The NN/LM PNR invites proposals for a new suite of funding opportunities for projects carried out between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. If you are a Network member in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, we want to support your good ideas and encourage you to submit a proposal!
Proposals will be accepted until
February 3 February 17, 2015. Also, if you plan to submit an application, we need a brief statement of intent no later than January 13 January 27, 2015 to help our planning process. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to email@example.com.
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- This is a guest post written by Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
Are you curious about the use of smart phones, tablets, or other mobile data resources to collect data for your assessment project, but are seeking more information on how to determine if this is the right approach for your project or program and how to process the data you collect using this method?
Check out http://techchange.org/media/mobile-data-solutions/, which was created as part of the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, with expertise provided by U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Digital Development Lab and designed by TechChange.
The primary goal of this freely available and accessible online course (free registration is required to access it) is to learn more about mobile tools, processes, and strategies for data collection in order to use mobile devices (referred to as mobile data solutions) to their full potential in doing so. The course will take about 2 hours to complete and can be done at your own pace over time. Your progress in the course is saved so you’ll be taken to the point where you stopped to continue learning the next time you access it.
The learning objectives of the course are
- Describe examples of mobile data solutions from collection through visualization
- Articulate the benefit of using these solutions
- Analyze the challenges and limitations associated with mobile data solutions
- Assess whether or not particular mobile data solutions are appropriate for a project, program or problem
- Outline how to design a project or activity to include mobile data solutions
- Explain the steps involved in implementing mobile data solutions
- Summarize how to analyze, visualize, and share mobile data
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.
Phase I of PubAg provides access for searches of 340,000 peer-reviewed agriculturally related scientific literature, mostly from 2002 to 2012, each entry offering a citation, abstract and a link to the article if available from the publisher. This initial group of highly relevant, high-quality literature was taken from the 4 million bibliographic citations in NAL’s database.
Phase II of PubAg, planned for later in 2015, will include the remainder of NAL’s significant bibliographic records.
PubAg has been specifically designed to be easy to use and to serve a number of diverse users including the public, farmers, scientists, academicians and students. There is no requirement for a username, password or any other form of registration to use PubAg.
NAL has one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive compilations of agricultural information available.
Attitudes, beliefs and barriers in healthcare organizations about evidence-based management: Results from a Study of Idaho Hospitals
presented by Ruiling Guo, associate professor and health sciences librarian at Idaho State University (ISU) Idaho Health Sciences Library
January 21, 2015 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain)
Funded by the NN/LM PNR, Ruiling has collaboratively worked with her partners, Idaho State University teaching faculty in health care administration, on a needs assessment project. The purpose of the project was to conduct a needs assessment survey to identify hospital leaders’ beliefs and attitudes toward the practice of evidence-based management and potential needs for providing an evidence-based management training program to Idaho healthcare administrators. Ruiling will share her collaborative research findings and future plan with audience.
To attend go to http://webmeeting.nih.gov/rendezvous and login as a Guest, using your own name. Once logged into the web meeting, a pop-up box allows you to put in your phone number and the program will call you. If this does not happen, just call the 800 number and use the participant code that appears in the Notes box on the screen.
If you are unable to tune in live, we invite you to view a recording of the webcast, posted to the Rendezvous website later.
Most PNR Rendezvous webcast sessions are eligible for 1 hour of Medical Library Association continuing education (MLA CE) for attending the webcast and completing a brief online evaluation form at a website that is provided during the end of the webcast. Upon completion of the form, you will be able to e-mail MLA and request a CE certificate.
As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is available on this and future PNR Rendezvous webcasts.
The Health Insurance Marketplace is going strong. Recently, Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said, “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, so far nearly 6.4 million consumers, including about 1.9 million new consumers, have access to quality, affordable health coverage for 2015 through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This law is working, and families are better off as a result.”
However, insurance jargon is often confusing and may be a factor in the reluctance of individuals applying through the Marketplace. If your library or organization is providing assistance regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace, the links that follow may be helpful for those who may be confused by these unfamiliar terms:
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Need some ideas for healthier habits in 2015? Make your resolutions stick with these tips for fun and practical real life changes.
Wishing a happy and healthy new year to all!
As we head toward the end of this year, the CDC offers a few tips for a smoke-free 2015.
Every January 1, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. If you’re one of the nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. smokers who want to quit, why not get started today? Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave you feeling stronger and healthier. Most smokers who want to quit try several times before they succeed, but you can take steps that can improve your chances of quitting for good.
Develop a Quit Plan: Planning ahead is a major part of successfully quitting smoking. Smokefree.gov offers details on how to create an effective quit plan.
Use Free, Effective Resources: There are many free resources for people trying to quit smoking. Check out 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a call line and source of encouraging texts; Smokefree TXT, which sends texts of encouragement and advice to your phone; and Smokefree Apps, apps to help you become– and stay–smoke-free. A few information pages also provide tips and personal stories. Check out pages on Smoking (MedlinePlus), Quitting Smoking (CDC), and Tips From Former Smokers (CDC).
Find a Medication That’s Right for You: Many options are available if you are considering using medications to help you quit smoking. Studies show that smokers who use medicine to help control cravings, along with coaching from a quit line, in a group, or from a counselor, are much more likely to succeed than those who go it alone.
Even if you don’t smoke yourself, you can use this article to help a friend or family member become smoke-free in 2015!