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Archive for April, 2014

FUNDING: EFTS Award Offer Ending Soon – Apply Now!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

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.  Deadline for submitting an application has been extended to April 30, 2014 ! 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


EDUCATION: Licensing E-Resources – Hospital vs. Academic Health Sciences Libraries – Do they have different needs?

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

This  FREE webinar is for all MCR members, and others, who want to learn the inside story on licensing e-resources.  Perspectives will be provided by librarians at two member institutions who have experience in this area and will focus on negotiation, technical and administrative issues related to licensing.

The view from an academic health sciences librarian side will be presented by Ann Kaste who is the digital resources librarian at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Kristen DeSanto, manager of library services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Clinical and Research Library, will present the hospital librarian’s viewpoint.

Join us as they compare and contrast their opinions on the important points in licensing e-resources!

You do not need to register.

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 , 11 am Mountain Time/ Noon, Central Time.

Where: The MCR Network Member Services Room

Login : Key in your name and Enter as a guest.  You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.

Questions? Please contact Jim Honour

EDUCATION: Save the dates for May Breezing and Spotlight sessions…

Friday, April 18th, 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.
  • 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 (,  800-338-7657800-338-7657 toll free in region, 801 585 5743801 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)




Keep it clean…Earth Day – April 22 and some NLM Resources !

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Earth DayEarth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd and it will mark its 44th year.  Check out this page of NLM Resources:  (mm)

Did you miss the session on Digital Repositories? Recording is now available….

Friday, April 18th, 2014

April 16, 2014 – Digital Repositories – A panel discussion with four participants from four different institutions who have either started an Institutional Repository or are in the process of doing so. View the archived recording at:  (mm)

National Training Center – PubMed for Librarians Classes – May 2014 series open for registration

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each). Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit. Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.

The segments are as follows:

  • May 1, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Introduction to PubMed: Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, customize with My NCBI, discover and employ three ways to search for a known citation, and use the Clinical Queries search tool.
  • May 5, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Attend this class to learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We discuss the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. We also investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.
  • May 7, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Attend this class to learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM), the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. We also look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in Search Details, and how PubMed processes phrases.
  • May 12, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Building and Refining Your Search: The class focuses on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We explore the Filters Sidebar and topic-specific subsets. We also use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Index to build searches and explore topics.
  • May 14, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Customization – My NCBI: Attend this class to learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, identifying and differentiating available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to 15 filters, and creating a custom filter.

Can’t make the May dates?  Classes are also available in August and December 2014.  For more information and to register, visit  Questions? Contact Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center, at or (800) 338-7657(800) 338-7657, press 2.  (mm)

EDUCATION: April Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Specialized Information Services

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
  • Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Specialized Information Services (SIS) –  Wednesday, April 23, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT.   SIS, a division of the National Library of Medicine,  produces information resources covering a range of resources on toxicology, environmental health, HIV/AIDS, outreach to under-served and special populations,  drugs and household products, and disaster/emergency preparedness and response.  Learn about things from hazards in your neighborhood, to new tutorials,  to K-12 Resources and more.

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 sessions will be recorded.  One MLA CE will be available for the Specialized Information Services session.   Questions to (mm)





MedlinePlus Connect Supports ICD-10-CM Requests

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Upon receiving a problem code request with an ICD-10-CM code, MedlinePlus Connect returns relevant health information from MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, and other reliable health resources. MedlinePlus Connect will continue to deliver targeted responses to ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT requests as well. For more information visit the NLM Technical Bulletin. /da

EDUCATION: Webinar – What’s Your Emergency Plan ? Resources to help you to provide services despite disruptions.

Monday, April 14th, 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 receive directions for receiving audio. [jh]


Last day (today April 15th) to apply for $50 iTunes/GooglePlay purchase card

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Hello NN/LM MCR Full Network members!

The deadline to apply for a $50 iTunes/GooglePlay purchase card is today, Tuesday, April 15, 2015.

Why are we encouraging your to apply?

We have learned from past mobile device projects that the cost of apps is a major barrier to accessing and experimenting with for-fee apps that might improve work performance or efficiencies vs. the free versions of for-fee apps or just focusing on free apps.

To address this issue, the NN/LM MCR would like to offer librarians working at full Network member institutions either a $50 iTunes or $50 GooglePlay purchase cards (depending on your device) in exchange for them sharing what they learned about the app.

The deadline to submit your application is April 15, 2014.

In order to apply for the $50 purchase card, applicants simply fill out the form and agree to fully participant in the project as outlined at the link below.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact John Bramble ( or Rachel Vukas (