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5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

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5 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10am MT / 11am CT

Healthcare is an ever-changing field with new policies, discoveries, and technology. Librarians are in a unique position to help others navigate the wealth of health information and resources related to these changes. In this presentation, you will learn about five healthcare trends predicted for 2017. Come prepared to share your thoughts and ideas for how these trends may influence librarian roles and outreach.

Presenter: Christian Minter, Education Coordinator, NNLM MidContinental Region

MCR Voices Podcast Series Launched!

The NN/LM MCR has launched the first episode of our new podcast, MCR Voices.
In this episode, Claire Hamasu interviews Jim Bothmer, of Creighton University, on his vision of the future in his library and medical libraries in general.
We hope you will take a few minutes to listen and learn about effective practices in the region. You can listen to the podcast on YouTube: or learn more on our website:  (bbj)

Hospital Librarian Advisor For Librarian Impact On Cost Of Patient Care Study

Thanks to the hospital librarians who volunteered as advisors for the study the NN/LM MCR is developing on the librarian impact on the cost of patient care. It was a difficult choice to make. We selected Shawn Steidinger who works at InterMountain Primary Children’s Hospital. As we plan the implementation of this study, Shawn will provide us with the reality check of whether the steps are feasible in the hospital environment and make suggestions based on her experience as a hospital librarian. We appreciate Shawn’s willingness to contribute to the planning. /ch

Reminder: Social Media Stream

Would you like to keep up with health information shared on social media feeds without cluttering up your personal accounts? Or perhaps you are unable to access social media at your library, but you’d like to stay looped in with what is going on. Our Social Media Streams are still available to help you view and access feeds from NIH, NLM, or NN/LM, member libraries in the region, and research enterprise social media feeds. These bring in the latest Tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, and blogs on one screen that you can scroll through and use to stay connected.

Please contact Alicia Lillich, MCR Technology Coordinator, if you have any questions. /al



Member Participation Welcomed!

NN/LM members are always welcome to jump in and assist with MCR programming.  In what kinds of MCR activities may members volunteer? Please visit  this web page to learn more. Examples are in writing, presentations, teaching, exhibiting, and more.  In some cases members have seen a niche that can use their expertise and volunteer. Some times members are asked to serve on task forces, working groups, committees or boards. Your ideas and time are valuable. If you’d like to learn more about involvement please contact your state coordinator. It’s just a matter of sharing your skill set with the NN/LM community! [jh]

MedPrint, Loansome Doc and EFTS

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.    [jh]

Introduction to Graphic Medicine

The NN/LM New England Region is sponsoring a webinar so that you can learn about the emerging field of graphic medicine, or, use of comics in healthcare. Register for this event to take place on March 7th: 11-12 MT, 12-1 CT. /ch

NCCIH Live Event: Twitter Chat on Health and Well-Being

Twitter Chat_node social_01262017 01It’s a new year (welcome 2017!) and with that comes the opportunity to refresh, reboot, and set goals for the future. This can mean taking a closer look at our health and identifying small changes we can make to sleep better, eat better, get more exercise, or improve how we manage our daily stresses.

So, to help kick start your new year health resolutions, we’re hosting a Twitter chat with the American Public Health Association (APHA) (link is external) on Thursday, January 26 at 3 p.m. ET to answer your questions about how complementary health approaches may be useful in encouraging better self-care, improving a personal sense of well-being, and promoting a greater commitment to a healthy lifestyle. We’ll #ChatWellness (link is external) and we hope you join us!

We’ll tweet from @NIH_NCCIH (link is external) and APHA will tweet from @PublicHealth (link is external). /da


Debrief and Discuss Computing Overview-BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Weekly Sessions With Your Colleagues (MLA CE Contact Hours Available)

Dear Network member data geeks or those interested in learning neat things about data and how it will save the planet…

Please consider joining a 30 minute debrief/discussion shortly following the BD2K Guide to the fundamentals of Data Science weekly webinars. The debriefing/discussion will start after a 10 minute break after the series session ends.

If you attend both the debriefing and BD2K GFDS can earn you 2 MLA CE contact hours. No registration is required.

If you can’t attend the live sessions, you can participate asynchronously.

This week’s topic is: Modern Computing: Cloud, Distributed, & High Performance

Speaker: Umit Catalyurek of The Ohio State University, Columbus

Webinar Date/Time: January 27, 2017 / 10 am MT-11 am CT

Debrief Date/Time: January 27, 2017 / 11:10 am MT-12:10 pm CT

If you are new to the topic or series, past sessions have been posted to the BD2KCCC’s YouTube Channel

The debrief/discussion will be held online here: WebEx Use the following information to access: Event number: 622 290 379 Event password: dataisc00l

To shape the discussion, we will address these questions:

  1. In the context of health information access (organization of information, research, findability, etc.) what role can the librarian play to support researchers in their data lifecycle at your institution?
  2. What assets do librarians have to bring to the table?
  3. What skills do librarians need?
  4. What Resources are needed?
  5. Who are the most important stakeholders librarians need to align with to get a seat at the table?

Summaries of the discussions will be posted to at a location to be announce in the future (likely in the P2PP).

If you have questions about this post, please contact or 801 585 5743 – jb

Professional Development Funding Available for Evidence-Based Practice Institute

Are you planning to apply for the 2017 Supporting Clinical Care Institute in Evidence-based Practice for Medical Librarians? Librarians from MidContinental Region member institutions are eligible for funding to attend this institute. For  funding application instructions, visit our professional development award page.

The Institute will be held from July 16-19, 2017 at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Join the priority registration list for the best chance at getting a spot: If you’re on the priority list, registration opens February 15th, a full month before registration for everyone else.


  • $ 1,400.00 US Dollars (includes single accommodation for 4 nights, conference registration, opening night dinner and all breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks.)
  • $    850.00 US Dollars (only available to Denver residents. Includes conference registration, opening night dinner, and all lunches and refreshment breaks).

For more information on the institute, go to

For more information on the MCR professional development award, go to