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New SurveyMonkey Mobile App

Friday, April 18th, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

New OERC Blog posting! This is to let you know that a new OERC Blog article has become available. You can find this article online. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

New SurveyMonkey mobile app

Attention iPad and iPhone users: SurveyMonkey recently launched a mobile app so you can create, send, and monitor your surveys from your phone or tablet. The app is free, although you need a SurveyMonkey account to use it.

With the SurveyMonkey app, you no longer have to rely on your computer to design and manage a survey. The app also allows you to conveniently view your data from any location with Internet access. I think the most notable benefit is that the analytic reports are optimized for mobile devices and are easy to read on small screens.

I have been asked how this app compares to QuickTapSurvey (see my previous blog entry). In my opinion, the app does not make SurveyMonkey comparable to QuickTapSurvey, which is designed specifically to collect onsite visitor feedback in informal settings such as exhibits and museums. SurveyMonkey, by comparison, is designed to collect data through email, web sites, or social media. Both apps work best in their respective settings. I think you could adapt SurveyMonkey to collect data at face-to-face events (if there is onsite Internet access), but it probably won’t work as smoothly as QuickTapSurvey.

For more information about the Survey Monkey mobile app, click here.

Value Study Article Wins Eliot Prize from MLA

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

The January 2013 JMLA article on the Value Study was selected as the recipient of the Eliot Prize for publication of the year.

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.

DigCCurr Professional Institute Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

Friday, March 21st, 2014

May 11-16, 2014 & January 5-6, 2015 (One price for two sessions) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visit http://ils.unc.edu/digccurr/institute2014.html for more information.

REGISTRATION LINK: http://tinyurl.com/ncgy367.

The Institute consists of one five-day session in May 2014 and a two-day follow-up session in January 2015. Each day of the summer session will include lectures, discussion and hands-on “lab” components. A course pack and a private, online discussion space will be provided to supplement learning and application of the material. An opening reception dinner on Sunday, Continental breakfast, break time snacks and coffee, and a dinner on Tuesday will also be included.

This institute is designed to foster skills, knowledge and community-building among professionals responsible for the curation of digital materials.

Registration:

* Regular registration : $1,150

* Late registration (after April 1, 2014): $1,300

If you are a grant recipient working on a digital project, we recommend that you check with your program officer to request approval to use available grant funds to attend the institute.

Institute Instructors Include:

* From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Dr. Cal Lee, Dr. Helen Tibbo, and Dr. Kam Woods.

* Dr. Nancy McGovern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

* Dr. Carolyn Hank, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

* Dr. Lorraine Richards, Drexel University.

May 2014 Institute Components include (order and session titles may vary somewhat from those listed):

*Overview of digital curation definition, scope and main functions

*Where you see yourself in the digital curation landscape

*Digital curation program development

*Digital curation stakeholders and digital curation landscape

*Case Study on developing a digital repository

*Procedural accountability – policies, submission agreements, rules

*LAB -Transforming policy statements into rules

*Overview of digital preservation challenges and opportunities

*Roles and responsibilities for curation

*LAB – Matching skills and roles

*Characterization of digital objects

*Overview and Characterization of Existing Tools: Placing the Tools in a Larger Industry Context

*File formats

*LAB – File format robustness

*Managing in response to technological change

*Digital forensics

*Ethical issues

*LAB – Media and content

*Workflows, humans, and tools

*Lab – Workflows

*Evaluating curation programs requirements and assessment

*LAB – Evaluating curation programs: TRAC/ISO 16363 Review

* Characterizing, analyzing and evaluating the producer information environment

*Economics of digital curation – costs and resource commitments

*LAB – Economics of digital curation

*Cloud computing

*Web archiving

* Formulating your six-month action plan – task for each individual, with instructors available to provide guidance

* Summary of action plans

* Clarifying roles and expectations for the next six months

January 5-6, 2015

Participants in the May event will return to Chapel Hill in Jan. 2015 to discuss their experiences in implementing what they have learned in their own work environments.  Participants will compare experiences, lessons learned and strategies for continuing progress. Accommodations for January will be the responsibility of the attendee.

For more information, contact Dr. Helen Tibbo (tibbo@email.unc.edu) for Institute questions or Tiffany Harris (tjharris@email.unc.edu) for payment or registration questions.

The Digital Professional Institute was initiated as part of the DigCCurr II project, supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08) and is partially supported by the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

LODGING: Participants are responsible for their own lodging. A DigCCurr 2014-15 room block has been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites for $129/night. Please indicate “DigCCurr” and group code “CUR” when making reservations. Reservations must be received by 04/01/2014. After this date reservations will be accepted on a space a rate available basis only. You may reserve your hotel room by calling the hotel at 919-969-6989 or by clicking on this link: http://hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/groups/personalized/R/RDUCOHX-DGG-20140511/index.jhtml

Free Images for Your Evaluation Reports

Friday, March 21st, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Free Images for Your Evaluation Reports

The current trend in evaluation reporting is toward fewer words and more images. There are a number of companies that offer high-quality, royalty free photographs at minimal cost. (Stockfresh, for example, charges as little as $1 per image.) However, no-cost is even better than low-cost. Freelancers Union, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting freelance workers, recently published a list of the best websites for no-cost images.  If you are looking for free images for your presentations or reports, check out their article:  https://www.freelancersunion.org/blog/2014/02/07/best-free-image-resources-online/

(The article also describes the difference between public domain, royalty-free and Creative Commons-licensed images.)

