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What kind of library users are in your community?

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is pleased to announced the creation of a new tool that helps you gather data about library habits and attitudes of your own community.  Librarians, educators, and other groups can now create their own unique “community version” of the Pew’s library user quiz and can invite members of their community to participate with a unique URL.  Learn more about the quiz and community tool on the Pew’s blog.

NIH News in Health, July Issue

Check out the July issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.  Topics featured this month include:  sun exposure, food safety, and physical activity for seniors.

NER Award Funding Available

NER has a small amount of additional funds to put towards awards. As a result the office will accept a second round of proposals due August 29, 2014. You can find the proposal requirements here: http://nnlm.gov/ner/funding/. The number of awarded projects and amount of funding available is small and ideal for technology awards or express outreach projects. All projects will need to be completed by April 30th. 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 July 25th, 2014 if you will be applying. Proposals are due August 29, 2014

There are two 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.

 

Please contact Mary Piorun with questions:

508-856-2223

mary.piorun@umassmed.edu

 

Health Statistics Project Participants

Congratulations to NER’s health statistics book discussion project participants! Nine New England Region librarians were accepted to participate in the project. This project is an exciting opportunity to play an important role to teach how to see through the hype of health news reporting, know what questions to ask, and learn how to understand statistics.  We are very excited that the authors of Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics, Stephen Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz, will collaborate with us. This project is hosted by the Healthy Communities COI.

Project participants include:

  • Donna Belcinski, Greenwich Hospital, Connecticut
  • Maureen Dunn, Concord Hospital Library, New Hampshire
  • Joanne Doucette, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Library
  • Jeannine Gluck, ECHN Library, Connecticut
  • Jane Kearns, Hartness Library, CCV/VTC, Vermont
  • Barbara Keef, Windham Public Library, Maine
  • Lauren Olewnick, Castleton State College Library, Vermont
  • Margaret Perkins, Medway Public Library, Massachusetts
  • Stacy Wein, Copley Hospital Library, Vermont

Participants will collaborate with the authors to create book discussion materials and then lead a book discussion in their community. The book is available in PubMed Health.

In March, NER hosted a webinar presented by the authors.  You can view the recording.

Margot Malachowski, the NER’s Healthy Communities COI Leader, and I are coordinating the project together.  We also plan to host the book discussion in our communities.

Project participants will author an article together to disseminate the results.

~Michelle Eberle
Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator

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