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Congratulations Cheryl Rowan and Emily Hurst

Emily Hurst Cheryl Rowan

Congratulations to Cheryl Rowan, NN/LM SCR Consumer Health Coordinator, and Emily Hurst, NN/LM SCR Technology Coordinator, both of whom were accepted to the 2014 TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute. The Institute provides advanced leadership and management education in service to all the libraries of Texas and the communities they serve. Participants study strategic planning, risk-taking, conflict negotiation, team building, coaching, ethics, advocacy, personal career planning, and more. This transformational program helps attendees learn and embrace their potential to take new initiative for their institutions, their profession, and their stakeholders.

25 Years of the World Wide Web

Web 25th Anniversary25 years ago, on March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for a “global hypertext system” which would lead to the development of what would become known as the World Wide Web. In 1990 the proposal took a more formalized shape and Berners-Lee finished the first known website in December of that year.

According to Berners-Lee “the Web is a powerful enabler of people, economic activity, and democracy…” The Web has clearly transformed the way we interact with one another was well as find and use information.

On the 25th anniversary of the Web’s conception Berners-Lee is asking users of the Internet to think about the following questions and help shape the future of the Web:

  • How do we make the Web truly globally available to all people?
  • How do we secure the web?
  • What does the Web need to be more useful in education, commerce, entertainment, and social interactions?
  • How do we build a universal web, accessible to all regardless of physical or cognitive capability?

The World Wide Web Consortium or W3C invites all to send a message for a virtual birthday card as well as visit the Web at 25 website to find out about upcoming events and ways to be involved in shaping the future of the web.

Watch the full video message from Berners-Lee below:

March 2014 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

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NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

 

Features:

 

 Health Capsules:

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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 301-402-7337301-402-7337 for more information.

Updates to Nutrition Facts Label

FDA Serving SizeOn February 27th, 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published several proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label found on the majority of packaged foods in the United States. According to the FDA Guidance and Regulation page, the proposed changes include the following:

  • Greater understanding of nutritional science
  • Updated serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain package sizes
  • Refreshed design

In order to encourage a greater understanding of nutritional science, the FDA will require that labels include information about added sugars, updated daily values, the amount of potassium and Vitamin D, as well as continuing to include “Total Fat”, “Saturated Fat”, and “Trans Fat” amounts while “Calories from Fat” will be removed.

The serving size requirements will be changed to reflect how people currently eat and drink, which is vastly different than 20 years ago–when serving sizes were first established. Serving size on labels will now include “what people actually eat, not what they ‘should’ be eating”. In addition, items usually consumed in a single sitting (ie, 20 oz sodas) will now be labeled as one serving instead of multiple. Larger packages that are usually consumed in multiple sittings will include “dual column” labels to include nutrition information for per serving as well as per package.

The new design of the label will feature larger text for caloric information and serving sizes. Consumers will also notice a shift of Percent Daily Values to the left of the label (for prominence) from it’s original position on the right. A clear explanation of Percent Daily Values will also be included.

For more information, details, and images of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label, visit the FDA Guidance & Regulation page.

Resources Update on the ACA

As we approach March and the final month of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, there are many excellent resources to help you and your patrons remain informed about accessing new healthcare options. Please read on for information on upcoming webinars and new tools, and feel free to share this message with others. Please note that if the dates and/or times are not convenient, most webinars are being archived.

Health Insurance Marketplace

Farewell Angela Ruffin

Angela Ruffin

Angela B. Ruffin, Ph.D, Head of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, National Network Office is retiring at the end of February 2014.  Angela has been the Head of the National Network Office (NNO) for over 14 years.  Prior to becoming the Head of the NNO, she had 10 years of experience coordinating outreach programs for the NN/LM Office.  Her tremendous leadership and dedication to outreach has helped the NN/LM program, and the NN/LM SCR in particular, provide superior health information services to a myriad of communities, including healthcare providers, health sciences librarians, public librarians, community based organizations, public health departments, and members of the general public.

Prior to coming to NLM in 1990, she taught at several Schools of Library and Information Science and served as media coordinator for the Durham City Schools. Angela received her B.A. from Spelman College, her M.S.L.S. from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University), and her Ed.M in educational psychology from Boston University. She then received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Please join us in congratulating Angela on her retirement!

Net Neutrality and Libraries

Internet Browser Network Neutrality (often called Net Neutrality) has been in the news recently as the result of the January 14 ruling by the US Court of Appeals which struck down most of the Open Internet Order. But what is net neutrality and what does it have to do with libraries? According to the American Library Association (ALA) net neutrality “is the concept of online non-discrimination. It is the principle that consumers/citizens should be free to get access to – or to provide – the Internet content and services they wish, and that consumer access should not be regulated based on the nature or source of that content or service.” The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) uses the concept of “Open Internet” to reflect net neutrality.

The Open Internet Rules adopted by the FCC included the following:

  • Transparency. Broadband providers must disclose information regarding their network management practices, performance, and the commercial terms of their broadband services.
  • No blocking. Fixed broadband providers (such as DSL, cable modem, or fixed wireless providers) may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices. Mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services.
  • No unreasonable discrimination. Fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service. Unreasonable discrimination of network traffic could take the form of particular services or websites appearing slower or degraded in quality.

