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Qapla’! That’s Klingon for success!

It took me a while to get to this post. I wanted to wait, and then time simply slipped by me. I presented  a very short segment on April 18 for the MLA Educational Webcast Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries, it seemed to go over well.

I want to thank MLA for doing a fabulous job with the video. I especially liked the music the MLA editors added at the end. I also want to thank my fellow presenters:Kimberley Barker, Heather Holmes, Molly Knapp, and Colleen Cuddy. It was a pleasure to work with innovators in the medical librarian field. I also want to thank the committee who selected the presenters.

Finally, just to make sure my disclaimer for the presentation was clear… I was not paid by NLM or NN/LM (except I did receive a few awards from SE/A NN/LM) to discuss their services. Although if NLM or NN/LM wants to send me a check then that is fine too. :)

I appreciate everyone’s assistance, I am glad the presentation was well received, and relieved it is over. Why?

Well, I redid the presentation several times. Have you ever watched yourself present on tape over and over again? Yeah, I am not a big fan of it either. I enjoy presenting, but I prefer to present face-to-face in a live session. It is so hard to really gauge the audience when you present virtually and it is impossible to gauge the audience when you tape the presentation. I almost redid the whole video right before it was due… but I finally let go, and let it be. Yes I stumbled a few times. The important thing is to keep going. I keep reminding myself of this every day. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming.

While the presentation was well received, I did have some questions at the end.

One of the questions/suggestions during the presentation was if/how I connect the use of apps such as cooking apps to medical information. I have done this before. For instance, if I am presenting to a group of diabetes educators then I point outFood on the Table. 


Food on the Table helps people plan meals based on what is on sale and will even help create meals for health issues, such as diabetes. It is available for free. I have demonstrated this to educators to show patients who have computer access how to use it, and for those who do not it is still a valuable tool for educators. It helps them show patients how to create meal plans and some will even create a few to provide to the patients. Providing patients with easy meals to follow, using items that are on sale (within budget), and going over the nutritional information is great at helping diabetic patients eat healthier.

This is just one example. I have a few others and will be demonstrating a few in upcoming posts including how to get rid of the paper recipe book!

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