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Archive for February, 2012

Mobile Resources from the NLM

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This week, the NLM’s Technical Bulletin had an item about mobile TOXNET access.  For those of you who are not familiar with TOXNET, it is a set of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and toxic releases.  It falls under a larger group of database and services available from the NLM – the Specialized Information Services, or as they are more commonly known, SIS.

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Save the Date – Midwest Chapter/MLA 2012 in Rochester

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

By Sharon Kambeitz, MLIS, AHIP, CPPM
Allina Hospitals and Clinics

Growing Opportunities The most stunning event of The Midwest Chapter, Medical Library Association this year is our annual meeting in Rochester, Minnesota from October 6 through 9, 2012: http://midwestmla.org/conference2012/. We call this event, Growing Opportunities, a program planned especially for medical librarians to view themselves and medical librarianship, as through a kaleidoscope, viewing change and growth as new opportunities.

Rochester is host to thousands of people each year. Home of the IBM Corporation and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester is positioned as a hub of innovative research both clinical and technological.

Our keynote speaker is the famous e-Patient Dave, a successful speaker, cancer survivor, and blogger noted for activism for healthcare transformation through participatory medicine. An engaging speaker and accomplished writer in his professional life, he is an advocate for Participatory Medicine as it evolves in which patients become strong agents in managing their own health care in partnership with physicians. You can find more information about e-Patient Dave (David deBronkhart) on his website http://epatientdave.com.

We welcome you to grow your opportunities, network with colleagues through papers and posters, and continuing education classes (to be announced shortly). Please join us in Rochester! More details to come.

PubMed for Trainers in Chicago

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Register for a FREE hands-on PubMed for Trainers class provided by the staff of the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)!

Would you like to gain new skills, brush up on existing PubMed skills and collaborate with colleagues to help create an effective training strategy? Join us for three Adobe Connect distance education classes and a one-day in-person class at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of Health Sciences in Chicago, IL. These hands-on classes will include 9 presentations created by the National Library of Medicine, interactive demonstrations, hands-on exercises and networking opportunities. Upon completion of all four sessions the course will be worth 15 hours of MLA CE credit.

View the full announcement and register at: http://nnlm.gov/ntc/promos/PMT_Chicago.html
For other classes in the GMR, Register at: http://tinyurl.com/gmrregistration

2012 HigherEd Edition of the Horizon Report is out!

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The 2012 HigherEd edition of  the Horizon Report has been released.  It can be found here: http://www.nmc.org/publications/horizon-report-2012-higher-ed-edition.

Here is a summary compiled by my colleague at UIC, Ed Garay.

Some key trends:
1) People expect to be able to work, learn, and study  whenever and wherever they want to
2) The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized
3) The world of work is increasingly collaborative, driving changes in the way student projects are structured
4) The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators
5) Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models
6) There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based and active learning

Some significant challenges:
1) Economic pressures and new models of education are bringing unprecedented competition to the traditional models of higher education
2) Appropriate metrics of evaluation lag the emergence of new scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching
3) Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession
4) Institutional barriers present formidable challenges to moving forward in a constructive way with emerging technologies
5) New modes of scholarship are presenting significant challenges for libraries and university collections, how scholarship is documented, and the business models to support these activities

Technologies to watch:
* Short-term (12 months):
a) Mobile Computing
b) Tablet Computing

* Mid-term (two to three years):
c) Game-based Learning
d) Learning Analytics

* Long-term (four to five years):
e) Gesture-based Computing
f) Internet of Things (small objects connectedness)