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Winter Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Check out the Winter 2014 issue of our newsletter, The MAReporthttp://nnlm.gov/mar/newsletter/.

NOTE:  We encourage you to subscribe so MAReport will be delivered to your inbox.

To subscribehttp://www.hsls.pitt.edu/www/updatenewsletterlist/?p=subscribe&id=3

The Power and Pitfalls of Trolling the Internet for Health Information

Friday, February 28th, 2014

A great article from one of our Network members:  http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014302250001&nclick_check=1

Evaluation Tip of the Day

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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 here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

Exhibit evaluations with QuickTapSurvey

Exhibiting is a popular strategy for health information resource promotion, but exhibits can be challenging events to evaluate. Survey platforms for tablets and mobile phones can make it a little bit easier to collect feedback at your booths. At the OERC, we have explored QuickTapSurvey, which seems well-suited to getting point-of-contact responses from visitors. The application allows you to create short, touch-screen questionnaires on Apple or Android tablets. You simply hand the tablet to visitors for their quick replies. The same questionnaire can be put on multiple tablets, so you and your colleagues can collect responses simultaneously during an exhibit.

When you have an Internet connection, responses are automatically uploaded into your online QuickTapSurvey account. When no connection is available, data are stored on the tablet and uploaded later. You can use QuickTapSurvey’s analytics to summarize responses with statistics and graphs.  You also can download the data into a spreadsheet to analyze in Excel.

QuickTapSurvey is a commercial product, but there is a limited free version. The application is fairly user friendly, but we recommend experimenting with it before you take it on the road. Information about QuickTapSurvey, including the different pricing packages that are available, can be found here: http://quicktapsurvey.com/

Evaluation Tip of the Day

Friday, February 21st, 2014

NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center

New OERC Blog posting! You can find this article online here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

Evaluation Tip a Day

Do you want to know more about great assessment resources, tools, and lessons learned from others who share your interest in evaluation?

Do you not want to add another professional journal to the existing TBR (to be read) stack in your office?

Check out the American Evaluation Association (AEA) 365 blog at http://aea365.org where anyone (not only AEA members) can subscribe via email or really simple syndication (RSS) feed. The established blog guidelines place a cap on contributions with a maximum of 450 words per entry. You will know at a glance what the subject is (Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, or Lessons Learned) from the headers used within the entries, and all assumptions of prior knowledge and experience with evaluation and organizations are avoided with clarification of all acronyms and no jargon allowed.

A handy tip – Scroll down the right sidebar of the website to locate subjects arranged by the AEA Topical Interest Groups (TIGs). Some of these that are likely to be of interest to National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) members are Data Visualization and Reporting, Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations, Health Evaluation, Integrating Technology into Evaluation, and Nonprofits and Foundations Evaluation to name only a few.

A brief review of a recent entry of interest to NN/LM members – Conducting a Health Needs Assessment of People With Disabilities -  shared lessons learned from the needs assessment work done in Massachusetts, and shared the rad resource of Disability and Health Data System (DHDS) with state-level disability health data available from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

ALA Launches Free e-Government Webinar Series

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Over the past few months, both organizations have worked to transition LibEGov—a project supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grant—into Lib2Gov.

The redesigned website Lib2Gov allows libraries and government agencies to come together and collaborate, share resources and build a community of practice. Lib2Gov now provides a dedicated space where librarians can share materials, lesson plans, tutorials, stories, and other e-government content. The website offers a variety of resources from government agencies and organizations, including information on immigration, taxation, social security and healthcare.

In a few weeks, both organizations will host a new monthly webinar series, “E-government @ Your Library.” The webinars will explore a variety of e-government topics that will be of interest to librarians, including mobile government and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. All webinars are free and will be archived on the Lib2Gov site. The webinar schedule for Winter/Spring 2014.

  • Webinar 1: E-government @ Your Library (Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar offers general insights into how libraries can help meet the e-government needs of their communities in general and through the Lib2Gov web resource. Register now.

Speakers:

  • John Bertot, Ph.D., co-director, Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), and professor, in University of Maryland College Park’s iSchool
  • Ursula Gorham, graduate research associate, iPAC and doctoral candidate, University of Maryland College Park iSchool
  • Jessica McGilvray, assistant director, Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association’s Washington, D.C. office
  • Webinar 2: Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST) Register now.

This webinar will offer insights and techniques in how practicing government information professionals can use the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience in several promising areas of digital reference, government information discovery tools and deliberative outreach to your community.

