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Disaster Information Specialists Program Monthly Conference Call/Webinar – July 9, 2015

WHAT:  Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar

WHEN:  Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPIC:  Where Can I Find Evidence-based Disaster Health  Information?

Representatives from the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the U.S. National Library of Medicine will present on how to use U.S. National Library of Medicine resources to access evidence-based disaster health information.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, July 9, click on

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Or, if you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.

MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see

PubMed for Trainers – March 2016

PubMed for Trainers

Would you like to gain new search skills and brush up on existing PubMed skills?  Then join the National Library of Medicine Training Center for PubMed for Trainers in Dallas. PubMed for Trainers offers an in-depth behind the scenes look at PubMed. You will:

  • Fill any gaps in general knowledge you might have about MEDLINE and PubMed.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the MEDLINE database
  • Identify what the National Library of Medicine considers good background information.
  • Improve your PubMed search technique.
  • Improve your ability to analyze and implement Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

What is the format of PubMed for Trainers?

PubMed for Trainers is a 4-part series of classes; 3 online plus 1 in-person class.

When is PubMed for Trainers?

The series of classes is scheduled for the following dates (attendance in all sessions is required):

Session One (online): March 3, 2016 10am-11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Two (online): March 10, 2016 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Three (online): March 17, 2016 10am – 11:30am ET; optional 30 minute instructional design component immediately after PubMed content

Session Four (in-person): March 24, 2016 9:00am – 4:30PM ET (This class will be held at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library).

What should I expect from the class?

The classes consist of lectures, individual exercises, group work and discussions, plus approximately 2-3 hours of independent homework.

How many MLA CE Credits will I get?

When you complete the PubMed portion of the class, you will receive 13 MLA CE credit hours. If you also complete the optional instructional design module, you will receive an additional 3 MLA CE credit hours.

For a complete description, go to:

To register, visit:

2015 Sewell Travel Award for Public Health

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year isHealth in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website (

History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers who plan to attend the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

The Fund aims to increase librarians’ effectiveness at providing reliable/relevant information to health care professionals in the fields of public health and pharmacy. To achieve this purpose, the Fund awards reimbursement funds to librarians and other information professionals to defray association membership/registration/travel and per diem expenses of attending and/or participating in activities of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

More information about the Sewell Fund can be found at the following sites:

SCC Registration Now Open


The moment is here!  Registration for the SCC 2015 meeting in Little Rock is now open. You can now register for the meeting and great CE courses at:

The Program Committee has lined up fabulous speakers for the general sessions and the call for papers, posters, tech expos etc. are on the website. Exhibits will be Monday, October 5th and we hope you take this opportunity to talk with vendors about new services and get hands-on practice with new products.

We also have some unique events to look forward to.  During the Welcome Reception, you will have the opportunity to have photographic portraits taken for use in your professional activities. So, bring that favorite suit or jacket for this great photo op.  This year’s dine-arounds will have a unique spin by incorporating shopping or fun activities as part of the destination prior to dinner.  Finally, join us for a distinctive party at the River Market Pavilion and Junction Bridge for dinner and dancing Tuesday night.  Additional details about meeting information will be in the SCC Connections Newsletter, on the SCC Facebook page and on Daisy Dillo’s Twitter feed [@DaisyDilloSCC].

We will be posting hot tips from Daisy to help make your meeting go a little smoother.  For example…

DAISY TIP:  The Little Rock Marriott offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport but reservations are required by calling 501-906-4000.

We are looking forward to welcoming our SCC family to Little Rock.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Susan Steelman, M.L.I.S.

Chair, Local Arrangements Comm.

South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Assoc.


Job Ad: Medical Librarian, New Orleans

The Medical Librarian provides quality clinical and scholarly information services to meet the needs of the Ochsner medical staff, residents, students, and patients; assumes responsibility for implementing all duties of the medical library and its staff; handles information and reference services including online literature searches; coordinates document delivery services and interlibrary loan requests; oversees acquisition and management of electronic and print materials for circulating, reference, and special collections; manages the systems and technology for cataloging and accessing medical library materials and resources; and works closely with the other medical librarians, medical library staff, and the medical library Advisory Board to support the clinical information needs of the Ochsner system.


