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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

 

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.

ALA launches free e-government webinar series

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

[ALA Press Release]

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Over the past few months, both organizations have worked to transition LibEGov—a project supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grant—into Lib2Gov.

The redesigned website Lib2Gov allows libraries and government agencies to come together and collaborate, share resources and build a community of practice. Lib2Gov now provides a dedicated space where librarians can share materials, lesson plans, tutorials, stories, and other e-government content. The website offers a variety of resources from government agencies and organizations, including information on immigration, taxation, social security and healthcare.

In a few weeks, both organizations will host a new monthly webinar series, “E-government @ Your Library.” The webinars will explore a variety of e-government topics that will be of interest to librarians, including mobile government and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. All webinars are free and will be archived on the Lib2Gov site. The webinar schedule for Winter/Spring 2014:

Webinar 1: E-government @ Your Library (Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar offers general insights into how libraries can help meet the e-government needs of their communities in general and through the Lib2Gov web resource. Register now.

 Speakers:

  • John Bertot, Ph.D., co-director, Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), and professor, in University of Maryland College Park’s iSchool
  • Ursula Gorham, graduate research associate, iPAC and doctoral candidate, University of Maryland College Park iSchool
  • Jessica McGilvray, assistant director, Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association’s Washington, D.C. office

Webinar 2: Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST) Register now.

This webinar will offer insights and techniques in how practicing government information professionals can use the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience in several promising areas of digital reference, government information discovery tools and deliberative outreach to your community.

 Speakers:

  • Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • John A. Shuler, associate professor, University of Illinois, Chicago University Library

Webinar 3: An Introduction to Mobile Government Apps for Librarians (Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

The webinar will cover how librarians can teach patrons to use mobile devices, provide links on our webpages to government apps, and create apps for their own e-government websites. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Isabelle Fetherston, teen librarian, Pasco County Library System
  • Nancy Fredericks, member, Pasco County Library System Library Leadership Team

Webinar 4: Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar presents information on libraries’ and librarians’ roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters. Register now.

Speakers:

  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Cindy Love, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Elizabeth Norton, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center

Webinar 5: Beta.Congress.Gov (Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

Sign-up information, as well as more information about webinar topics and speakers, is available. Please contact Jessica McGilvray (jmcgilvray@alawash.org) or John Bertot (jbertot@umd.edu) with questions about Lib2Gov or the webinar series.

NN/LM – FREE Extreme Weather Disaster Summit

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region will be hosting a half-day Emergency Preparedness Summit at University of Massachusetts Medical School on Friday November 22, 2013 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

The theme is Extreme Weather.  With a large percentage of New England being located along the northeastern seaboard the potential for floods, hurricanes, blizzards and other weather related events that occur in our communities.  This event is for librarians, public health workers and emergency management personnel or anyone else who is interested in attending and participating.

The current speaker line up is:

  •  David Clemons: Director, Worcester Emergency Management
  • Liz Foley, Medical Reserve Corps
  • Cindy Hahn, American Red Cross

This event is free.   A light breakfast and validated parking will be available. Lunch is on your own (two onsite cafeterias to choose from).

You will also have a choice of two different CE courses to register for:

  • Going to Extremes: Health Information Resources for Severe Weather Conditions
  • Improving Library Disaster Readiness workshop 

Registration for the Summit and CE classes is available at http://tinyurl.com/ogdqnjv

Questions?

Contact Meredith Solomon, meredith.solomon@umassmed.edu; 508-856-5964

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