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MedPrint: Join the Party to Preserve Paper


Open bookThe U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) are continuing their partnership in the quest to preserve print copies of biomedical journal titles through the medical serials print retention program (MedPrint.)

Medical libraries and publishers adjusted to user demands for immediate access to articles around the clock by providing digitized articles with ease through robust electronic access. Pressure is also being applied to medical libraries to cede space by their hosting institutions and thus forcing libraries to reduce or completely eliminate their print holdings in favor of electronic only subscriptions. While this development of easy electronic access was celebrated by users, it also alarmed those in the library community. This trend of digitizing articles certainly was beneficial, but not all journal titles and volumes have been digitized. Some digitization projects don’t include all the pages found in every issue of a journal, and in many cases there is no guarantee that the user will have access to electronic backfiles at the publishers’ web sites.1 Read more »

In This Issue:


New Funding Brings Changes

Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the start of our new 5-year stint as your MidContinental Regional Medical Library and National Training Office. We are honored to continue to serve in these dual capacities. A key difference with this round of awards is that we are now operating under a cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), versus contracts. All of us are learning about the differences between these award types, but the major one is that NLM is much more a partner with our NN/LM planning, initiative implementation, and assessment. Claire, Jessi, and I serve on a National Network Steering Committee that is shaping strategies and clarifying operational aspects of the NN/LM. We look forward to sharing what we learn with you, learning from you, and remain eager to be partners in your success!

– Jean Shipman, Director


May 1, 2016 was the first day of the new funding for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Every five years, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) funds a proposal from qualified universities to be the Regional Medical Library for one of eight regions of the NN/LM. NLM changed the Regional Medical Library in two regions. In the Greater Midwest Region the RML moved from the University of Illinois, Chicago to the University of Iowa (You’ll meet the new RML staff at the Joint Chapter meeting in Des Moines later this year). In the South Central Region the RML moved from the Houston Academy of Medicine to the University of Texas Health Science Center. In addition, five national offices were funded. As mentioned by Jean, the University of Utah remains the home of the NN/LM Training Office previously known as the NLM Training Center. The NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office, the NN/LM Evaluation Office, the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office and the NN/LM Web Services Office are the additional offices supporting access to health information. Read more »

Advocacy Book Club

Darell Schmick
Eccles Health Sciences Library
Salt Lake City, Utah

At the 2014 Quint Chapter meeting, our RML asked what skills NN/LM membership would like to be equipped with in our workplaces. Political Savvy was a notable answer, so we delivered! Barb Jones, our region’s advocacy coordinator and I established our profession’s first advocacy book club, specializing in political literacy.

Thanks to the members across the region and beyond, we are starting our fourth book club discussion in July 2016. After three well received book discussion groups, our next iteration will start July 19th and will feature Karl Weick’s Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty, 2007 edition.

While we feature specific chapters each week during this four week session, you are welcome to drop in anytime! Previous discussion groups have greatly benefited from hearing other colleagues’ work experiences, and you needn’t have memorized each chapter to contribute.

Meetings will be held at and will meet every Tuesday starting July 19th at 1pm MST and 2pm CST through August 9.

We would like to thank participants of book discussion groups past for their wonderful contributions, and a special thanks to Margaret Hoogland for her delightful efforts in organizing materials and leading discussions as well.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact or Hope to see you there!

Whooo Says…

Dear Whooo,

I have been a solo librarian for several years now, and have been recently thinking about the changes in the way I practice my profession. When I was a young librarian, my colleagues and I thought of the librarian as the portal or the connector between the user and medical literature. We searched through the various indexes, found and provided articles to our users, developed our collections, and were viewed as essential in the hospital setting. As my career has progressed, I have created portals on intranet sites for my users to access the library collection and resources, but many of the users take on the search responsibility themselves. More and more, it seems to me that the use of the word “portal” with reference to medical librarianship is outdated. Can you comment on this?

Reflecting Rebecca Read more »

MCR Social Media Stream

SocialMediaStreamSocial media can be a great way to keep up with the latest news and information in our field, but knowing which feeds to follow across a variety of platforms can be an overwhelming task. Because of this, the NN/LM MCR has put together this new feature on our web site. The Social Media Stream is comprised of a curated list of social media feeds from NLM, NIH, and other health information sources. Posts, images, tweets, videos, and pins from the last 30 days are available to browse and are frequently updated.

Please note the “Member Libraries” stream, which follows social media accounts from partner libraries in our region. It can be a useful way to raise your awareness of news and events in our region. We would love to add your library’s account as well!

We will continue to review, revise, and update the highlighted information on a monthly basis.

Do you want to include your library’s social media account in our stream or share a great health-related Facebook page, Instagram account, or other feed that you think we should include? If so, please fill out this form:

-Alicia Lillich, Kansas/Technology Coordinator

Mobile App Experience Project

4th Quarter Reviews

It’s time to share the final app reviews. This quarter, our 19 participants explored apps on topics from mind mapping to mindfulness, with intended audiences such as children, parents, health professionals, and everywhere in between. These reviewers spent a lot of time critically evaluating each app and should be commended for their thoroughness and effort. With lots of gratitude, we thank them for their participation – as this project wouldn’t have worked without dedicated librarians volunteering their time and hard work.

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 »

Support the MCR – Get Involved!

We’re always astonished with how many members of the NN/LM MidContinental Region have participated in collaborations with NN/LM staff and other Network members to support NN/LM programming each year! Our Network members are a valuable resource that cannot go unrecognized. Thanks to all of you who have participated in activities to support our work! There is so much work to do that we are pleased to again invite you to get involved during the 2016-2017 agreement year. Anytime a Network member is involved they are supporting the NN/LM’s mission to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health, with the essential goal of providing health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and helping the public get the health information they need to make informed health decisions!

InvolvementWe need members who like to write and want to share their thoughts on topics that our readers may find interesting. Members can submit content for the Plains to Peaks Post Newsletter. Articles by 14 members were published during the past year. Members also wrote reviews of biomedical apps for mobile devices. Read more »

Report on the Spring 2016 Questionnaire

The NN/LM MCR regularly reaches out to Network members for their feedback about regional programs and services. One mechanism used is a questionnaire administered in the spring of each year. Six hundred seven Network members in the region’s mailing list or the NN/LM Members Directory were invited to complete the Spring 2016 questionnaire; 65 of those invited responded. Respondents represented academic (60%), hospital (29%), public (8%) and other (6%) libraries and institutions.

What we asked

The questionnaire asked about RML programs/services overall and about three specific topics addressed by RML coordinators as they carried out their projects over the last year. Responses used a 5 point Likert scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree with the statement provided. Respondents could also select that they hadn’t attended/read/watched the program/news item/article being considered. An oversight left that option off for two of the questions. Read more »