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Job Ad: LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport Instructor/Assistant Librarian

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Please note application instructions at the end of the posting.

Web posting: http://www.lsuhscshreveport.edu/HumanResources/Jobs/2120.aspx

Instructor/Assistant Librarian, Medical Library
Posted Date: 2/18/2015
Position Number: 29108
Salary Range: Negotiable
Location: LSU Health Shreveport
Posting Open until Filled

Minimum Qualifications:

ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science; an understanding of general library procedures; organizational ability. Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to contribute to a team-oriented, collaborative environment as well as to work independently; problem solving ability; working knowledge of office productivity software; and ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, faculty and staff.

Preferred: Health sciences reference experience, including database searching; familiarity with medical vocabulary and evidence-based practice as it relates to the literature; membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Job Summary: This is a faculty position which can be at the rank of instructor or it can be tenure-track with the rank of assistant librarian/assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience. Responsibilities include:

  • Provision of timely and accurate reference assistance to faculty, staff, students and other patrons
  • Searching of databases in support of research, patient care, and other inquiries
  • Developing and teaching library-initiated classes, as well as teaching curriculum classes
  • Collection of reference statistics from all service points
  • Liaison duties for assigned departments
  • Participation in morning report
  • Creation and maintenance of LibGuides in assigned subject areas
  • Activities expected of faculty members (committee service, publishing, pursuit of grants, research, teaching)

To Apply: Applicants should submit CV and three letters of reference to the Faculty Staffing Office at LSUHSC-Shreveport via email to: ShvFacultyRecruitment@lsuhsc.edu 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: Reference and Outreach Librarian at UAMS

Monday, February 16th, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES LIBRARY

POSITION DESCRIPTION – REFERENCE AND OUTREACH LIBRARIAN (2-2015)

Priority will be given to applications received by March 15, 2015.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library seeks an outgoing librarian for the position of Reference and Outreach Librarian. The University and the Library have strong commitments to outreach and service to the state of Arkansas, with an increasing emphasis on outreach as a hallmark of these institutions. We are looking for a flexible team player capable of leading a multi-department outreach team. This librarian must have a positive attitude toward service and a strong ability to connect with people in a genuine manner. It is also imperative that this librarian be able to represent UAMS with the utmost professionalism.

CAMPUS SETTING

Founded in 1879, UAMS is the only academic health sciences center in Arkansas. The UAMS Library supports the education, clinical, research, and outreach activities of six colleges (Graduate School, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), a comprehensive medical center, and several institutes of excellence. The UAMS Library serves the health information needs of the citizens in Pulaski County and provides support to the rest of the state through a nationally renowned network of Regional Center Libraries (formerly AHECs). This Library also serves as the only resource library in the state for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Faculty, staff, and students work and study in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Information on the beautiful, vibrant city of Little Rock can be found at http://www.littlerock.com/.

EDUCATION & REFERENCE SERVICES (E&RS)
The E&RS faculty is a team of five librarians directly reporting to the Head of Education and Reference Services. This faculty reference position participates in coverage of daily reference activities including providing one-on-one end user education, teaching classes, answering reference questions, and providing assistance with basic literature searching. This librarian coordinates the off-campus outreach activities of the Library and works closely with other members of reference to support the educational, research, and clinical information needs of an academic health sciences center.

All reference librarians participate as active members of the Library’s Liaison Team acting as liaison to departments, programs or colleges as assigned. They also serve on library, university, professional and/or public service committees and contribute to the departmental and the Library’s strategic planning processes.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE REFERENCE AND OUTREACH LIBRARIAN:

Leads the Library’s Outreach Team and coordinates regular meetings as needed;
§ Coordinates outreach activities off campus, including the development and implementation of programs to serve the health information needs of Arkansas health professionals, librarians and citizens;
§ Develops outreach goals with the Director of Library Operations and Head of Education & Reference Services;
§ Prepares proposals for NN/LM SCR Request for Proposals for each outreach contract period;
§ Coordinates outreach activities to meet all NN/LM SCR outreach subcontract requirements including:
o Providing instruction in NLM and UAMS Library resources to citizens of Arkansas;
o Teaching classes, as requested, for target groups identified in the NN/LM
Subcontract which include but are not limited to searching PubMed, use of
Loansome Doc and other National Library of Medicine databases and resources;
o Exhibiting at professional conferences and health fairs locally and throughout
Arkansas;
o Completing NN/LM reports for outreach activities (quarterly and as needed);
o Attending outreach sessions at regional and national meetings whenever possible;
§ Contributes to the professional network of health sciences librarians in Arkansas through awareness activities, sharing of information and consultations as needed;
§ Identifies additional outreach-related funding for collaborative projects with health-related organizations and public libraries in Arkansas;
§ Travels, as needed, within the state of Arkansas to conduct outreach activities;Tracks and prepares outreach and individual reference statistics;
§ Maintains current information for the Outreach-related webpages in collaboration with the Marketing Librarian and the Library Web Services Manager;
§ Provides technical expertise and instruction on web tools and software to library staff;
§ Stays informed regarding trends in library outreach, reference, web and mobile technologies;

Assists with any special projects related to outreach activities as requested by the Director of Library Operations and/or the Head of Education and Reference Services.

