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Job Ad: Collections Analysis Librarian, Philadelphia, PA

Collections Analysis Librarian, Acquisitions and Collection Development

The Temple University Libraries seek a librarian to apply strong analytical skills in support of library-wide collection management efforts and assist in health sciences-specific resource licensing.  Temple University is a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu/about/.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development, with strong collaborative ties to the Director of the Health Sciences Libraries and the Assessment and Organizational Performance Librarian, the Collections Analysis Librarian supports effective decision making concerning acquisition, renewal, retention, and location of current and potential Library collections by analyzing varied streams of collections-related data, presenting findings, and making recommendations. Provides general support for other collections-related staff and projects.  Assists in the negotiation and licensing of online resources and in collaborative collection building/retention arrangements with other institutions. Performs related duties as assigned.

  1. Develops quantitative and qualitative methods for determining the effectiveness and value of the Libraries’ collection development activities across all formats and how well they meet the current and anticipated needs of the Temple community.
  2. Informs strategic collection decision-making by analyzing collection-related data and effectively communicating results and recommendations.
  3. Assesses the value of current and potential collaborative arrangements with other institutions and consortia (e.g. PALCI).  Supports participation in such arrangements by coordinating withdrawals or holdings commitments, as appropriate.
  4. Works collaboratively with others throughout the Libraries to support varied collections-related projects and activities, including support for the health sciences libraries’ collection development activities.
  5. Supports contract negotiation and licensing workflow, with particular emphasis on health sciences-specific resources.
  1. Participates in library-wide activities or projects through service on library and university committees and working groups; the incumbent will be expected to be active professionally and also expected to meet requirements for contract renewals, promotion, and regular appointment.

Required Education and Experience: ALA accredited MLS. Minimum of 3 years’ experience in an academic or research library environment.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated experience with collections analysis and management.
  • Strong knowledge of current collection management issues, practices, and trends.
  • Excellent analytical skills and demonstrated experience using appropriate software applications and techniques to gather, manipulate, and analyze various types of data.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with licensing and contract negotiations.
  • Experience working in a complex academic institution with a medical center and affiliates.
  • Experience or coursework in statistics and visualization.
  • Supervisory experience.

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation allowance.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply: To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference TU-18918.  For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. 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

Date / Time:  Wednesday, March 18th / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Where:  Online / No Registration Required

Registerhttps://webmeeting.nih.gov/memberservices

Summary:  Audience:  Anyone involved in Resource Sharing.  This class will provide an in-depth look into DOCLINE’s Serial Holdings. Ideal for new users or as a refresher. Participants will be provided with an introduction to the Serial Holdings database, how to add, remove, and update Holdings, how to run reports, and where to go to get additional Serial Holdings support. New to this class using the embargo feature.  A collaborative project of coordinators in the Greater Midwest, Middle Atlantic, MidContinental, and Pacific Northwest regions.  1 MLA CE.

Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Presenters:

Project:  Body Apps: iPads for Undergrad Anatomy & Physiology Students
Awardee:  Valerie Lynn / Penn State Hazleton, Hazleton, PA

Project:  Healthy Libraries, Health Communities
Awardees:  Nora Hardy / South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, NY

Project:  Medical Library Technology Upgrade and Expansion
Awardee:  Claire Joseph / Jules Redish Memorial Library, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY

Details on each project available at: http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/lunch_schedule.html

Date / Time:  March 26th / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

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

Online / No Registration Required

Classes in Plattsburgh, NY

Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information

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

Date / Time:       March 31st / 10 am – Noon (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY

Details/Register: http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/classes/class_details.html?class_id=31

Summary:  Audience: Information Professionals (3 MLA CEs)
Responding to mental health reference questions is challenging for even the most experienced librarian. In this class, participants will learn how to effectively provide reference services for mental health information for the public. Participants will learn the best websites, databases and collection development materials to respond to mental health related questions. Best approaches to handling challenging reference interviews will be explored. Participants will:

  1. Gain awareness of mental health issues
  2. Learn best approaches to consumer health reference interviews about mental health information
  3. Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases

 

From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

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

Date / Time:       March 31st / 1 – 3 pm (ET)

Where:                Plattsburgh, NY

Details/RegisterRegister. Please contact Julie Wever at CEFLS to register by telephone: 563-5190 x 18 or email: wever@cefls.org

Summary:  3 MLA CEs: http://cech.mlanet.org/node/567

NLM Resource Update: ToxLearn Module II Now Available

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) ToxLearn, Module II: Cells and Tissues: Injury and Repair is now available. It offers an introduction to biological molecules, cells, tissues, and organs, and to how they might be affected by toxicants. It also explains principles of cell damage and tissue repair and reviews physiological and morphological changes.

