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Archive for February, 2013

NLM Interlibrary Loan Survey Coming Soon

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Starting Monday, March 4, the National Library of Medicine will be inviting DOCLINE libraries to participate in a survey on interlibrary loan practices and needs of the health science libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and Canada.  This is your opportunity to help shape resource sharing programs of the future.

NLM initiated this survey to investigate the reasons for the declining use of DOCLINE and current practices of libraries regarding resource sharing.  The number of ILL requests entered into DOCLINE has decreased 46% since 2002 while Loansome Doc requests declined 68% in that same period.  Your response to this survey is very important and will help us to understand the resource sharing needs of librarians in the NN/LM and Canada, and how NLM can best meet those needs now and in the future.  We look forward to your participation.

The survey has 30 questions that we estimate will take about 12 minutes to complete.

NLM will be sending the invitation email via SurveyMonkey to the address of each library’s ILL contact reported in their DOCLINE institution record.  If the listed ILL contact has previously opted out of receiving emails from SurveyMonkey, or if you don’t receive your invitation, please contact DOCLINE at  to receive a link to the survey.

Free Training Opportunities From Washington Emergency Management and FEMA

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Mitigation is an important part of the Disaster Management Cycle.  Training opportunities throughout Washington State are available in 2013 through the Washington Emergency Management Division and FEMA.  Courses include post-earthquake building inspection (ATC-20) in conjunction with a pre-earthquake building screening mitigation course (FEMA 154).  New this year is a course (E-74) that focuses on non-structural mitigation.  In addition, there is a similar non-structural mitigation course (P767) that is geared specifically toward the health care industry/hospitals. (more…)

Patient Engagement Framework

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Posted with permission from the author
By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

If you are following developments on the national stage regarding patient engagement and consumer eHealth, you may have read recently about the Patient Engagement Framework. This framework is a model created to guide healthcare organizations in developing and strengthening their patient engagement strategies through the use of eHealth tools and resources. ( In collaboration, over 150 experts in healthcare, technology, and human behavior have produced this framework to assist organizations become more efficient and effective in their patient models of care. The collaboration is rooted in the idea of treating patients as partners in their care, rather than just passive customers. (more…)

News for the NLM Journals Donation System

Monday, February 25th, 2013

jdp-bg-4Since April, 2009, NLM’s Journal Donation System has made it possible for libraries to determine whether NLM needs any volumes of the print journals they plan to discard. The system was designed for DOCLINE libraries and was restricted to titles listed in their DOCLINE holdings.

On January 4th, 2013, NLM launched Version 2 of the system. Enhancements make it possible for non-DOCLINE libraries to use the system. In addition, all libraries now can offer titles not owned by NLM. The system can be accessed at or by searching “Journal Donation System” on NLM’s home page. In the system, click on “Help” for detailed instructions. For additional assistance, contact NLM at (301)496-0081 or NLM will pay shipping for volumes we need. To donate pre-1871 journal volumes to the History of Medicine Division, see

Since the beginning of the online donation system in April 2009, a total of 8,230 gifts have been added to the collection. NLM hopes that with the enhancements in Version 2, we can build on the success achieved to date.

National Digital Stewardship Residency

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce its participation in the inaugural year of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR), a ground-breaking new program created by the Library of Congress (LC) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The program enables 10 recent Master’s program graduates in relevant fields to complete a paid nine-month residency at various institutions in the Washington, DC area. Beginning in September 2013, accepted residents will attend an intensive two-week digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Thereafter, residents will move to a host institution to work on significant digital stewardship projects. These projects will allow them to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets. The entire list of projects is available on the NDSR Web site.

NLM will host a resident to develop a thematic Web archive collection.  The resident will create a collection of Web content on a specific theme or topic, such as medicine and art or the e‐patient movement. This project builds on a pilot Web archive collection completed by NLM last year and featured in LC’s The Signal in October 2012. The final Web archive collection will become part of the permanent collection of NLM, the world’s largest biomedical library.  The resident will be embedded in NLM’s History of Medicine Division under the mentorship of Christie Moffatt, Manager, Digital Manuscripts Program.

In addition to NLM, the inaugural NDSR host institutions include Association of Research Libraries, Dumbarton Oaks, Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, National Security Archive, PBS, Smithsonian Institution Archives, World Bank, and University of Maryland Libraries and Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities.

LC and IMLS are accepting applications for the NDSR until April 5, 2013.  Applicants can apply online to be a part of NDSR’s inaugural class.

Register Now: Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to announce two locations in our region that will host the upcoming Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education webcast Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 11 am -12:30 pm Pacific time.

In Portland, OR the Oregon Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) will host the webcast at Legacy Health Good Samaritan Medical Center, Wister Morris Conference Room. Please register if you plan to attend at

In Seattle, WA PNR will host the webcast at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library,  Lab C. Please register at if you plan to attend at