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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

SEAside Webinar: September 22, 2014 – Every Voice Makes a Difference: Advocating for Health Science Libraries

Due to technical difficulties, the recording for this webinar is unavailable at this time.

Date and Time: Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:00 to 3:30 pm EDT

Title: Every Voice Makes a Difference: Advocating for Health Science Libraries

Presenter: Dr. Camilia Alire

Summary: The webinar will discuss the rationale for health science library advocacy, provide basic tips on how to do it successfully, and where to access information on doing effective library advocacy.

Biographical Sketch: Dr. Camila Alire is Dean Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and an MLS from the University of Denver.

Camila is past president of ALA, ACRL (Association for College and Research Libraries) and national REFORMA. Library advocacy was her focus during all three presidencies. She has presented workshops on all aspects of library advocacy nationally and internationally.

Camila has co-authored books on library management, academic librarianship, emotionally intelligent leadership, and library service to Latinos. She was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities. She was honored in 2011 with the ALA/Lippincott Award for Distinguished Service; the CALA Presidential Recognition Award, and the ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. She was awarded the ALA Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change award and the national REFORMA’s Librarian of the Year award. Hispanic Business Magazine named Camila one year as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.

MLA CE: Upon completion of the SEAside Webinar, each participant will receive 1.5 hours 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?

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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.

Holiday Closure: NLM and SE/A Offices

This is just a reminder that NLM and SE/A offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Announcing DOCLINE 5.0

NLM announces the upcoming release of DOCLINE 5.0 on August 27, 2014.  DOCLINE 5.0 introduces an embargo field to serial holdings which will be used by the routing algorithm.  The new version also adds in the Institution record a monthly summary of ILL borrowing and lending for libraries, and an option for libraries to set the default “Ship to” for Loansome Doc transfers.

To learn more about the upcoming changes including screenshots, see the Release Notes:

The Regional Medical Libraries and CISTI have been testing the new version over the past two weeks. They can answer any DOCLINE questions and provide assistance to libraries in their regions.   The vendors (Clio, ILLiad, QuickDOC, and Relais) were given the opportunity to validate their software against DOCLINE 5.0.

We plan to release DOCLINE 5.0 the morning of Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  We anticipate that DOCLINE and Loansome Doc will be unavailable for approximately one hour Wednesday morning from 7:00 am to 8:00 am Eastern Time while we make the changes.

Tools You Can Use: FlipQuiz – Gameshow-Style Boards for Educators

Written by: Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Contact Tony at:

Looking for a creative way to gamify your class? Check our FlipQuiz!

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FlipQuiz is a tool created to provide educators with a quick way to create their own gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom (think Jeopardy). These boards may have been created previously on poster board, chalkboard, overhead slides, or even post-it notes. Questions are displayed on-screen with answer reveals and saved for later use. Using FlipQuiz offers another opportunity to interest and engage students during class or review content previously taught.


Using this tool gives you the opportunity for the following:

  • Easily edit quiz questions to engage participants.
  • Recall and repeat use of your quiz board when needed.
  • Access from any location with proper technology.
  • Add both questions and answers to your game board allowing students to use the board as an alternative to flash cards.

FlipQuiz provides a demo for potential users to see how their tool works. You can learn new tips regarding their product by following them on Twitter, Facebook or blog.


FlipQuiz offers both Free and Pro Membership Accounts. Pro Membership is fairly affordable at $7/month or $70/year which is cheaper than a monthly Netflix subscription. A comparison chart between Free and Pro Membership was recently created on their blog and is posted below:

Free vs Pro

Usage and Observations

I decided to test out this product and determine ease of use with a free account. Creating a quiz board is easy and straight-forward. Six categories are available to label. Within each category, five questions and answers are open for users to fill. Users can include links, images, and embed video in either field. This may be helpful in order to provide teachable moments for students during class or to review something previously taught.

Create a Quiz Board






After the Quiz Board was created, you have the ability to Edit or Present the board in class.

Edit BoardPresentation View




If you return to FlipQuiz at a later time, your Profile Page will list the Boards you’ve created with options to edit, present, or delete.





Overall, I found this tool incredibly easy to use. The only time consuming part involves determining the category titles, questions, and answers for each of the categories (and if there could be multiple answers for a question). I encourage you to check out FlipQuiz and share your thoughts as well.