Created in partnership with the Society of Toxicology, ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to basic principles of toxicology. It can be used as a supplementary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course and can assist users in interpreting search retrieval from NLM’s TOXNET databases.

ToxLearn Module I: Introduction to Toxicology and Dose-Response is also available. ToxLearn Modules 1 and 2 update some of the information in the earlier Tox Tutor.

MAR Network Member is Moving West!

Joanne Muellenbach has resigned from her position as Founding Library Director of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), in Scranton, PA, effective March 23rd. She has asked that we share this message with our network members…

“I have had the honor and privilege of leading TCMC Library from its start-up back in 2008.  I will truly miss my position, as well as the wonderful students, faculty and staff of TCMC.  I made this decision in order to relocate out West, and to be in closer proximity to my family.

I would also like to announce that I have accepted a new and very exciting position at California Health Sciences University, in Clovis, California. I will serve as Director, Library and Learning Resources, and Associate Professor of Information Sciences.  CHSU is a new health sciences university that has entered its first class of pharmacy students.  Over the coming years, CHSU will develop other schools, including a medical school.  My new email at CHSU is: jmuellenbach@chsu.org.

It has been a true pleasure to work with NN/LM MAR and all of its members over the past seven years. I will be in touch with many of you again, once I assume my new role.  Thank you!”

IOM Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology Workshop

Join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy on March 24, 2015 for the workshop Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology.

The workshop will include presentations on health literate digital design strategies, consumer engagement in health IT, health IT and select populations and reactors from industry, federal government, and non-profit sectors. The workshop will take place in Washington, DC and be webcast for free on the IOM website.

For more information, registration, and webcast please visit: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2015-MAR-24.aspx

The topics to be covered include:

  • Health Literate Digital Design and Strategies
  • Design specifications for apps
  • The Federal Digital Strategy and Health Literacy
  • Patient Portals
  • Catalyzing Widespread Informed Engagement
  • Skills needed by Health Professionals to interface with consumers around consumer generated information?
  • Incentives for Consumer Engagement
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
  • Health IT and Select Populations
  • Issues and Use in Native American Populations
  • Mobile Technologies for Pregnant Women and New Mothers
  • Lessons Learned from the Workshop: Digital Health Strategies, Health Disparities, and Health Equity: The Promises and Perils of Technology

If you are interested in a specific topic, you can tune in to the live webcast at that time.

PubMed Send to Order Feature

PubMed users continue to report an issue where the menu choices do not display when using the PubMed “Send to” feature. When this was first reported, it was determined that the problem occurs for those using older browsers (Internet Explorer 7 and 8) not supported by PubMed, or using “Compatibility View” in newer browsers (IE10 or 11). Users encountering this issue should upgrade to a more current version of Internet Explorer (IE10 or IE11) or use Firefox.

DOCLINE users with new or upgraded browsers should configure their browser settings according to DOCLINE System Requirements to ensure full functionality. PubMed users should refer to the Browser Advice for NCBI Web Pages site.

DOCLINE users who are unable to upgrade or change browsers at this time can work around the issue by opening two separate browser tabs or windows, one for PubMed and the other for DOCLINE. This will allow them to search PubMed in one window/tab, then copy & paste the PMIDs from PubMed into DOCLINE in the other window/tab. Users of IE10 or IE11 experiencing the issue should check that “Compatibility View” is turned off, as follows:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click Tools
  • Click Compatibility View settings
  • Uncheck “Display all websites in Compatibility View” or remove DOCLINE from the list of “Websites you’ve added to Compatibility View”
  • Close & reopen Internet Explorer

Note to QDPortal users – if you experience the PubMed “send to” issue with a current browser version, contact QuickDoc customer at support@nesurv.com, or by phone at (617) 738-1800.

HHS Expands Its Approach to Making Research Results Freely Available for the Public

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took a giant step forward in enabling the public to obtain results of government-funded research.  HHS released a comprehensive set of plans outlining how its agencies will expand access to the results of scientific research for the public.  These plans were developed in response to a White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) memorandum that directed federal research agencies to increase access to peer-reviewed scientific publications and digital data developed by researchers.

