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Call for Public Comments: 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy The Office of the

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is requesting public comments on a draft of the 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS). The purpose of the 2015-2018 NHSS is to provide strategic direction for health security system in the United States over the next four years. The draft contains a vision, goal, guiding principles, strategic objectives, priorities, and implementation activities to enhance national health security. The Implementation Plan (IP) will guide the Nation and facilitate coordination among stakeholders. http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/authority/nhss/comments/Pages/default.aspx

MAR Will Be Out of the Office, Attending MLA

Friday, May 9th, 2014

All MAR staff will be attending MLA in Chicago, May 15th – May 21st. So we ask your patience while we’re out of the office. We hope that if you’re attending MLA, please stop to say hello or drop by to visit us at one of our presentations, meetings, etc. We’d love to see you!

Value of Library Study Presentations at MLA

Friday, May 9th, 2014
  • Marshall JG and Sollenberger J. The Value Study as a Tool for Library Advocacy. Mon, May 19, 10:54-11:13 am (contributed paper session on “Leading the Way”)
  • Marshall JG. The Value Study as an Example of Community Based Collaborative Research. Mon, May 19, 2:55-3:30 pm (invited panel session on “Research Survey Design for Librarians”)
  • Marshall JG. The Value Study: Key Results and Implications for Hospital Librarians. Tues, May 20, 2:00-3:25 pm (invited panel session on “Soaring from a Solid Base: Accreditation, Competencies, Standards and Value”).

May 2014 Crossroads – Beyond the Desk: Resources for Innovative Reference Services

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Available: http://visit.oclc.org/dm?id=EBED0BE547219A9910AD0EC7CC07DB09A7BB30A669E29F4E

Topics

  • Beyond the Desk: Resources for Innovative Reference Services
  • iFought the iPads (and iWon)
  • CE Institute Convenes Top Talents
  • Board in the Library: Act 4
  • Library Staff in Poland Learn with Webinars
  • Take Charge of Individual Learning
  • Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Digital Literacy Resources
  • Minecraft and Water Buffalo: A Diversity of Stories

Running Your Hospital Library Like a Business: Back by Popular Demand!

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Coordinator:     Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR (mburda@pitt.edu)

Details:               http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/register.html?schedule_id=2893

Date / Time:      May 30 – June 20, 2014 / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:               Online

Summary:  To continue delivering support for clinical care, research and education, a hospital library must be run like a business. By participating in a series of four classes, our instructors will help you develop your business sense. You will write a business plan that embraces the mission and objectives of your hospital. You will learn to become a convincing negotiator when representing yourself, your customers, and your library. You will quantify and qualify your worth with dollar signs rather than anecdotes. This class will enable you to provide valued services that are aligned with the values of your hospital. In these challenging times, developing a strategic business sense is essential.

May 30th Session / Building the Foundation: An Introduction to Business Concepts

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify and describe their hospital or system’s strategic imperatives
  • Define the library’s role in a hospital or system’s strategic imperatives
  • Analyze the role of selective dissemination of information in demonstrating worth
  • Define the people they serve
  • Define and describe how an organization determines their value

June 6th Session / Writing a Business Plan

Participants will learn to:

  • Understand the benefits of writing a business plan and how to begin the process
  • Describe their library’s business/focus
  • Identify the people they serve
  • Write the beginning of their library’s business plan

June 13th Session / The Art of Negotiation

Participants will learn to:

  • Appreciate strategic approaches to negotiating
  • Understand at least three specific negotiating strategies
  • Identify examples of workplace situations where these negotiating strategies may be applied
  • Develop negotiating strategies and understand which workplace situations to which they apply

June 20th Session / Proving Your Worth – Adding to Your Value

Participants will learn to:

  • Calculate the dollar value of services in a way their hospital administrators can appreciate
  • Demonstrate their worth through information dissemination
  • Determine their customers’ needs
  • Align the library’s mission and objectives to that of the hospital
  • Conduct community outreach

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.)