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Archive for 2013

Learn How Google Tracks Flu Trends

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Have you ever wondered how Google Flu Trends works? This webpage provides a video which explains the process Google uses to aggregate and search data to estimate flu activity, and provides graphs and more information on how it has worked over time: http://www.google.org/flutrends/intl/en_us/about/how.html

Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action

Friday, December 13th, 2013

For those who may be interested, a library advocacy MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from the University of Toronto:

LA101x Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action

https://www.edx.org/course/university-torontox/university-torontox-la101x-library-1335

About this Course

How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential about libraries and librarians, today and tomorrow? How can library members and all who support the mission of 21st-century librarianship raise the profile and support of these timeless values and services, and ensure universal access to the universe of ideas in all our communities? This course is based on what works. We’ll take an inspired, strategic, evidence-based approach to advocacy for the future of strong communities – cities, villages, universities and colleges, research and development centres, businesses, and not-for-profits.

Begins: February 24, 2014 (6 weeks)

Cost: Free

3D Printing in Your Library

Friday, December 13th, 2013

This expanded and updated presentation was a big hit.  Check out the recording and slides:  http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/techtime_recordings.html

Presenters:

  • Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan
  • Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Patricia discussed the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries.  Kimberley discussed the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community.

Preformulated PubMed Searches on Healthy People 2020 Preparedness Objectives

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Healthy People (HP) is a national health promotion program to improve the health of all Americans. Initiated in 1979 and led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It provides science-based, ten-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. HP2020, the current program, is organized into 42 subject areas with 600 public health objectives; four of those objectives cover public health and preparedness topics. The National Library of Medicine and the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion have worked together to develop preformulated search strategies to identify research evidence for selected HP2020 objectives. Take a look at the Preparedness searches today!

http://phpartners.org/hp2020/preparedness.html

December NIH News in Health

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Personalized Medicine

Matching Treatments to Your Genes
You’re one of a kind. Wouldn’t it be nice if treatments and preventive care could be designed just for you, matched to your unique set of genes?
Read more about personalized medicine.

A Burning Issue
Handling Household Burns
Accidental burns can occur just about anywhere in your home, and they’re not always caused by fire. Take steps to prevent household burns, and learn how to treat them properly to avoid lasting problems.
Read more about household burns.

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Teaching Research Data Management: Introducing the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (Boost Box session)

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Presenter:                          Elaine R. Martin, Director, Lamar Soutter Library and Director, NN/LM New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Details:                               https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Date / Time:                      Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:                               Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (MECDMC) offers openly available materials that librarians can use to teach research data management best practices to students in the sciences, health sciences and engineering fields, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The materials in the curriculum are openly available, with lecture notes and slide presentations that librarians teaching RDM can customize for their particular audiences.  The curriculum also has a database of real life teaching research cases that can be integrated into the curriculum to address discipline specific data management topics.

This webinar will introduce attendees to the curriculum and the issues surrounding teaching research data management.  Some libraries in New England have agreed to pilot the curriculum and we are looking for additional pilot sites outside our region.  Attendees will be encouraged to review the curriculum and consider joining the collaboration by piloting the curriculum and participating in an evaluation process, which will be explained further during the webinar.

3D Printing in Your Library

Friday, December 6th, 2013
  • Back by popular demand!
  • Expanded and updated!

In September we held a webinar on 3D printing.  Unknown to us at the time, there were technical issues behind the scenes that resulted in no recording of the session.  Since the session proved to be so popular, we’ve asked the speakers to return for our next TechTime session.  They have expanded and updated their talks since their September presentations.

3D Printing and Why Your Library May Be Interested? (EXPANDED and UPDATED)

Presenters:

  • Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan
  • Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Date / Time:      December 12, 2013 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Online / No Registration Required

Details:                Test your Adobe Flash to ensure it work for the session: http://na1cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

THE DAY OF THE SESSION:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/techtime/

Patricia will discuss the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries.  Kimberley will discuss the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community.

Why is Searching PubMed in Late Autumn Different than Any Other Time of the Year?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

http://info.hsls.pitt.edu/updatereport/?p=6946

FYI, Change Your Password

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Important news for Gmail, Facebook and Twitter users:  http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/04/technology/security/passwords-stolen/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

New Public Health Database

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Project Tycho™ database aims are to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and policy.  As part of this project, the entire history of U.S. infectious disease surveillance reports that have been published in the MMWR and precursor journals since 1888 have been digitized:  http://www.tycho.pitt.edu/