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August 2015: National Immunization Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:

A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.



RML Staff Participate in Science Boot Camp West 2015

Technology Coordinator Michele Woods, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator Lindsy Frazer, and Community Health Coordinator Marcus Spann recently attended the Science Boot Camp West at Stanford University.

Science Boot Camp West 2015 featured timely and relevant immersive workshops and educational presentations delivered by scientists with time for discussion and information sharing among all the participants. Most of the attendees were librarians involved in supporting research in the sciences, engineering, medicine or technology.

SBCW 2015 at Stanford included researchers from:

Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco

ChEM-H Stanford’s lab for Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health

Water in the West Institute at Stanford University

NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) at Stanford University

Big Data “DeepDive: A Data System for Macroscopic Science”

Special Topics on Software and Data Carpentry with Physics and BioPhysics faculty and Tracy Teal from Software Carpentry.

We had the opportunity to tour Stanford’s spacious campus on our own, and take guided tours of the Cecil H. Green Library, the Terman’s Engineering Library, the Stanford Product Realization Lab, the Jen-Hsun Engineering Center, the Geospatial Center in the Branner Earth Sciences Library, and the design school, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

We also partaked in workshops on SciFinder, LabArchives, LabGuru, and Reaxys with vendors discussing their products.

Medicare and Medicaid turn 50

“It’s hard to imagine a world without Medicare and Medicaid.” – Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell

Medicare/Medicaid today cover 1 in 3 Americans. July 30, 2015 marked 50 years of the programs. Learn more:

Medicare Medicaid 50 years

Tox Town Updates the City Neighborhood

The City neighborhood is the newest neighborhood in Tox Town to update its graphics. The City neighborhood, joined previously by the Town and Southwest scenes, is now in HTML 5 and has a new photorealistic look. All of the location and chemical information is the same, but the new graphics allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Tox Town can be accessed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including iPad, iPad minis, and other tablets.

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated City neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in a typical city.

(Oooh–that Dentist sound effect though!)

ToxTown city

PubMed Reaches 25 Million Citations!

PubMed recently hit the milestone of reaching 25 million citations.

You can view all citations in PubMed by typing all[sb] in the search box.

Happy searching!

25 million citations in PM

Solo Hospital Librarians Chat Friday, July 31

Here is a message about this month’s Solo Hospital Librarians Chat from Louise McLaughlin:

Friday, July 31, we’ll have our monthly chat at 2 pm CST. This is time of summer when I wonder why I find it so hard to move and think; then I see the temp is 94 degrees and the heat index is 102 and climbing. So the agenda for this month’s chat will reflect my slow-down approach to living.

Good News: Anyone? What at work surprised you in a good way?

Need Help: Who needs ideas or wisdom from colleagues? A MLS student contacted me about the chats and she hopes to join us this Friday, bringing lots of questions about the medical librarian profession. So be thinking about what you would recommend or share with someone who wants to join our ranks.

Let’s Explore: Interesting times are unfolding at MLA, and I hope Ellen Aronson can give us an up close and personal update on changes in place.

It’s time to think about projects, posters, articles, and other contributions we can make to our profession. Who has ideas in the works?

I know that some folks who wanted to hear about Comparative Effectiveness Research were not able to attend the June chat, so I thought we’d explore the topic again. Helen-Ann Brown Epstein will resist being assigned to desk duty at work so she can bring us deeper into the how-to and where parts of this topic. My knowledge of the data sources was somewhat superficial; also, I could use a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of using observational data. And if you have used PubMed’s Topic Specific Query for CER or encountered research articles using this approach, tell us about your experience. I think of it as big data uses in nonacademic settings!

Finally, if anyone is less summer-weary and has a subject to explore, bring it on!

Talk to you Friday the 31st!



Name: Solo Hospital Librarians Chat
Start Time: 07/31/2015 2:00 PM CST
Duration: 01:00

US (Toll): 1-719-234-7800
US (Toll Free): 1-888-850-4523
Call in Participant Code: 959760

Louise McLaughlin, M.S.L.S., M.P.S.
Information Specialist
Woman’s Health Sciences Library

Texas Public Health Association Call for Submissions

The TPHA Annual Education Conference will be April 11-13, 2016 in Galveston, Texas. Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration for oral presentation, poster presentation, and student oral and travel competitions. Abstracts must be submitted bySeptember 30 to be considered.

The call for abstracts (and more info on the conference as it is released) can be found here:

Job Ad: LSU Health Shreveport Head of User Education and Outreach

Web posting:

Assistant/Associate Librarian, Medical Library

Posted Date: 7/22/2015
Position Number: 29042
Salary Range: Negotiable
Location: LSU Health Shreveport
Posting Open until 08/23/2015

Minimum Qualifications: Professional degree from an ALA accredited library school.  An understanding of general library procedures.  Basic understanding of computer applications in a library environment.  Knowledge of database management, spreadsheet, and word processing programs.  A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a library in an administrative or division head level position.  Team-oriented, collaborative environment, problem solving ability, and a strong commitment to quality public service, excellent microcomputer skills, ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, faculty and staff, and knowledge or emerging trends in educational methodology.  The individual must provide leadership and vision in providing educational opportunities to staff, students, and faculty of this institution.

