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Funding Available for MLA Fall Webcast Series

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The NN/LM PNR will sponsor sites to host one or more webinars in the Medical Library Association Fall Webinar Series. Group viewings as well as individual viewings are available. For group viewings, NN/LM PNR will pay registration fees for selected sites that agree to host and promote the webcast for colleagues in their area. Individual registration is also available if a group viewing is not possible.For more information, see: http://nnlm.gov/pnr/funding/MLA-Webcast.html.

Science Boot Camp West 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Science Boot Camp for Librarians – West 2014 was held in beautiful, sunny and warm Seattle at the University of Washington July 9 – 11.  This event was made possible, in part, by an NN/LM PNR Symposium Award.  This was the second annual “western” version of Science Boot Camp for Librarians, based on the original Science Boot Camp held each summer in Massachusetts.  This conference is an opportunity for academic librarians to hear about three different fields of science and research processes from the researchers themselves, which helps librarians to better facilitate the research of faculty and students. This year we took a different approach to developing our boot camp curriculum and decided to find speakers under the umbrella of a common theme: disasters.  We had six academic researchers discuss their disaster-related work.

On Wednesday the 9th University of Washington professors Brian Atwater and David Montgomery spoke on Geology and Geomorphology.  Dr. Atwater briefly highlighted some of his research on historic Cascadia quakes and then invited two guest lecturers visiting from Pakistan, Ghazala Naeem, architect and natural-hazards specialist from Islamabad, and Din Mohammad Kakar, earthquake geologist from University of Balochistan, to address their current work.  Dr. Montgomery then explained the field of geomorphology to the audience and discussed the recent landslide disaster that occurred in Oso, Washington. Day one came to an end at the UW Club where campers mingled and dined while listening to guest speaker, Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton discuss her recent book, Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.  Doughton’s talk was a nice way to close the day as she relied on the work of both of the day’s earlier speakers to write her book, an exposé of the Pacific Northwest’s  history of “megaquakes” and what it will mean for us to have ” a big one” in the future.

Thursday, Day 2, kicked off with Jan Newton, Senior Principal Oceanographer, Applied Physics Lab at UW, speaking about ocean acidification.  She was followed by Robert Pavia, from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW, who discussed data collection and analysis during a disaster, looking specifically at the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Thursday afternoon campers had a choice of attending a four-hour workshop on either Disaster Informatics or Data Librarianship.  The warm and sunny Seattle summer weather held up for an evening BBQ and boat ride around Lake Union and Lake Washington.

Boot Camp concluded with two health sciences speakers, Randy Beaton, emeritus from the Schools of Nursing and Public Health and David Townes, faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Beaton addressed issues related to mental health in disaster situations, including how to better study first responders.  Dr. Townes Day 3 discussing how policy, politics and emergency medicine come together when responding to global disasters, examining the current war in Syria in particular.

To get a broader perspective on the event, from some of the attendees themselves, a round up of the tweets from Science Boot Camp West 2014 are available on Storify and pictures on instagram.  Videos of the presentations are available on the conference’s LibGuide: http://guides.lib.washington.edu/2014SBCW_videos.

It’s Funding Season Again At NN/LM PNR

Friday, July 25th, 2014

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It’s not too late for Network members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to consider submitting a proposal for an NN/LM PNR award! We have a new suite of funding opportunities to inspire outreach in your communities or new projects within your organizations.  We’d love to see some more statements of intent to apply by the deadline of July 29th.

As you plan activities for the Fall, consider applying for the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award — for up to $5,000 to increase awareness of health disparities and the National Library of Medicine’s resources.

Or, maybe a Health Information Services Award is just the ticket, funded up to $5,000, to support projects that promote the value of health information services within an organization or for the community.

If you need support for purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software, consider applying for a Technology Improvement Award for up to $10,000.

Or, you may want funding (up to $10,000) to plan and host an event sparking interest and participation by colleagues from around the region, via a Regional Symposium award.

For each award, proposals will be accepted until August 19, 2014. However, if you plan to submit an application, we need a brief statement of intent no later than July 29, 2014 to help our planning process. Please submit your statement of intent to apply to nnlm@uw.edu.

We also offer ongoing funding (ranging from $500 to $2,000) to support costs for professional development, library student scholarship , assessment and planning, training, and exhibit activities. These ongoing awards are available until funds are expended.

Lastly, if you need funding to carryout a project, but you are not sure there is a ‘fit’ with these currently available award categories, please drop us a line (nnlm@uw.edu) by July 29 and briefly describe your idea so we can discuss the possibilities with you.

Medical Library Pilot Project Award Recipients

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The NN/LM PNR congratulates the following Spring 2014 Medical Library Pilot Project award recipients, funded up to $15,000 for projects that explore or demonstrate innovation or emerging roles of the library:

Project Title: Neighborhood Health Link: Promoting Access to Healthy Community Resources
Project Manager: Carol Cahill, Research Associate, Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA
Summary: Increase content and geographic scope of Group Health’s website “Neighborhood Health Link” which links primary care patients to health-promoting community resources in King County. Evaluate website’s utility to clinical staff/patients/community at large.

