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COMO Exhibit

NN/LM sent us a rocket ship!

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Actually what NN/LM SE/A did was provide us with an award to be able to exhibit at COMO. Additionally, they sent us a banner to use for our exhibit. So if knowledge can take you anywhere, then yes they sent us a rocket ship. 

Mercer University is presenting resources from the National Library of Medicine at COMO (The Council of Medical Organizations) today and tomorrow. The great thing is this conference is typically attended by several public libraries. It provides us with an opportunity to network NLM resources to other types of libraries. 

We are not only handing out information about these resources at the conference, but Carolann Curry is discussing with the attendees how they can obtain similar resources in their libraries and how they can become members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine SE/A region

So thank you to NN/LM SE/A for providing us this opportunity to conduct outreach to other libraries.  If you are attending #GACOMO please stop by booth #26 to see the NN/LM resources and Carolann!

 

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Well, even though we have all been caught up in the government shutdown discussions, the twitter chats will continue this week. There are actually two chats going on this week that caught my interest.

#Medlibs 

  1. When: Thursday, October 3, 9:00 PM (EST) (Typically weekly on Thursday at 9:00 PM EST)
  2. Topic: Autumn App Harvest
  3. Suggested Topics:
    1. FDA Press Release regarding Medical Apps
    2. What medical apps are you, physicians, residents, nurses, medical and nursing students using?
    3. Are there non-medical apps that you’re recommending medical staff to consider using?
    4. How are you sharing app reviews to library users?
    5. How are you promoting apps to your library users?

Last week’s medlibs chat was awesome. It combined the #medlibs and #meded twitter chats, and we had more clinicians participating in the discussion. I hope we continue to have clinicians participating in the discussion as we discuss apps this week.

When I present to patrons, I always include information about at least 1 app I’ve been using. I could present a 15 minute session, and I still squeeze in time to discuss a new app. You could say it is the geek in me, but it is also noticing the trends in the field at this time.

As I see each new group of students and residents start, I notice each group, for the most part, seems more tech savvy than the group before them. We have some students right now who code to relax and take a break from medical school.

So I am excited to discuss this topic this week.

#mladisparities

  1. When: Wednesday, October 2, 8:00 PM (EST) (Typically 1st Wednesday of every month at 8:00 PM EST)
  2. Topic: Health disparities
  3. Interviewing: Myrna Morales, Technology Coordinator at the NN/LM New England Region

I am curious what will be covered during this Twitter Chat. I have seen several people discussing lately the difficulty of living on food stamps.  I wonder if this trend of people doing the “SNAP Challenge” or “Food Stamp Diet.” Even Panera Bread Company’s CEO has been doing the “SNAP Challenge.”  Join the chat tonight to find out!

 

Other Twitter Chats

If you are curious about other health related twitter chats, then please check out the list on Symplur.com. There are multiple Twitter Chats on various subjects throughout the week.

Updating and moving the list to the front of this post for use:

*Update as of 10/1/13 12:00 EST*

As of 12 pm EST, Vanderbilt has a great summary on the information resources not available, and The Krafty librarian has a short post up about the shut downs (thanks for the link back!)

Here are a few more for the updates that affect Medical Librariess, this list is not meant to be all inclusive. Please refer to the http://www.usa.gov for official updates on resources and additional information:

