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Archive for November, 2013

We’ve Got a Winner: Kristy Stiegerwalt!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Kristy Stiegerwalt is the winner of the “Health Science Librarians Making a Difference” video contest. Kristy is one of the Clinical Medical Librarians at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Health Sciences Library. Her entry, “Spot of Tea,” relates how information she provided to a clinical question improved the care and outcome of a patient.  Congratulations to Kristy!

The contest was sponsored by Ovid. and entries can be viewed on their YouTube Channel.

Have you considered making a video of how you impact patient care, research, education at your institution.  /ch


Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


NN/LM and MCR offices will be closed Thursday and Friday November 28-29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

DOCLINE: Update Routing Tables

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Dear DOCLINE Users,

Routing tables are an essential ingredient for assuring efficient borrowing and support for the resource sharing plan .  The DOCLINE team strongly urges users to routinely review their routing tables and update. Why may a routing table need an update?  Here are some reasons: 1) Closed libraries need to be deleted  2) Libraries may change their membership status and no longer use DOCLINE  3) A library will want to determine which lending libraries provide the best service.  Those that don’t reliably fill requests may need to be deleted from or moved in the routing table.  There are more reasons.

Remember to click on “SAVE” every time an update is completed.  The updated table is then submitted to the MCR DOCLINE coordinator who will approve the request.

Learn more about updating routing tables: [jh]

DOCLINE: Reminder to Users – Submit Out of Office Requests

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Libraries using DOCLINE must submit an Out of Office request when shutdown for staff vacations/holidays, or for an emergency.  The action makes your library  temporarily inactive while you are away.   With a busy holiday season coming soon, you would be advised to check your calendars and the make the request.  It’s fast and easy to submit your request.

To submit an Out of Office request, log in to your DOCLINE account, click on the “Institutions” tab at the top, then click on “Update (LIBID)” button and then find the “Out of Office” tab on the left side of the screen.  Remember, once you have entered the dates, you must click on the colored “Request Approval” tab at either the bottom or top of the page.  The request will be submitted to the MCR Member Services Coordinator.  You will also see a message that your request is approved after the coordinator has reviewed it.  More informaiton:

Any questions may be directed to Jim Honour


Mission I’mPossible – Join the IM Force Now!

Monday, November 25th, 2013

What do Jim Phelps, Cinnamon Carter, Rollin Hand and Ethan Hunt have in common?  They are all members of a “super-secret agency carrying out vital missions, often relying on high-tech equipment” (from a description of the original TV series.)  We want you to join them by participating in the MCR Mission I’mPossible online game.  Have fun while enhancing your health information sciences skills and knowledge!

The game continues through April 30, 2014, so you still have plenty of time to play and become the winner.   New agents are always welcome.  (Do you remember when they replaced Martin Landau with Leonard Nimoy?)  Register to start playing now!  Check here for all of the game details. /rv

Big Data for Healthcare Providers

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Big data is not just for researchers.  Increasingly, healthcare providers are turning to clinical data analytics technology to streamline administrative processes, boost care quality and cut readmission rates.  CIO magazine recently highlighted several real-life cases of healthcare organizations that are using big data analytics to improve outcomes and reduce costs.  One of the organizations mentioned is Intermountain Healthcare in Utah.  In another example, the University of North Carolina Health Care system is using big data to improve the quality of care and reporting data for cancer screening.  Future plans include analyzing data for medicine compliance and the number of clinic visits to predict bad health outcomes.  /rv

New tools can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings reduce prescribing and dispensing errors

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has new, free tools that can help community pharmacies and outpatient settings reduce prescribing and dispensing errors. Included are consumer leaflets for medication safety, scorecards to identify risk factors in the dispensing process, and a tool for helping pharmacies preparing to implement barcode product verification systems. /da

Ever wondered about finding a Power Point from one of the RML webinars?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Just a reminder about our webinars with regard to recordings and Power Point presentations…

Sessions are recorded, captioned,  and posted on the Online Education webpage usually within one day of the session.   Associated Power Point presentations are available upon request.   Please direct your request through Marty Magee at

This information has also been posted in our Breezing Along with the RML and Spotlight! on NLM Resources pages on the MCR web page under Training and Educational Opportunities>  Online Education.   We encourage members to use our materials, to present to interested audiences!


EDUCATION: Next Breezing Along with the RML – Wed. Dec. 18 – Data Accuracy in Journals

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
  • December 18  – 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML – Data Accuracy in Journal Abstracts: Implications for Informing Clinical Decisions

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 and the session will be recorded.   Questions to (mm)


WISER for Windows 4.5 Now Available

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available.  This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.

 Here’s a closer look at what’s new in this release:

  • Full integration of CHEMM content, which includes:
  • New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
  • Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
  • The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
  • CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
  • ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.

WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website./da