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Teleconference on New Funding Mechanism for RML 2016-21 Award Cycle

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) (http://nnlm.gov) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information. Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements. This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects. A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.

After nearly 45 years as contracts, the RMLs will return to grants, more specifically cooperative agreements, as the funding mechanism for the 2016-2021 award cycle. Cooperative agreements will allow NLM to actively participate in the work of the RMLs and Centers, enable the RMLs and Centers to better coordinate programs among their Regions and areas of responsibility, and enable the RMLs and Centers to better respond to regional and national needs during the five year grant period. Until the early 1970’s the RMLs were originally funded as grants but transitioned to contracts to allow NLM more oversight and standardization of the work.

NLM is hosting a teleconference Tuesday, January 27, to discuss the decision to go with this award mechanism. NLM will have Extramural Program staff on the call to help get you started if you plan to apply and what you need to do now.

Join us:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 4pm ET

Teleconference Number:  US/CAN Toll Free:  1-888-450-5996, Participant Passcode662939

Check out the NLM News announcement [http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nlm_rfi_telecon_2015.html] for more information!

Farewell Cheryl Rowan

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Cheryl Rowan

On January 15, 2015, the NN/LM SCR bids farewell to Cheryl Rowan, the Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. Cheryl held two different positions during her tenure at the NN/LM SCR. She was hired as the Public Health Coordinator in June 2009, and became passionate about providing information outreach services to the public health workforce. In addition to teaching the NN/LM SCR’s existing classes, including the Public Health on the Web class, she developed several classes and conducted webinars on topics designed to broaden the public health community’s knowledge of information sources.

Recognizing the importance of statistics in the public health realm, she created the class Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as…Easy as 1,2,3. Originally created for the public health workforce, this class became very popular with various groups throughout the Region. She also created the class From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations which was designed to assist librarians and others who work with refugee populations. This class was the first of its type for NLM and has been taught throughout the country. As one NLM staff member noted in an email sent to the NN/LM SCR office: “You are blazing a trail with this new course content.”

Cheryl was keenly interested in helping provide information to culturally diverse communities. At the 8th Annual Diversity Rx Conference, she conducted a presentation on providing relevant and culturally appropriate health information to refugee and immigrant communities. In addition, she coordinated the development of the NN/LM SCR’s Health Disparities Taskforce which brought together librarians and information professionals serving a variety of populations to determine how to best meet the needs of culturally diverse groups. Information gleaned from this taskforce led to a poster presented at the 2012 Health Disparities Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit, a paper presented at the SCC/MLA 2011 conference and the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award.

Perhaps Cheryl’s biggest contribution to the program was in the area of health information literacy. She assumed ownership of the existing NN/LM health literacy class, revising it to including information on cultural competency. In addition to teaching this class at libraries throughout the Region, she conducted presentations on health literacy at numerous state events, including the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Winter Conference, Community Health Centers of Arkansas Annual Conference and the Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit.

In December of 2012, Cheryl assumed the Consumer Health Coordinator position. She created the class Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources which provided information on locating nutrition information and the link between nutrition and health. Cheryl also spearheaded the NN/LM SCR’s efforts to inform librarians about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She conducted numerous webinars on the ACA for state libraries and the Region as a whole. These webinars were well attended and were beneficial in allaying the concerns of public libraries on the role they would play in ACA.

Throughout the years, Cheryl has received many awards and accolades. Even before she became an NN/LM SCR employee, she was the recipient of the NN/LM SCR’s first library student outreach award. In recognition of her dedication to helping provide health information to underserved communities, she was named a 2012 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. Finally, in October 2014, she received the SCC/ MLA Librarian of the Year Award in acknowledgment of all her work in the field of health sciences librarianship.

We wish Cheryl the best of luck as she embarks on another chapter in her life. She will be missed.

Farewell to Emily Hurst

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Emily Hurst

On December 5, 2014, the NN/LM SCR says goodbye to Technology Coordinator Emily Hurst.  Emily started at the NN/LM SCR in February 2010 and it was evident from her first day that she would make significant contributions to the program.  She began work during a time in which we were beginning the strategic planning process for the 2011 – 2016 RML Contract. Although she was new, she jumped right into brainstorming for the next proposal to ensure that Network members had the technology solutions necessary for successful audience engagement.

It is difficult to overemphasize the impact Emily has had on the program.  She is responsible for the development of many of the NN/LM SCR’s most successful funding opportunities, including the Digital Preservation and Access (DiPA) Award and the Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award.  She has created many classes for the NN/LM SCR, including That’s a Wrap: Creating and Editing Video and Information at Your Fingertips: Tablet and e-Readers.  These classes have been extremely popular not only in the South Central Region but also throughout the country.  She completed a major revision to the class Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers and converted it into a highly successful Moodle class.  Emily consistently received extremely favorable reviews for all her classes.  Those of you who attended her classes know that she was uniquely able to communicate technical concepts in easy-to-understand format.  Her classes were always fun and informative.  As one attendee noted, “this was the most transformative class that I can ever remember taking.”

