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New England Science Boot Camp June 17-19, 2015

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19, 2015 on the lovely campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Selection of this year’s science session topics has not been finalized, but will be announced in February. In addition to the three science sessions, this year’s boot camp will feature an evening presentation on the History of Science and a hands-on Capstone activity in which boot campers will work collaboratively to create data management plans from actual research cases.

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open April 9th  and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience. For further questions, please contact Donna Kafel, at /ch

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: K-12 Partnership Funding

K-12 Partnership Funding

Call for Applications (CFAs):
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of K-12 School Partnership funding.

The MCR plans to fund four awards up to $1,500 in Option Year 4 (May 2015-April 2016):
• Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.
• Recipients will be notified by May 8, 2015.
• Projects must be completed by April 30, 2016.

The purpose of this award is to support new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, medical or academic health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) involving National Library of Medicine health and/or science information that can serve as a model for other partnerships.

Examples of projects include:
• Partnerships to provide access to health information to support health and/or science curriculum.
• Partnerships to conduct innovative health and/or science information outreach programs.
• Partnerships to benefit community access to health information.
• Partnerships to improve access to health information for underserved/vulnerable populations.

Partners must be an NN/LM MCR Full or Affiliate member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by entering a zip code in the NN/LM Member Directory. Not a member, sign up today, it’s free.

Allocation of Funds
Reimbursements will be made to project leader upon receipt of invoice(s). Indirects and overhead are not allowable.

Quarterly and final reports are required.

Apply online.

If you have questions regarding this award, contact Dana Abbey or Monica Rogers, MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinators.

EDUCATION: Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Do you have  the attitude of some of the characters in Munchkin Country in  the current MCR game – Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz –  that  “houses falling from the sky: never will happen to me!”?  We  hope you don’t have that attitude.  Is your library ready for the next emergency situation? What can you do to prepare for threats to the continuity of service for your library patrons? How can you protect staff and preserve/recover resources?  Join us in the next MCR sponsored (free webinar) to learn more about emergency preparedness for libraries.

When: Friday, February 6, 2015- 3pm Central Time, 2pm Mountain Time

Where:  The MCR Network Member Services Room

How: Log in as a “Guest” and wait for prompts for the audio.

Fewer than half of the respondents, in a  recent MCR questionnaire,  indicated that their institutions had an emergency plan in place.  If you are one of those members? You may want to  join us for this vital webinar!  We’ll offer ideas and tools – join us add to you knowledge!  [jh]

Meeting on Recompetition for the NN/LM Program

If you’re interested in how the NN/LM program will be funded from 2016-2021, NLM is holding a meeting:

  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 2pm MT, 3pm CT
  • Teleconference Number:  US/CAN Toll Free:  1-888-450-5996,
  • Participant Passcode662939

NLM will be using the cooperative agreement mechanism for the 2016-2021 award. Cooperative agreements will allow NLM to actively participate in the work of the RMLs and Centers, enable the RMLs and Centers to better coordinate programs among their Regions and areas of responsibility, and enable the RMLs and Centers to better respond to regional and national needs during the five year grant period. Until the early 1970’s the RMLs were originally funded as grants but transitioned to contracts to allow NLM more oversight and standardization of the work.  NLM will discuss why  this award mechanism was selected.  Extramural Program staff will be on the call to help get you started if you plan to apply and what you need to do now.

The preliminary announcement for funding is available here. /ch

Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What They Are Buying?

Despite new private insurance coverage over the past year, many people do not understand the very terms and concepts necessary to make informed choices, according to recent studies. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.

  • Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information to make informed decisions about their health.
  • Half of Americans don’t understand such basic health insurance terms as premium, deductible and copay.
  • Thirty-seven percent of marketplace enrollees did not know their deductible, and 47 percent of those receiving subsidies did not know the amount of federal assistance they were getting.
  • The cost of low health literacy in the United States currently represents between 7 percent and 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.

The Toolkit includes:

  • An overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact.
  • Links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue.
  • Contact information for leading experts on the issue. /da

ALA/CLA Online Course “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action”

The American Library Association is proud to announce its partnership with the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and the University of Toronto iSchool in offering its popular MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), entitled “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action” beginning February 1, 2015.

Offered through the EdX consortium, in which the University of Toronto collaborates with other leading universities, “Library Advocacy Unshushed” is now available for registration via this URL:

The course will start on February 2, 2015, and ends March 23, 2015. There is no prerequisite, though basic knowledge of librarianship is recommended. Through this open form of course delivery, including videos, online discussions, quizzes, and video interviews with guest experts, participants will learn how to be powerful advocates for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Participants should expect to commit four to five hours of study per week.

For more information, visit /da

Building Awareness of Gender Differences that are Important to Healthcare and Research Studies

This series of free videos are intended for use by researchers, course instructors and students for better understanding of the African-American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, African, and Latino communities. The hope is that awareness of gender issues specific to each community and across communities will improve the ways in which researchers and healthcare providers collaborate with diverse communities throughout the research and healthcare process.Videos include gender roles, diet, exercise, education, finance, mental health, reproductive health, substance abuse, transportation needs, and traditional remedies. /da

NCBI Milestone – 1 million YouTube views

The kind folks at NCBI report that as of December 31, 2014, they have passed the 1 million mark for lifetime views on their YouTube channel! What a great way to end 2014!

If you subscribe to the NCBI YouTube channel, you can join the growing million+ people who are finding presentations and tutorials about NCBI biomolecular and biomedical literature databases and tools.

Subscribe to the NCBI YouTube channel today and you too can stay up to date on all their tutorials and webinars offered.

* NCBI YouTube channel:
* NCBI video playlists:
* NCBI News:

Information for this post came from the ncbi-announce mailing list


IOM Report: Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has release a new report providing guiding principles and a practical framework for the responsible sharing of clinical trial data. Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk looks at many aspects of clinical trials and the publication of results. Of special interest to academic librarians is the section discussing the clinical trial life cycle and when to share data. The report is available free to download or read online. /da

EDUCATION: January webinars….Presto, Chango! AND PubMed Health

Wednesday, January 21 – 10:00 MT/2:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML

  • Presto Chango:  From Collection Stewards to Connection Instigators .  Jean Shipman and Christy Jarvis, from the University of Utah, Eccles Health Sciences Library will share the rationale, strategy, and outcomes of their recent radical library transformation – shifting away from collecting books in favor of connecting people.

Wednesday, Jan. 28 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT – Discover NLM Resources and More – PubMed Health

  • John Bramble will give a whirlwind tour of PubMed Health,  an NCBI resource that provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. This really cool database specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. There will be discussion on how attendees see this resource being used in their library practices.

Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.  One Medical Library Association Continuing Education (MLA CE) credit is available for each Discover class. To receive the credit, those viewing the live session or the recording, must complete within three weeks of the original event, 1) the evaluation for the class, and 2) the personal information.  Questions to