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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for August, 2013

David Midyette – SE/A Outreach/Communications Coordinator Leaving SE/A

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

David Midyette will be leaving the SE/A for a new position in Henderson, NV. He has taken a position at the Roseman University of Health Sciences as Reference and Instruction Librarian.

In his capacity as Outreach/Communication Coordinator, David has done great work coordinating our communication nodes—SEA Currents, Twitter, Facebook, etc.—so that they work together as a unified system. With some luck, this will continue after his departure.

Join us in wishing David well in his new position and in the Southwest.

David’s last day with SE/A will be Friday, September 13, 2013.

Please refer all questions about exhibits to Regina Johnson ( or Ashley Cuffia ( after that date.

Georgia Regents University Conducting Brief Survey

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Georgia Regents University Libraries is conducting a brief survey for preparation of an IMLS planning grant related to continuing education in libraries. Your participation in taking this short survey will be greatly appreciated.  If possible, please complete survey by August 28. All answers are confidential and appreciated. If you have questions about the survey, would like to see the results of the completed survey, or want more information, please contact Virginia Loveless at

Survey Link:

Apply to Attend the Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching” - October 21&#45December 2, 2013

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Health science librarians are invited to participate in an online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

 The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing  and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice, places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises. 

This course is offered online (asynchronous) from October 21 – December 2, 2013.  The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises.  The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo. 

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form.  The deadline for completing the application is September 9, 2013; participants will be notified of acceptance on September 23, 2013.

The course is offered at no cost to participants.  Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 15 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

This course is a prerequisite for the face to face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the 5-day Librarian’s Guide that will be offered in April of 2014 if they so choose.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Questions?  E-mail the course organizers at

What I Learned: The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries (ALA)

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013




Lifetime Arts, Inc.

By Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

At the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, I attended a session called “Introducing the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries – An Online Resource,” hosted by the nonprofit, Lifetime Arts, Inc. This is a brand new resource that just went live on June 29th:

The sharing of case studies made the session very moving (a common experience is revealed in the photo above: two seniors, who were strangers only weeks before, enjoying a mischievous laugh together). What I gained from the session was not only creative inspiration, but also a reminder not to fall into common pitfalls in thinking about connecting with seniors. The Lifetime Arts people have created a wonderful resource combining art and health, both mental and physical. Their sessions are not static but rather they truly involve and engage each individual. Part of how they do this is by offering the program over a course of many weeks, which breaks participants out of potential social isolation and inhibitions. This paced format enables them to truly connect with the other participants and instructors.

A big plus of the program is that the participants are not perceived as anything other than students ready to learn, and learn they do. As the program creators like to say, “This is not gluing macaroni to paper plates!” The instructors are actual artists with the students learning, and perhaps even mastering a new skill. Classes are in all of the art forms, e.g. writing in various forms, dancing, painting, sculpting, etc. If it is an art, it is an option, and participants seem to thoroughly enjoy themselves. The videos on the website show reserved and soul-weary seniors evolving into joyful friends who laugh and delight like kids. It truly is enlightening and quite something to behold.

There is no denying the health benefits of social connection, intellectual stimulation, fine-tuning motor-skills and physical health, and feeling a sense of purpose and pride. The Creative Aging Toolkit encompasses all of these things while adding a big dose of fun. We all work toward improving the health of our communities, and this serves as reminder that seeing the eager-to-learn, eager-to-play child in every adult student is an important step in that process.

I attended this session at ALA because of my interest in senior health outreach and to see how the Creative Aging Toolkit compares to the Toolkit for Trainers created by the National Institute on Aging (NIA):

The toolkits do completely different things. The NIA toolkit provides instruction on computer use and navigating NIH resources, NIHSeniorHealth ( and MedlinePlus ( The toolkit created by Lifetime Arts provides experience with physical, intellectual and creative expression, and the opportunity to master a new skill. Both toolkits provide an opportunity to learn something new and to socialize, though in different ways. I can see the two directions being combined into an innovative program that mixes dance with computer learning to break up seated time. This would introduce exercise and technology, and create opportunities for active socializing. Why not?

The Lifetime Arts people have thought this program through. On the website, you will find a very refreshing take on aging and libraries. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And if you have any creative ideas, let me know (

Beyond the SE/A – August 21, 2013 – How One Thing Led to Another – Recording Now Available

Monday, August 5th, 2013


August 21, 2013

Time: 12 Noon ET

Presentation: How One Thing Led to Another

This presentation will describe how a simple request to borrow a white board from the Library ultimately resulted in a three credit hour continuing education class on disaster health information resources.  The class is available free and online to anyone anywhere in the world.

Partnerships among the following organizations led to the success of this program:  University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County; the Medical Reserve Corps; National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region; and the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine.

Mary Moore
Dr. Mary Moore is Chair, Department of Health Informatics and Executive Director, Medical Libraries and Biomedical Communications at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is a member of the University’s Disaster Interest Group and of the Miami-Dade County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corps. She and her libraries have been involved in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Haiti earthquake. She has taught health informatics, medical decision support, management information systems, IT project management, and other topics at the University of Miami, University of Texas-Austin, Texas Tech University, Arkansas State University, and the Helsinki School of Economics.

Kimberly Loper
Kimberly Loper, MLIS, is Special Projects and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Health Informatics and the Louis Calder Memorial Library. She is a member of the UMMSM Response Team-Medical Reserve Corps and has completed five Medical Reserve Corps and FEMA classes. Her experiences in the US Army, serving in the Gulf War, prepared her for emergency response and logistics management.

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