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Nature Calls

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Today the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as so many people have done over the past century, including the fictional Griswolds, my family of four took to the open road on a hot summer day traveling 2,000 miles from the Heartland of America to visit celestial mountains and lakes and forests out West. What did we find? Exactly that – mountains and lakes and forests. We also found so much more. As we paddled a kayak in the crystal clear Lake Crescent; hiked a 600-foot incline to view Glacier waterfalls; and strolled a misty beach hearing thunderous waves smack the Pacific coast, we discovered health – mental and physical.

However, I am reminded not to wait for a vacation to create peace of mind and strong bones and muscles. Physical activity should be incorporated into my daily life. When the Obama administration came into office, the First Lady made it her mission to fight childhood obesity. Let’s Move was Michelle Obama’s initiative to motivate children to eat well and exercise. The Get Active page has useful recommendations for the amount of beneficial activity and food intake for staying fit. The President, too, supported his wife’s program with his challenge to modify lifestyle behavior. View a list of suggested activities or take a fitness test at the President’s Challenge website.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine, too, has several resources to guide you to a healthier you. MedlinePlus – Exercise and Physical Fitness compiles facts, information and links to many useful sites such as Exercise Tips for Travelers at Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging and consumer health information for Joining a Gym from the Federal Trade Commission.

For more science-based information, look at HHS developed this website as part of the Healthy People 2020 [PDF] initiative. It provides resources for the purpose of helping users implement programs and applications to improve the Nation’s Health by 2020. Now I will stop writing so you will stop reading and we all can go for a walk.

kayakingSecond BeachCrossing a wood bridge






Darlene Kaskie is the Technology and Communications Librarian at the Greater Midwest Region for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.


Events & Resources of Note. 3/1/16

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Includes events on precision medicine (from IOM) and lead and the public health (APHA). Highlights news and resources about journals, what librarians can do, a behavioral health resources and an index on child well-being. (more…)

NLM ILL Survey Coming Soon!

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

NLM will be inviting DOCLINE libraries to participate in a survey on interlibrary loan practices and needs of the health science libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and Canada.  This is your opportunity to help shape resource sharing programs of the future.

NLM initiated this survey to investigate the reasons for the declining use of DOCLINE and current practices of libraries regarding resource sharing.  The number of ILL requests entered into DOCLINE has decreased 46% since 2002 while Loansome Doc requests declined 68% in that same period.  Your response to this survey is very important and will help us to understand the resource sharing needs of librarians in the NN/LM and Canada, and how NLM can best meet those needs now and in the future.  We look forward to your participation.

The survey has 30 questions that we estimate will take about 12 minutes to complete.  

NLM will be sending the invitation email via SurveyMonkey to the address of each library’s ILL contact reported in their DOCLINE institution record.  If the listed ILL contact has previously opted out of receiving emails from SurveyMonkey, please contact DOCLINE at  to receive a link to the survey.

What’s New with DOCLINE 4.6 Webinars Announced

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The DOCLINE Team will be hosting a webinar to highlight the changes to Loansome Doc Transfer and Resubmit introduced in DOCLINE 4.6.  We will present an overview of the features in a live demonstration and conclude with a Q & A session.  Come see What’s New in DOCLINE presented by a member of the DOCLINE Team.

There will be two sessions of the What’s New in DOCLINE 4.6 webinar – each session will present the same information.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Monday, August 1, 2011 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

There is no need to register.   We will start promptly at the top of the hour.  You can login up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the session.  Once connected to the webinar, teleconference instructions will be provided.

To access the webinar, go to the following web address:

You are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the webinar. To test your connection, go to:
(Note:  If you see a certificate error warning when accessing the page, it is OK to proceed to Adobe website)

If you are unable to attend the sessions, information about DOCLINE 4.6 can be obtained at one of the resources below:
Release Notes:
Weekly DOCLINE training classes:
Your Regional Medical Library or CISTI is available for training or user assistance:

If you have any questions, please contact NLM via the Contact Us link in DOCLINE.

DOCLINE 4.6 Coming Soon!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

NLM is in the final preparation stages for the release of DOCLINE 4.6 which completes updates and enhancements to the Requests module with changes to Loansome Doc Transfer and the Resubmit features.  NLM plans to release DOCLINE 4.6 on the morning of Tuesday, July 26, 2011 and they anticipate that DOCLINE will be unavailable for approximately one hour Tuesday morning from 7:00 am to 8:00 am while they make the changes.

