Did you play the Mission I’mPossible game at MCMLA? Did you input your point code into the online game? If not, you have a week left, until October 15, 2013, to get credit for the points earned at MCMLA. Go to http://ow.ly/pC66W and follow the link to register for the game. This page also includes the game description and how to earn points. Once you’ve enrolled and on the game site in Moodle, select “Mission: Advocacy” and then select the option for the number of missions completed. On the next page, click on “Attempt quiz now.” There is no quiz. Just enter the secret point code in the Answer window. If you lost your code or need additional help, contact John Bramble, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rachel Vukas, at email@example.com. /rv
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“Good morning Mr. Phelps or Ms. Phelps. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, is inviting you to engage in a game where the mission, should you choose to accept it, is to accomplish as many tasks as possible to accumulate points that will, depending on your performance as a librarian, earn you a spot on the leader-board and potentially lead you to winning the game. Many of the tasks you will be completing will challenge and increase your skills and knowledge as a librarian. You will be asked to advocate for yourself and your library program, participate in professional development activities, and increase your skills in the use of technology that can enhance your library’s reach and enrich your library’s program. As challenging as this might be, we are confident that you will be able to take on anything thrown at you.
As always, should you or anyone on your IMF (I’mPossible Missions Force) Team be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. “This description of the game theme will self-destruct in five seconds. “Good Luck!” <> <> <>
You can participate in the game by registering on the MCR website. Further instructions on how to start the game will be sent to you after registration. If you have any questions or comments, please contact John Bramble at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-338-7657 if in the MCR region, or 801-585-5743 office. /rv
Have you ever wondered about the safety or accuracy of a popular medical app? Have you been asked to recommend useful apps? Do you know if an application has been evaluated by a credible authority? FDA regulation is required only for specific types of medical apps , primarily those that control medical devices, store or analyze patient data, and impact treatment. That leaves a large amount of medical apps on the market unvetted. These questions and concerns are addressed in a recent article, Medical apps for smartphones: lack of evidence undermines quality and safety, in which the authors present several strategies to promote the development of evidence based apps. The article was also summarized in the Krafty Librarian blog, in which she included additional suggestions to utilize and build on the reviews in iMedicalApps.com and the Medical App Journal. There may even be a library role in maintaining a repository of approved medical apps. (rv)
In this month’s online issue of NIH News in Health learn about how new research is making diagnosing Autism easier; read about how opting for an earlier delivery date may affect a baby’s health; and understand the connection between young adult obesity and middle age heart disease. /da
Your mission, should you choose to accept it. . .
While at MCMLA, you must rendezvous with NN/LM coordinators and trainers and report on your activities as “The Medical Librarian.” To maintain your cover, reports must be succinct, 30 seconds only. Complete as many reports as possible for additional chances to win a Spy Cam (Logitech QuickCam Pro, headset included) and gain points for the online version of this game. Additional mission details will be in the Top Secret envelope in your registration packet. You have 5 seconds to delete this before your computer self-destructs!
Interested in getting Consumer Health Information Specialization or Medical Library Association CE in the comfort of your own home, workplace, or favorite coffeehouse? We’ve got you covered with a 12 credit hour CE online class for providing consumer health services. Read on for the details:
Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services
This 12 credit hour CE course defines the basics of consumer health information and then dives directly into the essential skills and information that library staff needs to help users find trustworthy, appropriate health information.
Dana Abbey, MLS
Monica Rogers, MLIS
This course is self-paced; there are no set class hours for you to attend. The course is divided into 4 weekly units, beginning the week of October 7th. The units build upon one another, with Week 1 providing the foundation for the rest of the course. Week 1 assignments are essential and will likely take a little more time than assignments for the remaining weeks. Time commitment: plan on an average of 3 hours per week.
Week of September 30th – set up Moodle account, review class materials, create/update profile, introduce yourself
· Week of October 7th (Week 1) – Consumer Health Basics
· Week of October 14th (Week 2) – Health Reference
· Week of October 21st (Week 3) – Health Resources: There’s a (Book, Web, App) for That
· Week of October 28th (Week 4) – The Library As a Healthy Place
Week of November 4th – Catch-up Week
CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION or MLA CE CREDIT:
This course has been certified for 12 contact hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) CE credit. If you are taking this course for MLA CE, there are specific requirements to satisfy the 12-hour instruction requirement. The coursework also provides everything you need to qualify for Level 1 CHIS – the Consumer Health Information Specialization from MLA. Please read the document MLA CE and CHIS – Course Requirementsfor all the details.
Registration is open to those residing in the NN/LM MidContinental Region – Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming. Space is limited, so register soon at http://www.tinyurl.com/mcrclasses.
COST: No charge.
To complete your mission at MCMLA, be prepared to account for your actions regarding health sciences libraries. You are required to divulge this information to retain your good standing in this agency (and to gain points and become eligible for a prize.) Check back next week at this same drop point for important final instructions. As always, maintain your cover. You are being watched! (rv)
Federally-funded health centers will care for you, even if you have no health insurance. Based on your income you pay what you can afford. The HRSA Find a Health Center app helps you find the nearest health center with the mapping software in your phone. Health centers are located in most cities and many rural areas. Type in a city/state/ZIP or place name and click the ‘Find Center’ button to locate the health center nearest you. Developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the app is available for both Android and iPhones. (rv)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend MCMLA and follow your top secret orders to complete your mission tasks. The more tasks you complete, the more chances you have to win a Spy Cam (Logitech QuickCam Pro, headset included)! Meet at this location next week for more information, and be sure you’re not followed. (rv)
We’re starting a new session of our asynchronous class, Cool Creative Communications: 3 Part Class (Approved for 15 MLA CE Credits).
The 4-week class will run from September 2, 2013 – October 4, 2013. We are adding an extra week since the MCMLA Annual Meeting occurs during this time.
Students taking this class will have an increased knowledge of several popular communication tools and some of the strategies it takes to be effective using these methods, as outlined in each of the following class sections:
Part 1: Engaging Users via Social Media (Part 1 of 3): This class covers popular social media tools proven to be effective in engaging customers.
Part 2: Dazzling Data Visualization (Part 2 of 3): This class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at just a glance.
Part 3: The WOW Factor – Clear Concise Presentations (Part 3 of 3): This class covers popular presentation applications and approaches to effective presentations
A more detailed class description can be found here: http://ow.ly/dsmoj
Before you register, please read this next part to make sure this class is for you…
- This class is an intermediate level class.
- Priority goes to Network members located in the MidContinental Region.
- This is a 4 week, online, asynchronous, semi-at-your-pace class.
- Students have 7 days to complete their assignment and 5 days to complete their peer critique for each of the 3 class sections.
- Students are expected to spend:
- 1.5 hours on content learning
- 3 hours of in-depth learning on student selected tool/application and preparing their class assignment
- 0.5 hours on peer critique
- Many of the class resources discussed might not be accessible at your work place. If this is you, please consider taking the class and plan on working from home, a public library, or another location where you are not blocked.
This is the registration link: http://ow.ly/hkNNj
For questions or comments, please contact the class instructors
Rachel Vukas email@example.com
John Bramble firstname.lastname@example.org