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What’s on the horizon?

Posted by on July 8th, 2020

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Over the course of our time as NNLM SCR’s Regional Medical Library (4 years already, how can that be?), we have learned a lot about you; there are hundreds of members and colleagues who we have gotten to know virtually through webinars (like SCR CONNECTions) and through our social media channels. We’ve had the immense pleasure of meeting many of you throughout the five state region face-to-face, whether via a site visit or convention or another such get-together. We have some staff who are familiar faces in your world, and some newer folks who are excited to get to know you better throughout the next year and beyond. Though our office has undergone some changes over our time together, our mission remains the same.

We are here to serve you. 

Like many organizations, the COVID-19 crisis had radically changed how we interact with our members and the public. Because we are unable to conduct the site visits we so love (we miss you!!!), we are looking for opportunities to meet you where you are, albeit remotely; we are always thinking about new and interesting ways we can engage with you and help you find the information and training you’re accustomed to getting from NNLM.

A couple of weeks ago – Friday, June 26 – we tried something brand new to us. Following the lead of the national Network, we hosted our very own SCR #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. You may have seen announcements about this in your email or through one of our other channels. We’d like to share with you the results of our effort.

At the end of the day, we recruited 8 editors who edited 9 total articles. Those numbers seem pretty small, but they have made a significant impact. The combined effort of these STAR editors produced 19 new NLM references added to Wikipedia where they were sorely needed; nearly 1,900 words were added to anemic articles. As of this writing, the articles edited as part of this event have been viewed almost 200,000 times. That’s 200,000 opportunities to lead people to NLM’s reputable, current, robust resources. Not too shabby! We are proud of this effort, and are excited to see where this edit-a-thon journey takes us next. We learned so much from our first regional edit-a-thon and are ready to put this new information to good use.

We have a few more tricks up our sleeve and are working every single day to develop and bring you the content you’re looking for.  We’ve got some exciting, unique projects and partnerships on the horizon, some excellent SCR CONNECTions presenters lined up, and some opportunities for all of us to dig in and engage with our communities. Stay tuned over the next several months as we roll out some things we hope you will find both useful and fun!

Do you have a great idea for SCR training or events? Is your organization interested in partnering with us? Let us know! The best place to reach us is via email, or you can contact one of us directly – we’d love to chat!

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Image of the author ABOUT E. Bailey Sterling
E. Bailey Sterling is a Digital Communications Specialist with the NNLM SCR and presently a graduate student pursuing an MS in Information Science specializing in Health Informatics from the University of North Texas (GMG!). She's also a Graduate Student Council Senator, Teaching Assistant, analog gamer, writer, and lifelong learner living in DFW. If you have anything you'd like to see featured on the NNLM SCR blog or social channels, please email Bailey.Sterling@unthsc.edu. We would love to hear more about what's happening at your library!

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