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Basic Level Courses: Disaster Health Information

Monday, January 9th, 2017


The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. When you complete all 15 hours of the courses, you are eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA.

The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.

This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.

This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Learn about these and other related classes here:    [jh]

WEBINAR: Updated and Enhanced Online Disaster Health Information Training Classes

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Discussion Listserv:

WHEN:  Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC and SPEAKERS:  Representatives from the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center will show you how you can access newly updated, self-paced, online courses that introduce you to sources of critical disaster health information and get you on your way toward becoming a Disaster Information Specialist.


Meeting URL:

Event Password: 1234

Audio conference information
When you log in, you will be given a choice of Audio Connections. We suggesting using the “Call Using the Computer” (VOIP) option to participate in the webinar.

If you cannot use VOIP option:

Select “Call Me” to receive a call back and provide your phone number.
OR Select “I Will Call In” and enter the number below and then the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 627 371 296

If asked for your Attendee ID Number and you do not see one appear on the screen, just hit # on your phone and you will be connected.  [jh]

New NLM Customer Support Portal

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

NLM has launched a new Customer Support portal with answers to the questions that its customers ask most often. You can access the portal from the “NLM Customer Support” link in the top right corner of the NLM Web site. At this portal, NLM answers librarian questions like, “I found an error or mistake in PubMed; how do I get it fixed?” and “Why can’t I find a citation in PubMed when other citations from the same journal are there?” The portal also has answers to questions frequently asked by consumers such as, “Can I get advice about my disease?” For more information on this portal check out the article in the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch

Reminders From Member Services

Monday, December 26th, 2016

These friendly reminders are a service of your MCR Member Services Coordinator and apply primarily to DOCLINE participants:

  • We encourage all DOCLINE users to  participate in the Electronic Funds Transfer Service (EFTS.) It’s an efficient and easy way to pay for your interlibrary loans borrowed from other libraries. Here are 5 reasons to join.  To learn more about the program click here
  • Likewise, DOCLINE users can participate in the Loansome Doc program. This program provides full text access to unaffiliated heath professionals.  Any DOCLINE library has the ability provide this vital service.
  • Why not consider committing to the MedPrint – Medical Serials Print Preservation progam? We can’t always be certain that journal articles will be available electronically.


Information and News: Free Online Course “Health in Humanitarian Crises”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016



From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email discussion list:   The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering a free online course “Health in Humanitarian Crises.” The course, which starts February 6, 2017, lasts for three weeks, and will require approximately four hours of work per week. The course will answer questions such as:

  • What are the key health needs in humanitarian crises?
  • How can we develop responses to health needs in humanitarian settings with maximum impact?
  • How will we respond to health needs in the future?

The course will be particularly relevant to healthcare practitioners and NGO staff, especially those in low- and middle-income countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and disease outbreaks. It will also be valuable to individuals studying health or development and to anyone with an interest in the challenges of delivering healthcare in a crisis setting.

Learn more about the course and how to register:

The DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB archives are available at



Happy Holidays from the NN/LM MCR

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Skating by to wish you Happy Holidays
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Share How You Manage Stress on Instagram #NCCIHManageStress

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health wants to learn: Do you use mind and body techniques—like yoga, meditation, tai chi, or a relaxation technique—to manage your stress? If so, they invite you to use #NCCIHManageStress to post a picture on your Instagram account of your favorite mind and body approach and tell them in the caption how it helps you to manage your stress. Make sure your account isn’t private and use #NCCIHManageStress in your post so your picture is visible. They will regram their favorites all month! /da

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.