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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
Betsy Kelly
Assessment & Evaluation Coordinator
Dana Abbey
Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
Alicia Lillich
Kansas/Technology Coordinator
Barb Jones
Missouri/Library Engagement Coordinator
Christian Minter
Nebraska/ Education Coordinator
Annette Parde-Maass
Nebraska/Education Coordinator
Jim Honour
Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator

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: 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 »

Mobile App Experience Project

3rd Quarter Reviews

Another few months have passed and it is time to share our 3rd Quarter mobile app reviews. Our 19 participants spent time evaluating the 18 apps listed below. These apps can help you create or review flashcards, learn and view detailed images of the human heart, duplicate your computer screen onto your iPad, or take some time out of your busy day to practice meditation.

The summaries below give you a quick overview of each app. Look them over and you may find one that works for you or someone in your audience. To learn the context of this project plus previous app reviews, you can click on the links below. Read more »

In This Issue:


SAVE March 7, 2016: Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes

When you hear “Big Data” what comes to mind? Research? That’s where the NN/LM focus has been–introducing health sciences librarians to the role they can play in managing and curating research data, introducing health sciences librarians to training resources and tools to teach students and researchers what should be considered when they produce data.
Big data does not just exist in the research setting. There is a lot of patient data that exists in each of our hospitals, medical centers, and healthcare systems. Doesn’t this quantity of patient data qualify it as big data too? Some of us say the answer is, “Yes.”

On March 7, 2016 the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental (MCR) and Pacific Northwest Regions (PNR) are sponsoring an event that will provide an overview of current and potential uses of patient data to improve patient safety, quality of care and evidence-based practice.

Librarian participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can contribute to the use of clinical data as evidence and the skills they can develop to support health care organizations in the use of data. Read more »

Introducing Annette Parde-Maass

Annette Parde-MaassAnnette Parde-Maass is the new Nebraska/Health Information Literacy Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. She is located at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned her BA in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MA in Information Science and Learning Technologies (emphasis in Library Science) from the University of Missouri in partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha. She previously worked at Midland University as the Librarian, Nebraska Wesleyan University in the library, Historical Studies, and National History Day: Nebraska, and at museums in Nebraska, Kentucky, and Ohio.

She lives in the Omaha area with her husband and two sons. She loves to travel. Annette has visited all of the MCR states. In the past three years added nine more states to the list she has visited, for a total of thirty-one (not counting airports).