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Archive for the ‘Health Sciences’ Category

“Re-skilling for Research”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Check out this free report from RLUK (Research Libraries UK) published in 2012 and conducted by Mary Auckland.  It is “an investigation into the role and skills of subject and liaison librarians required to effectively support the evolving information needs of researchers.  (bbj)

EDUCATION: Save the dates for Breezing and Discover – Aug. 2014

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Breezing Along with the RML – August 20, 2014, 10:00 MT/11:00 CT

  • Dan Short, with the Copyright Clearance Center will give an overview of CCC’s content licensing solutions for the academic market focusing on the Annual Copyright License and Get It Now.  The Annual Copyright License offers content reuse coverage for the entire academic institution with 3 million titles (and growing) in the database.  Get It Now offers fast delivery for unsubscribed journal content to help facilitate and advance research.

Discover the National Library of Medicine and More  (formerly Spotlight! on NLM Resources)– August 27 , 2014, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

  • Topic:  Statistical Resources

Join us at:   Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to


Job Posting: Head of the National Network Office

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Head of the National Network Office of the NN/LM serves as a national leader in developing collaborations among the varied types of libraries in the Network, including health sciences libraries, and academic and public institutions to improve access to and the sharing of biomedical information resources.  The NNO Head is responsible for monitoring, evaluating, and advising on all aspects of providing biomedical information, for outreach to groups experiencing health disparities, and for providing access to medical information in national and international emergency and disaster situations.  The NNO Head advises on public health information policy issues as related to programs conducted throughout the Network.   This is an exciting time for an incoming Head because plans for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Library contracts are underway.

The very short posting time of July 22 through July 31 reflects the government’s effort to hire talented people quickly.  Please see the postings on  and follow the instructions to apply.  One posting is for Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)  and the other is for for  All US Citizens. The jobs are also  linked from “Careers @ NLM” on the NLM home page,

In addition to an interesting, challenging work environment, NLM has a great location on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  NIH is a short Metro ride from Washington D.C. and a short walk from Bethesda’s thriving restaurant and retail district.  As a supervisory librarian at the GS15 level, the position has a salary range of $124,995-$157,100, and reports to the Associate Director for Library Operations, Joyce Backus

If you have questions about this job please contact Zenaida Olivero, PHR, 301-435-5716, or

Apply Now: NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL. The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which focuses on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries, is accepting applications through August 1, 2014.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience another library environment and to work closely with a mentor and collaboratively with other fellows and mentors. The multi-faceted program takes advantage of flexible scheduling and an online learning community. Candidates with a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries and with leadership experience in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings are encouraged.

Sixty-one fellows have participated in the program since its inauguration in 2002. To date, twenty-six fellows have been appointed to director positions.

The program brochure,  includes information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available.  For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee, . /ch


A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI – announcement for upcoming course

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Attention health science librarians in the United States who wish to initiate and/or extend bioinformatics services at your institution! The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the NLM Training Center (NTC) will be offering “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” course. Participants who complete the class will be eligible for Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits. The course is free, but travel costs are at the expense of the participant.

There are two parts to the course, and applicants must take both parts:

  • Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching” is a six-week, online (asynchronous) pre-course.
  • Part 2: A five-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Monday, September 29, 2014 – Announcement will be released here about the course and the application process. /ch

Discovering TOXNET – registration open…

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) is offering a free, online, asynchronous class called “Discovering TOXNET” from October 20 – November 14, 2014.  Discover TOXNET® and other NLM environmental health databases through videos, guided tutorials, and discovery exercises.  The class has 13 independent modules; it is set up as a “variable credit” class so that participants can pick the modules that interest them and receive credit for the modules they complete.

See course description for more details and registration at:  (mm)

EDUCATION: Discover NLM Resources and More – Community College Resources

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Discover the National Library of Medicine and More – July 23, 2014, 1:00 MT/2:00 CT

  •  Community College Resources .  Join Marty Magee, as she covers some of the requested topics from Community College librarians such as PubMed searching,  searching MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and health statistic information.  Databases coverage will include: PubMed Health, Clinical Trials, and Genetics Home Reference.  And for faculty and students as well, there will be Apps and Mobile Resources.

Join us at:   Equipment: connection to the Internet and a phone,  Login: as a guest with your first and last name. Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in.  No registration required. Captioning will be provided and the session will be recorded.   Questions to  (mm)


Recording available: Resources for Community Colleges

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Did you miss it?   Recording now available from July 23 session of Discover NLM Resources and More – Resources for Community Colleges.  Available at: or on the NN/LM MCR Online Training page. (mm)






Nominations Invited for IHTSDO Standing Committees

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

From NLM. This may be of interest to your informatics department.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) invites nominations of potential candidates for the four International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) Standing Committees – Content, Quality Assurance, Implementation & Education (formerly Implementation and Innovation), and Technical. These Committees have important roles in the ongoing development of the SNOMED CT clinical terminology and in the IHTSDO. Nominations are due to NLM by COB August 4, 2014.   See the news release for details.  Questions about the nomination process should be sent to Vivian Auld ( /ch

Webinar: Implications of FDA Regulation of Medical Devices: When is an iPad more than an iPad?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
11-12 MT, 12-1 CT

Register Here

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications. As applications on mobile devices are increasingly used in health care, the FDA has now provided an  framework for determining if a mobile device running a health app is a medical device. To illustrate the significance of this guidance and what it means for the future use of mobile applications in patient care and education, the AAMC is hosting a webinar with Sharon R. Klein, JD, partner at Pepper Hamilton, LLP to explore how it plays into the larger picture of data privacy, patient care, and government regulations. For more information, please contact /ch