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Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

Free Outreach Resource: Shaping Outcomes Course

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Written by Nikki Dettmar, Evaluation Librarian, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (NN/LM OERC)

Contact Nikki at:

Shaping Outcomes

Do you want to learn more about outcomes-based planning and evaluation (OBPE) for your outreach project but there’s no money in the training budget to do so?

Shaping Outcomes: Making a Difference in Libraries and Museums ( is available as a free online course that learners can start anytime and work on at their own self-navigated pace. While there are library and museum-specific examples provided in the course the concepts of learning more about target audience needs, how to clarify desired results, developing logic models and evaluating outcomes are applicable for most other organizations’ outreach projects as well.

Modules of the class are broken into five sections (Overview, Plan, Build, Evaluate, Report) with a helpful Glossary to learn OBPE terminology and a Logic Model template. Shaping Outcomes was developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and previously was available as an instructor-led class.

More information specific to developing logic models in health information outreach programs is available from Booklet Two: Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects, part of our resources on our Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) Evaluation Guides page at

Beyond the SEA: July 16, 2014 – Exploring the importance of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in health-related issues – MLA CE Credit Now Offered – Recording Now Available

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


Presentation: Exploring the importance of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in health-related issues: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Noon to 1:00 pm (EST)

Presenter: Eugene Owen, National Program Manager for PIAAC, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Eugene Owen is the Senior Technical Advisor to the International Activities Program in the Assessment Division of the National Center for Education Statistics. He is currently the U.S. Project Manager for the OECD’s Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). He helped to establish the International Activities Program at NCES and served as its first Program Director. From the late 1990s until the early 2000s, Dr. Owen helped create and establish TIMSS and PIRLS with the IEA and PISA and PIAAC with the OECD.

Summary: This webinar will present findings from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a large-scale assessment conducted in 2012. PIAAC results provide a snapshot of the basic skills and proficiencies of U.S. adults in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments with comparison to other participating countries. This presentation will also provide information about the relationships between health measures and literacy, numeracy, and computer-based problem solving skills.  Specifically, the presentation will provide information on the relationships between skills and health variables from the health-related background questions, including questions about health status, sources of health information, and participation in preventative health practices.

ADDENDUM: 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 these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL:
• 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 or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.

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.


Registration open for August online course – Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics: Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Registration is now open for the online course “Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics: Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond.”

Date: August 18th to September 12th.

This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature and information on chemicals, drugs, and genetics. The course begins with searching PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information (Week 2), searching for chemicals and chemical nomenclature (Week 3), and locating literature related to genetics and genomics (Week 4). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, using the Advanced search page, and the MeSH database.

For more information about the objectives and some of the course materials, please visit:

This class will be offered for free via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

To register, please visit:

Please contact Tony Nguyen at for more information or questions.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, Webinars, and Online Classes

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We recently discovered a technical error preventing many of our subscribers from receiving e-mail notifications of our SEA Currents articles. We encourage you to visit SEA Currents and browse through several of the articles published over the last several weeks. Here are a few highlights that may interest you:

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Free Webinars

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Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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