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Monday, November 11th, 2013
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region added two new books to the Lending Library. Among the new titles are another book on video creation which provides many good tips and best practices for video creation and a book on supervising library staff.
Fundamentals of Library Supervision (Second Edition)
Author: Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil
Description: Two experienced library managers explain how to create a productive workplace as they weave expert advice and commentary into an easy-to-use resource. This revised edition focuses on daily, real-world practices offering
- Specific strategies for new supervisory staff
- Hundreds of tips for encouraging a positive work ethic, maintaining productivity, and building teamwork
- Proven advice on practical supervisory issues like hiring, firing, interviewing, and training
- Policies and procedures that maintain fairness while addressing potential legal landmines
Guiding supervisors through the intricate process of managing others, this comprehensive handbook addresses the fundamental issues facing new managers. It also serves as a welcome refresher and reference for experienced managers facing new challenges in this complex and changing environment.
Rapid Video Development for Trainers: How to Create Learning Videos Fast and Affordably
Author: Jonathan Halls
Description: Rapid Video Development for Trainers meets the needs of companies and individuals who are thinking about or have dabbled in video production. Although producing focused, high quality video is well within the capability of nearly every development professional, the skill sets required to do so have not traditionally fallen within most trainers’ job descriptions. This is where Rapid Video Development for Trainers comes in: a comprehensive tutorial covering every aspect of web-based video development, this book provides both the theoretical overview and the nuts-and-bolts instructions for creating professional quality video quickly, easily, and inexpensively.
Written specifically for trainers by a 20-year media industry veteran who has worked in Europe, America, and Asia, Rapid Video Development for Trainers explains in clear, nontechnical language everything needed to create exceptionally instructive, cost-effective videos.
Some of the topics discussed include:
- the opportunities presented to trainers by the advent of inexpensive digital technology
- the principles, psychology, and philosophies behind effective video
- what constitutes and appropriate situation in which to utilize video as a training medium
- the various, distinct layers (visual, spoken word, music and sound effects, and more) that comprise an effective, high quality video
- techniques for using effects to enhance-rather than detract from -the impact of your video
- designing and implementing an efficient, productive workflow
- thorough coverage of the tools you’ll need, with a heavy emphasis on the most cost-effective software and hardware for your project
- detailed input on how to shoot great video, with sections on lighting, framing, and safety
- important tips on basic digital video camera care and use
- how to edit your video for maximum clarity, consistency, and aesthetics
- a full chapter on the digital technology involved with putting your video on the web
- a summary 12-point plan for achieving success with your training video
At a time when training and development budgets are being decreased, staff must be able to do more with less. And, since web-based video is rapidly assuming a critical role in corporate training, the ability to create highly effective video in-house is crucial. Rapid Video Development for Trainers is an invaluable educational resource for every aspect of professional-quality, cost-effective web video production.
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
The term digital native has been on the rise for several years. According to the International Telecommunication Union report Measuring the Information Society 2013 report the term digital native is used to describe “young people who were born into the digital age and are growing up using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their daily lives.”
Discussion about digital natives and digital immigrants, “individuals born before the existence of digital technology and adopted it to some extent later in life”, continues and this study was aimed at revealing the number of digital natives who are part of the total population.
Because digital natives are defined as being born into the digital age, it stands to reason that the majority of those born in recent generations such as millennials would be considered digital natives. However, according to the study only about 30% of the world’s youth population (ages 15 – 24) have been active online for at least five years. Overall, there are approximately 363 million digital natives out of a world population of nearly 7 billion (5.2 percent).
The study finds that while high rates of digital natives exist in many rich countries, smaller countries where conflict is common and access to the internet is limited have a significantly lower percentage of digital natives.
The study found that Iceland (13.9%), New Zealand (13.6%), South Korea (13.5%), Malaysia (13.4%), and Lithuania (13.2%) had the highest percentage of digital natives as a percentage of the total population. The United States ranked sixth with 13.1%.
The study suggests that as access to digital technology and the internet are made more available, especially in small and unstable countries, the number of digital natives is likely to climb. With estimates that the digital native population in these countries will double by 2017.
In the field of higher education understanding the needs of students of all ages and designing classes that are appropriate for all backgrounds is important for ensuring the success of all learners. As the number of digital natives continues to grow it is also important to understand that despite access to digital systems, not all youth are focused on digital trends. This study demonstrates that despite the stereotypes or preconceived notions about youth or millennials, not everyone is connected. Individual preferences about access to and use of systems continues into younger generations.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Guest author: April Schweikhard, MLIS, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Schusterman Library
The school nurse — I, myself, have fond memories of my childhood school nurses who conducted our health screenings and oversaw our health from elementary school through high school. I must admit that I was more than once guilty of faking ailments in order to escape class to visit the school nurse. But beyond our memories, what do we, as library professionals, know about school nurses? What are their needs and how might we be able to support them through health information outreach? Within the information sciences literature, very little is documented pertaining to school nurses and their information needs; however, two projects awarded through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) are attempting to fill this gap.
