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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



Breezing Along with the RML Koffee Klatch

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10am MT / 11am CT


Calling all health sciences librarians in hospital and academia! Join Jean Shipman, Director, and Claire Hamasu, Associate Director, of the NN/LM MidContinental Region. Pretend we’re all meeting over coffee or tea ready to solve the problems of the library world. They’ll be thinking out loud as they mull over questions that are weighing on their minds. Maybe you’ve been mulling over these same questions? They hope you’ll join in the conversation. Some of the topics that are on their list to address:

  • New skills to add to your value.
  • What does it mean when libraries are no longer collection centric? Is there a continuum in moving from collection to focusing primarily on teaching, expert searching, patient consults, research support etc. in the new information environment?
  • How many hats do you wear? How does that impact your librarian role?
  • What new roles should we take on? What traditional roles should we give up?
  • Vision for the library.


Basic Level Courses: Disaster Health Information


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]

Teaching Topics: Classroom Assessment on the Fly

How can we use assessment effectively in the classroom? Join the NN/LM Training Office for a one-hour program on classroom assessment techniques. After a brief review of the types assessment out there, we’ll review a number of different methods you can use for instantaneous feedback. From low tech polling to one minute papers, you will leave this session with new ideas for assessing learning ‘on the fly’ – no gradebook required.

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
11am MT/ 12pm CT

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
11am MT/ 12pm CT


PubMed for Librarians webinar series

Join the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Training Office (NTO) for the PubMed® for Librarians series. Details and links to registration are below. All times are Eastern.

PubMed® for Librarians: Introduction
Thursday, January 19, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a basic PubMed search, assess your search results, analyze search details, customize PubMed with My NCBI, search for a known citation; plus, brief introductions to MeSH, automatic term mapping, search tags and subheadings.

PubMed® for Librarians: MeSH
January 25, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We will talk about the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MeSH to build a search. We will investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

PubMed® for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping
February 1, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about how PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) to map your keyword searches to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn how ATM helps you effectively search with keywords. We will also look at the explosion feature, what is and isn’t included in Search Details and we will explore how to search for phrases in PubMed.

PubMed® for Librarians: Building and Refining a Search
February 8, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
This class will focus on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We will learn how to use MeSH terms the way Indexers do and we’ll explore the Index feature to build a search and explore a topic. We will explore the Filters Sidebar and Topic-Specific Queries.

PubMed® for Librarians: Using PubMed’s Evidence-Based Search Features
February 16, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
This class will explore Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used for indexing study design, we’ll look at 3 PubMed features that facilitate evidence-based searching, and demonstrate how to customize My NCBI Filters to quickly locate specific publication types.

PubMed® for Librarians: Customization with My NCBI
Feb 23, 2017 1 PM – 2:30 ET
Learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating settings in your My NCBI account, identify available filters in your My NCBI account, and create a custom filter.