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Job Posting: Assistant Director, National Library of Medicine Training Center

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah seeks an imaginative team leader with progressive ideas to lead the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC). The Assistant Director reports directly to the Associate Director of the NN/LM MidContinental Region. The Assistant Director plans and implements the activity of the NTC; supervises NTC professional and support staff; and, in conjunction with National Library of Medicine staff, coordinates the activities of the NTC with other components of the NN/LM program, in order to support the effective use of NLM information products and services.  With the NTC team, the Assistant Director assures compliance with all elements of the Statement of Work that is part of the contract with the National Library of Medicine and develops and implements a strategic program plan for the NTC, including the appropriate assessment and evaluation of instruction. The individual in this position prepares an annual budget and supervises the timely delivery of class reports, quarterly reports, annual reports, and evaluation reports. The Assistant Director conducts online and in-person training classes throughout the United States on PubMed, TOXNET and other topics related to training and NLM resources and coordinates NCBI training. The NTC web site, social media plan, and national and regional class registration system falls under the Assistant Director’s supervision.  Responsibilities also include monitoring new developments related to NLM products and services and monitoring, disseminating and incorporating new information and trends related to distance learning, adult learning and instruction.

The Library

The mission of the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is to advance and transform education, research, and health care through dynamic technologies, evidence application, and collaborative partnerships. The Library serves as headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region and the National Library of Medicine Training Center (http://nnlm.gov/ntc/). The Library contributes to the health information access of librarians, health professionals, students, researchers and communities within the MidContinental Region and the nation. The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (http://library.med.utah.edu) serves University of Utah Health Care, the Intermountain West’s only academic health sciences center, including the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health as well as the University Hospitals and Clinics. The Library is recognized locally and nationally as a leader of intellectual exploration and as a catalyst for innovative discovery. It is a member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, the Medical Library Association, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school
  • Experience with teaching using distance education techniques (synchronous and asynchronous).
  • Knowledge of the latest developments related to distance education and adult learning.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent presentation and teaching skills.
  • Familiarity with NLM databases.

Preferred:

  • Experience supervising others.
  • Experience writing successful grant or contract proposals.
  • Experience designing and implementing evaluation plans for assessing success in training programs.
  • Knowledge of bioinformatics and NCBI bioinformatics databases.
  • Familiarity with trends and issues related to data management and data plans.

Salary and Benefits:

Based on experience, starting at $73,000 minimum annually. Position is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position. Rank is dependent on the qualifications of the candidate. Faculty benefits include 200 hours of vacation, and 12 days of sick leave annually. There is a generous TIAA/ CREF retirement employer contribution. More information may be found in the University of Utah Faculty Handbook: http://admin.utah.edu/faculty-handbook. See https://www.hr.utah.edu/benefits/ for a full list of benefits.

Applications:

The University of Utah uses an online application system. Please complete the online application form and submit a cover letter stating how your educational background and experience match the needs and qualifications highlighted above, and how you would contribute to the Library’s reputation and leadership; a curriculum vitae; and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation will be required for final candidates.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is – http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/40608

Review of Applications: Review of application begins May 27, 2015.

If you have any questions about this position announcement or on applying online, please contact:

Claire Hamasu, Search Committee Chair
Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 N. 1900 E. Salt Lake City, UT 84112
801 587-3412, Option #1

chamasu@RML4.utah.edu

 

Affirmative Action Statement

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and Respect.  The University of Utah HSC values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to the mission of the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

 

Velcro Instruction: 7 Techniques to Make Learning Stick (Boost Box)

Presenters:  Rebecca Abromitis and Linda Hartman, Reference Librarians, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Description: Students are only human. All humans have short attention spans (8-10 minutes). This session, intended for instructors, introduces 7 easy-to-apply, research-based techniques that will help your students stay focused during class lectures and increase the “sticky-ness” of your content.

Date / TimeMay 26th / Noon – 1 pm (ET) -rescheduled from May 12th

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required

 

Focus on NLM Resources: HealthReach

Presenter:  Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine

Date / Time:  May 7, 2015 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlmfocus/

Online / No Registration Required

Summary:

HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency.

