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Google to Extend Sharing Flu Data

Friday, August 28th, 2015

From the Google Flu Trends Team:

Instead of maintaining their own website going forward, Google is now going to empower institutions who specialize in infectious disease research to use the data to build their own models. Starting this season, they will provide flu and dengue signal data directly to partners including Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (to update their dashboard), Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza Division. The  Google Flu Trends Team will also continue to make historical flu and dengue estimate data available for anyone to see and analyze.

First started in 2008,  Flu Trends  was the product of software engineers who wanted to explore how real-world phenomena could be modeled using patterns in search queries. Over time, they have used search signals to create prediction models, updating and improving those models over time as they compared their prediction to real-world cases of flu. /ch

Advocacy Book Group Meets Today – Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Advocacy Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO by Harrison Monarth at 2 MT, 3 CT.  We will be discussing Chapters 2 – 8 which is the Section titled “Influencing People and Events: The Foundation for Success in Communication”

The group will meet in Adobe Connect room

If you have questions about the group before August 4, please contact Darell Schmick at  Otherwise, you may contact Barb Jones at  (bbj)


DYI Tool for Program Success Stories

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The OERC has shared another great site for creating success stories. A story builder tool is available at the CDC Injury Prevention and Control web site. The story builder takes you through three steps to produce an attractive, well-written program success story. Each step offers downloadable Microsoft Word documents to walk you through the process and serve as templates for creating and publishing your stories. The post is available on the OERC blog.  /bk

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  /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:   (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 ) 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 ( (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


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 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