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In a news release on November 19,2018, the ECRI Institute announced the opening of the ECRI Guidelines Trust™  to fill the void left by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s defunded National Guideline Clearinghouse™.  The healthcare community has free access to the website.

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(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The GMR invites our hospital librarians to share their feedback about NLM’s new strategic plan<>. In response to our first call for feedback, several hospital librarians submitted responses, which generated discussion at the annual MLA meeting. National Library of Medicine Director Dr. Patti Brennan has requested additional feedback from this group, and for this purpose our office will facilitate an informal meeting for our hospital librarians.

I invite our hospital librarians to join us for a virtual meeting on Monday, July 2, at 10:00 AM CDT. If you are unable to attend, I welcome your feedback and recommendations via e-mail instead.

You can connect to the meeting by either computer or phone using the following information:

Join from computer:
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 970 521 545

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(via ACRL)

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) is seeking community input on proposed revisions to the ACRL Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, approved by the ACRL Board of Directors during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Based on recent recommendations, ReSEC is proposing revisions in order to make a more inclusive and forceful case for openness across all types of scholarship and scholarly products, and to provide a model for citation. As scholarship is a dynamic enterprise, ever changing in its goals and methods, ReSEC views the statement as a living document, subject to further changes with the future evolution of scholarship.

Please review the draft revision (PDF) on the ACRL website and send your feedback by July 1, 2018 to Steven Harris at

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(via Leighann Wood, RUSA)

A RUSA working group has drafted an aspirational statement of RUSA values as it concerns equity, diversity and inclusion in community with our users and fellow members. The working group & RUSA Board welcome your comments & feedback. The draft can be viewed and commented on in ALA Connect (member login required).

Please comment by Friday, June 1, 2018.

You may also e-mail your comments to Alesia McManus, If you are not RUSA member, you may contact her to receive a copy of the draft.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The ACRL Board of Directors has approved a revision of the association’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE).�SLHE, adopted in 2004 and previously revised in 2011, is designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. The standards are a framework for library planning and assessment, particularly in regard to providing guiding principles, performance indicators, outcomes and metrics for libraries to use in a variety of circumstances as they work with faculty and students in higher education setting, achieving and measuring institutional learning outcomes.

A Board-appointed task force reviewed SLHE as part of the usual five-year review process and suggested revisions to the 2011 document. The Board approved the revised SLHE at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The revised version of SLHE will become part of ACRL’s Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action RoadShow workshop beginning in May 2018. Additional opportunities to learn more about the revised SLHE are forthcoming, watch ACRL Insider for additional details.

The revised standards are freely available on the ACRL website at

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(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, on behalf of Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine)

I am pleased to present you with�A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, the NLM Strategic Plan for 2017-2027:

As it approaches its third century, the National Library of Medicine will do for data what it has done for the literature – create the tools to make it FAIR, guide the development of repositories to store it in a safe and accessible manner, and develop the linkages that makes seamless pathways between the literature, models, data, visualization tools, and people.� The NLM will�� play a critical role in driving the shift to data-powered research and the inherent growing demand for access to our resources. We will foster new kinds of scientific communication while preserving the world’s biomedical knowledge in sustainable ways. In partnerships across NIH and around the world we will bring together the people and processes that create biomedical knowledge for health care, health, and economic growth.

This plan will guide us as we expand and enhance our research, development, training, and or literature and data resources to make more biomedical data easier to find, use, and understand. In doing so, we are fully committed to partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the NIH Institutes and Centers, NIH grantees, scientists, health professionals, and members of the public.

Over 1700 NLM staff members, hundreds of national and international librarians, informatics professionals, biomedical scientists, data scientists, clinicians, public health specialists, and other stakeholders advised us as we charted a pathway for the next ten years.� The National Network of Libraries of Medicine plays a key role in bringing the NLM to the scientific, clinical, and lay communities.� We value its members as collaborators and look to a future of growth in outreach and impact.

Even though the plan is now in final form, I welcome your comments and advice, too, as we begin its implementation. I invite you to be our partner in the adventure.