Resources include:

  • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
  • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
  • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

During the presentation the site will briefly be demonstrated. New initiatives, such as the funding and acquisition of new materials, will be discussed.

New NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.

NLM encourages submission of innovative proposals that enhance mutually beneficial collaboration among libraries and disaster-related agencies. For example, projects may increase awareness of health information resources, demonstrate how libraries and librarians can assist planners and responders with disaster-related information needs, show ways in which disaster workers can educate librarians about disaster management, and/or include collaboration among partners in developing information resources that support planning and response to public health emergencies.  Summaries of the previous years’ funded projects can be viewed at http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfofunding.html.

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.

The deadline for proposals is July 6, 2015 at 12 pm ET.

The solicitation notice can be found on FedBizOpps.gov:

http://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=c681c3181b5fa1c831b46e6e9f465442

For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/2015disasteroutreachrfq.html.

The National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) is the world’s largest biomedical library and provides extensive online health information resources. Visit the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center site (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov ) to learn more about disaster-related health information from WISER (hazardous materials information for emergency responders), REMM-Radiation Emergency Medical Management, CHEMM-Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management, Disaster Lit™ and other resources.

Document Delivery Webinars from the NN/LM MidContinental Region

LinkOut! : Harnessing the Power of LinkOut for Libraries

Tammy Magid will be facilitating a webinar that focuses on “LinkOut for Libraries” services to provide user’s access to online full-text at the point of need – it’ll be a librarian’s primer on “LinkOut for Libraries” services, tools, and customer support services. This presentation will include a brief question and answer session for participants.

Tammy A. Magid, MLIS works as a Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine where she serves as the NLM LinkOut Coordinator and Team Lead.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015,   12 pm Mountain Time, 1 pm Central Time, 2 pm Eastern Time

Who: For those who use LinkOut or anyone else who wants to learn more about the technology.

Where: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices

 

Learn more about the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS) Who benefits and How?

Jola Sliwinski, EFTS Program Coordinator, will be presenting an informative session on the Electronic Funds Transfer System (EFTS.) Participating DOCLINE libraries primarily use the system. Jola will present an overview and the advantages of using the system.  She will available to answer any questions.

Who: For DOCLINE participants not currently using EFTS and/or for current users. Anyone interested in the program is welcome.

When : Thursday, April 30, 2015, 1 pm Mountain Time / 2 pm Central Time, 3pm Eastern Time

Where:  https://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices

Log in as a “Guest” and receive prompts for the audio portion after entering the room. Captioning will be provided for both sessions and recordings will be archived.

Betsy L. Humphreys appointed Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine

Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, serving as US Member and founding Chair of the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Organisation. She has contributed to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting but include the last line with the link to the selected bibliography.

Humphreys, who joined the NLM in 1973, previously led the NLM’s Library Operations Division and directed the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced processing, retrieval, and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources.

Ms. Humphreys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, and the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

She received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Humphreys presents and publishes widely. A selected bibliography is available.

Funding Opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries

From the National Library of Medicine:

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and supporting offices cooperative agreement funding opportunities are open for applications until July 24, 2015: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-15-003.html

 

The RMLs are the backbone of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The overarching goal of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health by providing U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving individuals’ access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Eight health sciences libraries will function as the RML for their respective Region. The RMLs will coordinate the operation of a Network of Libraries and other organizations to carry out regional and national programs. The RMLs will ensure a continuity of quality service for core programs of the NN/LM, and cooperatively design, implement, and evaluate innovative approaches to serve the health information needs of health professionals and the public in the future.

 

Helpful Links:

RML RFA: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/RML.html

NLM Extramural Program: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/extramural.html

NLM National Network Office: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nno/index.html

Applying for a grant FAQs: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/FAQApply.html

Send questions to: NLMRMLQuestions@mail.nih.gov

 

We are offering the following opportunities to learn about the current RMLs and how to apply to a cooperative agreement:

 

Technical Assistance Webinar (this will be recorded for future viewing)

When: Thursday April 23, 2015, from 3:00-4:00pm ET

Where: Webinar URL – https://webmeeting.nih.gov/nlm_rml_423/, Teleconference number: 1-866-579-8110 Participant Code: 571542

We encourage you to submit questions in advance by email to: NLMRMLQuestions@mail.nih.gov

 

2015 Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries (RML) and Centers, Austin, TX (held in conjunction with the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting)

When: Friday, May 15, 2015

Where: Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Time: 9:00 am—5:30 pm

Go to the NLM Technical Bulletin for a complete agenda.

