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Data Visualization Options Flowchart

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

From OERC’s Freebie Friday blog post:

Looking for an ‘at a glance’ single page to determine which type of data visualization chart is helpful in order to clearly communicate your results?

PDF flowchart at  http://betterevaluation.org/plan/describe/visualise_data is a very handy reference! The flowchart guides you towards considering the appropriate data visualization chart options after your initial response to the question of “What would you like to show?” answers of comparison, distribution, composition, or relationship. There are brief descriptions of the charts at the Better Evaluation data visualization page that you can click through to get additional information such as a deviation bar graph that includes synonyms, a base definition, examples of how the chart is used, advice about their use, and links to resources for creating them.

Check the OERC blog for other posts: NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center   – bk

EDUCATION: This week – Roadmap for Navigating Drug Information

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 1:00MT/2:00 CT 

Discover NLM Resources and More:  Roadmap for Navigating Drug Information – Join Barb Jones for a tour of NLM drug information resources.  We will visit the more well-known landmark sites that direct us to specific drug information as well as the less well recognized sites with necessary but harder to find information.  Links to foreign sites will be identified as well as sites that provide information on drug and medical procedure costs.  We will also discuss what resources are available on mobile devices.  This session would be appropriate for Health Science Librarian, Public Librarians,  School and Community College Librarians.

Wednesday, November 19- 10:00 MT/11:00 CT – Using Results of the Marshall Study – Advocating for your Library

Wednesday, November 26 – 1:00 MT/2:00 CT  – Pet Health/Healthy People

Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2   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

 

Elegantly Simple Evaluation

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Sharing a post from the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center: For an example of an elegantly simple program evaluation that yielded great results, check out an article by Michelle Eberle and colleagues in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region, which appeared in the August 2014 edition of MLA NewsThe article describes the region’s Clear: Conversations project, a collaboration among five organizations in which librarians and health professionals taught health literacy skills to patients…This project shows that a few relatively simple evaluation activities can clearly show the positive outcomes of a project. [bk]

EDUCATION: Save the Dates….

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 1:00MT/2:00 CT 

Discover NLM Resources and More:  Topic Specific Queries – Monica Rogers will cover a specific function in PubMed.gov – “Topic Specific Queries.”  Here we will explore what this feature is, what it does, and how this feature can help you improve your search strategy, limit searches, as well as offer specific search interfaces that cover a wide range of topics from AIDS, Cancer, and Health Literacy to more exotic search topics like Veterinary Medicine and Space Life Sciences (aka: keeping astronauts alive) that was created in conjunction with NASA! Join us to learn about this great feature of PubMed.gov . Especially good for Community Colleges.

Wednesday, October 8, 10:00 MT/11:00CT (date change from 3rd Wed, due to MCMLA conference)

Breezing Along with the RML -Title:  LEAN and MEAN

1)  Lean to the Left, Lean to the Right – Curious about Lean business practices? Wondering how they might be applied in your library? The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library became active in the University of Utah Health Care Lean Initiative in 2013, and have participated in several cohorts of the Health Sciences Physician Leadership Lean Education Program. Learn the Lean basics, the value in it for libraries, and tips for initiating projects.   Presenters will be Jean Shipman, Erica Lake and Jessi Van Der Volgen.

2)  Mean: The key philosophy of LEAN is streamlining processes and eliminating waste to uncover value. In this coffee break session, we will discuss ways to get MEan (it’s all about me, I MEan you!) by exploring ways to incorporate the concepts of LEAN in our professional lives to reduce stress and bring a framework of mindfulness to our work. Bring your coffee or tea and share triggers and releases to stress in your workday.

Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2   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

EDUCATION: September offerings – Copyright (This Week!) and Topic Specific Queries in PubMed

Monday, September 15th, 2014
  • Wednesday, September 17, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT

Breezing Along with the RML:  Copyright FAQ – Get answers to the most common questions asked of librarians today.   If you find an image on the Internet, can you use it? Can the author of an article post it on a webpage? How can journal clubs share articles?  Presented by Heather Brown and Marie Reidelbach from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

Discover NLM Resources and More:  Topic Specific Queries – Monica Rogers will cover a specific function in PubMed.gov – “Topic Specific Queries.”  Here we will explore what this feature is, what it does, and how this feature can help you improve your search strategy, limit searches, as well as offer specific search interfaces that cover a wide range of topics from AIDS, Cancer, and Health Literacy to more exotic search topics like Veterinary Medicine and Space Life Sciences (aka: keeping astronauts alive) that was created in conjunction with NASA! Join us to learn about this great feature of PubMed.gov .

Join us at:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcr2   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 .

 

Making Blue Button Access to Immunization Records Quick, Easy, and Convenient

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

It’s back to school time and many parents need immunization records for the school nurse.  But this information is rarely available online in an EHR.  In October 2013, ONC and CDC launched a project in five states that connects a secure and convenient web-based portal to immunization data that can be made available to both health care providers and consumers (or in many cases, parents).  Read the full article to find out how this works and which states are participating.

MCR’s Online Office Consults…check it out!

Monday, August 25th, 2014

A few weeks ago, we announced a new way you can access your RML staff by going to their online offices during their office hours.

We know what you’re thinking…you have always been able to connect with MCR staff just by picking up the phone or by shooting them an email, right?

I ask (again), can a phone or an email share a live view of a webpage (either yours or theirs), download a document right then and there, see Claire’s bright smile, or see how cool Marty has set up her online office? If you answered “yes” you’re wrong or using some newfangled phone/email service that you’re obligated to share with me what it is.

Come, on! Come and check out our new staff webpage  and see the many things we can help you with. Caution! Conversations could be frank!

 

Coffee and Conversation! Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Coffee and Conversation!
Is your searching/information seeking biased?
Take a break and join us for an informal discussion on bias in information seeking.

Our discussion will focus on the following questions:
· Can bias affect information seeking/information retrieval? If yes, what is the bias and how does it impact information seeking?

· What should we be aware of within our own thinking when searching?

· What steps/actions can we take to reduce the impact of bias in our searching?
Lorri Zipperer, Rebecca Graves and Barb Jones will be discussing the following articles:

Windschitl, PD, Scherer, AM, Smith, AR, Rose, JP. “Why so confident? The influence of outcome desirability on selective exposure and likelihood judgment.” (2013) Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 120 (1), pp. 73-86.
http://www.appstate.edu/~smithar3/articles/Windschitl_et_al-Why_so_confident.pdf

Scherer, AM, Windschitl, PD and Smith AR. “Hope to be right: Biased information seeking following arbitrary and informed predictions” (2013) Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 49 (1) pp. 106-112.
http://www2.psychology.uiowa.edu/students/scherer/Documents/Scherer%20et%20al%202013%20JESP.pdf

Hart, W, etal. “Feeling validated versus being correct: a meta-analysis of selective exposure to information” Psychological Bulletin, 2009, 135 (4), ppl 555-588.
http://www.communicationcache.com/uploads/1/0/8/8/10887248/feeling_validated_versus_being_correct_-_a_meta-analysis_of_selective_exposure_to_information.pdf

Please join us on August 7th at 2:30 CT,/1:30 MT/3:30 ET/12:30 PT).

To attend the session log in as a guest at https://webmeeting.nih.gov/mcradvocacy

We’ll be learning together and hope you can join us. (bbj)

New Resource: Healthcare Info Sources

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Are you looking for information on accreditation and regulations, healthcare quality, healthcare reform, patient safety, quality,performance and process improvement?  Check out Healthcare Info Sources (http://healthinfosources.com)  Developed by Barbara Duffy, who has many years experience in the quality improvement world, this resource is currently freely available to all.  Log in as a guest to check it out, and if you like it, create your own login.  (bbj)

Course dates announcement for “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI – announcement for upcoming course.

http://nnlm.gov/ntc/2014/07/10/save-the-dates-2015-a-librarians-guide-to-ncbi-course/