OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool from the U.S. Census Bureau that provides an intuitive web-based interface for accessing U.S. population and workforce statistics, in real time, for areas being affected by natural disasters. The tool allows users to retrieve reports containing detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for hurricanes, floods, wildfires, winter storms, and federal disaster declaration areas: http://onthemap.ces.census.gov/
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This is a call for proposals of case studies to be included in an issue of Library Technology Reports (published by ALA TechSource) focusing on the strategic and intentional integration of tablets and mobile devices into library services. This issue will be edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier, and will be published in Summer 2015.
In past publications (available here: http://tabletsinlibraries.tumblr.com/book), we have explored how libraries are integrating tablets and other mobile devices into library services, highlighting best practices and effective methods. However, now that libraries have had a few years to experiment with these technologies, we are interested in exploring the question of how libraries strategically integrate these technologies into their services. Case studies selected for inclusion in this report will demonstrate effective practices for intentionally integrating technologies in any areas of library services. These practices may include, but are not limited to: front-end or need assessments, cost-benefit analyses, user experience research, and summative and formative evaluations. We will accept 4-6 case studies, and expect that each case study will total around 3,000 words.
In order to submit a proposal, please send a 1-2 paragraph summary of your case study–which should include a description of your project, the methods you used to gather data about the project, and the decision that your library made based on the data–along with a current CV highlighting relevant experience and publications. Proposals and accompanying material should be submitted by August 15, 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will notify authors of the editors’ decision regarding their proposal(s) by September 1, 2014.
Ultimately, we hope that this issue of Library Technology Reports will help readers be able to
Think more critically about the technologies that they want to integrate into their libraries
Identify and use new methods for gathering and analyzing data related to integrating technologies into their libraries
Make sound investments in and decisions about the time and resources spent on integrating technologies into their libraries
Anticipated timeline of project:
August 15, 2014: Deadline for submitting proposals for contributed chapters to editors
September 1, 2014: All contributors notified of acceptance or rejection of chapter proposal
November 1, 2014: Full contributions (around 3,000 words) due to editors
December 1, 2014: Editors send revisions to authors
January 15, 2015: Revised chapters due back to editors
February 1, 2015: Authors receive final suggested revisions from editors
March 1, 2015: Final manuscripts due to editors
March 2015: Editors assemble manuscript and finalize entire report
April 1, 2015: Editors deliver final manuscript to ALA for publication
Questions can be directed to all editors via email: email@example.com
This information is also available on our project website: http://tabletsinlibraries.tumblr.com/post/91111099979/call-for-proposals-new-issue-of-library-technology
Rebecca K. Miller
Assistant Director, Learning Services
University Libraries, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
With an increase of technology tools available for data reporting and visualization, sometimes it’s challenging to know how to best use them to clearly communicate the intended meaning of data. The concept of visualization literacy and a broader theme of visual literacy are often not included as part of the instructions guiding people in the steps to create their own visualization design.
A recent entry by Andrew Kirk on the blog of Seeing Data, a research project in the United Kingdom studying how people understand big data visualizations shown in the media, offers a great review of 8 Articles Discussing Visual and Visualization Literacy that are freely available and well worth a read to better understand both visual and visualization literacy. Their featured articles include resources ranging from the importance of Visual Literacy in an Age of Data to How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics, and Seeing Data has asked that you share additional ones with them via blog comments or their Twitter social media account @SeeingData.
MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.
Presenter: Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies / Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A)
Date / Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)
Where: Online / No Registration Required
Summary: This presentation will feature a select group of easy-to-use, (mostly) free online tools to plan and create online tutorials (aka, screencasts). Key features of these online tutorial creation tools will be demonstrated and best practices for screencasting, including voice-over narration and
storyboarding, will be discussed.
Attention librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course in 2015. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant. However, you typically have to submit an application to attend, due to limited enrollment.
There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:
- Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
- Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.
- Monday, September 29, 2014 – Watch for a detailed announcement about the course and application process here in the NLM Technical Bulletin.
- Monday, November 17, 2014 – Application deadline
- Monday, December 15, 2014 – Acceptance notifications e-mailed
- Monday, January 12, 2015 – “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” pre-course begins
- Monday, March 9, 2015 – “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” five-day in-person class begins at NLM
Mark your calendars for this training opportunity.
