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Loansome Doc: Robust Access to Full Text Articles

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Many health professionals have access to full text articles thanks to their academic or hospital  health sciences library.  Those practitioners, and the public who are not affiliated with those kinds of libraries of course need to use alternative services. Loansome Doc is that robust alternative service.  Most people in health sciences librarianship are familiar with the service.  Those who aren’t familiar will discover it’s administered by the National Library of Medicine.  An unaffiliated health professional, or the public, can register and choose an “ordering library.”  After the ordering library accepts them, all they need do is to find the article they need, using PubMed, and then order it.  Usually the ordering library will charge a small fee for the article and can deliver it quickly.  A health sciences library, using DOCLINE, can opt to offer the service and become a Loansome Doc provider.  The MidContinental Region needs more providers too. If you are interested in providing this vital service talk to your state coordinator.  [jh]

MedPrint: Medical Serials Print Preservation Program

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

MedPrint is a joint initiative of the NN/LM and the National Library of Medicine to retain and preserve biomedical literature in print format.  DOCLINE users indicate their commitment to hold a title they have in print by choosing the radio button in a journal title’s record in their serial holdings  – “Will hold title for national commitment“.   The NLM runs reports and if it’s a title that they still need, and if most of the issues in your title are complete, they will ask you to sign an agreement. Every MedPrint participant agrees to hold the title(s) for 25 years. It’s a long time, but it will help ensure that journal articles are accessible since access to  copies in the electronic environment cannot not always be guaranteed.  Several libraries in the MidContinental Region have signed on to the program.   If you are concerned about print accessibility and learn more in depth you can read more about the program here.    [jh]

Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016


The NN/LM MCR offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 & 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

NN/LM Training Needs Assessment

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Learning: you do it every day because you’re curious and you want to stay informed. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) can help you learn what you care about…and we’d like to do it on your terms.

Please complete our training needs assessment. By doing so, your responses will guide NN/LM in developing programs:

  • on the topics you want
  • at the right level
  • in a format that works for you

This needs assessment is being conducted by the NN/LM Training Office (NTO) and is estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete. It will close on November 30, 2016. Your response is sincerely appreciated.


Asian American Health Portal to Retire on November 21, 2016

Monday, November 14th, 2016

On November 21, 2016, the Asian American Health portal will be retired in order to concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials.

Alternatively, MedlinePlus offers consumer health information including material that targets the specific health concerns of Asian American populations and HealthReach provides multilingual consumer health and patient education materials. /da

Dr. Patti Brennan launches new blog

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The new Director of the world’s largest biomedical library, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dr. Patti Brennan, launches her new blog today! Learn what’s on her mind & share your views:  /da

MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress.

Monday, November 14th, 2016

mtextmessagingThe National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health: Anxiety, Depression, and Stress.

Users that sign-up for the campaign will receive 3 text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support, such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

Users can subscribe by texting MP Health to 468311 or by signing-up online:

Please help promote the launch by using the following posts on Twitter and Facebook.


The holidays can bring uninvited guests: anxiety, depression, stress. Get mental health texts from @medlineplus: text MP Health to 468311


The holiday season can bring uninvited guests: anxiety, depression, stress. Sign-up for holiday mental health texts from MedlinePlus: text MP Health to 468311 or click here:

If you have any questions, please use the Contact Us link that appears at the top of every MedlinePlus page to send the MedlinePlus team a message. /da


NLM: Seeking Audacious Goals and Compelling Questions

Thursday, November 10th, 2016
The National Library of Medicine is undertaking a strategic planning process and is asking for input from its broad stakeholder community. This includes you, our Network members. Please ensure that your feedback  is included in their strategic visioning.The Request For Information closes on January 9, 2017.
NLM is seeking audacious goals and compelling questions in four areas:
  1. Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics
  2. Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science
  3. Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health
  4. Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century  /ch


NN/LM Training Needs Assessment

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

A heads up that on Tuesday afternoon (11/15/2016) you’ll be receiving a questionnaire from your state coordinator that will help the NN/LM Training Office and the NN/LM MCR learn about your training needs.

By completing the questionnaire you will will help us develop programs:

  • on the topics you want
  •  at the right level
  •  in a format that works for you

Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the questionnaire by November 30, 2016. We’d greatly appreciate your input! /ch


NLM’s Asian American Health Portal Retirement

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

To concentrate efforts on multiple language health patient education materials, NLM will be retiring the Asian American Health portal ( on November 21, 2016. Please use HealthReach ( for patient education materials in multiple languages, and for provider materials for those working with diverse lingual communities. In 2017, the HealthReach team will begin working with community based organizations and stakeholders to examine the current HealthReach collection and expand it to include more Asian language patient education materials. If you have any questions or comments please contact Laura Bartlett: /ch