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New Book Club

After three well received book discussion groups, our next iteration will start July 19th and will feature Karl Weick’s Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty, 2007 edition.

While we feature specific chapters each week during this four week session, you are welcome to drop in anytime! Previous discussion groups have greatly benefitted from hearing other colleagues’ work experiences, and you needn’t have memorized each chapter to positively contribute.

Meetings will be held on the MCR Advocacy Adobe Connect page at and will meet every Tuesday starting July 19th at 1pm MST and 2pm CST.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact or Hope to see you there!

MEDLINE/PubMed Production Improvement

Beginning in the fall of 2016, NLM will provide publishers with access to the PubMed Data Management System for direct publisher editing of citations.This will mean that publishers will be responsible for updating and correcting publisher supplied citations. This will also mean that librarians should contact the publisher when they see errors in the citation.

In parallel, a new Indexing Management System is also in development to improve the indexing workflows for assigning MeSH terminology to MEDLINE/PubMed citations. More details are available in the Jul-Aug 2016 issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin. /ch

New Tox Town Page: Perfluorooctanoic Acid

From the NLM Toxicology and Environmental Health Listserv:

Visit the new Tox Town Page on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). PFOA is a man-made chemical that is toxic and persistent in the environment. It is used to make products resistant to heat and to repel oil, grease, stains, and water. Wondering how you might be exposed to PFOA or how it might affect your health? For answers to these questions and more, visit the Tox Town page on Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA). The page is also available in Spanish.


Free Webinar – Teaching Topics: Open & Close with Impact

Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact

Will be offered twice: August 25th and September 22nd

1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm CT

Spend 60 minutes with Jessi Van Der Volgen and Rebecca Brown, Training Development Specialists with the NN/LM Training Office (NTO), to learn ways to incorporate opening and closing activities that will enhance learning and evoke critical thinking. After attending this session you will be eligible for one hour of MLA CE credit.

Here are the questions we’re hoping to answer for you today:

  1. Why should we craft how we begin and end a class?
  2. What’s the difference between an ice-breaker and an opener?
  3. What are some ideas for openers I can put into place?
  4. What are some content-related activities I can incorporate into the last class or last minutes of class?
  5. How can I support critical thinking till the very end?
  6. How can I get feedback about course content without using a traditional evaluation tool?

Registration is required. For more details, visit: 


Communicating with library users – comments and thoughts to ponder.

The following blog post offers some interesting insights into how librarians can better communicate with users and administrators.  (bbj)

Wellcome Trust to Launch Open Access Journal

Wellcome Trust, one of the biggest non-governmental funders of biomedical research, plans to launch it’s own open access journal. This online journal will publish Wellcome-funded research only and is scheduled to start this fall. The model will be of  immediate publication followed by transparent invited peer review, with inclusion of supporting data.

Full press release from Wellcome Trust

Science Insider posting


July Breezing and Discover Webinars

Breezing Along with the RML

Librarians Involved in EHRs

July 20, 2016 10am Mountain/ 11am Central

This session will feature a panel of librarians discussing opportunities and challenges for librarians to be involved in supporting clinical care through Electronic Health Record Systems. Panelists will discuss their current projects, how their library got involved with their EHR, and suggestions for how viewers can start a similar process at their own institutions.

Panelists are:

  • Erica Lake, Associate Director, Hope Fox Eccles Health Library, University of Utah
  • Kelsey Leonard, Health Information Services Librarian, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville
  • Meghan D. Evans, Community Health Librarian, Geisinger Health System

Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More

Health Information Resources for Seniors

July 27, 2016 1pm Mountain/ 2pm Central

Presenter: Annette Parde-Maass, Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

As America’s 65-and-over population potentially doubles in the next 35-years, knowing where to find reliable information about senior health will be crucial. This webinar will demonstrate senior health resources from the National Library of Medicine and other centers that address needs at various ages and levels of health. Participants will learn about the sites, how to navigate them, and ways to promote and teach them to senior populations and caregivers.

Registration is not required for either session. Captioning will be provided, and the sessions will be recorded and posted to our website. Send questions to

Apply for: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellows Program

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced the 2016-2017 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 22, 2016.

The program brochure, which includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at on the AAHSL website. For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, /ch

Disaster Distress Helpline

If you maintain a directory of helplines, here’s one to add. It was created in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy.

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support. An interpretation service connects callers with counselors in more than 150 languages. Call 1-800-985-5990 and press 2.

Disaster Distress Helpline is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). /ch

Webinar Announcement from HRSA/EMSC

From  DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB email list:

The Health Resources and Services Administration, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program will host a webinar at 3:00 pm (Eastern) on Wednesday, July 6, to introduce the National EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) team based at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX. Charles Macias, MD, MPH, will direct the EIIC with executive leadership shared by Krisanne Graves, PhD, RN; Kate Remick, MD; and Manish Shah, MD, MS.

Webinar link and call in details are as follows:  Adobe Connect link:

Call-in: 1-517-308-9396;  Toll Free 1-800-593-9975

Participant passcode: 1994980

Best regards,

The EMSC National Resource Center