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Archive for October, 2012

ORCID Launches Registry

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID initiative, has launched its researcher registry and can now be used by researchers to create a profile and ID for themselves.  The ORCID project is an attempt to tell one John Smith from another John Smith or one J. Smith from another J. Smith.  From the ORCID website:  “For scholars, ORCID provides a persistent identifier that unambiguously distinguishes you as the author or creator of your published works in systems that adopt ORCID.  Through integration in workflows such as manuscript and grant submission as well as researcher profiles, ORCID promises to help scholars and institutions manage academic information and, ultimately, to provide both with more control over their own record of scholarship.” /ch

Your eScience Discussion Published

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

In February 2012, members congregated online to to discuss the eScience workshop and presentations held as part of the Priscilla M. Mayden Lecture in Salt Lake City. The ideas and conversation flowed and the RML thought it should be preserved and shared, so we wrote an article that was just published in the Journal of eScience Librarianship. Thanks to all of you who contributed to the article by participating in the conversation!  You can find the article by clicking on this link:  Discussing “eScience and the Evolution of Library Services” /ch

Breezing Along with the RML – If you missed it….

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The Oct. 17 Breezing Along with the RML session is now ready for viewing at: (mm) 1) Marty Magee facilitated Education librarians from NN/LM MCR Resource Libraries, as they shared what’s new and cool and their libraries!  2)  John Bramble continued the discussion held during the RML Session at this year’s MCMLA Conference on social media methods that Network members are using  to engage their users,  followed by a  discussion on how the RML can effectively engage members.

CDC Streaming Health Videos

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has over 400 streaming health videos covering smoking and tobacco use, obesity, physical activity, HIV/AIDS, STDs, birth defects and disability, global health and more. Most videos are 1 to 2 minutes in length, with 20 videos in Spanish. [da]

NIH launches LiverTox a free database of drugs linked to liver injury

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Prescription medications are one of many culprits leading to liver injury. In data retrieved from a national registry, researchers found that herbal and dietary supplements were implicated in 18% of liver injury cases caused or suspected of being caused by drugs or supplements from 2003 to 2011.

LIVERTOX provides up-to-date, accurate, and easily accessed information on the diagnosis, cause, frequency, patterns, and management of liver injury attributable to prescription and nonprescription medications, herbals and dietary supplements.

LIVERTOX also includes a case registry that will enable scientific analysis and better characterization of the clinical patterns of liver injury.  The LIVERTOX website provides a comprehensive resource for physicians and their patients, and for clinical academicians and researchers who specialize in idiosyncratic drug induced hepatotoxicity. [da]

EDUCATION: Spotlight! – Wellness -Wed, Oct. 24, 2012, 1:00 MT, 2:00 CT

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Spotlight!  on NLM Resources – Wellness  -Wed, Oct. 24,  2012, 1:00 MT, 2:00 CT.  “Wellness” is such a broad topic that it’s made up of many components.  For this month’s Spotlight! session,  Jim Honour will recommend some wellness resources that focus on exercise, physical fitness, complementary/ alternative medicine, prevention and personal health records.

Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE.   NOTE URL: Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided.  Questions to (mm)

Professional Development Award winner posts some comments…..

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Lynne Fox, who was the recipient of an NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award, and attended MCMLA – tagged some recent entries on a blog to which she contributes.   See them at:  A nice recap, Lynne!

Professional Development Award funding still available for two events…

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Professional Development Award funding will be available for two upcoming events sponsored in part by the NN/LM MidContinental Region.

  1. Three awards of up to $1500 each will be made for an E-Science conference to be held at the University of Utah on  March 15, 2013.
  2. Three awards of up to $1500 each will be made for an Emergency Preparedness conference to be held in Chicago in March 7-8, 2013.

Information on the Professional Development Award is available at . Applications for the Professional Development Award for the two above events will be opened once more conference details are available.  For now – save the dates!

And the NN/LM has already funded a dozen – yes, 12 librarians to attend events in the 2012-2013 contract year!

Diagnostic Error: Team Up and Tackle It!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Diagnostic error is a significant factor in patient harm and increased medical costs ( A free class — on how multidisciplinary teams contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error.   Class focus is on evidence-based processes and the impact of librarians.  The class will be held on November 15, 2012 in Room LL05 at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland Baltimore.    Class time is from 9-4.

Session content will cover:

·      Team-oriented approaches to understanding the role of information and evidence in the diagnostic process.

·      Case analysis and discussion of bias.

·      Partnering of librarians/informationists with clinical staff to strategize improvements

·      Application of failure analysis techniques to explore system and process improvement.

·      Design of evidence sharing innovations to reduce diagnostic error.

·      Strategies for implementation of proposed projects.

Multi-disciplinary teams from organizations are encouraged to attend.  MLA CE credits will be provided.

Register for this class at (bbj)

New Class Open for Registration – Cool Creative Communications: 3 Part Class

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Registration is now open for the second offering of a new asynchronous class, Cool Creative Communications: 3 Part Class (Approved for 15 MLA CE Credits).

Registration ends October 25, 2012 and is limited to 15 students.

The class runs October 29 through November 26, 2012.

Students taking this class will have an increased knowledge of several popular communication tools and some of the strategies it takes to be effective in each of the following class sections:

Part 1: Engaging Users via Social Media (Part 1 of 3): This class covers popular social media tools proven to be effective in engaging customers.
Part 2: Dazzling Data Visualization (Part 2 of 3): This class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at just a glance.
Part 3: The WOW Factor – Clear Concise Presentations (Part 3 of 3): This class covers popular presentation applications and approaches to effective presentations

A more detailed class description can be found here:

Before you register, please read this next part to make sure this class is for you…

  1. This class is an intermediate level class.
  2. Priority goes to Network members located in the MidContinental Region.
  3. This is a 4 week, online, asynchronous, semi-at-your-pace class.
  4. Students have 7 days to complete their assignment and 5 days to complete their peer critique for each of the 3 class sections.
  5. Students are expected to spend:- 1.5 hours on content learning
    – 3 hours of in-depth learning on student selected tool/application and preparing their class assignment
    – 0.5 hours on peer critique
  6. Many of the class resources discussed might not be accessible at your work place. If this is you, please consider taking the class and plan on working from home, a public library, or another location where you are not blocked.

This is the registration link:

For questions or comments, please contact the class instructors

John Bramble
Rachel Vukas