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Archive for May, 2013

Emerging Leader Award

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Super Woman

Are you a junior librarian (minimum of 3 years experience) interested in becoming a library director?  Would you like to know the attributes, skills and other qualities necessary to become a leader?  If so, consider applying for the NN/LM SCR Emerging Leaders Award.

The NN/LM SCR is partnering with the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium to offer this award to motivate and prepare a junior librarian for a position of leadership in an academic health sciences library.

The award will pair a librarian with an academic health sciences library director who will serve as his or her mentor. The award will include visits to the mentor’s library, the SCAMeL meeting at SCC/MLA, and the NN/LM SCR office.

More information and to apply online is available at the NN/LM SCR Funding Opportunities page.



Older Adults and New Technology

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

An older man and an older woman are smiling and looking at a tablet. A younger adult man is smiling and looking at the tablet with them.

Does adoption of new technology by older adults make a difference in their life? Current data shows that while more older adults are going online and staying connected by using technology only about 53% of seniors (age 65+) in the United States are online.  In the podcast “Tackling New Tech in the Golden Years”  Science Friday host Flora Lichtman chats with guests Thom Kamber and Therese Willkomm about older adults and technology adoption.

Willkomm provides insights and expertise about assistive technology and adaptive solutions that make it easier for older adults to use popular mobile devices such as tablets.

Additional topics explored include new advances in speech recognition technology which have made using some devices easier to use by some users.

Kamber provides tips for introducing new technology to older adults including the importance of demonstrating relevant connections between technology use and everyday life for seniors or older adults.

As a final topic discussed in the podcast Willkomm and Kamber share resources for additional information and programs for older adults and technology. Kamber points out that as a resource, “libraries are the first point of access for many older people who are trying to learn technologies…”. Additional funding through Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants as well as state assistive technology programs also provide resources and training for many seniors interested in new technologies.

May 26 to June 1 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

National Hurricane Preparedness Week banner

With hurricane season around the corner (June 1-November 30), it’s as important as ever to be prepared and have a plan! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an active to extremely active 2013 season for the Atlantic region with a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). It’s important to remember that hurricanes are multifaceted storms and not only bring rain and strong winds but also prolonged rain that leads to flooding as well as the possibility of tornadoes.

To help you plan and be ready in case of a hurricane or hurricane related disaster, here are some useful resources:

2013/2014 Mobile Application Project Award

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

image of a smartphone

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Mobile Applications Project Award

Name of Institution:  University Health System-CareLink, San Antonio TX
Title of Project: CareLink iPad Mobile Patient Education Initiative: Using MedlinePlus Videos to Reach the Underserved

More information is available on our Previously Funded Projects page.



2013/2014 Disaster Preparedness Award

Friday, May 24th, 2013


The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2013-2014 Disaster Preparedness Award:

Institution: Louisiana Health Sciences Center Library – Shreveport, Shreveport LA
Project Title: Are You Prepared? Promoting Disaster Preparedness in Northwest Louisiana through the Public Libraries
Project Director: David Duggar

More information on all NN/LM SCR Funded Projects are available at our Previously Funded Projects website.

Updates and Communication for OK Tornado

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) and the entire South Central Region are deeply concerned about our friends and colleagues in the areas affected by the recent tornado in Oklahoma. We will be using this blog post to serve as a method of communication for the Region.

We have contacted academic centers, hospitals, public libraries and other groups in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.  Thus far, we have received the following updates on the NN/LM SCR listerv and/or via direct contact:

  • University of Oklahoma Bird Health Sciences Library: All Bird Library staff are safe
  • Amy Picard, Norman Regional Hospital: Library staff is safe.  The Moore Medical Center, which was damaged by the tornado, is a sister hospital to Norman Regional Health System.  The Norman Regional Hospital campus was used briefly overnight as a discharge station until the number of patients outgrew the space and they relocated to the education center.  They initially chose the library because they felt it was a good, quiet location where privacy could be afforded.  But as the numbers grew, they needed more space.
  • Oklahoma Department of Libraries: Susan McVey, state librarian, reported that she is unaware of any loss of life among public library staff, a couple of staff members’ homes are damaged.  None of the public library buildings in the immediate vicinity of the tornado were affected even though one of them was only a block away from the path.  Several  Pioneer Library System branches may have damages.
  • Dan Chandler, Integris Baptist: Library staff is safe.
  • Danell Ingle, VA Medical Center: Library staff is safe.

