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Archive for July, 2013

NLM History of Medicine Volunteer Program

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/about/volunteer.html

Release of New Health Ministry LibGuide

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region:

Release of New Health Ministry LibGuide

By Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region

As the Community Outreach Coordinator, I have taken my experience working with health ministries in the region into account and created a Health Ministry Guide. The guide is complete with ready-to-use outreach models, training and evaluation materials, links to reliable health information resources, sources for “Free Stuff,” statistics and funding, and much, much more. The guide is useful for health ministries that are just being formed as well as for health ministries that have been in operation for years. Any faith-based organization or community group can easily adapt and utilize the information in the guide, and information within it will be useful to outreach librarians as well.

URL: http://guides.nnlm.gov/ministry

I have created customizable PowerPoint presentations that any health ministry or community group can adapt to use as they wish. There are four Power Points designed for use covering topics from planning and implementation to evaluation:

A: Healthy Ministry: Health Information for All – a Power Point to guide you through your first planning meeting. Gather a core group together and begin!

B: Health Disparities & Health Literacy – A Power Point that illustrates the health disparities crisis in the US and how increasing health literacy is part of the solution.

C: Health Information: Be Equipped – A Power Point that provides a basic introduction to getting clear and reliable health information online and from your doctor.

D: Reliable Health Information from NLM – A Power Point introduction to MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, Clinical Trials, Genetics Home Reference & AIDSInfo.

Also included are an ‘Introduction Sheet’ that explains the templates, exercises to print out and use for hands-on class activities in conjunction with Power Point D, and ‘Question and Answers’ to hand out so class participants can remember how to find information long after the class is over.

These presentations are intended for groups to customize as they wish; add them together, use them separately, remove unwanted slides, revise existing slides, create new slides, etc. They are designed to assist in reaching your health outreach goals, and I encourage you to make them your own.

Being a new resource, I am interested in all input about how to improve the guide as it evolves. I am still populating it, and will continue to add and change information as necessary to keep it current. Please don’t hesitate to send any comments or suggestions to Nancy at:npatters@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Here’s to your community’s health!

Grande Dame of Indexing at the National Library of Medicine, Thelma Charen, Passes Away

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Thelma Golden Charen, former indexer, trainer in the Index Section and senior technical advisor in the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) Section of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) died July 14, 2013 in Bethesda, MD, one day shy of her 97th birthday.

Mrs. Charen was notably awarded the Marcia C. Noyes Award, highest professional distinction offered by the Medical Library Association in 1985, as an acknowledgement of a career that resulted in lasting, outstanding contributions to health sciences librarianship.

For more information about her life and career, please visit the NLM’s tribute to Thelma Charen at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/thelma_charen.html

How Mobile Devices are Transforming Disaster Relief and Public Safety

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Brookings Institute

This document examines how mobile technology assists in the creation of early warning systems, aids in emergency coordination, and improves public communications in times of crisis. The authors advise policymakers to make better use of current mobile technologies and promote future advances to provide first responders and citizens with the tools necessary to save lives during threatening events. Governments and businesses alike should take full advantage of mobile technology to mitigate property damage, inform the public and save lives.

http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/07/16-mobile-technology-disaster-relief-west

First Look at Next.Data.gov

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

In case you haven’t heard:  http://m.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/07/16/first-look-nextdatagov.

Job Ad: Head, Preservation and Collection Management, NLM, Bethesda, MD

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Next Thursday July 25th through Monday July 29th, there will be an announcement on USAJOBS.gov for the Head of the Preservation and Collection Management Section in the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine. The position will be listed as a Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-14, with a salary range from $105,211 to $136,771 including locality pay per annum. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

The Head of the Preservation and Collection Management Section is responsible for preserving and managing NLM’s collections including:

  • Binding and book repair;
  • Shelving and shifting collections;
  • Space planning for collections;
  • Disaster prevention and response;
  • Environmental monitoring;
  • Audiovisual duplication;
  • Collection digitization and digital preservation; and
  • Staff training in careful handling of library materials.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.

Please contact Martha Fishel, Chief, Public Services Division at 301.496.5501 or fishelm@mail.nlm.nih.gov with questions.

