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New Newsletter Name

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Starting in July our newsletter will be titled: MidContinental Message

Congratulations to Renee Gorrell from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes – Jewish College in St. Louis for submitting the winning name!

Thank you to everyone who participated by submitting an entry or voting!

Betsy Kelly is Retiring

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Betsy Kelly, Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator, is retiring from the NNLM MCR effective April 30, 2017. Betsy has been with the NNLM MCR program since 2001 when she was based at Becker Medical Library at Washington University. The program greatly benefited from her unique skills and knowledge about librarianship, business practices, and technology.

Betsy is known for bringing assessment and evaluation to the MidContinental Region. With Barb Jones, she developed the library value calculators; still one of the most visited resources on the NNLM MCR web site. These calculators have been recognized by others as an effective tool for showing the cost value that libraries contribute to an organization. She co-developed and taught “Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation to Demonstrate Value” all over the country. This class increased the capacity of health sciences librarians to practice evaluation and use the results to show their value to their organizations.

To the NNLM MCR staff she will forever be our “logic model guru.” Betsy introduced the logic model as a way of bringing cohesion and purpose to the activities we were implementing. She also envisioned and created our Activity Reporting System that ties what we do to our logic model, thus integrating assessment and evaluation into our operations.

We will miss for her frankness and her ready willingness to help. Her friends and colleagues know that she doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile. If you ask Betsy how she will be spending her time or she will tell you about her new grandson and tons of other fun ways–that make those of us still working, jealous. We wish Betsy the best in her retirement! /ch

 

MCR Newsletter Naming Contest Finals

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas for our new newsletter name!

We received 24 entries with really great ideas. MCR staff members have selected the top three finalists.

The finalists are:

  • The MidContinental Report
  • MidContinental Message
  • Sage Words

Go to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3506646/MCR-Newsletter-Contest-Finals to cast your vote.

Voting Instructions:

  • Vote for your favorite newsletter name from the three finalists
  • Voting will be open April 18-24
  • Winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25th
  • Only one vote per person please
  • MCR staff members are not eligible to vote in this round

A new tool for finding open-access articles

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Unpaywall is a Chrome browser extension that locates legal and free versions of paywalled or fee-to-view articles. It searches a variety of data sources including PubMed Central, the DOAJ, Crossref,DataCite, Google Scholar, and BASE and provides a PDF of requested articles around 65-85% of the time. This extension was developed by Impactstory and funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. If you are having a difficulty time locating open-access information, this could be a great tool for you.

The Chronicle of Higher Education provides a detailed overview of this extension and its potential impact. /al

Last Chance Newsletter Naming Contest

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Hurry and submit your entry!  Contest closes EOB tomorrow – April 12th!

Go to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3456507/Newsletter-Contest to submit your entry! You can enter as many times as you’d like.

The Plains to Peaks Post is 15 years old and it’s time for a change!

Help us find a new name for our newsletter.

Win a cool prize! This beautiful Elizabeth Blackwell “A Curious Herbal” throw blanket will go to the winner!

The RML Staff will choose three (3) finalists from all qualified entries.

From April 18-24, you’ll have a chance to vote on the finalists to choose the winner!

The winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25.

Newsletter Naming Contest

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The Plains to Peaks Post is 15 years old and it’s time for a change!

Help us find a new name for our newsletter.

Win a cool prize! This beautiful Elizabeth Blackwell “A Curious Herbal” throw blanket will go to the winner!

We’re accepting entries through  Wednesday, April 12th. Go to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3456507/Newsletter-Contest to submit your entry! You can enter as many times as you’d like.

The RML Staff will choose three (3) finalists from all qualified entries.

From April 18-24, you’ll have a chance to vote on the finalists to choose the winner!

The winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25.

Hurry and get your entry in!

*In case of duplicate title submissions, the contestant submitting earliest will be credited with the entry.

MCR Voices: New Podcasts Released

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

MCR Voices podcast interviews with Deb Ward, Director of the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri, and Jameson Watkins, Director of the Archie Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center are now available.  You can view them through the following links:

Deb Ward – https://youtu.be/ReJxG6qxjWg

Jameson Watkins – https://youtu.be/f-sPc58wilk

Be sure to give us a “thumbs up” if you learn or hear something valuable in these interviews. (bbj)

Barb Jones comments on value of librarians to patients

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Barb Jones was contacted by the editor of The EngagingPatients blog and asked to comment on the value of librarians to patients.  You can read her post at http://www.engagingpatients.org/information-resources/medical-librarians-helping-patients-engage-with-information/   (bbj)

Newsletter Naming Contest

Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Plains to Peaks Post is 15 years old and it’s time for a change!

Help us find a new name for our newsletter. We’re accepting entries now through  Wednesday, April 12th. Go to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3456507/Newsletter-Contest to submit your entry! You can enter as many times as you’d like.

The RML Staff will choose three (3) finalists from all qualified entries.

From April 18-24, you’ll have a chance to vote on the finalists to choose the winner!

The winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25.

There will be a cool prize for the winner, so hurry and get your entry in.

*In case of duplicate title submissions, the contestant submitting earliest will be credited with the entry.

New Full Text Access Feature in PubMed

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

With LinkOut you can now add an icon for full-text articles deposited at your institutional repository (IR).  Libraries can promote their IR content and the research publications of their institutions by participating. An icon will appear for publications that are not available free from the journal or Pubmed Central (PMC). This should increase the number of citations with links to free full-text.  For details on how the IR LinkOut works and how to add your IR content see the NLM Technical Bulletin Mar-April 2017 issue.

Current participants include: Cornell University – Hathi Trust, University of California, Universitat Gottingen, and University of Michigan Library. /ch