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Wrapping Up 2011-2016:

What We Accomplished

On April 30, the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library in collaboration with its Resource Libraries will complete its fifteenth year as the Regional Medical Library for the six state region that includes Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. While we are looking forward to the next five as years outlined in our proposal to the National Library of Medicine right now, let’s look back at the last five years. During that time, Joplin was flattened by a tornado, the ACA (Obamacare) was upheld by the Supreme Court and enrolled millions of uninsured across the country, Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson and the event triggered a nationwide look at police discrimination and killing, there was an Ebola outbreak and now the effect of the Zika virus is on the rise.

These events either directly or indirectly impacted or have been impacted by access to health information. The Joplin disaster wiped out a hospital and its library. Obamacare brought access to health care to the forefront and empowered more citizens to take charge of their own health. The Ferguson Public Library became a beacon to the community struggling with both loss and outrage. Ebola and Zika sent people to the literature to help understand these diseases. During 2011-2016, the staff at the NN/LM MCR steadily worked to improve health information access to everyone in the region including caregivers, consumers and researchers. Read more »

MCR Phone Changes

As of May 1, 2016 the NN/LM will no longer have an 800 phone number.

To contact the MCR offices please call 801-587-3412.

You can email us and request that we call you.

You can also call the coordinators directly:

John Bramble
Utah/Research Enterprise Coordinator
801-585-5743
Betsy Kelly
Assessment & Evaluation Coordinator
801-587-3650
Dana Abbey
Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
303-724-2110
Alicia Lillich
Kansas/Technology Coordinator
913-588-7355
Barb Jones
Missouri/Library Engagement Coordinator
573-884-5042
Christian Minter
Nebraska/ Education Coordinator
402-559-7226
Annette Parde-Maass
Nebraska/Education Coordinator
402-280-4156
Jim Honour
Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator
307-766-6537

The Changing Face of Resource Sharing Support in the NN/LM

Beginning May 1, 2016, the NN/LM’s user support for DOCLINE, Loansome Doc and other related resource sharing services/activities under the NN/LM 2016 -2021 cooperative agreement will change. The coordination for user support duties will be the responsibility of a new national office – the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office (NDCO.) The NDCO will be hosted by the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The purpose of the NDCO is to coordinate all NN/LM resource sharing support and services from one office and under the leadership of a national coordinator.

The most notable and immediate effect this change will have for you is that the each RML will no longer have a designated DOCLINE coordinator in their region. The NDCO will be the contact when you need assistance with DOCLINE. DOCLINE users will still be able to click on the “Contact” link, at the top of their accounts, to ask questions or make comments. Does this new scheme mean that you will no longer be able to ask the NN/LM MCR for help? No, we will still be available. However, depending on the kind of help needed, we may refer you to the NDCO. As the NDCO gets up and running, you will hear more about the office and the services they will provide. We’ll update you through the RML news as more details become available.

-Jim Honour, Member Services Coordinator

Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

Twenty five in Salt Lake City, thirty four in Seattle, and eighty sites online all focused on learning more about using patient data from the electronic health record to improve patient safety, quality of care, and evidence based practice. Those numbers reflect the in-person and online participation for the forum. The date was March 7, 2016 and the event was Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes, an event organized and sponsored by the NN/LM MidContinental and Pacific Northwest Regions. The objectives of the forum were:

  1. Participants will gain increased awareness of the role of data to improve healthcare delivery; and
  2. Participants will gain knowledge about emerging uses of clinical data mining to improve evidence-based practice.

Three Network members applied for and received funding to travel to Salt Lake City and be part of the in-person audience. They share their experiences below.

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Whooo Says

Dear Whooo,


I am a hospital librarian with about three years of experience. Our library has two employees; I am the librarian and we have one part-time clerk. I enjoy my work tremendously but have come to realize that I would like to work in a larger library. I find that I enjoy the administrative and promotional side of librarianship much more than I imagined that I would. I also spend lots of time thinking about the library of the future and how I would like to be a part of guiding a library system into that new world.

Do you have any ideas or thoughts about how I can further my career?

Hoping to hear from you,

Looking Ahead

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NLM’s History of Medicine Digital Films

Digital Collections Home Page

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has one of the largest history of medicine collections in the world. Included in the collection are films and videos that show the history of medicine, health, disease, and medical research. These films were produced from the early 20th century through the present day. There are currently over 200 films available online with more added each month. They are great to use for research and as part of educational curriculum. You can search for films on the Digital Collections website: http://collections.nlm.nih.gov/. Here are a few special curated collections of the digital films to get you started: Read more »

Community Health Maps Blog

Community Health Maps Header

Attention map fans! We are highlighting a blog called Community Health Maps Blog (CHMB) which is part of an initiative from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in collaboration with the Center for Public Service Communications and Bird’s Eye View. This effort is to help share information about easy to use geographic information system mapping applications that are free or have a low cost. The reason NLM began this initiative was to help community based organizations learn how to take the data they collect about their communities and create visualizations of that information. Visualizations can aid in the identification of patterns, which can be helpful in the planning or decision making process. Examples of the type of data being collected that work well with GIS applications are demographic, health stats, and local resources/services, etc. Read more »