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Invitation to Create a 5in15 Booktalk

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Our colleagues at the Massachusetts Library System extend the invitation to NN/LM NER network members to participate in their 5in15 booktalk program. MLS is particularly interested in booktalks on health and science topics that provide recommendations from multiple perspectives.

[From the Massachusetts Library System]

Massachusetts Library System

5in15 booktalks

Have you read five books?
Can you talk about them?
And can you do it in 15 minutes?

We seek well spoken readers to help us create 15 minute booktalks,
covering five titles. Each talk should cover three new titles and two
readalike or backlist titles. Each booktalk should revolve around one
central theme.

Ideas include:

• Specific genre favorites
• Best leading men/women
• Beach reads
• Holiday hits

Talks are recorded with GoToWebinar for audio and screencast capture. We will provide a slide template. You fill in the Title, speaker’s slide (with your name, title, and affiliation) and a slide for each book. Book slides should include:

• Cover image
• Title
• Author
• Release Date
• Publisher

We’ll schedule one hour to meet online. During that time, you deliver your
crafted 15 minute delivery of 5in15. The MLS Tech Team will edit the
recordings and extract the audio. On the fifth day of the intended month,
your 5in15 will be shared with the MLS membership as both a video and
a podcast.

5 in 15
For more information contact:
Kristi Chadwick, Advisor
508-357-2121 x117
866-627-7228 (toll free in MA)
Twitter @booksnyarn

NN/LM Proposal Reviewers

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The NN/LM New England Region seeks network members to be part of a committee to review requests for funding proposals. We would like to compose a diverse panel witch reflects the composition of the population of our region and those applying for funding. For example we would like to have representation from each state, hospital, public, and academic libraries. We would also like to have representatives from community based organizations. Reviewers are required to read each proposal and score the proposal based on a set criteria. Reviewers are asked to provide thoughtful comments and discuss the merits of the proposal with fellow committee members. Time commitment is expected to be about a total of 15 – 20 hours spread over a six weeks period.

Please complete this brief survey to express your interest to serve on the NN/LM NER committee to review funding proposals.

-Mary Piorun, Associate Director, NN/LM NER

“Look up medical info online, but carefully”

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Congratulations to Christine Fleuriel and Susan Bloomfield on their excellent article on health information seeking in the Portland Press Herald.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Remember, contrary to popular belief, not everything is on the Internet. Do not overlook your local public library as a great resource.

A medical library may be even more helpful. Medical libraries exist in a number of hospitals and academic institutions around the state. They are staffed by medical librarians – people with specific training to answer health care questions. Medical librarians have access to exclusive resources, those available only by subscription.

Note that most professional medical information is not given away for free by journals or professional societies. It does not appear on the Internet.

You can be a savvy health researcher. Remember though, the information you find on the Web should supplement, not replace your personal doctor’s advice. Only your doctor can answer questions about your specific, personal health and exact situation.”

Education Coordinator Position for the NPHCO

Friday, June 10th, 2016

National Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO)


The National Public Health Coordination Office has the important role of providing information resources to public health departments that monitor outbreaks, design interventions, and inform health care utilization.  The NPHCO manages all facets of the Public Health Digital Library including supporting continuous access to resources, providing distance-based training and education to users across the country, partnering with local health sciences libraries for instruction and interlibrary loan, working with vendors, and maintaining contact with public health departments. The Public Health Digital Library provides access to electronic resources to participating state public health departments.  While offering licensed information resources, the digital library uses PubMed and other National Library of Medicine information delivery tools.

The Education Coordinator designs and implements an instructional program to train users on the best use of information resources available. The ideal candidate:  has an interest in working in a non-traditional information environment; has knowledge of or can work with public health topics and its audience’s information needs; can develop instruction across a variety of formats and platforms; and can work in a highly collaborative environment with a small core team, that interacts with a variety of collaborators and constituents across the country.

The NPHCO is located at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England with the support and resources of the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The region offers a central location with convenient access to all of New England in a city with world-class museums, concert halls, theatres, and restaurants.


Under the general direction of the NPHCO Manager or designee, the Education Coordinator provides public health instruction and reference services to public health departments participating in the Public Health Digital Library. The Coordinator will work in concert with the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the NN/LM National Training Center (NTC) to design, develop and implement instructional content in support of public health evidence based curriculum. The Coordinator will also respond to reference questions including assistance with DOCLINE, LinkOut, and questions related to searches on public health topics using digital library resources.


  • Coordinate training activities related to resources provided by the digital library
  • Design, develop and implement a curriculum for the public health workforce
  • Offer training and on-boarding programs to new public health departments
  • Offer distance based learning sessions based on public health digital library resources
  • Respond to reference questions for information search and information management
  • Respond to ILL, DOCLINE and LinkOut questions
  • Perform other duties as required.

     Master’s degree in library information science, instructional design, or equivalent degree

    • 3 years’ experience in an academic, research, health sciences or hospital library or special library or equivalent
    • Hands-on teaching experience
    • Experience developing curriculum including syllabi, learning objectives, and lectures
    • Ability to lead complex project teams
    • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication in teaching, publishing, networking, reporting, and outreach efforts
    • Demonstrated communication in networking and outreach, listening, negotiation, diplomacy, teamwork, professional writing, planning, management, and implementation skills
    • Demonstrated ability to engage successfully in outreach and networking
    • Ability to travel to off-site locations

    Job Title: Reference & Education Coordinator

    Job Number:2016-26773
    Salary Grade:45
    Union Code:Non Union Position-W60-Non Unit Professional

    Contact:  Javier Crespo:; 508/856.7633

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     UMass Medical School is committed to being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and recognizes the power of a diverse community. We encourage applications from protected veterans, individuals with disabilities and those with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds to consider UMass Medical School as their employer of choice

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