Do you blog? Do you read blogs? Should you blog for your institution? Do you wish your blog had more readers? Do you want to know why others blog and how they know if their blogs are read? Take a look at two recent posts from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, An OERC Resolution Realized (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/01/an-oerc-resolution-realized/) and The OERC Blog – Moving Forward (http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/08/blog-moving-forward/). Cindy Olney PhD, Acting Assistant Director of the OERC, describes data that she and Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, have collected and analyzed in order to update the OERC’s online communications plan going forward.
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Exhibiting at conferences has been a mainstay of outreach for the staffs of the eight regional offices for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). You may have seen GMR staff at your state or health sciences library conference or the Midwest Chapter Medical Library association annual fall conference. If you were at the 2015 Chapter meeting in Louisville, KY, perhaps you answered a few questions about why you stopped at the GMR booth.
The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), who helped develop the point-of-contact questionnaire used at the booth, has posted a blog article on the development of and results from the Quick Tap Survey administered at the GMR booth. Follow this link to find out what we learned: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/01/15/simply-elegant-evaluation-gmrs-pilot-assessment-of-a-chapter-exhibit/.
Posted on August 30th, 2014 by Cindy Olney: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2014/08/30/new-oerc-webinar-eval-2-0/
The OERC debuted a brand new webinar for the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region’s monthly Lake Effects webinar series on August 21. The new webinar, Evaluation 2.0: Trends, New Ideas, Cool Tools, presents emerging trends in evaluation practice that emphasize stakeholder interaction and social engagement. It also covers popular tools and methods that allow you to draw others into the evaluation process and raise the visibility of your program or services. The NN/LM GMR makes recordings of Lake Effects presentations publicly available, so click here to listened to the Eval 2.0 webinar.
If you are interested in attending a live presentation of this webinar, please contact the OERC or your National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. Descriptions of other OERC webinars that can be offered upon request are listed here.
NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) Outreach and Communications Coordinator, David Midyette, has penned an article on the SEA Currents blog entitled: Cultural Competence in Health Sciences. Check it out: http://nnlm.gov/sea/newsletter/2013/02/cultural-competence-in-health-sciences/ Here’s an excerpt:
The old analogy of the United States as a melting pot is being transitioned into a more modern understanding of the U.S. as more of a salad. The various ethnic and cultural backgrounds of people in the country, legal, illegal, or otherwise, present the health care community with a plethora of beliefs about health and healing. Frequently these beliefs come into direct contact/conflict with the Western style of medicine that is the predominant practice in the U.S. healthcare system. State medical and allied health licensing boards are increasingly faced with the challenges of ensuring that new practitioners are culturally competent as they begin to practice their craft, and that experienced practitioners develop skills to deal with sometimes drastically different belief systems held by their patients.
In addition to face-to-face, email and phone conversations, the GMR employs Facebook, Twitter, our website, GMRLIST and the blog, The Cornflower, as communication tools. Some of our Network members are unable to access the blog because of firewall issues at their institutions. Now we think we have a solution to correct that disparity.
An email notify plugin allows automatic sending of new blog posts to GMRLIST, the GMR’s announcement email list. This tool should help us make sure that posts important enough to share with our members via the blog will also get to those who do not have blog access.
For those of you who might find this redundant, you may wish to filter the messages with the subject: New posting from The Cornflower! Whether getting access to the blog posts for the first time or a long-time blog user, let us know how the new setup works for you.
The Bringing Health Information to the Community blog (fondly referred to as the BHIC blog) was developed by the NN/LM MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) about four years ago as a way to provide information to staff at community based organizations and public health departments, clinics, and others outside of libraries that the MCR staff encountered in their outreach efforts. It was also created as a tool to be used by NN/LM MCR members to share information with people within their institutions and communities.
With the new NLM contract, the BHIC blog has moved over to become a national blog, and staff at four other RMLs (including the GMR!) will be contributing writers. The new URL is http://nnlm.gov/bhic/. (more…)
To the fair readers of The Cornflower: you now have the option to read our blog in a traditional web browser on a desktop computer (as you are undoubtedly doing right now) or on your smartphone using a mobile browser. The blogs of the NN/LM were built with WordPress, an open-source content management system that is often used as a blog publishing tool. The architecture allows for plug-ins (little add-on programs to hopefully enhance functionality) and custom templates (the design). The blog editor turned on a plug-in called WPtouch. WPtouch “…formats your site with a mobile theme for visitors on Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touch-based smartphones.” Some members have told us that our blog is blocked in their hospitals even though it comes from a .gov domain. It will be interesting to see if this still happens when viewed on a mobile device.