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Infographics 101: Graphic Approaches to Library Marketing (Boost Box session)

MAR now offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per Boost Box session—details will be provided at the end of the session.

Presenter:       Daina R. Bouquin, Data & Metadata Services Librarian / Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

Date / Time:   Tuesday, April 8, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

MLA CEs:         1 MLA CE awarded for attendance

Summary:  Infographics aren’t new, but using them to market your library’s services and value may be new to you. Learn the basics of choosing a tool and constructing infographics to display aggregated statistics and communicate your message. These concepts can help you better understand more advanced topics like data visualization and working with data to assess your library and communicate with your stakeholders.

MedlinePlus Connect Now Supports ICD-10-CM

We are pleased to announce that MedlinePlus Connect now supports queries using ICD-10-CM codes. Upon receiving a problem code request with an ICD-10-CM code, MedlinePlus Connect returns relevant, patient-friendly health information from MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, and other reliable health resources. We will continue to support ICD-9-CM and SNOMED CT codes for problem code requests.

As you may have read in the news, the use of ICD-10 as a required standard might be delayed. Even so, many users have asked for MedlinePlus Connect to support ICD-10 so they can start testing it with their systems, so we are excited to release this enhancement.

Learn more:

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Rex Robison, PhD, MLS, AHIP
National Library of Medicine

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National Public Health Week, April 7-13

The theme for Tuesday, April 8 is: “Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action.” Follow us on Twitter and feel free to share our tweets on your Twitter accounts to help us spread the word about resources the National Library of Medicine has to help communities, first responders and providers prepare. Some examples of what we are Tweeting:

  • Get ready for Nat’l Public Health Week on April 7-13 and read up on community disaster prep: #NPHW
  • Are you digitally prepared for an emergency? Find all the apps you need at: #NPHW

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Why Health Literacy Matters

Disaster Apps Challenge

The National Defense University’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy recently launched a Disaster Apps Challenge. The Challenge encourages developers to build upon an open source disaster relief application that is already being used in the field, resulting in disaster apps that are well built and useful to a broad range of users. Submissions are due June 20, 2014.

April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

April 1st begins National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.  The lack of awareness about Sarcoidosis was the stimulus to establish the National Sarcoidosis Society.  According the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Health Topic Web page, “Sarcoidosis is a disease that leads to inflammation, usually in [the] lungs, skin, or lymph nodes.”  Furthermore, “No one is sure what causes sarcoidosis.  It affects men and women of all ages and races.  It occurs mostly in people ages 20 to 50, African Americans, especially women, and people of Northern European origin.”

Often sarcoidosis “is found in patients with visible physical signs who have an abnormal chest x-ray.”  An examination is often preceded by physical ailments such as: Chest pain, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, weight loss, among other symptoms.  For a more detailed description of symptoms, prognosis, treatment options and more see the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Encyclopedia Web page.  For the latest news, health check tools, interactive tutorials and research sign up for alerts from the sarcoidosis Health Topic page

I invite you to visit the embedded Web links and learn more about this perplexing disease.  Also please visit the National Library of Medicine home page for access to more quality health information resources.

CDC Releases Quick-Learn Design Toolkit

Quick-Learn Design Toolkit

In February 2014, the CDC Learning Connection announced the release of the Quick-Learn Design Toolkit. This toolkit was created to help instructional designers and web developers create Quick-Learn lessons. These e-learning lessons address one or two learning objectives and take less than 20 minutes to complete. Through responsive web design techniques, learners access the lessons via desktop computers and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Use the Quick-Learn Design Toolkit and create your own Quick-Learn lesson. Let us know about the Quick-Learns you create and we may share them on the CDC Learning Connection.

Are You an EFTS User?

Check your reports! Your Report for the Current Accounting Month is “real-time” and the most accurate reflection of your EFTS account’s current balance.  Sign in with your LIBID and password, then click the link on the left that says “Reports.”

Logging in at least once a month to view your Reports is not only an effective way to prevent overspending, but you can also be sure there are no erroneous charges posted to your account!

The EFTS system processes all transactions that are uploaded or entered manually. It does NOT have the capability of verifying the information.  Every member is STRONGLY encouraged to review posted transactions for accuracy.

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator

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