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Free PubMed Training

There is still space for a FREE PubMed training session at National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, MD.  The class, “PubMed for Trainers,” consists of 3 online sessions (held 1/27, 1/29, and 2/3/2015 from 10 am – 12 noon ET) and one in–person session at NLM (held February 5, 2015 from 9 am – 4:30 pm).

The class features in-depth information about PubMed as well as an optional instructional design component.  Participants who complete the PubMed portion of the class will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours; participants who complete the instructional design component will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credits.

For more information and to register:

Questions?  Contact us at<>.

Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director

National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC)

Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT   84112

NIH News in Health Now Available

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

Osteoporosis in Aging: Protect Your Bones with Exercise
Bones feel solid, but the inside of a bone is actually filled with holes like a honeycomb. Bone tissues are broken down and rebuilt all the time. While some cells build new bone tissue, others dissolve bone and release the minerals inside.

Listen Up! Noises Can Damage Your Hearing
Sounds surround us. We enjoy many of them—like music, birdsong, and conversations with friends. But loud or long-lasting noises—from motors, power tools, and even headphones—can permanently damage your hearing. Take steps to protect your ears from harmful noises.

Ebola Vaccine Prompts Immune Response
An experimental vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease was well-tolerated and produced immune system responses in all 20 healthy adults who received it. Based on these results, researchers are planning further studies to assess the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Detect Glaucoma Early To Protect Vision
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals from the eye to the brain. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to vision loss or blindness. But many people with early-stage glaucoma have no symptoms. By the time they’re diagnosed, they may have already noticed changes to their side, or peripheral, vision.

Featured Website: Rethinking Drinking
Have you taken a look at your drinking habits and how they may affect your health? Some people have symptoms of an alcohol use disorder without recognizing them. Others don’t know where to find help to cut back or quit. This site offers research-based information about how alcohol affects your health and tips for making changes.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

MAR Network Member Publication

We are delighted to report that one of our members was recently published.  The article is related to her work resulting from MAR funding.

Translating Evidence Into Practice at the End of Life:  Information Needs, Access, and Usage by Hospice and Palliative Nurses / Michele Klein-Fedyshin, MSLS, BSN, RN, AHIP.  Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, February 2015, v. 17:1.

Resources for a Happy, Healthy 2015

Registration is now open for our January webinar: Pathways to Guide Health Education at Your Library
Monday, January 26th
2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific

Access to reliable consumer health information is an essential component of individual and community well-being. Because of their unique role and reputation for being open and available to all, public libraries bring valuable assets to supporting local community health efforts. In this WebJunction webinar, participants will explore essential pathways for libraries to address meaningful health information and services. Participants will be introduced to foundational considerations for ensuring ethics and privacy in patron interactions, maintaining health collections at the public library, addressing community health literacy, and supporting healthy communities through partnerships. Participants will also be introduced to resources to advance these topics in their community, and leave the session prepared to join the strong network of public libraries advancing health education nationwide.

Learn more and register here:

Open Enrollment is Underway

Individuals and families who wish to renew or apply for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace are encouraged to act now. Key dates and related consumer deadlines have been posted at

Be sure to visit our web-guide on Libraries and the Health Insurance Marketplace to become familiar with activities and resources to address related patron needs in your community!

Opportunity Index

Public libraries and partners often look to local data to understand community needs and tailor support. The Opportunity Index “is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational, and civic factors that expand opportunities.”  Dimensions of community and civic health are included, among others. Check it out to learn more about key measures in your community!

As always, we look forward to hearing about your experience and questions regarding community health education via email, or on Twitter using #libs4health.

