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Archive for 2012

MAR Wishes You All a Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 14th, 2012

All of us in MAR would like to wish you a very Happy Holidays

MAR Holiday Closings

Friday, December 14th, 2012

MAR will be closed for Winter Recess Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st.

NLM Holiday Closings

Friday, December 14th, 2012

NLM will be closed on December 25, 2012 and January 1, 2013 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins is Blogging

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Several weeks ago NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins started blogging. The postings have highlighted new scientific advances, research innovations, and data related to NIH’s mission and operations. For example, recent postings have included a report from Dr. Collins’ visit to NYU to review the hurricane damage first hand, a report from the recent 2012 mHealth Summit, a new video from NIH on how flu viruses spread, and data from NIH on prescription drug abuse by teens. The blog is quickly becoming must reading by those interested in research and NIH.

DOCLINE Out-of-Office Memo Reminder

Friday, December 14th, 2012

With the holiday season in full swing, we’d like to remind users that you can help keep requests moving efficiently through DOCLINE by completing the Out of Office form.  This will prevent requests from routing to your library during a closure.   Detailed instructions for use of this feature can be found at

You can set a future ‘Out of Office’ date range and request RML approval at any time by going to the Institutions, Update, Out of Office page.  Note you cannot request a 2nd deactivation period until the present period is past.  We do suggest you submit your request for deactivation a few days in advance of your departure to ensure time for your RML to review.

To expedite borrowers’ requests through DOCLINE, at the end of the day the last day your library is active, please receipt any new requests and process all outstanding requests as ‘Not Filled’ so they will immediately route on to the next potential lender.

Note:  Please do not post temporary deactivation notices of library closings to DOCLINE-L.   We appreciate your desire to notify colleagues of temporary closures (or problems), but the system will automatically route around inactive libraries.

If you have questions, call your RML at 800-338-7657.  Canadian libraries should call CISTI at 800-668-1222.

Best wishes to all for a safe and joyous holiday season.

DOCLINE Customer Service
National Library of Medicine
US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)
Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2)

The PubReader View: A New Way to Read Articles in PMC

Friday, December 14th, 2012

An easier way to use your browser to read articles in PubMed Central (PMC) on your desktop, laptop, or tablet:

Emerging Health Threats: Web-based Tools and Resources for Clinicians

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Clinician Outreach Communication Activity (COCA) helps clinicians deliver optimal care to patients by providing clinicians with the most current and reliable information on emerging health threats, pandemics, natural disasters, and terrorism. This month’s Spotlight features examples of web-based education products and resources for clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging health threats including:

  • Influenza Prevention and Control for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
  • Planning for the Whole Community: Addressing Access and Functional Needs Before, During, and After Disasters
  • Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction

New Classes from the National Training Center

Friday, December 14th, 2012

NTC will begin teaching the online class “PubMed for Librarians” in January.  The class is taught in 5-segments of one hour each using Adobe Connect; participants can choose any of the segments that interest them.  Each segment is worth 1 hour of MLA CE. The segments will be recorded and posted on the NTC website.

The classes are open for registration now, so you will also see them listed on your regional schedule pages as well as NTC’s page.  The NTC registration page is:

Enrollment is limited to 50 for each segment, but we plan teach the classes at least once a quarter to meet demand.

DOCLINE Best Practices

Friday, December 14th, 2012

We thought you should know about details from an ALA RUSA post that may interest DOCLINE libraries.

RUSA STARS’ 5 Things Every New Resource Sharing Librarian Should Know
Are you new to Resource Sharing and Inter-library Loan? Check out these tips and resources put together by your colleagues! ( )

For additional tips & tricks see the “DOCLINE Best Practices” page created by the RMLs with input from DOCLINE libraries at:

The RMLs and CISTI provide training and user assistance for DOCLINE in their respective regions. You will also find detailed instructions for most DOCLINE features in the online Help, as well as FAQs. You can reach your DOCLINE coordinator by selecting ‘Contact Us’ on the top blue menu in DOCLINE, then selecting the link to ‘Contact Your RML’.

2013 MeSH Available

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The 2013 version of the Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) thesaurus is now available.

There are fewer changes to MeSH than we’ve seen in recent years, and majority of the changes were done to improve compounds treeing and terminology.

However, there are always interesting new headings.  Some examples for 2013 are:
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, Binge Drinking, Meaningful Use, Molecular Medicine, Personal Narratives; Racism and Sexism are separate new headings not entry terms for Prejudice.
For a full list, please see

The changes in headings reflect the desire to disambiguate and improve terminology, for example: Genetic Therapy replaces Gene Therapy, Correction of Hearing Impairment replaces Rehabilitation of Hearing Impaired, Research Design replaces Research – methods, Education of Visually Disabled replaces old Visually Impaired Persons – education.

For a full list, see

The list of topical headings used on our e-journals and e-books lists
features only one change this year:  Physical Medicine is now Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.