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Telling Good Stories about Good Programs

Monday, June 29th, 2015

We all know it’s important to submit reports about our work and achievements but it can take quite a bit of time and effort to compile an annual report. There is another way to get your message out – a story. The OERC has shared a number of links to examples of short stories – just one or two pages – and resources for pulling a story together, creating a story document and sharing it. Take a look at http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2015/06/29/telling-good-stories-about-good-programs  /bk

St. Charles, MO hosting NLM Exhibit, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Today through June 20th, the Middendorf-Kredell branch of the St. Charles City-County Library District is hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit: From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry.

During the 6 week exhibit, we will be hosting interactive displays from UC Biotech and several library programs to fit into the theme, including:

Home Brew​ing 101 (May 16th and May 28th)
Combating the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitat (May 27th)
Medication Matters (June 3rd)
Closing Reception, hosted by the Emerging Library Advocates and featuring live music and local home brew sampling! (June 19th)

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
There is a companion digital gallery here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/fromdnatobeer/digitalgallery/index.html   (bbj)

MCR Member Advocates for Libraries with New Book

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Liz Burns, librarian at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City is the author of Being A Solo Librarian in Healthcare: Pivoting for 21st Century Healthcare Delivery.

“This book brings to light the current job responsibilities of the healthcare librarian, but at the same time reveals a dichotomy. In theory, advances in healthcare research promise better care and improved safety for patients. In practice, there are barriers that undermine change. The author calls attention to the underutilized healthcare librarian at a time when clinical information delivery to the doctor or nurse is equal to or more important than how wired the hospital is. This is a book for healthcare stakeholders who support evidence-based practice and for those considering entering medical librarianship. The profession is in flux as hospitals must decide whether they can afford a library and librarian or whether they can afford not to have one.

Discusses current trends in healthcare librarianship
Describes the daily job duties of a hospital librarian
Looks at barriers to hospitals practicing evidence-based medicine
Connects improved patient care to healthcare librarian services”

The book will be released in June, 2015; you can order a copy on Amazon.

Congratulations to Liz on the completion of this text, and many thanks to her for stating the value and function of hospital librarians! (bbj)

 

You asked, we’re acting!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

One of the membership requests coming from the Quint meeting in Denver last fall was to have a class or discussions on handling office politics.  In response to your request, we are starting a new book club discussion group.

The book club discussion group on the book “It’s All Politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren’t Enough” by Kathleen Kelly Reardon is starting on Tuesday, March 10.  The club will meet in Adobe Connect (web meeting.nih.gov/barb ) from 2-3 CT, 1-2 MT for four weeks ( March 10, 17, 24, 31).  The discussion will be led by Darell Schmick, Research Librarian at the Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah and Barb Jones, Library Advocacy and Missouri Coordinator.

We all deal with politics in our jobs.  Some days it is a pleasant experience, other days it is like walking through a minefield.  Come join us and explore ways to handle political situations and position yourself and your library in a favorable light!   If you have any questions, please contact Barb Jones (jonesbarb@health.missouri.edu) (bbj)

EDUCATION: January webinars….

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Wednesday, January 21 – 10:00 MT/2:00 CT – Breezing Along with the RML

  • The annual NN/LM MidContinental Region Update with Jean Shipman, Director,  and Claire Hamasu, Associate Director .

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

 

Data Visualization

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Librarians attending the Quint meeting in Denver expressed interest in learning more about data visualization. The latest post from the OERC offers information about a free seven-part workshop and a link to a fun blog site. And, if you are a movie buff, check out Cindy’s link to visualizations of famous movie quotes at movie quotes.

The workshop:

Chris Lysy of FreshSpectrum  is offering a free seven-part data visualization workshop.  Chris has provided data viz training for the American Evaluation Association.

Chris’  cartoon-illustrated evaluation blog. He calls himself the Rachel Ray of data visualization, which makes his course description a nice feature for the OERC’s Thanksgiving blog post.

Check all the OERC posts at NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. /bk

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