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Ebsco / MLA Annual Meeting Grant

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

EBSCO Information Services has generously donated money to create the Ebsco/MLA Annual Meeting Grant.  This award provides up to 4 stipends of $1,000.00 for travel and conference-related expenses for medical librarians with less than five years’ experience the opportunity to attend the MLA Annual Meeting. See eligibility and other considerations on the application form: Please share this information about this wonderful opportunity to health sciences librarians who you know are eligible and interested in attending the annual meeting.

Deadline for applications is December 1.

Award Recipient Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Date:                                 November 21, 2013

Where:                              Online

More Details:        


  • Awardee: Diana Cunningham, Health Sciences Library, New York Medical College
    Project: Better Technology for Better Reference Service
  • Awardee: Kristine Delaney, Crouse Hospital, College of Nursing
    Project: Mobile Device Lending Program
  • Awardee: Christina Rivera, Long Island Library Resources Council (LILRC)
    Project: mHealth: Exploring Mobile Health with iPads

Health Library Return on Investment Study

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

*Health library study indicates $9 return for every dollar invested*

A study released today suggests that hospitals, government departments, associations and other organisations involved in healthcare gain a $9 return for every dollar they invest in health libraries.

Health Libraries Inc (HLInc) and Health Libraries Australia (ALIA HLA, a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association) commissioned award-winning firm SGS Economics and Planning to survey health libraries across the nation and from this to assess the return on the annual investment in these services to their organisations.

The results provide a snapshot of the continued outstanding value of health libraries against a backdrop of significantly greater usage but declining investment. Patient and medical staff numbers and hospital expenditure are increasing, while health library budgets, space and staffing levels are decreasing. HLInc chair Jane Edwards and ALIA HLA convener Ann Ritchie said, ‘The investment in library and information services is small in the scheme of things – just 0.1% of recurrent expenditure in Australian hospitals. The report suggests that a modest increase in spending would allow for significant incremental benefits.’

The indicative finding of $9 for every $1 invested is likely to be even higher. SGS assessed the benefits provided directly to health library users, including time saved and value of ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses  such as journal subscriptions. However, the user focus of the study omitted the return on investment in terms of patient care, and SGS said ‘it is highly likely that the benefits of industry libraries outweigh their costs considerably’.

This economic value assessment supports the findings of the ALIA/HLInc /Questions of Life and Death, an investigation into the value of health library and information services /report, published last year. Library//and information service users were asked how they believed their use of the service over the last year had helped them – 83% said it had helped them improve health outcomes for their patients and 76%//said it had changed their thinking and improved their diagnosis or treatment plan.

The full report “Worth every cent and more: an independent assessment of the return on investment of health libraries in Australia” with supporting materials can be found here

MIS/MLA Career Development Grant Announcement

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Looking for support for a career development activity?

Consider applying for the Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant!

The Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Development Grant provides one individual up to $1500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to advancement in the field of medical informatics. Application deadline is December 1, 2013. The full grant application, including eligibility requirements, is available at:

For additional information, contact Michael Newman, Jury Chair, at

NCI Policy on Trial Publication – Issued for Public Comment

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

NCI issued on Monday a request for information on a draft policy that would require publication of summary results for all NCI-funded clinical trials (interventional studies, not observational), intramural and extramural, regardless of phase, in either a scientific journal or a databank like  Results are expected within 12 months of the “primary completion date,” which is defined consistent with FDAAA.


Superstorm Sandy Anniversary

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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LAST CHANCE: Win a Trip to MLA 2014 in Chicago!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

October is National Medical Librarians Month!  Share Your Story and Win a Trip to MLA 2014 in Chicago!

Are you doing something to highlight your services and contributions to research, education and improved patient outcomes?  Perhaps you are promoting the importance of understandable health information as part of Health Literacy Month?  Or, maybe you have presented results from the Value Study to your stakeholders?

We invite you to share stories (and photos) that reflect how you are taking an active role in promoting the value of medical librarian contributions to your library, institution and/or community.  MAR will be collecting these stories and highlighting them on our website throughout October.

Anyone submitting a story before Oct. 31st will be entered into a random drawing to receive an award to cover registration and airfare to MLA 2014.  Multiple entries may be received from the same library, but only ONE entry per person. Send all stories and photos to

Be sure to check out MLA’s promotional items and resources to market library services and value at:

RFP for Biomedical Informatics Course

Monday, October 28th, 2013

NLM has posted a request for proposals to select a host institution for the NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Course.  Please see the Request for Proposals for details; and share with any institution or organization you think might be interested. The deadline has been extended to October 31, 2013.

Extended Deadline for the HHS/ASPR Challenge Grant

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The deadline for the HHS/ASPR challenge grant is extended until October 31, 2013.  Please see this website for more details –

System for Locating People Using Electricity Dependent Medical Equipment During Public Health Emergencies

Public Good, Engineering/Design, Computer Science/Information Technology, Business/Entrepreneurship, Ideation

AWARD: $10,000 USD  |  DEADLINE: 10/31/13  |  ACTIVE SOLVERS: 201  |  POSTED: 9/20/13

The Seeker desires a system for monitoring the location and status of life-sustaining durable medical equipment (DME) during a prolonged power outage or disaster situation. This information would be used by a network of family and friends, formal caregivers, emergency responders and others responding to a disaster to better assist individuals who are dependent on DME.  The current Challenge focuses on obtaining information about DME; however, this is part of a larger effort to ensure that these people get the necessary help as quickly as possible.

Twitter message if you would like to retweet it is at:

NAHRS Honors Committee Award for Professional Excellence: Request for Nominations

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Honors Committee seeks nominations for the NAHRS Award for Professional Excellence. This award recognizes a NAHRS member who exhibits outstanding leadership and exceptional librarianship in meeting the information needs of nursing and allied health professionals.  The nomination may be made for service and contributions to the information needs of nursing and allied health professionals as demonstrated by excellence in leadership and librarianship, a history of professional publications, conference presentations and participation in NAHRS and MLA. The nominee must be a member of MLA and a member of the NAHRS Section. For additional details, see the nomination form at  All nominations must be received no later than December 1, 2013. The recipient receives a $100 cash award and will be recognized at the 2013 NAHRS Annual Business Meeting. To view past recipients, please visit :

In addition, the Honors Committee seeks nominees for the Recognition for Lifetime Professional Contribution award. This award acknowledges a career of service at the time of retirement. If you know of a NAHRS member, or are yourself reaching retirement, please contact Sarah Katz ( so that NAHRS can recognize this milestone.

We know that many NAHRS members are doing great work, and invite you to take this opportunity to help them be recognized. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Katz ( off-list.


Sarah Katz (Chair), Adrianne Leonardelli, Emilie Ludeman, Rebecca Raszewski, Barbara Rochen Renner, Heidi Schroeder