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Using Technology to Improve Consumer Health – Project Reports

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Join us September 24 to hear about these exciting MAR-funded projects!

ProjectiPads to support CLIP Consumer Health Ambassador Program

Awardee:  Atlantic Health System Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ.

Description:  The Atlantic Health System (AHS) will provide iPads for the Ambassadors who visit inpatients’ bedsides.  We wish to extend our Consumer Library Information Prescription (CLIP) program to the inpatient population at the Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center campuses.  In doing so, ambassadors will use iPads to take notes and send requests for patient information directly to the librarian.  The librarian will prepare a packet of information for delivery back to the patient.

ProjectNOOKs and iPads for Healthcare Consumers

Awardee:  Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center, Weill Medical College, Cornell University
New York, NY.

Description:  The Myra Mahon Patient Resource Center (PRC) at the Joan & Sanford I. Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University (WCMC) develops and implements initiatives designed to engage and educate patients of varying ages and ethnicities with a variety of health conditions in support of making healthcare decisions.  Funding will support the PRC to further its mission of providing patients with information and educational resources by using electronic tablets to expand patients’ information access.  The PRC also seeks support to purchase, format, and load digital content onto tablets including the PRC’s Health Seminar Series and educational materials related for the new “information prescription” (Info Rx) program.  These technologies will enable the PRC to deliver patient-centered resources in ways that are both effective and novel.

Project:  Redesign of East Brunswick Public Library’s Just for the Health of It Community-Wide Health Portal

Awardee:  East Brunswick Public Library, East Brunswick, NJ.

Description:  The East Brunswick Public Library created the Just for the Health of It community-wide health portal in 2011 (, as the cornerstone of the library’s health literacy initiative to encourage healthy living for the residents of our diverse, multicultural community.  The portal is focused on delivering trustworthy health and wellness information to our residents with a local focus.  Since launching in spring 2011, the portal has outgrown its original, custom content management system (CMS) design and would be better served by an open source platform that is dynamic, technically relevant, and responsive to how people use information today. This project will redesign the East Brunswick Public Library’s “Just for the Health of It” community-wide health portal into a flexible, open source platform that would allow librarians to easily maintain and update the site, adding content in a much more timely fashion.  In addition, an open source platform will facilitate the addition of web pages for children, teens and caretakers, and empower the site to offer mobile access to meet the expectations of today’s users.

Date / Time:  September 24th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML)

Friday, May 29th, 2015

An Assessment of Health Information Needs of Critical Access Hospitals in Pennsylvania and New York

Presenter:  Madhu Reddy, The Pennsylvania State University, College of Information Sciences and Technology

The primary goals of the project were to identify the health information technology (HIT) and health information needs of critical access hospitals (CAHs) and to identify challenges that CAHs face in implementing and maintaining their HIT to support their information needs.

Waiting Room Education

Presenter:  Kristine Voos, CHES, Public Health Educator, Genesee County Health Department

The Genesee County Health Department (DOH) empowers its patients with education, by promoting and providing access to reliable health information via computer tablets and other supportive technology, such as a printer, during their time spent in the clinic waiting room.

iPad Technology:  Targeted Evolution of Embedded Librarian Services

Presenter:  Deborah Chiarella, Coordinator – Education Services/Senior Assistant Librarian, University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library

University at Buffalo Health Sciences Librarians experimented with embedded librarianship using mobile technology through the use of iPads to answer point-of-need reference and clinical queries. In doing so the goal was that spontaneous instruction sessions would occur outside of the physical confines of the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library (UBHSL) creating more opportunities to reach both students and faculty, support bibliographic instruction endeavors and introduce constituents to both library databases and NN/LM tools and resources.

Date / Time:  June 25th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required

New NIH BD2K Funding Opportunity

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

A new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) funding opportunity is available, Supplements to Support Interoperability of NIH Funded Biomedical Data Repositories, with an April 20 application due date. NIH is accepting administrative supplement requests to support projects that will establish or improve interoperability among NIH funded biomedical data repositories. Improved interoperability is expected to lead to increased efficiency of repositories’ operations and cost reductions, which are significant factors of the NIH’s long-term sustainability plans for the biomedical data repositories. Each supplement request should be associated to a collaborative project consisting of a biomedical data repository supported by an active NIH-funded parent grant, and one or more collaborating sites that together implement the interoperability goals of this FOA. The collaborating sites may be other biomedical data repositories, or may provide computational tools and data standards, or perform other activities that facilitate interoperability among data repositories. Supplement requests will only be accepted from active NIH-funded parent grants that primarily support biomedical data repositories with an overall annual budget above $500,000 in direct costs.

