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Archive for January, 2012

CES 2012 Top Picks from PC World

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place earlier this month in Las Vegas. The annual technology trade show allows electronics vendors to demonstrate their latest products.

CES has been an annual event with a history going back to the late 1960s. Some of the biggest names in technology showcase new and innovative products at the event. Smaller companies are also on hand and provide demonstrations of other new products that will be on the market soon.

Image of LogiTech Cube and PowerPoint

This year PC World Magazine created a slide show with some of their top picks from the show. One of my favorites is the Logitech Cube a tiny mouse device that can also work as a pointer.

I also enjoyed learning about Gaze technology from Tobii that can track eye movement allowing you to interact with computer applications using only your eyes!

New tablet devices, laptops and gaming options were also introduced at CES. A wide variety of new technologies are introduced each year and we may expect to see some of them in libraries or homes soon.

Explore other PC World CES Picks with their slide show: CES 2012 Top Picks: Just the Best Gear, Gadgets, and Tech.

Funding Opportunity: Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Two doctors looking at computer

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is pleased to announce the following funding opportunity:

Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award

This award will fund one (1) project of $25,000 for the purpose of ensuring that health professionals, their patients and the general public are connected to the health information resources they need to make informed health care decisions.

Examples of some possible elements of proposed projects are:

  • Training groups of consumers to locate good sources of health information on the Internet; training health professionals to refer consumers to MedlinePlus and other good sources of consumer health information on the Internet;
  • Enhancing access to MedlinePlus,, and other consumer health information resources using the latest technology;
  • Training staff of targeted organizations to search National Library of Medicine databases to identify, access, retrieve, evaluate, and use relevant print and electronic consumer health information resources and services;
  • Training staff of targeted organizations to train others to provide consumer health information services and/or to find and evaluate consumer health information on the Internet;
  • Other creative ideas for improving access to online health information are encouraged. (For past awards, see NN/LM SCR funded projects at:

The complete RFP can be found at
A Letter of Intent must be provided no later than February 17, 2012, and the application deadline is March 9, 2012.

Eligibility: Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:

For more information about the Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award, go to, or contact Karen Vargas at , 713-799-7880, or 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, OK, NM, and TX only).

NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunity Digital Preservation and Access Award

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the following funding opportunity:

Stack of money

Digital Preservation and Access Award

The purpose of the Digital Preservation and Access (DiPA) Award is to increase accessibility to historically significant and unique items in the South Central Region by providing funding for Network members to digitize portions of their collections. Collections considered for digital preservation under this award should increase accessibility of health/medical collections. These digital collections must be made freely available online and also accessible via the National Library of Medicine Directory of the History of Medical Collections.

One project up to $25,000 will be awarded.

Applications due March 9, 2012.

Proposal instructions (and the complete RFP) are available at:

Additional information on funding from the NN/LM SCR can be found online at:


New Look for NN/LM SCR Home Page

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

image of SCR home page

A new year and a new look! The NN/LM SCR has implemented a slideshow on its home page: Current news items, with text and images, are highlighted as the slideshow progresses. With this new addition in the center of the page, we will include more than one website or database as well as funding announcements, updates from the National Library of Medicine, and medical news.

We also tweaked the colors – made them more vibrant. We hope you find our revised home page more informative and appealing.




Ask Your Audience

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Looking for a good way to engage with a presentation audience? Want to find out if your library instruction class was really paying attention? Why not poll them to find out?

Sample Poll question with chart.

There are several proprietary software options that allow built in polling for PowerPoint but a free option to consider for polling 40 people or less is Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere provides users with an easy online interface for creating polling questions. Polls can be multiple choice or open ended questions. Poll creators can decide how many times a user can submit a response and how users can participate in the poll. With Poll Everywhere a poll creator can open the poll up to response via text message, Twitter, personalized online URL or even through a private URL. With Poll Everywhere the multiple choice responses are assigned codes that the poll taker will have to provide in their text message, tweet or online submission.

Poll creators can also download the question as a .PPT or .PPTx slide and embed the poll slide into their presentation. Poll Everywhere provides additional tips and information about the multiple ways the audience can vote in the poll.

While the basic polling features a poll in dark blue and white, Poll Everywhere has included a few free themes to make your poll look more professional.

Poll Everywhere provides free accounts for a limited number of users and responses. The service does provide additional account options, some with educator discounts.

Participate in our sample poll online.

January 2012 SCR CONNECTions Recording Available

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

The recording of today’s SCR CONNECTions webinar, PubMed News and Updates, is now available in the SCR CONNECTions archives

Join us February 15, 2012 at 10:30 CT to for our next SCR CONNECTions covering MedlinePlus Connect with NLM’s Loren Frant.

Don’t forget you have two weeks to apply for CE using the URL found at the end of the recording.

Office of Adolescent Health Website

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) was established in 2010 to coordinate adolescent health promotion and disease prevention programs and initiatives across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The OAH website includes information on adolescent health from organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Office on Women’s Health.

The website provides statistics and evidence-based information and resources about adolescent health for the public and for health professionals.  Five health topics are highlighted on this website:

  • Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health & Nutrition
  • Substance Abuse
  • Healthy Relationships


Each health topic has statistical information organized by state.  For example, this map is found under Healthy Relationships:

Clickable map of the US titled "Healthy Relationships in the States"

On choosing a state, statistics on a variety of measures of adolescent relationships can be found, including bullying, violence in schools, sexual relationships, and supportive neighborhoods.

Additional information can be found on the site, including specific information on each health topic and helpful tips for parents when talking to their adolescent children.






Healthy Aging at Your Library Workshops in Las Cruces, NM

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region will present two free sessions of the workshop Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information on February 22, 2012 at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library in Las Cruces, NM.

Session 1
February 22, 2012
9am – 12pm

To register:

Session 2
February 22, 2012
1pm – 4pm

To register:

This workshop is designed to help librarians assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

Upon successful completion of this workshop, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA).  This class is included in MLA’s Consumer Health Information Specialization program

Into the Cloud

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

image of a white cloud in the sky

Throughout 2011 the rise of cloud computing uses and options continued to grow. This trend shows no real sign of slowing as we enter 2012. From using the cloud for storage, to accessing and using applications in the cloud on the go, cloud technology has changed user expectations for accessing materials.

Logo for Apple's iCloud

Being able to access information, complete tasks or store materials from any location with access to the cloud leads to many possibilities.

New innovations such as the Apple’s iCloud storing and sharing photos and other materials between Apple devices can happen seamlessly.

Cloud computing also provides useful advantages for libraries. In her list 21 Useful Cloud Computing Resources for Librarians, iLibrarian author Ellyssa Krosk provides a detailed list of resources and ideas for using cloud technology in your library.

January 2012 SCRCONNECTions

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Join us Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT) for the NN/LM SCR’s monthly webinar, SCR CONNECTions.

The topic for Wednesday’s webinar will be PubMed News and Updates.  Health Professions Coordinator, Re Mishra will present on changes to PubMed, MEDLINE and MeSH.

Webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL:  Once you enter the online meeting room, follow the instructions on the screen to have the system call you on your telephone.

Test your connection before joining with Adobe using the following URL:

This webinar is available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. If you cannot attend this webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.