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Archive for May, 2011

Removal of DOCLINE Maximum Charge

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Picture of library books

From the National Library of Medicine:

The “National Maximum Charge” that limited Resource Libraries to charging $11 for DOCLINE interlibrary loan was recently removed as a requirement for Resource Libraries in the NN/LM contracts for 2011-2016. The change was effective May 1, 2011.  As needed, Resource Libraries may raise ILL fees to recover costs.   Primary Access Libraries and Other libraries were already able to charge fees necessary for cost recovery.   As always, all charges and provided services must comply with the copyright law.

NLM recently removed the $11  limit because we had received multiple requests from Resource Libraries who stated they were unable to recover their costs at $11 per article.   Additionally, Resource Libraries were permitted to charge above the $11 limit via surcharges which caused confusion among network members in regards to the expected charge.  The removal of the National Maximum permits all libraries in the Network to charge cost recovery based fees.

As a point of reference on lending, during the previous contract period of May 2006-May 2011, Primary Access Libraries filled nearly 43% of the DOCLINE requests.  Resource Libraries filled just over 31% of the requests.  “Other” libraries borrowed lent just over 22% of requests.

We recommend that libraries changing their fees provide adequate notice to their regular borrowers, and through regional lists.  Borrowers may wish to review their Routing Tables.   Borrowers unable to find a lender can route requests to NLM, whose base ILL fee remains unchanged at $9.

If libraries need assistance with Routing Tables, searching for lending partners, or other aspects of DOCLINE, please contact Re Mishra.

2011 Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

satellite picture of hurricane

Right on schedule, hurricane season begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30th. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic basin this year. Last week, the Office of the President stressed  the need for individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and families to prepare emergency plans, create emergency supply kits, and learn evacuation routes (

Several organizations have resources to assist with these preparations. Some include widgets which can be used on library or other organizational websites to quickly link to valuable information.

Take the necessary steps to prepare yourself, your home, your family, and your workplace for a potential hurricane BEFORE it happens!


Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Tugger the Docline Mascot

The annual DOCLINE Update was conducted by Maria Collins at the 2011 Medical Library Association (MLA) Meeting. The most immediate announcement affecting libraries concerned the national maximum cost. Starting May 1, 2011, Resource Libraries are no longer limited by the national maximum of $11. They may now charge based on their cost recovery needs.  The removal of the national maximum was implemented due to the large number of requests received by NLM from Resource Libraries to increase the maximum.

For more information on the DOCLINE Update, read the MLA blog posting by Katie Zybeck. Slides from the DOCLINE update will be posted on the NLM website in the near future.




National Library of Medicine Releases Medicine in the Americas

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces the release of “Medicine in the Americas.” A digital resource encompassing over 300 early American printed books, Medicine in the Americas makes freely available original works demonstrating the evolution of American medicine from colonial frontier outposts of the 17th century to research hospitals of the 20th century.

Anatomical image from the collection

Drawing on the collections of NLM’s History of Medicine Division and including works from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, this initial release of Medicine in the Americas encompasses monographs dating from 1610 to 1865. Additional titles, dating up to 1920 and drawing further upon NLM’s comprehensive collection of early American printed books, will be available on an ongoing basis in the future.

Medicine in the Americas will be of interest to scholars, educators, writers, students and others who wish to use primary historical materials to help expand knowledge of medical and public health history for the advancement of scholarship across the disciplines and for the education of the general public.

Digital files created for Medicine in the Americas reside in NLM’s “Digital Collections,” a repository for access to and preservation of digitized biomedical resources. Digital Collections allows rich searching, browsing and retrieval of monographs and films from NLM’s History of Medicine Division. Medicine in the Americas joins the recently launched collection, “The Public Health Film Goes to War,” as well as other digital resources, the digital files for which also reside in Digital Collections.

Medicine in the Americas is made possible in part through the participation of the National Library of Medicine in the Medical Heritage Library, a digital curation collaborative supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and administered by the Open Knowledge Commons.

Promotores de Salud Initiative from HHS

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently announced an initiative to promote utilization of promotores de salud as a means of strengthening outreach and education on the availability of health services and insurance coverage to underserved Hispanic/Latino communities.

