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Archive for April, 2013

Hello from Naomi, New Public Health Coordinator

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Naomi Gonzales

Greetings all! My name is Naomi Gonzales and I am so delighted to be the newest member of the fabulous NN/LM South Central Region team as the Public Health Coordinator. I graduated in spring of 2012 with my MLS from the University of North Texas (UNT) but I’ve always had a passion for outreach and literacy. I’ve been working with the public (in all kinds of settings) since 2006 and quickly learned to love the rollercoaster ride that is creating lasting connections with community members.

For the past year, I worked as an Instructional Technologies Librarian at the Texas Medical Center Library and before that I worked with engineering and library science students at UNT, providing a variety of reference and instructional services in the library.  I’m a member of the ALA Rainbow Book List committee and (true to my librarian nature) in my spare time will enthusiastically devour books in any form—including the audiobooks that often accompany me to the gym. Although reading will always be my first love, I also have more active pastimes such as yoga and the occasional attempt at being crafty. I look forward to working with and learning from such a great community of people!

Goodbye Google Reader

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Logo for Google Reader

In March Google announced that it would discontinue Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. Launched in 2005 Google Reader quickly became one of the top platforms for aggregated RSS feeds.

Google states declining usage statistics and a desire to focus on other applications as reasons for ending support for Google Reader.

Google also recommends services such as Google Takeout for retaining Google Reader data.

Other feed-reading tools such as Feedly have seen in influx in users since the announcement from Google.

Google Reader was one of the services frequently explored as part of the popular Geeks Bearing Gifts class taught by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine offices. If you signed up for or have been using Google Reader please make efforts to switch to another provider before Google Reader shuts down on July 1st.

SCR CONNECTions Webinar This Week

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Join us for the next SCR CONNECTions webinar.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 10:30 – 11:30 am (CT)

Guest Speaker: Cynthia Olney NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Research Center (OERC)

Topic: Once Upon a Time: Using Evaluation Findings to Tell Your Project’s Story

Once upon a time, there was an evaluation report that people actually read. Sound like a fairy tale? Exactly! This presentation will show you how to create more audience-friendly evaluation reports using content structures found in fairy tales and inspirational speeches. The presentation covers a five-step process for developing reports, then shows two different structures that can be used to organize narrative and content to be interesting and motivational to the reader or listener. The formats covered in this webinar can be adapted for written reports, presentations, and even elevator speeches. Don’t let your data get in the way of a good story; use your data to enhance it instead.

SCR CONNECTions webinars are conducted via the Adobe Connect web meeting system. Join the webinar using the following URL: .

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

Please note: SCR CONNECTions webinars use Voice over IP technology (VoIP). You must have audio on your computer turned on to hear the webinar. No call in number will be provided.

This webinar will be available for 1 hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit.

If you cannot attend the live webinar, it will be recorded and archived for viewing at a later date.

National Library Week 2013

Monday, April 15th, 2013

CarolineKennedy_NLW13_SkyscraperThis week is National Library Week:  April 14 – 20, 2013. The theme for this year’s observance is “Communities matter @ your library.”

Public, school, and academic libraries are busier than ever serving the people in local communities. They help people fill out job applications, provide homework assistance to students, offer public access to the Internet, assist small businesses in conducting research, and much more. Yet libraries face funding crises in many communities. Without proper funding, libraries are forced to decrease or cut resources, reduce the number of librarians and library workers, and reduce hours of operation. Even worse, some libraries face closures.

During National Library Week and throughout April, libraries of all types will host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in people’s lives. More information and promotional materials, including PSAs and printable materials are available at: .

It is also a great opportunity to write your legislators and let them know how important libraries are to you and about the positive difference libraries make in your community every day.

Consider advocating for your library or libraries this week! Libraries need your voice!






April Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

sleepCheck out the April 2013 issue of NIH News in Health,, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest National Institutes of Health research.


The Benefits of Slumber, Why You Need a Good Night’s Sleep,
Sleep On It, How Snoozing Strengthens Memories, 

Health Capsules:

Brain Scans Give Clues to Antidepressant’s Effects,
Living with Low Vision,
Featured Website: Inside Life Science,

Download a PDF version for printing:

NN/LM SCR Activities at TLA

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

TLA Conference Logo

The NN/LM SCR office will be participating in a variety of activities at the upcoming Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX.  We will be promoting many National Library of Medicine resources including: MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, the Exhibition Program Resources and the Specialized Information Services’ K-12 Science and Health Education Resources.

In addition to exhibiting, NN/LM SCR staff will be conducting several workshops/presentations:

  • Wednesday, April 24:  2:00 pm – 3:50 pm: Eye of the Storm: The Library’s Role in Disaster Preparedness
  • Friday, April 26: 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm: PubMed for the Rest of Us: Searching the Medical Literature for the Non-Expert
  • Friday, April 26:  3:00 pm – 4:50 pm: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library
  • Saturday, April 27: 8:00 am – 9:50 am: Health Resources for Your Diverse Community
  • Saturday, April 27: 10:00 am – 11:50 am: From A(norexia) to (Z)its: Providing Health Information to Teens and Young Adults