IMPORTANT: For network members of NN/LM MAR, consider applying for a professional development award to cover your travel costs. BUT you should not apply for the award until they are known to be accepted.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project is pleased to announced the creation of a new tool that helps you gather data about library habits and attitudes of your own community. Librarians, educators, and other groups can now create their own unique “community version” of the Pew’s library user quiz and can invite members of their community to participate with a unique URL. Learn more about the quiz and community tool on the Pew’s blog.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
11-12 MT, 12-1 CT
On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications. As applications on mobile devices are increasingly used in health care, the FDA has now provided a framework for determining if a mobile device running a health app is a medical device. To illustrate the significance of this guidance and what it means for the future use of mobile applications in patient care and education, the AAMC is hosting a webinar with Sharon R. Klein, JD, partner at Pepper Hamilton, LLP to explore how it plays into the larger picture of data privacy, patient care, and government regulations. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Health Maps Blog is an initiative designed to share information about free and low cost and easy-to-use applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tools. The goal is to help community-based and other types of small organizations collect and visualize information about their communities with an eye towards using these techniques to support planning and decision-making about community health. The tools discussed on the Community Health Maps Blog can support the collection and visualization of health statistics, demographic information, community resources, and events, thereby facilitating a better understanding of community conditions.
The interactive nature of blogging helps Community Health Maps share information about hardware platforms and software applications available to communities as they consider how, or if, they might use GIS. NLM encourages the submission of blog postings by those who use such resources to carry out projects within their communities, as well as those who have identified additional applications that may be of interest for this purpose.
The National Library of Medicine Value Set Authority Center (VSAC), in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has published the annual update for the 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Value Sets. The update includes revised value sets to address deleted and remapped codes in the latest terminology versions, as well as new codes for addressing CQM logic corrections and clarifications. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) update these electronic reporting specifications annually to ensure that the specifications align with current clinical guidelines and terminologies, and that they remain relevant and actionable within the clinical care setting.
The VSAC offers a Downloadable Resource Table, accessible from the Download tab on the VSAC Web page, that provides prepackaged downloads for the most recently updated and released 2014 CQM Value Sets, as well as for previously released versions. Access to the Value Set Authority Center requires a free Unified Medical Language System® Metathesaurus License. NLM also provides the Data Element Catalog that identifies data element names (value set names) required for capture in electronic health record technology certified under the 2014 Edition of the ONC Standards and Certification Criteria. The NLM update of the VSAC coincides with the CMS posting of the official updated 2014 Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.
The following resources are available to help health care providers and vendors navigate the 2014 CQMs:
NLM: Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) Provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures.
AHRQ: United States Healthcare Knowledge Database (USHIK) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Web site with 2014 eCQMs and other health information technology resources. This site provides a number of formats for viewing, downloading, and comparing versions of eCQMs and their value sets.
CMS: eCQM Library Guidance for understanding and using Eligible Hospital and the Eligible Professional Clinical Quality Measures.
ONC: Clinical Quality Measure Feedback System ONC encourages the EHR technology developer and user communities to provide feedback regarding the implementation, structure, intent, and data elements pertaining to CQMs.
Questions? Contact NLM Value Set Authority Center Help.
A new brochure has joined the PubMed listings! Share this brochure with your patrons.
PubMed Journal Searching:http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/journalstri.pdf
Explore the three different ways to add journals to any PubMed search. These are: adding individual journals, applying a filter, and using a journal search created in the NLM Catalog.
This brochure, as are all of our NN/LM trifold brochures, is available in three formats: PDF, doc, and docx. To access a different format, simply alter the URL.
FYI: The list of the NN/LM PubMed resources now includes:
- Advanced PubMed Searching Resource Packet (handout)
- Citation Status Tags in PubMed (flyer)
- Full Text and PubMed (tri-fold brochure)
- Loansome Doc (tri-fold brochure)
- Non-English Guides to PubMed (web page)
- PubMed Basics (tri-fold brochure)
- PubMed My NCBI (tri-fold brochure)
- PubMed Online Training (web page)
- Searching PubMed with MeSH (tri-fold brochure)
For a comprehensive list of printable handouts, visit the MAR Educational and Printed Materials page: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/materials.html