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SEA Currents

Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for August, 2013

David Midyette – SE/A Outreach/Communications Coordinator Leaving SE/A

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

David Midyette will be leaving the SE/A for a new position in Henderson, NV. He has taken a position at the Roseman University of Health Sciences as Reference and Instruction Librarian.

In his capacity as Outreach/Communication Coordinator, David has done great work coordinating our communication nodes—SEA Currents, Twitter, Facebook, etc.—so that they work together as a unified system. With some luck, this will continue after his departure.

Join us in wishing David well in his new position and in the Southwest.

David’s last day with SE/A will be Friday, September 13, 2013.

Please refer all questions about exhibits to Regina Johnson ( or Ashley Cuffia ( after that date.

Georgia Regents University Conducting Brief Survey

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Georgia Regents University Libraries is conducting a brief survey for preparation of an IMLS planning grant related to continuing education in libraries. Your participation in taking this short survey will be greatly appreciated.  If possible, please complete survey by August 28. All answers are confidential and appreciated. If you have questions about the survey, would like to see the results of the completed survey, or want more information, please contact Virginia Loveless at

Survey Link:

Apply to Attend the Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching” - October 21&#45December 2, 2013

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Health science librarians are invited to participate in an online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

 The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing  and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice, places a strong emphasis on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies, and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises. 

This course is offered online (asynchronous) from October 21 – December 2, 2013.  The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises.  The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo. 

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form.  The deadline for completing the application is September 9, 2013; participants will be notified of acceptance on September 23, 2013.

The course is offered at no cost to participants.  Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 15 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

This course is a prerequisite for the face to face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the 5-day Librarian’s Guide that will be offered in April of 2014 if they so choose.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Questions?  E-mail the course organizers at

Beyond the SE/A – August 21, 2013 – How One Thing Led to Another

Monday, August 5th, 2013

August 21, 2013

Time: 12 Noon ET

Presentation: How One Thing Led to Another

This presentation will describe how a simple request to borrow a white board from the Library ultimately resulted in a three credit hour continuing education class on disaster health information resources.  The class is available free and online to anyone anywhere in the world.

Partnerships among the following organizations led to the success of this program:  University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County; the Medical Reserve Corps; National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region; and the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine.

Mary Moore
Dr. Mary Moore is Chair, Department of Health Informatics and Executive Director, Medical Libraries and Biomedical Communications at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is a member of the University’s Disaster Interest Group and of the Miami-Dade County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corps. She and her libraries have been involved in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Haiti earthquake. She has taught health informatics, medical decision support, management information systems, IT project management, and other topics at the University of Miami, University of Texas-Austin, Texas Tech University, Arkansas State University, and the Helsinki School of Economics.

Kimberly Loper
Kimberly Loper, MLIS, is Special Projects and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Health Informatics and the Louis Calder Memorial Library. She is a member of the UMMSM Response Team-Medical Reserve Corps and has completed five Medical Reserve Corps and FEMA classes. Her experiences in the US Army, serving in the Gulf War, prepared her for emergency response and logistics management.

What do you need to join these conferences?
• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?
Go to this URL:
• Enter as a Guest
• Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.


Making the Most of the Value Study (Boost Box Session) – August 13, 2013

Monday, August 5th, 2013


• Joanne Gard Marshall, Principal Investigator, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Kathel Dunn, Coordinator, Associate Fellows Program, National Library of Medicine


Date: August 13, 2013

Time: Noon – 1 pm (Eastern Time)

This session will provide an update on new specialized reports that have been created using the “Value of Library and Information Services in Patient Care Study” results, as well as how to access and use the data set from the study. All the items discussed will be made available on the Value Study website. Joanne will also share the results of some advanced data analysis that demonstrate the added value of using the services of the librarian and the searching the library-provided resources in patient care.

The second part of the presentation will discuss ways of mining and using the Value Study data. Kathel Dunn from NLM will share the results of data mining that they have done on users of PubMed/MEDLINE and related resources. The study gathered extensive data on each of the information resources used to answer the clinical questions.

Participants in this session will be encouraged to share their own stories about how they have used or would like to use the study results.

No registration required.

Last updated on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.