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End of Year Funding Emerging Technology and PDA

Friday, March 27th, 2015

We still have limited funds for two types of subcontract awards for the for the current funding period ending April 30, 2015.  The Emerging Technology Award provides up to $4,500 per award, while the the Professional Development Award provides up to $1,500 per award.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library
713-799-7803 jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu

March is National Nutrition Month

Friday, March 27th, 2015

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We exhibited alongside this organization at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Houston in 2013, promoting NLM resources such as MedlinePlus’s Nutrition page.

Although the month of March is coming to a close, it is always a good time to review your nutrition habits and evaluate them. There are so many quality nutrition websites out there, such as:

These websites are a good educational start in your mission to eat well. Don’t forget about helpful apps that are available for your smartphone and devices. There are several of us here in the NN/LM SCR office that are using the Fooducate app, for example, which allows you to scan barcodes of food items and learn everything you wanted to know (and didn’t want to know!) about potential purchases.

Happy and healthy eating to you all!

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Medlibs and Liaison Roles

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Crossposted from medlibschat.blogspot.com

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1BP7mFA

Medlibs and Liaison Roles
Thursday, March 26th, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by TMC Librarian Rachel Helbing (@rhelbing)

Liaison librarianship is a strategy that encourages the provision of customized and relevant services to defined user groups. The most important – and challenging – aspects of this model are making contact and establishing meaningful relationships with potential library users.

See this article for tips on successful liaising http://rusa.metapress.com/content/k6737757m0745331/

Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and especially welcome students and newcomers. Some questions to consider as we meet to chat on Thursday:

  • Do you act as a liaison between your library and its users, formally or informally?
  • To whom do you liaise? i.e. academic departments/institutions,  student groups, clinician groups (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.), committees, professional organizations, others? 
  • How did you initiate contact?
  • How did you build your list of contacts?
  • How do you keep users up-to-date on library news and services?
  • Do you advocate for users’ needs within your library?
  • Has your library done team-based liaising?
  • How do you maintain relationships in the midst of personnel changes?
  • How do you measure return on investment (ROI) on the resources put into liaising?
  • What strategies have been most/least successful?
Not So Dangerous Liaisons

Image Modified by Rachel Helbing

 

NLM and the Internet (National Library of Medicine, 1994)

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

This short video chronicles the National Library of Medicine’s introduction to, and use of, the internet via Gopher, MOSAIC, and other early internet-driven resources for information search and retrieval.

New Associate Director of Library Services at UTMB in Galveston

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Rebecca “Becky” McKay Johnson has been appointed Associate Director of Library Services at the Moody Medical Library at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. She will support the Associate Vice President of Library Services and Academic Resources, Pat Ciejka, in overseeing the daily operations of the library, managing the library’s human resources program and assisting in strategic planning and budgeting. Prior to joining UTMB in March 2015, Johnson was with the Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library for eleven years where she served as Outreach Librarian and Library Services Coordinator for two off-site locations. She has a particular interest in recruiting, having chaired the University Libraries standing search committee which filled over twenty library faculty positions at Texas A&M during her three-year tenure. Becky is active in the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association where she served as treasurer, chair of various committees and on the local arrangements committees for three past meetings and the 2016 meeting to be held in Galveston.

Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project Reception

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The administrative office of the NN/LM South Central Region is located at the Texas Medical Center Library, the center of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. We are delighted to share this invitation for The Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project Reception.

The Texas Medical Center Women’s History Project will hold a reception today from 4:00 to 6:00pm, Thursday, March 19, at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library to recognize women during Women’s History Month who have made contributions to the development of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). The event is free and open to the public.

The Women’s History Project is dedicated to capturing the voices and stories of the women who have profoundly affected health-related research and health care in the Texas Medical Center. The project ensures that the interviews are preserved and accessible to the public and to researchers through the archives at the TMC Library.

The TMC Library is proud to present the second annual installment of oral history interviews with women in science who have made lasting impacts on the TMC. The women being recognized are Dr. Patricia Starck, dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing; Dr. Katherine Stream, a former senior vice president at the Texas Medical Center; Dr. Edith Irby Jones, Baylor College of Medicine; Dr. Ritsuko Komaki, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Dr. Margaret Kripke, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This year’s collection of oral histories for the TMC Women’s History Project is sponsored by the Faculty Wives & Women Faculty of the UTHealth Medical School, Friends of the TMC Library, the Texas Medical Center Library, and private donations.

For more information about the project, the March 19 event, to nominate women who have influenced the history of the TMC for inclusion in the next installment, or to financially support the project, please contact Philip Montgomery at philip.montgomery@library.tmc.edu.

TMC Women's History Project Reception

March is National Women’s Health Month

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Every March we celebrate National Women’s Health month. Some of the best health websites for women’s health are from dot-gov’s. Womenshealth.gov is a product of the Office on Women’s Health, Dept. of Health and Human Services, and contains sections on A-Z Health Topics, ePublications, News, and more.

WomensHealth homepage

 

The CDC also has a Women’s Health webpage. It features an A-Z Topics section, Women’s Health Initiatives, a section on Healthy Living, and also has lots of statistical information, as you would expect from the CDC.

