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Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

SAVE THE DATE: Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

 

When:   Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (ET)

Where: Penn Stater, State College, PA

NOTE:  A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $109/night. Use code

DISK14A. Room block expires Oct. 4th—so reserve your hotel room now!

 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, in conjunction with the Altoona Public Library, are partnering to offer a one-day symposium. The goals of the symposium are:

  • To improve workplace readiness and
  • To bring the library community together with the emergency planning community, first responders, public health workers, and community-based groups charged with disaster-related responsibilities and to provide a forum for discussing roles libraries and information professionals can play in supporting future disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts

 

Agenda: http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_summit2014/

 

Who should attend?: All public library staff, medical library staff, the emergency planning community, and other interested colleagues

 

Cost: $10 per person includes morning break and lunch

 

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/nzlxr7q

 

Apply for an award to attend: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) offers professional development awards to support your registration, travel, and per diem expenses: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html

 

Pre-Symposium Webinar of Interest: September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Join the NN/LM MAR for this informative webinar:

 

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information

 

Date / Time:  Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/ (Online / No Registration Required)

Presenters:

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
National Library of Medicine

Summary: Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.

NLM Resource Update: Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products: http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.

NIH Public Access Policy Webinar Series: Recordings Available!

If you missed last month’s webinar series on the NIH Public Access Policy, session recordings are now available for viewing!

The NIH Public Access Policy – Information for Librarians held Tuesday, August 19. Session recording available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKTv1Wczv3o&feature=youtu.be.

The NIH Public Access Policy – Views from the Library Trenches held Tuesday, August 26. Session recording available at http://nnlm.gov/sea/services/webconf/otherwebinar/08262014.html.

NISO September Virtual Conference: Library Data in the Cloud

Virtual conferences are 5-6 hour conferences held online in webinar-like formats, with occasional breaks in the schedule for participants. The longer length allows the depth of coverage of a conference coupled with the convenience of a webinar.

Date: September 24, 2014

Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern

Event webpage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/virtual/data_in_the_cloud/

ABOUT THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Cloud computing seems to be a growing trend, no matter the industry or type of information system. Library systems are no stranger to this trend; just about every major systems provider has a cloud-based solution available. While many factors for selecting a cloud system are similar to those for any information system decision, there are some special issues and challenges for storing your data in the cloud, including security, privacy, ownership, interoperability, and transferability.

In NISO’s September 24 virtual conference, Library Data in the Cloud—to be held from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm EDT—libraries that have explored the use of cloud systems will discuss their experiences, their concerns, issues encountered, and lessons learned.

TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

Keynote Speaker – Rick McMullen, PhD, Director of the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center and Research Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, University of Arkansas

Integrated Library Systems Moving to the Cloud – Joseph R. Matthews, author and library consultant

Big Data Processing in the Cloud: a Hydra/Sufia Experience – Zhiwu Xie, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Technology Development Librarian, Center for Digital Research and Scholarship University Libraries, Virginia Tech

Cloud Computing in Library Instruction – Laura Fargo McKinnon, JD, MLIS, Department Head, Research & Instructional Services, University of North Texas Libraries and Kris Helge, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries

Data Publication and Sharing with Globus – Steve Tuecke, Deputy Director, Computation Institute, University of Chicago; Co-Founder of the Globus Project

eResource Management in the Cloud – Jeffrey D. Kuskie, Electronic Resource Manager, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Security and Data Ownership in the Cloud – Andrew K. Pace, Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC; Councilor-at-large, American Library Association

Privacy in the Cloud – Speaker TBA

Conference Roundtable – Discussion with speakers and Q&A

REGISTRATION

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 4:00 pm Eastern on September 24, 2014 (the day before the virtual conference). Discounts are available for NISO members and students. All virtual conference registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year.

Can’t make it on the day of the virtual conference? All registrants receive access to the recorded version for one year. Take advantage of the Virtual Conference subscription package (www.niso.org/news/events/2014/virtual/#subscription) for all six of the 2014 Virtual Conferences and save 33%. (Previously held 2014 virtual conferences available in recorded versions.)

For more information and to register, visit the event webpage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2014/virtual/data_in_the_cloud/

CMS Champion for Coverage Weekly Update

We hope you enjoyed your summers and that you are preparing for the next Marketplace open enrollment period. Please read along for new updates and materials, including a Champion webinar happening in two weeks, and much more.