To learn about the upcoming changes, see the Release Notes with screenshots:
Note: DOCLINE online help and FAQs will be updated once DOCLINE 4.6 is released.

The Regional Medical Libraries and CISTI have been testing the new version for us over the past several weeks. We can answer any DOCLINE questions and provide assistance to libraries in our region.

The vendors (Clio, ILLiad, QuickDOC, and Relais) were given the opportunity to validate their software against DOCLINE 4.6.

By popular demand, NLM will again host a What’s New webinar to introduce the new features of DOCLINE 4.6.   Additional information about the What’s New session will be posted to the GMRLIST, but here are the dates so you can block off one of these times if you would like to attend:
Session 1:  Wednesday, July 27, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Session 2:  Monday, August 1, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Print Retention Task Force Final Report Available

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Beginning in 2009, the GMR staff held a series of small group conversations with Resource Library Directors in the region.  One of the issues that came out of these meetings was the need for a coordinated print journal retention effort within the region.  A Task Force was appointed in September 2010 to gather data about library space pressures, print journal cancellation concerns, and related collection issues.  Many of you participated in a print retention questionnaire that was sent out in March 2011.

The Task Force has completed its work and we are making the Task Force Final Report available to all Network members. The main recommendation of the Task Force is that “the National Library of Medicine should take a leadership role in convening a national group representative of all its regions to explore the issues of shared print retention for both serials and monographs.”

Print retention will be a topic of discussion for the Regional Medical Libraries at the MLA meeting in Minneapolis and we anticipate that we will be communicating more about this topic in the months and years to come.

Read the report.

How much is that Doggie in my window?

Monday, August 10th, 2009

He’s free!  It’s Tugger our DOCLINE mascot. The folks at NLM thought it was time for you to see another more serious side of Tugger so he is available again. This time he is pictured here with the thing that really drives resource sharing in the health sciences, journals.  If you would like the opportunity to add DOCLINE wallpaper to your pc or maybe just update what you already have then use the link below to capture the side of Tugger that suits you most.

DOCLINE Wallpaper

How to Fund EFTS

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The Electronic Fund Transfer System (EFTS) is a transaction based electronic billing system for interlibrary-loan and document delivery. The system eliminates the need for the participating library to write checks or create invoices between EFTS members.  The system becomes more efficient the more DOCLINE libraries that join. It is for this reason that we would like to assist our DOCLINE libraries with the opportunity to participate in the system.

If you are a Net Borrower you can make use of the Electronic Fund Transfer System Award currently being offered by the Greater Midwest Region office.  If you are a Net Lender the EFTS office has made it easier to participate in the system.


Year 4 Funding Announced

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

We are pleased to announced our funding opportunities for Year 4 (May 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010). Please see the summary of awards and subcontracts at:

A table outlining the number of each type of award and subcontract and the funding amounts for each can be found at:

Two new awards are being offered in Year 4, so check out the Calls for Applications for these awards:

EFTS Award:

Planning and Assessment Award:

Please contact me, Ruth Holst, or one of the GMR Coordinators ( if you have questions about funding. For more information about Year 4’s Outreach Programs, please see the Outreach Program Summary May 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010 at:


Virtual Ability Organization & Alliance Library System Wins Linden Prize

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Virtual Ability Island - Second Life The creators of the Second Life, Linden Lab announced their 1st Linden Prize winners last week ( Among the two winners was “Virtual Ability Island”; the virtual island that was created as a part of the Alliance Virtual Library. This is a group of virtual islands use by people with chronic health and disabilities.

The Alliance Library System (ALS) in Illinois, a member of the GMR, worked with the Virtual Ability Organization to plan and build this award winning orientation center. Virtual Ability Island was partially funded by the NN/LM consumer health subcontract – “Share the Health”. The ALS will have the distinction of being the first NN/LM supported project that has received this prestigious virtual award. ALS and Virtual Ability continue to partner on health information services in Second Life.

Prestigious Linden Prize was given to two winners chosen out of 230 applications and 10 finalists. The winners were awarded $10,000 each. Here is the announcement from the Linden Lab:

Please contact Lori Bell (, if you would like to know more about this award winning virtual island or the partnership! Congratulations!!