CDCgov home

 

 

The National Library  of Medicine’s premiere consumer health website, MedlinePlus, has an entire Health Topics page devoted to women’s health. You will find lots of helpful links to vetted websites, links to Related Topics, Overviews, Latest News, and much more.

MedlinePlus women's health

 

 

 

 

 

 

NN/LM SCR March 2015 Update

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

I am pleased to share several recent updates about our ongoing program review, staff additions, and other activities.

In January we began a systematic program review of all activities and services performed since the beginning of the 2011-2016 funding cycle. What I am really enjoying about this is that we get to review many of the projects that have been funded by our program over the last several years. The impact to the Resource Libraries and our region has been significant! This process is an essential step toward preparation for the 2016-2021 funding cycle. I want to thank the TMC Library’s Planning & Assessment Coordinator Ashlynn Kogut and Chief Operating Officer Owen Ellard for their leadership and support in our program review. We are continuously identifying ways to improve services in support of the NN/LM mission and those living and working in the South Central Region.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Learn more about the NN/LM program.

Moving on to staffing: I want to recognize Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Administrative Assistant Jasmin Legaspi, and Technology Assistant Melissa Salas as they have been critical in ensuring continuity of services and institutional memory in recent months. Carrie has been my right hand, making travel arrangements, organizing subcontract reports, and has been an asset in so many other areas. Jasmin has done great work in office operations and preparing conference exhibit materials. Melissa has made substantive progress as the lead on our migration to a new website content management system. It addition to these three staff, our Director Dr. Buja and myself, four additional librarians work on the program.

In January, Adela Justice, MLIS, transitioned from the TMC Library Client Relationship Management department as a Liasion Librarian to Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. In 2002 she joined the Texas Medical Center Library as a Consumer Health and Outreach Librarian, and in 2008 received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association. For the past two years Adela has managed the Resource Library Outreach subcontract between The TMC Library and the NN/LM SCR. This is the first time we have had someone with this high level of previous experience in the SCR program in recent memory and it really shows!

Lindsy Frazer, MS, MLIS, PhD, joined us in mid-February as our new Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator and Oklahoma Liaison. Originally from Chicago, Lindsy came to us from an Arkansas public library where she was the manager of an outreach department. One of Lindsy’s roles is to manage our Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) program. Many libraries recognize the value in having a position focused on assessment of library services and we are very fortunate two have two; albeit focused on different service areas in our organization. I meet with Lindsy, Ashlynn, and Owen every Wednesday to discuss program assessment.

Marcus Spann, MLIS, began the first week in March as our new Community Health Coordinator and Arkansas Liaison. His previous position was as a librarian with outreach responsibilities at a Louisiana public library. I met Marcus in October 2013 at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, the year he received our Library Student Outreach Award. Marcus is also our new DOCLINE Coordinator. DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) system.

Our new Technology Coordinator and Louisiana Liaison is scheduled to begin work later this month. She has an MLIS and JD, with experience in libraries, sponsored programs, and university level teaching. I am very excited she will be joining us soon!

You can see our contact information on our Staff Directory.

Earlier this week I attended the South Central Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) ILL Committee meeting as part of our role in supporting DOCLINE in the South Central Region. About 18 representatives from NN/LM SCR Resource Libraries attended this biannual meeting.

And on a personal note, I recently played a wonderful concert program with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.  Scroll down to the second article of the library’s News Room to read more about the TMC Library’s longstanding involvement with the TMC Orchestra. NN/LM South Central Region Director, and TMC Library Executive Director, Dr. Maximilian Buja, then Dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, supported the TMC Orchestra from its very beginning in 2001. As a lifetime amateur violinist I cannot begin to express how fulfilling it is to work for an organization that inspires this type of creative outlet.

I am very interested in your feedback and thoughts as we work to support the progress of medicine and improve the public health in the South Central Region. Please call me directly at 713-799-7803.

This blog and our NN/LM SCR Email Discussion List are the best places to read about our programs.

Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP
Associate Director
NN/LM South Central Region
Texas Medical Center Library

Congrats to the 2015 MLA Award, Grants and Scholarship Recipients

Friday, March 13th, 2015

We would like to congratulate all of the recent MLA awardees.

In particular, we would like to a give special recognition to individuals within the region. (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) They are:

 

Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grant

Amanda Gautreaux, AHIP, Chabert Medical Library, Chabert Medical Center, Houma, LA

MLA Scholarship for Minority Students

Tyler Moses, Library Science and Health Studies, Texas Woman’s University−Denton

 

They will be recognized at this year’s MLA conference in Austin, Texas.

Congrats, Amanda and Tyler!!

Changes on MedlinePlus’ Videos & Cool Tools page

Friday, March 13th, 2015

MedlinePlus’ Videos & Cool Tools page recently did away with the longtime “Interactive Tutorials” feature, but there are more cool anatomy videos and surgery videos available than ever!

Take a look if you haven’t done so in awhile and see how these valuable pages can help you and the consumers you serve.

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