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Archive for November, 2012

Got Medical Apps?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

As medical mobile applications are being used more frequently by clinicians, the health sciences library needs to provide information on quality mobile resources.  Are you aware of the many mobile sites and apps available from the National Library of Medicine?  PubMed and MedlinePlus are available for mobile devices along with a variety of other NLM resources.  A complete list is available here. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/index.html) To help publicize these resources, a new trifold brochure is available here. (http://nnlm.gov/training/resources/mobiletri.pdf)

Sandbox Session: Infogr.am December 17, 2012 at 11 AM (MT) / 12 PM (CT)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Hello Network members,

It is time to come and play in the sandbox and check out a new toy…

On Monday, December 17, 2012, at 11am (MT) / 12pm (CT), the NN/LM MCR will be having a Technology Sandbox Session* where we will be “playing” with Infogr.am, a free infographic creator that is “super easy” to use.

Once you register, you can access many examples of how you can take your uninteresting data and make it POP!

You can learn more about Infogr.am

So you can play with your own infographic, please register prior to the Sandbox Session (or it is really fast and easy to register you can do it while you are at the Sandbox session).

Please come play in our sandbox!

Date: Monday, December 17, 2012

Time: 11:00 am (Mountain Time) / 12:00pm (Central Time)

Come to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr_edtech

***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

You do NOT need to register for the session. You do NOT need to pay anything. You NEED to COME and PLAY.

Toy (Tool): Infogr.am

The presenter will demo some of the basic Infogr.am features with time for participants to try it out on their own.

*The concept of MCR sandbox sessions are basically just that…it is a chance for you to schedule time to play and learn something new to you.
Plus you will have someone that can answer your questions.

For these sessions, we will bring a toy, in this case online app or cool tool, and quickly show you how it works (where the switches are). Then you get to play with it.

The only objectives for the Sandbox sessions are to you get to 1) have a special time to learn something new and 2) project how this technology could be integrated into your professional life.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me!

John


John Bramble
Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah Health Sciences Library
801.585.5743 (Direct)
800.338.7657 opt. 1, 2, 6 (Toll free)
john.bramble@utah.edu
Skypename: johnbramble

WEBINAR: Data Dashboards: Monitoring Progress toward Program Outcomes – Monday, December 17, 2012 10:00 MT, 11:00 CT

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center will be presenting a  free one-hour webinar on Monday, December 17, 2012,  10:00 MT, 11:00 CT.   Just as auto dashboards are used to monitor travel progress and watch for early signs of car trouble, similarly, data dashboards provide information about program progress and problems. Data dashboards also serve as a communication tool for program stakeholders, providing them with “at-a-glance” updates on your project.   Cindy Olney and Dave Tolmie will present several examples of data dashboards, focusing on how they can enhance decision-making for different types of users. The webinar will also demonstrate how free Google Docs applications can be used to create a simple data dashboard for your blog or website. (This webinar has been approved for one MLA CE credit.)

Registration is required. If you are interested in attending, please complete this short registration form at http://bit.ly/db20121217.  About one week before the session, you will receive instructions for how to attend the webinar.   Hope you can join us! If you have questions, or if you do not receive webinar instructions by December 12, please contact Cindy Olney at the OERC at olneyc@uw.edu or 678-682-3864. (mm)

BHIC blog nominated for the Edublog Awards

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The BHIC (Bringing Health Information to the Community) blog is being nominated for the Edublog Awards in the Library/Librarian category.    (mm)

And here’s why:

  • The blog has content , on average, 4 days a week
  • There are 3 ways to get content – Website, Digest, and Individual Notifier
  • National focus – contributors from various parts of the country
  • All authors (6 total – 3 regular, 3 contributors) are Medical Librarians
  • No other place like it to find information, grants, resources, and health news

Check out the BHIC blog at :   http://nnlm.gov/bhic/    For more information on the Edublog Awards see:  http://edublogawards.com

Questions of life and death – An investigation into the value of health library and information services in Australia

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A report published in October by Health Libraries, Inc, supported by the Australian Library and Information Association, investigated the value of health library and information services in Australia (ow.ly/fjM66) through an online survey during August/September 2012. The authors write:

The results confirmed the significant contribution made by library and information services, through their service delivery, technology, space, collections, and most of all, the surveys confirmed the value of employing qualified library and information professionals.

