February 3-28, 2014 Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends (2014 edition)
This class, updated with new topics for 2014, is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Content will be presented with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies.
March 3-28, 2014 Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials
Building on concepts of understanding learning styles and how to organize and ‘chunk’ instructional content for the online environment, this course’s main goal is to teach librarians best practices for creating effective screencasts (video-based online instruction modules) using web-based screen-casting tools. Student learning outcomes include: the ability to determine how to get the most from your screencasts; learning how to divide content into logical chunks that are most appropriate for online learners; an understanding of best practices for creating content for their topic (e.g. storyboarding, script writing, and voiceover/narration); an understanding of what hardware and software tools work best for which content (and best sources for acquiring needed tools); and the ability to assess the effectiveness of screencasted content.
Both of these classes have been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 contact hours of CE credit.
The instructor for these classes will be Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies /Evaluation Coordinator for the Southeastern/Atlantic regional medical library. Questions about the class content can be directed to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested participants may register for these classes at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html
Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia
Kimberley Barker is the Emerging Technologies & Systems Manager for the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. She believes that technology empowers people, allowing them to make better decisions and enrich their personal and professional lives. To that end, Kimberley works to discover the latest technological innovations (apps, programs, soft- and hardware) and then match users with the most appropriate technology for their needs- providing moral and practical support as they incorporate it into their work. Kimberley is also a full-on geek who delights in anime, light saber battles with her five-year-old, and all things steampunk.
Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan
Patricia F Anderson is the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Tauman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. In this role she has worked with online communities of persons with disabilities, served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media External Advisory Board, explored personal genomics and “quantified self” tools to meet her own health challenges, and taught workshops in virtual worlds on skills from information searching to getting dressed (which is a little different when you are doing it online). In previous iterations of her professional life, Patricia has worked on Cochrane Review teams, and co-authored/edited the Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web.
Summary: Patricia will discuss the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries. Kimberley will discuss the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community.
What do you need to join these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone
How do I connect?
Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea
• 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.
By Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
This year’s annual meeting of the American Public Health Association was as big and busy as ever, and it did what the best conferences do: reenergized attendees, provided ample networking opportunities, and taught everyone a few things about public health. A highlight every year, for me, is helping with the NLM exhibit; along with visiting with colleagues from Bethesda, there are always thankful visitors stopping by to express appreciation for NLM resources. When I was at the booth, along with basic questions regarding what exactly it is that the NLM does for the public health workforce, we had some interesting questions about PubMed, PHPartners.org, PubMed Health, MedlinePlus Connect, TOXNET, and even LactMed.
Away from my comfort zone of talking about NLM, I discovered that, more than ever before, there were many sessions that held a specific interest for me both personally and in my role of Public Health Coordinator for SE/A. I enjoyed several sessions where the researchers had partnered with libraries and librarians, and more than a few expressed the importance of library resources in their efforts to study and improve public health. I made contacts with several presenters who were discussing projects in our region, projects working with librarians the SE/A knows well and some we will certainly get to know better. And I remain thankful for electronic access to the conference so I can revisit selected topics and speakers in the future.
The Opening Session was perhaps the most exciting, because while the speakers addressed and quoted alarming statistics and public health facts, they were successfully encouraging, urging us to resist being overwhelmed. The content was also more diverse than usual, covering a broad range of topics such as the role of government in addressing public health issues, health disparities, racism, poverty, LGBT rights, and abortion rights. Dr. Georges Benjamin, APHA’s Executive Director, welcomed us with APHA’s new tagline: “For science. For action. For health.” More about this new face of APHA can be found at http://www.apha.org/about. The Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, Barbara Ferrer, introduced Boston’s Mayor, Thomas Menino, who welcomed us to town and discussed his administration’s efforts to improve the health of Bostonians: during his tenure teen pregnancies have dropped by 50% and smoking has decreased by 10%, for example.
The key speaker of the Opening Session was epidemiologist Michael Marmot, Chair of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health. An effective and entertaining speaker, he stated that “the inequalities within and between countries are not due to the deficiencies of health care, they are due to the operation of the social determinants of health.” WHO set up this Commission with the goal of creating a social movement and Marmot asserted that the APHA is part of that movement. Following Marmot’s effective rally cry was another inspirational speaker, Attorney Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued the landmark case of Roe vs Wade. She focused on our continued fight for women’s health and the role of Public Health within this struggle, echoing the conference theme to “think globally and act locally.” Her details about women’s health and rights in the past added a richness to her summation that things are not what we want them to be, but they are better than they used to be. She asserted that “Leadership is the ability and the willingness to leave your thumbprint,” and challenged us all to make a difference, to lead, adding that “Public Healthcare is our mission, and what we are here to lead about.”
NLM will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 in observance of Christmas and Wednesday, January 1, 2014 in observance of the New Year.
The SE/A Office will be closed December 24, 2013 and will stay closed until we reopen on the 2nd of January, 2014.
The National Network Office (NLM) and the SE/A Staff would like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday and a healthy, happy and peaceful 2014.
by Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region
We all know that there have been some issues with the health insurance exchange rollout and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare.” Implementation has been troubled and confusing for many trying to understand and/or enroll in a health plan. Adding to the confusion, there seems to be a lot of misinformation or myths surrounding the ACA. Many professionals in the health care arena are weighing in on what the ACA means for patients and what all of these changes in health care will bring in the future. No matter what your politics or views of the PPACA are, it is becoming increasingly clear that sweeping changes are occurring that will have a significant impact on what the future of health care looks like in this country.
The optimistic think that the changes will help the health care system make even greater strides towards patient-centered care by engaging the patient and helping individuals be an active part of their health care team. In a paper from the urban Institute, on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors discuss how the ACA “places new emphasis on measuring patients’ experiences of care and using that information to improve care.” The law itself uses general terms to describe quality measures, but increasingly patient-centered assessments such as patient satisfaction, patient experience of care, patient engagement, and shared decision-making will be the new measure of quality health care. To read the full report, please visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation page: http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2012/03/will-the-affordable-care-act-move-patient-centeredness-to-center.html
Of course there are those working actively to repeal the ACA and it’s important that we all, as health care consumers, arm ourselves with the facts so that we can make those necessary health care decisions. Here are a few select sites that address the myths surrounding health reform.
1) White House – Get the Facts Straight on Health Reform: http://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform/myths-and-facts
2) AARP: Your Guide to the Health Care Law: http://www.aarp.org/health/affordable-care-act/?intcmp=AE-HEA-IL-ACA-HLF
3) FactCheck.Org – Obamacare Myths: http://www.factcheck.org/2013/09/obamacare-myths/
4) Media Matters: 15 Myths the Media Should Ignore During Obamacare Implementation: http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/10/01/15-myths-the-media-should-ignore-during-obamaca/196181
Even as patient engagement seems to be “in” right now as the catchphrase of the moment, the idea that patients and providers act as partners in managing individuals’ health is not going to go away. Personally, I think it’s a myth that patients aren’t really interested in engaging in their own health care. There are many signs that this movement toward patient-centered and patient-driven health care is gaining momentum and that can only mean good things for all of us in the future.