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Archive for August, 2009

Deadline extended for Express Outreach Award

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Allowing for the coming Labor Day holiday and 3-day weekend, the deadline for the 2009-2010 Express Outreach Awards has been extended to Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

Maximum award is $12,000.

Any network member is eligible to apply, though project personnel must have demonstrated experience using MedlinePlus or other applicable NLM resources, or identify a project partner with this expertise. Examples of current or previously funded express outreach projects are online at If you have questions or would like to discuss potential project ideas, contact Linda Milgrom or Cathy Burroughs .

Follow MedlinePlus on Twitter

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The good people behind MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s popular resource for authoritative consumer health information, are now using Twitter. Follow them at to get updates about new and interesting content on MedlinePlus and other health-related sites. Welcome to Twitter, @medlineplus4you !

MedlinePlus joins about thirty other agencies and programs in the Department of Health & Human Services that are officially tweeting. Here is a list of those accounts.

For an introduction to Twitter, see Look Who’s Tweeting, a PNR Technology Tuesday post from earlier this year, and for good advice about how to represent your organization on Twitter, read Twitter Best Practices from

Data Collection for Health Information Outreach: Free Online Class

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Should I send my survey out in paper or in email? How many people do I need to interview for the data to be valid? What kind of questions do I ask to get at what people think about our service?

If these and other questions have crossed your mind from time to time you might want to take the class Asking the Right Questions: Data Collection for Health Information Outreach being taught by Susan Barnes, Assistant Director of the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center and Maryanne Blake, NN/LM PNR Outreach/Evaluation Coordinator. This three-session free online class will be taught on September 9th, 16th and 23rd from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (Pacific time). All you need to participate is a telephone and a computer.

In this workshop, participants will learn to apply good principles of data collection to assure that data – both qualitative and quantitative – will be useful in making … decisions. The emphasis will be on efficient methods that can keep data collection at a manageable level. Topics will include designing and administering questionnaires and developing guides for conducting interviews.
Go to: for a complete description and the learning objectives for the class. Registration information is at the bottom of the web page or you can go directly to to register. The class is limited to twenty (20) participants, so please register as soon as possible.

The class has been approved for 4 MLA contact hours.

For more information send an email to nnlm at or post a comment. We look forward to having you in class!

Distance Learning: Tips for Successful Educators

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Nikki Dettmar is the Education and Assessment Coordinator. She earned a distance learning MSIS from the University of North Texas while living in Seattle and currently teaches via online distance education modalities. This is the third and final of a series of Technology Tuesday posts about the types of  distance continuing education available, the technology involved, usage tips for both students and instructors, and the opportunities & challenges of distance learning.

Winnipeg Maze of Lifelong Learning, photo by Stephen Downes

In the first post of this series different types of distance learning formats were covered, and in the second post tips for successful professional (continuing education) student experiences were shared. What helps contribute to an enjoyable and productive online education experience as an educator? Here are some tips from the Distance Education Clearinghouse, the 2008 MLA CE Institute, and my own experience with both teaching and taking CEs in other formats besides face-to-face.


In Portland? Hone Your Health Info Skills

Friday, August 14th, 2009

If you plan to be in or around Portland, Oregon on Thursday, September 10, please join us for training and discussion designed to sharpen your skill with health information. The Portland Area Library Association for Continuing Education (PALACE, formerly the PORTALS Continuing Education Committee) will sponsor two half-day workshops at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus.


PubMed Redesign Update – Recording and Questions & Answers

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Thank you for joining us during the PubMed Redesign Update web conference yesterday, August 11, 2009. We apologize if you were not able to join the meeting due to the 125 audio connection limitations, and for your patience during some rather odd audio disturbances during the session.

The audiovisual recording of the session that lasts just a little over a half hour is now available at PowerPoint slides from the Medical Library Association Online Users’ Meeting that are similar to yesterday’s presentation are available in the Editor’s Notes of the June 10, 2009 NLM Technical Bulletin

Questions and Answers from the session are available below for your review. Please do not hesitate to contact NCBI with your comments and suggestions at