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Loansome Doc Questionnaire

Loansome Doc is a system supported by the National Library of Medicine that allows anyone to connect with participating DOCLINE libraries to order articles, at low or no cost. Providing this kind of service helps drive one mission of the NN/LM which is “providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information.”

Only 26 (19%) of MCR DOCLINE participants provide Loansome Doc services to unaffiliated health professionals. A year ago a questionnaire was developed to determine why the other 81% of MCR DOCLINE participants aren’t providing Loansome Doc services to unaffiliated health professionals. I devised a questionnaire in Survey Monkey and identified 101 suitable institutions. An invitation was sent on February 19, 2015 and a response was requested within nine days. Thirty-one (30.7%) of those invited responded. Most of the respondents (20) were from hospital libraries. Other respondents were from academic libraries (7) and other libraries (4). Read more »

Mobile App Experience Project – 2nd Quarter Reviews

This year is flying by quickly and the Quarter 2 mobile app reviews are now available. Our 19 participants reviewed a total of 20 apps this quarter, ranging from productivity to diagnosis to meditation and everything in between. To learn the context of this project plus see previous app reviews, you can click on the links below.

While our reviews ask for more detailed information, the summaries below will help you learn basic information (app name, operating system, sponsor/publisher/creator, cost, web links, etc.), who the primary user is (professional/layperson), creator’s credentials, bias, currency of information, and ease of app’s navigation/access, etc. We also asked the evaluators to rate the app from excellent all the way down to “not worth your time or money.”

Take a look at the summary of the app evaluations below and perhaps it will help you select an app that is right for you or your clients. The full app reviews will be published on our web site in the future. Please note that the app evaluations submitted by the project participants are theirs alone and are not the evaluation of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Read more »

In This Issue:


NN/LM MCR’s: “Summer Vacation?”

Ask NN/LM MCR’s staff members how they spent the summer of 2015 and you won’t hear the typical answer about vacationing at the beach, up in the mountains, or in a foreign country. Instead you’ll hear, “I learned about NIH’s new biosketch,” or “I calculated what I would spend over the next 5 years,” or “I identified what was significant about future NN/LM MCR programs.” Your NN/LM MCR staff spent the summer writing the proposal for the next 5 year cooperative agreement.

Since the National Library of Medicine changed the funding mechanism from a contract to a cooperative agreement for 2016-2021, we were introduced to the forms and rules that researchers at your institutions or you use when applying for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. This was a new experience for us, and we have great sympathy and much admiration for all who have waded through the requirements and the many, many instructions for submitting a grant or cooperative agreement proposal. Read more »

Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians

Kristen DeSanto
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado

In April I attended the Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians, presented by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System, and I would like to thank the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the generous professional development award that made it possible.

The award application requested that applicants first meet in person with their administrators to discuss how the professional development event could be applicable to their position, and how it could benefit their institution. I have since changed jobs, but at the time that I submitted the application, I discussed the workshop with my then-director. I explained that I had heard from staff who were interested in learning more about conducting systematic reviews, but I had not yet felt prepared enough to offer that as a service. I talked to colleagues from other institutions who had attended this workshop and they highly recommended it, so I felt confident that this event would be beneficial. I discussed with my director that attending this workshop would enable the library to offer systematic review services to staff, and she was supportive. Read more »

Introducing Christian Minter

Christian MinterChristian Minter is the new Nebraska/Education Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. She is located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a BA in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College and a MS in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America. Christian recently completed the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. During the first year, she managed multiple projects that contributed to improving and promoting NLM resources, and the second year was spent at the William H. Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University, where she provided research support and consumer health information services.

Christian moved to Omaha from Baltimore, Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys yoga and figure skating.

New Resources on Domestic Violence From NLM

Every minute, an average of 24 people are victims of domestic violence in the United States. Domestic violence is physical, sexual, or emotional abuse that usually involves a spouse or partner. It is sometimes viewed as a private family issue, however, domestic violence is a serious public health concern. It affects millions of people from many different backgrounds and it is preventable.

Domestic Violence Health Issues

In the U.S., over 12 million people a year suffer abuse from a spouse or partner, and most of the victims are women. Domestic violence increases a person’s risk of death and injury (bruises, broken bones, internal bleeding, etc.). Other health risks include:

  • Physical: asthma, bladder and kidney infections, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain syndromes, and joint disease.
  • Emotional: anxiety, depression, and suicide.
  • Reproductive: sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancy, poor prenatal care, low birth weight and premature births.
  • Risky behaviors: risky sex, substance abuse, or eating disorders.

NLM Resources

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently released two new resources on domestic violence. The first is Confronting Violence: Improving Women’s Lives, an exhibition that looks at the history of the nurses involved in advocating for domestic violence victims. The second is a domestic violence resource page with links to current literature, data, and other resources to support research, policymaking, and clinical practice. Read more »

Journal Club

Data Curation & Management Journal Club
– Seeking members!

This year, the NN/LM MCR is starting a journal club with the purpose of helping club members understand big data and identify roles librarians can play in data management and curation. The club will follow both the Medical Library Association’s Discussion Group Program and PubMed Commons Journal Clubs structure. The plan is to have our first meeting in November 2015!

If you have an interest in this club, we want you to join us.

Check out the requirements for membership and the club meeting overview.


  1. Librarians with at least a masters degree or equivalent
  2. Preference goes to NN/LM MCR members

Club Meeting Overview:

  • The club will be hosted in Moodle
  • Meetings will be hosted in Adobe Connect
  • Members will meet once per month to discuss a selected article through April 2016

We are capping the number of club members at 15 so sign up today!

If you have any comments or question, please contact either John Bramble ( or Alicia Lillich (