According to a recent post by ALA member Larra Clark, the recent ruling struck down most of the FCC’s Open Internet Rules and would in essence allow “commercial companies the legal authority to block Internet traffic, give preferential treatment to certain Internet services or applications, and steer users to or away from certain web sites based on their own commercial interests.” The court ruling did encourage the FCC to “act to preserve the free and open Internet.”

Net Neutrality is an important concept for libraries for several reasons. ALA presents the case that libraries are important access points for information for many people. The ALA itself advocates for “intellectual freedom, which is the ‘right of all peoples to seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.’” The Internet is a tool which can be used to connect people and allows for the free flow of information and ideas. While many libraries are access points for the Internet, libraries are also looking at ways to leverage technology such as the Internet to better connect, inform, and inspire their users. In higher education unrestricted access to information on the Internet may lead to research and development which will have an impact on society. By allowing business and service providers to determine who has access to the Internet, what content can be viewed, or what type of quality of access a user can have the limitless possibilities of Internet connectivity and research which are supported by Net Neutrality and the principles of the Open Internet are restricted.

Organizations including ALA, EDUCAUSE, and ARL have released a joint letter to the FCC advocating for the preservation of the Open Internet.

On January 19, 2014 FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement on plans to update the FCC’s Open Internet Rules and continue to support the goals of the Open Internet.

Just Added: New Titles in the Lending Library

Lending Library Books

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is happy to announce the addition of eight new titles to the Lending Library. New titles have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. Books from the Lending Library may be requested by Network Members or those who are employed by Network Member institutions. This post provides an overview of the books which have been added. Visit the Lending Library page to request any of these exciting new titles.

Archiving/Digitization

Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage. Edited by Donald T. Hawkins. Hawkins and his expert contributors cover a range of innovative projects and practical topics including:

  • Archiving individual and family histories
  • New and nascent services and software products
  • Social media and email applications
  • Legal issues including digital inheritance and privacy
  • Evolving formats and media considerations
  • Academic research projects
  • Library of Congress initiatives
  • The pioneering role of the Internet Archive
  • Research at Microsoft
  • Case studies of digital archiving in practice

Hawkins and his contributors are passionate about personal archiving, their enthusiasm matched only by their expertise in this must-read text for genealogists, historians, archivists, librarians, collectors, creators, and anyone with a mass of digital information they want to organize and preserve.

 Education

Design for How People Learn. Julie Dirksen. Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it’s not in our job descriptions. Whether it’s giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you’ve ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems. Design For How People Learn will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design both to improve your own learning and to engage your audience.

The Teaching Librarian: Web 2.0, Technology, and Legal Aspects. Kris Helge and Laura F. McKinnon. Librarians need to utilize web 2.0 tools to generate rich-text learning environments, creating enriching, challenging, and supportive learning platforms for students. The Teaching Librarian shows how to utilize wikis, mindmaps, and Second Life to improve pedagogy for librarians. Topics include how to obtain administration approval to implement web 2.0 tools, how to deal with and prevent technological glitches, and remain aware of relevant legal issues in the UK and the USA. The book also outlines how to create learning interfaces that meet the needs of nontraditional students. The six chapters cover key areas of pedagogy and web 2.0, including: the relevance of LibGuides and its uses for pedagogy; using cloud computing and mobile apps in teaching; teaching with Wikis, Second Life, and Mind Maps; practical issues with web 2.0 technology; and a chapter on the legal issues surrounding the use of web 2.0 for pedagogy.

Evaluation/Assessment

Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value. Edited by Maria J. Grant, Barbara Sen and Hanna Spring. Written by academics and practitioners from a diverse selection of libraries throughout the world, this handbook provides library and information professionals with the guidance they need to undertake research projects in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and improve service delivery. It guides readers step by step through the key phases of planning, doing, and disseminating research. Novices as well as those experienced with evaluations, audits, or research will benefit from the text’s thorough and common-sense approach, which includes

  • An introduction to the concepts, ethics, and planning stages of research projects
  • Coverage of the fundamentals of projects, such as literature review, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis, and research tools
  • Pointers on writing up the project, putting the results of the project findings into practice, and disseminating the project to the wider community
  • Case studies drawn from a broad range of LIS contexts and applicable to any institution.

This is the essential handbook for any librarian or information professional who wants to undertake research in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and the wider evidence base for library and information science. It’s also a useful guide for undergraduate and postgraduate LIS students undertaking their final year research project.

Management

Managing Incompetence: An Innovative Approach for Dealing with People. Gabriel Ginebra. Day-in, day-out, managers and supervisors face a myriad of personalities in the workplace. Managing these individual characters can sometimes drive even the calmest boss into a frenzy. Here, for the first time in English, is a humorous, yet practical and effective title on how to deal with all those seemingly ‘incompetent’ people on your staff. Step-by-step, author Gabriel Ginebra guides you through the ‘Fougi Model’ to diagnose inefficiencies; and through this process, you’ll learn how to discern and improve people’s behaviors in the workplace. Business readers the world over have been impressed with this innovative approach to managing staff; you too, can benefit from this wisdom.

