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Archive for April, 2014

Grants Available

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests. The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. The Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare.Support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.  Details

RGK Foundation awards a wide variety of grants that fulfill their mission in the following areas: Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to nonprofit organizations.  The Foundation’s current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS. RGK Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry from the Web site as the first step. Details /ch

Webcast – NLM 1984-2014: Voyaging to the Future

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On May 14, 2014, a day long symposium will be held at the National Library of Medicine. The symposium will review the influence of NLM’s long range planning, as it interacted with outside developments, over the past 30 years. It will reflect on key factors that contributed to successes and setbacks; and it will consider opportunities for the future  —  all as background for the next NLM long range planning effort, to commence in 2015. A complete program is available on the Friends of the NLM web site. For those of us unable to attend the symposium will be simulcast.

When: May 14, 2014 6:30 am – 2:00 pm MT, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm CT

Where: The recording of the symposium will be archived at this same URL.

The symposium is sponsored by the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Friends of the NLM, and the Medical Library Association. /ch

Mission I’mPossible Critical Announcement

Monday, April 28th, 2014

We have received an anonymous tip that your network agent identities may have been compromised. It is necessary to complete your missions by tomorrow and then cease your activities. Make sure your reports have been added to the Mission I’mPossible site by April 30 to ensure your success as you attempt to become the Top Network Health Information Agent.

 As always, should you or anyone on your IMF (I’mPossible Missions Force) Team be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck to you all.

Education: Webinar on Emergency Preparedness: Don’t just react to emergencies-prepare for them!

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Health sciences libraries always have potential threats to their operations and services.  We must be proactive and plan for disruptions, so we hope you leave with some resources  to use for emergency planning at your library.   This session has two parts. Part 1: learn about and/or review the elements of the 10 Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning, created by Dan Wilson,  Coordinator for the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) National Emergency Preparedness & Response plan. and Part 2 includes opportunities for members to share their emergency plans with other participants.

Please join us for this interactive event.  If you have a plan to share, please bring it!  You can discuss what resources you use or leave with ideas on how to update your existing plan.  We will discuss the 10 step elements and answer questions about resources.

When:  Monday,  April 28, 2014.  1 pm Mountain Time, 2 pm Central Time

Where:  MCR Network Members Services Room

Login: Enter room as a “Guest.” You will see directions for receiving audio.

Questions to Jim Honour      [jh]


Recording now available for Spotlight! session on Specialized Information Services

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Recording now available for Spotlight! session on Specialized Information Services held April 23, 2014.   See it at:  (mm)

EDUCATION: May Breezing and Spotlight dates….note url and dates!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 7, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT –  Breezing Along with the RML:  1) “Enhanced Vision for Librarians: Innovating with Google Glass,”  showcasing how librarians are utilizing Google Glass collaboratively to integrate new technology into health care and education.  Presenters:  Heather Collins and Christina Magnifico, both from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dykes Library. 2)  “What, Why and How Questions about Open Access and Biomedical Literature”, presented by Jim Honour along with Kelly Visnak,  scholarly communications librarian at University of Wyoming Libraries  who will be sharing her knowledge  on  the NIH Data Sharing policy.  She will  show the UW Libraries’ repository as an example of how one Resource Library  can handle open access data and literature.
  • Wednesday, May 28 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Mobile Resources:   John Bramble will be presenting on many of the free mobile apps available in National Library of Medicine Gallery of Mobile Apps ( If you’d like to follow along with John as he demos apps, be sure and download the apps before the session. If you have any questions or need help with this prior to the session, please do not hesitate to contact John (,  800-338-7657 toll free in region, 801 585 5743 office)

CHANGE OF 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 sessions will be recorded.  One MLA CE will be available for the Spotlight! on NLM Resources session.   Questions to (mm)


PIE-J Update and Request for Feedback

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Forwarded from NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has a deep interest in the publishing models used by scientific journals, from the viewpoints of practical and efficient use of titles that are indexed for MEDLINE, and the clear and accurate preservation of the scientific literature for use by future generations. You have the opportunity to participate in the development of a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Recommended Practice that provides guidance on the presentation and identification of electronic journals!

PIE-J: The Presentation & Identification of E-Journals, a NISO (National Information Standards Organization) Recommended Practice, was published just over a year ago, having been approved on March 25, 2013. In just over 12 months, the full Recommended Practice document has received well over 4500 downloads, while two PIE-J brochures have received a total of more than 2000 downloads. All three documents can be accessed from the PIE-J website .  This level of download activity suggests that PIE-J is meeting a need. For PIE-J to succeed, it is essential that librarians, publishers, and other e-journal providers be aware of its existence.

The PIE-J Standing Committee, co-chaired by Sally Glasser (Hofstra University) and Ed Cilurso (Taylor & Francis), is charged with responding to specific questions about the Recommended Practice, gathering comments for a full review of the Recommended Practice document, and promoting PIE-J. Help us gather feedback and spread the word.

We Want Your FeedbackIf you are a librarian who has written publishers and providers about PIE-J, the Standing Committee would like to hear from you, whether the result was positive or negative.  Please write the Committee at with the subject “PIE-J feedback.”

Learn More at Upcoming Meetings Standing Committee members have been busy making the rounds at various conferences and meetings. Next up are NASIG (May 1-4, Fort Worth, TX), the Society of Scholarly Publishers (SSP) conference (May 28-30, Boston), and ALA Annual (June 28-July 1, Las Vegas). If you plan to attend any of these conferences, please look out for NISO’s PIE-J presentations!  Also, on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 3 pm EST co-chairs Sally Glasser and Ed Cilurso will be speaking about PIE-J at NISO’s monthly Open Teleconference. Dial-in information is here.

Template for Contacting Publishers & Providers The Standing Committee recently posted a template to the PIE-J website for librarians wishing to contact publishers and providers with concerns about the presentation of e-journals on their websites. The template includes suggested wording but is completely customizable. If you (or your users) have experienced an access or display issue that is due to the way in which e-journals are presented online, use the template to let publishers and providers know how PIE-J can help. Get it here:

Want More Information on PIE-JPIE-J: Presentation and Identification of E-Journals: What’s the Point?” in Insights, the UKSG Journal, vol. 26, no. 3 (Nov. 2013). The article provides an excellent overview of PIE-J.  /ch

Funding: Disaster Health Information Collaboration

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced for the fourth year the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders, and others (paid or volunteer) that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Eligible projects will be based on a partnership or collaboration that includes at least one library or information center and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities.

  • Awards are offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 for a one-year project.
  • Information about previous years’ projects: 2011 projects, 2012 projects, and 2013 projects.
  • Proposals are due to NLM on June 19, 2014 by 5 pm ET.  Contact your state coordinator if you would like your proposal reviewed before you submit it.

Complete information for the Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects 2014 is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site ( as: RFQ No. NIHLM2014082.  /ch

National Take Back Day for Prescription Drugs

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

This Saturday, April 26th, is National Take Back Day providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Find a collection site in your area. /da

Mission I’mPossible – The Final Mission

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Attention all Network member secret agents:

You have, if you choose to accept it, one FINAL mission.  You must work with the SIS (Specialized Information Services) by attending the Spotlight session Wednesday, April 23.  You still have the opportunity to change your agent status and achieve a higher level of health information knowledge (and earn more points) by finishing uncompleted mission tasks.  Remember, the game ends April 30, 2014 and you must complete your tasks and turn in your secret agent credentials at that time.  The winning agent will be awarded accordingly.  Will it be you?  /rv