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Even iPhone gamers can learn from NLM Resources

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

I spent far too many hours in my high school Chemistry class playing Bejeweled on my laptop (sorry Ms. Schultz!), so when I started reading up on NLM’s resources for K-12 students, I was immediately interested when I saw that iPhone and online games are included on this list.

Up until now, the closest thing I’ve played to a health sciences iPhone game is Amateur Surgeon 3, which lets you make surgical incisions with a pizza cutter, so I think it’s safe to say it has absolutely zero educational value. Thankfully, the NLM’s selection of iOS games covers a lot more bases when it comes to educational content.

There’s Bohr Thru, which is a Bejeweled-style matching game for junior and high school students with objectives to collect the correct subatomic particles to create the first 18 elements on the periodic table. Players are even challenged to build Bohr models during bonus rounds – something that was extremely challenging for me due to my previous life as a Chemistry class slacker. After completing a level, the loading page includes more information about the atoms and elements to read while you wait.

bohr_thru_screenshot

Now that’s more like it. This game successfully reminded me what subatomic particles are. (from itunes.apple.com)

For younger kids, there’s an online game called ToxMystery, where you accompany a cute cat named Toxie around a house to look for dangerous and hazardous chemicals. You’re even expected to identify the chemicals that can be found around the house – for instance, that Mercury can leak from a broken thermostat. The game teaches the students how to identify household toxins and gives them easy-to-understand information about why exactly they’re dangerous. It’s definitely an effective game for curious kiddos and cat lovers alike.

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As a child I would have been super invested in the game just based on Toxie alone. (from oxmystery.nlm.nih.gov).

To learn more about what NLM can offer for K-12 students – from a much more reliable source than someone who just spent a good chunk of work time playing mobile games – plan to tune in to the joint GMR and SCR webinar about NLM K-12 resources.

Connection Information
Webinar Title: Education Connection: Connecting Health and Science in the Classroom
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2:00pm CST
To Join the Meeting:

  1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/JointWebinarAug
  2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
  3. Call-in information will be available in the room.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.

For a complete topic summary, presenter bio, and information about CE credit, check out this blog post from last week.

Molly Olmstead (molly-olmstead@uiowa.edu) promises she won’t play so many iPhone games tomorrow.

More Outreach Awards (!) and Application Training

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Alright folks, the GMR Outreach Awards are rolling in – we’ll continue to post them on our website as they approved by the NNCO. The Express Outreach Award and Technology Improvement Award are both live and we’re accepting applications until September 12th. The Professional Development Award is next on our radar and will be posted soon.

If you’re looking for some guidance for how to fill out these applications, look no further. Our Community Outreach Librarian, Bobbi Newman, will lead a training session tailored specifically for our current awards.

Writing Successful Award Applications
Friday, August 26, 11:00 AM CT
Thursday, September 1, 1:00 PM CT

Each course will last about 90 minutes, but that’s including plenty of time at the end for questions. Bobbi will explain what we’re looking for in outreach applications and give some tips to help you apply for these awards.

Please click here to register for the course and give Bobbi an idea of what you’d like to learn.

Connection Information
        1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/NewAwards16
       2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
       3. Call-in information will be available in the room.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the current outreach awards, about Bobbi’s course, or just about live in general. Shoot us an email at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu or ring us at (319) 353 – 4479.

Upcoming Webinar: NLM Resources for K-12 Students

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Please join the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region and South Central Region for a collaborative webinar on Thursday, August 25th at 2:00pm CST. The webinar will cover NLM Resources for K-12 students.
Webinar Title: Education Connection: Connecting Health and Science in the Classroom
When?: Thursday, August 25, 2:00pm CST

To Join the Meeting:

  1. Go to: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/JointWebinarAug
  2. At the login screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name
  3. Call-in information will be available in the room.
  4. Please use *6 to mute or un-mute your phone.