Provides coverage of reference services to UAMS faculty, students, and staff via traditional and emerging technologies including providing one-on-one end user education and other classes, answering reference questions, providing assistance with database usage, and performing minor troubleshooting of public computer problems.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

§ Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
§ A minimum of two years of professional experience in public services in an academic health sciences or academic library or significant work within an NN/LM Regional Medical Library as a Coordinator or grant writer/reviewer.
§ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with physicians, hospital administrators, researchers and other health professionals at the colleague level· Ability to make outstanding, professional presentations
§ Significant experience searching and teaching MEDLINE, and other biomedical/health-related databases
§ Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and as the leader of a team
§ Excellent program planning skills
§ Ability to build collegial, partnership level relationships both on and off campus
§ Strong computer skills and experience with various online environments including mobile technologies
§ Commitment to professional development and participation in professional activities
§ Commitment to providing high-quality customer service
§ Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
§ Willingness and ability to lift and move equipment, exhibiting materials etc.

QUALIFICATIONS PREFERRED:

§ Two or more years providing NN/LM-funded outreach services
§ Experience in an academic medical center and/or life sciences background
§ Extensive multi-year experience teaching biomedical databases and consumer health resources
§ Experience writing grants and proposals at the academic or NN/LM level

POSITION BENEFITS & APPLICATION INFORMATION

Minimum salary is $45,000, commensurate with education and experience. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track faculty appointment with a competitive benefits package with 22 days of vacation,
11 holidays, and 12 days sick leave annually, and retirement plan options including TIAA/CREF and Fidelity.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Priority will be given to applications received by March 15, 2015. Please email a letter of application, curriculum vita, and names of 3 professional references (with full contact information) to:

Susan Steelman, MLIS
Head of Education & Reference Services
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library
SteelmanSusanC@uams.edu

Call for Lightning Talks at MLA’15

Friday, February 13th, 2015

You are invited to submit a proposal for “Lightning Talks: Going Beyond the Limits,” taking place on Monday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.–11:55 a.m., during MLA ’15 in Austin, TX. Lightning talks are brief presentations on new research or service implementations. Each presenter will be allotted five minutes and up to three slides. Proposals will be considered for any topic that supports the overall theme of Librarians without Limits. Lightning talks are open to new submissions only. Please do not submit a proposal if you are represented elsewhere in the 2015 program.

Submissions in the form of a four-sentence/one-paragraph abstract will be accepted from February 9 to March 16. Notification of acceptance will take place approximately on April 2, with all presentation slides required by May 11. For more information, see the submission site, frequently asked questions, or the MLA ’15 website.

NN/LM SCR Program Update

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you about a number of recent personnel changes. As many of you may know, our Community Health Coordinator and Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator positions are currently vacant. I am pleased to share that two excellent librarians will be filling these positions shortly.

Lindsy Frazer, MLIS, MS, PhD, will join us in mid-February as Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator. Lindsy comes to us from an Arkansas public library where she is the manager of an outreach department. Marcus Spann, MLIS, will begin the first week in March as Community Health Coordinator. Marcus is a librarian with outreach responsibilities in a Louisiana public library. Marcus has received advanced training in medical librarianship and attended SCC/MLA in 2013.

I am also pleased to share that I have named Jon Goodell as Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR. Jon joined the TMC Library in July 2014 as Head of Information Systems and Library Computing. He has extensive experience in a number of related areas including library community outreach, grants administration, and teaching. Jon will be dedicated 100% to this position. Owen will serve as COO and Head of Information Systems and Library Computing.

One of the primary responsibilities of our program Coordinators is to coordinate the Resource Library subcontracts. The following are the state coordinator contacts:

Arkansas: Marcus Spann – marcus.spann@library.tmc.edu
Louisiana: Naomi Gonzales – naomi.gonzales@library.tmc.edu
New Mexico: Jon Goodell – jon.goodell@library.tmc.edu
Oklahoma: Lindsy Frazer – lindsy.frazer@library.tmc.edu
Texas: Adela Justice – ajustice@library.tmc.edu

I want to thank the TMC Library’s Chief Operating Officer, Owen Ellard, for his role as Interim Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR during this two-month transition period. As you know, we are committed to promoting NLM resources and supporting outreach programs in the SCR region. We are now on target for our reapplication for the 2016-2021 RML funding cycle.

L. Maximilian Buja, MD
Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
Executive Director
The Texas Medical Center Library

MLA Seeks New MLA News Editor

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Reposted from MLAnet.org

Looking for a chance to participate in MLA activities? Interested in keeping MLA members informed about professional opportunities, association projects, and resources relevant to health information professionals? If so, consider applying to be the next MLA News editor!

Current MLA News editor Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, FMLA, will complete her term in May 2015.  A search committee is accepting applications through February 23, 2015, from MLA members who are interested in serving in this volunteer position.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume or CV, and three references via email to Elizabeth Lund, staff liaison to the search committee.

Please feel free to contact search committee members with questions: Jason Alden Bengtson, AHIP, Daniel Burgard, Melissa De Santis, AHIP, Beverly Murphy, AHIP, Meredith I. Solomon, AHIP, or Elizabeth Lund.

Position Description
The editor of the MLA News is an appointed official of the association and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. The appointee must be a member of the association with the experience and background necessary to produce a quality publication. The MLA News editor is appointed for a three-year term. After the first term, the editor can be reappointed for one additional three-year period.

General Responsibilities
The editor develops the editorial content of the MLA News in accordance with the association’s mission and policies, in keeping with the budget requirements, and in consultation with the president, the executive director, and any other person or committee designated by the board to advise on matters related to the MLA News.

The editor maintains a collegial relationship with all MLA members and staff to ensure the publication of a quality newsletter and to support, assist, and train members who wish to publish newsletter articles.

Learn more at MLAnet.org.

Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator

Friday, January 30th, 2015

After nearly twelve years of service to the TMC Library and South Central Region, Karen Vargas is moving on to a position at the NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center. We thank Karen for her service and wish her well.

As you know Karen’s position was Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator. I am pleased to share that Lindsy Frazer, MLIS, MS, PhD, will join us in mid February in this capacity. Lindsy comes to us from an Arkansas public library where she is the manager of an outreach department. We will contact the Resource Libraries that this personnel change impacts individually.

Posted on behalf of:

L. Maximilian Buja, MD
Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region
Executive Director, The Texas Medical Center Library
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Teleconference on New Funding Mechanism for RML 2016-21 Award Cycle

Monday, January 26th, 2015

In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) (http://nnlm.gov) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information. Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements. This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects. A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.

After nearly 45 years as contracts, the RMLs will return to grants, more specifically cooperative agreements, as the funding mechanism for the 2016-2021 award cycle. Cooperative agreements will allow NLM to actively participate in the work of the RMLs and Centers, enable the RMLs and Centers to better coordinate programs among their Regions and areas of responsibility, and enable the RMLs and Centers to better respond to regional and national needs during the five year grant period. Until the early 1970’s the RMLs were originally funded as grants but transitioned to contracts to allow NLM more oversight and standardization of the work.

NLM is hosting a teleconference Tuesday, January 27, to discuss the decision to go with this award mechanism. NLM will have Extramural Program staff on the call to help get you started if you plan to apply and what you need to do now.

Join us:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 4pm ET

Teleconference Number:  US/CAN Toll Free:  1-888-450-5996, Participant Passcode662939

Check out the NLM News announcement [http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nlm_rfi_telecon_2015.html] for more information!

Farewell Cheryl Rowan

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Cheryl Rowan

On January 15, 2015, the NN/LM SCR bids farewell to Cheryl Rowan, the Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. Cheryl held two different positions during her tenure at the NN/LM SCR. She was hired as the Public Health Coordinator in June 2009, and became passionate about providing information outreach services to the public health workforce. In addition to teaching the NN/LM SCR’s existing classes, including the Public Health on the Web class, she developed several classes and conducted webinars on topics designed to broaden the public health community’s knowledge of information sources.

Recognizing the importance of statistics in the public health realm, she created the class Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as…Easy as 1,2,3. Originally created for the public health workforce, this class became very popular with various groups throughout the Region. She also created the class From Beyond Our Borders: Providing Health Information to Refugee Populations which was designed to assist librarians and others who work with refugee populations. This class was the first of its type for NLM and has been taught throughout the country. As one NLM staff member noted in an email sent to the NN/LM SCR office: “You are blazing a trail with this new course content.”

Cheryl was keenly interested in helping provide information to culturally diverse communities. At the 8th Annual Diversity Rx Conference, she conducted a presentation on providing relevant and culturally appropriate health information to refugee and immigrant communities. In addition, she coordinated the development of the NN/LM SCR’s Health Disparities Taskforce which brought together librarians and information professionals serving a variety of populations to determine how to best meet the needs of culturally diverse groups. Information gleaned from this taskforce led to a poster presented at the 2012 Health Disparities Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit, a paper presented at the SCC/MLA 2011 conference and the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award.

