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What’s New in the Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition

Friday, August 21st, 2015

[guest post by Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). Contact Tony at]

New Media Consortium recently released the Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition that identifies trends, challenges, and emerging technologies. The report is designed to examine new technologies and determine their potential impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. In review of the new report and comparing it to the 2014 Report, the following new points were discovered:

Important Developments in Technology for Academic and Research Libraries

The following new tools and technologies were identified that will likely drive planning over the next several years: (more…)

Webinar: Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) announces…
Please join us for this free webinar, geared specifically to the needs of small libraries (and featuring one of our ARSL board members, Julie Elmore!):

Technology Planning Tips for Small Libraries
Wednesday, August 19, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT

Registration Link:
How do you maximize your technology resources? When should you replace computers? How do you manage software updates? Do you have enough bandwidth to support patron Internet use? Technology decisions can be difficult to make, but a technology plan can help you focus your efforts.

Join us for this free webinar to learn from small libraries that have used technology planning to make better decisions, be more prepared, and improve services to their communities. Even with limited time and resources, a technology plan can help your library stay up-to-date. We will share tips and tactics to help you create a plan for your library’s technology. (more…)

Next week’s PNR Rendezvous: Lessons Learned from a 3D Printing Pilot in a Health Sciences Library

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

3D printing has done some pretty amazing things such as create bone replacements and skull implants.  However, most 3D printers in libraries do not make items quite of this caliber but it is still no less amazing.  Just think about what computers and the Internet and cell phones were like a few years ago and where they are now.  3D printing is much the same.  Just a few short years ago most people couldn’t imagine having one at their public or academic library and now many institutions offer this service in some form or other.  It’s not unusual to find a 3D printer and other tools in makerspaces and hackerspaces which offer an opportunity for people to gather and create.  Why have a 3D printer service?  Considering offering a 3D printer service?  Have you already joined the world of 3D printing?  Join us next Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00pm Pacific Time (noon Alaska 2 PM Mountain) to hear about the 3D printing pilot project undertaken by the University of Washington Health Sciences Library.  Terry Ann Jankowski, Assistant Director of User Experience and Paul Ludecke, Computer Commons Manager, describe what they did, what they learned, what they would do differently and what they hope to do in the future. (more…)

Low Cost Mapping Tools on NLM Community Health Maps Blog

Monday, May 11th, 2015

This is a guest post by Karen Vargas, Evaluation Specialist, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center, National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Have you ever wanted to be able to use mapping for your outreach needs, but thought that making maps would be too expensive, time-consuming, or just too difficult?   The National Library of Medicine has a blog called Community Health Maps: Information on Low Cost Mapping Tools for Community-based Organizations, with the goal of facilitating the use of geographic information system (GIS) mapping by providing information about low cost mapping tools, software reviews, best practices, and the experiences of those who have successfully implemented a mapping workflow as part of their work.  The blog is moderated by Kurt Menke, a certified GIS professional.

Here are some examples of the kinds of things you can find on the Community Health Maps blog:

  • A short guide for using iForm for field data collection. iForm is an app that can be used on iPads, iPhones and Android devices, and has a free version.  Using this app, you could go to different locations, gather data (for example, demographic information about attendance at your program), and view it in tabular or map format.
  • A description of a project using youth in the Philippines to collect data on the needs of their communities.  Technology + Youth = Change showed how a dozen donated phones helped 30 young adults survey and map information on access to water, electricity, jobs, and more.
  • A review of a pilot project done by the Seattle Indian Health Board’s Urban Indian Health Institute on noise pollution and health in the urban environment. One of the goals of the pilot project was to determine whether this kind of data collection and analysis would be feasible with other urban Indian health organizations, so they selected participants who had limited experience with data collection and GIS. The feedback suggested that the GIS software tools were very user-friendly and effective.

Lead poisoning risk graphic, CDC

Photo credit: Childhood Lead Poisoning Risk Analysis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from the CDC Map Gallery

NLM Releases TOXinvaders, a Mobile Game about Chemistry, the Environment and Health

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services of the National Library of Medicine launches TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad, available from the Apple Store (


TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, environment and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites. (more…)

Today: IOM Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology Workshop

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy is providing online access to view the workshop as it is being broadcast live regarding Health Literacy and Health Information Technology, today March 24, 2015 at The National Academy of Sciences. The topics include health literacy and the use of technology to inform health decision making, to share health information via technology, and giving examples of health literacy best practices as they apply to the use of technology for health decisions. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (Eastern time). Below is the link to watch live:
Health Literacy and Health Information Technology: A Workshop [Attend via Webcast or In-Person Meeting]
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
8:30 AM-5:30 PM (Eastern)