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  • Data Burger: A “Good” Questionnaire Response Rate Plus Basic Quantitative Data Analysis / July 2014 (Recording | Handout)
    • Presenter: Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
    • Description: 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.
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


  • ORCID: The Universal Author Identifier / June 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Andrea Ketchum, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Description: Almost 25% ofPubMed queries are author searches, yet 2/3 of authors in MEDLINE share the same last name and first initial with an average of eight other authors! This session will explore name ambiguity and introduce ORCID, the international registry that provides a persistent digital identifier to authors, useful throughout the scholarly communication lifecycle. Learn the benefits of ORCID to authors and researchers as well as publishers, funders, universities and professional societies, and how to get started with a new ORCID ID.
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


  • Social Media and Public Health / May 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Jim Garrow, Director of Digital Public Health, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
    • Description: Research is showing that more and more of the American public is becoming regular users of social media. Public health departments and agencies across the country have begun to experiment using social media to communicate with an increasingly distracted public. This session will discuss the latest statistics on social media use, how public health departments are using it, will identify some best practices currently in use, and how best to get started integrating social media into your work.
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


  • Infographics 101: Graphic Approaches to Library Marketing / April 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Daina R. Bouquin, Data & Metadata Services Librarian / Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
    • Description: 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. 
    • Presentation (Prezi)

  • Introduction to Altmetrics for Medical and Special Librarians / March 2014 (Recording)
    • Presenter: Linda Galloway, Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Sciences Librarian / Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse, NY
    • Description: Altmetrics (or alternative citation metrics) provide new ways to track scholarly influence across a wide range of media and platforms.  Join our webinar to learn altmetric fundamentals, get some tips on connecting your users with altmetrics, and receive a quick update on the newest published research in this field. Awareness of altmetric tools, and the ways in which they can be used to measure scholarship and broader impact, will position information professionals at the forefront of this exciting new era in knowledge dissemination and assessment.
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


  • PechaKucha Basics for Presentations / February 2014 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Rebecca Abromitis, Reference Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Description: PechaKucha is a dynamic presentation format well-suited for the average human attention span of nine minutes. This session will introduce the basic principle of PechaKucha (20 slides + 20 seconds narration per slide = ~7 minutes).  By replacing text and bullet points with imagery, clarity, and simplicity, this method allows you to present manageable and memorable chunks of information to colleagues and students. Also included in this session are: potential uses for PechaKucha; how to plan your talk; and where to find public domain images.

  • Prezi for Presentations / January 2014 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Julia Jankovic, Technology Services Librarian, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Description: Prezi is a web-based presentation tool that allows you to think outside the slide.  In this session, Julia will introduce the unique features of Prezi, discuss the advantages over and making the transition from PowerPoint, and demonstrate creating your first Prezi
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation 1 (Prezi) and Presentation 2 (Prezi)


  • Teaching Research Data Management: Introducing the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum / December 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Elaine R. Martin, Director, Lamar Soutter Library and Director, NN/LM New England Region, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
    • Description: The New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (MECDMC) offers openly available materials that librarians can use to teach research data management best practices to students in the sciences, health sciences and engineering fields, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The materials in the curriculum are openly available, with lecture notes and slide presentations that librarians teaching RDM can customize for their particular audiences. The curriculum also has a database of real life teaching research cases that can be integrated into the curriculum to address discipline specific data management topics. This webinar will introduce attendees to the curriculum and the issues surrounding teaching research data management. Some libraries in New England have agreed to pilot the curriculum and we are looking for additional pilot sites outside our region. Attendees will be encouraged to review the curriculum and consider joining the collaboration by piloting the curriculum and participating in an evaluation process, which will be explained further during the webinar.
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)

  • Conversation on Copyright / November 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Esther Dell, Associate Librarianm Interlibrary Loan, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey
    • Description: Librarians, along with the people we serve, are users and creators of copyrighted materials on a regular basis.  This is also an area where there are mostly questions and very few straight-forward answers.  During this session, Esther will review some copyright basics and share how we, as librarians, can be good copyright citizens.  She will also suggest helpful resources she has collected over time.

  • Translational Medicine and Roles of Health Sciences Librarians / November 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Robyn Reed, MA, MLIS, George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey
    • 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.
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


  • School is in Session: Resources for K-12 Educators / September 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Description: Do you work in a setting where there's a need for K-12 health and science resources?  School libraries are now open after the summer break and public libraries are gearing up for homework help after summer reading fun. Academic libraries with K-12 education programs will want to share these resources with their faculty and students. This presentation will highlight some of the National Library of Medicine's K-12 resources and provide ideas on how they've been used in various settings. Also, learn about other NLM training and items of particular interest to those who work with K-12 populations.
    • Presentation (PDF) | Presentation (PowerPoint)


  • Making the Most of the Value Study / August 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenters:
      • Joanne Gard Marshall, Principal Investigator, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      • Kathel Dunn, Coordinator, Associate Fellows Program, National Library of Medicine
    • Description: This session provided an update on new specialized reports created using the “Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study” results, as well as how to access and use the data set from the study. All the items will be made available on the Value Study website. Joanne shared the results of some advanced data analysis that demonstrates the added value of using the services of the librarian and the searching the library-provided resources in patient care. Kathel discussed ways of mining and using the Value Study data. She shared the results of data mining they've done on users of PubMed/MEDLINE and related resources. The study gathered extensive data on each of the information resources used to answer the clinical questions.


