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New Newsletter Name

contest_winner

Starting in July our newsletter will be titled: MidContinental Message

Congratulations to Renee Gorrell from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes – Jewish College in St. Louis for submitting the winning name!

Thank you to everyone who participated by submitting an entry or voting!

Betsy Kelly is Retiring

Betsy Kelly, Assessment and Evaluation Coordinator, is retiring from the NNLM MCR effective April 30, 2017. Betsy has been with the NNLM MCR program since 2001 when she was based at Becker Medical Library at Washington University. The program greatly benefited from her unique skills and knowledge about librarianship, business practices, and technology.

Betsy is known for bringing assessment and evaluation to the MidContinental Region. With Barb Jones, she developed the library value calculators; still one of the most visited resources on the NNLM MCR web site. These calculators have been recognized by others as an effective tool for showing the cost value that libraries contribute to an organization. She co-developed and taught “Measuring Your Impact: Using Evaluation to Demonstrate Value” all over the country. This class increased the capacity of health sciences librarians to practice evaluation and use the results to show their value to their organizations.

To the NNLM MCR staff she will forever be our “logic model guru.” Betsy introduced the logic model as a way of bringing cohesion and purpose to the activities we were implementing. She also envisioned and created our Activity Reporting System that ties what we do to our logic model, thus integrating assessment and evaluation into our operations.

We will miss for her frankness and her ready willingness to help. Her friends and colleagues know that she doesn’t hesitate to go the extra mile. If you ask Betsy how she will be spending her time or she will tell you about her new grandson and tons of other fun ways–that make those of us still working, jealous. We wish Betsy the best in her retirement! /ch

 

2017 Health Literacy Leadership Institute Discounted Registration Extended

The early registration discount for the 2017 Health Literacy Leadership Institute has been extended until Friday, April 28th.

WHAT:          Health Literacy Leadership Institute 2017

WHY:              To advance health literacy and build leadership in the field

WHEN:          June 12 – 16, 2017

WHERE:       Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA)

HOW:              Early registration discount ends April 28, 2017.  Register today!

TUITION:     $3,058 ($2,446 early discount by April 28, 2017)

For more information and to register:

Web:               http://go.tufts.edu/summerinstitute
Facebook:       @HealthLiteracyLeadership

If you have any questions, please email sabrina.kurtz_rossi@tufts.edu.

 

**Looking for professional development funding? Up to $1,500 is available from the NNLM MidContinental Region. For more info, visit: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/professional-development-funding

 

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MCR Newsletter Naming Contest Finals

Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas for our new newsletter name!

We received 24 entries with really great ideas. MCR staff members have selected the top three finalists.

The finalists are:

  • The MidContinental Report
  • MidContinental Message
  • Sage Words

Go to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3506646/MCR-Newsletter-Contest-Finals to cast your vote.

Voting Instructions:

  • Vote for your favorite newsletter name from the three finalists
  • Voting will be open April 18-24
  • Winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25th
  • Only one vote per person please
  • MCR staff members are not eligible to vote in this round

A new tool for finding open-access articles

Unpaywall is a Chrome browser extension that locates legal and free versions of paywalled or fee-to-view articles. It searches a variety of data sources including PubMed Central, the DOAJ, Crossref,DataCite, Google Scholar, and BASE and provides a PDF of requested articles around 65-85% of the time. This extension was developed by Impactstory and funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. If you are having a difficulty time locating open-access information, this could be a great tool for you.

The Chronicle of Higher Education provides a detailed overview of this extension and its potential impact. /al

Last Chance Newsletter Naming Contest

Hurry and submit your entry!  Contest closes EOB tomorrow – April 12th!

Go to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3456507/Newsletter-Contest to submit your entry! You can enter as many times as you’d like.

The Plains to Peaks Post is 15 years old and it’s time for a change!

Help us find a new name for our newsletter.

Win a cool prize! This beautiful Elizabeth Blackwell “A Curious Herbal” throw blanket will go to the winner!

The RML Staff will choose three (3) finalists from all qualified entries.

From April 18-24, you’ll have a chance to vote on the finalists to choose the winner!

The winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25.

Accepting Applications: Professional Development Award

MCR is now accepting applications for the Professional Development Award. Each awardee receives up to $1,500 to cover registration and/or travel expenses. For more information about eligibility and application requirements, visit: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/professional-development-funding

If you have any questions, please contact Christian Minter at christian.minter@unmc.edu or 402-559-7226.

 

Accepting Applications: CHIS Certificate Funding

MCR is now accepting applications for the  Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Certification Funding. Each awardee receives funding to cover the cost of applying for the CHIS certificate (up to $75). Priority is given to first time applicants. For more information about eligibility and application requirements, visit: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/consumer-health-information-specialization-chis-certification-funding

If you have any questions, please contact Christian Minter at christian.minter@unmc.edu or 402-559-7226.

Immersive Workshop Funding Now Accepting Applications!

The MidContinental Region is now accepting applications for the “Immersive Workshop Funding.” This funding opportunity seeks to support a library in developing and hosting a multi-day professional development event that trains participants to improve health information access. The event must be interprofessional and include librarians as one of the professions. The workshop activities should achieve the following:

  1. Increase the awareness of how different professionals can contribute to addressing a health information access challenge.
  2. Increase knowledge and skills in a significant area of health information access.
  3. Enable workshop participants to immediately implement the content of the workshop
  4. Enable workshop participants to be change agents within their institution.

Each funding recipient will receive up to $14,000. The Immersive Workshop must take place between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018. For more information, visit: https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding/nnlm-mcr-immersive-workshop-funding

If you have questions, contact Christian Minter at christian.minter@unmc.edu or 402-559-7226.

 

Newsletter Naming Contest

The Plains to Peaks Post is 15 years old and it’s time for a change!

Help us find a new name for our newsletter.

Win a cool prize! This beautiful Elizabeth Blackwell “A Curious Herbal” throw blanket will go to the winner!

We’re accepting entries through  Wednesday, April 12th. Go to http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3456507/Newsletter-Contest to submit your entry! You can enter as many times as you’d like.

The RML Staff will choose three (3) finalists from all qualified entries.

From April 18-24, you’ll have a chance to vote on the finalists to choose the winner!

The winner will be announced in the RML News on Tuesday April 25.

Hurry and get your entry in!

*In case of duplicate title submissions, the contestant submitting earliest will be credited with the entry.