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Archive for December, 2013

Staff Resignation: Myrna Morales

Monday, December 30th, 2013

It is with mixed emotions that we say good-bye to Myrna Morales as the NN/LM New England Region Technology Coordinator. Myrna has resigned her position to return to Simmons College to pursue her PhD in Library Science full time. Myrna began working in the NER upon completion of her learning work agreement at the LSL and after completing her MSLS degree.  As teacher and librarian by training, Myrna spent her time maintaining websites, supporting internal technology systems, and working with network members to integrate new technologies. In addition, she was an active participant and contributor to our Escience initiatives. Prior to her work as the NER Technology Coordinator, she worked as an educator in a number of public school districts. We in the NER will miss having Myrna in the office. Her enthusiasm and dedication were something we all counted on. We wish her the best and know she will succeed in anything she takes on. She will be missed throughout the region.

Mary Piorun, MSLS, MBA
Associate Director
University of Massachusetts Medical School
P) 508/856-2223

Clear Communication Index Train-the-Trainer

Friday, December 20th, 2013

CDC Clear Communication Index Train-the-Trainer Webinar
January 28, 2013 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Presenter: Anne Conner, Littleton Regional Hospital, New Hampshire
Registration Information: NN/LM NER’s Training Calendar

Anne Conner, the NER’s Health Literacy COI Leader, created a brief presentation on the CDC Clear Communication Index to share with departments at her hospital. The CDC Clear Communication Index (Index) is a new research-based tool to plan and assess public communication materials. Cynthia Baur, the CDC’s Senior Advisor for Health Literacy, presented an introduction to the Index at our Community of Interest’s September webinar. You can watch the recording of the September webinar on our Health Literacy Community of Interest website.

The Index may be new to staff at your organization and presents a great opportunity to be the first to spread word about this helpful resource and use it to create and assess communication materials such as patient education resources. Anne will demo her presentation for you and share her experience working with diabetes education and the infusion department. You can borrow the presentation she created to use at your own hospital/organization.

Health Statistics Book Discussion

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Please join us on March 4, 2013 for a book discussion of Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics with authors Steven Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz. The authors presented an excellent presentation at the NAHSL Conference in Vermont several years ago. The NER’s Healthy Communities COI thought it would be fun to read the book together and meet with the authors for a book discussion. The authors will join us to guide the discussion via webinar. To attend, register on our training page.

The first 20 New England Region Network Members registered will receive a copy of the book to keep!

The book is also available on the PubMed Bookshelf at:

Hope you can join us!

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship scholarships

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship: 9 days in southern CA; full scholarships available

Do you want to learn about how your user groups and communities find and use information? Do you want to gather evidence to demonstrate that your work is making a difference?

Exciting news! You can work on these questions, and questions like them, June 16-26, 2014!

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship is a great opportunity for an academic librarian who is interested in conducting research. Research and evaluation are not necessarily identical, although they do employ many of the same methods and are closely related. This Institute is open to academic librarians from all over the country. If your proposal is accepted, your attendance at the Institute will be paid for, as will your travel, lodging, and food expenses.

The William H. Hannon Library has received a three-year grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer a nine-day continuing education opportunity for academic and research librarians. Each year 21 librarians will receive instruction in research design and a full year of support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The summer Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is supplemented with pre-institute learning activities and a personal learning network that provides ongoing mentoring. The institutes will be held on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

The Institute is particularly interested in applicants who have identified a real-world research question and/or opportunity. It is intended to

“bring together a diverse group of academic and research librarians who are motivated and enthusiastic about conducting research but need additional training and/or other support to perform the steps successfully. The institute is designed around the components of the research process, with special focus given to areas that our 2010 national survey of academic librarians identified as the most troublesome; the co-investigators on this project conducted the survey to provide a snapshot of the current state of academic librarian confidence in conducting research. During the nine-day institute held annually in June, participants will receive expert instruction on research design and small-group and one-on-one assistance in writing and/or revising their own draft research proposal. In the following academic year, participants will receive ongoing support in conducting their research and preparing the results for dissemination.”

Your proposal is due by February 1, 2014. Details are available at the Institute’s Prepare Your Proposal web site.

Factoid: Loyola Marymount is on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean, west of central LA.

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