Project Title: Clinical and Translational Activities Reporting Tool (CTAR)
Project Manager: Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Summary: To build a research activity profiling tool that will synthesize and analyze data across a disparate set of internal and external data sources (e.g. IRB, grants and contracts, PubMed) to identify research activity topics and trends, and their classification as clinical or translational. OHSU’s Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute will use CTAR to increase its ability to strategically contribute to research outcomes and human health.

Project Title: RELM: Research and Evidence Literacy in Medicine CME Game for Physicians
Project Manager: Ann Gleason, Associate Director for Resources and Systems, UW Health Sciences Library, Seattle, WA
Summary: In phase 3 of a multi-part project, create a game that teaches physicians how to practice evidence-based medicine, especially geared towards physicians practicing in rural areas who have not been taught EBM and have not used electronic library resources in the last decade.

Library Student Scholarship Awards

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The NN/LM PNR is pleased to announce the Library Student Scholarship Awards for students interested in attending an upcoming health science libraries meeting. The award covers expenses for students to attend meetings sponsored by state or regional health science library associations in the Pacific Northwest Region. Upcoming eligible meetings include the Oregon Health Science Libraries Association (OHSLA), the Washington Medical Librarians Association (WMLA), or the “Quint” meeting involving five chapters of the Medical Library Association.

Applying is easy but the deadlines for OHSLA and WMLA are coming up very soon, so please spread the word to library students you know!

Guest post: Capturing Content for Distance Learning

Friday, June 13th, 2014

This is a guest post written by Jon Anscher on behalf of the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association.  The NWRPCA received a Technology Improvement Award from the NN/LM PNR to purchase equipment for capturing sessions at the organization’s two annual conferences.

Community Health Centers (CHCs) need a comprehensive learning environment with modularized learning components that are current, interactive, and engaging and our goal was to deliver a higher quality and broader access through online resources. In an age where technology is changing too fast for our infrastructure to keep up, it is essential that CHC workers have access to the latest information without having to attend every retreat, workshop, or training that is offered.

Add to that a challenging economy, and distance learning becomes the saving grace of a new age. Through distance learning, we can offer training and information that is instantly accessible, easy to update, and is less than half the cost to clinics that cannot afford continually sending their staff to conferences and courses to stay current. Further, distance learning has the capacity to target specific learning and identify the needs of the learners so that participants can maximize their time, learning content that is the most relevant to them.

The Challenge

The staff at Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) regularly received feedback from conference participants that there was so much good content, they wished they could go to more than one session. Given this consistent need, the Education and Training Team wanted to extend the visibility and accessibility of our conferences through better capture and delivery of content. Secondarily we also wanted to deliver higher quality online learning by doing better work capturing and delivering content.

Thanks to an award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region, we were able to do just that. The resulting content captured from purchased equipment has allowed us to extend the reach of our conferences and the valuable learning that can be found there.

Learning from Our Ignorance

Yet this journey was not without challenges. As a small nonprofit, NWRPCA is constantly struggling to keep up with current trends in technology and content delivery. Maintaining the equipment and a skilled staff is no easy task. And the time and effort that goes into editing the hours of footage captured cannot be overestimated. Video editing is a time consuming process that is often not user friendly. As such, it has become apparent that there is a fine balance between quality and speed of delivery. Finding that balance is a challenge and one that we continue to address.

The biggest surprise, however, was the complexity of the capture process. Entering into this, we thought that resources were our big deficiency, but we quickly realized that equipment was a drop in the bucket compared to the time it took to develop and edit the content we captured and the skills it took to ensure we could capture and work with the content. We quickly found that building partnerships and finding ways to develop solid workflow was key.

Additionally, the number of times that captures were lost due to clipped audio, crashed software, or user error was surprising. Anyone considering capturing content from a conference should have a clear purpose for why they are doing it, a measured need, and a clear goal about how they are going to manage all that content.

Not only was the human factor big, but the size of the captured content quickly became an issue. As the size of content grew, we quickly realized we needed a strong plan for how to keep the content safe. We had anticipated a large working drive to keep the content on, but the need for redundant backup drives quickly out-paced us.

Lastly, it is very important that you understand the cost to value ratio. How much of a commitment of staff and resources is the content worth? At first, we tried to capture content at the highest quality. But we quickly discovered that space was not unlimited and had to make decisions about the level of quality that we truly needed.

Success

Overall, this project has been a big success. We engaged a broader audience and learned a lot about balancing quality and quantity. Many conference attendees were eager to gain access to the recordings for sessions they missed and sessions they wanted to share with others. Ultimately, this was our sign of success.