Start-ups like HealthTap are increasingly looking to the principles of behavioral psychology to encourage behaviors and return visits: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/how-to-save-10000-lives-with-an-app-flatter-doctors/
Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category
The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) has just issued a report on the Appraisal and Selection of Geospatial Data; this should be of interest in a wide range of data curation contexts. You can find some background on the report, and a pointer to the report proper, at:
As a way of raising awareness and stimulating thinking about the potential for new uses of research data and information, the US National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (which I currently co-chair), has issued an open challenge for exemplary projects. The announcement is below. I hope that there will be some great submissions from members of the CNI community.
The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI; http://www.nas.edu/brdi) announces an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, searchability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value and reproducibility.
A Letter of Intent is requested by December 1, 2013 and the deadline for final entries is May 15, 2014.
Awardees will be invited to present their projects at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC as part of a symposium of the regularly scheduled Board of Research Data and Information meeting in the latter half of 2014.
More information is available at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/brdi/PGA_085255. Please contact Cheryl Levey (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) with any questions.
Date / Time: October 31, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm
Where: Online / No registration required
Awardee: Deborah Magnan, Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library, Hackensack University Medical Center
Project: Hackensack UMC PC Upgrade Project
Description: The Samuel & Sandra Hekemian Medical Library and its Community Health Library (CHL) were in need of new computers for library staff members and CHL end‐users. Current computers were outdated and inefficient in providing access to health and other needed information.
Awardee: Mark D. Puterbaugh, Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University
Project: Mobile Instructional and Design Lab
Description: Eastern University developed a Mobile Instructional and Design Lab (MIDL) to develop and use new technologies to meet the needs of a rapidly changing and growing mobile population. MIDL partnered with Eastern University faculty to incorporate health information literacy into mobile formats.
Awardee: Shelly Warwick, Touro-Harlem Medical Library, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine/Touro College of Pharmacy
Project: Enhancement of Student Learning and Community Outreach through the Use of Portable Devices
Description: This was a proposal to purchase 15 iPad tablets, plus accessories to: improve assistance in the library, show students how portable devices can be used to provide better patient care during clerkships and practice experiences, and enable enhanced teaching possibilities to small groups of students and community residents in non-computer classroom settings both through instruction by library personnel and by lending some or all of the iPads to others who wish to teach in non-computer classroom settings.
Date / Time: November 4, 2013 / Noon – 1 pm
Where: Online / No registration required
Description: Translational medicine is a popular term used among researchers in the biomedical community. But what does it mean? This session will describe what translational medicine is, clarify confusing terminology, and examine the field over the last several years. We will also discuss the roles librarians play in this area. Insight into translational medicine will help librarians understand their current and/or future contributions in this field. This presentation is designed for people who work with biomedical researchers or anyone who desires to learn about translational medicine.
We hope many of you are planning to attend the MAC-MLA Conference, October 13-15th at the beautiful Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. This historic hotel is ranked as one of Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Hotels in the U.S. with its stunning views of the Allegheny River, downtown Pittsburgh, and our famous stadiums such as Heinz Field and PNC Park.
Make sure to stop by the NN/LM booth being staffed by coordinators from the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) and the Southeast Atlantic Region (SE/A). We’d love to see you!
Diane Rein will be receiving, along with four other collaborators from around the United States, a Special Achievement Group Award from the National Library of Medicine. The award recognizes their outstanding work in the development and teaching of “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” a 5-day face-to-face course being taught regularly at the National Center for Biotechnology Information and for their development of the online Foundations of Bioinformatics and Searching course which has become a pre-requisite for attending the NCBI course. The online course was developed with an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region awarded to University of Buffalo with Diane as principal investigator.
The award will be presented at the 2013 NLM Honor Awards Ceremony on December 3 in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium. Congratulations to Diane on this outstanding national recognition.
The NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) Regional Medical Library is extending an invitation for all network members to provide feedback about the strengths of our program and future directions we should take. This feedback will help us prepare for an upcoming site review from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on November 19, 2013.The goal of the site review is to:
- help NN/LM MAR and NLM understand how the Regional Medical Library is serving its network membership
- learn how NN/LM MAR can strengthen its program to meet current and emerging needs in the region, and
- gather ideas for how NLM can support the national network
To provide feedback, please click on the link below. You can answer as many questions as you want and/or provide other comments: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mar-review.
The responses from this questionnaire will be provided unedited (but without names attached) to those involved in the site review, specifically the site review team along with staff from NN/LM MAR and NLM. These responses may also be included in the site team’s written report, which is made available to NN/LM MAR staff. NN/LM MAR in turn, may decide to share the site review report with advisors or advisory groups such as our Regional Advisory Committee.
Your responses are very important to us. So please take a few moments to send your feedback! We will be collecting feedback through October 18, 2013.
Renae Barger, Executive Director
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Middle Atlantic Region
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
200 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its health reform subsidy calculator to provide ZIP code-specific estimates of the insurance premiums and tax subsidies available for people who buy coverage for 2014 through the new state health insurance marketplaces: http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/.
Brush Up on Your Excel Skills
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:
“There’s probably a better way of doing this.” How many times have you muttered this statement while using Excel to analyze a database download or a spreadsheet of class evaluation data?
Or maybe you would like to try your hand at some of the hot new trends in data visualization, such as data dashboards or infographics, but find that your lack of familiarity with Excel holds you back.
Whether you are a novice or experienced Excel user, you should check out Emery Evaluation’s “Excel for Evaluation” web page (http://emeryevaluation.com/excel/) with its series of videos demonstrating efficient ways to use Excel for data analysis and reporting. These videos, created by Ann Emery, are 1-4 minutes long and demonstrate a single Excel function, such as the formula to recode data or a technique for merging data from two separate files. The videos do use the 2010 version of Excel, so if you are working with an earlier version, some of the videos may not directly apply. Her videos are organized around theÂ steps of good data analysis: importing your data, organizing and cleaning the data, recoding, looking for patterns, calculating statistics, and creating charts.
I’ve been using Excel since 1988, and I STILL always feel as though I’m taking the long way around to completing an analysis. These videos did confirm that I was, indeed, right. There are better ways to use Excel, and Emery’s videos show how.