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Teens Teach Tech: Intergenerational Literacies

Monday, September 19th, 2016

by Liz Bowen

How can public libraries address the increasing digital literacy needs of seniors while also providing valuable volunteer opportunities to young adults?

Through a program called Teens Teach Tech!

At the Frederick County Public Libraries, teens are teaching seniors how to search the Internet, create Facebook accounts and practice skills needed to succeed in today’s digital world.

Liz Bowen, teen librarian at the C. Burr Artz Public Library, believes a successful Teens Teach Tech program starts with a strong foundation: the teen volunteers. “Utilizing the teens’ technological strengths is what makes this program unique,” she relays. The teens help to create a warm, inviting environment for seniors who might be a little wary of large, classroom settings as they pursue the skills to Skype with grandchildren far away, set up a Facebook account, or send an email to an old friend. To ensure that seniors don’t feel lost, the library pairs them with a teen on an individual level, based on their specific needs. The training is completely hands-on and tailored to each individual’s technology questions and goals.

Ikem Itabor, teen volunteer, explains why he joined the program. “I wanted to be able to help others become comfortable with their computer skills because everyone in this age should be comfortable using technology,” says Ikem. “Volunteering for the Teens Teach Tech program provided me with the opportunity to help people understand a key tool in our world today, that affects how we communicate and interact with others.”

The program started at the downtown library and was held once a week over the course of two months. But Bowen quickly realized this program needed to expand to other locations as transportation can be a real barrier for seniors. The program expanded to the Urbana location where a senior center is also located. Another barrier can be providing suitable technology. Through the generosity of the Margaret Edwards Literacies Grant, laptop kits were created and are shared between library branches. The availability of this technology is a pivotal part of the program, allowing for the flexibility of learning environments.

The Teens Teach Tech intergenerational program goes beyond learning to use a mouse. Besides providing seniors with the ability to reach their technology goals, the program benefits both the teens and seniors socially and serves as an esteem-builder and confidence-booster for both groups, as well.

Libraries are places of transformation, of learning, and of acceptance. Volunteering and technology classes are just some of the many wonderful offerings in today’s libraries.

What will tomorrow hold? What we dream of today.

– Liz Bowen is the Teen Librarian at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, Maryland. She can be reached by email or phone: or (301) 600-3784. She will be presenting on the Teens Teach Tech program for the NN/LM SE/A November 16th Beyond the SEA webinar series.

SEAside Webinar: Introduction to SNOMED CT and the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) – September 19, 2016

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Date/Time: Monday, September 19, 2016 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET

Presenter: Suzy Roy, MLS, MS, SNOMED CT, National Library of Medicine and Maureen Madden, MSN, PCCNP, CCRN, Value Set Authority Center (VSAC).

Co-Sponsor: DCAHSL District of Columbia Area Health Science Libraries

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Summary: This program will introduce the audience to SNOMED CT and the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC). SNOMED CT is a standardized, multilingual vocabulary of clinical terminology that is used for the electronic exchange of clinical health information. The Value Set Authority Center utilizes SNOMED CT and other standard vocabularies and provides downloadable access to all official versions of vocabulary value sets contained in the 2014 Clinical Quality Measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Presenter Bio: Suzy Roy is the SNOMED CT Coordinator at the National Library of Medicine. Suzy is a U.S. Member Forum Representative to the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO), ensuring that the policies and initiatives of U.S. SNOMED CT are met at the international level. Prior to becoming the SNOMED CT Coordinator Suzy was an NLM Associate Fellow, and formerly a neuroscience researcher at Purdue University specializing in the areas of obesity research and neurodegenerative diseases. In her non-work life Suzy teaches knitting at local area yarn shops and rock climbs.

Presenter Bio: Maureen is the coordinator and project manager for the Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) since its launch in 2012. Maureen serves as the liaison between the public users of the VSAC, multiple government, academic and NLM developers. Maureen began her NLM career in 1989 as a MeSH indexer and then GenBank submission curator at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Subsequently, after several years with the NIH Intramural Sequencing Center at NHGRI performing genome assembly for the ENCODE project,  Maureen returned to the NLM to work on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project. Her work in biomedical informatics and health information interoperability led to her appointment as the coordinator for the Value Set Authority Center.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1.5 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.


  • Pre-registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!

To Join the Webinar:

  • Go to this URL:
  • Enter the Meeting Number: 629 739 325
  • Enter the Password: seaside
  • Enter your Name, E-mail Address, and Session Password again to Join the Session.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have WebEx call your phone if you do not want to use your computer’s speakers and microphone.

Please note that DCAHSL will hold a business meeting from 1:00-1:30 ET in the conference room prior to the start of the webinar.

Technical Briefs – Important Information Prior to the Use of WebEx

New Funding Opportunities from the Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Exhibitor Award: Funding for exhibits at state and/or local meetings of health professionals, information professionals and health consumers. It provides an opportunity to promote NLM products, S/EA programs or SE/A member libraries to target populations. Funding covers registration and booth fees, travel and per diems, communication costs, and equipment rental if needed and associated costs for the exhibit.

Amount: Up to $2000
Application Deadline: Until depleted


Medical Library Project: Projects should strengthen the involvement of health sciences/medical librarians within their institution and/or community–to promote involvement in institution-wide health information initiatives and stimulate collaboration within the organization to address local health information problems.
Amount: Up to $5000
Application Deadline: September 30, 2016


Health Information Outreach: Projects directed at improving health information literacy and/or ensuring that healthcare consumers are aware of, and have access to, high quality electronic information resources. Or directed at improving use of quality health information resources by health professionals, including colleges and universities.
Amount: Up to $5000
Application Deadline: September 30, 2016


Professional Development: To enable individuals at SE/A Network member institutions to expand professional knowledge and experience to provide improved health information access to healthcare providers and consumers.
Amount: Up to $1500
Application Deadline: Until depleted


Technology Improvement: To enhance the capacity of a library or organization to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase, installation, and/or upgrading of hardware and software.
Amount: Up to $5000
Application Deadline: September 30, 2016


Details for these awards may be found on the SE/A Funding Opportunities page. All award proposals will be submitted via an online form linked from the award description. Please read the description/requirements of the award and the evaluation criteria since much is new. Some awards are eligible for IDC, and all funds must be spent by April 30, 2017.

National Health Observances – August 2016

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Below is a list of National Health Observances for the month of August. By supporting National health Observances, you can:

  • Educate the public about health risks
  • Organize successful health promotion events and campaigns
  • Get new ideas, information, and resources on health topics of interest.

Contact the sponsoring organization to request outreach materials and information.

Source: 2016 National Health Observances, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.

Beyond the SEA Webinar – Instructional Design: An Introduction for Librarians – August 17, 2016 – Recording Now Available

Thursday, July 21st, 2016


Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Karen Viars, MSIS, MSIT, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Georgia State University, Perimeter College

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Terri Ottosen.

Summary: Many librarians find that teaching patrons, colleagues, and other stakeholders is a significant part of their work, regardless of their role in the library. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where or how to begin, this session is a straightforward introduction to designing, developing, implementing and assessing instruction. We will cover what the discipline of instructional design is, some of the most popular models in the field, and suggestions for applying instructional design inside and outside your library.

Presenter Bio: After completing a Master’s degree at Georgia State University in Instructional Design and Technology, and starting a career in developing sales training for a Fortune 500 company, Karen Viars completed her library degree at the University of Tennessee. She is currently a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Georgia State University, Perimeter College, with research interests in assessment, information literacy and popular culture and media studies. You can follow her @karenviars on Twitter.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

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Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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