Emily was extremely innovative and forward thinking when it came to technology programming for the Region.  She was responsible for the development of the NN/LM SCR’s YouTube page, which, it should be noted, was the first YouTube page of any RML program. She was also pivotal in establishing the NN/LM SCR’s flourishing social media presence.  Those of you who have been readers of Blogadillo throughout the years likely noticed that the number of staff pictures featured in posts jumped dramatically after Emily joined the NN/LM SCR. She always encouraged staff to take pictures at classes, exhibits and meetings so that they could be shared with Network members.

Emily made many contributions behind the scenes, including, providing guidance on hardware and software purchases for both the office and its awardees, helping to ensure section 508 compliance, and spearheading the NN/LM SCR’s migration to Drupal.  Those of you who have attended an SCR CONNECTions webinars may not know that Emily was the technical support that helped things to run smoothly. Indeed, her ability to provide technology assistance in a quick and non-judgmental manner led NN/LM SCR staff to contact her prior to contacting the library’s IT department.  Emily always came through for the staff.

The former Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR, Michelle Malizia wrote, “On a personal note, Emily was invaluable to me in my role as the Associate Director, providing me with a lot of insight on technology and assistance with determining where technology funding should be directed to best meet the needs of the program.  In Emily’s first month at the NN/LM SCR, I told her that I knew she was going to be a leader in the profession. That was evident from the start. I also knew that she wouldn’t be at the NN/LM SCR office forever and that we were lucky to have her for however long she stayed.  I give my thanks to her on behalf of the program during my tenure. I wish Emily all the best in the future as she embarks on another bright chapter in her life. ”
Best wishes and good luck!

December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NIHNews in Health_Dec 2014The December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:

Features:

Feeling Stressed? Stress Relief Might Help Your Health

f you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things—like holiday gatherings or vacations—it might be time to reassess. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress may help your health.

When Your Back Hurts: Don’t Let Back Pain Knock You Flat

Your back is a complicated structure, and  a lot can go wrong with it. Protect your back by learning about the causes, treatment, and prevention of back pain.

Health Capsules:

Detecting Rare Disease-Producing Glitches

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History

Featured Website: Go4Health

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!
Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call for more information.

Comparing Wearables

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Watch Sensor

The updated Geeks Bearing Gifts class features an overview and discussion on wearable technology. As we near the holiday gift giving season it may be an ideal time to learn about more wearable technologies as these items are some of popular gifts this year. Wearable technologies are defied as devices or sensors attached or affixed to a user to measures activity or biometric information, some wearable devices feature applications that allow them to act as extensions of mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.

A timeline of the history of wearable technology provided by Mashable reminds us that wearables have been around since the 1960s and that the technology available today is what makes today’s wearables more consumer friendly. Thanks to technology innovations, today’s computer and senor technology is smaller, cheaper, and possibly more accurate than ever before. Forbes magazine recently called 2014 the “Year of the Wearable.” According to a new ABI Research report an estimated 100 million wearable health monitoring devices will be sold over the next five years. The report notes that both “[c]onsumers’ growing interest in and awareness of how mobile health devices can improve patient care and bolster health-related activities” and “[a]n increasing ability to collect health care data through various devices and share that data with health care providers and payers” are driving forces in the growth of the wearable market.

 

Much of the success surrounding wearable technology is in the applications of wearables for health, fitness, and even safety. Success of early products such as the Nike Fuel Band and the FitBit are tied to their ability to monitor fitness information, perhaps encouraging wearers to work out more or allowing for a review of their overall fitness regime at the end of the day. In addition, many wearables now feature  the ability to encourage others and inspire friendly fitness competitions. While new devices are constantly entering the market, PC Magazine provides an overview of some the Best Activity Trackers for Fitness.

While fitness trackers remain some of the most popular gadgets for consumers, biosenor technology to track and record other aspects of healthcare are also on the horizon. With sensors many points of data can be collected and possibly analyzed to improve aspects of health.

Cloud Computing Security

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Cloud Computing computers

Thinking of storing information in the cloud? Cloud computing use in libraries, business and for personal use continues to rise. Today more services are available through cloud services than ever before. Cloud computing, as described by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is large groups of remote servers that are networked to allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources. Cloud computing makes it easy to access information on the go, to store and retrieve files from any computer.

As more information and data moves online and into the cloud questions rise about the security of cloud systems. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is one organization that provides information, certification, and training on cloud computing security. In  report, The Notorious Nine: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2013, the executive summary describes “[T]he most significant security risks associated with cloud computing” as “the tendency to bypass information
technology (IT) departments and information officers.”

The CSA goes on to further describe nine of the top security threats associated with cloud computing as well as provide information on how to overcome these threats.