Speakers:

  • Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • John A. Shuler, associate professor, University of Illinois, Chicago University Library
  • Webinar 3: An Introduction to Mobile Government Apps for Librarians (Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

The webinar will cover how librarians can teach patrons to use mobile devices, provide links on our webpages to government apps, and create apps for their own e-government websites. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Isabelle Fetherston, teen librarian, Pasco County Library System
  • Nancy Fredericks, member, Pasco County Library System Library Leadership Team
  • Webinar 4: Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar presents information on libraries’ and librarians’ roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Cindy Love, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Elizabeth Norton, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Webinar 5: Beta.Congress.Gov (Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

Sign-up information, as well as more information about webinar topics and speakers, is available. Please contact Jessica McGilvray (jmcgilvray@alawash.org) or John Bertot (jbertot@umd.edu) with questions about Lib2Gov or the webinar series.

How to Position the Special Librarian for Success

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Title: “How to Position the Special Librarian for Success”

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 10am PT / 1pm ET

Duration: 30 Minutes plus Q&A

Presenter:  Stephen Abram, Advocate for Special Libraries, Former SLA President

What You Will Learn:

Do you feel like that you can never have enough time, money or executive contact to achieve all of your goals? You care about the role of information to underpin great decision-making; you care about quality information; you care about the success of your organization. What is needed to up your game?

To help you with that, this webinar will help you solve the following questions:

How do you maximize your influence and position your services and yourself as critical to the mission of your organization?

Why is personal positioning important?

What are some strategies for success?

Sign up here for this free informative webinar. We look forward to having you join us online via WebEx on February 19, 2014 at 10am Pacific / 1PM Eastern. The presentation will last 30 minutes with a Q&A session following it.

MLA Asks You to Review Your Member Profiles

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The PRRC (Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee) of MLA would be thrilled if you could ask your Chapters to review their member profiles on MLANET and indicate their areas of expertise and their willingness to serve as a mentor to a MLA member.  It is easy to do, the steps are below.

Currently only about 10% of MLA members have entered information in these areas.  Check your profile today, you might be able to help another librarian!

  • Go to http://www.mlanet.org
  • Select Member Center, then Member Login
  • Select Go to My Member Area
  • Select My MLA Contact & Profile Information
  • Select My Contact and Expertise Info
  • Scroll down and click Edit to update your areas of Professional Expertise or your interest in Mentoring other MLA members.

Registration Now Open for Research Data Management Symposium (Space is Limited)

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Doing It Your Way:  Approaches to Research Data Management for Libraries

When:   April 28-29, 2014

Where:  The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

MAR is offering a 2-day symposium to help your library find its unique approach to research data management.  We have a great cast of speakers to talk about issues you may be facing in your library.

  • Registration opens today for NN/LM MAR Network members (from DE, NJ, NY or PA)
  • For everyone else, registration opens February 21, 2014
  • If registration fills up, registrants will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a space becomes available

Details / Registration:  http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_data2014

MAR Announces New Funding Opportunities

Friday, January 31st, 2014

NN/LM MAR announces a new round of funding for projects to be completed May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015.

Available Awards

  • New!  Emergency Preparedness / Library Partnerships
  • New!  Health Information Awareness
  • Outreach to Consumers:  now includes funding for underserved, minority populations
  • Medical Library Projects
  • Exhibitor Awards:  now includes K-12 nurses, health / science teachers or librarians
  • Professional Development
  • Outreach to Health Professionals:  now includes funding for…
    • community college faculty, librarians and/or students affiliated with health sciences programs at their college
    • minority health students or health professionals, or health professionals serving medically underserved areas / populations

Apply now!  Applications accepted until March 14, 2014http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/

To learn about funding MAR has awarded previously:

Register for Pittsburgh’s Systematic Review Workshop: Limited Spaces Available!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

NOTEIf MAR Network members are interested in this workshop, consider applying for a Professional Development Award.  We have some limited funds available for events to be completed by 4/30/2014:  http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html

Limited Spaces Available:  Systematic Review Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts for Librarians

April 7 – 9, 2014

2.5 Days – 20 MLA Continuing Education Credits

Where:  Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Take your search skills and librarian expertise to the next level by attending this 2.5 day workshop. This course provides a comprehensive framework and discussion of the librarian’s role in the systematic
review process, with special emphasis on successful completion of the literature search.

Sessions will feature a mixture of small and large group discussion, interactive lectures, and hands-on exercises. Topics covered will include: 1) Understanding the structure and purpose of systematic
reviews; 2) The reference interview and communication issues; 3) Approaches to comprehensive literature searching; and 4) Project organization.

Who should attend:  Health science and medical librarians who aspire to learn more about the comprehensive literature search process and to advance their core knowledge required for systematic review collaboration.

For more information and registration: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/systematicreview