Job Ad: Head, Collection Access Section, NLM, Bethesda, MD

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Next Thursday July 25th through Monday July 29th, there will be an announcement on USAJOBS.gov for the Head of the Collection Access Section in the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine. The position will be listed as a Supervisory Librarian GS-1410-14, with a salary range from $105,211 to $136,771 including locality pay per annum. The announcement will be posted for five days. This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

The Head of the Collection Access Section is responsible for:

  • Managing NLM’s offsite document delivery operations including all associated contract activity;
  • Managing NLM Onsite document delivery services to patrons in the main Reading Room, including oversight of contract activity to support patron copying and printing;
  • Overseeing the development of DOCLINE, NLM’s automated request routing and order referral system for medical libraries;
  • Managing an automated document request monitoring and delivery system for NLM’s interlibrary loan activity (Relais);
  • Managing customer services operations for referred inquiries regarding DOCLINE, interlibrary loan and onsite collection access services; and
  • Assisting in testing new NLM products and services that affect circulation, bibliographic searching, interlibrary loan and document delivery.

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.

Please contact Martha Fishel, Chief, Public Services Division at 301.496.5501 or fishelm@mail.nlm.nih.gov with questions.

Job Ad: Head, MEDLARS Management Section, NLM, Bethesda, MD

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

The Head of MEDLARS Management Section (MMS) position within the Bibliographic Services Division at the National Library of Medicine is no open on USAJOBS.com ad will close on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.  This brief posting period is because of the federal government’s interest in accelerating the hiring process and should not be interpreted as an indication that someone has already been selected.

Supervisory Technical Information Specialist (MP): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/347233700

MP stands for merit promotion. Applicants for MP announcements must be qualified current or former federal employees.

Supervisory Technical Information Specialist (DE): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/346569100

DE stands for delegated examining. Typically, candidates who are entering Federal service for the first time from the private sector will need to apply for delegated examining positions.

The position is for a Supervisory Technical Information Specialist (GS-1412-14), with a salary range from $105,211 to $136,771 including locality pay per annum.

The selected candidate will serve as the Head of the MEDLARS Management Section, a section of 23 staff members within the Bibliographic Services Division at the National Library of Medicine. The MEDLARS Management Section provides a range of services supporting several of the Library’s leading bibliographic information and terminology resources.

The Head of the MEDLARS Management Section assists the Division Chief in managing MMS, and is responsible for:

  • Overseeing  budget and staffing requirements;
  • Analyzing programs and assessing resource requirements;
  • Coordinating activities related to data quality assurance, system testing, documentation, distance education, and customer service support;
  • Formulating long- and short-range goals and plans for the section;
  • Advising the Division Chief on recommended policy issues; and
  • Representing NLM to various professional and government organizations.

MMS is responsible for contributing to the National Library of Medicine’s mission of providing biomedical research and health information worldwide through a variety of programs and activities, including:

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  It is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.

Please contact David Gillikin, Chief, Bibliographic Services Division at 301.496.6217 or gillikd@mail.nlm.nih.gov with questions.

Affordable Care Act Website

Friday, July 12th, 2013

NN/LM MAR has created a website to highlight authoritative information about the Affordable Care Act and to help with outreach efforts to inform consumers as they make important decisions about their health insurance options:  http://nnlm.gov/mar/consumer/aca.html.

DOCLINE Training

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The first in the series of DOCLINE training webinars will begin next week:

Beginning DOCLINE
Date:  Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Time:  1 pm ET
Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices
It's recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (the hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises).
The classes are FREE.  Captioning will be provided.
You are eligible to receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class.
Schedule
·        Wednesday, July 17, 2013   - Beginning DOCLINE
·        Wednesday, July 24, 2013 -   DOCLINE: Routing Tables
·        Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - DOCLINE: Serial Holdings
·        Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend
You are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the class:
https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
Questions to: Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, (412) 624-1589, mburda@pitt.edu.

DOCLINE Training

The first in the series of DOCLINE training webinars will begin next week:
 
Beginning DOCLINE
 
Date:  Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Time:  1 pm ET
Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices
 
It's recommended that you have access to DOCLINE to take the class (the hands-on component of the class requires you to log-in to your DOCLINE account to complete the interactive exercises).
 
The classes are FREE.  Captioning will be provided.
 
You are eligible to receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class.
 
Schedule
·        Wednesday, July 17, 2013   - Beginning DOCLINE
·        Wednesday, July 24, 2013 -   DOCLINE: Routing Tables
·        Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - DOCLINE: Serial Holdings
·        Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend
 
You are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the class:
https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
 
Questions to: Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, (412) 624-1589, mburda@pitt.edu.