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Archive for 2012

New Roles for Librarians (Boost Box session)

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Presenter:       Mark Vrabel, Information Resources Supervisor, Oncology Nursing Society

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                January 8, 2012


Award Recipient Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Awardee:        Cathy Boss, Booker Health Sciences Library – Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Project:            Connecting Service Personnel, Veterans and Military Families to Health Information       

                          Resources via Mobile Outreach

Awardee:        Susan Santa, Health Reference Librarian, Syosset Public Library
Project:            Consumer Health Outreach to Older Adults: Health Literacy Training in the Syosset Public

                          Library and Local Senior Housing Complexes

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                January 31, 2013


Are You Ready? Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe (Boost Box session)

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Presenter:       Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Location:         Free, Online

Date:                February 12, 2013


Hospital Librarian Toolkit

Friday, November 30th, 2012

We wanted to make sure the word gets out to as many members as possible about this wonderful toolkit created by the SE/A region:

Parents, Teens, and Online Privacy

Friday, November 30th, 2012
You may be interested in the new Pew Internet & American Life Project report:


Students with Access to Full-Time Librarians Do Better

Friday, November 30th, 2012

See a study reporting that students in schools with full-time librarians do better on state tests in reading and writing:

The full report is at

Recent Articles about NY/NJ Hospitals and Sandy

Friday, November 30th, 2012

You may find these stories interesting shared by Jenny Pierce from MLA-Phil.  Both are available in HTML fulltext in Academic Premiere…

Kutscher, B. (2012). A storm of rumors. Modern Healthcare, 42(45), 7.

The article discusses how to counter false reports spread on social media networks during natural calamities like the Superstorm Sandy that hit the U.S. in late 2012. According to social media experts, the best way to manage rumors is to participate in the conversation. The opinion of Ed Bennett, social media expert at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, on the subject is also cited.

Evans, M., Carlson, J., Ban, P., Kutscher, B., & Zigmond, J. (2012). Left in the dark. (Cover story). Modern Healthcare, 42(45), 6-13.

The article discusses the challenges that confronted hospitals in the U.S. during natural disasters like the Superstorm Sandy in late 2012. It claims that four hospitals in New Jersey and New York that were forced to shut down their operations as floodwaters damaged their backup generators. The opinion of New Jersey-based Jersey Shore University Medical Center president Steven Littleson on the challenges is also cited.

As Sandy Pounded NYC, Fire Department Worker was a Twitter Lifeline

Friday, November 30th, 2012

This is a great example of how first responders get information through social media.  No one wants Twitter to replace people calling 911 but in some cases, they turn to Twitter and other social media channels out of desperation.

This is an example of just one of many roles that information specialists and librarians can take on during emergencies.

Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

Friday, November 30th, 2012

New in the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

New Handle for National Library of Medicine Twitter Feed

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Effective Monday, December 3, 2012, NLM’s general Twitter feed will be changed from @nlm_newsroom to @nlm_news. The new name will give us a few extra characters for our tweets and also captures more accurately this feed which, although created to serve the needs of the media, has evolved to serve a wider audience, including librarians, historians, patient advocates, health organizations and the public at large.

There should be no perceptible changes in the operation and content of the new feed.  The “nlm_newsroom” handle will continue operating in parallel to the new “nlm_news”, so current followers will not need to resubscribe, however web pages listing @nlm_newsroom should be updated to @nlm_news.