Champion newsletter: http://cmsgov.force.com/newsletter/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=01514000003K5PA

Archive Available for Adding to Your Teaching Toolbox

Archive now available: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/boost_recordings.html

Presenters:

  • Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director, NN/LM National Training Center (NTC)
  • Rebecca Brown, Trainer, NN/LM National Training Center (NTC)
  • Jessi Van Der Volgen, Trainer, NN/LM National Training Center (NTC)

Summary:  Three trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will present a few our favorite teaching tips and techniques for both in-person and online classes.   Sharon Dennis will discuss possibilities for applying “gamification” principles as a tool to motivate class participants.  Jessi Van Der Volgen will share four strategies for adding meaningful interaction to your online or in-person classes, and examples of each.  Rebecca Brown will share free tools you can use to develop a class and a social media alternative to a course discussion board.

Register for MACMLA Meeting!

We hope to see many of you at this year’s MAC Annual Meeting in Old Town Alexandria, VA. This is your chance to combine professional learning, review vendor exhibits, and network with colleagues while having fun. Also, if you have never been to Old Town, it’s an intriguing combination of a historic district, boutique shopping, arts, and more. It’s also a quick Metro ride to DC.

 

This year’s meeting features keynote presentations that our relevant to medical librarians, including: health care reform, expanding your leadership skills, and thriving in a changing profession. As usual the contributed papers and posters will give you a chance to learn about what your colleagues our doing, and take some excellent ideas back to your libraries.

 

This year’s CE sessions will include Infographics, new technologies, copyright, online reputation management, hospital libraries, social media, and flipped classroom. Due to a new two-hour format for some courses, you can try sampling several CE sessions.

 

To learn more about the meeting, register, or make hotel reservations, visit the meeting website at: http://macmla.libguides.com/macmla2014

 

Friday, September 19 is the deadline for the early bird registration and hotel block booking.

Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions Knowledge Path

The Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University, both of whom are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), released a new knowledge path, Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions. The knowledge path aims to bridge the public health and mental health information needs of professionals on approaches to promoting optimal health and wellness for women of childbearing age who experience a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition. The knowledge path covers topics relevant to health promotion and disease prevention for all women, and specifically for women with mental and behavioral health disorders.

Topics include: reproductive and maternal health, intentional injury, chronic conditions, healthy behaviors, and health disparities. Contents include websites, distance learning tools, reports, data and statistics, journal articles and other literature and research, and guides on related topics. The knowledge path is available at: http://www.mchlibrary.org/KnowledgePaths/kp_WISH.html

A separate brief presents resources for women and their families. The brief is available at http://www.mchlibrary.org/families/frb_WISH.html

We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your colleagues via your website, social media, or e-news services.

American Evaluation Association Potent Presentation Information

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:

The American Evaluation Association (eval.org) sponsors a Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i) that has a stated purpose of helping evaluators improve their presentation skills, both within a conference setting and as part of individual practice. P2i challenges evaluators to hone in on three concepts: Their message, their design, and their delivery.

There are a wealth of handouts available as PDF files, Word documents and PowerPoint presentations available from the p2i tools website (http://p2i.eval.org/index.php/p2i-tools/) that sometimes include AEA conference specifications in addition to many great messaging, designing and delivery principles. For an example of each principle be sure to check out the Presentation Preparation Checklist (from 3 months ahead of time to afterwards to include modifications while the information is freshly in mind), How to Design a Research Poster (great infographic visualization and instructions on how to make your data ‘pop’), and the Delivery Glue Handout (did you know as a general rule it takes 16 times the length of your talk to make presentation slides and a script?).

Job Ad: Associate Director, Philadelphia, PA

Associate Director of Biomedical Library Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library seeks an energetic and service-oriented Associate Director, with strong leadership and relationship-building skills, to lead a talented and specialized staff in the provision of: 1)clinical outreach activities, 2)research and instructional services, 3)Patron Services (access services and document delivery), and 4) Digital Media Services. The Associate Director is also outwardly facing, building key relationships with stakeholders at the schools and communities served by the Biomedical Library. Additionally, the Associate Director partners with colleagues across the Penn Libraries to ensure system-wide collaborations for new and improved services. A complete job description is located with the application link below.

If you are interested in the position, please see the complete position description and complete our online application at:

https://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/1771