Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
Back in January 2010, hospital librarians from the region, SE/A staff, and experts from around the U.S. converged on Baltimore for a Hospital Librarian Summit. The goal was to look at the future of hospital libraries and librarians, with an eye towards how the SE/A could best support them as they face unprecedented challenges. There were many wonderful discussions about multiple aspects of hospital librarianship, and a good deal was accomplished in a very brief time.
One of the major outcomes of the summit was a desire to create an updated, dynamic, and useful Hospital Librarian Toolkit. After a long brainstorming session, the various ideas were consolidated into main topics. Participants voted for the topics they felt were most important, and a ranked list was produced. From that list and utilizing SE/A expertise, a plan was devised, which has now come to fruition:
Resources for Hospital Librarians
In this LibGuide, we have pulled together resources that address the summit topics as well as other areas that have become increasingly important over the past two years. This guide is intended to be both dynamic and collaborative. The world of hospital librarianship is changing rapidly, so this guide will be updated regularly as issues arise. Collaboration is key and input from the region is vital. If you have questions, concerns, additions, deletions, suggestions, or any other ideas on keeping this guide current and vital, please let us know.
We thank everyone who has contributed to this guide and look forward to supporting hospital libraries and librarians in this ever-changing world.
Please contact David Midyette (firstname.lastname@example.org) P.J. Grier (email@example.com) or Sheila Snow-Croft (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your suggestions and comments.
Friday, August 17th, 2012
Date: August 15th, 2012
Time: Noon to 1:00 pm (EST)
Presenter: Judy Burnham
Judy Burnham has been with the University of South Alabama since 1989, where she was named Director in 2007. She has worked in reference, instructional services, technical services and outreach, and is liaison to the College of Allied Health Professionals. Judy was a NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow from 2004-2005 and was recipient in 2001 of the Southern Chapter/Medical Library Association Academic Librarian of the Year Award. In 2002, she was the MLA Estelle Brodman Academic Medical Librarian of the Year. Her research interest is in bibliometrics. In addition to the project with health ministry leaders, Judy has participated for several years in instructional sessions on library literacy skills for minority high school students interested in health care careers. However, one of her favorite roles is grandmother to four outstanding grandchildren.
Presentation: Empowering Health Ministry Leaders
This presentation will focus on the SE/A NNLM funded project that provided health ministry leaders in ten African American churches with the technology, equipment and information needed to help them better serve the health information needs of their congregations.
Please click on the link below to hear the recorded presentation:
Friday, August 10th, 2012
By Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
In an effort to more effectively reach the public health workforce and the librarians who support them, SE/A has some new training opportunities available. Note that all of our available classes are listed here on our website, http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/classes.html, with those specific to the public health audience in a separate section at the bottom of that page.
Most public health workers do not have an excess of time available for training, so I have created a few one-hour sessions that will hopefully better fit into those busy schedules:
The two Evidence Based Practice classes are taken from my longer course titled And PICO was his Name-O: what to look for in an EBM study. The first uses the PICO model to help attendees learn to formulate an answerable question, and the second takes a close look at the different types of studies represented in the literature and at the importance of evaluating study results. Introduction to NLM Resources is tailored to fit the needs of individual audiences, and includes information about the NN/LM, PubMed, MedlinePlus, the Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal, the Drug Information Portal, the Disaster Information Management Research Center, along with other resources such as the Household Products Database, LactMed, TOXMAP, Tox Town, and WISER.
Research Shortcuts includes a basic introduction to PubMed and PHPartners.org, focusing on the SEQs (Specialized Evidence Queries), a joint project from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. SEQs provide pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to identify research evidence for selected Healthy People 2020 objectives. In case you are not familiar with these, they are highlighted on the PHPartners.org homepage in the top right corner, and can be linked to from PubMed’s homepage: choose “Topic-Specific Queries” from the PubMed Tools section, then choose “Healthy People 2020” from the top section of Clinicians and Health Services Researchers Queries.
Along with these shorter classes geared specifically for the public health audience, I am also offering three classes that are new for me:
- Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials,
- From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations
- TOXNET: Toxicology & Environmental Information
Promoting Health Literacy is a revamped version of Beth Wescott’s much loved class, thanks to Cheryl Rowan, Public Health Coordinator in the South Central Region of the NN/LM, and my colleagues who have created a version for Consumer Health, Terri Ottosen and Nancy Patterson. Also courtesy of Cheryl is From Beyond Our Borders, a two or three hour class designed to assist anyone who is working with refugee populations in locating health information. The TOXNET class was developed by Ruicha Mishra, NN/LM South Central Region, and introduces quality toxicology and environmental resources for beginners. These three classes each provide MLA continuing education contact hours.
Please contact Sheila Snow-Croft if you would like more information or to request any of these classes, email@example.com.
Thursday, June 21st, 2012
By Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
LinkedIn is a professional networking site that allows you to discover like-minded people and join discussions on specific topics. In addition to marketing yourself professionally, job seekers can update their profiles and include activities and a full range of interests. However, there is the potential to go even deeper with this professional tool and connect with different interest groups.
Finding groups can be tough but it can be worth your while to seek out like-minded individuals and groups. LinkedIn is a vast network with over 50 million members and more than 16,000 IT-related groups alone. Under the Groups tab, you can search LinkedIn Groups using keywords. Searching the term “library” produced over 1400 potential groups. Joining these groups connects you to many people and allows you to start or participate in group discussions, which helps to keep you updated in the field.
Another great feature of LinkedIn is the ability to search for other groups you may like based on your existing contacts. There is also a Group Directory for searching. Some groups are open and others are members only, but each group that I’ve asked to join has readily accepted my request.
