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New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Gerald (Jerry) Perry, University of Arizona Libraries

By Jerry Perry, MLS, AHIP
Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning
University of Arizona Libraries
Tucson, AZ

What’s that saying about bad pennies? Hopefully my return to Arizona will not depress or annoy anyone! I am the new Associate Dean for Health Sciences and Strategic Planning for the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL). This is an entirely new position for UAL, subsequent to the ongoing consolidation of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL) with the University of Arizona (UA) University Libraries. As noted, however, I am not new to Arizona, nor to UAHSL; I served as Head of the Information Services Department of the library from 1997 to 2003 and during that time was an active member of the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona (MLGSCA). Some Latitudes readers might recall the 2002 Joint MLGSCA and Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group (NCNMLG) meeting for which I was Program Chair, held in Scottsdale, AZ, in the snow! Read more »

Report on the 2015 Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, CA

by Erica Bass, BS, MLS, Library Director
Jerry L. Pettis VA Memorial Medical Center
Loma Linda, CA

With the support of a professional development award from the NN/LM PSR, I attended the 19th Internet Librarian Conference October 26-28 in beautiful Monterey. Sixteen of the 19 annual conferences have been held in Monterey. It is truly an international conference with 42 states and 17 countries represented. The total number of registrants this year was 800, so it is a small, intimate conference where you can get to know your fellow participants. This year’s conference theme was: MORPH! Exploring New Directions and Roles for the Information Services Biz, one of the longest in conference history. Read more »

Network Members in the Spotlight!

We would like to recognize the following network members by highlighting their accomplishments, promotions, awards, new positions, and departures. We welcome your submissions for possible future announcements! Read more »

NN/LM PSR Welcomes 2015 Fall Quarter Intern: Jonathan Ballak

Jonathan BallakMy name is Jonathan Ballak and I am extremely pleased to be currently interning at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, for the fall quarter of 2015. At present I am a second-year student in UCLA’s Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) program because I believe that libraries are an integral part of a healthy and progressive society. In addition, I am also interested in how librarians and information professionals utilize new information gathering technologies as they relate to health and medical services. My specialization in the MLIS program is Informatics.

My internship projects will include needs assessments related to the areas of data management training and website user experience, in order to determine how best to meet user needs of regional Network members. During the course of these projects, I hope to meet as many UCLA library and information science professionals as possible in order to gather intelligent advice on data management and website design. In addition to these projects I also hope to glean as much information as possible about how the NN/LM PSR communicates and interoperates with its Network members and other NN/LM regional offices.

I earned my BFA in Visual Design from the University of Oregon, and it is this previous training that I hope to draw upon in my appraisal of the NN/LM PSR website design. Combining this facet of design knowledge with Information Architecture and user experience design concepts from the MLIS program will provide a base of information which will impart knowledge to the project from multiple viewpoints. In the upcoming years I look forward to pursuing my interests in health and clinical informatics. I am grateful for this internship opportunity and look forward to working on the upcoming projects at the NN/LM PSR, and learning as much as possible from the staff and other library professionals that I meet during the quarter!

2015 NLM Informationist Services and NIH Big Data to Knowledge Awardees Announced

In October 2015, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Extramural Programs (EP) announced the 2015 Awards for NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects. These awards bring informationists into research settings and measure the value of their contributions to the research. The Supplement provides funding for up to two years for an active NIH-funded researcher, in order to bring needed information expertise into the research team. Awardees include: Read more »

DOCLINE 5.2 Released on October 14, 2015!

Tugger the DOCLINE Mascot

The National Library of Medicine unveiled DOCLINE 5.2 on October 14, 2015. Enhancements to this version of DOCLINE include the ability for lenders to set a “standard weekly schedule when library provides ILL service,” and the ability for libraries to schedule multiple upcoming “out of office” dates without RML approval, along with a calendar widget. NLM is interested in improving DOCLINE and these features are a result of user feedback. Following is an overview of key improvements to DOCLINE: Read more »

NLM 2015 AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects Announced!

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) funded six HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects in September 2015, in the 22nd round of the program. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community, as well as their caregivers. Congratulations to all the recipients! Read more »

New NN/LM PSR Resource Library Director Profile: Cynthia Henderson, University of Southern California

By Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
Associate Dean, Health Sciences Libraries and Director, Norris Medical Library
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

I am the new Associate Dean for Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) and Norris Medical Library (NML) Director at the University of Southern California. I previously worked in Southern California as the Assistant Director of Library Services at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Health Sciences Library. In between then and now I have worked at four other libraries: the University of Illinois at Chicago (although my library was in Urbana-Champaign), the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt College (now Samuel Merritt University) in Oakland, the Morehouse School of Medicine Library in Atlanta, and Howard University’s Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library in Washington, DC. I received my Masters in Information and Library Studies (MILS) from the University of Michigan. My first professional position was in Iowa State University’s Parks Library as an Assistant Professor/Special Collections/Collections Development Librarian. Read more »

Celebrating National Medical Librarians Month 2015!

NMLM Poster: Are You A Risk Taker?October is National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)! Highlighting the fact that medical librarians are the best and most cost effective way to obtain quality health information, this year’s NMLM theme is Are You A Risk Taker? When you need to be right, ask your medical librarian. In honor of this event, we are recognizing the contributions of medical librarians by promoting Network member outreach projects. Read more »

NLM Funds Three New Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects!

For the fifth year, NLM has funded projects for partnerships between libraries and organizations that have disaster-related responsibilities. The partnerships will work together to improve use of disaster medicine and public health information by librarians, health professionals, first responders, emergency planners, and others responsible for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Projects will increase the use of high-quality online resources on disaster topics including those from the National Library of Medicine. Read more »