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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

NN/LM SE/A Evaluation and Assessment classes in 2015

Reservations for the following on-site classes are being accepted for libraries and groups within the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. To schedule one or more of these classes for 2015, please contact Andrew Youngkin at A limited number of sessions will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation for Library Advocacy (approved for 6 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will be able to show the value of their library’s services and will become familiar with tools for assessment, evaluation planning, creating logic models, data collection and reporting.

Answering the Right Questions: Data Collection for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

In this workshop, participants will learn to apply good principles of data collection to assure that data – both qualitative and quantitative – will be useful in making project decisions. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Using evaluation questions to focus data collection
  • Conducting short, to-the-point interviews to collect outcome data
  • Using a “contact sheet” to organize interview notes and communicate findings with other team members
  • Using participatory methods to get information from a large number of community members
  • Using standard “counts” (attendance rates; drop-out rates) as evaluation data
  • Designing and administering short questionnaires

Finding Information in Numbers and Words: Data Analysis for Health Information Outreach (approved for 4 Medical Library Association contact hours)

Participants will learn basic methods for compiling and analyzing qualitative and quantitative evaluation data to maximize their usefulness in project improvement and decision-making. Topics for this workshop include:

  • Analyzing qualitative data (e.g., developing and using codes, summarizing, interpreting)
  • Compiling and graphing descriptive statistics
  • Exploring the validity of evaluation findings


December NIH News in Health Now Available

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Reflections of the National Library of Medicine’s Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

by: Fatima Barnes, Ed.D, MPH, MSIS; Library Director, and Assistant Professor Graduate Studies and Research, Meharry Medical College Library, Nashville, TN.

Contact Fatima at:

Fatima Barnes was one of the few librarians selected to participate in the Fall Biomedical Informatics course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Georgia Regents University. Located two hours or so from the Atlanta Airport, Brasstown Valley in Young Harris is surrounded by the North Georgia Mountains, making the environment conducive for this fast-paced, enlightening, and fun, one week course. During the workshop lectures and discussions, time was allocated for social interactions with renowned scientists and researchers. In addition, this resort facility provided the opportunity for swimming, good food, and appreciating the beauty of nature through the hiking trails.

Other selected applicants worked in health industries and government owned medical agencies. The workshop covered numerous introductory and complex topics ranging from Genetics, Big Data and the Cloud, Telehealth and Imaging Informatics. Familiar topics to librarians included NLM resources, Genomics, and Consumer Health/Social Media databases. One unique topic which I particularly enjoyed was testing the technologies associated with Disaster Informatics. The diverse nature of librarians, nurses, researchers, and scientists made discussions and group collaboration fascinating.

Dr. Seago and her staff are well deserving of this Bioinformatics Workshop Contract Award. I encourage librarians to consider this opportunity and apply for this workshop to enhance their educational background. An important criteria in selection of applicants is the willingness for participants to apply acquired knowledge with their institutions. Since her return from this workshop, Fatima and her staff are developing “best practices” of supporting clinical and translational research at Meharry Medical College.

Applications for the Spring and Fall 2015 programs are currently being accepted.

Application information can be found at

Course information can be found at

Application Deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015: December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.

Webinar: Framing the Future of Education for Public Health in the 21st Century Where We’re Headed – December 4, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Richard Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor and Founding Dean
Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University

Cynthia Wilson, EdD
Vice President of Learning and Research
League for Innovation in the Community College

This free webinar will present overall findings of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) 2014 report “Future of Education for Public Health in the 21st Century,” with special emphasis on the future role of community colleges and the health education profession.

An application has been submitted to award up to 1 .0 Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for certified health education specialists (CHES), master certified health education specialists (MCHES), and those certified in public health (CPH). SOPHE, including its chapters, is a designated multiple event provider of CECHs by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

**Fees apply for CHES credits. This webinar will be recorded and available in SOPHE’s Center for Online Resources & Education (CORE) in 2 weeks.

Registration Information


More NIH Funding opportunities to support NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education for developing educational resources for information professionals


This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that covers a comprehensive set of topics related to the management of biomedical Big Data. The primary audience for this course is librarians and information specialists, who could use these materials as the basis of training and services to graduate students, faculty, research staff and administrators at their organizations. However, the resource should also be usable by any of these audiences for self-instruction. Application due date: March 17, 2015


This funding announcement seeks applications for the development of curriculum modules that can be used by librarians and other information specialists to prepare researchers, graduate students and research staff to be full participants in the global community that maintains and accesses digitally-stored biomedical Big Data. Application due date: March 17, 2015

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