Topic Summary
This one-hour webinar will provide participates with an overview of our most popular NLM K-12 resources. We offer many different platforms to engage students on topics such as genetics, environmental health, and chemistry. Most of our resources cater to middle and high school students, and consist of iOS games, animations, lesson plans, and websites.   We will provide you with a “behind the scenes” look at our processes for the development of these resources, including our partnerships with teachers, students, and subject matter experts to assure we develop meaningful products.

About the Presenter
Karen Matzkin, a contractor with ICF International, is a K-12 Outreach Specialist in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Ms. Matzkin is responsible for the product development and outreach efforts of the K-12 team, which involves development of science education materials, websites and outreach. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit
One hour of MLA CE credit is available for attendees, but no advance registration is required. Further information will be provided during the webinar.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office with questions or concerns regarding this webinar. You can email us at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu or call us at (319) 535-4479. We hope to see you on the 25th!

— Molly Olmstead

NN/LM and Health Professional Shortage Areas

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I’d guess that many of our members are familiar with the term “underserved areas” in relation to a health professional shortage area (HPSA, the federal government loves acronyms). This term is used to describe a geographic area or population group that meets the criteria for having a shortage of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers.

But, it’s not just for communities out in the middle of nowhere! You may be surprised by how many HPSAs are in urban areas.

Why do these areas matter to the GMR office? I’m sure most of you have the mission of the NN/LM memorized – but for those who don’t, remember that the mission of the program is to provide all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improve the public’s access to information. Like many federal programs, there is an emphasis on services to underserved and underrepresented populations.

Also, a particular aim (Aim 7, for those of you who are counting) of our office is to:

“…implement outreach and education programs that reach health professionals in the Region with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these medically challenging communities so that easy access to NLM resources can be obtained.”

We’ll be counting on creating partnerships with your communities to make this happen! The Health Resources and Services Administration (another acronym, HRSA) provides a great tool for identifying HPSAs in your local area. Give it a try and use this as a tool for generating some ideas for outreach in your communities: http://www.hrsa.gov/shortage/find.html

-Liz Kiscaden
Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region

 

 

Getting a Head Start on Emergency Preparedness

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

DIMRCHappy New Year! Well, not exactly, but just like New Year’s, we have the opportunity to make resolutions. This one is easy to keep! Here’s an opportunity to get a head start on emergency preparedness for you library and your community. Next month is National Preparedness Month, and we have a full 31 days to plan and prepare for  sharing emergency preparedness and response resources with our patrons. Thanks to the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this is an easy resolution to keep. The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is a great resource for disaster health information.

Have you thought of extending your information reach into your community? On Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 1:30 ET, DIMRC will present a Disaster Information Specialist Webinar, Collaborations between Libraries and Disaster Organizations. To tune in to this webinar, see the instructions on how to login: https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html#login. This is one of the monthly webinars, held generally on the second Thursday of the month, and hosted by DIMRC. The Medical Library Association (MLA) offers one hour continuing education credit for attending/viewing these webinars. See the DIMRC page for instructions on how to obtain CE.

Perhaps you need to take a closer look the characteristics of your community before coming up with a collaborative disaster plan. On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, NLM’s Specialized Information Services (SIS) will be presenting: Mapping Your Community’s Health, an online session hosted by our sister region, PSR. “Speakers will talk about the Community Health Maps blog for Information on low cost mapping tools for community-based organizations. Also covered will be a case study on mapping curb ramp accessibility for an assisted living facility as an example of community maps.” This webinar will he held 2-3 PM CT. To register: http://nnlm.gov/ntc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=227.

Where’s the best place to find FREE quality disaster information resources? In addition to PubMed® and MedlinePlus® (see: https://medlineplus.gov/disasterpreparationandrecovery.html), NLM supplements these two great databases with Disaster Lit® the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. “Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience.”

The GMR provides emergency preparedness resources on our website at the following URL: https://nnlm.gov/gmr/membership/epap. If you are interested in the MLA Disaster Information Specialization, visit http://mlanet.org/education/dis/. For more NN/LM training opportunities, see: https://nnlm.gov/training-schedule.