Technology

Expert Internet Searching, 4th Edition. Phil Bradley. The highly anticipated new edition of Phil Bradley’s essential guide to internet search is here. This no-nonsense handbook will give you the tools to find the information that you need more quickly and effectively than ever before. Since the last edition was published internet search has changed dramatically, with both the amount of information to be found online and the diversity of tools to unlock it expanding exponentially. This new edition, rewritten from scratch, gives readers the information and guidance they need to choose the right search tools and strategies for each information need. From searching social media effectively to tracking down an expert or a news story, and from searching by image to searching multimedia, Bradley introduces the best search engines and tools and explains how to get the most out of them. Whether you are a casual searcher or an expert information retriever, you will find information on a wide variety of search engines that you’ve never tried before and lists of tools and resources that will make you an even better searcher than you already are. This book will be an invaluable guide for anyone searching the internet for information, whether you are taking your first steps or are becoming more expert. Those teaching others how to search the internet efficiently will find suggestions and strategies and an eloquent rebuttal of the claim that ‘it’s all on Google’.

Global Mobile: Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem. Edited by Peter A. Bruck and Madanmohan Rao. Editors Bruck and  Rao bring together an extraordinary cast of thought leaders and practitioners in this sweeping survey of mobile technology and its impacts on human life, work, and society. Global Mobile examines the foundations of the worldwide mobile ecosystem through an array of case studies and perspectives on how mobile is transforming human enterprise—from business and healthcare to education, employment, entertainment, government, and the media. Contributors describe how mobile can and is being used to expand economies, alliances, and partnerships, and assess legal, policy, and regulatory issues and challenges. Combining broad practical coverage with a pioneering vision, Global Mobile is the first essential guide to the worldwide mobile ecosystem.

Marketing with Social Media: A Lita Guide. Edited by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott. This guide offers to-the-point advice for getting up to speed with the world of social media. Ideal for newbies ready to get serious about marketing with social media, as well as practitioners on the lookout for ways to improve existing efforts, this guide will save readers time and effort by providing basic information on the most popular and cutting-edge marketing technologies. With best practices for engaging library users across multiple platforms, editor Beth C. Thomsett-Scott and her contributors:

  • draw from a range of experiences, with examples from different library types and sizes;
  • include case studies of successful social media efforts using Facebook, wikis, video-sharing sites, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, blogs, Twitter and QR codes;
  • offer tips for maintaining a steady flow of content, coordinating with colleagues, planning for sustainability and using built-in analytics for evaluation;
  • present numerous screen shots and illustrations;
  • provide a resource list at the end of every chapter, allowing readers to dig deeper.

NLM Health and Medicine Blog Collection Continues to Grow

BlogLaunched in 2009 this unique collection of blogs is a growing array of insightful perspectives on health and healthcare. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Health and Medicine Blog Collection was conceived of and is managed by the NLM Web Collecting and Archiving Working Group. The nine-member multidisciplinary team was tasked with not only looking for online content to archive but with creating the collection criteria, quality control standards, and much more. Since this was as new project and the field of born digital archives was also new standards for metadata and copyright also needed to be explored as the project moved forward.

Began as a pilot project, the initial focus included only 12 blogs but the collection has since expanded to include 31 blogs. The project utilizes Internet Archive’s Archive-It service. Archive-It is a subscription web archiving service that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content and is used by over 275 organizations across the globe.

Blogs currently archived in the project include e-Patient Dave and The Adventures of an Ambulance Riding Librarian. Both healthcare professionals as well as patients use blogs for communications and this project attempts to archive blogs from both perspectives. Some of the blogs include first hand perspectives about living with illness.

Because online communications through blogs has become an important point of information exchange about the fast changing topics of health and medicine the NLM’s blog archive project continues to grow. In the future the NLM envisions collaborating with other groups to capture important but unpublished studies and other information including scientific news and content communicated during natural disasters and emergencies.

Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans for Native Voices

Native Voices ExhibitionThe National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services K-12 Workgroup has released classroom activities and lesson plans to supplement the Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Web site. 

 For grades 6-12, these classroom activities and lesson plans familiarize students to the health and medicine of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.  The activities and lesson plans are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/resources/lesson-plans-list.html.    

 The activities and lesson plans use Native Voices exhibition Web site content material and other NLM online educational/science resources., composed of four units.  Each unit introduces a different way of exploring and learning about the Native Voices exhibition in about 1.5 to 3 hours.  These units are: 1) A scavenger hunt, 2) An environmental health science lesson, 3) A social science lesson, and 4) A biology lesson.

 While the activities and lesson plans can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms.

About the Native Voices Web site

The Native Voices Web site (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices) allows people to experience an exhibition currently on display at NLM in Bethesda, Maryland.  Both versions explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media.

For more about K -12 Resources from the National Library of Medicine, this month’s SCR CONNECTions featured an overview of this and other databases and online exhibitions which include classroom materials. Go to: http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/webmeeting.html#Archives for a recording of the session and presentation material.