E-Science Program

Are you new to e-Science, unsure what it means, or interested in exploring possible roles for your library? The following resources are great starting points for understanding e-Science and research data management:

The New England e-Science Program offers the following e-Science resources, tools, and events for librarians:

  • E-Science Portal for New England Librarians: “A librarians’ link to e-Science resources,” includes an e-Science Thesaurus, resources on data management, data literacy, data publishing, science primers, Science Boot Camp resources, research funders’ policies, and professional development opportunities.
  • E-Science Community blog: a forum for thoughtful commentaries and articles by librarians and library students engaged in various aspects of research data support services, news announcements, and a calendar of upcoming events. (Follow the e-Science Community on Twitter @NERescience).
  • Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB): an open access peer review journal dedicated to advancing the discipline of eScience librarianship. JESLIB explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and features articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to education, outreach, collaborations, policy, tools, and best practices.
  • New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum is an instructional tool for teaching data management best practices to undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in the health sciences, sciences, and engineering disciplines. Each of the curriculum’s seven online instructional modules aligns with the National Science Foundation’s data management plan recommendations and addresses universal data management challenges.
  • University of Massachusetts and New England Area e-Science Symposium, April 9, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA (Event is free, but due to limited space, advance registration is required.)
  • Science Boot Camp for Librarians , June 17-19, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Organized by a collaboration of New England STEM and health sciences librarians, each Science Boot Camp offers immersive sessions on three science subjects and a Capstone session on topics relevant to STEM and health sciences librarianship. Agenda for the 2015 science boot camp will be announced by the end of February. Registration opens April 9.

For further information about the e-Science Program, or if you would like to be added to the e-Science Community of Interest mailing list, contact Donna Kafel, Project Coordinator for the New England e-Science Program at

Evaluation “Soundbites” from the CDC

Want to build your repertoire of evaluation skills?  Check out Soundbites, a library of evaluation-related podcasts and webinars from the CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.  These are archived documents from 20-minute “coffee break” presentations about evaluation. The usual basic topics are represented, such as “Making Logic Models Work for You”  and “How Do I Develop a Survey?” But a number of the presentations cover topics that are not standard fare. Here are just a few titles that caught my eye:

Facilitation Skills for Evaluators – Getting the Most Out of Partnership Engagement

Using Qualitative Data to Share Programmatic Success 

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Evaluation

Establishing a Baseline as Part of Your Evaluation

Communicating about Data

Most presentations consist of PDFs of PowerPoint slides and talking points, but there are a few podcasts as well.  All presentations seem to be bird’s-eye overviews, but the final slides offer transcripts of Q&A discussion and a list of resources for more in-depth exploration of the topic.  It’s a great way to check out a new evaluation interest!

Mobile Data Solutions Course

Are you curious about the use of smart phones, tablets, or other mobile data resources to collect data for your assessment project, but are seeking more information on how to determine if this is the right approach for your project or program and how to process the data you collect using this method?

Check out, which was created as part of the Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, with expertise provided by U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Digital Development Lab and designed by TechChange.

The primary goal of this freely available and accessible online course (free registration is required to access it) is to learn more about mobile tools, processes, and strategies for data collection in order to use mobile devices (referred to as mobile data solutions) to their full potential in doing so. The course will take about 2 hours to complete and can be done at your own pace over time. Your progress in the course is saved so you’ll be taken to the point where you stopped to continue learning the next time you access it.

The learning objectives of the course are

  • Describe examples of mobile data solutions from collection through visualization
  • Articulate the benefit of using these solutions
  • Analyze the challenges and limitations associated with mobile data solutions
  • Assess whether or not particular mobile data solutions are appropriate for a project, program or problem
  • Outline how to design a project or activity to include mobile data solutions
  • Explain the steps involved in implementing mobile data solutions
  • Summarize how to analyze, visualize, and share mobile data

Job Ad: Information Resources Manager, Syracuse, NY

Information Resources Manager, Upstate Health Sciences Library

Upstate Medical University’s Health Sciences Library seeks a highly motivated, forward-thinking professional to provide leadership, planning and management of the Health Sciences Library collection.  Reporting to the Deputy Director, the successful candidate will:  coordinate resource management including the selection, licensing, cataloging and weeding of materials, optimize Library resources to meet the current and emerging needs of the Upstate community by continuously assessing resource utilization; lead cooperative collection development activities including collaborative purchases with other SUNY and local institutions; manage a $1.2 million resources budget; oversee Document Delivery/ILL; supervise staff; seek opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or prepare for potential future roles and career development.

