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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.

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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.

Hospital Librarian Toolkit Launched

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 ( P.J. Grier ( or Sheila Snow-Croft ( with your suggestions and comments.

Diagnostic Error: A Multidisciplinary Exploration

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Instructors: Elaine Alligood, Mark Graber, Barb Jones, Linda Williams and Lorri Zipperer

Date:  Thursday, November 15, 2012

Registration and pre-session coffee: 8:30 am; Session time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Diagnostic error, a major factor in patient harm also increases medical costs ( A free, interactive workshop for medical decision makers and information professionals is being held on November 15th focusing on how multidisciplinary teams can contribute to the reduction of diagnostic error.   This innovative session will highlight evidence-based processes and the collaborative roles of clinicians and their librarians/ informationists as they work together to reduce factors contributing to diagnostic error. This class is set for November 15, 2012 in Room LL05 at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland Baltimore. Class time is from 9-4, which a break for lunch on your own.

Session content will cover:

  • Team-oriented approaches to understanding the role of information and evidence in the diagnostic process.
  • Case analysis and discussion of bias.
  • Partnering of librarians/informationists with clinical staff to strategize improvements
  • Application of failure analysis techniques to explore system and process improvement.
  • Design of evidence sharing innovations to reduce diagnostic error.
  • Strategies for implementation of proposed projects.

Multidisciplinary teams from organizations are encouraged to attend.  MLA CE credits will be provided.

Register for this class at

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