A summary of their findings shows that the majority of respondents (between 64% and 98%) had used library information resources, library space to study, or support services such as copying facilities, document delivery and training. 84% had been helped by library staff. The vast majority of respondents reported satisfaction with services from library staff and resources provided by the library.

While these numbers are encouraging we caution readers who may want to point to this data as evidence of the value of librarians. The methodology is not described in detail. The survey was posted online (it’s not clear where) and participation was entirely voluntary. The population to whom the survey was directed ranged from a few hundred to 60,000. The authors do not describe the participating institutions and it is not clear what the participation rate was in relation to the population of each. A total of 128 individuals responded to the survey, of which 80% were from just two organizations. The questions concerning the value of the librarian were rated as satisfaction with services received from library staff. While 99% were satisfied with library staff expertise there were no questions relating the impact of that interaction to the user’s work or learning.

We encourage you to consider the methodology and meaning of the questions as you read this report. If we want to convince our administrators of the value of the librarian it behooves us to develop methodologies and tools that will provide clear evidence and support our conclusions. While the Australian study administrators may have more information the report as published does not convince us that their responses prove the value of the information professional. We do not recommend citing this study’s results. Remember that the MCR staff is ready and willing to assist any Network members who want to collect data regarding their impact in their institutions. Give us a call or email either Betsy Kelly or Barb Jones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The NN/LM MCR offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

NLM Launches an Afterschool Curriculum Targeting the Environment-Health Connection

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The National Library of Medicine just launched a new educational resource, an afterschool science club curriculum for middle school students, entitled Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health (http://www.toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/teachers6.php). While the curriculum is for an afterschool club, its lessons can also be used to support the existing middle school science curriculum, as well as to reinforce the science/society connection in the social science or language arts classroom. /ch

Did you miss it – our November Breeezing Along with the RML?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

You can now view the webinar if you missed it!
1) Monica Rogers, Health Literacy Coordinator, spoke with Denise Britigan, about Health Literacy Nebraska, the initiative, the web page (HLNE.org) and upcoming summit.
2) Rachel Vukas presented and facilitated a discussion on Breaking through the Barrier! – a report from the MCR Working Group on Hospital Library Internet Access.
View the archived recording at: http://ow.ly/f6J1J

Sandbox Session: Trello November 16 2012 at 1 PM (MT) / 2 PM (CT)

Monday, November 12th, 2012

On Friday, November 16, 2012, the NN/LM MCR will be having a Technology Sandbox Session* where we will be “playing” with Trello, an online collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance it tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.

If you like the simplicity of creating a Doodle poll, then you will like Trello to manage your projects.

You can learn more about Trello here

So you can play with your own Trello, please register prior to the Sandbox Session (or it is so fast and easy to register you can do it while you are there)

Please come play in our sandbox!

Date: Friday, November 16, 2012

Time: 1:00 pm (Mountain Time) 2:00pm (Central Time)

Come to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr_edtech

***Dial-in instructions will be posted in the webinar room.***

You do NOT need to register. You do NOT need to pay anything. You NEED to COME and PLAY.

Toy (Tool): Trello

The presenter will demo some of the basic Trello features with time for participants to try it out on their own.

*The concept of MCR sandbox sessions are basically just that…it is a chance for you to schedule time to play and learn something new to you.
Plus you will have someone that can answer your questions.

For these sessions, I will bring a toy, in this case online tool, and quickly show you how it works (where the switches are). Then you get to play with it.

The only objectives for the Sandbox sessions are you get to 1) have a special time to learn something new and 2) project how this technology could be integrated into your professional life.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with me!

John


John Bramble
Technology Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
University of Utah Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East Building 5890
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-5890
801.585.5743 (Direct)
800.338.7657 opt. 1, 2, 6 (Toll free)
john.bramble@utah.edu
Skypename: johnbramble

MedPrint Update

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Remember the MedPrint program? This initiative ensures that we always have access to a print copy of the 244  journals that were part of the Abridged Index Medicus. NLM has provided a status report on where we are with MedPrint. The goal is to have at least 12 member libraries commit to each title for 25 years. At this time, at least 12 libraries have committed to 39 of the 240 titles. All the titles have at least one library promising to keep it in its collection. If you’d like to participate, click here for information or contact your state coordinator. /ch