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Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Casting call for June 19 Beyond the SEA webinar

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

by Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Andrea Wright, MLIS

Do you work in a health sciences or hospital library setting? If so, have you, when faced with a barrier to the use of technology, gone around/leapt over/burrowed under or otherwise smashed through it in a creative way? If so, please contact me about participating in a SE/A Technology RAC-sponsored webinar which will feature a panel of fellow smartie-pants (pantses?) who have sneered in the face of technological hardship and lived to tell the tale.

Back in March, Andrea Wright, Technology Librarian at the University of South Alabama’s Biomedical Library presented (on behalf of the SE/A Technology RAC) the findings of our survey which centered around questions of  health librarian work environments, and the needs, interests, and challenges of those working with health and medical information. (If you missed the live event, you may view it here:

The impetus for the survey was the hope that by gathering such information our committee and the RML could help our constituents with their technology needs and interests- that we could use the information to plan future classes and presentations, better direct possible funding opportunities, and determine the best ways to help information professionals overcome perceived challenges related to technologies in specialized healthcare and academic settings.

During the process of creating the survey, the Tech RAC realized that it had an opportunity to offer our community a specific deliverable: instead of merely presenting the results in a webinar, why not create a second webinar that would showcase the brilliant ways in which colleagues from across the region have met the challenges of everything from lack of funding to firewalls to lack of institutional IT support?
And so it’s done: the webinar showcasing our community’s ingenuity is set for June. Unfortunately, y’all are being modest and I have yet to be contacted by a SINGLE PERSON who is willing to share his/her brilliance.

If you or someone you know refused to bow to the constraints of time, environment, or resources and instead displayed mental fortitude in order to deliver technology to your patrons, please tell us.

To participate in the June 19th panel discussion on managing technology barriers, please contact the NNLM-SE/A Technology RAC Chair at:

Twitter: @KR_Barker
Skype: kimberleybarker1

Increasing Public Health Awareness through Technology

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

by Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new iPad app called Solve the Outbreak that allows users to “assume the role of a disease outbreak investigator in the agency’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) by navigating three fictional outbreaks based on real-life events, ” per Carol Crawford, branch chief of the CDC’s Electronic Media Branch in a press release (

I downloaded and played the free game and I must admit: it’s pretty addictive. It definitely “delivers in a kind of CSI-meets-public-health-policy mashup,” as the Kansas City Business Journal noted,  ( There’s learning involved, points and badges to be earned, and results can be posted on Facebook and Twitter in the hopes that social media will assist in both promotion and interest. Users get clues, analyze data, solve cases, and save lives, just like real disease detectives, while gaining familiarity with terminology and learning from health tips along the way. Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, noted that people do not need to “experience an outbreak investigation through fictional Hollywood films like Contagion,” since they can now experience it virtually through this game (

This use of technology aims to raise awareness about public health issues and increase engagement with the CDC, along with encouraging young people to enter the field of epidemiology. CDC spokesman Alex Casanova told that “the app was developed in-house and cost $110,000 to develop, minus salaries.”  It appears to be less controversial than the 2011 “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic” campaign that was developed after Twitter users responded to a CDC query regarding the types of disasters for which people are prepared.  The Outbreak app currently has only three scenarios but more are in the works. Who knew epidemiology could be so exciting?

Beyond the SEA: March 20, 2013 – Emerging Technologies in Medical Libraries: Librarian Interest and Perceived Challenges - Recording Now Available

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Presenter: Andrea Wright, MLIS

Andrea Wright is the Technology Librarian at the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library. She regularly speaks about social media, mobile computing, and other emerging technologies in library, education, and clinical settings.

In September 2012, the NNLM-SE/A Technology Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) conducted a survey assessing technology instruction needs and interests among member libraries throughout the Southeastern-Atlantic Region to offer SE/A staff recommendations in creating appropriate and relevant technology training materials. Survey results have helped identify emerging technologies that could serve as appropriate topics for future technology instruction. Survey responses also provide insight into challenges that librarians may face when learning about or trying to use emerging technologies in their organizations.

Time:  12:-00-1pm ET

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What We Learned: Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2013

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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

On January 16-18, 2013, I attended the Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Baltimore. The conference theme was titled “People + Process+ Technology: IT Matters.”  Educause, a “non-profit membership organization created to support those who lead, manage, and use information technology to benefit higher education,” organized a dynamic regional conference with session programming that discussed classroom technology, e-learning best practices, advances IT systems administration, cloud computing, educating with social media, leadership development & management, professional development strategies such as career planning, and presentation planning.

With an interest in the “flipped classroom” and enhancing learning with emerging technologies, many of the sessions I attended dealt with incorporating technology into the library or classroom in the form of an iPad lending program or facilitating group collaboration with technologies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Google +. In additional to many sessions on emerging and learning technologies, another session discussed Educause subscription-based research materials that report on a variety of IT trends and topics, in an effort to help educators understand and assess the impact or need for various technologies.

A conference highlight was a general session titled, “Powering Innovation: Top Trends, New Attitudes, and Next Practices” delivered by Jackie Fenn, vice president and analyst at Gartner. Ms. Fenn is responsible for creating the Gartner Hype Cycle, a model of visualizing of the various stages technology experiences from it’s “trigger” through the “peak of inflated expectations” then the “trough of disillusionment” and onto a more stable, healthy “plateau of productivity.” With the “Hype Cycle” as a backdrop, Jackie gave an informative and fascinating presentation on emerging technologies of the future, which in reality for many, have already arrived. Some of the things to keep an eye on include the expansion and affordability of 3D printing, the proliferation of the Internet of Things (ordinary objects connected to various Internet technologies), augmented reality, gesture-based computing, facial recognition, and voice recognition applications. You can find more information about this at:

It was also exciting to see Educause conference planners seize the moment, so to speak, by offering several concurrent and general sessions dedicated to the discussion of how educators, IT managers, and librarians responded to superstorm Sandy in late October 2012, and how the combined experience of the disaster could provide lessons in the planning and preparation for future events. A discussion of disaster planning with Sandy as a main reference point was appropriately incorporated and well received.

More information on Educause at: Questions or comments can be sent to Andrew at:


Online Class:Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers - February 11, 2013-March 17, 2013

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Dates:                   February 11, 2013 through March 17, 2013

Instructor:           Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies and Evaluation Coordinator, SE/A RML


This self-paced class will allow participants to explore various online search engines, compare the features of each, and broaden their knowledge of search strategies and online search techniques. Participants will develop search strategies that will increase the precision and scope of their online searching ability. In this class, we will engage in discussions, share exercises, and view short demonstrations. The class includes: discussions of web search engines, strategies for searching for online media including images, videos and books. The class concludes with examples of real-time searching and mobile search solutions. Class participants will gain new knowledge and experience with new search engines and search strategies to broaden general search skills.

The Super Searcher class is approved for 4 hours of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education Units and participants completing all course content will receive a certificate of completion.

Contact the class facilitator at with any additional questions.

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