Note: The 3:30 pm—5:30 pm session in Room 17AB, “Applying for Regional Medical Libraries Cooperative Agreements (UG4)” and Q&A with NLM Extramural Program will be transcribed and posted after the meeting.

Awardee Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Presenters/Description:

Project: Development of a Service for NIH Public Access Compliance

Awardee: NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York, NY

Description:  In response to the policy change and the amount of articles not in compliance, the NYU Health Sciences Libraries will partner with the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Office of Science and Research (OSR) to develop a service that will:

  • Educate researchers on the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Notify researchers when a publication associated with their grant award has not been successfully deposited into PubMed Central digital archive.
  • Assist researchers in submitting their peer-reviewed manuscript into PubMed Central.
  • Meet and discuss with scientific journal publishers best practices for submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts on the researcher or author’s behalf.

Project: Assessing the Health Information Needs of the Madison County Rural Health Council

Awardee:  Central New York Library Resources Council, Syracuse, NY

Description:  With this project, the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC) will work with the Madison County (NY) Rural Health Council to determine their information needs and develop a relationship with the organization. This is a preliminary project which will hopefully lead to further engagement with this organization. The Madison County Rural Health Council is a relatively new organization of stakeholders from Madison County which was formed to “catalyze information sharing, access to healthcare and linkages among providers to improve the health of the people in Central New York.” Representatives on the Council include Madison County Mental Health, Madison County Office for the Aging, Madison County Public Health, Community Memorial Hospital, Oneida Healthcare, the Community Action Program, and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Project:  Capital District Hospital Library Catalogs Technology Improvement Project Proposal

Awardee:  Capital District Library Council (CDLC), Albany, NY

Description:  The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) will purchase and implement web-based public access online library catalogs for 11 hospital libraries that are members of CDLC’s Hospital Library Service Program.  CDLC will also create a new union catalog of 11 hospital libraries.  Making these catalogs and their holdings available online will provide faster and more efficient access to library health and medical information resource holdings.  Efficient access to information will improve the provision of healthcare to the patients and clientele of these member hospitals.

Date / Time:  April 30th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/

Online / No Registration Required

Packing Your “Digital Go-Bag:” Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device

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

Date / Time:       April 17th / 1:30 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Online

Register:              http://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=829

Summary:  There are many mobile resources and apps available to assist responders, public health professionals and others in the disaster and preparedness workforce with information needs before and during emergencies and disasters.  However, loading these resources on a mobile device just prior to or during a disaster may be too late.  Finding and evaluating the best tools and resources takes time, as does learning how to use them effectively and quickly.  Just as a responder has a go-bag packed with clothes, flashlight, tools, snacks, etc. ready to go in a disaster, one’s mobile device should also be “packed” with apps and information before an event.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a suite of widely used resources for mobile devices such as WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) and has evaluated and made accessible on their website many other mobile apps and other information resources that are useful in emergency and disaster situations.  In this class, we will identify and discuss key resources that responders and disaster/emergency preparedness professionals should load on their mobile devices as part of their personal and professional preparedness strategy.  1.5 MLA CEs

A Model for Patient Engagement and How Libraries Can Improve Health Literacy (Boost Box session)

Presenter:  Cindy Hipszer, Project Manager, Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN), Hospital and Health System Association of PA

Description: Engage for Health is a program that provides libraries with details on how to assist consumers in improving their health through engagement with their providers.  Libraries are asked to seek out partnerships with local health care providers to present a program built around the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Questions are the Answers program.  The program offers interactive sessions that will place consumers in a role play to develop the confidence to engage in their interactions with health care providers.

This session will explain the importance of patient engagement, how to ask the right questions, and how libraries can use this model program to improve health literacy in their community, in partnership with local health care providers.

Date / Time:  April 14th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:   https://webmeeting.nih.gov/boost2/

Online / No Registration Required