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Authorship Opportunity

Friday, November 7th, 2014

I’m looking for authors to contribute to an MLA-published book on librarians and translational research, scheduled for publication in late 2015. The book will highlight examples of librarian involvement in various phases of the translational research enterprise, including best practices, challenges and emerging opportunities. Librarians from various institutions are contributing case studies, organized thematically around the different phases of translational research. These case studies will highlight the great work we do, and demonstrate that librarians play important roles in the research enterprise.


If you’ve been working with researchers or administrators affiliated with your institution’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, or if you’ve got experience working with or supporting any phase of translational research, please consider writing a case study for this book! Sample case studies may include descriptions of projects or experiences working with:

  • basic/bench/preclinical investigators on translational research projects
  • clinical researchers
  • community members or community health organizations
  • health services, health policy or effectiveness research
  • national CTSA workgroups, task forces or committees (including former Key Function Committees)
  • development or  training/promotion of research tools, resources or services
  • collection development of resources and tools to support all phases of translational research
  • research networking tools, including portals, profile systems, software programs and apps
  • organizational infrastructure to support research, including regulatory committees, research administration services, compliance (NIH Public Access Policy, data management plans)
  • assessment or evaluation of research impact
  • teaching/training health sciences students, practitioners or faculty in translational research programs
  • training MLIS students (health sciences research, translational science, etc.)


If you are interested in contributing a case study to the book, or have any questions about this call for contributors, please contact Marisa ( by Wednesday, 26 November. Please provide a working title and a brief (~200 words) description of the topic, project or experience you would like to write about.


Thanks for considering!
Best, Marisa


Marisa L. Conte

Research and Data Informationist

Taubman Health Sciences Library


Director of NLM Retiring

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Dr. Lindberg is retiring as of March 2015.  Read NIH Director’s Dr. Francis Collin’s statement here.

If we receive more information we will post it to the blog.

RML/NLM/MLA 2014 Update

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The RML/NLM/MLA 2014 update was held via webinar on October 9, 2014.   We invite you to view the recording to hear about the latest initiatives and updates from your Regional Medical Library, the National Library of Medicine, and the Medical Library Association.  Presenters included Mary Piorun and Michelle Eberle (RML), Martha Fishel (NLM), and Linda Walton (MLA President).


Health Insurance Open Enrollment Webinar

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

If you missed the CMS webinar, we invite you to view the recording:

Got Coverage? Need Coverage? Getting Health Insurance During the Open Enrollment Period / October 2014 (Recording | Presentation (PDF))

Presenter: Jennifer Syria, Health Insurance Specialist, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Boston Regional Office
Summary: During the next few months, millions of Americans will need to decide how they would like to receive their health care coverage in 2015. This webinar will focus on the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period and review the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period. Discussion will include important information regarding the types of notices individuals will receive, consumer messaging, and the ways libraries can help inform individuals of their health care options. This webinar will provide valuable information for libraries in both the Middle Atlantic and New England Regions. 

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