Job Summary:
This is a full-faculty, tenure-track position in the Department of Health Sciences Library of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.  The person holding this position will be responsible for:

  • Promoting lifelong learning skills and information literacy within the health sciences center, including students, faculty, and other personnel and staff
  • Planning and coordinating educational programs
  • Developing instructional course materials for Freshman Orientation, Immersion, Module III, the Senior Selective and other courses in the curriculum
  • Planning and providing library instruction/teaching for students in the School of Allied Health Professions, Graduate School, and School of Medicine
  • Serving as the library liaison to curriculum planning/advisory committees
  • Working cooperatively with faculty to develop educational offerings
  • Coordinating educational offerings through workshops, teleconferences, and classes to meet the continuing education needs of staff, students, and faculty
  • Directly supervising personnel who might be assigned to the Section
  • Selecting and recommending appropriate materials and equipment for the needs of the Section
  • Preparing information for newsletters, brochures, informational materials related to the workings of the Section
  • Fulfilling the requirements of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region Resource Library Subcontract as follows: plan and evaluate Network programs; provide direct outreach to unaffiliated health care providers, including underserved, rural or minority health care professionals or public health workers; provide PubMed/Loansome Doc/MEDLINEplus training and support; provide direct outreach to consumers and consumer health information providers to improve health information literacy; aid in technology awareness/transfer; exhibit NLM products and services; foster and provide special outreach projects

To Apply: Applicants should submit CV and three letters of reference to the Faculty Staffing Office at LSUHSC-Shreveport via email to: or by mail to the address below.

LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport
Department of Human Resource Management
Attn: Faculty Recruitment
1501 Kings Highway, P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Ad: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (2 positions)

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is seeking an Education Librarian and an Information Technology and Innovations Librarian!

The Education Librarian will facilitate the integration of library resources and services into the medical school curriculum, serve as a liaison to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education and participate as a member of the School of Medicine curriculum committee.  The medical school curriculum will be problem-based with a focus on small group and self-directed learning.  The opportunities for librarians interested in teaching and learning are plentiful.   A detailed job description with application instructions can be found here:

The Information Technology and Innovations Librarian will facilitate the integration of emerging information technologies and innovations into the education, research and patient care mission of the School of Medicine as well as oversee library technology in collaboration with UTRGV information technology units.  A detailed job description with application instructions can be found here:

The UTRGV School of Medicine is an LCME candidate school located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the southernmost tip of South Texas. It lies along the northern bank of the Rio Grande River, which separates Mexico from the United States. The region is known for beautiful beaches at South Padre Island, citrus orchards, birdwatching, and warm winters.  UTRGV is a new institution created by The University of Texas System through the merging of The University of Texas Pan American,  The University of Texas at Brownsville, and The UT Health Science Center Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen.  The School of Medicine will be distributed across the region with campuses in Brownsville, Edinburg and Harlingen.  The School of Medicine will operate two libraries located in Edinburg (under construction) and Harlingen.  The Rio Grande Valley is a medically underserved region with unique health care challenges, and the UTRGV will have a major role in improving the health care of the South Texas community, and in relationships with Mexico and other countries south of the border.

These are excellent opportunities for librarians interested in new medical school development and community outreach!  Please contact me if you would like additional information.

Kathleen Carter, MLIS
Assistant Director, Mario E. Ramirez, M.D., Library
UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Regional Academic Health Center

2102 Treasure Hills Blvd.
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Phone: (956) 365-8850
Fax: (956) 365-8856

Job Ad: Archivist, History of Medicine Division, NLM

HMD has posted an announcement on USAJOBS ( for an archivist to coordinate the historic audio visuals program of the Images & Archives Section in the History of Medicine Division of NLM.  Images and Archives Section desires a public-service oriented leader who is a seasoned professional archivist or librarian experienced in film and video collections. Ideal candidates should also be proactive problem solvers who work well as part of a team and thrive in dynamic, changing environments. The historic audio visuals archivist is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, arranging, describing, reproducing, preserving, and providing reference, access, and outreach services for a collection of approximately 10,000 film and video titles. The successful candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge of archives and audiovisual materials.

All US citizens may apply on USAJobs using this link:

Federal government employees and former Federal government employees who are Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) may apply on USAJobs using this link:

The announcement opened today, July 16th, and will close on Monday, July 20th.  The short time period reflects NLM’s effort to expedite the hiring of talented individuals and is not an indicator of a pre-selected candidate.

Please share the announcement with anyone you know who may be interested.  Questions about the announcement can be directed to

Lisa Stevens, Human Resources Specialist

Phone: (301)594-2239