As Consumer Health Coordinator for the Region, I’m interested in a wide variety of consumer health and patient care topics. One of the classes I offer is the Canny Consumer, which contains a variety of resources in eHealth and patient informatics. I strive to keep informed of issues pertinent to the electronic medical record, health care reform, and the revolution of e-patients. If you’re also interested in consumer health or these topics, here are a few groups I have joined that you may be interested in:
- Patient Navigator – With over 1000 members and a number of subgroups, this group discusses many issues surrounding what it means to be a patient today. Some of the recent topics were about speaking up at the doctor’s office, a patient harm Facebook group, the billing process and the new ICD-10 deadline, new tools for navigating cancer information, and many, many more.
- Digital Health – As you can imagine, this group covers a wide range of interests. Recent topics included: medical and health apps, global health innovations, Bluetooth possibilities in the market, the most popular health app per country, and emergency workers scanning QR codes to access health information in Marin County, California.
- eHealth Literacy – Health literacy is a topic near and dear to all of us in the Region. Some topics discussed recently were: how effective communication contributes to health equity, a vote on which sub-agency of the Department of Health and Human Services should be a top priority for plain writing improvement, and usability testing after the PlainTalk conference. Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator, successfully received some great suggestions from the group when she asked about national bench marks for health literacy.
- Connected Home Networking – Because I believe there is an upcoming revolution in consumer health and technology, I monitor this group’s discussions of broadband, telehealth, 3D technologies, and home health automation. There are some fascinating ideas being tossed around.
If you are already a member of LinkedIn, please do explore the options for connecting with groups of people with your shared interests. It is still a great networking tool and a place to connect with your peers, but with a little effort, it can be customized and used as a tool for other aspects of your professional life and interests. You may even want to create a group yourself. For more information, please contact Terri Ottosen @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
Alas, our friend Meebo is leaving us for good (read more here: http://mee.bo/LvBAJa). It can be a sad thing to see such a reliable service end, but thankfully there are many alternatives. Online chat has a much greater time depth than many people know. I remember, as a college student at Wake Forest back in the late 1980’s, using the messaging capability of the mainframe computer to “chat” with other students in the same room. Of course things are a bit different now, but it’s still the same concept just without the black screen, green text, and single line capabilities.
Jumping back thirty years into the present era, we are facing the loss of a chat service that has become rather ubiquitous in libraries. Meebo chat service will officially retire on July 11, 2012 and that oh, so memorable chirp from the notifier will fall silent. Luckily, chat technology is relatively consistent and there are multiple alternatives; some free and some at a cost. This is a good time to revisit your work needs as individuals and as institutions.
When looking at any of chat/reference products, there are some important questions to ask yourself:
- Do I need a single person to monitor the chat or do I need multiple people to login at once?
- Do I need a widget for people to chat via a webpage?
- Do I want to access chat on my smart device?
- Do I need to customize my widget?
- Do I need a single service or do I need a suite of services?
Over the years, I have used many of the services listed below and I find that the last question in the list above is most important. As the head of reference at an academic institution, I worked to implement LibAnswers (Springshare had not integrated LibChat yet). I found it to be a highly flexible system that worked well with a large, distributed population. We also implemented Libraryh3lp because Meebo caused an issue when someone else logged in (I almost lost a patron in mid-chat). I found that Libraryh3lp solved many issues by allowing multiple people to monitor the chat widget. I also used a Digsby widget in my LibGuides profile to provide specialized reference chat to my health science departments. These experiences are, of course, my own and not intended as a recommendation. Everyone has unique needs and preferences in their institutions, in their daily work flows, and in their patron preferences.
Here are some of the alternatives you might want to consider when looking at a Meebo replacement:
Digsby (http://www.digsby.com/) – This is one of the more popular chat tools, but it does require that you install a client on your computer. It allows you to manage multiple chat services, e.g. Facebook, Yahoo, AIM, etc., manage multiple email providers, and can provide updates from LinkedIn and Twitter. It does have a notifier and widget, and it can even send SMS (phone text messages).
Pidgin (http://pidgin.im/) – An open-source chat tool that allows you to manage your various chat services. It also requires an installation on your computer and covers all of the major chat services.
IMO (https://imo.im/) – An online service much like Meebo which does not require an install. You have the ability to access both chat services as well as other social media tools, e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Additionally, there is an app for this service on Apple, Android, and Blackberry. It interfaces with Skype but does not have a widget.
Zoho Chat (https://chat.zoho.com/) – This is from the Zoho Creators group and is highly flexible. It provides a widget and access to most of the major chat services. You can customize the widget to your liking, select a background for your page, and set the notifications to your desired preferences. It has a unified login for the Zoho suite which allows you to access their plethora of additional services.
Trillian (http://www.trillian.im/) – An older chat aggregator with several levels of service. There is the free version, which requires a download, and allows you to manage multiple chat services. It also has an app for all of the major smart devices, but there is no widget to embed. The service does have a web version, and the upgrade to the Pro version is relatively inexpensive.
Libraryh3lp (http://libraryh3lp.com/) – This is a service developed by librarians in North Carolina to provide a unified chat interface. They have a native chat client or you can use any of the other chat services to access the system. There is a cost associated with this product, but it is based on FTE and is geared towards libraries and non-profits. This makes it a highly affordable solution. They provide a community forum and there is constant support and upgrade notification. This is a solution for people needing multiple individuals covering a chat function, e.g., a busy reference desk or staff spread across multiple sites.
LibAnswers w/ LibChat (http://www.springshare.com/libanswers/) – Springshare is adding a chat function to their LibAnswers product. This adds a chat function to their reference management system which already includes a text-based (SMS) reference service.
Selecting the proper chat tool requires some exploration and seeking the help/input of others. If you have any questions or need any guidance in selecting the appropriate tool, please contact me @ email@example.com.