  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 
    1. “Due to the temporary shutdown of federal government services, this web site will not be updated or maintained until government operations are authorized to resume.”
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    1. Due to the lapse in government funding, only web sites supporting excepted functions will be updated unless otherwise funded. As a result, the information on this website may not be up to date, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.
    2. CDC will also not be able to produce weekly report on items such as tracking influenza, or track outbreaks across states. Heard CDC report this on ABC. This means they MMWR will not be posted until the government resumes.
  3. CDC Wonder
    1. What is Wonder? “CDC WONDER is a system for disseminating Public Health data and information.”
    2. Update: While the CDC.gov site is not down, wonder.cdc.gov is down.
      1. “CDC WONDER is not available due to federal government shutdown.”
    3. Website not available!
  4. ClinicalTrials.gov
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this website may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.”
  5. Docline.gov
    1. “NLM is Closed
    2. Due to the lapse in government funding, NLM ILL accounts are temporarily inactive to prevent possible delays in the routing of requests. DOCLINE remains available.
    3. NLM staff will not be able to respond to ILL requests or DOCLINE customer service inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.
    4. If you experience a problem in DOCLINE, please check yourDOCLINE browser settings.”
  6. ERIC.ed.gov
    1. “Dear Users, Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host eric.ed.gov have been shut down. Services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted.”
    2. Website not available!
    3. Some have reported you can still search ERIC on EBSCO, but when you try to link out to anything in ERIC it does not work.
    4. Update: EBSCO Information Services Releases a Complimentary Version of ERIC To Provide Access During the Government Shutdown
  7. FDA.gov
    1. “Due to the Government shutdown, information on this website may not be up to date. For information about Government services, visit USA.gov.”
  8. Grants.gov
    1. GRANTS.GOV ALERT: Grants.gov Operational Status The Department of Health and Human Services anticipates that the Grants.gov system will remain in an operational status, but with reduced federal support staff presence, should a lapse in appropriations occur. In addition, we anticipate that the Grants.gov Contact Center will remain available, and provide assistance to callers. HHS, as Managing Partner, in collaboration with OMB and the Grants.gov Program Management Office, will keep the federal grantor community updated as to the status of the Grants.gov system as plans evolve in the event of a government shutdown.”
    2. New update with additional details: 
      1. “The Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ended on September 30, 2013 at midnight EST and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not been passed leading to a lapse in Federal funding.  We are providing the following information to answer questions you may have on the impact this lapse in appropriation will have on your grant/cooperative agreement or the availability of NIH’s systems and services.”
  9. Library of Congress
    1. “Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice. All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov.”
    2. Website not available!
  10. MedlinePlus
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.”
  11. NCBI – including databases such as Gene, SNP, and BLAST
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.“
  12. NLM
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.”
  13. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine
    1. “NN/LM SE/A (and other RML offices) are not affected by the government shutdown and is open during regular business hours 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM ET on weekdays.”
  14. PubMed.gov
    1. “PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.” Update status changes on 10/2/2013
    2. “PubMed is open, however it is being maintained with minimal staffing due to the lapse in government funding. Information will be updated to the extent possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries. For updates regarding government operating status see USA.gov.”
    3. Yes this mean anything published/retracted today that has not been previously indexed will not be added until the government resumes normal operating procedures.
  15. PubMed Central
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.“
  16. PubMed Health
    1. “Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.“
  17. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
    1. “Due to the temporary shutdown of federal government services, this web site will not be updated or maintained until government operations are authorized to resume.”
  18. U.S. Census Bureau
    1. Website not available!
    2. “Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at <usa.gov>Websites affected by this shutdown are all census.gov hosted websites, including:
      1. Census.gov
      2. American Factfinder
      3. Public API
      4. FTP Servers
      5. FAQs
      6. Blogs
      7. Online Surveys
      8. Federal Statistical Organization websites: FCSMFedStats and MapStats
  19. @archiveitorg started a Google Docs List.
    1. The list consist of Twitter accounts, websites, etc. that are affected by the government shut down. It is kind of long and there is some repetition, but a good list.

*The information below was originally posted on 9/30/2013 at 17:54 and may be outdated now, but does include the original scramble for information.*

The potential government shut down has several people scrambling, including even librarians who rely heavily on government provided resources.  Several people have tweeted questions about the possible government shut down. I just wanted to recap here a little of what we know will happen and what we think will happen with NLM resources if the government shuts down.

Docline

Docline has sent out official word on various email lists that the Docline system will still be available if the during government shuts down; however, NLM’s and all government libraries will be set to temporarily inactive. The NLM library will be is closed if during the government shuts down. I would also then think the NLM Help Desk would not be available.

Docline has requested that any libraries impacted by a lapse in government funding should submit an Out of Office request in Docline today if possible or at least by tomorrow. So the RML’s should brace themselves for a mass flood of “Out of Office” request for Docline.  Please note your regional medical libraries will be available. The RML, NN/LM is funded by a contract from NLM and will not be affected.

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*Docline & NLM Update*

Docline now has the official statement on their webpage too, and I appreciate that they provide some instruction for what to do if you encounter issues during this time!

“NLM is Closed

Due to the lapse in government funding, NLM ILL accounts are temporarily inactive to prevent possible delays in the routing of requests. DOCLINE remains available.