• Provides proactive, customer-oriented, Information search services to medical staff, employees, and patients
• Implements resource collection development that reflects Ochsner system and medical library goals and objectives
• Monitors and supports maintenance of technology and medical library website to facilitate access of electronic and online resources
• Collaborates with medical library staff, Advisory Board, and UGME/GME team to support information, research and education needs of the Ochsner system


Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from a master’s level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country
• Three or more years in a medical, corporate or special collections library with electronic health sciences information resources and services
• Previous experience should include conducting research information searches, managing library technology applications, general bibliographic instruction, Internet training, and familiarity with use of document management systems
• Self-directed, and possesses a high level of interpersonal skills
• Skills to complete work with little supervision, organize work, manage time, and meet deadlines, interact with other personnel in a professional manner, accept supervision when required, use appropriate references and other resources, use good judgment, and function calmly in pressure situations
• Exhibits problem-solving experience and the skills to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably in both a team environment and individually

Preferred Qualifications

• Participation in the Medical Library Association
• Full or provisional membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals and active
• Experience with ILLiad, SirsiDynix Symphony, and PubMed


Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with 19 hospitals owned, managed, and affiliated and over 50 health centers in Louisiana and Mississippi. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 18 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 16,000 employees, over 2,500 affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies annually.

The Medical Library is located in Ochsner’s main campus on Jefferson Highway.


Ochsner offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to accommodate the diverse needs of its employees.


Improved Changes to MedlinePlus Health Topics Pages

The subcategories on MedlinePlus’s Health Topics pages will show improved changes beginning tomorrow, June 23, 2015. MedlinePlus staff found through usability testing that the large number of current subcategories on these pages can be overwhelming and that some of the distinctions between subcategories might not be clear to users.

Another update will be to add a new subcategory for “Girls” and “Boys” under the Children categories.

An example of the new streamlined version is the Asthma in Children page below (click for larger view):

M+ new subcategories

Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2015-2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 20, 2015.

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a year-long fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to:
•Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
•Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
•Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
•Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
•Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
•Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
•Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
•Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the July 20, 2015 deadline for potential fellows for the 2015-2016 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by July 15th.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at:

For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

DOCLINE: Out of Office request

The NN/LM SCR DOCLINE office would like to remind you to complete the “Out of Office” form to prevent requests from routing to your library when it is closed. The instructions for completing the “Out of Office” request form are here:

You can set a future “Out of Office” date range for approval at any time. Nevertheless, it is HIGHLY recommended that you submit your request in advance to allow for review. Only one “Out of Office” request is permitted at a time. Also, you must enclose a resume date for approval. The “Out of Office” request will NOT be approved without it. If the date range request is more than two weeks consecutively, you must contact me personally for approval. If there is a situation such as staff shortage, library closing, renovation, etc. that would affect DOCLINE participation, the NN/LM SCR office needs to be notified.

As the date of your request approaches, please process as many requests as possible as “Filled” or “Not Filled.” On the last day of your library is active, receipt any new requests and process all outstanding requests as “Not Filled” so they will be routed to the next lender.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 713-799-7164 or You can also contact DOCLINE customer support by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE and filling out the Ask a Question form or at:


Marcus Spann


HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

The National Library of Medicine has announced its HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects initiative for 2015. NLM is seeking quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects to improve HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community, in addition to their caregivers and the general public. Adequate health information is important in two ways: First, patients need the most current health information in order to make informed decisions. Secondly, health care providers/educators need access to the most current information to provide superior healthcare. The NLM is looking for creative and forward-thinking methods to disseminate information to populations that have a higher percentage of HIV/AIDS infections.

Projects must involve two or more information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition

Importance is placed on organizations or arrangements for developing these programs include:

  • Community-based organizations or patient advocacy groups providing HIV/AIDS related services to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or local, municipal, or state agencies that work to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations that are providing HIV/AIDS-related services;
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that maybe in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered up to 50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web page:

NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.
Deadline: July 6, 2015
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
The solicitation notice can be found on
For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit