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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for January, 2012

FREESHARE - Is it right for you?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

The FREESHARE library group has 1400+ DOCLINE libraries as members and represents the largest DOCLINE library group. Understandably, library staff can be lulled into joining FREESHARE with the prospect of free article delivery 24/7 while at the same time having a large cadre of libraries from which to borrow. Below are a few thoughts about FREESHARE membership of which everyone should be aware.

First, FREESHARE libraries are committed to providing all materials, regardless of service level, at no charge. This includes any surcharges and normal rushes as well as urgent patient care requests. To quote Julie Kwan, Associate Director of the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region (PSR), “This has been the practice since the inception of FREESHARE. If you receive a charge from another FREESHARE library, get in touch with them. It is most likely an oversight that is easily corrected.” PSR is also charged with maintaining the FRESHARE policy page at:

Second, if a library’s collection is unique, there is a possibility of unanticipated busy periods. Rather than being a negative, this is an indication of the scarcity of the product.

Third, if FREESHARE is not right for you, and your library is an open DOCLINE library in the SE/A, one of these sixteen smaller (SE/A only) library groups may be of interest to join:

Atlanta Health Science Libraries Consortium – AHSLC

Association of Memphis Area Health Science Libraries – AMAHSL

Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries – CONBLS

District of Columbia Area Health Science Libraries – DCAHSL

Georgia Interactive Network for Medical Information – GaIN

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Lending Network  – MACLend

Maryland Association of Health Sciences Librarians – MAHSL

Mississippi Biomedical Library Consortium  – MBLC

Miami Health Sciences Library Consortium – MHSLC

Northern Virginia Health Sciences Librarians  – NVHSL

South Carolina Health Information Network – SCHIN

Southeastern Network on DOCLINE  – SEND

Southwest Virginia Health Information Librarians – SWVAHILI

Tampa Bay Medical Library Network – TABAMLN

Tennessee Health Sciences Library Association – THeSLA

Tidewater Health Science Librarians   – THSL

Please note that each library group has governance and eligibility requirements, some more formalized than others. Our RML policy states that Borrow Only libraries are not allowed membership in any library group. Additionally, there are library groups that overlap two or more NN/LM regions and these tend to be collection specific, such as Pediatrics, Osteopathic or Naval libraries.  If you are interested in one of these library groups, or if you have questions about library groups in general, please send an email to PJ Grier (SE/A DOCLINE Coordinator).

Remember, you can view members in any library group by going to DOCLINE’s Search Builder feature. Select More Search Options on the Institutions tab homepage. Then view the drop-down Select Search Field and select the appropriate Library Group.  Next, Add to Search, the name of the library group and then click Search at page bottom. The Search-Results will display all of the Institutions (a.k.a. open DOCLINE Libraries) in the particular library group. As with any DOCLINE search result you have the opportunity to print or download the information.



Reminder: Biomedical Publishing 101 (with corrections)

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

January 18, 2012 – 1 PM ET
90 minutes

A free Webinar via Adobe Connect

– Created by the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors*

– Sponsored and hosted by the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern/Atlantic Regions of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

This 90-minute webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing, in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.  Presenters include John Tagler of the Association of American Publishers, Inc. and the session will be moderated by MJ Tooey, Associate Vice President , Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library and Director of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region at the University of Maryland.

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.  Key topics to be covered include:

•          The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
•          The Publishing Process
•          Publication Ethics
•          Production & Delivery
•          Practical Considerations
•          The Road Ahead

Please register at by January 17, 2012  if you plan on attending.

Connection instructions will be provided upon registration.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.