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EDUCATION: Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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.
Highlights:

  • 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”

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

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: https://www.edx.org/course/library-advocacy-unshushed-university-torontox-la101x#.VLBbWGMpcin.

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 http://www.ala.org/onlinelearning/node/300. /da

NCBI Milestone – 1 million YouTube views

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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: https://www.youtube.com/user/NCBINLM
* NCBI video playlists: http://youtu.be/OZxxsRm0pP4?list=PLH-TjWpFfWrt-lX_ltntX1M75KBXb03g9
* NCBI News: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/

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

jb

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

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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 mmagee@unmc.edu

 

FUNDING STILL AVAILABLE: Professional Development opportunities!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Wanting to start the new year by learning something new?  Have you been looking at a conference announcement?   Thinking about how you could fund your attendance?   The NN/LM MCR want to help! A librarian’s continuing education is essential to staying current.   The NN/LM, MidContinental Region would like to invite you to consider applying for Professional Development funding (approximately $1500 per award) which supports Network member librarians.   Applicants are encouraged to think/discuss  benefits they could derive from attending an event and sharing knowledge afterwards at their library, and with upper level institutional administration.   Two awards are especially designated for activities on E-Science or Data Curation.  Details at: http://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/profdev.html . Questions to Marty Magee,  mmagee@unmc.edu.  (mm)

Marty Magee – Changing Jobs

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Marty Magee has been the NN/LM MCR Nebraska and Education Coordinator since Nov 1, 2003. Now she’s going to use her experience and knowledge to focus on instructional design. Marty will be in the new position of Instructional Designer at McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. If you’ve learned from any of our live or recorded Breezing Along with the RML or Discover NLM and More! sessions you can thank Marty for making sure that we have something useful and interesting to present each month. We’ll miss her cajoling and prodding us to make sure you won’t be disappointed. Marty has also been responsible for touching base with all of the Network members in Nebraska—informing them about NLM resources, celebrating their successes, listening to their challenges. She is a founding member of Health Literacy Nebraska that develops and implement projects focused on improving the health literacy of all Nebraskans.

Marty’s last day with the RML will be January 16, 2015. We appreciate what she’s contributed to the region and wish her the best in her new position. /ch

EDUCATION: January webinars….

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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

  • A new look at PubMed Health with John Bramble.

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 mmagee@unmc.edu

Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is hosting the Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 15, 2015 at  11:30  am MT, 12:30 pm CT

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone!

TOPIC:    Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, will present about his experiences advocating for greater disaster readiness in our nation’s libraries.  In addition, he will talk about creating a disaster readiness culture at the library he works at (University of Virginia Health Sciences Library) and his role in establishing a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) at the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

PRESENTER:  Dan Wilson has been the Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative since the summer of 2007.  As coordinator, he advocates library disaster readiness by facilitating summit meetings for librarians and emergency planners.  He is currently working with State Library of New Jersey and the State Library of Pennsylvania on improving disaster readiness in their public libraries, and is in the planning stages of a major initiative with the State Library of North Carolina set for this spring.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting Thursday, January 15th, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.  A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you. For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790  Pass-Code: 745907  For more information on this and past meetings, see http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html (Courtesy of the DISASTER-OUTREACH LIB email discussion list.)  [jh]