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Archive for January, 2014

What Does it Mean to be a Professional?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

When’s the last time you discussed librarianship with another librarian?  If you’re a solo librarian, it’s probably been a while. Barb Jones and Claire Hamasu have been there—where they craved a conversation with another librarian. Join the January Breezing Along with the RML session and you can have a conversation with a lot of colleagues who speak the same language as you! The topic is “What Does it Mean to be a Professional?”

When: January 15, 2014.  10:00 MT, 11:00 CT


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. /ch

Health Insurance Marketplace Refresher, Jan 16, 2014

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a “Health Insurance Marketplace Refresher” as we enter the final months of open enrollment. The call will provide brief updates on the Marketplace and review essential program information, materials and resources.  All questions should be submitted in advance to

Who Should Attend: Everyone who wants to know more about Marketplace updates and materials and help people enroll.

 When: Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ 12:00 P.M MT, 1:00 PM CT.

Call Info.:  Participant Line: 1-877-267-1577, Conference ID: 992 605 070


Please forward this invitation to any of your colleagues who may want to participate. In case we exceed the capacity of this call, we will make a recording available on  within 2 weeks after the call. /ch

January Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The January 2014 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. In this issue learn about the signs of dementia and how to treat anemia. /da

Library Publishing Forum

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Library Publishing Forum, March 5-6, 2014, Kansas City, MO

This event will bring together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives to define and address major questions and challenges; to identify and document collaborative opportunities; to strengthen and promote this community of practice; and to advance this vibrant subfield of academic publishing. This event is hosted by the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), a 60-member organization that promotes the development of innovative, sustainable publishing services in academic and research libraries to support scholars as they create, advance, and disseminate knowledge.

We encourage library publishers (and friends of library publishing) of all sizes and statures to attend, including both administrators and technical staff charged with this important scholarly communications function. The Library Publishing Forum will include representatives from a broad, international spectrum of academic library backgrounds, as well as groups that collaborate with libraries to publish scholarly works. You do not need to be a member of the LPC to attend this event.

The event will be keynoted by:  Peter Berkery, Association of American University Presses and John Unsworth, Brandeis University

Earlybird registration is open until January 31. Please visit the conference web site for more information about participating in or sponsoring this conference. /ch

Continuing education course materials for “Disaster Information Specialization”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

From the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC)

Disaster health information courses and supporting materials are now available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine. The courses are open to anyone at no cost and are approved for Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credit.  Course materials may be used and adapted by anyone giving presentations or classes on this content. When using or adapting materials, please give credit to the original course authors and NLM.

We’d like to hear about your use of these course materials and what DIMRC can offer (improve) that would make it easier for you to teach this material. Are you interested in being an online or classroom instructor for one or more of these courses? We are compiling a list of current and potential instructors for future mailings: please send your name, title, organization, city, state/country to Katie Chan,

Completion of a series of courses may be used toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate. For information on requirements for the MLA certificate, see  Disaster Information Specialist web site and scroll down to the section on “Completing Application.” The application fee is $55 for MLA members and $75 for non-members.

Happy New Year from the DIMRC staff.  /ch

DOCLINE: Reminders for Users

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

All DOCLINE users should be aware of the NN/LM Resource Sharing Plan. . The plan outlines the goals and  responsibilities for all DOCLINE stakeholders from the NLM to small hospital libraries.

Here are some maintenance reminders for DOCLINE users:  1) Make sure the contacts and all other information in your institutional record is current.  2) Have you reviewed and updated your routing tables recently? This needs to be done at least once a year. 3) Review and update your holdings in SERHOLD to help keep transactions in DOCLINE effficient. 4) Be sure to set your Out of Office Request if there will be not staffing in your library because of vacations, illness, etc.

You are more than welcome to contact your state coordinators, or the MCR DOCLINE coordinator with any questions/concerns you have. We always like to know of anything that should need attention.  MCR Member Services Coordinator: Jim Honour


Mission I’mPossible – New Agents

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Welcome Agent Amy and Agent Erin to Mission I’m Possible!  You have successfully completed several missions and we appreciate your good work.  Agent Erin is in 2nd place with 100 points and Agent Kitty continues to lead with a score of 195.  We’ve got a good competition going, so if you’d like to join in the fun, you can gain points by attending the Spotlight session this Friday, January 10 and our Breezing presentation on January 15.  I can guarantee you’ll learn something an enjoy yourself!  Register now to become a secret agent.  Questions? Check out the game details or contact John Bramble at or 800-338-7667. /rv

EDUCATION: PubMed Update on Jan. 10

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
  • Friday, January 10 – 10:00 MT/11:00 CT  – Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources – PubMed Updates from the National Training Center (this is a change of time/date from regular Spotlight! sessions).

Please note the time!  Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the new Relevance Sort.  Bring your questions!  One MLA CE will be available for this event, as well as points for Mission I’MPossible.  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.

Health Literacy

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Do you know the definition of health literacy?  According to the Affordable Care Act and Healthy People 2020 it is “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process and understand health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions.”

What does that mean to your practice of librarianship?  How do you use this concept in order to serve your users?  (bbj)

Broadcast: Hospital Libraries Panel Discussion – Jan 13, 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A panel discussion on hospital library closures will be broadcast on Monday, January 13, 2014 11-1 MT, 12-2 CT. This event, originating at Stanford University,  is sponsored by the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region and the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group. Registration is available by clicking here. The form provides the choice of attending the in-person session or remotely.

Speakers will include:

1. Geri Bodeker, MS, MLIS, AHIP; Medical Librarian- Palo Alto Medical Foundation- Physician Library; Nursing Librarian- Samuel Merritt University- San Francisco Peninsula Learning Center Library; Adjunct Faculty Librarian- College of San Mater Library

2. Nancy Dickenson, MLIS; Librarian; Stanford Health Library; Stanford Hospital & Clinics

3. Peggy Makie, MLIS, AHIP; Library Manager; Kaiser Permanente Health Sciences Library, Sacramento and Roseville  /ch