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Archive for 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Technology Today 2: Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Learn about technology and trends affecting you.

The second in our new quarterly webinar series, Technology Today.

December 10, 2014

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Register here.

Guest Speaker: Missy Harvey

Missy Harvey is the Technology & Communication Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine / Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). She previously served 16 years as the Computer Science Librarian for Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for Drexel University.

Missy teaches a variety of courses for NN/LM MAR to promote health information awareness, teaching methods, and emerging technology trends impacting the health sciences. She recently co-authored “Privacy and Security Issues for Mobile Health Platforms” in the July 2014 issue of Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).

Privacy and Security on the Web: How to Protect Yourself

You’ve read the recent headline: 4.5 million hospital records were compromised in a cyberattack. Learn tips to protect yourself, your family, and your library users in our highly connected world. We’ll discuss:

  • What you need to know about your personal information on the Web
  • How others get information about your online activities
  • How to protect yourself from phishing emails and scams
  • How to manage your online reputation
  • What to do if your online privacy is compromised
  • Risks of cloud computing

Who should attend: Librarians, archivists, and others who are interested in online privacy and security

Tracking Ebola in Liberia

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Tracking Ebola in Liberia, American Libraries, October 3, 2014

The outbreak of Ebola in western Africa poses a serious threat to health in the region. Governments of the affected countries, as well as organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have been working to control the deadly virus.

Information is an important tool in fighting the outbreak. Alison Blaine, a master’s student at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science and a research assistant in the UNC Davis Library’s Research Hub, is part of an interdisciplinary team that developed ebolainliberia.org, a website that provides data and news about the Ebola epidemic. Blaine provided American Libraries her personal perspective on the project and the importance of visualizing data, as well as the role libraries can play in doing so.

See the full interview with Alison Blaine at http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/tracking-ebola-Liberia

MLA Webinars hosted by NN/LM, NER

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region will be hosting three of the five webinars sponsored by MLA.

 

All webinars are will be viewed from 2-3:30pm EST at University of Massachusetts Medical School, are free and you can register on the NER training page.

 

October 22, 2014: Protocol Development and Methodology for Systematic Reviews. Read more…

November 5, 2014: Communicate Your Value Through Marketing and Advocacy. Read more…

December, 3, 2014: Data Management for Systematic Reviews. Read more…

 

The NER office will also be obtaining the recording of each of these webinars so state associations and institutions can view them as a group at a later date.

Contact Meredith Solomon- meredith.solomon@umassmed.edu if you have any questions.

 

2015 Request for Proposals

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Believe it or not it’s time for us to start planning our budget for the next contract year. We are extra early this year because it is the last year of our contract. To facilitate this planning we have posted a Request for Proposals for funds covering the period of May 1, 2015-April 30, 2016. You can find the full announcement here: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is contingent upon NLM funding for NER’s FY2015/16 budget year. Please look over the information carefully and if you are thinking of a project or have an idea and want someone to bounce the idea off of give us a call. We are happy to help.

IMPORTANT: Please let us know by November 7, 2014 if you will be applying. Proposals are due November 21, 2014.

There are three categories of funding:

Express Outreach Awards

  • Express Outreach is the broad category of awards for projects involving community outreach, professional development, and instructional design.
  • Library Services to Health Agencies Awards supports outreach to health related organizations based on the unit cost of services (document delivery, reference consultations, and training sessions) to be provided.
  • Member Program Awards is for development of a training program directed at health information professionals or healthcare providers in areas related to health information access.
  • Community Preparedness is for collaborative planning or promotion of community resources for emergency preparedness.
  • Community Engagement Awards support short-term outreach projects that involve advancing health information resources in collaboration with local community groups. These projects are smaller than extensive outreach subcontracts.
  • Exhibits Awards are for members’ participation at venues that promote health information resources. Funds support registration and fees, travel, and related expenses. Members can promote their local library resources while promoting the National Library of Medicine.
  • Health Information Research Awards supports the development and implementation of a      project investigating outcomes related to health information      interventions.
  • Library Digitization Awards enable libraries to increase accessibility within and without the institution of local collections that are not currently available for use.
  • Technology Improvement Awards is for supporting equipment purchases to broaden electronic access to health information.

Knowledge Management Projects

The primary purpose of the Knowledge Management Project funding is to stimulate innovations in biomedical knowledge management and information services at the health care institution or health system level. The intent of funding is to assist network members in the establishment of Healthcare Knowledge Service Centers within their healthcare institutions.

Sub-Contracts

The primary purpose of the Health Information Outreach Subcontract is to assist Network members and other health-related agencies in their efforts to provide information services and training to audiences not normally reached. Targeted health care workers and consumers should be engaged in one or more of the following:

  • Working with members of special populations who seek health information;
  • Practicing in medically underserved urban or rural areas; and/or
  • Serving in state, county or local public health offices or settings.

In addition, Health Information Outreach Subcontracts are offered to:

  • Identify areas or populations that are in need of better health information services.
  • Provide access to health information resources to health workers and consumers lacking convenient access to quality      information resources.
  • Increase the awareness and use of National Library of Medicine health information resources.
  • Expand the Network’s health information delivery to include the public health work force.
  • Strengthen the Network by developing the role of librarians as health information mediators.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Mary Piorun, PhD

Associate Director,

NN/LM NER

University of Massachusetts Medical School

P) 508/856-2223

E) piorun@umassmed.edu

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