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Archive for March, 2014

Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund 2014-2015 Learning Partnership program

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund 2014-2015 Learning Partnership program is seeking organizational applications! Please distribute this notice to organizations who could benefit from a Sewell fellow.

The program places experienced librarians and information professionals within leading health care or research organizations in order for both partners to gain a better  understanding of how best information sciences can be effectively applied in each environment. The Fund believes that this experience will facilitate a bridging of cultures resulting in a more creative and effective application of information science in the health care arena.

Host organizations will present a learning environment, a series of activities, and access to organizational leaders which will allow the librarian to more fully understand the nature of the organization’s work, its decision-making processes, the clients served and the health care issues addressed. The librarian will participate in team settings designed to utilize the librarian’s skills and knowledge in non-traditional ways. Immersion is the goal and expanded knowledge the anticipated result for both partners.  To read about past Learning Partnerships, click http://www.sewellfund.org/2014CompletedLearningPartnerships.htm.

The Sewell Fund support covers salary and incidental expenses for twelve-month Learning Partnership fellowships. The deadline for applications from organizations to host fellows is April 15, 2014.

This includes organizations with emergency and disaster responsibilities. In 2012-13, the Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the Division of Out-of-Hospital Care in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the MESH Coalition jointly hosted Kacy Allgood, who became known as the “Ambulance Riding Librarian.” See Kacy’s recorded presentation for the Disaster Information Specialist Program on April 11, 2013, http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

For more information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewellfund
Sewell website: http://www.sewellfund.org/2014LearningPartnershipsHosts.htm

 

Health Happens in Libraries

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Health Happens in Libraries: Prioritizing Patron and Partner Engagement

A webinar with WebJunction and ZeroDivide exploring inventive patron and partner engagement approaches which have been implemented by libraries in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.

About the webinar:

Staying attuned to community needs and engaging strong partners to address those needs are hallmarks of 21st century public librarianship. Libraries across the country have implemented inventive patron and partner engagement approaches in conjunction with the initial open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which ends March 31, 2014. Join the Health Happens in Libraries project team for this interactive session, to discuss how your library can integrate these best practices into your local health information service priorities.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

Start time: 2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific

Tweet: #wjwebinar #libs4health

Related Resources:

Sign up for project updates at WebJunction.org via Get Involved.

For more information, please visit the project  Resources page.

Register to attend

 

 

Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine Health Care Workforce COI

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest is offering a webinar next week. Please see the details below:

REGISTER HERE: http://nnlm.gov/ner/training/register.html?schedule_id=2807

TITLE: Public Health and Disaster Management Resources from the National Library of Medicine – Health Care Workforce COI

DATE: Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  2:00-3:00. Online.

INSTRUCTORS: Hathy Simpson, MPH, Public Health Information Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

Meredith Solomon, MLS.  Education and Outreach Coordinator.  National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region

DESCRIPTION:  This webinar, hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Healthcare Workforce Community of Interest, will be an overview of some lesser-known but equally valuable information resources maintained by the National Library of Medicine.  Hathy Simpson, Public Health Information Specialist, will discuss public health resources including the public health portal, PHPartners.org, and Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries (pre-formulated searches of PubMed). Meredith Solomon, Education and Outreach Coordinator, will present on the tools and resource available from the Disaster Information Management Research Center.  These include web-based programs and portable apps designed for first responders and other medical personnel responding to biohazard emergencies.

Evaluation Tips: Recipe of Evaluation Techniques

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Last week OERC staff attended a webinar presentation from Stanley Capela entitled Recipe of Evaluation Techniques for the Real World. This is one of the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) ongoing 20 minute Coffee Break webinars . The webinars, offered Thursdays at 2pm Eastern time, often present similar tools and tips that are also covered in the Tip a Day blog but allow for audience questions &  answers and networking with the presenters.

Capela’s recipe focused primarily on internal evaluation in a non-profit or government settings where people are seeking realistic answers in response to your assessment efforts. His tips include:

  • Value People’s Time – all time is valuable, regardless of who you are working with, and clear communication on the intent of the evaluation helps to make the      best use of everyone’s time.
  • Ethical Conduct – working within the parameters of organization and/or professional association codes of conducts in addition to established support of upper      level administration will help to minimize the potential for ethical dilemmas.
  • Know Your Enemies – be aware of those who are resistant to program evaluation and may try to undermine these efforts, and also know that you as an evaluator may be perceived as an enemy by others. Again, clear communication helps!
  • Culture of Accountability – take the time to know the story of those you are working with – where are they coming from? What is their history with previous assessments? Were their needs met, or were there issues that had negative effects on relationships and outcomes?
  • Do Something – avoid cycles of conducting reviews, identifying deficiencies, and outcomes that only include developing correction plans. Also important to note is that program evaluation does not solve management problems.
  • A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – find ways to integrate charts that direct the reader to the most important information clearly and concisely.
  • Let Go of Your Ego – working from a mindset that accepts the people conducting the program itself will most likely ‘get the credit’, and that your measure of success is doing your job to the best of your ability knowing you made a difference.
  • Give Back – develop of network of trusted colleagues, such as through personal and organization connections on LinkedIn and other platforms, share ideas, and      asking questions since others have probably encountered a similar situation or can connect you with those who have.

Hopefully you have found the information we at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) have freely available for you in our updated Evaluation Guides helpful as an additional source of  ideas, strategies, and worksheets to include in your evaluation recipe collection!

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