The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Express Outreach Award:
Institution: Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Ensuring informed decision making among medically underserved rural cancer patients via collaboration, education, and technology
Project Director: Gail Lowery
Institution: Easter Seals Arkansas, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Health-Able: Integrated Health Information Literacy for Families of Individuals with Disabilities
Project Director: Linda Rogers
Institution: Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith AR
Project Title: Mercy Home Health: Healthcare Information for Home Health Patients and Outreach Services for the Fort Smith Asian Community
Project Director: Pat Morris
Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center, Slidell LA
Project Title: 2013-14 SEL-AHEC Community Outreach
Project Director: Helen Caruso
Institution: University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, Schusterman Library
Project Title: Operation School Nurse: Health Information Outreach to School Nurses in Tulsa County
Project Director: April Schweikhard
Institution: Face to Face Enrichment Center, Gonzales LA
Project Title: Project Connections Baton Rouge: Your Link to Health Resource Information
Project Director: Gabrielle Johnson
Institution: Texas Woman’s University, Dallas TX
Project Title: Educational Service Learning Model for Developing a Consumer-Centered Health Literacy Toolkit
Project Director: Shelly Burns
Institution: University of New Mexico Health Science Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque NM
Project Title: I Heard it on the Radio
Project Director: Gale Hannigan
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce for the third year the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders, and others (paid or volunteer) that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:
- Information needs assessment;
- Roles in providing disaster health information;
- Practices and methods in information sharing;
- Skills development;
- Information retrieval;
- Resource development; and/or
- Document access.
Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information in a way useful to all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery workers, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, all-hazards, and emergency topics. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations on disaster health information needs among and to the mutual benefit of librarians, information specialists, or informationists and the disaster workforce.
Eligible projects will be based on a partnership or collaboration that includes at least one library or information center and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities.
Awards are offered for a minium of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 for a one-year project.
Information about previous years’ projects: 2011 projects and 2012 projects.
Proposals are due to NLM on June 20, 2013 by 2 pm ET.
Check out the May Issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:
A Bang to the Brain: What We Know About Concussions – Concussions are a type of mild brain injury, but they need to be taken seriously. Learn to recognize the causes and symptoms of concussion, and take steps to prevent head injuries.
On Sound Footing: The Health of Your Feet – Your feet are pretty small, considering they have to support the entire height and weight of your body. But they can cause big problems. So take steps to keep your feet healthy!
Congratulations to Leta Dannelley, from CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Corpus Christi TX, recipient of the NN/LM SCR Hospital Library Promotion Award!
Project Title: The Health Sciences Library – A Hidden Treasure Revealed
This project will increase awareness of the Health Sciences Library at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System through a promotional campaign of library services. This campaign will include the creation of a video for new physician, resident, medical student and new associate orientation; designing a library web page to connect patrons with library resources via the intranet; and taking the “show on the road” to six hospitals.
Read about previous years’ funded projects.
Congratulations to the 2013 /2014 NN/LM SCR Professional Development Awardees:
Awardee: Carolyn Bridgewater
Institution: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans
Conference: American Public Health Association 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition
Awardee: Stephanie Cheramie
Institution: Lafourche Public Library, Thibodaux LA
Conference: American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition
Awardee: Lisa Huang
Institution: Collin College, Denton TX
Conference: First Science Boot Camp for Libraries in the West
Awardee: Joanne Romano
Institution: The TMC Library, Houston TX
Conference: First Science Boot Camp for Libraries in the West
The Spring 2013 issue of NIH MedlinePlus, the magazine, is now available online. Feature articles include:
- Researching and Reducing the Health Burden of Stroke
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Managing Allergies
- Spotlight on NIH Research: What Do Fats Do in the Body?
Featuring reliable up-to-date health information and the latest news from NIH-supported research, NIH MedlinePlus magazine is available free of charge. Get an email alert or free print subscription.
Greetings all! My name is Naomi Gonzales and I am so delighted to be the newest member of the fabulous NN/LM South Central Region team as the Public Health Coordinator. I graduated in spring of 2012 with my MLS from the University of North Texas (UNT) but I’ve always had a passion for outreach and literacy. I’ve been working with the public (in all kinds of settings) since 2006 and quickly learned to love the rollercoaster ride that is creating lasting connections with community members.
For the past year, I worked as an Instructional Technologies Librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library and before that I worked with engineering and library science students at UNT, providing a variety of reference and instructional services in the library. I’m a member of the ALA Rainbow Book List committee and (true to my librarian nature) in my spare time will enthusiastically devour books in any form—including the audiobooks that often accompany me to the gym. Although reading will always be my first love, I also have more active pastimes such as yoga and the occasional attempt at being crafty. I look forward to working with and learning from such a great community of people!
In March Google announced that it would discontinue Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. Launched in 2005 Google Reader quickly became one of the top platforms for aggregated RSS feeds.
Google states declining usage statistics and a desire to focus on other applications as reasons for ending support for Google Reader.
Google also recommends services such as Google Takeout for retaining Google Reader data.
Other feed-reading tools such as Feedly have seen in influx in users since the announcement from Google.
Google Reader was one of the services frequently explored as part of the popular Geeks Bearing Gifts class taught by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine offices. If you signed up for or have been using Google Reader please make efforts to switch to another provider before Google Reader shuts down on July 1st.
Join us for the next SCR CONNECTions webinar.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)
Guest Speaker: Cynthia Olney NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Research Center (OERC)
Topic: Once Upon a Time: Using Evaluation Findings to Tell Your Project’s Story
Once upon a time, there was an evaluation report that people actually read. Sound like a fairy tale? Exactly! This presentation will show you how to create more audience-friendly evaluation reports using content structures found in fairy tales and inspirational speeches. The presentation covers a five-step process for developing reports, then shows two different structures that can be used to organize narrative and content to be interesting and motivational to the reader or listener. The formats covered in this webinar can be adapted for written reports, presentations, and even elevator speeches. Don’t let your data get in the way of a good story; use your data to enhance it instead.
SCR CONNECTions webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/ .
Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL: https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.
Please note: SCR CONNECTions webinars use Voice over IP technology (VoIP). You must have audio on your computer turned on to hear the webinar. No call in number will be provided.
This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit.
If you cannot attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.
This week is National Library Week: April 14 – 20, 2013. The theme for this year’s observance is “Communities matter @ your library.”
Public, school, and academic libraries are busier than ever serving the people in local communities. They help people fill out job applications, provide homework assistance to students, offer public access to the Internet, assist small businesses in conducting research, and much more. Yet libraries face funding crises in many communities. Without proper funding, libraries are forced to decrease or cut resources, reduce the number of librarians and library workers, and reduce hours of operation. Even worse, some libraries face closures.
During National Library Week and throughout April, libraries of all types will host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in people’s lives. More information and promotional materials, including PSAs and printable materials are available at: http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek .
It is also a great opportunity to write your legislators and let them know how important libraries are to you and about the positive difference libraries make in your community every day.
Consider advocating for your library or libraries this week! Libraries need your voice!