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Archive for April, 2014

Announcing 1st Ever America’s PrepareAthon!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national and community-based campaign for action designed to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.  The overarching goal of the campaign is to increase the number of people who understand the hazards most relevant to their community, know the steps to take to protect themselves and their families and practice these steps.

America’s PrepareAthon! builds on existing preparedness campaigns by providing free downloadable materials including step-by-step implementation guides for workplaces, schools, houses of worship, community-based organizations, and the whole community to learn the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur.  Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

Throughout the year, organizations can organize community days of action to encourage individuals to discuss, practice, and train for relevant hazards.  Twice a year, in the spring and fall, America’s PrepareAthon! will hold two national days of action.  The national day of action is April 30, 2014 and will focus on preparing organizations and individuals for tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and wild fires.  The second national day of action year will be September 30, 2014.

To learn more about America’s PrepareAthon!, its supporters and to register your activity, visit  Follow the latest preparedness conversation on Twitter @PrepareAthon using #PrepareAthon.  If you have any questions, please send your comments to

PubMed for Librarians: Free Online Classes in May Open for Registration

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Short on time but want to brush up on your PubMed skills?  Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) for the free online class “PubMed for Librarians.”  Spaces still are available for the May 2014 series.

The PubMed for Librarians class is divided into five segments (90 minutes each).  Each segment is a synchronous online session that includes hands-on exercises and is worth 1.5 hours of MLA CE credit.  Participants can choose any or all of the 5 segments that interest them.

The segments are as follows:

May 1, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Introduction to PubMed: Attend this class to learn about the difference between PubMed and MEDLINE, how to run a PubMed search, assess your search retrieval, analyze search details, customize with My NCBI, discover and employ three ways to search for a known citation, and use the Clinical Queries search tool.

May 5, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – MeSH (Medical Subject Headings): Attend this class to learn about the NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database. We discuss the 4 different types of MeSH terms and how searchers can benefit from using MesH to build a search. We also investigate the structure of the MeSH database and look at the components of a MeSH record.

May 7, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Automatic Term Mapping (ATM): Attend this class to learn about Automatic Term Mapping (ATM), the process that maps keywords from your PubMed search to the controlled vocabulary of the MeSH database. Learn why searching with keywords in PubMed can be an effective approach to searching. We also look at the explosion feature, what is and is not included in Search Details, and how PubMed processes phrases.

May 12, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Building and Refining Your Search: The class focuses on using some of the tools and features built into PubMed that are designed to help you search more effectively. We explore the Filters Sidebar and topic-specific subsets. We also use History, tools in the NLM Catalog, and the Index to build searches and explore topics.

May 14, 2014, 3 pm – 4:30 pm ET – Customization – My NCBI: Attend this class to learn about the advantages of creating a My NCBI account, managing and manipulating your My NCBI page content, identifying and differentiating available filters on PubMed’s filter sidebar, selecting and setting up to 15 filters, and creating a custom filter.

Can’t make the May dates?  Classes are also available in August and December 2014.  For more information and to register, visit

Questions? Contact Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center, at or (800) 338-7657, press 2.

Terrence Sejnowski to Give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM / MLA Lecture

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Terrence Sejnowski, PhD, will give the 2014 Joseph Leiter NLM / Medical Library Association (MLA) Lecture on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 1:00 pm (ET) in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine. The lecture will be recorded and broadcast live on the Web at

More details:

Mass Gatherings – Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The University of North Carolina Gillings School Of Global Public Health hosted a webinar on February 27th, 2014, that provided an overview of the Boston Marathon, the public health concerns before the race, the communication and information needs after the bombing, and a summary of lessons learned. The Marathon was used as a case study example to assist others in preparing for public health concerns for future mass gatherings.  The free webinar has been added to the Biosurveillance Knowledge Repository, created by the North Carolina Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center along with support materials for those who are interested in more in-depth information.

