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Archive for July, 2013

Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Projects

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The next Disaster Information Specialist web conference, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, will be held on Thursday, August 8, at 11:30 MT, 12:230 CT. The meeting is open to anyone wishing to attend. The session will feature reports from the 2012/13 Disaster Health Information Outreach & Collaboration Projects. Representatives from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Calder Memorial Library, and the  Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, Learning Resource Center, will report on their projects funded for the period September 2012 – September 2013.

Log into the Adobe Connect session by clicking here or copying this URL into your browser:
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 the call-back feature or can only attend by telephone:
Dial-In: 1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907


Feedback on LocatorPlus

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) would like your comments on how LocatorPlus meets your needs and what  could be improved.

NLM started the new Discovery and Delivery Platform Project in June 2013. The goal is to implement a new web-based platform that provides innovative search and delivery of the wide range of NLM collection resources. The work will be carried out in phases with the initial goal of replacing LocatorPlus, the NLM online public access catalog. To ensure the new platform will continue to support the work of NN/LM libraries, NLM would like to informally gather information from network members about their experiences with LocatorPlus and their needs and expectations for the new platform.

Please send your comments  to Iris Lee, Project Manager of the Discovery and Delivery Platform Systems Office, at by August 23.2913 /ch

EDUCATION: DOCLINE: Borrow & Lend Webinar on Wednesday July 31st

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Dear DOCLINE Users,

Please join us for the second of our four part series-

 DOCLINE: Borrow & Lend,   Wednesday,   July 31, 2013

When:  12 p.m.  Central Time, 11 am Mountain Time


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.  To login all you need do is key in your name and Enter as a guest.  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 you take.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013 –   DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend

Wednesday,   August 7, 2013 – DOCLINE: Serial Holdings

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – DOCLINE: Routing Tables

Classes begin at 11 am (Mountain Time) 12 pm (Central Time)


Questions to Jim Honour [jh]

Recording of “Libraries & Health Insurance” Available

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Did you miss last week’s webinar “Libraries & Health Insurance: Preparing for October 1,” sponsored by WebJunction?  The recording is now available for viewing on the WebJunction site  ( Also available are the PowerPoint slides and questions and responses from the chat box. The session provides information about plans to provide library staff with online resources to respond to increased patron information needs related to the Affordable Care Act. /ch

Registration is now open for EBM (EBP) and the Medical Librarian

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science is offering “Evidence Based Medicine and the Medical Librarian,” a distance education course, from August 25 to October 18, 2013.  The course is approved for 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Medical Library Association.  Up to 15 MLA students and 5 Library Science students will be accepted for this session.  The course fee is $405.  Click here for more details about the course or go to .

Instructors are Connie Schardt, MLS, AHIP (formerly from Duke University) and Angela Myatt, MLS (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio).  The instructional format is a combination of course material, independent readings, reviews and exercises, which are reviewed by the instructors to provide individual feedback to students. In addition, students are required to participate in the course Discussion Board.  Students will use the UNC SAKAI system to access all course materials.

To register contact: Tiffany Harris at

For information on course content, contact Connie Schardt at /ch

Business Articles Posted on MCR Twitter

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Berwick names 11 monsters facing hospital industry #ptsafety

IOM report states Medicare should not adjust payments on regional basis

American Hospital Association News, 01-15-2013

  U.S. hospitals provided $41.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011, according to the…

U.S. News picks ‘Best Hospitals’

Study: Competition, not need, drives hospital cardiac care investment
Kaiser Health News – The Washington Post, 7-9-13

Graph of growth of health care jobs in America

American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

The Affordable Care Act – and how libraries can be playing a parr – a message from the American Library Association…  (bbj)

Professional Development Award for 2013-2014

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Interested in attending something for your professional development?   A conference you may not have attended before?  Four awards are targeted for our 2013-2014 year.  This year applicants, who must be full members,  will be asked to meet with their library and institutional leadership before deciding on a conference to attend.  Please see new requirements at:  Questions to

Recording available: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – July 24 – Diets & the Evidence

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Recording is now available from the July 24 session of Spotlight! on NLM Resources.  Four RML Coordinators presented information on diets such as low carb, fasting, plant-based, and balanced diet options.   See the recording at:

Funding: Informationist Services

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

NLM is again funding efforts that add an informationist component to NIH funded research projects.

These administrative supplements provide funds to supported research and center grants in order to enhance the storage, organization, management and use of electronic research data through the involvement of informationists, also known as in-context information specialists.

The purposes of this administrative supplement program are (1) to enhance collaborative, multi-disciplinary basic and clinical research by integrating an information specialist into the research team in order to improve the capture, storage, organization, management, integration, presentation and dissemination of biomedical research data; and (2) to assess and document the value and impact of the informationist’s participation.

The Administrative Supplement opportunity is available to eligible NIH awardees with active R01 grants and, in some cases, with active P01, P20, P30, P50, R21, R21/R33, R24, R34, U01, U19, U24, U54 and UM1 grants (see details above in the Activity Code Section).

Application Due Date:  November 5, 2013 by 5 PM local time of applicant organization.

Detailed information is available at  the funding announcement  ( /ch

Fighting HIV/AIDS with HIT

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

New York state is using innovative health information technology to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  They have been exploring how health communications strategies and social media could be used to expand the impact of HIV and STD prevention and treatment services.  New technology, such as wearable sensors and home monitoring tools which provide continuous health status feedback, allow patients to become more engaged in maintaining their health and allow clinicians to provide “just- in-time” interventions to better manage HIV and other infections and conditions.  Portable, low-cost, point of care devices can give patients and health care providers medical test results such as HIV status and T-Cell count outside of medical offices.  These devices, combined with health information exchanges will enhance communication between the patient and health care provider.  The full article is available in HealthIT Buzz.