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If you are planning or currently conducting an outreach project, you might want to take a look at the Focused Outreach Vermont article in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region (NN/LM NER) newsletter (posted January 13, 2015). NN/LM NER’s Focused Outreach Project uses carefully planned outreach activities and strong community-based collaboration to connect underserved communities with NLM resources and services. The Ner’eastah article, which is an abstract of a full report, highlights outreach results through a succinct description of evaluation findings.
I particularly applaud NN/LM NER’s reporting method. They provide a quick overview, featuring the results of their efforts, with easy access to full details for those who want it. The full report describes the project’s community assessment process and findings. You also get a more thorough description of documented outcomes, laid out in a highly readable format. A nice added feature is the infographic in the beginning of the report.
This is a great example of how to use evaluation to publicize and advocate for successful programs!
MAR has teamed up with Outreach and Evaluation expert, Cindy Olney, from the NN/LM Outreach and Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) to offer a 4-part webinar series, eligible for up to 8 MLA CEs.
Mapping an Outreach Project: Start with Information; End with a Plan is designed for anyone who wants to garner support, financial or otherwise, for a new project or service. You will learn how assessment and evaluation can be effective tools for project planning and proposal writing. Assessment enables you to gather compelling information about the need and viability of your project. It also helps you build relationships with potential partners. Adding evaluation methods to your program plan helps you “begin with the end in mind,” making desired results the centerpiece of your project proposal. This class will elaborate on information contained in the OERC Planning and Evaluation booklets.
- Webinar 1: January 12 / Noon – 1:00 pm (ET)
Know the factors that influence people to adopt new ideas and technology so you can choose the best strategies for your project
- Webinar 2: January 14 / Noon – 1:00 pm (ET)
Gather information about your target audience that is most effective for planning your project
- Webinar 3: January 26 / Noon – 1:00 pm (ET)
Use a project-planning tool that allows you to logically link resources and activities to desired results
- Webinar 4: January 28 / Noon – 1:00 pm (ET)
Incorporate evaluation into your project and understand how your plan can be expanded into a full project proposal
These classes will be followed by a special 2-hour Grants and Proposal Writing course, offered online February 2nd / 10 am – Noon
Presenter: Carrie Iwema, Information Specialist in Molecular Biology, Molecular Biology Information Service / Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Date / Time: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Online / No Registration Required / 1 MLA CE will be awarded
Description: Advances in DNA sequencing technologies have greatly reduced the cost of whole genome sequencing and created fascinating new areas of study—personal genomics and personalized medicine. Empowered by recent technological advancements, scientists now have the ability to rapidly compare genetic alphabets of groups of people who show a particular trait with those that do not. Access to your personal genome enables you to identify genetic risk factors or inheritable disease markers you are carrying and can help you and your doctor choose the appropriate medications, dosages, and healthcare strategies. It is more critical than ever to have a basic understanding of the science behind these advances, as well as the associated ethical, legal, and social issues, in order to actively participate in this exciting and rapidly changing field.
Join us for the 2nd part of our 4-part DOCLINE webinar series: DOCLINE: Routing Tables.
You do not need to register and it’s FREE!
When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 / 1 pm (ET)
It’s recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (the hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises).
Login and enter your name. You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.
You can earn 1 MLA CE credit for each class by participating in exercises.
For additional information about classes: http://nnlm.gov/mcr/education/docline
You are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the class. To test your connection, go to this web address: https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
UPCOMING CLASSES (Same place and time)
January 21, 2015 DOCLINE: Serial Holdings
January 28, 2015 DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend
Irene Williams, Network Services Coordinator NN/LM GMR
Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator NN/LM PNR
Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator NN/LM MAR
Jim Honour, Wyoming/Member Services Coordinator NN/LM MCR
There is still space for a FREE PubMed training session at National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, MD. The class, “PubMed for Trainers,” consists of 3 online sessions (held 1/27, 1/29, and 2/3/2015 from 10 am – 12 noon ET) and one in–person session at NLM (held February 5, 2015 from 9 am – 4:30 pm).
The class features in-depth information about PubMed as well as an optional instructional design component. Participants who complete the PubMed portion of the class will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours; participants who complete the instructional design component will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credits.
For more information and to register: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=359
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director
National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Check out the January issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:
Osteoporosis in Aging: Protect Your Bones with Exercise
Bones feel solid, but the inside of a bone is actually filled with holes like a honeycomb. Bone tissues are broken down and rebuilt all the time. While some cells build new bone tissue, others dissolve bone and release the minerals inside.
Listen Up! Noises Can Damage Your Hearing
Sounds surround us. We enjoy many of them—like music, birdsong, and conversations with friends. But loud or long-lasting noises—from motors, power tools, and even headphones—can permanently damage your hearing. Take steps to protect your ears from harmful noises.
Ebola Vaccine Prompts Immune Response
An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease was well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it. Based on these results, researchers are planning further studies to assess the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
Detect Glaucoma Early To Protect Vision
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals from the eye to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss or blindness. But many people with early-stage glaucoma have no symptoms. By the time they’re diagnosed, they may have already noticed changes to their side, or peripheral, vision.
Featured Website: Rethinking Drinking
Have you taken a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health? Some people have symptoms of an alcohol use disorder without recognizing them. Others don’t know where to find help to cut back or quit. This site offers research-based information about how alcohol affects your health and tips for making changes.
NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!
We are delighted to report that one of our members was recently published. The article is related to her work resulting from MAR funding.
Translating Evidence Into Practice at the End of Life: Information Needs, Access, and Usage by Hospice and Palliative Nurses / Michele Klein-Fedyshin, MSLS, BSN, RN, AHIP. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, February 2015, v. 17:1.
Registration is now open for our January webinar: Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library
Monday, January 26th
2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific
Access to reliable consumer health information is an essential component of individual and community well-being. Because of their unique role and reputation for being open and available to all, public libraries bring valuable assets to supporting local community health efforts. In this WebJunction webinar, participants will explore essential pathways for libraries to address meaningful health information and services. Participants will be introduced to foundational considerations for ensuring ethics and privacy in patron interactions, maintaining health collections at the public library, addressing community health literacy, and supporting healthy communities through partnerships. Participants will also be introduced to resources to advance these topics in their community, and leave the session prepared to join the strong network of public libraries advancing health education nationwide.
Learn more and register here: http://webjunction.org/events/webjunction/pathways-guide-health-education.html
Open Enrollment is Underway
Individuals and families who wish to renew or apply for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace are encouraged to act now. Key dates and related consumer deadlines have been posted at HealthCare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/dates-and-deadlines/
Be sure to visit our web-guide on Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace to become familiar with activities and resources to address related patron needs in your community! http://webjunction.org/explore-topics/ehealth/aca-at-your-library.html
Public libraries and partners often look to local data to understand community needs and tailor support. The Opportunity Index “is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational, and civic factors that expand opportunities.” Dimensions of community and civic health are included, among others. Check it out to learn more about key measures in your community! http://opportunityindex.org/about/
As always, we look forward to hearing about your experience and questions regarding community health education via email, or on Twitter using #libs4health.