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Take The Pie, Leave The Pie Chart – a new post from the OERC

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Cindy Olney of the OERC posted a new blog item about the value or lack thereof of pie charts. In this season of pies it’s a fun read and might make you hungry. But just as we need to think about eating pie we also need to think about whether to use a pie chart to illustrate data. Cindy’s post is available online here ( – bk

Librarian in the world of Patient Safety

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Read about a librarian’s role in the world of patient safety in this interview of Lorri Zipperer by Dr. Robert M. Wachter. Lorri Zipperer was a founding staff member of the National Patient Safety Foundation as their information projects manager.  She has also been the Cybrarian for AHRQ Patient Safety Network since its beginning.  Lorri is the editor of Patient Safety: Perspectives on Evidence, Information and Knowledge Transfer.  Dr Wachter is the editor of AHRQ WebM&M and AHRQ Patient Safety Network as well as the author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age.  (bbj)

EHR Update – Patient Engagement

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Healthcare IT News recently posted an article titled “5 ways to fuel patient engagement.” It is a good summary of the ways the Health IT folks are addressing patient engagement and the challenges that they face. For additional information on this topic, has published a guide with strategies health care providers can use to engage patients with Health IT. /al

For the next six months the NN/LM Technology Coordinators will share new information on Electronic Health Records and other Health IT issues in a weekly update. We hope to increase your awareness of EHR technology developments and policies. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Alicia Lillich ( or John Bramble (

MedlinePlus Connect changing base URLs

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect is changing its base URLs from http to https.

The new base URL for the web application is

The new base URL for the web service is

If you are using either of our APIs with http, please update your code to use https by December 31, 2015. After that date, http access will be disabled.

As before, the documentation for MedlinePlus Connect is on

Thanks for using MedlinePlus Connect! (bbj)

Webinar – The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy: Implications for HS Library Educators

Monday, September 21st, 2015

This free webinar is sponsored by the Medical Library Association Educational Media & Technologies Section.

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy: Implications for HS Library Educators
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 2pm-3pm CST

This webinar features Craig Gibson, Co-chair of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy Task Force. Join EMTS and one of the creators of the new ACRL Framework to discuss changing information literacy standards in the ACRL and the impact on health sciences library educators. For more information, visit the EMTS Blog. /cm

Give Your Elevator Pitch a Lift

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Cindy Olney added an OERC blog post on a different way to think about your elevator pitch. Make it a conversation! See Cindy’s post at  /bk

Google to Extend Sharing Flu Data

Friday, August 28th, 2015

From the Google Flu Trends Team:

Instead of maintaining their own website going forward, Google is now going to empower institutions who specialize in infectious disease research to use the data to build their own models. Starting this season, they will provide flu and dengue signal data directly to partners including Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (to update their dashboard), Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza Division. The  Google Flu Trends Team will also continue to make historical flu and dengue estimate data available for anyone to see and analyze.

First started in 2008,  Flu Trends  was the product of software engineers who wanted to explore how real-world phenomena could be modeled using patterns in search queries. Over time, they have used search signals to create prediction models, updating and improving those models over time as they compared their prediction to real-world cases of flu. /ch

Advocacy Book Group Meets Today – Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Advocacy Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss Executive Presence: The Art of Commanding Respect Like a CEO by Harrison Monarth at 2 MT, 3 CT.  We will be discussing Chapters 2 – 8 which is the Section titled “Influencing People and Events: The Foundation for Success in Communication”

The group will meet in Adobe Connect room

If you have questions about the group before August 4, please contact Darell Schmick at  Otherwise, you may contact Barb Jones at  (bbj)


DYI Tool for Program Success Stories

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The OERC has shared another great site for creating success stories. A story builder tool is available at the CDC Injury Prevention and Control web site. The story builder takes you through three steps to produce an attractive, well-written program success story. Each step offers downloadable Microsoft Word documents to walk you through the process and serve as templates for creating and publishing your stories. The post is available on the OERC blog.  /bk

Telling Good Stories about Good Programs

Monday, June 29th, 2015

We all know it’s important to submit reports about our work and achievements but it can take quite a bit of time and effort to compile an annual report. There is another way to get your message out – a story. The OERC has shared a number of links to examples of short stories – just one or two pages – and resources for pulling a story together, creating a story document and sharing it. Take a look at  /bk