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Job Ad: Director, Health Sciences Libraries, Philadelphia, PA


Health Sciences Libraries

Temple University

The Temple University Health Sciences Libraries seek an engaged and inspired Director to lead an energized and user-focused staff. Headquartered at the Simmy and Harry Ginsburg Library, the Libraries serve the information needs of the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, the College of Health Professions & Social Work, and Temple University Hospital. For more information about Temple, visit:


ReportingtotheDeanofUniversityLibraries, theDirector oftheHealthSciences Libraries isaseniorlibrary administratorwith management,leadership,andpolicy andplanningresponsibilities. TheHealthSciences libraries-includingtheSimmyandHarryGinsburg Library ontheHealthSciencesCampus andthe Charles E.Krausz Libraryat the Schoolof Podiatric Medicine-primarilyservethe schools of Medicine,Dentistry,Pharmacy,andPodiatry; theCollegeofHealthProfessionsandSocialWork; andTemple University Hospital. The Director providesleadership, visionandplanninginsupportoftheschools, colleges,andprogramsserved bytheHealthSciencesLibraries and ensuresthattheLibraries’missionandgoalsareinalignment withthoseoftheUniversity, theHealthSciencesCenter,andtheUniversitylibraries. The Director worksdirectly withthedeansandassociatedeansintheschoolsandcollegestoensure that thelibraryismeetingtheteachingandresearchneedsofthefacultyandstudents and representsthe Librariesasaresource library within the NationalNetworkof libraries ofMedicine. Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Participatesinstrategic planning for the Libraries, thedevelopmentofnewinitiatives,settingpriorities,andthedevelopmentofcoordinated policiesandprocedures.
  • CoordinatestheoveralloperationoftheHealthSciencesLibraries, includingallpublic, technical, and administrativeservices.
  • Monitors the health sciences environment for the latest developments in technology infrastructure and electronic resources and guides decision making in choosing appropriate technologies to support health sciences education and research.
  • Developsaflexible, responsive, anddynamicorganizationalstructuretomaximizelibraryoperations.
  • Determinestherecruitment, selectionandevaluationoflibrarypersonnel, motivatesandcoordinates staff,establisheschannelsforeffectiveinternalcommunication.
  • Overseesthelibrary’sfinancialplanningprocesses, directs thepreparationofannualbudgetsand otherfinancialproposals,andmonitorsannualexpenditures.
  • Manages the libraries’ physical facilities to ensure a safe, productive and inviting environment for individual and collaborative study, education, and research.
  • Identifies funding opportunities, including grants and gifts, and works with the University Libraries’ development officer on fundraising opportunities.
  • Worksdirectlywiththeofficesofthedeansonprofessionalaccreditationreviewsthatrequirean external reviewandassessmentoflibrary servicesincludingcollectionstrengths,information literacy andotherlibraryinstructional programs,researchandreferenceservices,andadequacy offacilities to support learning.
  • Workswithexternalorganizations includingtheNationalLibraryofMedicinetodeveloppartnerships thatensurethebroadestanddeepest possibleaccesstoinformationforTemplefacultyand students.
  • Representsthelibrariesanditsusers(and,asappropriate,theHealthSciencesCenter)onselected Universityandnon-Universityorganizationsandcommittees.
  • Contributestotheprofessionofhealthscienceslibrarianshipthrough engagementwithappropriate organizationsandsocieties,includingsuchactivitiesasservingoncommitteesandtaskforcesand publishing intheprofessionalliterature.
  • Maintainsahighlevelofprofessionalcompetenceincludingknowledgeofinnovativeandemerging informationtechnologiesandtheapplicationofthosetechnologiestolibrary service.


Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.

Required Education and Experience:

MLS from ALA accredited institution. At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience managing or leading library services in an academic health sciences library setting; including at least (4) years of supervisory experience with professional librarians.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise with financial and statistical data and the ability to provide and analyze reports, budgets and proposals useful for decision making.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the trends and issues in academic health sciences libraries.
  • Excellent organizational and customer service skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, along with the ability to effectively interact with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.


  • Preferred Skills and Abilities:
  • Successful experience in fundraising.
  • Record of service to the profession.


To apply for this position, please visit, click on Careers@Temple and reference TU-18214. Please attach a cover letter and resume. The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

DOCLINE: Serial Holdings

Online DOCLINE Training

DOCLINE: Serial Holdings

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
When:  1 pm (ET)

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.   You will receive instructions for the audio portion after entering the room.   Captioning will be provided.
You are eligible to receive 1 MLA CE credit for each class by participating in exercises.

Class Schedule
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — DOCLINE: Serial Holdings
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — DOCLINE: Borrow and Lend

For additional information about the classes:

Beforehand, you are encouraged to test your connection prior to joining the class

Health Literacy: Its Importance to You

Who:     Michelle Burda, Network & Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

When:   Thursday, August 21, 2014 (ET) / 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Davis Auditorium (2nd floor), Hess Center for Science and Medicine

1470 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10029


Abstract:  Do you want to know why health literacy is important to anyone in the healthcare field?  This introductory hands-on class will help you understand why this is a “hot” topic in healthcare.  We will define health literacy in today’s healthcare environment, explore the impact health literacy plays in patient care, and discuss how health literacy will affect healthcare in the future.  We will also discuss your role in raising health literacy awareness in your organization and offer ideas on how this can be achieved.  Resources from the National Library of Medicine, government agencies, and other recognized resources in health literacy will be provided.