ALA-accredited masters (MLS) or equivalent and 3 or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity required. Demonstrated success with project leadership and team building; excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical/problem solving and critical thinking skills required. Academic library experience; AHIP certification and expertise with health sciences and evidence-based/point-of-care resources preferred.

The HSL’s current interests include developing new collaborations with local, regional and SUNY libraries; further developing our Family Resource Center; promoting a culture of evidence-based practice, delivering HSL services to geographically dispersed locations and to the patients and families in our 25 counties service area.

The SUNY Upstate Medical University is Central New York’s only academic medical center and the region’s largest employer. Our community includes Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions, & Graduate Studies, University Hospital (a 400 bed tertiary care hospital), University Hospital (Community Campus), the Golisano’s Children’s Hospital and our new Cancer Center. For more information about us, please visit and

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Initial appointment will be at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.  Salary is dependent on qualifications.  Excellent benefits package including TIAA-CREF and other retirement options.  12 month, tenure track position with faculty status.

Apply online at  Review of applications will begin 3/1/2015.

Job Ad: Senior Medical Librarian, Allentown, PA

For description:

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Minimum Requirements:

Master’s Degree in Library Science, Education, Instructional Design or relevant field required. Minimum of three years experience in research, design, writing publications for information literacy/infomastery and expert literature searching. Experience in design and development of technology based instructional materials. Knowledge of medical terminology, Medline, CINAHL and other healthcare databases. Technical skills in software for website creation, course creation, databases, repository. Master’s Degree in Library Science, Education, Instructional Design or relevant field required.


Five years experience in all areas in a healthcare setting. Experience in expert searching for meta-analysis, systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines and other research documents. Academy of Health Information Professionals certification preferred. Strong technical skills in software for website creation, course creation, databases, repository, image creation, learning management systems. Project management skills.

Job Ad: Two Positions, Valhalla, NY

Digital Services Librarian

Purpose:    The Digital Services Librarian serves the educational, research and information  needs of the University community via the creation and maintenance of  web-based interactive content, tutorials, learning objects, and reference services that extend  library education and research assistance to all students, faculty, residents, fellows and employees wherever they may be located.  Additionally this position is crucial to the Library’s digitization initiatives related to current and archival materials.


  • Provides expertise and leadership in the design, development, maintenance, and evaluation of web-based interactive content, orientations, tutorials, learning objects, and online services;
  • Coaches, trains and supports colleagues;
  • Recommends and develops new library digital services including those for mobile devices;
  • Assesses instructional modules, based on usability;
  • Promotes the use of appropriate current and emerging technologies and media;
  • Serves as a member of the reference team;
  • Performs liaison responsibilities with NYMC clinical and non-clinical academic departments including instruction, online searching, and marketing of library services;
  • Conducts training on the use of information technologies to NYMC constituents;
  • Updates library web content;
  • Provides leadership in digitization activities of the library including archival digitization projects;
  • Develops an online tracking system for the activities of the department;
  • Produces graphical content and layout for the library’s online and print communications;
  • Works closely with the library’s systems and network administrator on information delivery projects;
  • Participates on various library committees as assigned;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school.
  • Knowledge of and experience using reference resources, Internet resources, and other electronic products.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a public services orientation, demonstrated written and spoken communication skills, and question negotiation skills. Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to initiate and manage projects effectively, with attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the best practices, standards in web design, and  knowledge of major  tools such as Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Adobe Creative Suite products;
  • Knowledge of web 2.0 technologies and demonstrated ability to make innovative use of these technologies in library education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of major web programming languages and frameworks, such as HTML/CSS.
  • Experience in creating web-based learning objects in various formats within an academic environment.