This App Tells Loved Ones You’re OK After a Bombing

Friday, April 18th, 2014

From The Atlantic April 17, 2014

This App Tells Loved Ones That You’re OK After a Bombing

A woman in Paris developed this app that posts a message to Twitter with the hashtags.  There are a preselected group of hashtags and new ones can be added.  The update can be posted to Facebook via the app.

New SurveyMonkey Mobile App

Friday, April 18th, 2014

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New OERC Blog posting! This is to let you know that a new OERC Blog article has become available. You can find this article online. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

New SurveyMonkey mobile app

Attention iPad and iPhone users: SurveyMonkey recently launched a mobile app so you can create, send, and monitor your surveys from your phone or tablet. The app is free, although you need a SurveyMonkey account to use it.

With the SurveyMonkey app, you no longer have to rely on your computer to design and manage a survey. The app also allows you to conveniently view your data from any location with Internet access. I think the most notable benefit is that the analytic reports are optimized for mobile devices and are easy to read on small screens.

I have been asked how this app compares to QuickTapSurvey (see my previous blog entry). In my opinion, the app does not make SurveyMonkey comparable to QuickTapSurvey, which is designed specifically to collect onsite visitor feedback in informal settings such as exhibits and museums. SurveyMonkey, by comparison, is designed to collect data through email, web sites, or social media. Both apps work best in their respective settings. I think you could adapt SurveyMonkey to collect data at face-to-face events (if there is onsite Internet access), but it probably won’t work as smoothly as QuickTapSurvey.

For more information about the Survey Monkey mobile app, click here.

There’s an App for That

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The open access journal Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship ( is excited to announce a new column called There’s an App for That.

There’s an App for That deals with technology in science and technology libraries. The scope of the column is broad and will address any aspect of mobile apps, web apps, software or hardware.

There’s an App for That will serve as a platform for contributors to share successful initiatives, innovative ideas, uses, applications and best practices in the application of technology in sci-tech libraries.

Interested in submitting a column?  Information for authors can be found here:

Need some example topics to get your creative juices flowing? Here are a few:

  • technology as a tool for enriching the teaching and learning experience
  • technology in data stewardship & curation
  • apps and tools for productivity, writing, notetaking, research, reading
  • repurposing apps and software for sci-tech library applications
  • creative ways to incorporate mobile tools and devices into coursework and learning
  • mobile gaming in sci-tech library applications & mobile information literacy
  • self-service trends in library apps (e.g., tablets preloaded with course materials, lecture capture, tutorials, orientations, interactive publications)
  • bring your own device (BYOD) trends & applications
  • electronic lab notebook (ELN) trends & applications
  • digital fabrication in sci-tech libraries
  • social media, chat, IM, text reference
  • technology risk and experimentation

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cristina Sewerin

ISTL There’s an App for That Column Editor

University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto, Canada

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014


Awardee:  Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project
Project:  Rockaway Rescue Alliance Shore Soup Project Technology Improvement from Superstorm Sandy

Awardee:  Elizabeth Irish, Schaffer Library of Health Sciences, Albany Medical College
Project:  Educating K-12 Professionals to Meet the Health Information Needs of Special Needs Children and Their Parents: A Collaborative Outreach Project of Albany Medical College and the East Greenbush Central School District

Awardee:  Michele Klein-Fedyshin, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project:  Assessment of Information Literary Skills and Training Needs of Hospice Nurses

Date / Time:   Thursday, April 24, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:             Online / No Registration Required

  • If you’re unable to connect for any reason, then join us by phone:  1-888-850-4523, Participant Code:  172486.

We Like to Share the News about Your Achievements

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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  • Are you presenting at MLA?

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NIH News in Health

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Stamp Out Smoking

Tobacco-Free Living
Researchers have found effective ways to help people quit smoking—or prevent them from starting in the first place. The tricky part is putting these tools to use.

The Sting of Shingles
Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks
If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called shingles as you grow older. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent shingles or ease its serious effects.

Health Capsules: