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NLM NTC Assistant Director Job Opening

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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.

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: See for a full list of benefits.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is –

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
801-581-3412 Option #1

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.

Claire Hamasu, Associate Director
NN/LM MidContinental Region
University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East Bldg 589
Salt Lake City UT 84112-5890
Voice 800 338-7657 (CO,KS,MO,NE,UT,WY) #1, #1
Voice 801 587-3412, Option #1
Fax 801 581 3632

PubMed Mobile Updated

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

From the NLM Technical Update:

PubMed Mobile has been updated with a number of styling modifications and additional enhancements including a “Trending articles” feature on the homepage (see Figure 1).

PubMed Mobile homepage with Trending articles
Figure 1: PubMed Mobile homepage with “Trending articles.”

Summary results now include the “Related searches” discovery tool as well as sort parameters and more filter selections (see Figure 2). Discovery tools display below the results on mobile devices with smaller screen sizes.

PubMed Mobile results page with filter selections displayed.
Figure 2: PubMed Mobile results page with filter selections displayed.

When you click on the abstract “Show full citation” link (see Figure 3) you will see the citation, author(s), and affiliation details (see Figure 4).

Abstract display with Show full citation link.
Figure 3: Abstract display with “Show full citation” link.

Abstract display with how full citation data displayed
Figure 4: Abstract display with “Show full citation” data displayed.

When you click an author name link from the “Show full citation” display (see Figure 4) the results display using a ranking algorithm (see Figure 5).

Results displayed using a ranking algorithm
Figure 5: Results displayed using a ranking algorithm.

By Kathi Canese
National Center for Biotechnology Information

How Harry Potter Spent the Winter at Bryant University

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Harry Potter Exhibit

It all started with the NER Weekly Update. I happened to click on the link about booking an NLM traveling exhibit ( and thus the adventure began. We worked with the NLM Exhibition team to find an open calendar spot and book the World of Harry Potter and Renaissance Medicine . The process was incredibly easy and setting up the exhibit itself was quite simple.

This was a fantastic opportunity to welcome folks from the University community as well as surrounding towns to our campus. We even had a middle school program plan a field trip around visiting the exhibit!
We were thrilled with this experience and will be looking to host another exhibit in the future.

By Allison Papini
Research and Instruction Librarian
Douglas & Judith Krupp Library
Bryant University
Smithfield, RI

NLM Harry Potter Exhibit


New England Region Educational Needs Assessment

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Please let us know your interests for professional development by completing this brief survey.  We are interested to learn what webinars and events you found most helpful, and what topics and formats you would like for upcoming regional programs.

This is your chance to provide feedback on our professional development opportunities and make sure your professional development needs are met.  Thank you very much!

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