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EFTS Questionnaire

Many of our Full Network members do not participate in The Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS). It is a joint project of the Lyman Maynard Stowe Health Sciences Library, University of Connecticut and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) which allows participating libraries to electronically bill and pay for interlibrary loan items. In order to better understand the reasons for non-participation, we sent a questionnaire to those eligible for but not using the program in the spring of 2015.

EFTS Questionnaire

EFTS is an efficient and virtually error free method, used by many DOCLINE participants, for paying and receiving payment for interlibrary loans while eliminating most of the paperwork. As of the date of the questionnaire 71 (52 %) of eligible institutions in the region used EFTS, while 66 (48%) institutions did not participate. The non-participants were targeted for inclusion in the invitation to respond to the questionnaire. I revised a questionnaire that was sent to the same group in 2009 and integrated a couple of new questions. Six institutions were eliminated from the list of those receiving the questionnaire because they had no staff at the time. The questionnaire was initially emailed on April 30, 2015 with final responses due by May 12, 2015. Sixty institutions were invited to participate and 18 responded. Read more »

Engaging Faculty and Students with an NLM Traveling Exhibition

Ashley Creek
University of Saint Mary
Leavenworth, Kansas

Hosting a traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine is an affordable, easy way to bring the larger conversations about healthcare and medicine to your own library community. For the cost of shipping the exhibit to the next location (usually between $300-$700), you will be loaned six freestanding panels and have access to a wealth of supplementary material on the exhibit’s web site. Downloadable audio tours, lesson plans for teachers, online games, supplementary videos, and more are available with each exhibit. These online resources also make it possible to reach out to community partners to develop programming before the exhibit even arrives.

At the University of Saint Mary, we paired the display of the exhibit Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture with an interdisciplinary course on the topic. The course was co-taught by faculty from the Biology and Global Studies programs, with nine additional faculty participants representing a wide variety of academic disciplines coming together to explore the impact of the AIDS epidemic on American society. Since today’s college students were born well after the initial AIDS discovery and ensuing panic, faculty members talked about their personal experiences as well as the impact of AIDS on their fields of research. Read more »

Whooo Says…

Dear Whooo,

I am new to the health sciences side of librarianship, and find the work fascinating. I love that my work has such a direct impact on the health of individuals.

I have just finished reading the MLA News from October 2015 and was shocked to read that 40% of the medical libraries in the United States were closed between 1989 and 2006. After doing further investigation, I read the article “Looking at MCR Library Closures: What’s Happening and Why!” from the April 2015 Plains to Peaks Post which discussed the rate of health sciences library closures from 2011 through March 2015. In that time period, 613 NN/LM member libraries closed, for an average of 115 closings per year. I’m not sure what that does to the 40% closure rate listed above, but it certainly reflects a serious situation!

What is behind these closings, and why isn’t there some regulation or governing body statement to ensure the presence and use of a medical library in the hospital setting?

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Association for Information Science and Technology 2015 Annual Meeting

Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community

Courtney Butler
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Kansas City, Missouri

ASIS&T LogoThanks to the generous professional development award presented by the MidContinental Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, I attended the 2015 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting in November. I am grateful for the opportunity.

The meeting was not strictly a library event but rather a conference for all information professionals. The theme was “Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.” I chose this particular event because I hoped it would expand my understanding of information science as a field and provide inspiration for new and innovative research and programming directions within my own institution. I was not disappointed. Read more »

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.