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CDC Releases Quick-Learn Design Toolkit

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Quick-Learn Design Toolkit

In February 2014, the CDC Learning Connection announced the release of the Quick-Learn Design Toolkit. This toolkit was created to help instructional designers and web developers create Quick-Learn lessons. These e-learning lessons address one or two learning objectives and take less than 20 minutes to complete. Through responsive web design techniques, learners access the lessons via desktop computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Use the Quick-Learn Design Toolkit and create your own Quick-Learn lesson. Let us know about the Quick-Learns you create and we may share them on the CDC Learning Connection.

Are You an EFTS User?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Check your reports! Your Report for the Current Accounting Month is “real-time” and the most accurate reflection of your EFTS account’s current balance.  Sign in with your LIBID and password, then click the link on the left that says “Reports.”

Logging in at least once a month to view your Reports is not only an effective way to prevent overspending, but you can also be sure there are no erroneous charges posted to your account!

The EFTS system processes all transactions that are uploaded or entered manually. It does NOT have the capability of verifying the information.  Every member is STRONGLY encouraged to review posted transactions for accuracy.

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator

866-561-5045 toll free

860-679-4561 direct

Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Health Literacy Leadership Institute

June 9-13, 2014

“As a participant in last year’s Health Literacy Leadership Institute, I would encourage anyone thinking about attending to go. It was one of the best educational experiences I’ve ever had. It could change your life!” – Terri Ottosen, 2013 Fellow

Enroll now in the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, June 9-13, 2014. Offered through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, this one-week Institute is designed for professionals committed to improving the health literacy of healthcare providers and the public.  Those working in health literacy and students interested in pursuing careers in health literacy are encouraged to attend.

Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation.  Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach.  During the course of the week, participants work on a health literacy project of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.

For more information and to register:

Contact the course director Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi at or 781-835-6488.

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IMLS to Host Meetings with Library Stakeholders to Inform Future Grant Directions

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Today’s libraries are developing new ways to help their communities maximize educational and economic opportunities. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary federal funder of the nation’s 123,000 libraries, is launching a series of meetings to hear from a broad range of stakeholders about future IMLS funding strategies, particularly for the agency’s National Leadership Grant program. The kickoff event, to be held at the New York Public Library on April 29, will examine how IMLS can best support national digital initiatives.

IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries Maura Marx will lead the series of nationally webcasted meetings with library leaders and other experts. IMLS invites broad participation via the webcasts and social media. Library professionals and the public are invited to view live webcasts of the meeting and to participate via Twitter at #imlsfocus.

These interactive events will spotlight the importance of strong libraries to benefit all Americans and will explore three areas of funding that align with the agency’s three goals, supporting libraries’ role in providing opportunities for lifelong learning, anchors for community engagement, and access to content.

The agency is encouraging potential applicants to engage in and contribute to these discussions. In the summer, IMLS will release a revised National Leadership Grant application that will reflect the priorities identified during these meetings. IMLS intends to pivot its grant-making strategy to focus on a few specific library challenges with the purpose of making a more significant comprehensive impact in these areas.

During the first meeting at the New York Public Library, participants will examine the “hubs model” of content aggregation and consider areas for expansion. The day-long meeting will examine the state of video and e-book services, barriers to broad access, challenges and opportunities in digital curation and stewardship, innovation in “hacking” the library, and digital literacy activities. The discussion will be framed with the goal of identifying concrete insights for funding, future research, and other tangible outcomes.

The topics, locations, and dates for the three meetings follow.

April 29
Goal: Access to Content: National Digital Initiatives
New York Public Library

May 15
Goal: Anchors for Community Engagement: Learning Spaces in Libraries
San Francisco Public Library

June 3
Goal: Opportunities for Learning: STEM Learning
Chicago Public Library

The IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program invests $11 million annually in projects that improve professional practice with implications far beyond the grantee institutions. The grants help drive innovation and support projects with national impact. This springtime meeting series is designed to capture input from a broad range of library representatives and organizations to help IMLS focus its approach to supporting innovation in the nation’s libraries.

Health Literacy Alert

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Communications Tune-Up Webinars

April 25         Quick and Easy Field Testing: Asking for Affirmation, Corrections and Suggestions

May 30         Design for Readability: Creating Visual Order

June 27         Making Content Accessible: Removing Barriers to Print and Web Information

July 11          Getting the Message Out: Planning and Implementing Public Health Campaigns

August 15     Removing Language Barriers: Reaching Your Spanish Speaking Audience

Managing Chaos: A Disaster Planner’s Handbook

Friday, April 4th, 2014

From the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene:

Managing Chaos: A Disaster Planner’s Handbook – Guide and Tools

Google Flu Trends: The Limits of Big Data

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Two recent research papers, examining Google Flu Trends, offer a critique of big-data analysis.:

National Library of Medicine to Host National Digital Stewardship Residency Symposium

Friday, March 21st, 2014

On April 8, 2014, the inaugural cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents will present a symposium entitled “Emerging Trends in Digital Stewardship” at the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The symposium will consist of panel presentations on topics including preserving social media and collaborative workspaces, open government and open data, and digital strategies for public and non-profit institutions.  It will also feature a demonstration of BitCurator, an environment of digital forensics tools designed to help collecting institutions manage born-digital materials, developed by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

All sessions will be held in the National Library of Medicine’s Lister Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The symposium is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

For more information, including how to register, see:

Measuring the Impact of Research Symposium

Friday, March 21st, 2014

How is research impact measured? How does an institution demonstrate the value of research? And what is the role of universities in facilitating research and economic development?

To address these questions, the Health Science and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and Elsevier Publishing are hosting a half-day symposium, Research Impact: A Discussion from Institutional, Economic, and Researcher Perspectives. The event will bring together stakeholders for a rich discussion about the impact of research. Representatives from UMB, other research institutions, funding agencies, economic development organizations, and Elsevier will examine the evolving expectations, solutions, and best practices in evaluating research impact.

The symposium will be held at the SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballroom, on Monday, March 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. To register and to see a complete list of speakers, view the program online.

The Future of Biomedical Research

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Future of Biomedical Research

03/21/2014 11:45 AM EDT

In an interview with ASCO Post, Dr. Collins explains how NIH is focusing on working within its resource constraints to try to keep the engine of discovery moving forward. ASCO Post.