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Archive for January, 2014

EDUCATION: Professional Development Awards – Sharing Back – Feb. 5

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Join us on Feb. 5 – 9:00 MT/10:00 CT to hear from two of our NN/LM MCR members who have attended professional development conferences.

  • Brick and Click conference – Nicole Caskey
  • Systematic Review Workshop – Assako Holyoke

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.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to  (mm)


Mission I’mPossible – New Mission Announcement!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

TO: Network member Agents
Security Level: Top Secret! For your eyes only!
RE: New Mission Announcement for “Mission I’mPossible”, a game for MCR Network members.

Dear Agent!
We need you to report back on some critical information that can save the world from certain destruction (or at least your library).

While you have been conducting field missions, have you ever heard this coming out the mouths of the people in your hospital?

“The library costs a lot of money! I think we should spend our dollars someplace else.”

We need to prepare you for a response that won’t blow your cover or put you in hot water. We need you to be able to blend in as a Financial Administrator and be able to express return on investments, cost benefit analyses, and the retail value of library services.

We are calling this Mission: Walk’n Talk like a CFO.

By the end of this Mission, you will have demonstrated your understanding of how to effectively express the value of your library using concepts found in ROI, CB/A, and Retail Value calculations.

You will be able to answer the question confidently…”What is your library’s worth?”

This Mission will go live Wednesday, January 29, 2014

If you are not a registered Agent, a requirement to play the game, you can learn how to do this by visiting this link.

Register for the Game here!

There are also other Missions you can play, such as:
a) An emergency preparedness plan at your library.
b) Providing consumer health information in multiple languages.
c) Attending scheduled Agent Network meetings (i.e., Spotlight and Breezing).

Need more information? See the game details or contact John Bramble at or 800-338-7667.

Sandbox Session*: PowerPointPosters

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

– February 5, 2014 at 12 PM (MT) / 1 PM (CT)

Hello Network members,

Did your poster proposal get accepted for the 2014 MLA Conference and you’re not sure where to begin?
Or maybe you simply want to create awesome posters for your library that promotes some of the neat things you’re doing?
Or perhaps you’d just like to come to the Sandbox Session* to learn something new?

If you answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, then it is time for you to come and play with us at the next Sandbox Session* and check this cool toy…PowerPointPosters tips and tricks.

We hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Time: 12:00pm (Mountain Time) /1:00pm (Central Time)
Come to:

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

*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.

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

presenter will demo some of the basic trips and tricks for creating a poster using MS PowerPoint with lots of time for participants to try them 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)

EDUCATION: E-Licensing Webinars

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

What : The MCR is offering two  classes on e-licensing. Each class will cover the basics. The classes are ideal for those who have minimal or no experience with e-licensing but have a desire to learn more.  More experienced members may find it  a nice refresher.

When: 2 pm Mountain Time,  3 pm Central Time on two days

  • Part 1 : January 30, 2014 -Examination of the the vendor/librarian relationship and points to think about when negotiating a deal.
  • Part 2: January 31, 2014- A view of the basic features that librarians should be looking for in  e-licensing contracts and some newer ways to think about e-licensing.

The webinars are FREE

Where .  Enter the room as a Guest (just insert your name in the Guest box) and then you should be prompted for the audio portion soon after entering the room.

Questions may be directed to Jim Honour


Hospital Librarian Participation Requested – Medicare Quality Incentive Program

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Late last year, Kaiser Health News  reported that “More hospitals are receiving penalties than bonuses in the second year of Medicare’s quality incentive program, and the average penalty is steeper than it was last year….” Librarians can have a role in their institution’s efforts to meet the quality measures set by Medicare.  The NN/LM MCR would like to share what’s happening in this region with you, but first we need YOU to share with us what you’re doing. Filling out a brief (5-7 min) questionnaire will inform us with what you’re doing. We’ll share what we learn about your involvement in this area in the RML News and in Plains to Peaks Post. Deadline for completing the questionnaire is February 11, 2014. We’ll report raw data back in the February 18th RML News.

You can see how your hospital is doing at Bonuses And Penalties For U.S. Hospitals.  Percentages are given for the Value Based Purchasing Bonus/Penalty (these are quality and patient satisfaction measures) and the Readmmissions Penalty (Readmission within a month after discharge). /ch

Join the NLM Training Center for a New Online TOXNET Class

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Would you like to learn more about the environmental health resources available from the National Library of Medicine?  Join the NLM Training Center (NTC) from March 3-25 for Module 2 of the new online class, called “Discovering TOXNET:  From Paracelsus to Nanotechnology.”

TOXNET is a web-based system of databases covering hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Module 2 covers the following resources:  Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), Household Products Database (HPDB), Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), LiverTOX, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), TOXMAP®, and Haz-Map. Note:  modules are independent of each other; you do NOT need to complete Module 1 before taking Module 2.   You’ll learn about the resources through videos, guided tutorials, discovery exercises, and solving real-life reference questions.

The class will be taught online asynchronously and synchronously.  For a complete description visit the NTC Class Description web site

Enrollment is limited, so register soon!  /ch

Breezing Session – What Does it Mean to be a Professional? – Recording Available

Friday, January 17th, 2014

On January 15, Barb Jones, Library Advocacy Coordinator, and Claire Hamasu, Associate Director, led a lively discussion on “What Does it Mean to Be a Professional?” A recording of the session is now available at:

Registration Now Open:Attaining High Reliability and Safety for Patients Collaborating for Change

Monday, January 13th, 2014

In conjunction with National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the Patient Safety Collective of the Southwest (PSCS) will present: Attaining High Reliability and Safety for Patients–Collaborating for Change, featuring world-renowned speakers in the field of patient safety. The event aims to jumpstart the development of a “patient safety community” in southwestern states by facilitating connections and collaboration throughout the wider regional healthcare community.  The conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM on March 6-7, 2014.

Library speakers at this conference include Linda Morgan Davis and Lorri Zipperer from New Mexico, and Margaret Bandy from Denver, CO.

To find out more about the conference, and to register go to   (bbj)

New England e-Science Symposium

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Registration is  open for the April 9th University of Massachusetts and New England Librarian e-Science Symposium. Now in its sixth year, the 2014 symposium will feature presentations focusing on the theme “Librarians Working with Data” and will be held at the University of Massachusetts Medical School at its university campus in Worcester, MA.  For further details about the day’s program and registration link, please see the 2014 e-Science Symposium conference page.

Are you interested in sharing your e-Science projects and activities? Consider submitting a proposal for the symposium’s poster session! Symposium posters will be judged on the following categories:  Most Effective in Communicating e-Science Librarianship, Best Example of e-Science in Action, and Best Poster Overall.  The deadline for submitting poster proposals is Feb. 1, 2014.  Details can be found on the e-Science Symposium’s Poster Proposal submission page.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the NN/LM New England Region. /ch


If you missed it…..Spotlight! session of Jan 10 – PubMed Update – recording now available

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Spotlight! on NLM Resources – January 10, 2014
PubMed Update
View the archived recording at: