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Disaster Literature Database Reaches Milestone

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Recently the Disaster LitSM database added its 10,000th record on the clinical and public health aspects of natural disasters, human-caused disasters, terrorism, disease outbreaks, and other public health emergencies.

Disaster Lit describes and links to reports, webinars, training, conferences, factsheets and other documents that are not commercially published. Disaster Lit complements the journal literature in PubMed and the resources for the public in MedlinePlus. Materials are carefully selected by National Library of Medicine (NLM) medical librarians and subject experts from nearly 1,000 approved sources and provide current awareness for health professionals, first responders, and emergency planners who have disaster health responsibilities.

Newest content is sent daily to nearly 14,000 subscribers to RSS, Twitter, email subscriptions, and the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv. Disaster Lit plays a key role in collecting the earliest available trusted medical guidance soon after a disaster event or disease outbreak, often long before the same guidance can be published in peer-reviewed medical journals.   [jh]


IsisCB Explore: Open Access History of Science Resource

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

IsisCB Explore is a research tool for the history of science, technology, and medicine. It is designed for students, scholars, librarians, and the general public. It is a completely open access service made possible by the History of Science Society with support from the University of Oklahoma. The site is still in beta form and development is ongoing.

Key features include:

  • Nearly 200,000 interlinked bibliographic citations to books, chapters, articles, dissertations, and reviews from the Isis Bibliography of the History of Science 1974 to present. Annually updated.
  • An authority index of over 150,000 curated entries. Includes historical concepts, persons, and institutions. Also indexes scholars, publishers, journals, and degree granting institutions.
  • A navigation interface built specifically for history of science research. Enables focused searches on ancient, medieval, modern and non-Western topics.
  • A state-of-the-art network architecture with complex interlinking of citation and authority records.
  • Integrated social media tools, including public user comments as well as Twitter and Facebook sharing.
  • User accounts with the ability to save searches.
  • Zotero integration. Allows users to save individual citations as well as collected results.
  • Automated access, with a REST API.
  • A search widget for your website.
  • Coming soon: A link resolver, giving library patrons immediate access to your library’s holdings.

There are some instructional videos on the IsisCB Explore YouTube Channel. The introductory video gives you a quick overview. You can find more information about the history of the Isis Bibliography on the main site:

From the H-Sci-Med-Tech listserv.


MCR Phone Changes

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

As of May 1, 2016, the MCR 800 number will no longer be used. The MCR offices may be reached by calling 801-587-3412.  Coordinators can also be reached at their direct phone numbers or by email.

Social Media Audit – Final Day

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 2016. This is the last day. Have you completed the questionnaire on how you use social media and how you would like the NN/LM MCR to use social media? Tuesday is the last day to send us your information. Thanks to the many members who have already given us their feedback.

Click on the online questionnaire link to get to the questionnaire. It only takes 5 minutes to complete. We’d like to hear from you! /ch

Information Resources: Zika Virus and Ebola

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

From the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

Zika Virus Web Page Updates

The Zika Virus Health Information Resource Guide, available at, is kept up to date as new information sources are identified.

Zika Virus Response and Information Resources Webinar

On March 10, 2016, we hosted the Director of CDC’s Division of Public Health Information Dissemination and Senior Consultant to CDC’s Zika Response, Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, who provided a Zika response update. .

Future Historical Collections: Archiving the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

Christie Moffatt, archivist at the NLM History of Medicine Division, recently spoke about NLMs efforts on gathering and preserving the news and information generated on the Web during the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak.    [jh]

Free Workshop on NLM Disaster Information Resources

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

A free workshop on National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Resources (WISER, REMM, CHEMM, & TOXNET) will be provided in Kansas City from 1-5pm on Apirl 22, 2016Lunch is provided.

To register, please go to

This is one of a series of workshops on the same topic sponsored by a NLM information dissemination grant. The other three workshops will be held in St. Louis, Columbia, and Springfield, MO. The announcement email will be sent out once the dates are finalized.  (bbj)

Social Media Audit Step 2 – Now

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Last week, each of the key contacts at our Network member institutions was sent an email with a link to our social media questionnaire. Thanks to all of you who  submitted your response back to us! For those of you who haven’t, this is a reminder that we want to hear back from you–it only takes 5 minutes.

Each of the questionnaire recipients was asked to forward the email to other professionals in their organizations. If you haven’t been forwarded a copy of the email but would like to contribute to our social media audit click, on our online questionnaire link to get to the questionnaire.  Our new deadline for responses is Tuesday, April 12, 2016./ch

Turning your data into ammunition!

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Are you facing writing an annual report? Have you just finished one and wished you had more concrete numbers to back up your story? Do you know what your library is worth? Can you demonstrate to your administrators that your operation is fiscally responsible? We can help. The NN/LM MCR is offering two one hour classes – Beginning on April 12 and Advanced on April 19 –  for you to learn and share how to gather your data, turn it into ammunition and aim at the fiscal accountability target. Turn shelving statistics into value statements, turn teaching opportunities into money savings, turn information into a valued commodity.

Barb Jones and Betsy Kelly will lead you through thinking about what you know about yourself, your library and your services and help you articulate how those attributes are a value proposition for your organization.

By the end of the series you will be able to show your administrators (bosses, department heads, whomever) that the library is a strong contributor to the financial well-being of the institution; the money provides a return to the institution through the value of your skills, your services and the time saved and information used by your library users.

The classes will be held in at 11CT, 10 MT on April 12 and April 19.  For the second class you will need to bring your library’s statistics, and be prepared to work on promotional materials.  (bbj)


NN/LM Funding 2016-2021!

Friday, April 1st, 2016

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is thrilled to announce that NLM has funded us to be your Regional Medical Library and to coordinate national training initiatives under the new program title of NN/LM Training Office for 2016-2021.

The official announcement from NLM was published (no joke) on April 1, 2016. (

The NN/LM MidContinental Region and Training Office staff are excited to implement the plans we submitted in our proposal and to work with you over the next 5 years. You can look forward to more details of our plans right after we finish carrying out the last activities for this year. /ch

EDUCATION — April Breezing and Discover Sessions

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Breezing Along with the RML

Topic: K-12 School Partnership Projects & Community-Based Organizations iPad Projects
Wednesday – April 20, 2016
10-11:00A Mountain Time/11-12:00P Central Time

Successfully moving an initiative forward or to another level may mean involving others outside one’s institution or integrating new technologies. Collaborations can be challenging, and technology can be frustrating, but not always! In this Breezing Along with the RML session, hear from several recipients of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Regions’ K-12 School Partnership Funding and the Community-Based iPad Project on how they busted barriers and what they learned along the way.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone interested in collaboration.
  • Anyone interested in integrating mobile technology.
  • Anyone interested in learning about upcoming funding opportunities.

Registration is not required. For login instructions, visit: Captioning will be provided, and the session will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to


Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Topic: Resources for Community Colleges
Wednesday – April 27, 2016
1-2:00P Mountain Time/2-3:00P Central Time

Did you know that 1 out of 14 people with a bachelor’s degree attend community college seeking new careers, especially in health care? Community colleges offer numerous degrees and certificate programs in nursing and allied health, and work closely with high schools to encourage students to pursue careers in health care.  In this session, you will learn about evidence-based health information resources from the National Library of Medicine that can support health and science curriculums, including the areas of biology, biomedical and life sciences, and public health.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who works with community college students in the areas of health and science.
  • Anyone who works with high schools students preparing for a health care career.
  • Anyone who interested in knowing about these great resources.

Registration is not required. Captioning will be provided, and the webinar will be recorded and posted to our website. For login instructions, visit: If you have questions, contact