We will continue to revise this blog post as we hear from more Network members.  The comments field on this post is open so feel free to post an update on your status.

The NN/LM SCR Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery page has disaster information and recovery resources.

New Video: Public Libraries and First Responders: Partners in Emergency Response

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Public libraries play an important role in the community year round, but during or after an emergency or disaster the public library is also an important resource for first responders. Public libraries provide important information centers in a community and are often equipped with computers, meetings spaces, and possibly access to the internet. After an emergency or disaster first responders working with their community public libraries can provide safe shelter spaces for survivors. In addition, public library technologies including computers, phones, printers, and internet access may serve as vital communication tools for survivors and first responders.

The video below was created by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Center Region (NN/LM SCR) to demonstrate how public libraries and first responders can work together to ensure community well-being and safety before and after a disaster or emergency.

2013/2014 Electronic Consumer Health Award Recipients

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Computer with health button

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013/2014 Electronic Consumer Health Outreach Award.

Name of InstitutionSchool of Information, University of Texas at Austin
Title of Project: Improving Low SES Older Adults’ Ability to Evaluate the Quality of Online Health Information
Project Director: Yan Zhang

Name of Institution: Louisiana Health Sciences Center Library – Shreveport, Shreveport LA
Title of Project: Do I Need to Worry? Mental and Developmental Checklists for Parents – Development and Education Program
Project Director: Julia Esparza

2013/2014 Express Outreach Award Recipients

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Library students

The NN/LM SCR is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Express Outreach Award:

Institution:  Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Ensuring informed decision making among medically underserved rural cancer patients via collaboration, education, and technology
Project Director: Gail Lowery

Institution: Easter Seals Arkansas, Little Rock AR
Project Title: Health-Able: Integrated Health Information Literacy for Families of Individuals with Disabilities
Project Director: Linda Rogers

Institution: Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith AR
Project Title: Mercy Home Health: Healthcare Information for Home Health Patients and Outreach Services for the Fort Smith Asian Community
Project Director: Pat Morris

Institution: Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center, Slidell LA
Project Title: 2013-14 SEL-AHEC Community Outreach
Project Director: Helen Caruso

Institution: University of Oklahoma – Tulsa, Schusterman Library
Project Title: Operation School Nurse: Health Information Outreach to School Nurses in Tulsa County
Project Director: April Schweikhard

Institution: Face to Face Enrichment Center, Gonzales LA
Project Title: Project Connections Baton Rouge: Your Link to Health Resource Information
Project Director: Gabrielle Johnson

Institution: Texas Woman’s University, Dallas TX
Project Title: Educational Service Learning Model for Developing a Consumer-Centered Health Literacy Toolkit
Project Director: Shelly Burns

Institution: University of New Mexico Health Science Library and Informatics Center, Albuquerque NM
Project Title: I Heard it on the Radio
Project Director: Gale Hannigan

Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2013

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Image of damage caused by a hurricane

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce for the third year the solicitation of proposals from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve disaster medicine and public health information access for health professionals, first responders, and others (paid or volunteer) that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information needs assessment;
  • Roles in providing disaster health information;
  • Practices and methods in information sharing;
  • Skills development;
  • Information retrieval;
  • Resource development; and/or
  • Document access.

Emphasis is on providing information or access to health and medical information in a way useful to all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery workers, and increasing the awareness and utilization of high-quality, all-hazards, and emergency topics. The purpose is also to promote new and creative collaborations on disaster health information needs among and to the mutual benefit of librarians, information specialists, or informationists and the disaster workforce.

Eligible projects will be based on a partnership or collaboration that includes at least one library or information center and at least one non-library organization that has disaster-related responsibilities.

Awards are offered for a minium of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 for a one-year project.

Information about previous years’ projects: 2011 projects and 2012 projects.

Proposals are due to NLM on June 20, 2013 by 2 pm ET.