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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, Webinars, and Online Classes

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Free Webinars

Upcoming Online Classes

Registration open for February&#45March 2014 NN/LM SE/A technology classes

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

February 3-28, 2014 Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends (2014 edition)

This class, updated with new topics for 2014, is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Content will be presented with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies.

March 3-28, 2014 Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials

Building on concepts of understanding learning styles and how to organize and ‘chunk’ instructional content for the online environment, this course’s main goal is to teach librarians best practices for creating effective screencasts (video-based online instruction modules) using web-based screen-casting tools. Student learning outcomes include: the ability to determine how to get the most from your screencasts; learning how to divide content into logical chunks that are most appropriate for online learners; an understanding of best practices for creating content for their topic (e.g. storyboarding, script writing, and voiceover/narration); an understanding of what hardware and software tools work best for which content (and best sources for acquiring needed tools); and the ability to assess the effectiveness of screencasted content.
Both of these classes have been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 contact hours of CE credit.

The instructor for these classes will be Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies /Evaluation Coordinator for the Southeastern/Atlantic regional medical library. Questions about the class content can be directed to him at: ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Interested participants may register for these classes at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html

Beyond the SEA – January 15, 2014 – What is 3D Printing and Why May Your Library Be Interested? &#45 Recording Now Available

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Recording:

https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p6upmed8ts5/

12pm-1pm EDT

Presenters:

Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Kimberley Barker is the Emerging Technologies & Systems Manager for the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. She believes that technology empowers people, allowing them to make better decisions and enrich their personal and professional lives. To that end, Kimberley works to discover the latest technological innovations (apps, programs, soft- and hardware) and then match users with the most appropriate technology for their needs- providing moral and practical support as they incorporate it into their work. Kimberley is also a full-on geek who delights in anime, light saber battles with her five-year-old, and all things steampunk.

Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan

Patricia F Anderson is the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Tauman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. In this role she has worked with online communities of persons with disabilities, served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media External Advisory Board, explored personal genomics and “quantified self” tools to meet her own health challenges, and taught workshops in virtual worlds on skills from information searching to getting dressed (which is a little different when you are doing it online). In previous iterations of her professional life, Patricia has worked on Cochrane Review teams, and co-authored/edited the Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web.

Summary: Patricia will discuss the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries. Kimberley will discuss the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community.

What do you need to join these conferences?

• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?
Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea

• 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.

What We Learned: MLA13

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

By Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technology and Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

MLA 2013 proved to be a very busy meeting for me—as a participant, presenter, and newly appointed member of credentialing committee. Though my attention was pulled in multiple directions, I would say the bulk of my energy was geared towards preparing and delivering what I hoped were well-rehearsed presentations. As I reflect on the conference, it seems that I learned as much from the process of prepping and delivering these presentations as I hoped conference attendees did from the content. The adage about “getting out what you put in” seemed to ring true in this instance. The experience of presenting at MLA along with so many talented health science information professionals was of tremendous value and constituted many major “What We Learned” moments.

The structure of the MLA Tech Trends panel, on which I participated this year, was a particularly refreshing take on the panel presentation. Having not only a session moderator (Michelle Kraft), but also Social Media Jockeys Nicole Dettmer (Twitter) and Amy Blevins (Google), forced presenters to focus on their message, all without the aid of presentation technology they themselves could control. The Tech Trends panel presentation allowed me to elevate my efforts to place a greater focus on both my topic and the audience so that I could effectively convey a concise, targeted message. I certainly emerged from the experience with stronger speaking skills that will prepare me for future presentations.

I also picked up new bits of information from the poster and paper presentations, which will allowed me to develop ideas for new projects and suggestions to strengthen existing ones. I did, however, find myself with a little less time to indulge in a lot of sessions by giving several of my own presentations and having to attend more business meetings than in the past. Luckily, with much of the content on the conference site prior to the meeting and the session recordings available soon after the conference, I felt that despite being so busy in Boston, I could still view and enjoy much of the other material I would have otherwise missed. The conference site does a great job to facilitate both an in-person and a virtual conference experience.

If you have questions, comments, or want to follow up, please let me know (ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu).

So you want to Tweet your library . . . .

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator, NN/LM SE/A Region

Twitter is not for everyone, but a growing number of social media users are joining this arena and it is important to reach them. According to the Statistic Brain website, as of 05/07/2013 there are:

  • 554,750,000 active registered Twitter user
  • 135,000 new registrations every day
  • 58 million tweets each day
  • 115 million active Twitter users each month
  • at least 40% of Twitter users watch but do not tweet

These figures represent a substantial audience, and while not everyone will flock to your site, you can rather quickly develop a following and share crucial information with your constituents who do tweet.

But how easy is it, you may ask? How can I possibly find the time? Well, here is my quick guide for joining and managing the Twittersphere.

Join Twitter:

Go to Twitter and register for an account (set up a Gmail account rather than use a personal work email for the purpose of registration).
Start following:

You can use the search box in Twitter to find people to follow.

Search for NLM or Medical Library or CDC or Health, and follow the ones you like.

You can also follow @NNLMSEA and then follow some of the same accounts we follow.

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Start tweeting:

You can either retweet other’s tweets or create your own.

To retweet, just hover over the post you want to share and click on “retweet.”

To create your own tweet, click in the “Compose new tweet” box and start typing.

Remember that tweets are only 140 characters, so use your space wisely:

Use a URL shortener, e.g., Ow.ly or Bitly

Put URLs in the first half of the tweet

Use @ handles to identify yourself (helps develop a following)

Use hashtags (#) to make your tweets searchable by keyword

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Advanced Social Media:

Pick a Twitter tool like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck.

Personally, I prefer Hootsuite because it is web based and I can use it from any computer.

If you tweet from a smart device, you may prefer the Tweetdeck app.

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and a host of other options. This tool has made it much easier to manage multiple accounts, but as a beginner, you can easily run things directly from Twitter.

Nitty Gritty:

With my tweeting tools before me, I scan through the list of tweets at a specific time (usually around 10am). I select five or six tweets that seem of interest to the Region and retweet them. I click on the hyperlinks in the tweets to pull up the corresponding web page. I then take that URL and post it to our SE/A Facebook page with a basic descriptive sentence. If other items of interest appear during the day, I may do additional tweets, but for the most part I try to get information out at a time during the day when most folks have already done several hours of work and might be taking a break to catch up on the latest information. Tweeting for only 15 minutes two or three times a week can reach a large audience and market your library as a quality source of information.

If you have specific question or need help, please let me know (dmidyette@hshsl.umaryland.edu). I love talking about information sharing, especially with social media.

 

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland