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Get Ready for a New MedlinePlus! – April 28

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

MedlinePlus, the premiere consumer health website from the National Library of Medicine, will be debuting a new look and interface starting April 28.

Based on a website design concept called “Responsive Design“, this new look will be fully compatible with using the website on a desktop/laptop, tablet, and/or cellphone.

The new MedlinePlus desktop/laptop view will have a 3-column look; tablet view will have a 2-column look; and cellphone view will consist of 1 column.

The great features and sections of MedlinePlus will remain, making it possible for health consumers to access and utilize its quality, reliable and up-to-date information anytime, anywhere, on any device.

The image below is a preview of the upcoming new MedlinePlus homepage with each of its various displays.

new medlineplus 2015

How to Speak IT Panel Discussion Webinar

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Crossposted at SEA Currents (nnlm.gov/sea)

Date and Time: Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

Presenters: Nadine Dexter, MLS, AHIP, Director, Harriet F Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Devica Samsundar, MLS, AHIP, Corporate Director, Library & Information Services, Baptist Health South Florida. Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, Senior Medical Librarian & Department Head at S. E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University.

Moderator: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Chair, NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: This webinar, sponsored by the NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee, will provide firsthand insight in communicating and working with your institution’s IT department. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to share a story or everyday experience working with IT – the triumphs as well as any lessons learned, or take-away tips for successful collaborations with IT. What made the encounter successful? What tips can you offer attendees who are facing challenges working with IT to accomplish a tech project, or just in general daily tasks?

Bio: Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, is currently the Senior Medical Librarian and Department Head at S.E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University where she is working with IT and the College of Medicine curriculum committees to implement innovative programming to facilitate learning in a growing, dynamic medical school. In her previous role as Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Health Professions Division Library, Nova Southeastern University, Amanda was tasked with leading a change in culture by implementing an iPad lending program and an award-winning circulation program for iOS apps focused on enhancing student engagement and academic success.

Bio: Devica Samsundar, MLIS, AHIP has held various positions in the library at Baptist Health South Florida since 1991. Currently she is the Corporate Director of Library & Information Services, where one of her responsibilities is to oversee the life cycle of electronic resources for the institution. In her prior roles as Manager of Electronic Resources and Electronic Resources Librarian she was responsible for administration, support, and evaluation of electronic resource.

Bio: Nadine Dexter, MLS, D-AHIP, is responsible for the successful start-up, planning, direction, and operation of all administrative and service functions of the Health Sciences Library. She is currently working with faculty and staff to create an environment that promotes growth, creativity and motivation throughout the College. She is also working on developing and applying technology tools for teaching, learning, assessment and outreach; as she is preparing for integrating library-training programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment. Nadine will also provide for the strategic use of knowledge resources and developing partnerships that support sources of external funding.

Bio: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Barker is the University of Virginia’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, and also serves as chair of the Technology Program Advisory Committee for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

A computer (with Flash installed)

  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

Website Migration Complete

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The infrastructure for all National Network of Libraries of Medicine websites is operated by the Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC) at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle, WA. Thanks to the excellent work of Michael Boer, Aron Beal, and Deric Ruhl of the Web-STOC team and Melissa Salas in my library, we recently completed our migration to a new website content management system. I also want to recognize Emily Hurst, Naomi Gonzales, and Michelle Malizia for their significant contributions to the SCR migration, and to Web-STOC’s understanding of what the RMLs would need. We hope you like it! nnlm.gov/scr

Each NN/LM Region and Center has hundreds of pages of content. From an IT perspective this is a major project management success. The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center was the first NN/LM Center to complete its migration (February 12). The MidContinental Region and South Central Region both went live March 30.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
The Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

March 2015 SCR Website

New Environmental Health and Toxicology Game

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toxinvaders/id971776185?mt=8).

TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the 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.

The game consists of four fast-paced levels, in which a launcher is used to annihilate toxic chemicals falling from the sky and earn protective shield points by capturing “good chemicals.” To move on to the next level, players must take a brief quiz about the chemicals. These dynamically generated tests provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about environmental health and toxicology from the game’s chemical information sheet and from NLM Web sites. Quiz questions and answers can also serve as a starting point for classroom discussions, as well as for Tox Town, TOXMAP, and Environmental Health Student Portal activities and experiments.

NCBI and the NIH Public Access Policy Webinar

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, recently gave a webinar on PubMed Central submissions, My NCBI, My Bibliography, and SciENcv.

A YouTube video recording of the webinar is embedded below.

Emerging Technology Award Call for Applications

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
I am pleased to announce special funding for ten additional $4,500 Emerging Technology Awards for the current funding period ending April 30, 2015 (application).
The purpose of the Emerging Technology Award (ETA) is to assist libraries in the integration of new and emerging technologies in their institutions to promote health information services.

Potential emerging technologies include but are not limited to: 3-D printing and/or scanning, wearable technologies, application of the “Internet of Things” for health purposes, the use of gamification for the promotion of health information or the creation of mobile applications focused on health information or increasing access ton high quality health information. Special emphasis is given to projects that utilize products or services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Examples of resources including but not limited to; resources available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites, free NLM Application Programing Interface (API) and the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Eligibility: Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

ARL Data Visualization Webcasts

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The Association of Research Libraries has scheduled four free webinars showing participants how to more effectively analyze and report library activities using Tableau data visualization software.

Details and registration

Part 1 with Sarah Murphy, Ohio State University
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

Part 2 with Jeremy Buhler, University of British Columbia
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

Part 3 with Rachel Lewellen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

Part 4, Discussion with Murphy, Buhler, and Lewellen
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 1:00–1:30 p.m. CST

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.

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.