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Vol 12 No 2 – October 2013

In This Issue:


Mission I’mPossible: A Game for Network members


Mission I'm Possible Logo

Good morning Mr. or Ms. Net Workmember,

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region is inviting you to engage in a game where the mission, should you choose to accept it, is to accomplish as many tasks as possible to accumulate points that will, depending on your performance as a librarian, earn you a spot on the leaderboard and potentially lead you to winning the game.

Many of the tasks you will be completing will challenge and increase your skills and knowledge as a librarian. You will be asked to advocate for yourself and your library program, participate in professional development activities, increase you skills in the use of technology that can enhance your library’s reach and enrich your library’s program.

As challenging as this might be, we are confident that you will be able to take on anything thrown at you.

As always, should you or anyone on your IM Force Team be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.

This description of the game theme will self-destruct in five seconds.

Good Luck!

We here at the RML hope that the above introduction to the MCR Game we are calling “Mission I’mPossible” has stirred some interest within you – enough that you are considering play the game. (more…)

National Library of Medicine Exhibition Program

Ever thought of participating in the Traveling Exhibits from the National Library of Medicine?

Book a Traveling Exhibition page

Take a look at institutions in our region that have had exhibits and those that are scheduled: (more…)

EFTS Award – Apply Now!

The Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) is a partnership between the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the NN/LM and the University of Connecticut Health Center/ Lyman Maynard Stowe Library.  The system is used by health sciences libraries to process interlibrary loan transactions and is currently used by almost 1,400 libraries.

Why should you use EFTS?

  • It reduces costs
  • It reduces paperwork and human error
  • It’s efficient
  • It’s a flexible system
  • It provides management reports

Learn more about the system:


What’s the EFTS Award?

The NN/LM MidContinental Region (MCR) is offering $150.00 in startup funding to each Network Member library enrolling in the EFTS program.


  • You must be a MCR DOCLINE library and not currently participating in the EFTS program.
  • Apply for funding by October 31, 2013. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until funds are no longer available, or until the deadline.

To learn more about the award, requirements and how to apply online:

If you think you would like to take advantage of this funding offer, don’t hesitate to apply!  The deadline is quickly approaching!

For any questions, contact Jim Honour:  or at 800-338-7657 opts. 1, 2, 8.

Site Visit Report:

Innovation, Creativity, Enthusiasm

The MCR staff received the report for the site visit conducted in July. We loved the first sentence, “The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) MidContinental Region (MCR) is characterized by innovation, creativity and enthusiasm.” All our anxiety drained out; and we breathed a sigh of relief.

Strengths of the Region

In addition to the compliments for the staff, the team highlighted accomplishments. These included an increase in membership among public libraries, an increase in readers of the Bringing Health Information to the Community blog and a new publication system incorporating postings contributed from four other RMLs. They acknowledged our strengths: the commitment of the Resource Library Directors to the distributed model and that MCR is one of the few regions that has an advocacy coordinator. (more…)

Whooo Says

Dear Whooo,

I’m an academic librarian who has also recently worked in a hospital library. I follow your column with interest, and have also taken the Measuring Your Impact class to learn how to value and promote my library services and collection. I’m not quite sure what is happening in our institutional environment, but the approach of demonstrating the librarian’s value to the institution is not working well. Managers and administrators keep talking about Lean principles and Six Sigma but I’m not sure how this translates to demonstrating the worth of my library.

Puzzled (more…)

Veteran’s Health Information Resources

Veterans and their family members need reliable health information resources sensitive and pertinent to their needs. They are unique community members with unique life events and experiences. Many of the skills and coping mechanisms veterans developed during service may prove counterproductive or be misunderstood in civilian life. This, in addition to physical injuries and mental health issues, can make readjustment challenging for the individual, family members, and health providers.

Military Health Issues

Our nation’s nearly 24 million veterans have greater rates of obesity and diabetes, and over one-third suffer from arthritis. Suicide rates among veterans are 7-8 times higher than the general population – 1 nearly every 65 minutes. Military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan survived wounds in numbers far greater than in previous wars – some 48,000 – due to advances in body armor, combat medicine, and improved evacuation procedures. However, the injuries sustained – traumatic brain injury, amputation, blindness, spinal cord injuries, and burns – require sophisticated, comprehensive, and often lifetime care. Mental health issues, like post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), are being reported in high numbers of returning service members. Veterans injured in these two wars were more than twice as likely as those uninjured to have difficulty readjusting to civilian life, and nearly half stated strains in family relationships and frequent outbursts of anger. By the end of 2010, 2.15 million service members had been deployed, and of those returning:

  •  23% suffered from mild traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  •  20% from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  •  37% from depression
  •  39% reported problems with alcohol (more…)

Calculating the Value of Libraries

In 2008, Barb Jones and Betsy Kelly, the Library Advocacy and Assessment and Evaluation Coordinators respectively, developed a calculator ( for demonstrating the economic value of library services. The concept had been used by state and public libraries to show the benefit, in tax dollars, the user received during a visit to the library. Our calculator turned that idea on its side to allow librarians to use data they were likely already collecting to illustrate the value they return to their institutions. We thought it would be interesting to try to get a picture of the value of services provided by health sciences libraries nationwide so we decided to invite librarians to enter their data in the online form and submit the results to us. Over the past five years we have received usable data from 213 libraries across the U.S., in Canada, and a few other countries. (more…)

Overcoming Barriers:

Strategies for Increasing Internet Access to Restricted Resources

Social media has become an important part of health care for both clinicians and patients. Over half of the smartphone owners in the United States have gathered health information on their phones.1 According to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, one in four U.S. physicians now use social media at least daily in clinical practice and 33% found devoting time to social media was an essential use of time, more beneficial than risky, and with high quality information returns.2 Medical libraries are using Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter) to promote their libraries, teach and engage students, and support the research and informational needs of clinical professionals. These activities enhance the library’s visibility and enable them to reach a greater number of users. But there are many health care organizations that limit or completely restrict access to these technologies and hospital and specialized medical libraries are those most affected. (more…)