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(via ACRL)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “The New Academic Library Impact Report,” on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Convert additional time zones online.) Learn about ACRL’s new report,Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research, now available for download or purchase. Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders.

Submit yourFREE registration onlineby noon Central time on Wednesday, November 8. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of November 8. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

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(via Seangill Peter Bae, Princeton University)

The IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section Standing Committee is revising theInternational Resource Sharing and Document Delivery: Principles and Guidelines for Procedure. The document was last revised in 2009, and we believe it is the time to review the contents to reflect the current international or global resource-sharing landscape. As the first step of the revision process, we wish to ask your comments and suggestions on the current version of the document. To facilitate the process, we have prepared an online survey form in which you can provide us your thoughts, section by section. The form is available here, until Friday, June 30.

Once the committee collects the suggestions, we will work on a draft of revised guidelines and later we will have a second public survey on the draft. Please feel free to theInformation Coordinatoror theStanding Committee members, if you have any question or concerns on the Guidelines. In addition, if the online survey form does not work with you, you can always send us your comments via e-mail.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ACRL Board of Director has approvedRoles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians, a revision of the associations 2007ACRL Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators.Authored by the Standards and Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators Revision Task Force, the shift in focus in 2015 from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Educationmodel prompted the Task Force to closely examine not only the proficiencies themselves but their structure and purpose.

In the spirit of the Framework, the Task Force intended to present a more holistic perspective of the range of work done by teaching librarians rather than a list of skills needed to do a specific job. Teaching librarians have increasingly explored innovative and creative roles within their institutions, and the document is intended to reflect the myriad activities, projects, and responsibilities that teaching librarians from a wide variety of institutions may find themselves taking on at different points in their work life and throughout their careers, as well as the characteristics and strengths needed to flourish within these roles. The Task Force also wanted to provide a basic framework from which teaching librarian roles can continually expand within a variety of contexts. In short, this document was designed to act as a bridge between concept and practice.

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librariansis available here.

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NN/LM – GMR Releases Annual Report for 2016-17

(via Molly Roberts, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region has released its annual report for 2016-2017. This is the first year of the University of Iowa’s five-year term hosting the Greater Midwest Region’s Office. The report details progress toward the 10goals below.

  • The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa will establish a regional office for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine staffed with quality health information professionals and governed by stakeholders. Partnerships with regional network members will be established to support the mission of the NNLM including access to quality health information for health professionals, librarians and consumers during the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR will continually strive to improve communications within the NNLM and NLM, and with network members and the community through a variety of communication modes, with the intent to enhance knowledge and understanding of the networks programs and services and to ensure transparency with our peers, network members, and the community during the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will expand and manage the GMR network to enhance services to health care professionals, librarians, and community organizations throughout the five years of the award so that the NNLM mission continues to be met through a distributed network.
  • The GMR staff will strengthen the Network National Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan within the Region in order to limit interruption in access to information throughout the Region and nationally during disasters and other emergencies during the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will increase the number of network members actively and effectively participating in NLM programs and services within the GMR, ensuring that a variety of users have equal access to quality biomedical and health information over the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will provide a Data Management Education Center (DMEC) for network members to increase the number of network libraries skilled at supporting health researchers with data management throughout the data life cycle during the five years of the award.
  • The GMR staff will develop and implement outreach and education programs that reach health professionals in the Region with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these medically challenging communities so that easy access to NLM resources can be obtained regardless of location or economic status, throughout the five years of the award.
  • The GMR staff will ensure that all GMR network members have the opportunity to keep current on health sciences information topics and resources such as PubMed so that health professionals receive quality support from GMR Network libraries throughout the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will increase the number of public health professionals who have new skills in accessing and searching quality health information through online educational opportunities throughout the five years of the grant so that they can easily and effectively access quality information at time of need.
  • The GMR staff will improve GMR consumers understanding of quality health information resources available on the Internet so that they make better informed health care decisions throughout the five years of the award.

To read the full report, click here.

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