According to the CSA the top nine threats associated with cloud computing today are:

1. Data Breaches
2. Data Loss
3. Account Hijacking
4. Insecure APIs
5. Denial of Service
6. Malicious Insiders
7. Abuse of Cloud Services
8. Insufficient Due Diligence
9. Shared Technology Issues

One of the most common issues in cloud computing security relate to how cloud data is stored. According to some reports storing more than one user’s data on a server may result in data leaks and breaches. As a result proper data isolation is an important component of cloud security.

For additional information on cloud computing security review works such as Cloud Computing Protected: Security Assessment Handbook.

Announcement From Executive Director

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

I need to confirm that Monday, November 24, 2014 was the last day for Michelle Malizia as the Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR and member of The TMC Library staff. We thank Michelle for her contributions and wish her well in her future endeavors. I have appointed our COO, Owen Ellard, as the interim Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR program. We intend to make a strong effort to maintain effective operations of the current program. We also continue to make plans to submit a proposal which we hope will be successful for the 2016-2021 continuation award for the NLM.

Please direct your questions and comments to me and/or Owen with cc to each of us.


L. Max Buja, MD

Director, NN/LM SCR RML
Executive Director, The TMC Library

Draw a Chemical Structure with NLM ChemIDplus!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Chemical structure of caffeine in 3D

You can draw a chemical structure and search for similar substances in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) ChemIDplus Advanced search interface http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/

Start with a quick tutorial on how to use the drawing feature of ChemIDplus:  http://nnlm.gov/ntc/2014/11/19/drawing-a-chemical-structure/

ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and to other databases and resources, including ones to federal, state and international agencies.

 

 

November SCR CONNECTions Recording

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Circuits inside a computer

The recording of November’s SCR CONNECTions webinar, Making & Innovating in Libraries: Thoughts from the Front Lines with guest speaker Tara Tadniecki, Engineering Librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno’s DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, is now available in the SCR CONNECTions archives. Links to presentation materials & transcripts are also available.

Join us December 17th for our next webinar Across the Spectrum: Health Information Resources for the LGBTQ Community with Naomi Gonzales of the NN/LM SCR.

 

 

A Look Back at Internet Librarian 2014

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Internet Librarian 2014

Each October librarians from across the United States and Canada gather at the Monterey Conference Center, the original home of TED Talks, to share ideas and learn about new and interesting technology related to library services. This year I was lucky enough to have a proposal I submitted on Moodle and Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) selected for presentation at the conference. For my presentation I shared ways the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) had used new Moodle features to transform the online version of the Super Searcher class allowing more and more people to take part in the class and learn new content each year.

I also attended other sessions at the conference and used the hashtag #internetlibrarian to share what I was learning. Below you will find find some of the topics, presenters, and links I found useful.

Tablets in Public Libraries

Jezynne Dene, Library Director for the Portneuf Library in Chubbuck, Idaho presented on the Gizmo Garage. The Gizmo Garage is a joint project with the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The aim is to provide hands-on experience with mobile technologies for library staff and patrons. Dene’s presentation provided great information and ideas for getting your staff comfortable with mobile technology. Using the Gizmo Garage staff were allowed to take devices home for personal or work use and try them out. They were then required to provide a review of the product including information about why they liked the device or why they didn’t. The results were great, staff became familiar with different operating systems and then felt comfortable fielding questions from patrons with devices.

In addition the project also funds classes for library patrons. Some good advice from the presenter included having a list of core competencies for tablets and mobiles, including some basics like how to turn the device off and on, how to use the camera, how to find and download apps and more. Another good suggestions was to have users with the same devices or operating systems in one class. Instead of mixing up Android and Apple iOS offer classes focused on one or the other.

Website Security

Cyber Security is an issue that all organizations must continue to revisit, repair, and upgrade. A presentation by Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca and Richard Thomchick of San Jose State University provided some resources to ensure your website is secure. It is important for any organization to review their policies and standards when it comes to web security. It is also important that libraries continue to use web security measures to protect patron privacy. An important step an organization can take to ensure security and privacy is to use Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure or HTTPS to add a layer of encryption to ensure that information exchanges are kept private. Resources from HTTPS Everywhere can help you make sure your sites are secure. Another tool to check your website encryption and security is the SSL Server Test from Qualys.

Internet of Things

Evening session keynote speaker Lee Rainie from the Pew Research Internet Project provided an overview of the Internet of Things (IoT) and what the coming wave of connected things could mean to libraries. Rainie’s presentation left more questions than answers when it came to what the data is telling us about the IoT. While it is unclear if the IoT will lead to more job creation or result in the loss of jobs to new technology one things is clear, librarians will be able to help with training and education when it comes to the IoT. This new technology will require new skills and insights that libraries will be able to provide. In addition, global connectivity will create a larger marketplace for the exchange of goods, services, and ideas.

Another big issue related to the IoT will be concerns about privacy and the digital divide. Rainie theorized that librarians have the skills to help users understand issues related to privacy as well as the tools to bridge many people trapped by the digital divide.

Further information about the Internet of Things can be found in the May 14 report from Pew Research.