Recipe of Evaluation Techniques

Friday, March 14th, 2014

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

Last week I attended a webinar presentation from Stanley Capela entitled Recipe of Evaluation Techniques for the Real World. This is one of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) ongoing 20 minute Coffee Break webinars . The webinars, offered Thursdays at 2pm Eastern time, often present similar tools and tips that are also covered in the Tip a Day blog but allow for audience questions &  answers and networking with the presenters.

Capela’s recipe focused primarily on internal evaluation in a non-profit or government settings where people are seeking realistic answers in response to your assessment efforts. His tips include:

  • Value People’s Timeall time is valuable, regardless of who you are working with, and clear communication on the intent of the evaluation helps to make the best use of everyone’s time.
  • Ethical Conduct – working within the parameters of organization and/or professional association codes of conducts in addition to established support of upper level administration will help to minimize the potential for ethical dilemmas.
  • Know Your Enemies – be aware of those who are resistant to program evaluation and may try to undermine these efforts, and also know that you as an evaluator may be perceived as an enemy by others. Again, clear communication helps!
  • Culture of Accountability – take the time to know the story of those you are working with – where are they coming from? What is their history with previous assessments? Were their needs met, or were there issues that had negative effects on relationships and outcomes?
  • Do Something – avoid cycles of conducting reviews, identifying deficiencies, and outcomes that only include developing correction plans. Also important to note is that program evaluation does not solve management problems.
  • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – find ways to integrate charts that direct the reader to the most important information clearly and concisely.
  • Let Go of Your Ego – working from a mindset that accepts the people conducting the program itself will most likely ‘get the credit’, and that your measure of success is doing your job to the best of your ability knowing you made a difference.
  • Give Back – develop of network of trusted colleagues, such as through personal and organization connections on LinkedIn and other platforms, share ideas, and asking questions since others have probably encountered a similar situation or can connect you with those who have.

Hopefully you have found the information we at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) have freely available for you in our updated Evaluation Guides helpful as an additional source of  ideas, strategies, and worksheets to include in your evaluation recipe collection!

Introduction to Altmetrics for Medical and Special Librarians (Boost Box session)

Friday, March 7th, 2014

MAR now offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per Boost Box session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:       Linda Galloway, Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Sciences Librarian / Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse, NY

Date / Time:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

Summary:  Altmetrics (or alternative citation metrics) provide new ways to track scholarly influence across a wide range of media and platforms.  Join our webinar to learn altmetric fundamentals, get some tips on connecting your users with altmetrics, and receive a quick update on the newest published research in this field. Awareness of altmetric tools, and the ways in which they can be used to measure scholarship and broader impact, will position information professionals at the forefront of this exciting new era in knowledge dissemination and assessment.

  • Beforehand, test your connection to ensure Adobe Connect will run on your computer:  http://na1cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
  • Log-in at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/ (ONLY use Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Allow Adobe Connect to call your phone.   Choose the DIAL-OUT option.  HOWEVER, if the system has to dial an extension to reach you, then skip to the next step.
  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

Network Members to Be Congratulated!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Winners of MLA’s Ida and George Eliot Prize—many are from our network:

  • Joanne Gard Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
  • Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • Sharon Easterby-Gannett, AHIP, Medical Libraries, Lewis B. Flinn Medical Library, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE
  • Lynn Kasner Morgan, Upper Montclair, NJ; Mary Lou Klem, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Susan K. Cavanaugh, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Camden Campus Library, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Kathleen Burr Oliver, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Cheryl A. Thompson, Howard W. Odum Institute for Social Science, University of North Carolina−Chapel Hill
  • Neil Romanosky, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University−New York, NY
  • Sue Hunter, Birnbaum Library, Pace University, New York, NY

Network Members are Now Published Authors!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Claire B. Joseph, Jules Redish Memorial Medical Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital

Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, Medical Library, Weill Cornell Medical College

Proving Your Worth / Adding to Your Value, Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 14:1, 69-79:  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15323269.2014.860842#.Uxo5JIUz28A

Missy Harvey, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region

Michael G. Harvey

Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technologyhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.23066/abstract

Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is Retiring

Friday, February 28th, 2014

NN/LM MAR is saying goodbye to our friend and leader, Dr. Angela Ruffin, as she retires:  http://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/2014/02/saying-goodbye-as-angela-ruffin-retires/