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NLM ILL Survey To Be Released

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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NLM ILL survey coming soon!

NLM 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, please contact DOCLINE at to receive a link to the survey.

NN/LM SCR Lending Library New Additions

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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The NN/LM SCR has added several titles to the Lending Library this quarter. The materials are available for loan to any of our Network members.

  • 10 Steps to Successful Presentations
    Author: ASTD
    Connect with your audience and become a think-on-your- feet presenter with 10 strategies for communicating with authority. 10 Steps to Successful Presentations presents strategies to conquer the phobia of public speaking and deliver dynamic, stress-free presentations. Create captivating content; simplify complex ideas; design impactful visual aids; and contrast the characteristics of effective, dynamic presentations against those of awkward, unsuccessful presentations.
  • ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer
    Author: Elaine Biech
    ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer is a complete, customizable, template-driven train the trainer resource that allow users to quickly design and deploy programs that produce new classroom ready trainers. Interactive CD included.
  • Evidence Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 3rd Edition
    Author: Sharon E. Straus, W. Scott Richardson, Paul Glasziou, and R. Brian Haynes
    Evidence Based Medicine provides a clear explanation of the central questions of EBM – how to ask answerable clinical questions, how to translate them into effective searches for the best evidence, how to critically appraise that evidence for its validity and importance, and how to integrate it with patients’ values and preferences. This book focuses on the major challenge of practicing EBM in real time, providing tips and tools to help. Includes interactive and user-friendly CD and list of downloadable EBM resources for handhelds.
  • The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media
    Author: Laura Solomon
    The vast array of social media options presents a challenge to today’s busy librarians: it’s tough to keep current, let alone formulate a plan for using these tools effectively. Solomon, a librarian with extensive experience in web development, design, and technology, cuts to the chase with this invaluable guide to using social media in any kind of library. With a straightforward and pragmatic approach, she enlarges her best-selling ALA Editions Special Report on the topic and presents an overview of the social media world, providing context for services like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and analyzes how adults and teens use of social media impacts the library. The author offers advice on easy ways to use these tools on a daily basis, with planning strategies for posting and scheduling. The book addresses the fine points of Facebook, comparing the various types of profiles and accounts. Solomon guides readers in the basics of crafting eye-catching status updates, and other social media best practices and shows how to manage and monitor accounts, including pointers on dealing with negative feedback. The book includes a bibliography of additional resources. Solomon’s guide will empower libraries to use social media as a powerful tool for marketing, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Pathways to Teaching Nursing: Keeping It Real!
    Author: Sylvia Rayfield and Loretta Manning
    Like a compass that guides adventurers through wilderness territory, the “teach the teacher” insights in this book have as their dual purpose to both focus and empower the work of nurse educators. Authors Sylvia Rayfield and Loretta Manning have brought alive the message that our highest calling as nursing teachers is to develop teaching strategies and relationships with nursing students that foster in them a sense of worth and of identity as caring professional nurses.
  • Web Service APIs and Libraries
    Author: Jason Paul Michel
    This book shows how to enhance an institution’s presence on the web with tools that integrate a variety of handy, popular programs. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services.

Use the online form to request any of our Lending Library books today.

NN/LM SCR Funding Webinar February 19, 2013

Friday, February 15th, 2013

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Join the NN/LM SCR on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 2:00 – 3pm CT (1:00 – 2:00 pm MT) for a special webinar on NN/LM SCR funding opportunities.  The session will provide as an overview of our current funding opportunities, the application process and tips for applying.

This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get more information so please bring your questions.

For those of you who are unable to attend the session, it will be recorded and posted on our website.

To login to the webinar: go to, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.

In order to hear the audio, you will need to use your computer speakers. Check settings or adjust your computer audio to hear content. No call in number will be provided. To communicate with the presenter during the session please use the chat box to type a question or comment.

We look forward to “seeing you” there.

Apply for NN/LM SCR Funding Online

Friday, February 8th, 2013

A screen shot of the online applications portal showing guidelines and sample awards

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to introduce online applications for many of our most popular funding opportunities. Nine different award types now have online application options. Applicants for these awards may review all guidelines on the NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities page and then click on the “apply online” link where they will find the online application for the award.

The NN/LM SCR Online Applications Portal is powered by Submittable. Users will be asked to create an account or link Submittable to their Facebook account to log on. Creating an account with Submittable will provide online applicants with the ability to save and return to a draft of the application before making the final submission. Users can also upload attachments or supporting materials (Word, PDF, Excel, and images) to their application. The online system also allows users and the NN/LM SCR to promote the award opportunities through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

Traditional downloadable applications are still available for all awards. Either form of application will be accepted for review.






MedlinePlus Search Cloud Widget Updated

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of the MedlinePlus search cloud widget code in English and Spanish. The NLM has enhanced the code by replacing the Flash code with Javascript.  Please make sure your site uses the latest code for this widget. The NLM will support older versions of this widget for a limited time through March. For details, go to

Widgets are small applications that allow you to access MedlinePlus content directly from your own websites. You can embed the following widgets in blogs, personalized homepages, and other websites. Once you embed the widget on your site, MedlinePlus takes care of the technical maintenance and updates the content automatically.









NLM’s DIMRC Apps and Mobile Web Pages

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

DIMRC Website as seen on a tablet

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.

Take a few moments to explore responsive web design by opening the pages in your desktop browser. Try changing the size of the browser window and see what happens. The text and images on the site will respond to the size of the browser window you create. Also try opening the pages on a tablet or other mobile device. The websites will again respond and present the information in a format that is appropriate for the device you are using. No data or information is lost, the pages simply respond to the device or window.