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University of Kansas Medical Center Seeking NN/LM Technology Coordinator

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The A.R. Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) seeks a dynamic, customer-focused individual for the position of NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator.

This position works as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR) coordinator for the state of Kansas, and will provide outreach and training to medical librarians, healthcare professionals, and the public.  This position also serves as a co-coordinator of technology in collaboration with the Technology Coordinator at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.  As a co-coordinator of technology for the NN/LM MCR, the individual in this position will be responsible for identifying emerging technologies and is responsible for promoting and supporting the use of technology throughout the region.  This position requires travel.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school; experience in collaboration projects including, but not limited to, diverse groups, community/library, business/library, local and virtual; an understanding of technology’s use in libraries and its effect on library services, particularly in a medical library setting; and a working knowledge of NLM databases and products.

For a complete job announcement and application details, please visit  the KU Medical Center Employment Opportunities web site.  Search for the position title,  NN/LM Kansas/Technology Coordinator, in the pull-down menu. Applications are currently being reviewed and will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities

Tools You Can Use: FlipQuiz – Gameshow-Style Boards for Educators

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Written by: Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Contact Tony at: tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Looking for a creative way to gamify your class? Check our FlipQuiz!

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About

FlipQuiz is a tool created to provide educators with a quick way to create their own gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom (think Jeopardy). These boards may have been created previously on poster board, chalkboard, overhead slides, or even post-it notes. Questions are displayed on-screen with answer reveals and saved for later use. Using FlipQuiz offers another opportunity to interest and engage students during class or review content previously taught.

Benefits

Using this tool gives you the opportunity for the following:

  • Easily edit quiz questions to engage participants.
  • Recall and repeat use of your quiz board when needed.
  • Access from any location with proper technology.
  • Add both questions and answers to your game board allowing students to use the board as an alternative to flash cards.

FlipQuiz provides a demo for potential users to see how their tool works. You can learn new tips regarding their product by following them on Twitter, Facebook or blog.

Membership

FlipQuiz offers both Free and Pro Membership Accounts. Pro Membership is fairly affordable at $7/month or $70/year which is cheaper than a monthly Netflix subscription. A comparison chart between Free and Pro Membership was recently created on their blog and is posted below:

Free vs Pro

Usage and Observations

I decided to test out this product and determine ease of use with a free account. Creating a quiz board is easy and straight-forward. Six categories are available to label. Within each category, five questions and answers are open for users to fill. Users can include links, images, and embed video in either field. This may be helpful in order to provide teachable moments for students during class or to review something previously taught.

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After the Quiz Board was created, you have the ability to Edit or Present the board in class.

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If you return to FlipQuiz at a later time, your Profile Page will list the Boards you’ve created with options to edit, present, or delete.

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Overall, I found this tool incredibly easy to use. The only time consuming part involves determining the category titles, questions, and answers for each of the categories (and if there could be multiple answers for a question). I encourage you to check out FlipQuiz and share your thoughts as well.

Call for Participation: New SE/A Tech PAC Webinars

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Written by Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS, Technology Program Advisory Committee Chair, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Contact Kimberley at: Grumpy_Cat@virginia.edu

On behalf of the Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Technology Program Advisory Committee (PAC), happy summer! We hope that you had some time for fun and relaxation and are beginning to look forward to autumn and whatever professional challenges await you and your institution.

We’ve been outlining our goals for the coming year and deciding how best to meet your needs. One of the Tech PAC’s multi-year goals (based on the results of the survey given in 2012), is to address head-on the technology issues that some of you face in your daily professional lives. To that end, in 2013, the Tech PAC offered the popular webinar “Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library,” which featured a discussion with panelists (librarians like you!) who overcame significant technology barriers in their workplaces in order to provide a service to their patrons. As it was well-attended and the feedback positive, the Tech PAC thought to host a series of webinars along those lines, but we need your help.

We’d like for the first webinar to address relationship-building between libraries and the technology departments which support them. To that end, we’d like to feature the partnership of one or more librarians and the tech people with whom they’ve built a relationship. Have you always been buddies? Great! There was a rocky start to your professional relationship, and you reached out to each other? Even better! We’re looking for real-life examples that could serve as models for others in the medical librarian community, so don’t be shy!

The second webinar in the series is tentatively titled, “How to speak IT,” and will focus on defining and contextualizing basic IT terms. Just as it never hurts to speak even a few phrases of the language of the country in which you’re travelling so, too, is it helpful to not be completely lost when your IT person is trying to explain something. Do you know a good “explainer”? Are you one yourself? Would you or they be willing to participate as a speaker? Get in touch!

Finally, we’d love to hear your ideas for webinars or other programs based on your technology needs. We’re here to help you and facilitate your access to/ understanding of technology, so please: make us feel useful and tell us how we can help. Contact me via Twitter (@KR_Barker) or email (Grumpy_Cat@virginia.edu). Thanks so much!

Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS

Chair, Tech PAC

Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes starting in August and September.

Consumer Health

Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials

From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet

  • Instructor: Terri Ottosen
  • September 8 – September 29
  • 3 MLA CE

These consumer health classes qualify for Consumer Health Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association.

Health Information Professionals

ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians

Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics Oh My! Searching PubMed and Beyond

  • Instructor: Tony Nguyen
  • August 18 – September 12
  • 6 MLA CE

Public Health and Public Health Information Professionals

NEW – Public Health Information on the Web

Technology

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends – 2014 edition

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: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html.

 

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/527SDJ5

Any questions or concerns regarding the survey can be directed to Andrew at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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