Stanford offers new open access MOOC — Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning
Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning — This fall Stanford librarians and faculty are working with international partners to offer the innovative free (no-cost) course Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning on the OpenEdX platform (https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/OpenKnowledge/Fall2014/about)).
The course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including library and information studies, education, publishing, economics, politics, and more. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Stanford University (USA), Fordham University (USA), University of British Columbia (Canada), Simon Frasier University (Canada), the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Mexico), and the rest of the world.
Learn more about the concept of “open”, develop your digital literacy skills, and connect with peers from around the world.
For more information and to register: (https://class.stanford.edu/courses/Education/OpenKnowledge/Fall2014/about)
|Librarians with an interest in public health, make this the year you attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Stipends funded by The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for this purpose will be awarded to at least 10 librarians in 2014. This year’s APHA meeting will take place in New Orleans, LA from November 15-19, 2014. Its theme is Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website.
|Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for application is July 24, 2014, 5pm EST. For the complete Call for Applicants, application forms, and FAQs, go to http://www.phha.mlanet.org/blog/activities/sewell-stipend/
|For more information on the 2014 APHA meeting see http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/ .
Register now for the C3NJ Statewide Emergency Response Conference!
Cultural Institutions & Emergency Management: Partners in Emergency Response & Recovery Conference
Intended for collections care professionals and volunteers, this conference will address important facets of emergency response, as well as building local networks for collaborative mutual aid. Presenters will include first responders and representatives from organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
For more information, view the conference agenda, and register, visit http://www.cvent.com/events/new-jersey-collections-care-network-2014/staff-e54c95dc2ed8496daff91ec3fabd0b4c.aspx
July 30, 2014
Woodrow Wilson Hall
400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Thanks to a generous grant from the H. W. Wilson Foundation, MLA is offering a free series of webinars to its members. The webinars will cover topics to support MLA’s Online Boot Camp for New Health Sciences Librarians, which makes continuing education courses on health sciences librarianship available to those who are new to the field, to those who are interested in moving to the health sciences side of librarianship, and to those who want to strengthen their current skills.
To register for the webinars, please use the links below:
Your Keys to Successful Database Searching (July 15, 1:00 p.m., central time)
Instructional Skills for Health Sciences Librarians (August 21, 1:00 p.m., central time)
Leadership Skills for Health Sciences Librarians (September 3, registration coming soon)
On occasion, you may need to issue a credit or refund. To do so, please follow the instructions using the TRANSACTION PROCESSING link. Choose the second bullet, Manually Enter Loans. On that page, populate the template fields using the ORIGINAL transaction number followed by the letters CR AND also choose REFUND from the drop down option. After adding the transaction to the file, another blank template will appear. If there are no other transactions to enter, choose the ‘View pending uploads’ button – this will bring up a screen to choose Upload Transactions.
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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.
NN/LM MAR will be closed on Friday, July 4th. We wish you all a very Happy Independence Day!
Presenter: Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
Date / Time: Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10, 2014 / 10 – 11:30 am (ET)
Summary: Learn how to conduct a basic risk assessment for your library. The goals of the class are to raise awareness of the need for emergency preparedness, response planning, and to provide tools for enhancing preparedness for librarians. Learn how to craft a basic emergency preparedness plan, strategies for continuing library services from off-site, and options for obtaining assistance, both web-based resources and through the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response structure. This class will be divided into two one-and-a-half hour sessions. Participants will earn 5 MLA CE credits.
MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session—details will be provided at the end of the session.
Presenter: Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
Date / Time: Thursday, July 22, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)
Where: Online / No Registration Required
Summary: Many of us use questionnaires to learn about our stakeholders’ attitudes and knowledge. Let’s picture this as a burger: The data we collect is like the meat in the filling, and we wrap the data in a tasty bun (summaries, graphs, and charts) to present it.
Meat: We want to use the best ingredients for our filling and collect good data. The question “What is a ‘good’ response rate?” often comes up. What does “response rate” mean, and why is it important? And how do you know what your response rate is? We’ll go over practical steps you can take to increase the number of people who complete and return the questionnaires that you send to them. We’ll also talk about some strategies for addressing low response rates.
Bun: Once you have administered a questionnaire, what do you do with all those numbers? The next section of this webinar will be about preparing and presenting those numbers. It will provide a very quick review of basic quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics and suggestions for selecting types of charts or graphs to illustrate your data.
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.