  • Reference and instructional experience in a health sciences library, preferably academic;
  • Knowledgeable about sources of health sciences information, evidence based practice, and translational medicine.
  • Database design experience;
  • Ability to utilize software (such as GoToWebinar, WebEx and Captivate) to develop online instructional content;
  • Knowledge of  bibliographic management software, current information literacy standards and instructional best practices;
  • Knowledge of usability testing and web analytics;
  • Graphical skills;
  • Educational or experiential background in the pre-clinical or health sciences;
  • Teaching experience;
  • Certification by the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Reporting:   Associate Director, User Support, Education and Research Services.

Available:    January 8, 2015

Send resume with cover letter indicating position of interest to: Alicia Parrish, Employment Manager, Human Resources Department at or HR fax 914-594-4309. Candidates of interest will be contacted to schedule interviews.

User Services Librarian

Purpose: Reporting to the Associate Director, USER Services, the User Services Librarian designs and delivers reference and research services for the department, and identifies and promotes effective new technologies for communication and service delivery. Services include but are not limited to mediated search services, reference services (in-house and remote), technical support, web content delivery, participation on systematic review teams, and evidence based practice of librarianship. The User Services Librarian will act as a member of the Reference team to provide reference service, instruction and outreach; will initiate and manage special projects, and will have several liaison responsibilities with academic departments. The incumbent is expected to participate in varied aspects of the library’s operations through work on committees.



  • Provides leadership in the design and delivery of accurate and timely reference service, including in-person, telephone, and virtual modalities, and search services and information delivery;
  • Recommends appropriate use of new and emerging technologies in delivering reference services, education, and internal and external library communication;
  • Trains colleagues on the deployment of new technologies;
  • Utilizes appropriate communication tools and social media to deliver messages and information to users;
  • Coordinates the scheduling and statistical reporting of reference desk and online reference services;
  • Liaises with the Access Services department to coordinate service delivery between departments;
  • Provides instructional workshops and classes related to information literacy concepts, emerging technologies, the use of library resources, orientations to the library and its services, and consultations both in-person and online;
  • Develops high-quality teaching materials for classes and web-based instruction;
  • Performs online searches for a variety of users, using appropriate resources from a number of vendors and in various interfaces (PubMed, Embase, Clinical Key, Web of Science, Ovid, EBSCOhost, ScienceDirect,etc.);
  • Promotes the library’s role in and participates on systematic review teams;
  • Works as a team member in the evaluation of new products and resources;
  • Exhibits continuous improvement of subject knowledge and resource and technology skills related to work as a Reference & Information Services Librarian with the above responsibilities.



  • Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school;
  • Knowledge of and experience using reference resources, Internet resources, and other electronic products;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, a public services orientation, demonstrated written and spoken communication skills, and question negotiation skills. Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Ability to initiate and manage projects effectively, with attention to detail;
  • Strong computer skills and ability to test and apply technologies to reference services as outlined above;
  • Desire and ability to continuously improve skills and knowledge level;
  • Computer proficiencies: HTML and web design software; bibliographic management software such as RefWorks; MS Office software, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc; knowledge of Web 2.0 technologies such as blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, and demonstrated ability to make innovative use of technology in library services and communications.


  • Reference and instructional experience in a health sciences library, preferably academic;
  • Knowledgeable about sources of health sciences information, evidence base practice, and translational medicine;
  • Educational or experiential background in the pre-clinical or health sciences;
  • Teaching experience;
  • Certification by the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP).

Reporting:  This position reports to the Associate Director, USER Services

Available: December 18, 2014.       

Send resume with cover letter indicating position of interest to: Alicia Parrish, Employment Manager, Human Resources Department at or HR fax 914-594-4309. Candidates of interest will be contacted to schedule interviews.

Marie T. Ascher

Lillian Hetrick Huber Endowed Director Health Sciences Library – New York Medical College

15 Dana Road   Valhalla, NY 10595 | Phone: 914-594-3168 | Twitter: @mascher

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