    • Presenter: Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: Want to boost your PubMed prowess? Looking for preformulated searches on drugs, health information technology, public health and other topics? Spend an hour with Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling, to save hours on your searches!
    • Presentation (PowerPoint)


  • Health Literacy:  Making It Clear / June 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Elissa Director, Health Communications
    • Summary: Far too often patients are placed at risk for unsafe care because of medical jargon and unclear language. Health literacy is an interactive process requiring that all patients and consumers receive clear communication from all health care providers and systems. This presentation will introduce key principles and components of health literacy and examine some barriers that prevent optimal navigation and use of health information and services.


  • What in the World is 508 Compliance and Why Should I Care? / May 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: Have you received funding from MAR? Are you publishing web pages and/or materials created as a result of federal funding? If so, then you need to know about Section 508 Compliance to ensure you're meeting the Federal requirements that will be enforced beginning May 2013. Join us to learn tips and to help reduce your stress so you'll be able to apply 508 compliance features to your website and materials.
    • Presentation (PDF)


  • Answering the “Why Questions” of Research Data Management / March 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Melissa Ratajeski, MLIS, AHIP, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    • Summary: Melissa discussed the data lifecycle and the requirements from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) regarding data management plans (DMPs) and data sharing.  Practical reasons for creating DMPs and sharing data, such as increased citations, were also highlighted, providing librarians with “talking points” to use with researchers at their own institutions.
    • Presentation (PDF)

  • Are You Ready? Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe / February 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: Michelle highlighted National Library of Medicine (NLM) disaster health information and other emergency preparedness resources for family, friends and caregivers. She focused on special populations (such as seniors, pregnant women, and children) and their needs in preparation for emergency situations.  She also highlighted appropriate resources and services for those who have special needs (such as hearing, vision impairment, and other disabilities).
    • Presentation (PDF)


  • New Roles for Librarians / January 2013 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Mark Vrabel, Information Resources Supervisor, Oncology Nursing Society
    • Summary: Mark discussed some of the “non-traditional” librarian roles he has assumed over the years as his position has evolved. His roles have included medical writing and editing, as well as serving as coach for the Franklin Covey Four Disciplines of Execution and its Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) that were implemented and adhered to by all Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) employees.
    • Presentation (PDF)

  • NLM Consumer Health Resources for Caregivers / December 2012 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Lydia N. Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR
    • Summary: The National Family Caregivers Association recognizes November as National Family Caregivers Month. Join us as Lydia highlights National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources and others specifically for caregivers.
    • Presentation (PDF)

  • MedPrint Overview and Update / November 2012 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenters:

    Martha Fishel, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Chief, Public Services Division
    Maria E. Collins, National Library of Medicine (NLM), Technical Information Specialist, Collection Access Section, Public Services Division

    • Summary:  The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are working together to ensure the preservation of and continued access to the literature through MedPrint, a national cooperative medical serials print retention program:
    • Presentation (PDF)

  • MedlinePlus Connect in a Community Health Center / October 2012 (Transcript)
    • Presenters:

    Diane Hauser, Senior Associate for Research & Special Projects, The Institute for Family Health
    Renae Barger, Executive Director, NN/LM MAR

    • Summary:  MedlinePlus Connect is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This service allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to MedlinePlus, an authoritative up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and health care providers.

      The Institute for Family Health (, a community health center in New York City, has led the way in implementing and testing strategies for evaluating MedlinePlus Connect. Ms. Hauser presented results from her studies and provided a demonstration of MedlinePlus Connect within the patient portal.
    • Presentation (PDF)


  • Disaster Information Resources / September 2012 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenters: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Caroline Spellman, Aquilent
    • Summary: Ms. Champ-Blackwell promotes and implements the disaster health information goals of the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and for the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership. This session discussed NLM disaster information resources and emergency response tools. A demo was provided of the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) and how it can provide emergency responders with critical information in the palm of their hand.
    • Presentation (PDF)

  • What's New in PubMed / August 2012 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)
    • Summary: PubMed has seen a lot of changes in the past year.  Filters, revised Advanced Search, Send to Citation Manager, Computed Author Display, Versioning, and Discovery Tools--learn about all these new features in our one hour Boost Box session.
    • Presentation (when the PDF file opens, click the Read Only button to view)

  • Study Design and Systematic Reviews / June 2012 (Recording | Transcript)
    • Presenter: Mary Lou Klem, PhD, MLIS, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
    • Summary: Systematic reviews are literature reviews that critically appraise and summarize the “best available evidence” for a clinical question or topic. While the most well-known “best evidence” is the randomized controlled trial (RCT), other study designs may also be appropriate for use in systematic reviews. This presentation provides an overview and description of two broad classes of study designs (experimental and observational), an explanation of critical differences between these two types of design, and a real-world example of the impact of such design differences on study outcomes.
    • Presentation (PDF)