Jacqueline Leskovec

Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
Network Librarian
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa
Web: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/
Skype: jacqueline.leskovec

Sometimes a post is worth repeating: AI

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Cindy Olney of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) posted the following regarding an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) session that she held for the GMR’s Outreach Librarians during a recent webinar. It is entitled “Inspirational Annual Reporting with Appreciative Inquiry“: http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/blog/2016/03/25/inspirational-annual-reporting-with-appreciative-inquiry/

Take a look. Perhaps you, too, will be inspired to try AI for your next report.

Applying Appreciative Inquiry to My Project

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

By Carmen Howard
Regional Health Sciences Librarian & Visiting Assistant Professor
UIC Library of the Health Sciences Peoria

At the January 2016 GMR Outreach Librarians Webinar, I spoke about the NExT (project (phnext.uic.edu) that is being done by the University of Illinois at Chicago and Western Illinois University with the support of the GMR.  As many of you already know since I’ve written about NExT for The Cornflower before, it is a huge and frequently overwhelming project.  We’ve assembled a large, geographically-dispersed, interdisciplinary team, and we have managed to accomplish quite a lot of pretty great things for public health professionals.  But honestly, it is a lot of work too.  It seems that there is always one more thing that we really ought to do or a small adjustment that would just make the project even better.  So when I was asked to participate in an Appreciative Inquiry exercise as part of the webinar, I’ll admit that that was the first thing that ran through my mind – “ok here is one more thing to add to the to-do list”.

However, I’m happy to say that I actually got far more out of the experience than I put into it.  If you attended the webinar, you have already heard Cindy Olney’s great presentation on Appreciative Inquiry, or AI.  If you could not attend, AI is an easy exercise that focuses on three questions.  Here is what Cindy asked me:  (more…)

Libraries can tackle today’s challenges!

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

How can libraries play a role in transforming cities? Colleagues at the Lexington Public Library and Indiana University Northwest’s Anderson Library provided answers to this question in the form of a proposal to the Knight Cities Challenge. In its second year, the Knight Cities Challenge asks organizations to outline ways to transform communities. GMR cities in the challenge include: Akron OH, Detroit MI, Duluth MN, Ft. Wayne IN, Gary IN, Grand Forks ND, Lexington KY, and St. Paul MN. (more…)

Success in a Learning Garden

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

In 2015, the GMR sent out a Call for Applications (CFA) for a variety of awards, including the Community Engagement Award. One of the more interesting responsibilities I have as the Outreach, Planning, and Evaluation Coordinator for the GMR is to review proposals as they come in to the office for potential funding. Elkhart General Hospital’s proposal for a Seed to Feed Learning Garden (http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/funding-recipients/cea) is one of the more interesting–and successful!–awards that the GMR has funded.

Take a look at the most informative article that was posted in Beacon Health’s newsletter, The Beamhttp://beam.beaconhealthsystem.org/eghs-learning-garden-a-huge-success/ Not only has the garden provided an opportunity for librarian Lori Harding of the Medical Library to help train clinical staff in “databases, books, journals and websites containing evidence-based resources and recipes to help educate patients on nutrition,” but 260 pounds of fresh vegetables from the garden were shared with local food pantries! Not many medical libraries can lay claim to that accomplishment.

Funding Awardees for Option Year 4

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Congratulations to GMR funding awardees for Option Year 4, May 2015 to April 2016.

Each of these projects is unique. There are examples of collaborations where public libraries work with academic researchers, university libraries work with nursing faculty, and libraries work with other libraries toward an educational event. For two of the projects, hospital librarians work with others to connect consumers to the information they need. The environment and projects of the Technology Improvement Awards are varied with a dental school library, a university that focuses on integrative health care, a community college, and an area health education center.

We encourage you to learn more about these projects by following the links to details for each award group. (more…)