Inspiring People In Our Region: Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Reference Librarian, Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University







Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Reference Librarian

Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University

1. What is your position?

I am the Senior Clinical Reference Librarian at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine Library in Johnson City, TN. We have a small staff, so I get to do a little of everything from clinical reference, outreach (both consumers and clinicians) and instruction, to research. One thing I really love about my job is that there is no such thing as a typical day.

2. How long have you been a librarian? Your current position?

I have been a librarian for 10 years and I have been in my current position 3 ½ years.

3. What was the path that led you to your current position?

I was fortunate enough to find a job in my hometown working part-time as a paraprofessional and part-time for an NN/LM funded project as a consumer health librarian. I was then able to move into a reference librarian position when one became available.

4. What made you decide to be a librarian?

I first wanted to be a librarian at age 3 when I decided checking out books looked like fun. As I grew up I bounced around majors and career plans before realizing that librarianship is a wonderful profession for people who love being generalists.

5. What do you love most about your outreach work?

The impact I get to have as a medical librarian is mind-blowing. We, as health science librarians, are fortunate enough to see a direct impact of the work we do. I have had physicians tell me that because of searches I have conducted they changed treatment plans and it extended patients’ lives. That is such a humbling thing when you think about it.

6. What do you consider your biggest work related challenge?

Educating people outside the field about what we do and the myriad of services that librarians can provide. This challenge is especially hard when librarians are confronted with people and administrators who feel they already know what we do. We have to break their preconceptions and work to be considered part of an integrated team and not an ancillary service.

7. What do you consider to be the most fulfilling part of your job?

I love that feeling when a student, clinician, or consumer gets exactly the information they needed. I like the connections made between people and information at that point. When I have a patron who wants information for a medical condition and leaves feeling calmer and more in control because of what I helped them find, that makes me feel fulfilled. When we have a rural physician call for information on a condition and we can provide her with the same level of service that we do our on-campus physicians, I know that my work is worthwhile.

8. What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the communities you serve?

Access to care, prescription drug abuse, and obesity are huge issues in east Tennessee. We have had to adapt classes for our students, training for the public, and consumer handouts to reflect these issues. Many of our researchers focus on these areas and we’ve had to stay on top of these developments and initiatives.

9. What do you see as the biggest concerns in hospital and/or health sciences librarianship?

Libraries constantly have to prove their relevance and justify their cost. I think some administrators have the naïve view that databases can take the place of a library. It is crucial for us to get better at promotion and marketing our profession and our libraries to address this issue.

10. How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?

I was first hired by ETSU on a project funded by an award from NN/LM SE/A which was the start of my library career. This project was the beginning of the Simple Plan project that went on to train public library workers across the state of Tennessee with 12 hours of continuing education focusing on consumer health.

11. In what ways has NN/LM SE/A benefited you or your organization?

NN/LM SE/A is a priceless resource. Our library would not have been able to do most of its outreach efforts without support from NN/LM SE/A. They have provided us with project funding, training opportunities, ideas for future projects, and program development support. We are very fortunate to have assistance from the NN/LM SE/A.

12. Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?

We just finished an NN/LM SE/A funded project which provided mini-iPads to clinicians in 8 faith-based clinics for the working uninsured and a desktop computer to go in the lobby for registering for the Affordable Care Act and to provide consumer health information. The clinic workers are determined that their patients will not receive a lower quality of service because they are uninsured. The equipment and training were well received and the clinics are all now using as their go-to consumer education resource.

13. What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?

Partnership and collaboration are crucial to outreach success. The main reason so many of our projects have been successful over the years is because of strong partnerships. Partnering with NN/LM SE/A provides a fantastic foundation for a plan, but also partnering with local groups such as churches, faith-based clinics, public libraries, community centers, etc., can lead to many successful initiatives. Look for people who may be interested in outreach since health is an issue that impacts everyone. Some of our successful partnerships include the following:

  • We began a project a few years ago which provided consumer health information at Remote Area Medical clinics in our region. Members of our local health sciences library consortium partnering with public libraries would show up at 6:30 in the morning for the event. We performed on-site consumer health information searches for the uninsured attendees. We provided our contact information and many attendees contacted us to receive further health information. (NN/LM SE/A funded)
  • We have collaborated with Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the Tennessee State Library and Archives to provide extensive training on consumer health to all non-metro library workers across the state of Tennessee. (NN/LM SE/A funded)
  • We partnered with the Tennessee Hospital Association to provide handheld devices to rural clinicians. We have provided hundreds of devices to rural clinicians to assist them in getting access to health information so they are not penalized for choosing to be rural practitioners. (NN/LM SE/A funded)

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