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Archive for November, 2013

“Worth Every Cent and More”

Friday, November 8th, 2013
“Health Libraries Inc (based in Victoria) and Health Libraries Australia (a national group of the
Australian Library and Information Association) have collaborated to carry out this investigation
into the return on investment of health library and information services in Australia.
The partners commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey health
libraries across the nation and from this to assess the return on the annual investment in these
services to their organisations. The survey took place between June and September 2013, and
was supplemented by in-depth case studies.
The indicative result from this work is that health libraries have been found to return $9 for
every $1 invested — and that’s a conservative estimate of their real contribution. For example,
it takes into account the time saved by medical practitioners in sear
ching for answers, but it does not take into account the improved quality of the results supplied by trained information
specialists. It looks at how much it would cost users to have to buy the information they gain
for free from the library, but it does not assess the savings achieved by library staff negotiating
advantageous prices with information suppliers.
The results provide a snapshot of the continued outstanding value of health libraries against
a backdrop of significantly greater usage but declining investment. Over the last three years,
the majority of health libraries have remained static or experienced a decrease in their print/e-
resources budget, staff hours and space.
The purpose of this report is to assist library and information professionals to present the business
case for health libraries within their organisation. By doing so, we hope health libraries will
be able to maintain their excellent service to medical practitioners; a service which impacts
directly on positive health outcomes for patients.”
You can read the entire report at http://tinyurl.com/mpl5s9m
How does this relate your your value?  Calculate your value with the Library Valuation Calculators http://nnlm.gov/mcr/advocacy/ (bbj)

Submit a proprosal for the IHA Health Literacy Conference

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Are you improving health information literacy at your institution? Do you have a skill to teach? The Institute for Healthcare Advancement is seeking breakout session presentations for their Health Literacy Conference on May 9-11, 2014 in Irvine, California. The conference theme is “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy.” This year they are emphasizing the Affordable Care Act and ways in which health literacy skills help with outreach, education and enrollment efforts. Go to the Institute for Health Advancement web site, call 800-434-4633, or email Michael Villaire (mvillaire@iha4health.org) for more information.  Deadline for proposal submissions is November 15, 2013.  /ch

Identifying Measures of the Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has allocated $10,000 for a commissioned paper that identifies measures for each of the 10 attributes of a health literate health care organization. The goal is to obtain a set of measures that support quality improvement, reporting, transparency, and management. Everyone is welcome to apply and to send this announcement on to others you think may be qualified to prepare the paper. Deadline for submitting applications is November 20, 2013. Click here for more information. /ch

If you missed it…..Spotlight! session of Nov. 6 – K-12 Resources – recording now available

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Spotlight! on NLM Resources -November 6, 2013
Resources for K-12 Teachers and Librarians
View the archived recording at: http://ow.ly/qAxa1

Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu. (mm)

 

EDUCATION: Spotlight! on NLM Resources – Wed. Nov. 6 1:00 MT, 2:00 CT – NLM and K-12 Resources

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Upcoming dates  for Breezing and Spotlight! sessions….

  • November 6 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  Spotlight! – NLM and K-12 Resources-Learn about NLM resources that can be used with any K-12 group.  In addition to learning about the resources and how to use them, we’ll explore how to find lesson plans and activity sheets.  You don’t want to miss seeing a talking cat or getting this free CE credit! – Presented by Monica Rogers
  • November 20 – 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML –  Library Facilities in Transition – a panel discussion
  • December 18  – 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML – Data Accuracy in Journals

NOTE URL https://utahntc.adobeconnect.com/mcr  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. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to mmagee@unmc.edu. (mm)

 

 

Sandbox Session: Mendeley – November 7, 2013 at 1 PM (MT) / 2 PM (CT)

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Sandbox Session: Mendeley – November 7, 2013 at 1 PM (MT) / 2 PM (CT)

Hello Network members,

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

At the next NN/LM MCR Technology Sandbox Session we will be “playing” with Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

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

Please come and play in our sandbox!

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013

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

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

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

How Sandbox Session work: We pick a toy /tool, in this case Mendeley where the… 

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

To play with Mendeley, you’ll need to sign up and download the application

prior to the Sandbox Session. Go to http://www.mendeley.com/ for the download.

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

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

If you have any questions, please get in touch with  John Bramble

Technology Coordinator / Utah Outreach
john.bramble@utah.edu
801 585 5743 (office)
800 338- 7657 (within Region)

Mission I’mPossible

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Congratulations to Secret Agent Kitty Serling, current leader of MCR’s Mission I’mPossible game.  But we need more agents to complete our mission.  You can register now and start racking up those points to become the next leader.  Additional tasks will be added to the game and it’s possible to win bonus points.  You can even get points by attending a Spotlight or Breezing webinar.  Interested?  View the game details.

Besides those network members currently playing, five other network members have registered, but still need to complete their mission tasks.  You know who you are!  Start playing and amaze us with your library skills.  How quickly can you become a point leader?  I look forward to seeing some additional players on the game board next week. /rv

NLM Job Posting: Head, Collection Access Section

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Forwarded from NLM:

Sometime in the next week, there will be an announcement on USAJOBS.gov for the Head of the Collection Access Section in the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine. The  position will be listed as Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-14, with a salary range from $105,211 to $136,771 including locality pay per annum. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

The Head of the Collection Access Section is responsible for:

  • Managing NLM’s offsite document delivery operations including all associated contract activity;
  • Managing NLM Onsite document delivery services to patrons in the main Reading Room, including oversight of contract activity to support patron copying and printing;
  • Overseeing the development of DOCLINE, NLM’s automated request routing and order referral system for medical libraries;
  • Managing an automated document request monitoring and delivery system for NLM’s interlibrary loan activity (Relais);
  • Managing customer services operations for referred inquiries regarding DOCLINE, interlibrary loan and onsite collection access services; and
  • Assisting in testing new NLM products and services that affect circulation, bibliographic searching, interlibrary loan and document delivery.

Please contact Martha Fishel, Chief, Public Services Division at 301.496.5501 or fishelm@mail.nlm.nih.gov with questions regarding this position. /ch

NLM Job Posting: Head, Preservation and Collection Management

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Forwarded from NLM

Sometime in the next week, there will be an announcement on USAJOBS.gov for the Head of the Preservation and Collection Management Section  in the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine. The position will be listed as Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-14, with a salary range from $105,211 to $136,771 including locality pay per annum. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

The Head of the Preservation and Collection Management Section is responsible for preserving and managing NLM’s collections including:

  • Binding and book repair;
  • Shelving and shifting collections;
  • Space planning for collections;
  • Disaster prevention and response;
  • Environmental monitoring;
  • Audiovisual duplication;
  • Collection digitization and digital preservation; and
  • Staff training in careful handling of library materials.

Please contact Martha Fishel, Chief, Public Services Division at 301.496.5501 or fishelm@mail.nlm.nih.gov with questions regarding this position. /ch