In 2012, the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Schusterman Library received the NN/LM SCR Health Information Needs Assessment Award, School Health Connection: A Health Information Needs Assessment of School Nurses in Tulsa County. As the goal of the project, the library hoped to attain an understanding of the information needs and behaviors of public school nurses in Tulsa County in order to later design and implement targeted information outreach services specific to this population. The project consisted of an electronic survey to assess the types of information frequently sought, sources currently used, and perceptions regarding their ability and need. The survey was followed by a small focus group session. Of the approximate eighty-seven public school nurses in Tulsa County, fifty-eight completed the survey and five participated in the focus group session.
Since completing the information needs assessment award project, the library received an Express Outreach Award to further work with the Tulsa County school nurses. The projects outlined in this award are directly related to the findings from the information needs assessment. One of these projects consists of 2- to 3-hour workshops attended by school nurses employed in the five largest Tulsa County public school districts. These nurses comprise approximately 80% of the school nurse sample. The section topics of the workshop, the resources included, and even the activities conducted have all been directed by data and information collected in the survey or focus group session. To date, the library has conducted three of the five sessions, and the final two are scheduled for early 2014.
Probably the most important lesson that I have learned from these two projects is the value of knowing your service group and their specific needs. By immersing myself in the world of the school nurse, I have an understanding of the challenges she faces and how to best provide information service to combat these challenges. And, as I begin each training session with the school nurses, I sense that they recognize and appreciate this fact.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
Last week, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) released an enhancement to MedlinePlus Connect.
With the enhancement, MedlinePlus Connect will respond to SNOMED CT codes with information from both MedlinePlus and NLM’s Genetics Home Reference (GHR) web site. GHR is the NLM’s web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes related to those conditions. This feature is available exclusively for English SNOMED CT requests. The GHR information will be available using either the MedlinePlus Connect web application or web service.
Additional details are now available in the MedlinePlus Connect technical documentation.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
Telehealth Resource Centers is presenting a free webinar on Practice Guidelines for Telemedicine on November 21, 2013 at 1:00 CT as part of its regularly scheduled webinar series. The National Telehealth Webinar Series provides timely information to support and guide the development of your telehealth program by experienced telehealth professionals from the HRSA-designated Telehealth Resource Centers. These webinars are FREE to the public on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Presenter: Elizabeth A. Krupinski, Ph.D.
Description: Telemedicine practice guidelines for telemedicine form the basis for uniform, quality patient care and safety and area critical tool in promoting the deployment of telemedicine services. Standards help accelerate the adoption of telemedicine by payers, administrators and providers along with industry, government agencies, medical societies and other stakeholders. Dr. Krupinski, Chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Standards and Guidelines Committee will discuss how ATA’s practice guidelines are helping to shape service delivery in today’s healthcare environment.
Join the webinar: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/sbtelehealth/
Test your connection: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Monday, November 4th, 2013
Join us November 20, 2013 for the monthly SCR CONNECTions webinar.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)
Presenters: Trainers from the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) and the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Topic: PubMed Update
Join National Training Center and National Library of Medicine trainers for a one-hour PubMed update session. Learn about recently added PubMed features and interface changes from the last six months. Bring your questions!
How to Log In
Go to https://webmeeting.nih.gov/scr/, on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name.
Once the room is open the system will be able to call you to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room.
Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone.
**Do Not Place Call on Hold**
Problems? Contact the Regional Medical Library (RML) office at 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only).
This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.
Monday, October 28th, 2013
Guest Author: Pegeen A. Seger, Head of Outreach Services, UT Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries
In August of 2012, in partnership with the South Central and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries was granted a CTSA Community Engagement Pilot Project Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR). The project was intended to allow librarians to participate in brainstorming about how librarians can take a more active role at CTSA Institutions particularly in the area of community engagement.
The proposed project had two components: 1) to host two Asset-Based Community Development workshops at UT Health Science Center Libraries in San Antonio and Harlingen in order to support community engagement efforts in these areas and in the other CTSA funded areas within the NN/LM SCR region by training CTSA librarians and others in the concepts of Asset-Based Community Development and 2) to host a strategic planning session for CTSA librarians in the NN/LM SCR region with the goal of developing a strategic plan to promote librarian interactions with their CTSA Key Function Groups, especially the Community Engagement Key Function Groups.
On February 21, 2013, the UT Health Center Science Center Libraries hosted an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Workshop as part of the pilot project. Attendees of the workshop learned how to build community connections and partnerships in support of medical research, education and practice in order to impact community health. Participants included CTSA librarians, researchers and administrators, public health workers, area health professionals, public and academic librarians, community health workers, and AHEC Translational Advisory Boards (TABS).
