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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Empowering Innovation

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

By Stacey Knight-Davis
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL

Earlier this year, Booth Library received a Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Booth Library provides services for programs in health physics, psychology, biology, health education, communication disorders, and nutrition. Booth also serves an online RN to BSN nursing program, and the library’s website is the only point of access to health information for these distance education nursing students. Along with programs directly related to heath and biomedical sciences, we serve the needs of our education students seeking information on school health and children with disabilities. We also provide general consumer health materials and reference services.

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Announcing GMR Sponsored Webinar Sites

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to the following sites who have received GMR funding for
the Friday, November 18, 2011, MLA Webcast:
Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research
For information on the webcast and a list of additional sites, visit:
http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/escience/escience_webinar.html
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NLM Show Off Your Apps Contest Winners Announced

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

This year, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) had a contest that challenged people to create apps that could use NLM’s vast collection of biomedical data.  The winners have been announced!  Thank you to all of the Entrants that participated in NLM’s first software challengeHere are the winners and honorable mentions.

5 Winners Selected:

iAnatomy app

5 Honorable Mentions:

Congratulations to the winners and the honorable mentions!

usa.gov Reform

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

USA.gov is hosting a National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites from September 19-30. This two-week, online dialogue is your chance to submit, vote, and comment on ideas for improving various aspects of federal websites, such as: content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services. Future changes based on these ideas could directly impact the work government agencies like the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health do every day. You can join the conversation at http://bit.ly/qCJxnQ. To learn more about the overall .gov reform effort, go to http://1.usa.gov/qzfHUd.

IFTTT – If This Then That – New Way to Visualize Data

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

One of my biggest issues with the Internet is how there are still a lot of silos.  What do I mean by silo? Programs or applications that work ‘alone’ and don’t share well with other applications.  I am still a big user of RSS despite rumors of it’s demise.  I tend to star items in Google Reader so that I can read them later.  What if I also wanted to read it later and send it to Twitter – or maybe send it to Instapaper? Especially with Instapaper, I would have to go through the trouble of copying the url and then opening up Instapaper and pasting it in there so I could read it later.  It would be nice to have this kind of thing automated.  I’m not a programmer so I end up waiting and relying on much smarter and clever people to create a tool that can do this for me.

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Testing! Testing! Blog to GMRLIST

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

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.

GMR Update for July 2011 now online

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The GMR Update for July 2011 is now available online at the following URL:
http://nnlm.gov/gmr/about/gmrupdate.html

Check the contract updates, new communication technologies and information about upcoming exhibits and training opportunities.

Happy summer!

HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

By: Jennifer Feeken, MLIS
Librarian
Regions Hospital Medical Library 11202B
640 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
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The librarians at Regions Hospital Medical Library are currently working on a project that brings medical information and a librarian presence to healthcare conferences in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  The conferences are offered by HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education (IME).

 

Thanks to a GMR technology award, the librarians have purchased a laptop and monitor to display resources from the National Library of Medicine, such as PubMed and MedlinePlus, and for HealthPartners employees, the subscription resources available to them through the library’s Intranet site.  Conference attendees are primarily from Minnesota and surrounding states.  Another goal of our project is to increase awareness of medical libraries in general among all conference participants.

 

The librarians have attended three conferences so far and answered questions regarding consumer health and accessing subscription online resources.  Building on the early success of this project, the librarians plan to continue attending IME conferences beyond 2011.

Combating Email Overload

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Combat Boots

When I got my first email account in 1996 (I’m a late bloomer to some and and an early adopter to others), I emailed everyone I knew.  One of the first things I would ask you was “What is your email address?” I thought it was one of the most useful things that I had ever encountered.  15 years later, I’m not sure if I feel the same way.  No, I’m sure I don’t feel the same way.  Not only do I have an email account for work, but I have a personal one (actually three), I get email sent to me through Facebook Messages, through LinkedIn, through Flickr – wow.  Talk about overload. Not to mention the 60+ listservs I am subscribed to (many due to my responsibilities at the NN/LM GMR and other outside interests).  I was reading a few of the books in the GMR Lending Library and came away with some useful information.

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Using Your Smartphone to Lose Weight (and other interesting things you can do with a smartphone)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Today in Chicago, it is currently 48 degrees at 10:00 am.  Not exactly beach weather.  However, it will be soon time to take off those winter jackets and replace it with t-shirts and suntan lotion.  So, did you know you can use your smartphone to help you lose weight? (Not saying you need it! You look marvelous!) Duke University researchers are using Android smartphones and wireless weight scales for a weight loss study.  It’s not just that you connect with a scale wirelessly and it adds your weight to a chart on your phone; the app on your smartphone will keep track of your weight and depending how it is trending, send you messages.  Hopefully they aren’t messages like “lay off the cookies, Max!” Because I love cookies too much.  Anyway.  This article came out a few days ago and you may find it interesting: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2011/04/duke-researchers-android-phones-bluetooth-weight-scale/.

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