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Mobile App Experience Project

1st Quarter Reviews

We’ve restarted our popular mobile apps project with even more reviewers.

The cost of apps continues to be a major barrier to accessing and experimenting with for-fee apps that might improve work performance or efficiencies. Most for-fee apps have a free version but those usually  provide only bare bones functions and work as a tease to get the user to purchase the full versions. To counter this, we’ve provided a group of Network members with either a $50 iTunes or GooglePlay purchase card  to try out and review at least four apps.

The app evaluation criteria we are using for this project is a modified version of the app evaluation worksheet developed by faculty at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. In addition to the base information (app name, operating system, sponsor/publisher/creator, cost, web links, etc.), we wanted to collect other helpful information that librarians typically would provide a client. Information such as: primary user (professional/layperson); creator’s credentials; bias; up to date information; ease of app’s navigation/access; etc. We also asked the evaluator to rate the app from excellent all the way down to not good.

Take a look at the summary of the app evaluations below and perhaps it will help you select an app that is right for you or your patrons. All app reviews will be published on our web site in the future.

-Alicia Lillich, Kansas/Technology Coordinator

Please note…the app evaluations submitted by the project participants are theirs alone and are not the evaluation of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

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Whooo Says…

Dear Whooo,

I recently changed jobs and started as the hospital librarian in an urban hospital. The previous librarian had some serious illness problems, and had not been able to keep up the library for several months. I decided to revitalize the online library communications as a first priority to make library access easy for hospital users. I have been able to accomplish that task, but the quantity of communications and requests for services that I receive is pretty low. Do you have any suggestions for how I can spread the word that library services are alive and well?

Wanting More

Dear Wanting,

Congratulations on your new position! I’m sure you are facing a challenge in your desire to reactivate library services after your predecessor’s illness. Unfortunately, we all tend to forget about things as soon as they slip from our view, so many of your users may have “forgotten” about the library leaving you with a public relations problem. Read more »

Password Management Software


Using passwords properly is an important part of web security. A safe password can help protect your personal and professional information and ensure compliance with HIPAA and/or FERPA requirements.

Security experts now recommend that passwords should:

  • Be at least 8 characters in length
  • Contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Not include any dictionary words
  • And be unique to each account

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In This Issue:


Research Study: What is the Impact of the Librarian on Cost of Patient Care?

Current research has focused on the value of information, libraries, or librarians on patient care. Because administrators of health care institutions tend make decisions based on finances, the NN/LM MCR wanted to investigate the impact of the librarian on the cost of patient care. Below we describe the beginning of a research study that we project will take several years to complete.

Working Hypothesis

There are many key functions professional librarians perform in the provision and dissemination of information, but the one service most closely linked to patient care is the expert literature search librarians provide to the healthcare clinician. Librarians are trained to be efficient and accurate in expert literature searching. Read more »

Member Interviews on Effective Practices on Health Sciences Librarianship

The NN/LM MCR heartily endorses the concept that learning is best accomplished through meaningful activities. We know that our Network members have considerable experience and knowledge to share regarding successful library practices. Embracing both concepts, the NN/LM MCR is using our YouTube channel to share this collective intelligence and the incredible wisdom of our talented Network members (Thank you Jeanne Le Ber, Emily Eresuma, Margaret Bandy, Susan Fowler, and Lauren Yaeger). Member interviews can be found here.

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LOEX Professional Development Award

Jan Rice
Bryan College of Health Sciences
Lincoln, Nebraska

LOEX logoI was fortunate to be funded by the NN/LM MCR Professional Development Award to attend the LOEX 2015 Conference, held in Denver April 30 – May 2, 2015. The LOEX Conference is a relatively small conference that brings together instruction librarians from the spectrum of educational institutions. It is a convergence of like-minded librarians and educators, meeting to share ideas and innovations in instruction and assessment of information literacy competencies. Read more »

Mobile App Sharing Project:

 the 3rd quarter reviews are in!

the 1st quarter reviews are here!
the 2nd quarter reviews are here!

Wow! Has a year gone by already? The Mobile App Sharing Project ended in April 2015. We’d like to thank all of the app evaluators for participating in this project. The project participants have reviewed a total of 48 apps using a systematic evaluation tool. Each app evaluation looked at basic information (app name, operating system, sponsor/publisher/creator, cost, web links, etc.), who the primary user is (professional/layperson), creator’s credentials, bias, currency of information, and ease of app’s navigation/access, etc. We also asked the evaluators to rate the app from excellent all the way down to “don’t bother wasting your money.”

Several of the reviewers shared their experiences in evaluating apps at a recent Breezing Along with the RML session, check out the recording here.

Take a look at this quarter’s app evaluations below and perhaps it will help you select an app that is right for you or your clients.

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