price increase was necessary due to the increases in the costs of delivering the service. The fee had not increased in over two decades.
What methods exist for requesting an ILL from NLM?
After January 1, 2018, there will be three possible avenues for placing ILL requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. NLM encourages requesting institutions to utilize either DOCLINE or OCLC before the NLM ILL Request Portal.
What is the impact to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s regarding NLM’s decision to use OCLC?
NLM does not anticipate any impact on the quality and timeliness of services it provides to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. DOCLINE continues to be the recommended requesting mechanism for libraries with health-science missions that are part of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, however NLM will also accept requests submitted via OCLC. Libraries can choose the borrowing method that best suits their ILL processes, taking into consideration the different billing methods associated with each system, as well as different statistical reporting options.
Is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Resource Sharing Plan changed/changing due to NLM’s decision to use OCLC?
The Network Resource Sharing Plan will not change due to NLM’s decision to use OCLC.
The National Library of Medicine has released a new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov for public testing. The test site can be accessed from a link on the page banner or directly at clinicaltrials.gov/beta/. For instructions on offering feedback see the Nov-Dec Technical Bulletin article. Key features of this beta version include:
- updated search for the “Recruiting and not yet recruiting” studies feature on the homepage
- new location search option enables you to limit your search based on the distance (number of miles radius) from a specified location
- updated “Search Results” page design that brings the list of studies found closer to the top of page
- updated “Glossary” design provides term definitions while continuing to view the page containing the terms