Within HHS, five of the largest research funding agencies developed plans in accordance with HHS’s common approach to Public Access: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).  These plans build on our existing Open Government goals of increasing transparency, collaboration and participation, and lowering barriers to accessing health information.

Our plans expand upon an NIH requirement that investigators make any peer-reviewed publications resulting from their NIH-funded research available to the public within 12 months of publication.  The centerpiece of the effort is PubMed Central (PMC), a free full-text archive of the biomedical and life sciences journal literature, supported by the National Library of Medicine.

HHS’ Public Access Plan Details 

HHS’s public access plans are expanding access to research results in two key domains: peer-reviewed publications and digital data.

Peer-reviewed Publications – We are expanding the types of peer-reviewed articles that will be required to be deposited into PMC.  Researchers funded by NIH, CDC, FDA, AHRQ and ASPR will be required to submit their publications into PMC within 12 months of their publication.  The addition of these agencies will increase the corpus of available research to include new topics such as: comparative effectiveness, emergency preparedness, public health, environmental health, and toxicological research.

Digital Data - We are also requiring that the data produced by researchers be made publically accessible in a digital format.  At a minimum, the data underlying publications will need to be available at the time of publication.  As part of this effort, our agencies will require that investigators submit data management plans outlining how their data will be managed and shared as part of their initial research proposals.[1]

View HHS’s public access plans.

Impact of Greater Access to Health Information

Given that health information is one of the most highly sought after types of information on the web, the impact of successful implementation of our public access plans is likely to be significant.  We anticipate our public access efforts will augment the over 3 million papers that are currently available to the public through PMC.  Our requirements will add to this repository an estimated 110,000 peer-reviewed scholarly articles authored by HHS-funded researchers each year.  This is just the tip of the iceberg.  As a result of the partnerships we have established with many of the leading scientific publishers, additional journal articles are being voluntarily added to PMC.  As the contents of PMC grow and diversify, we anticipate that it will create yet more opportunities for new connections to be made among disparate fields of scientific inquiry, and new types of knowledge and insights that can benefit health and healthcare. We expect it will allow for faster dissemination of research results into products, services and clinical practices that can improve healthcare.

We expect the new requirements for data sharing will be highly impactful, not only in terms of follow-on research that can be enabled, but also for ensuring the integrity of the scientific enterprise through allowing others to confirm the reproducibility of any published experiment. By ensuring that all publicly released research data is provided in open, machine-readable formats that can easily be accessed for computational analysis and machine-learning, it is our hope that we can help realize the promise of ‘big data’ in medicine and healthcare.

Next Steps for Public Access 

A major focus over the coming year will be the policy development processes necessary to turn these plans into practice.  Several agencies, such as FDA, AHRQ and ASPR, will be developing public access policies for the first time.  Other agencies, such as NIH and CDC, will be updating existing policies.  In parallel with the policy development efforts, we will be working to integrate new partners into PMC, which will include new segments of the publishing and research communities.

Over the next year, we will continue our efforts to explore how we can develop the infrastructure necessary to support  data linkages across HHS, and facilitate the public’s ability to locate and access data published by our funded researchers.  Outreach and communications to our partners, both internal and external, will be critical to the success of our public access efforts.  We look forward to working together with all of the stakeholders to increase the usability of health research funded by HHS, and to creating an information ecosystem that will catalyze improvements in health and healthcare for all Americans.

NCBI Homepage Update: Action Buttons and Category Pages

The NCBI homepage has six new buttons on it: Submit, Download, Learn, Develop, Analyze, and Research. Each of these leads to an action page devoted to a particular set of services. These action pages allow easy access to the pages and resources you need to complete tasks. For instance, you can: Find information about the Entrez API; Find an upcoming NCBI webinar, Find an NCBI tool that designs PCR primers, and much more! On the new action pages, you’ll also see six categories in the header: Literature, Health, Genomes, Genes, Proteins, and Chemicals. These category pages highlight useful databases, tools and resources for each of the topics all in one place.

Also included is a blue Feedback button on the left side of the Download, Learn, Develop, and Analyze pages so that you can send comments to NCBI. More information about the new homepage will be released on NCBI News and to the blog, NCBI Insights.