On the following day, a Strategic Planning Workshop was held for librarians and other personnel from CTSA institutions to brainstorm about how librarians can be actively involved with CTSA key functions, CTSA administration, grant applications, research output and impact tracking, community engagement, and other CTSA initiatives.
Out of the strategic planning session came a roadmap for librarian contributions and engagement with the work of the CTSAs. A report based on the strategic planning session was prepared and distributed to the librarians who attended the planning workshop; library directors at CTSA funded institutions in the NN/LM SCR, and to CTSA administrators.
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Are you attending the SCC/MLA Annual Conference in Fort Worth? Do you remember the good old days of library school? Want to support the future library students and learn about NLM databases?
The NN/LM SCR will be bringing six library students to the SCC conference as part of the annual Library Student Outreach Award. As part of their conference experience, the students are required to demonstrate an NLM database in the SCR exhibit booth. They have the knowledge – they just need an audience.
- 9:00 am – 9:15 am: NLM Traveling Exhibition (Myriam Martinez Banuelos)
- 9:30 am – 9:45 am: Circulating Now (Nha Huynh)
- 10:00 am – 10:15 am: Dietary Supplement Label Database (Mary Sarkes)
- 10:30 am – 10:45 am: NLM Traveling Exhibition (Tina Huettenrauch)
- 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Dietary Supplement Label Database (Alyson Gamble)
- 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Circulating Now (Marcus Spann)
While you are wandering the exhibit hall during the conference, take a few minutes and stop by the NN/LM SCR’s exhibit booth to learn about an NLM database and meet your future co-workers. We look forward to seeing you there!
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Does your library offer technology engagement that is on the cutting edge? If so the American Library Association (ALA) wants to know. Since 2009 ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy’s America’s Libraries of the 21st Century subcommittee have been soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology. This award seeks to recognize libraries serving their communities with novel and innovative methods, as well as to provide the library community with successful models for delivering quality library service in new ways.
ALA is currently accepting submissions for the best library practices using cutting-edge technology. Nominations must be submitted by November 15, 2013, and winners will be announced at the upcoming 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting, which will be held January 24-28, 2013. Libraries selected for the recognition will be featured in a program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, highlighted through ALA publications and publicized via ALA web channels.
A joint selection committee of members from the Subcommittee on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century and the Library & Information Technology Association will review all nominations and may conduct selected interviews or site visits to identify those libraries that are truly offering a best practice or most innovative service.
Nomination guidelines include the following:
“Cutting edge” refers to tested and successful implementations of technological advancements used in services such as:
- Improvements in traditional services and processes by inventing/re-inventing/twisting technology
- Introduction of new, innovative services that are flexible and responsive to community needs
- New technology-enabled methods for connecting libraries to their communities
- Funding initiatives or organizational models that ensure library information technology will remain current
- Must involve the use of technology
- Must be a novel idea or implementation of a service
- Must be able to be documented for replication by other libraries
- Must be for a library that has been involved in the development of the service or product (can’t just buy something off the shelf) or has significantly enhanced the product for added value
A full list of guidelines can be found online at the application/nomination page.
To find out more about past Cutting Edge winners the ALA has produced case studies which follow the latest technology trends and how libraries on the cutting edge are embracing technology. The case studies provide overviews of projects by other libraries which can be replicated by other libraries.
Monday, October 14th, 2013
Staff members at the newest branch of the Bexar County Public Library System in San Antonio, TX are calling it the first “bookless library.” In addition to its catalog of 10,000 e-books, BiblioTech also provides a digital lifeline to a low-income neighborhood. BiblioTech opened its doors Sept. 14 on the south side of San Antonio, a mostly Hispanic neighborhood where 40% of households don’t have a computer and half lack broadband Internet service.
Although the library houses no printed books — and members can even skip the visit by checking out its e-books online — BiblioTech’s staff says the library’s physical presence is still key to its success. BiblioTech’s efforts have attracted 7,000 members so far, and staffers relish sharing anecdotes about the people who walk through their doors.
The 4,800-square-foot space looks more like an Apple store or a Google breakroom than a library, with brilliant orange walls and a playroom for children (of all ages!) with plush seats and big screens. The space houses lots of devices for in-library use: 45 Apple iPads, 40 laptops, and 48 desktop computers, and more.
The initial idea for BiblioTech came from Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, a self-described book fiend who felt libraries aren’t evolving with technology. Wolff gathered about a half-dozen county employees to brainstorm ideas for a library that would help an underserved neighborhood in a truly modern way. Last October, the group began researching to find other libraries that had gone completely digital — but they couldn’t find any. So, they worked to create one.
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit BiblioTech last week, while in the San Antonio area — and even have the T-shirt to prove it! If you’re in the area, check it out!
To read more, see the October 8 story on CNNMoney and the article in American Libraries Online.