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Archive for December, 2013

New Year’s Holiday

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

NN/LM MCR Offices and NLM will be closed Wednesday, January 1. 2014 for the New Year’s Holiday

EDUCATION: PubMed Update on Jan. 10 and “Being a Professional” on Jan. 15

Monday, December 30th, 2013
  • Friday, January 10 – 10:00 am, MT / 11:00 am CT  – Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources – PubMed Updates from the National Training Center

Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the new Relevance Sort.  Bring your questions!

  • Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT- Breezing Along with the RML – ” What Does it Mean to be a Professional?  Barb Jones and Claire Hamasu

Join Barb Jones, Library Advocacy Coordinator, and Claire Hamasu, Associate Director, in a lively discussion on “What Does it Mean to Be a Professional?” Does it mean you work in an office?  OR Does it mean you have to dress up for work?  OR  Does it mean you have a higher degree? OR Does it mean you’re a salaried rather than an hourly employee? OR Do you have to be certified?  Bring your ideas about what you think it means to be a professional and how we, as health sciences librarians, measure up. What implications does this have for us and if changes need to be made, what can we do about it?

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)

 

New Exhibit available – Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health & Illness

Monday, December 30th, 2013

The National Library of Medicine has  opened the Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health & Illness exhibition:  http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/.  Explore the site for interviews, a timeline,  and additional resources including lesson plans and information on careers in medicine and science.

EDUCATION: PubMed Update on Jan. 10 and MCR Update on Jan. 15

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
  • Friday, January 10 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources – PubMed Updates from the National Training Center

Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the new Relevance Sort.  Bring your questions!

  • Wednesday, January 15, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT- Breezing Along with the RML – MCR Update from Jean Shipman and Claire Hamasu

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)

 

 

 

DOCLINE: Offer Loansome Doc Services!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

DOCLINE users have an avenue to provide support to health professionals by extending Loansome Doc (LD) services.  http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/loansome  .  Some of the advantages  are that  1) affiliated health professionals can order and check on status of articles themselves  2) unaffiliated health professionals can have better access to biomedical literature  and 3) extra user services can enhance the status of the library within your institution.

Currently, twenty-five DOCLINE libraries, in the MidContinental Region, offer Loansome Doc services to unaffiliated  health professionals. We need more providers and  it’s easy to start.  Login to your DOCLINE account, click on the tab to update your institutional record and then click on the “Loansome Doc” tab on the left.  You have the ability to set preferences  for the service according to what makes sense for your library.  Questions about the service?   Please send an email to: jhonour@uwyo.edu.  [jh]

New Opportunity for Research Design in Librarianship Instruction

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship: 9 days in southern CA; full scholarships available

Do you want to learn about how your user groups and communities find and use information? Do you want to gather evidence to demonstrate that your work is making a difference?

Exciting news! You can work on these questions, and questions like them, June 16-26, 2014!

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship is a great opportunity for an academic librarian who is interested in conducting research. Research and evaluation are not necessarily identical, although they do employ many of the same methods and are closely related. This Institute is open to academic librarians from all over the country. If your proposal is accepted, your attendance at the Institute will be paid for, as will your travel, lodging, and food expenses.

The William H. Hannon Library has received a three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer a nine-day continuing education opportunity for academic and research librarians. Each year 21 librarians will receive instruction in research design and a full year of support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The summer Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is supplemented with pre-institute learning activities and a personal learning network that provides ongoing mentoring. The institutes will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

The Institute is particularly interested in applicants who have identified a real-world research question and/or opportunity. It is intended to“bring together a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated and enthusiastic about conducting research but need additional training and/or other support to perform the steps successfully. The institute is designed around the components of the research process, with special focus given to areas that our 2010 national survey of academic librarians identified as the most troublesome; the co-investigators on this project conducted the survey to provide a snapshot of the current state of academic librarian confidence in conducting research. During the nine-day institute held annually in June, participants will receive expert instruction on research design and small-group and one-on-one assistance in writing and/or revising their own draft research proposal. In the following academic year, participants will receive ongoing support in conducting their research and preparing the results for dissemination.”

Your proposal is due by February 1, 2014. Details are available at the Institute’s Prepare Your Proposal web site.

Factoid: Loyola Marymount is on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean, west of central LA./da

DOCLINE: Reminder to Submit Out of Office Requests

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Libraries using DOCLINE must submit an Out of Office request when shutdown for staff vacations/holidays, or for an emergency.  The action makes your library  temporarily inactive while you are away.   With a busy holiday season coming soon, you would be advised to check your calendars and the make the request.  It’s fast and easy to submit your request.

To submit an Out of Office request, log in to your DOCLINE account, click on the “Institutions” tab at the top, then click on “Update (LIBID)” button and then find the “Out of Office” tab on the left side of the screen.  Remember, once you have entered the dates, you must click on the colored “Request Approval” tab at either the bottom or top of the page.  The request will be submitted to the MCR Member Services Coordinator.  You will also see a message that your request is approved after the coordinator has reviewed it.  More informaiton: http://nnlm.gov/rsdd/docline/dochold.html

Any questions may be directed to Jim Honour

[jh]

Sandbox Session: Wordle ***Today, Tuesday December 17, 2013***

Tuesday, December 17th, 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 wordle.net, a free toy that generates “word clouds” from text that you provide.

There are some pretty cool word clouds that librarians are using to creatively promote their library services (just do a Google image search for “library word cloud”)

*Sandbox sessions are online get-togethers where we introduce a “toy”, such as an online app or cool tool, and quickly show you how it works (where the cool buttons and switches are). Then you’ll get to play with it and show the rest of us (or not if you are shy) what you came up with.

Please come and play in our sandbox!

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 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 Wordle, where the…

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

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…oh, and 3) have some fun while learning.

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)

EDUCATION EVENTS – SAVE THE DATES!

Friday, December 13th, 2013
  • December 18  - 10:00 MT/ 11:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML – Data Accuracy in Journal Abstracts: Implications for Informing Clinical Decisions

The abstract is the most frequently read section of a research article. Sometimes that’s all busy clinicians have time for. However, inaccuracies between abstracts and the corresponding full-text have been noted.  Efforts have been made to improve quality.  How successful have these efforts been?  The presenter,  Dr. Sarmiento compared data between 60 abstracts and full-text articles from six highly read medical journals. Data inaccuracies were identified, then classified as either clinically significant or not significant.  Breezing Along with the RML is featuring Dr. Sarmiento to describe the results of the study and to demonstrate NLM’s ‘Consensus Abstracts,’ a mobile application to search for and retrieve MEDLINE/PubMed abstracts. (http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov/consensus.php).  You’ll want to add this event to your calendar.

  • January 10 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources – PubMed Updates from the National Training Center

Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months, such as the new Relevance Sort.  Bring your questions!

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)

 

Mission I’mPossible

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

miSpecial Agents stay cool and calm during any emergency situation.  Do you measure up?  Does your library have a disaster plan in place?  Mission I’mPossible has 3 new tasks that deal with emergency planning.  You’ll find them under the Advocacy Mission.  Learn about disaster planning and get 10 points.  Write a disaster plan and get 30 more points.  Share your plan with others and get an additional 70 points!

If you haven’t explored our game yet, get the nitty-gritty from the game details page.  Register now to play and show others that you are ready for any and all disasters! /rv