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Free Online Summer Class Announcement: Grants and Proposal Writing

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Class:  Grants and Proposal Writing

Where: Free, Online via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

Presenter: Sheila Snow-Croft, MLIS, MA, Public Health Coordinator. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A)


Date/Time: July 8-29, 2014

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2014

Three optional webinars (required for MLA CE contact hours):

  • Wednesday, 7/09/14: 11am – 12pm  ET / Common Mistakes
  • Wednesday, 7/16/14: 11am – 12pm  ET / The Proposal
  • Wednesday, 7/23/14: 11am – 12pm  ET / The Budget and Finishing Touches

Summary:  Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed including: documenting need, identifying the target population, writing measurable objectives, and developing work, evaluation, and dissemination plans.

The course uses Moodle, a free online course management system that does not require a software download. There will be three 1 hour Adobe Connect webinars along with discussions and a planning assignment. If attending the live webinars is not possible, recordings will be available for viewing afterwards. Participants who complete all requirements will be eligible for 4 Medical Library Association Contact Hours.

Call for Feedback: NN/LM SE/A Social Media Assessment

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Written by Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region

The National Network of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) is requesting feedback regarding the impact and effectiveness of our social media. We’d like to hear from you on the significance of NN/LM SE/A’s presence on Facebook and Twitter, specifically how we are doing in regards to sharing useful, meaningful information. The following survey is being used to collect your feedback so that we can ensure our social media communication efforts continue to be productive and effective.

We invite you to take just a few minutes to complete our brief questionnaire at:

Any questions or concerns regarding the survey can be directed to Andrew at

If you haven’t done so, we invite you to follow NN/LM SE/A on FacebookTwitter, or subscribe to our SEA Currents blog.


Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration

Monday, June 16th, 2014


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes this summer:

These online classes will be offered for free via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

To register for any of these classes, please visit:

What I Learned: My MLA Experience

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

By: Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator

The MLA annual conference is a beneficial meeting that gives me the opportunity to learn what other colleagues in the field are working on. My intent as a new coordinator for the NN/LM SE/A Region was to connect with many colleagues, understand the issues and trends in our field, and learn new skills related to the profession.

I had the opportunity to participate in two continuing education (CE) courses. The first class I attended was Becoming an Expert Searcher provided by Terry Jankowski from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. The course focused primarily on utilizing PubMed with discussions on creative ideas and variances in search strategies. This class provided me with a good refresher to the reference interview and many of the intricacies of PubMed and a couple of new ideas on how to approach certain research questions. This class is a great complimentary course with PubMed for Trainers offered by the National Library of Medicine Training Center.

The second CE course, Public Speaking: Polish, Not Panic, was taught by Donna Berryman and Suzanne Bell from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. While I’m not necessarily someone that has difficulty speaking in front of crowds, I thought that there may be something new I could learn that would benefit my presentation skills. This class focused on understanding several causes of tension and anxiety related to public speaking and focused on learnable skills participants could utilize to improve speaking in front of groups. I found the class to be beneficial in gaining several tips and recognizing my personal habits related to public speaking.

Aside from the many sessions I attended, I was particularly interested in the Section Program sponsored by the Educational Media and Technologies Section. The theme was Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education. What interested me in this section was the topic of teaching theory and methodology. What I failed to realize is that this was the first flipped classroom offered at the conference. However, without having watched the presentations earlier, I found the discussions to be quite informative and beneficial.

While this isn’t my first year attending MLA, it was my first year as a coordinator for the NN/LM SE/A Region. I thought it would be beneficial to meet as many people as possible. Since I’m fairly active on Twitter as @TonyNguyen411, Kimberley Barker from the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at University of Virginia suggested a fundraising project to support the MLA Scholarship Fund. We decided that for every ‘selfie’ an attendee took with us, a dollar would be donated to the scholarship fund. It was a great way to meet many people at the conference and contribute to the MLA Scholarship Fund. Though I don’t know exactly how many approached Kimberley, I was able to donate $45 to the fund. As a last minute first time project, I thought it turned out really well.

I found that this was a great conference to attend. I managed to meet many people, including my AHIP mentor. I observed many sessions related to marketing, outreach, survey design, and education. I feel that next year’s conference may be busier as I plan to apply to a committee and join a couple of the special interest groups. It was encouraging meeting many talented and passionate people within the profession and I look forward to meeting everyone again in the future.

My MLA: Consumer Health-Style

Friday, May 30th, 2014

By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region

Every year, it seems my MLA experience is busier and busier, but it’s a good thing because I always learn so much and meet new and interesting people, as well as connect with friends and colleagues. It was particularly exciting as a Co-Chair of the Planning Committee for The Patient Experience and Engagement: Improving Patient-Centered Care One Person at a Time, a Symposium on Saturday before the conference. We planned for over a year to bring a keynote speaker, Stephen Wilkins of the “Mind the Gap” blog, and a panel of librarians together to discuss patient engagement and to explore new and existing methods of how to connect the public and providers with quality health information resources and tools. Each speaker’s presentation is now on the Symposium LibGuide, with pictures coming soon. (

This year I was also privileged to have a paper accepted. My presentation was entitled, “Outreach Superstructure: Partnering to Design and Build a Framework for Health Information Interventions to Support Family Caregivers’ Medical Decision-Making.” I described a caregiver project that I worked on with Jamie Peacock, Outreach Librarian at the Specialized Information Services Division of NLM, and Wilma Templin-Branner, Health Education Specialist, at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). We worked to produce a series of short, high-quality video tutorials using MedlinePlus. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to show one during the paper presentation, but the tutorials are available for viewing on YouTube:

There were some very interesting presentations in the same paper section, Patient Centered Care, sponsored by the Federal Libraries Section of MLA. Among them, Taneya Koonce from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, spoke about their project to personalize health communication using health literacy and learning style preferences to improve a group of diabetes patients’ knowledge. Hannah Norton at the University of Florida, Gainesville, spoke about her project with Linda Butson (Congratulations on your retirement!) and Ryan Nall, in which patients were assisted by librarians in preparing questions before their physician visits.

Overall, it was a great conference. The world of consumer health was remarkably represented by many talented and passionate individuals. In between papers and posters and other meetings, there was, of course, socializing and fun. I met one of my new AHIP (Academy of Health Information Professionals) mentees, Mary Ann Barnett, who is an intern at Rex-UNC (University of North Carolina) Healthcare and is currently involved in launching the Duke University Medicine Pavilion Resource Center. She worked many years in schools and special libraries in the Saudi Arabian oil and gas industry and is both fascinating and charming.

It is encouraging that so many talented people are interested in consumer health, with many aspects represented in papers, posters, and discussions throughout the conference. I am proud to be a part of the Medical Library Association and to represent the National Network of Libraries of Medicine as a Consumer Health Coordinator. I look forward to the MLA conference next year in Austin!

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