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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.

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