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Archive for February, 2014

Hopsital Library Chat: Evernote Webinar

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Technology only works if you can make it work for you! Come learn about how to maximize your mobile technology with Evernote, a cross-platform suite of apps that lets you type, write, draw, and clip everything you need to remember in one place.

Join us on Thursday March 27, 2014 from 10am-11am to learn about how to use this tool/app Molly Higgins, Library Fellow, Lamar Soutter Library.

Go to to register.  This event is free.

Contact Meredith Solomon with questions at


ALA launches free e-government webinar series

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

[ALA Press Release]

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland at College Park are pleased to announce the re-launch of Lib2Gov, an online e-government resource for librarians. Over the past few months, both organizations have worked to transition LibEGov—a project supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a National Leadership Grant—into Lib2Gov.

The redesigned website Lib2Gov allows libraries and government agencies to come together and collaborate, share resources and build a community of practice. Lib2Gov now provides a dedicated space where librarians can share materials, lesson plans, tutorials, stories, and other e-government content. The website offers a variety of resources from government agencies and organizations, including information on immigration, taxation, social security and healthcare.

In a few weeks, both organizations will host a new monthly webinar series, “E-government @ Your Library.” The webinars will explore a variety of e-government topics that will be of interest to librarians, including mobile government and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. All webinars are free and will be archived on the Lib2Gov site. The webinar schedule for Winter/Spring 2014:

Webinar 1: E-government @ Your Library (Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar offers general insights into how libraries can help meet the e-government needs of their communities in general and through the Lib2Gov web resource. Register now.


  • John Bertot, Ph.D., co-director, Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), and professor, in University of Maryland College Park’s iSchool
  • Ursula Gorham, graduate research associate, iPAC and doctoral candidate, University of Maryland College Park iSchool
  • Jessica McGilvray, assistant director, Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association’s Washington, D.C. office

Webinar 2: Government Information Expertise Online: Beyond the First Century of Federal Depository Library Program Practice (Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST) Register now.

This webinar will offer insights and techniques in how practicing government information professionals can use the strengths and opportunities of the depository library experience in several promising areas of digital reference, government information discovery tools and deliberative outreach to your community.


  • Cynthia Etkin, senior program planning specialist, Office of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
  • John A. Shuler, associate professor, University of Illinois, Chicago University Library

Webinar 3: An Introduction to Mobile Government Apps for Librarians (Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

The webinar will cover how librarians can teach patrons to use mobile devices, provide links on our webpages to government apps, and create apps for their own e-government websites. Register now.


  • Isabelle Fetherston, teen librarian, Pasco County Library System
  • Nancy Fredericks, member, Pasco County Library System Library Leadership Team

Webinar 4: Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

This webinar presents information on libraries’ and librarians’ roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters. Register now.


  • Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Cindy Love, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
  • Elizabeth Norton, librarian, U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center

Webinar 5: Beta.Congress.Gov (Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST)

Sign-up information, as well as more information about webinar topics and speakers, is available. Please contact Jessica McGilvray ( or John Bertot ( with questions about Lib2Gov or the webinar series.

Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

June 9-13, 2014

Enroll now in the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, June 9-13, 2014. Offered through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, this one-week Institute is essential for those committed to improving the health literacy skills of health care providers and consumers.

Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work in medical education and adult literacy.  With peer support, participants work on an educational program of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice. Those working in health literacy and students interested in pursuing health literacy work are encouraged to enroll.

For more information and to register, visit the Tufts Health Communication Summer Institutes website at or the Health Literacy Leadership Institute’s website at

Contact the course director Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi / 781-835-6488 with questions about course content.  Contact the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Registrar, Janice Gilkes / 617-636-0935 with questions regarding registration.

New content editors to join the e-Science Portal Editorial Board

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Just as the New England Journal of Medicine reaches a much broader audience than solely the New England medical community, the e-Science Portal for New England Librarians is not limited to New England Librarians!  Funded  by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region and originated by our e-Science outreach group at the Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School, the intended audience for the Portal is librarians, library students, information professionals, and individuals interested in:

  • Library roles in e-Science
  • Fundamentals of domain sciences
  • Emerging trends in supporting networked scientific research

As we approach the third anniversary of the e-Science Portal, I’m pleased to announce that we’re expanding the Portal’s Editorial Board to include librarians beyond the New England region. The following new Content Editors for the e-Science portal bring a wealth of expertise and work experience in data librarianship to the portal project:

Data Management:  Daina Bouquin, Data and Metadata Services at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Data Literacy:  co-Editors Jake Carlson, Associate Professor of Library Science and Data Services Specialist, Purdue University, and Amanda Whitmire, Assistant Professor and Data Management Specialist at Oregon State University.

Scholarly Communications:  Margaret Henderson, Director of Research Data Services at Virginia Commonwealth University

Trends & Technologies:  Stacy Konkiel, Science Data Management Librarian, University of Indiana- Bloomington.

My UMMS colleague, Andrew Creamer, is Editor for Professional Development.  I will be managing the e-Science Community Blog and will be Content Editor for the Portal’s Science Resources section.

The Portal’s Editorial Board Co-Chairs are Jen Ferguson,  Assistant Head, Research & Instruction, Science and Data Services at Northeastern University; and Katie Houk,
Research & Instruction Librarian, Liaison to Biomedical & Research Sciences, at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Tufts University

In addition to managing content in their delegated Content Areas, the Portal’s Content Editors and other guest contributors will be writing blog posts here on the e-Science Community Blog.  Stay tuned to the e-Science Community blog by following NERescience on Twitter for latest updates. And be sure to keep
visiting the e-Science Portal!


Donna Kafel

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