Valentina di Francesca (NHGRI) will be organizing an administrative review panel for these supplements as a group. Administrative review is expected to occur in May 2015, and completed by August 24, 2015. Awards are expected to be made in August/September 2015.

Webinar: Digital Humanitarians

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  Digital Humanitarians

Our April 9th webinar will feature Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation.  He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.”

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups.  Among his many accomplishments, Patrick served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Volunteer Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.  Read more about Patrick and his work at

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing at

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Altmetrics in Practice

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

We’d like to take the opportunity to invite you to an upcoming webinar Altmetrics in Practice, at 9 am ET April 9th.  The webinar will include a run through of the basics of altmetrics, and we’ll discuss some of the ways librarians are using the data to support researchers in their funding applications and to help them better manage their digital identities.

CMS, ONC Release Proposed Rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Eight objectives for advanced use of electronic health record systems:

MAR and SE/A Medical Librarians Invited to Participate in Spring 2015 Group Licensing Offer

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

PRINCETON, NJ (MARCH 13, 2015)—All medical librarians in the MAR and SE/A Regions are invited to participate in the Group Licensing Initiative (GLI), formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), through their Spring 2015 Offer.  Nearly 500 resources from 11 vendors will be available through the Offer, and at a cost savings of 15-70% off regular pricing, through the leveraging of group purchasing power.

The Spring Offer is now available.  To receive a copy of the Offer, please contact Robert Mackes at (570) 856-5952 or

Group Licensing is a creative solution to the escalating cost of high-quality electronic resources—medical journals, books and databases.  More than 120 hospitals and medical facilities regularly participate in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), and Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) fully recognize and endorse the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative as the lead organization capable of assisting libraries in their efforts to utilize multi-dimensional electronic resources.

Managed by medical librarian and HSLANJ Executive Director Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP, the GLI is guided by a committee comprised of librarians from different-sized health facilities in the regions served.  Feel  free to contact Robert about scheduling a meeting or presentation about the GLI, at your next chapter, state organization, or local consortium meeting.

The deadline to participate in the Spring Offer is Friday, April 24.  Check the HSLANJ Facebook page for links to blog articles, previewing vendors’ new resources available through the Spring Offer:

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.  This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Important News about Quick Health Data Online

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

After many years of hosting Quick Heath Data Online, the Office on Women’s Health has decided to close down the website. The website,, will no longer be available after March 31, 2015.

In the meantime, we encourage you to save and download the special features including:

If you have questions, please email us.

You can continue to find free and reliable women’s health statistics online.

Webinar: Experimenting with BIBFRAME: Reports from Early Adopters

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

NISO Webinar: Experimenting with BIBFRAME: Reports from Early Adopters

Date:  April 8, 2015

Time: 1 – 2:30 pm (ET)

Event webpage:



In May 2011, the Library of Congress officially launched a new modeling initiative, Bibliographic Framework Initiative, as a linked data alternative to MARC. The Library then announced in November 2012 the proposed model, called BIBFRAME. Since then, the library world is moving from mainly theorizing about the BIBFRAME model to attempts to implement practical experimentation and testing. This experimentation is iterative, and continues to shape the model so that it’s stable enough and broadly acceptable enough for adoption.

In this webinar, several institutions will share their progress in experimenting with BIBFRAME within their library system. They will discuss the existing, developing, and planned projects happening at their institutions. Challenges and opportunities in exploring and implementing BIBFRAME in their institutions will be discussed as well.

Topics and speakers are:

  • Experimental Mode: The National Library of Medicine and experiences with BIBFRAME– Nancy Fallgren, Metadata Specialist Librarian, National Library of Medicine
  • Exploring BIBFRAME at a Small Academic Library– Jeremy Nelson, Metadata and Systems Librarian, Colorado College
  • Linked Data for Libraries (LD4L)– Nancy Lorimer, Head, Metadata Dept., Stanford University Libraries


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on APRIL 8. Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and students.

NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as part of membership and do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar contact will automatically receive the login information. Members are listed If you would like to become an LSA member and receive the entire year’s webinars as part of membership, information on joining is listed here:

All webinar registrants and LSA webinar contacts receive access to the recorded version for one year. Visit the event webpage to register and for more information: 

Juliana Wood, Educational Programs Manager

National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 302

Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, March 13th, 2015


Project:  Body Apps: iPads for Undergrad Anatomy & Physiology Students
Awardee:  Valerie Lynn / Penn State Hazleton, Hazleton, PA

Project:  Healthy Libraries, Health Communities
Awardees:  Nora Hardy / South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, NY

Project:  Medical Library Technology Upgrade and Expansion
Awardee:  Claire Joseph / Jules Redish Memorial Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY

Details on each project available at:

Date / Time:  March 26th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)


Online / No Registration Required