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Archive for December, 2013

FUNDING: DOCLINE Users – Apply for EFTS Award !

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

The MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150 in start-up funding for  the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) to each MCR library using DOCLINE but not currently participating in the EFTS program.  EFTS is used by health sciences libraries, and other DOCLINE users,  for processing payment of inter-library loan transactions.   Benefits include reduced costs,  minimizes human error, reduced paperwork and  increases efficiency.  More information on the program is here.

Any MCR DOCLINE library, but EFTS non-participant is eligible to apply. You must enroll in EFTS to receive the award.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extended to December 31, 2013. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline date.

For more information about the award requirements and how to apply :

Questions to Jim Honour


Sandbox Session: Wordle

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

– December 17, 2013 at 1 PM (MT) / 2 PM (CT)

Hello Network members,

It is time to come and play in the sandbox and check out a new(ish) toy…

At the next NN/LM MCR Technology Sandbox Session we will be “playing” with, a free toy that generates “word clouds” from text that you provide.

There are some pretty cool word clouds that librarians are using to creatively promote their library services (just do a Google image search for “library word cloud”)

*Sandbox sessions are online get-togethers where we introduce a “toy”, such as an online app or cool tool, and quickly show you how it works (where the cool buttons and switches are). Then you’ll get to play with it and show the rest of us (or not if you are shy) what you came up with.

Please come and play in our sandbox!

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Time: 1:00pm (Mountain Time) / 2:00pm (Central Time)

Come to:

***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

How Sandbox Session work: We pick a toy /tool, in this case Wordle, where the…

presenter will demo some of the basic features with time for participants to try it out on their own.

The only objectives for the Sandbox sessions are for you to 1) have a special time to learn something new and 2) project how this technology could be integrated into your professional life…oh, and 3) have some fun while learning.

You do NOT need to register for the session. You do NOT need to pay anything. You NEED to COME and PLAY.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with John Bramble

Technology Coordinator / Utah Outreach
801 585 5743 (office)
800 338- 7657 (within Region)

Library Advocacy MOOC offered

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The University of Toronto is offering a MOOC titled “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action” which starts on February 24, 2014. The course will include:

Values and transformative impacts of libraries and librarianship.
Research on current perceptions of libraries and librarians.
Role of relationships in advocacy.
Principles of influence and their impact on advocacy.
Strategic thinking and planning in advocacy.
Effective communication: messages, messengers, and timing.

You can take the course for a certificate or audit if you are unable to complete the full work of the class. To find out more, or to enroll go to (bbj)

Apply to Attend the Winter 2014 Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching”

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Health science librarians in the United States are invited to participate in the next offering of the online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC).This rigorous course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. This course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. For more information and link to application./da

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

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
  • December 18  – 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML – Data Accuracy in Journal Abstracts: Implications for Informing Clinical Decisions

The abstract is the most frequently read section of a research article. Sometimes that’s all busy clinicians have time for. However, inaccuracies between abstracts and the corresponding full-text have been noted.  Efforts have been made to improve quality.  How successful have these efforts been?  The presenter,  Dr. Sarmiento compared data between 60 abstracts and full-text articles from six highly read medical journals. Data inaccuracies were identified, then classified as either clinically significant or not significant.  Breezing Along with the RML is featuring Dr. Sarmiento to describe the results of the study and to demonstrate NLM’s ‘Consensus Abstracts,’ a mobile application to search for and retrieve MEDLINE/PubMed abstracts. (  You’ll want to add this event to your calendar.

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)


E-Book choice: Evaluation of Library and Information Services

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Did you know the NN/LM MCR has e-books?    Here’s one that might make you think about some end-of-year reporting:  Evaluation of Library and Information Services.   Check out this collection of more than 100 library management and technology e-books at:

Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

If you’re working with data or know someone who is, this will be of interest.

The Data Citation Synthesis Group has released a draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles and invites comment.

The preamble states: Sound, reproducible scholarship rests upon a foundation of robust, accessible data. For this to be so in practice as well as theory, data must be accorded due importance in the practice of scholarship and in the enduring scholarly record. In other words, data should be considered legitimate, citable products of research. Data citation, like the citation of other evidence and sources, is good research practice.

In support of this assertion, and to encourage good practice,  guiding principles for data citation have been drafted.

For the Synthesis Group to take full account of your views, please be sure to post comments on the discussion forum. Comments are open until Dec 31, 2013. /ch



New AHRQ Tool to Assess Patient Education Materials

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has just released a new tool to help professionals choose more understandable and actionable materials – the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT).

Patient educational materials, such as brochures, medical instructions, and audiovisual aids, are often complex and lack clear information about what the patient is supposed to do.  AHRQ’s PEMAT and User’s Guide provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. By selecting health materials that score better on the PEMAT, you can be more confident that people of varying levels of health literacy will be able to process and explain key messages, and identify what they can do based on the information presented./da

 To access the PEMAT, go to:

 You can find additional tools for improving health literacy at AHRQ’s website, including:


Webinar: Finding Disaster Health Information: Where Do I Start?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The next Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly webinar will be on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT. This meeting is open to anyone wishing to attend.

TOPIC:    Finding Disaster Health Information: Where Do I Start?

SPEAKERS: Representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will give a presentation on using NLM resources to find the best and most authoritative disaster health information, with a focus on finding non-commercially published information.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM MT, 12:30 PM CT visit Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room.” A pop-up box should appear 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

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, click here to go to the DIMRC web site. /ch

“From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry”

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in cooperation with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, launches a special display in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, a traveling banner exhibition made available free of charge to cultural institutions across the country, and an online adaptation of From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry. From DNA to Beer explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use life. The display will be available at NLM, on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health, through April 18, 2014.

The traveling banner exhibition is available for booking. Please visit the traveling exhibition services Web site for more information about From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry./da