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Archive for August 4th, 2014

The Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy (Boost Box session)

Monday, August 4th, 2014


  • Joanne Gard Marshall, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Julia Sollenberger, Associate Vice President and Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center

Date / Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Summary: The speakers will present the results of the Value Study the most useful for library advocacy and discuss how results are being used by librarians across the country. Over 16,000 physicians, residents and nurses served by 56 libraries participated in the study. As a result, the findings can be used by both participating and non-participating libraries.

Librarians are using the results to advocate for the importance of the library through posters, presentations, newsletters and personal contacts with administrators, educators and clinicians. Time saved by health professionals is also being also converted into dollars saved to show cost-effectiveness. Our examples show that librarians are using the results, but customizing their advocacy efforts so that they have maximum impact on their institution.

Librarians are making frequent use of the resources available on the Value Study website:, containing an overview of the study results suitable for presentation. Librarians are welcome to use the full presentation or key slides as needed.  Specialized PowerPoint summary reports are also available based on geographic region, as well as AAHSL and non-AAHSL sites, and the profession of respondents. The site provides access to the data and all supporting materials, including the survey. Features encourage data use, benchmarking with similar types of libraries, as well as study replication. Links to peer reviewed journal articles based on the study results are also available on the site. Two new publications, one in a nursing journal and one in a health care management journal are about to appear. Results from these additional analyses will be discussed.

NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Health and Science Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Monday, August 4th, 2014


Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              August 25, 2014

Where:             Online


Summary: This class will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. The online course is approved for 3 MLA CEs.

Update: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective Tutorials

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Ready, Set, Go: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective “How-To” Tutorials(TechTime session)

This presentation by Andrew Youngkin of NN/LM SE/A was a big hit! You can find the recording and slides available at:

Andrew has provided additional information based on our discussions below.

References about the effectiveness of online teaching:

  • Measuring medical student preference: a comparison of classroom versus online instruction for teaching PubMed. By: Schimming, Laura M. Journal of the Medical Library Association. Jul2008, Vol. 96 Issue 3, p217-222.


  • Evaluation of best practices in the design of online evidence-based practice instructional modules. By: Foster, Margaret J.; Shurtz, Suzanne; Pepper, Catherine. Journal of the Medical Library Association. Jan2014, Vol. 102 Issue 1, p31-40. DOI: 10.3163/1536-5050.102.1.007.


  • Graduate Student Library Research Skills: Is Online Instruction Effective? By: Shaffer, Barbara A.. Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, v5 n1-2 p35-55 2011. (EJ925369)


  • Using an Interactive Online Tutorial to Expand Library Instruction. By: Stiwinter, Katherine. Internet Reference Services Quarterly. Jan-Mar2013, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p15-41. 27p. DOI: 10.1080/10875301.2013.777010.


  • Using Online Tutorials to Reduce Uncertainty in Information Seeking Behavior. By: Brumfield, Elizabeth Jean. Journal of Library Administration. 2008, Vol. 48 Issue 3/4, p365-377.


  • The Effectiveness of Online Video Tutorials as Supplemental Library Instruction. By: Wyant, Nicholas. Kansas Library Association College & University Libraries Section Proceedings, 2013, Vol. 3, p39-43, 6p. Publisher: College & University Libraries Section of KULS.


  • Assessing Patron Learning from an Online Library Tutorial By: Blummer, Barbara. Community & Junior College Libraries, v14 n2 p121-138 2007. (EJ840542)


  • Are Online Tutorials Effective? A Comparison of Online and Classroom Library Instruction Methods By: Silver, Susan L.; Nickel, Lisa T., Research Strategies, v20 n4 p389-396 2005. (EJ763685)


  • On Campus or out of Town: How Publishing Online Tutorials Can Help Your Patrons By: Blake, Lindsay. Computers in Libraries, v29 n4 p11-13, 31 Apr 2009. (EJ835990)


  • Now’s the Time: Online Library Orientations By: Farrell, Sandy L.; Driver, Carol; Weathers, Anita. Community & Junior College Libraries, v17 n1 p7-14 2011. (EJ923189)

PubMed Commons Update

Monday, August 4th, 2014

PubMed Commons set the stage for commenting on any publication in PubMed, the world’s largest searchable database of biomedical literature. New infrastructure and design enhancements have been implemented to improve the user experience and support the PubMed Commons community, and they are now live on PubMed and PubMed Commons.

At center stage is new artwork that has been adopted for the PubMed Commons blog, Twitter account, and home page, to present a clear, unified identity across platforms. The home page has also been streamlined to consolidate information about joining and using PubMed Commons in a single page to help users get started. A synopsis of the most recent blog post is now available at the top of the home page to help users stay up-to-date on PubMed Commons.


For several months, comment rating has given members the chance to weigh in on what comments they find useful. Visitors to PubMed can see these ratings alongside comments. Ratings are a key element in calculating the comment and commenter scores that determine the appearance of comments in the “Selected comments” stream on the home page. Some new site modifications will highlight contributions to PubMed Commons.


On the home page, “Top comments now” will feature the top three recent comments. On PubMed records, “Selected comments” (from the home page stream) prompt the appearance of an icon above abstracts, directing readers to comments below. And now the most recent tweet about a PubMed Commons comment appears on the home page for PubMed searches.  Check it out!

Online DOCLINE Training

Monday, August 4th, 2014

A series of DOCLINE training webinars will begin next week with:

Beginning DOCLINE

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
When:  1 pm (ET)

It’s recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (the hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises).

The classes are FREE.   You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.   Captioning will be provided.

You are eligible to receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class by participating in exercises.

Class Schedule

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Beginning DOCLINE
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — DOCLINE: Routing Tables
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — DOCLINE: Serial Holdings
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend

For additional information about the classes:

Beforehand, you are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the class

Reports from the 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

Monday, August 4th, 2014

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:    Reports from the 2013 Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects

The Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine funded three outreach and collaboration projects for 2013-2014. These projects are near completion. The awardees will present information about their projects, how libraries collaborated with disaster-related organizations, and what outcomes they achieved.


LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, June 12, click on

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.

A box should pop up asking for your phone number.

Enter your phone number and the system will call you.

For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:

Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790

Pass-Code: 745907


If you have never attended an Adobe Connect Pro meeting before:

Test your connection:

Get a quick overview:


MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see

IOM Proposes Changes in Graduate Medical Education

Monday, August 4th, 2014

New England Journal of Medicine Articles on Cybersecurity and Health Care

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Share with your Chief Information Officers, heads of IT, and anyone else with an interest in patient data privacy. Both articles will require a subscription.

When ‘Hacktivists’ Target Your Hospital

Cybersecurity in Health Care

Funding Opportunity

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Administration for Children and Families – Offers funding to expand Early Head Start programs for migrant and seasonal populations or to create partnerships with local child care providers within a community, leveraging existing local resources to provide a comprehensive array of health, mental health, nutrition, and social services to infants, toddlers, and their families.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: Oct. 6th, 2014

For more information go here:

EFTS Tip of the Week

Monday, August 4th, 2014

For those libraries who have not already done so, it would behoove you to update your routing tables to include EFTS libraries in the first cells to insure timeliness and ease of billing in loan fulfillment. Libraries not using these services should be relegated to lower tables as they represent a decrease in efficiency in filling ILL requests.

Other helpful hints would include:

• Log into your EFTS account on a regular basis and check your balance and account activity.

• Review your Member Profile information at least annually.

• Include your LIBID on all correspondence and checks submitted to EFTS.


Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator

866-561-5045 toll free

860-679-4561 direct