CEs:       2 MLA CEs; 2 NBPHE CEUs (in process); and NCHEC-CHES (in process)

NLM’s Online Playground: K-12 Health and Science Resources from the National Library of Medicine

Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              August 27, 2014

Where:             Moscow, PA


Summary: This class will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, and HIV/AIDS. The online course is approved for 3 MLA CEs, as well as MLA CHIS Level 1 and Level 2.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library

Presenter:      Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM MAR

Dates:              September 5, 2014

Where:             Farmingdale, NY


Summary: This interactive class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap-up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech. The online course is approved for 2 MLA CEs, as well as MLA CHIS Level 1 and Level 2.

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the Ebola public health emergency in West Africa. The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster.

EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the Ebola outbreak, please let them know of this service. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Ebola

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on Ebola:

Articles in PubMed

MedlinePlus Ebola Health Topic Page (for the general public)

International health (for the general public)

HHS agencies, including CDC and ASPR, also provide the latest Ebola information available through social media, including Twitter@phegov, @CDCgov, @CDCEmergency and Facebook Public Health Emergency, CDC, CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response. The CDC also has a comprehensive set of resources on its Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever web page.

August NIH News in Health

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research:

Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or Stroke?
What To Do When Every Moment Counts
How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts.

Surviving Sepsis
Taming a Deadly Immune Response
Many people have never heard of sepsis, or they don’t know what it is. But sepsis is one of the top 10 causes of disease-related death in the U.S. The condition can arise suddenly, and it’s often hard to recognize.

Health Capsules:

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.

Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!

Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call 301-402-7337 for more information.

If you’re an editor who wishes to reprint our stories, please see for information.

NLM e-Clips


General Research Use collection streamlines access to patient-level data in dbGaP


Good Morning America’s Amy Robach Headlines NIH MedlinePlus Magazine


National Library of Medicine Announces Community Health Maps Blog


NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information Receives HHSinnovates Award


Save the Dates: 2015 “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Course


Updated Policy for MEDLINE Indexing Requirements for Electronic Journals (2014)




Improving Care for Alcohol Abuse


IPF Treatment Progress


Native American Health Education: Dr. Lindberg Recognized


Rethinking Industrialized Marijuana


Seniors’ Hip Fracture Risks


Transforming Teen Sex Education




Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries


Exhibit, lecture exploring lives of 19th century physicians coming to TROY’s Dothan [Alabama] Campus


Exhibit on Native health comes to Honolulu


Expert offers tips to protect kids from the heat


Markham’s Masterpiece

National Library of Medicine exhibition on display at USD [Vermillion, South Dakota] explores several Shakespeare plays–USD-Shakespeare-Exhibition/


NLM History of Medicine Blog Celebrates First Anniversary


Radio PSAs to promote health website [The University of New Mexico]


Test Might Help Predict Survival With Lou Gehrig’s


The Battle to End Antibiotic Use in Farm Agriculture


Traveling exhibition opens in Hawaii




“Golden Age” of Neurobiology on the Horizon, Says Leiter Lecturer


Native Voices Exhibition Now Showing in Alaska




NIH MedlinePlus Magazine, Summer 2014

Practical Use of DailyMed and RxNorm Drug Data

SPL/DailyMed Jamboree 2014 Workshop – Practical use of DailyMed and RxNorm Drug Data

The National Library of Medicine is sponsoring a free public meeting, SPL/DailyMed Jamboree 2014 Workshop – Practical use of DailyMed and RxNorm Drug Data. Speakers from the Federal government (NLM and IHS), industry (Bayer, Wolters-Kluwer), academia, and non-profit sectors will speak on their experience with Structured Product Label (SPL) drug data as well as RxNorm. The emphasis is on practical and novel ways to use this free data, which is produced cooperatively by NLM and FDA. Topics include SPLs and clinical decision support, extracting indication and drug interaction data from SPLs using natural language processing, e-prescribing experience within the Indian Health Service, Linked Data and SPLs, the use of RxNorm by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and more. The proceedings will be webcast and archived.

When: September 18, 9:30 AM to 4:15 PM (ET)
Where: Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, NIH Building 38A, 1st Floor, Bethesda, Maryland 20894

Visit the SPL/DailyMed Jamboree 2014 Workshop webpage to register for the in-person meeting and to view the agenda and speakers. The link to the webcast will be added when available.

Champions for Coverage

We hope your summers are going well and hope we’re all preparing for the next open enrollment period. Please read along for new updates and materials, including a Champion webinar happening next Wednesday and much more.

Please click here for the full August 15th Champion newsletter:

(REMINDER) Interested in learning more about Medicaid expansion and health insurance for children? Join us on Wed., August 20 at 2pm ET

We welcome you to join us for a webinar on Wednesday, August 20th on Medicaid, including expansion and eligibility, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign.  Join us to learn tangible outreach tools you can use to reach individuals and families in your communities. We also encourage you to submit questions in advance regarding these topics to

When:             Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET


How:               Webinar link:

Participant Number: 1-800-837-1935

Conference ID: 79394500

**Due to high expected call volumes, please dial in and log on at least 10 minutes before the call to avoid delays in joining the webinar.


-CMS Office of Communications, Partner Relations Group