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New OERC Posting

Saturday, June 14th, 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 here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

SlideDocs help you create readable reports

Thanks to evolving Internet and mobile technology, most of us now prefer our information presented in tapas-sized quantities, preferably in a visually appealing way. This preference is having an impact on our business communication. Before our eyes, bullet points on PowerPoint slides are gradually giving away to engaging visuals. Infographics are replacing text-dense brochures and executive summaries.

Nancy Duarte, who is motivating  the world to clean up its PowerPoint presentations, is venturing into a new frontier: Written reports. She suggests creating reports using presentation software like PowerPoint, which is more amenable to manipulating layouts. The idea is to present one idea per slide, incorporating visuals, text and much-appreciated white space.

Duarte calls this type of report a SlideDoc and offers a free tutorial on how to create one (presented in, you guessed it, a PowerPoint document). The site includes downloadable templates to help you create your own SlideDoc report. You also can find Duarte’s Diagrammer here, which I wrote about in a previous post.  I believe, at this point, that I should state explicitly that I do not own stock in her company. I just love her approach to presenting ideas and I think evaluation reports would be read and heard by more people if we all started using her guidelines.

As someone who wants to stop producing coma-inducing reports, I have tried my hand at creating more engaging layouts using Microsoft Word. What I learned is this: Take your anticipated timeline for report-writing and double it. Word does not lend itself to interesting layouts, so inserting pictures, graphs, and call-out quotes is like putting shoes on a toddler. You can do it, but it’s probably going to make you late.

Consequently, my results have been underwhelming.

So I‘m excited to try SlideDocs. I already can see how much more flexible PowerPoint will be for arranging text, images, and graphs. I won’t be wasting time adjusting margins and re-positioning graphs that always seem to wander around in Word documents. I also like that I don’t have to learn a new software application, nor do I have to get my audience to download a special reader to view my reports.

Just remember: Shorter isn’t easier when it comes to reports. These “to-the-point” SlideDocs require that you know both your findings and your audience extremely well so you can communicate the most important information in the most succinct way. SlideDocs will help with the layout, but you still have to do the thinking.

ORCID: The Universal Author Identifier (Boost Box session)

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Presenter:          Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Summary:          Almost 25% of PubMed queries are author searches, yet 2/3 of authors in MEDLINE share the same last name and first initial with an average of eight other authors! This session will explore name ambiguity and introduce ORCID, the international registry that provides a persistent digital identifier to authors, useful throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle. Learn the benefits of ORCID to authors and researchers as well as publishers, funders, universities and professional societies, and how to get started with a new ORCID ID.

Date / Time:      Tuesday, June 10, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:               Online / No Registration Required

·       If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone. The # will be displayed after you login.

New Issue of MAReport Newsletter Available

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Check out the Spring 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

We Like to Share the News about Your Achievements

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

  • Have you published an article recently?
  • Have you received an award?
  • Are you presenting at MLA?

We’d love to hear what you’re doing. Then we’ll share your news in our MAR weekly postings.                       Send your announcements to mjharvey@pitt.edu.

How are Librarians Using the Value Study?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Many of you may have attended one of the Value Study presentations or posters at MLA. One of the PI’s of the study, Julia Sollenberger has been collecting stories of how librarians have used the Value Study results, JMLA article or JAMA article for advocacy within their institution. Many of these stories are powerful and encouraging!               NN/LM MAR will be hosting an upcoming webinar open to all for Julia to share all these stories, but she needs more!

Librarians are encouraged to send their stories to Julia_sollenberger@urmc.rochester.edu.

Please share any advocacy story surrounding the study, big or small, all advocacy can make a difference!

For more information on the Value Study, news and publications, see: http://nnlm.gov/mar/about/valuenews.html

Stay tuned for the date of this upcoming webinar as well as two new articles to follow in upcoming issues of Online Journal of Issues in Nursing and the International Journal of Health Care Quality Management.

MAR Announces a New Array of Classes

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

As of May 1st, we started the 4th year of our contract. We have updated our LibGuide with details for all of the classes we can potentially offer for the year. You will see classes arranged using many of the same audience groups found on our MAR website: http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_classes

You will find classes for the following audiences and subject areas:

Many classes are listed under multiple subjects, depending on the content.             Here is our current Course Schedule. If your organization is interested in having MAR offer a particular class, please email us at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

50th Anniversary of the Regional Medical Library Program

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

A fun Friday afternoon post (with video clip) about the Regional Medical Programs on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the legislation: http://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2014/05/13/you-are-going-to-find-the-answers/.

There’s also a great article about the history of the RML: PMID 3315058 (free).

Recordings of the NLM Theater Presentations at MLA 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma14/ma14_mla_invite.html

NN/LM Request for Information

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

In preparation for a revised Statement of Work for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library (RML) program, the National Library of Medicine is soliciting feedback from our Network members regarding effective approaches on how NN/LM programs can achieve the mission of providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, are encouraged to submit information and recommendations.

Here is the URL detailing this Request for Information (RFI):                   https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=981d706becd08fd0e0fb8cc087fb61af&tab=core&tabmode=list&=

The closing date to submit your feedback is June 26 at 3 pm (ET). Please consider offering your input, as well as forwarding this opportunity broadly to interested parties.
Thanks,

Renae Barger, Executive Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

rbarger@pitt.edu

NN/LM Request for Information

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

In preparation for a revised Statement of Work for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library (RML) program, the National Library of Medicine is soliciting feedback from our Network members regarding effective approaches on how NN/LM programs can achieve the mission of providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to health information.

Here is the URL detailing this Request for Information (RFI):

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=981d706becd08fd0e0fb8cc087fb61af&tab=core&tabmode=list&=

The closing date to submit your feedback is June 26 at 3 pm (ET). Health sciences and public libraries, health professionals, public health workers, community organizations, the general public, and other interested individuals and entities, are encouraged to submit information and recommendations.

Please consider offering your input, as well as forwarding this opportunity broadly to interested parties.

Thanks,

Renae Barger, Executive Director

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR)

 

Health Sciences Library System

University of Pittsburgh

200 Scaife Hall

3550 Terrace Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15261

rbarger@pitt.edu