Promotores, who are sometimes known as community health workers, peer leaders, patient navigators or health advocates, typically work in their own communities to convey information to their neighbors and other community members on health and wellness, the availability of support services and access to health services. Promotores have become increasingly active in U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities for the past 50 years and for longer in some Latin American countries.

Detailed information can be found from the Office of Minority Health website at: .

NLM Advanced Informatics for Health Grant

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Stack of money

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is offering the NLM Advanced Informatics for Health (R01) grant  to support exceptionally innovative informatics research that, if successful, will have a high impact on health.  The grant will fund informatics research applications to construct an intelligent computer program that offers health advice to a person about a complex health problem, based on knowledge from the person’s computer-based health record and knowledge sources in the public domain.

The intelligent computer program should be able to explain its reasoning and defend its conclusions to the patient, and state the certainty and reliability of its recommendations.

Letter of intent deadline: June 25, 2011

Deadline for applications: July 25, 2011

Community Transformation Grants

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Stack of money

The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced the implementation of the Community Transformation Grants (CTG) program. This program, authorized in Section 4201 of the Affordable Care Act, will make available $100 million to an estimated 75 “State and local governmental agencies and community-based organizations for the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based community preventive health activities in order to reduce chronic disease rates, prevent the development of secondary conditions, address health disparities, and develop a stronger evidence-base of effective prevention programming.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be holding a conference call prior to the deadline for submitting Letters of Intent to apply for funding. The Letters of Intent are due to CDC on Monday, June 6, 2011. The call-in information is posted below:

• Atlantic, Eastern and Central time zones May 25, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EDT) – This conference call can be accessed by calling 1-888-972-9343; the passcode is 8899773.

• Mountain and Pacific time zones May 25, 2011, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EDT) – This conference call can be accessed by calling 1-888-972-9343; the passcode is 8899773.

Local and state government agencies, local and state non-profit organizations and federally recognized American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages and Tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

For additional information, please visit the Community Transformation Grants website ( ) for additional resources and a list of frequently asked questions about the program and the application process. 

[from APHA]

New Caregiver Support Program for Vets

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Call VA Caregiver Support image

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers assistance to caregivers. Caregivers provide a valuable service for Veterans and are “partners” with the VA in providing excellent health care. Caregivers allow Veterans to remain in their own home and also play a important role in supporting Veterans who are hospitalized or living outside their home.

VA now provides additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary Family Caregiver. Eligible primary Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan.

For more information, see the website at:

Salvaging Collections after a Water Emergency

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Flooded Library

News of the devastating floods that have impacted portions of the country can serve as a reminder of the importance of setting up library salvage plans in the event of a water emergency.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest  medical library, has recently introduced a new site, Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency.

The website, a collaborative effort by NLM staff from the History of Medicine Division, Preservation and Collection Management Section, National Network Office, Office of Computer and Communications Systems, and the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, contains links to short instructional videos that provide visual training for institutional staff tasked with stabilizing collections affected by water.   The site also includes information on building recovery, health and safety, and preparedness.  A mobile version of the site is also available.

NLM & You Video Contest Winners Announced

Friday, May 13th, 2011

YouTube logo

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the winners of the NLM & You: The Video contest and two of the top runners up are from our Region!

The video contest invited the public to create original short videos promoting awareness of NLM’s products and services. Entries were submitted on YouTube and were then screened by a panel of judges from NLM and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The winners were announced at the May 2-3, 2011 NLM Board of Regents meeting:

Grand prize winner: “James and the Peanut Allergy.” Producer: University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, in collaboration with the Biomedical Informatics Department.

First runner-up: “The Fastest Librarian in the West.” Producer: Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, University of New Mexico.

Second runner-up: “MedlinePlus: Making a Difference Every Day.” Producer: Schusterman Library, University of Oklahoma – Tulsa.

NLM logo

The videos are being captioned and will soon be embedded in NLM’s 175th Anniversary site. The public is invited to use these videos to promote NLM’s “information innovation” for better health.

The contest supports NLM’s mission of publicizing the availability of its information products and services, including but not limited to MEDLINE/PubMed, MedlinePlus, GenBank, PubMed Central,, Bookshelf, AIDSinfo, and Profiles in Science.

Congratulations to the teams from the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, University of New Mexico and the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library!