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Save time and money with NIH web content

The National Institutes of Health is offering its high-quality, trusted web and multimedia content via syndication services, free of charge. If you maintain a website or blog, you can now automatically pull in content from NIH without changing your own site’s look-and-feel. And, as NIH changes its content, the pages on your website will automatically be changed in real time, too! Freely use their:

  • Web content
  • Images and infographics
  • Videos and podcasts
  • Selected data sets

Learn more about NIH Content Syndication. /da

February Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

The February 2015 issue of NIH News in Health is now available online. This month read about the innovative ways scientists are working to fix faulty organs and tissues; learn about how the gallbladder works and the disorders that afflict it; and find out about the risks of older adults taking anti-anxiety medications. /da

What flavor lifesaver are YOU?

As a health sciences librarian, your work buoys the diagnosis and treatment of many people in many different ways. What activities do you do that contribute to the safety of the patients treated in your hospital? Which of the following lifesavers apply to you?

  • Orange – You are on the team that develops protocols for the various procedures in your hospital.
  • Lime – You have worked with your nursing staff and your hospital has achieved Magnet status.
  • Pineapple – You often work with the Quality Improvement team.
  • Cherry – You attend the M & M meetings.
  • Grape – You are a clinical librarian.

There are several other lifesaver flavors, and many other library-related activities that contribute to the safety of hospital patients. Can you think of others that you are involved with? What flavor are YOU?

Share your contributions with your colleagues! Contact Barb Jones (jonesbarb @health.missouri.edu or 573-884-5042) and tell your story. (bbj)

PMC Citation Exporter

NCBI announced the addition of a citation exporter feature to PMC (PubMed Central). This feature makes it easy to retrieve styled citations that can be copied and pasted into manuscripts or downloaded into a format compatible with bibliographic reference manager software. Instructions on how to use this export feature are available from the NLM Technical Bulletin Jan-Feb 2015 issue. /ch

New England Science Boot Camp June 17-19, 2015

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19, 2015 on the lovely campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  Selection of this year’s science session topics has not been finalized, but will be announced in February. In addition to the three science sessions, this year’s boot camp will feature an evening presentation on the History of Science and a hands-on Capstone activity in which boot campers will work collaboratively to create data management plans from actual research cases.

Registration for Science Boot Camp will open April 9th  and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience. For further questions, please contact Donna Kafel, at donna.kafel@umassmed.edu. /ch

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: K-12 Partnership Funding

K-12 Partnership Funding

Call for Applications (CFAs):
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR), under contract with the National Library of Medicine, announces the availability of K-12 School Partnership funding.

The MCR plans to fund four awards up to $1,500 in Option Year 4 (May 2015-April 2016):
• Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.
• Recipients will be notified by May 8, 2015.
• Projects must be completed by April 30, 2016.

Purpose:
The purpose of this award is to support new projects or enhance existing collaborative projects between a library (public, community college, medical or academic health sciences) and a K-12 school entity (school library, school nurse, health/science teacher) involving National Library of Medicine health and/or science information that can serve as a model for other partnerships.

Examples of projects include:
• Partnerships to provide access to health information to support health and/or science curriculum.
• Partnerships to conduct innovative health and/or science information outreach programs.
• Partnerships to benefit community access to health information.
• Partnerships to improve access to health information for underserved/vulnerable populations.

Eligibility:
Partners must be an NN/LM MCR Full or Affiliate member. Membership(s) may be confirmed by entering a zip code in the NN/LM Member Directory. Not a member, sign up today, it’s free.

Allocation of Funds
Reimbursements will be made to project leader upon receipt of invoice(s). Indirects and overhead are not allowable.

Reports:
Quarterly and final reports are required.

Application:
Apply online.

Questions:
If you have questions regarding this award, contact Dana Abbey or Monica Rogers, MCR Health Information Literacy Coordinators.

EDUCATION: Emergency Preparedness Webinar

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

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?

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”

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