NLM staff will not be able to respond to ILL requests or DOCLINE customer service inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.

If you experience a problem in DOCLINE, please check yourDOCLINE browser settings.”

2013.10 Docline

PubMed

There has been no official word from PubMed about how a possible government shut down will affect this resource. We can only assume that the website will still be functioning, but the help desk will not be staffed and there will be no updates made to PubMed during the shut down. Again, there is no official news. This is based off of what Docline’s response has been to the situation and what has happened in the past in similar situations.

*PubMed UPDATE*

Pubmed now has a message posted on their website

“PubMed has been designated to be maintained with minimal staff during the lapse in government funding. The information on this website will be kept as up to date as possible, and the agency will attempt to respond to urgent operational inquiries during this period.

Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at http://www.usa.gov.“

2013.10.01 PubMed

MedlinePlus

Again, no official news. I would assume the same for MedlinePlus as I have stated for PubMed.

*MedlinePlus Update*

MedlinePlus now has a message on their website:

“Due to the lapse in government funding, the information on this web site may not be up to date, transactions submitted via the web site may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at USA.gov.”

2013.10.01 MedlinePlus

If anyone has more official news about these resources please post them on twitter and use the hashtag #medlibs. I will update this post as well when I have more information. In the meantime, I am thinking about all of my fellow #medlibs who are not sure when they will be reporting back to work.

*Eric.ed.gov UpDate*

At least PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Docline websites are still available. Eric.ed.gov has been shut down until further notice:

2013.10 ERIC

What is ERIC? For this we have to refer to Wikipedia since ERIC is shut down:

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) – is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education.

Thank goodness the NLM resources are still available!

*Updated post on 10/1/13 with official news from PubMed, MedlinePlus, Docline and also included information that the government did shut down as of midnight on 9/30/13.*

Nikki, @eagledawg, is amazing. She started the #medlibs weekly chat and has not only kept it going for months, but also been responsive to people’s request for topics to the point of responding lightening fast.

  • 9/24 JAMA article hit the internet 9/24 & #medlibs start tweeting about the article
  • 9/24 at 9:04 pm: @RyanMadanickMD sent a tweet at 9:04 pm asking to combine the #medlibs and #meded chat to discuss the JAMA article.
  • 9/24 at 9:25 pm: Just 21 minutes later, Nikki had a post up about the combined chat.

WOW!

Ok Niki, if you can make scheduling arrangements that fast, then I can at least show up to this #medlibs chat.  I have set my alarm on my phone this time (loud annoying noise). I cannot wait to discuss this article with other #medlibs, but also cannot wait since it is a combined chat with #medlibs and #meded, and it is being lead by a physician.

If you haven’t already read the JAMA article, I highly suggest reading it. It is a quick read and definitely a thought provoking article.

I am particularly interested in discussing this line:

“Librarian training must also be addressed, with competencies defined, clinical domain education expanded, and ethical concerns related to confidentiality and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act discussed.”

I am curious to hear others thoughts on how we can improve librarian training. Perhaps additional courses in medical terminology, or other items.

 

Thanks to Nikki’s quick arrangements, we get to continue the discussion online tomorrow during #medlibs twitter chat at  9 pm EST. “See” you there!

We are tweeting the conference at #beyondthesea

You can also see the Hashtag board online of the tags anywhere online. 

I will be presenting today, and tweeting (as usual). So please join us (see instructions from NN/LM blog below) now to learn more about overcoming technology barriers.

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New SEA Currents posting!
This is to let you know that a new SEA Currents article has become available. You can find this article online here<http://nnlm.gov/sea/newsletter?p=8945>.

For simplicity’s sake, we’ve posted the article below:

Beyond the SEA – June 19, 2013 – Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library
Beyond the SEA: June 19, 2013– Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library
Time: 12pm EDT
The NN/LM-SE/A Technology Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) proudly presents “Managing Technology Barriers in the Health Sciences Library”, a panel discussion, in which four experts will share how they’ve intercepted and managed various technological or organizational barriers pertaining to technology within their libraries. The Technology RAC and invited speakers hope to facilitate discussion and inspire solution-oriented ideas among audience members facing similar challenges or barriers in their own institutions.
Moderator:
Kimberley Barker, MLIS
Kimberley is Manager for Technology Education and Computing at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia and Chair of the Technology Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern-Atlantic region. Kimberley tweets @KR_Barker.
Speakers:
Jean Siebert, MLS, MBA, AHIP
Jean began as a reference librarian at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. She now works at the West Virginia University (WVU) Health Sciences Library as the Collection Manager/Reference Librarian and has a secondary appointment with the emerging WVU School of Public Health.  She continues to be interested in how to use technology to help solve library users’ problems and provide better patient care. Jean will present on overcoming challenges presented in teaching EndNote X6 and offers suggestions to others considering offering instruction on this product.  Jean tweets @jeansiebert.
Emily Brennan, MLIS
Emily is a Clinical Services Librarian in the Reference and Education department of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library. She is the liaison to the College of Medicine and Physical Therapy Program, and goes on clinical rounds in the hospital with the pediatrics department. Emily teaches students, staff and faculty about mobile device apps through monthly workshops, outreach events, and curricular classes. Emily will present on barriers – technological and otherwise – encountered with mobile devices and on the solutions she created to overcome them. Barriers encountered on clinical rounds and during instruction include: app limitations, improperly functioning webpages on mobile devices, ranges of devices and platforms, complicated download instructions for library-provided apps, and challenges associated with the inability to easily record mobile sessions on the university’s lecture captur! e software. Emily has managed to overcome these barriers through research and creativity, and will share her experiences with you. Emily’s Twitter contact is @emilybren.
Oliver Obst, PhD
Dr. Obst, joining the panel from the University of Munster, in Munster, Germany studied biology and has worked as a subject specialist at the University and Regional Library Münster since 1993 and became the director of the Branch Library of Medicine in 1996. Since 1994, he has been a member of the German and European MLA— the European Association for Health Information and Libraries– and has served as the national delegate of the EAHIL for Germany since 2007. His hobbies include horseback archery and acting. Dr. Obst will be presenting on organizational barriers encountered during a 2010 project to develop an tablet lending program where creative budgeting and strategic planning were essential to the project’s success and continued growth. Dr. Obst is on Twitter @obsto.
Alisha Miles, MLIS

Alisha, (previously a solo hospital librarian who also worked directly with Clinical Informatics and setting up the hospital EHR), is now the <http://med.mercer.edu/library/staffdirectory.htm> Assistant Director for Public Services at Mercer University’s Medical Library.  Alisha will provide tips for overcoming barriers to librarian involvement with the EHR as well as other Meaningful Use aspects. The suggestions are based on her experience as a so! lo hospital librarian working directly with the Clinical Informatics Department. Alisha can be found online and blogging as Alisha764.

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

How do I connect?
Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea
• 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.

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The Medical Informatics Section… A group with great discussions, zombies, people who plank, the group that puts together tech trends with other sections, and the group who provides members a chance to win cool gadgets.

That’s right, if you are a MIS member then make sure to attend the MIS business meeting on Monday at 4:30 in room 203 at the Hynes for your chance to win an iPad mini! Please note you must be present to win and also must be a MIS member. Not member? Join at the meeting! As long as you join and pay dues before the business meeting then you can enter to win the iPad mini. Cost to join? $10 bucks. Yep that’s it. Just $10 to be part of the planking gadget zombies.

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Last night @kiwona1 and I made a special trip to Veggie Galaxy.

I can say, as I finish eating the leftover carrot cake for breakfast (hey, it has carrots… So kinda healthy), that it was outta this world good. I recommend saving room for dessert.

I liked the Reuben I had but it wasn’t the best vegan Reuben I’ve ever had. We sat at the counter and got to watch as the food was cooked and sent out. There were some items I saw that I want to try next time like the vegan Mac and cheese, and the burger with onion rings on it. So definitely something to go back and try some more items.

I will be heading out for lunch at some point today. If anyone wants to join me please send me a tweet or email. I am considering the Lucy Ethiopian Cafe and Restaurant. If someone has another veggie place they would like to try today send me a message.

Next I was thinking about a veggie outing on Sunday for lunch from 12-130. There is a small break in the schedule for me that day. Since the window is small, then I think either Veggie Galaxy or My Thia are the best options since they are so close. Let me know in the comments or send me a message on if and where you would like to go. And remember we may be trying a local veg*n restaurant but all foodies are invited to attend and enjoy a local veg*n restaurant.

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