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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Beyond the SEA: July 16, 2014 – Exploring the importance of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in health-related issues – MLA CE Credit Now Offered – Recording Now Available


Presentation: Exploring the importance of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in health-related issues: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Date and Time: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Noon to 1:00 pm (EST)

Presenter: Eugene Owen, National Program Manager for PIAAC, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Eugene Owen is the Senior Technical Advisor to the International Activities Program in the Assessment Division of the National Center for Education Statistics. He is currently the U.S. Project Manager for the OECD’s Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). He helped to establish the International Activities Program at NCES and served as its first Program Director. From the late 1990s until the early 2000s, Dr. Owen helped create and establish TIMSS and PIRLS with the IEA and PISA and PIAAC with the OECD.

Summary: This webinar will present findings from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a large-scale assessment conducted in 2012. PIAAC results provide a snapshot of the basic skills and proficiencies of U.S. adults in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments with comparison to other participating countries. This presentation will also provide information about the relationships between health measures and literacy, numeracy, and computer-based problem solving skills.  Specifically, the presentation will provide information on the relationships between skills and health variables from the health-related background questions, including questions about health status, sources of health information, and participation in preventative health practices.

ADDENDUM: Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL:
• 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.

Free Online Summer Class Announcement: Grants and Proposal Writing

Class:  Grants and Proposal Writing

Where: Free, Online via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

Presenter: Sheila Snow-Croft, MLIS, MA, Public Health Coordinator. National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A)


Date/Time: July 8-29, 2014

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2014

Three optional webinars (required for MLA CE contact hours):

  • Wednesday, 7/09/14: 11am – 12pm  ET / Common Mistakes
  • Wednesday, 7/16/14: 11am – 12pm  ET / The Proposal
  • Wednesday, 7/23/14: 11am – 12pm  ET / The Budget and Finishing Touches

Summary:  Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed including: documenting need, identifying the target population, writing measurable objectives, and developing work, evaluation, and dissemination plans.

The course uses Moodle, a free online course management system that does not require a software download. There will be three 1 hour Adobe Connect webinars along with discussions and a planning assignment. If attending the live webinars is not possible, recordings will be available for viewing afterwards. Participants who complete all requirements will be eligible for 4 Medical Library Association Contact Hours.

Call for Feedback: NN/LM SE/A Social Media Assessment

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:

Any questions or concerns regarding the survey can be directed to Andrew at

If you haven’t done so, we invite you to follow NN/LM SE/A on FacebookTwitter, or subscribe to our SEA Currents blog.


Upcoming Online Classes Available for Registration


The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region would like to announce registration for a number of upcoming online classes this summer:

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:

What I Learned: My MLA Experience

By: Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator

The MLA annual conference is a beneficial meeting that gives me the opportunity to learn what other colleagues in the field are working on. My intent as a new coordinator for the NN/LM SE/A Region was to connect with many colleagues, understand the issues and trends in our field, and learn new skills related to the profession.

I had the opportunity to participate in two continuing education (CE) courses. The first class I attended was Becoming an Expert Searcher provided by Terry Jankowski from the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. The course focused primarily on utilizing PubMed with discussions on creative ideas and variances in search strategies. This class provided me with a good refresher to the reference interview and many of the intricacies of PubMed and a couple of new ideas on how to approach certain research questions. This class is a great complimentary course with PubMed for Trainers offered by the National Library of Medicine Training Center.

The second CE course, Public Speaking: Polish, Not Panic, was taught by Donna Berryman and Suzanne Bell from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. While I’m not necessarily someone that has difficulty speaking in front of crowds, I thought that there may be something new I could learn that would benefit my presentation skills. This class focused on understanding several causes of tension and anxiety related to public speaking and focused on learnable skills participants could utilize to improve speaking in front of groups. I found the class to be beneficial in gaining several tips and recognizing my personal habits related to public speaking.

Aside from the many sessions I attended, I was particularly interested in the Section Program sponsored by the Educational Media and Technologies Section. The theme was Structural Adjustments: Changes in Education. What interested me in this section was the topic of teaching theory and methodology. What I failed to realize is that this was the first flipped classroom offered at the conference. However, without having watched the presentations earlier, I found the discussions to be quite informative and beneficial.

While this isn’t my first year attending MLA, it was my first year as a coordinator for the NN/LM SE/A Region. I thought it would be beneficial to meet as many people as possible. Since I’m fairly active on Twitter as @TonyNguyen411, Kimberley Barker from the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at University of Virginia suggested a fundraising project to support the MLA Scholarship Fund. We decided that for every ‘selfie’ an attendee took with us, a dollar would be donated to the scholarship fund. It was a great way to meet many people at the conference and contribute to the MLA Scholarship Fund. Though I don’t know exactly how many approached Kimberley, I was able to donate $45 to the fund. As a last minute first time project, I thought it turned out really well.

I found that this was a great conference to attend. I managed to meet many people, including my AHIP mentor. I observed many sessions related to marketing, outreach, survey design, and education. I feel that next year’s conference may be busier as I plan to apply to a committee and join a couple of the special interest groups. It was encouraging meeting many talented and passionate people within the profession and I look forward to meeting everyone again in the future.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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