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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 »

Announcing the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Class of 2015-2016!

Congratulations to the members of the 2015-2016 class of the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, which is focused on preparing emerging leaders for director positions in academic health center libraries, and is jointly funded by NLM and AAHSL. Five Fellows were selected for the 2015-16 cohort. The candidate pool for Fellows and demand for the program remain strong. Selection is competitive and recognizes a substantial record of accomplishment and demonstrable potential for a director position. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven Fellow graduates have assumed director positions. The list of 2015-16 Fellows includes one NN/LM PSR Network member, Stephen Kiyoi. Read more »

Responding to an Emergency or Natural Disaster: Resources for Libraries

As mentioned in a recent Latitudes article, September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). Preparation and planning will provide the best chance of more positive outcomes after a disaster, but the library can also have great impact during an emergency or disaster event. The library can be a source of relevant and timely information, and may even be called upon to be a safe haven. Uncertainty about how to respond or delays in action can be avoided by having knowledge and tools in place ahead of time for immediate response. Today we have tools and resources that we hope we never have to use, but knowing about them in advance is key. Read more »

Challenges of Linking to Library Full Text Holdings with Mobile Versions of PubMed

PubMed Mobile

We recently received this request: Is there a way to get MyNCBIShare to work in PubMed Mobile? The requestor says that when their users access the library’s PubMed URL with the MyNCBIShare address, on their mobile devices, it defaults to PubMed Mobile, (Username=the shared MyNCBI account name.) Unfortunately, that means the holdings available via MyNCBIShare are ignored and do not display. Read more »

The Third Annual Science Boot Camp West for Librarians, Hosted by Stanford University Libraries

By Linda Suk-Ling Murphy, MLIS
Research Librarian for the Health Sciences
University of California, Irvine Libraries,
Irvine, CA

It was a very productive two-and-a-half days at the Science Boot Camp West 2015, hosted by Stanford University Libraries on July 27-29, 2015. The event featured workshops and educational presentations delivered by scientists with time for discussion and information sharing among all the participants. I enjoyed learning about innovative technologies not previously known to me that have been used in laboratories, classrooms, and research collaborations. The knowledge I gained offers great opportunities for me to reach out to colleagues, faculty, and researchers across the UC Irvine (UCI) campus for possible collaborations. I also had a wonderful time getting acquainted with other science and data librarians! Read more »

NLM Announces Future Plans of 2014-2015 Associate Fellows

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the future plans of its 2014-2015 class of Associate Fellows. The Associate Fellowship Program (AFP) is a one-year postgraduate training program with an optional second year. This competitive program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and health services research. This group of Associate Fellows will end the first year of the fellowship in August 2015, with one taking a position as a contractor at the National Library of Medicine, and three continuing on for a second year of the Associate Fellowship program, one of whom will be based at the University of California, San Francisco, Library and Center for Knowledge Management! Read more »

Preparing for an Emergency or Natural Disaster: Resources for Libraries

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), and the Great American Shakeout is just around the corner after that. Is your library prepared for a disaster or emergency? Taking steps to prepare for emergencies has clear benefits; it helps reduce fear and anxiety beforehand and can reduce or avoid losses and devastating impacts associated with the event. 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 »