Perhaps Cheryl’s biggest contribution to the program was in the area of health information literacy. She assumed ownership of the existing NN/LM health literacy class, revising it to including information on cultural competency. In addition to teaching this class at libraries throughout the Region, she conducted presentations on health literacy at numerous state events, including the Arkansas Health Literacy Partnership Winter Conference, Community Health Centers of Arkansas Annual Conference and the Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit.

In December of 2012, Cheryl assumed the Consumer Health Coordinator position. She created the class Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources which provided information on locating nutrition information and the link between nutrition and health. Cheryl also spearheaded the NN/LM SCR’s efforts to inform librarians about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She conducted numerous webinars on the ACA for state libraries and the Region as a whole. These webinars were well attended and were beneficial in allaying the concerns of public libraries on the role they would play in ACA.

Throughout the years, Cheryl has received many awards and accolades. Even before she became an NN/LM SCR employee, she was the recipient of the NN/LM SCR’s first library student outreach award. In recognition of her dedication to helping provide health information to underserved communities, she was named a 2012 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. Finally, in October 2014, she received the SCC/ MLA Librarian of the Year Award in acknowledgment of all her work in the field of health sciences librarianship.

We wish Cheryl the best of luck as she embarks on another chapter in her life. She will be missed.

Farewell to Emily Hurst

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Emily Hurst

On December 5, 2014, the NN/LM SCR says goodbye to Technology Coordinator Emily Hurst.  Emily started at the NN/LM SCR in February 2010 and it was evident from her first day that she would make significant contributions to the program.  She began work during a time in which we were beginning the strategic planning process for the 2011 – 2016 RML Contract. Although she was new, she jumped right into brainstorming for the next proposal to ensure that Network members had the technology solutions necessary for successful audience engagement.

It is difficult to overemphasize the impact Emily has had on the program.  She is responsible for the development of many of the NN/LM SCR’s most successful funding opportunities, including the Digital Preservation and Access (DiPA) Award and the Mobile Applications Project (MAP) Award.  She has created many classes for the NN/LM SCR, including That’s a Wrap: Creating and Editing Video and Information at Your Fingertips: Tablet and e-Readers.  These classes have been extremely popular not only in the South Central Region but also throughout the country.  She completed a major revision to the class Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers and converted it into a highly successful Moodle class.  Emily consistently received extremely favorable reviews for all her classes.  Those of you who attended her classes know that she was uniquely able to communicate technical concepts in easy-to-understand format.  Her classes were always fun and informative.  As one attendee noted, “this was the most transformative class that I can ever remember taking.”

Emily was extremely innovative and forward thinking when it came to technology programming for the Region.  She was responsible for the development of the NN/LM SCR’s YouTube page, which, it should be noted, was the first YouTube page of any RML program. She was also pivotal in establishing the NN/LM SCR’s flourishing social media presence.  Those of you who have been readers of Blogadillo throughout the years likely noticed that the number of staff pictures featured in posts jumped dramatically after Emily joined the NN/LM SCR. She always encouraged staff to take pictures at classes, exhibits and meetings so that they could be shared with Network members.

Emily made many contributions behind the scenes, including, providing guidance on hardware and software purchases for both the office and its awardees, helping to ensure section 508 compliance, and spearheading the NN/LM SCR’s migration to Drupal.  Those of you who have attended an SCR CONNECTions webinars may not know that Emily was the technical support that helped things to run smoothly. Indeed, her ability to provide technology assistance in a quick and non-judgmental manner led NN/LM SCR staff to contact her prior to contacting the library’s IT department.  Emily always came through for the staff.

The former Associate Director of the NN/LM SCR, Michelle Malizia wrote, “On a personal note, Emily was invaluable to me in my role as the Associate Director, providing me with a lot of insight on technology and assistance with determining where technology funding should be directed to best meet the needs of the program.  In Emily’s first month at the NN/LM SCR, I told her that I knew she was going to be a leader in the profession. That was evident from the start. I also knew that she wouldn’t be at the NN/LM SCR office forever and that we were lucky to have her for however long she stayed.  I give my thanks to her on behalf of the program during my tenure. I wish Emily all the best in the future as she embarks on another bright chapter in her life. ”
Best wishes and good luck!

December Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NIHNews in Health_Dec 2014The December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research is now available:

Features:

Feeling Stressed? Stress Relief Might Help Your Health

f you’re feeling stressed out over supposedly fun things—like holiday gatherings or vacations—it might be time to reassess. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress may help your health.

When Your Back Hurts: Don’t Let Back Pain Knock You Flat

Your back is a complicated structure, and  a lot can go wrong with it. Protect your back by learning about the causes, treatment, and prevention of back pain.

Health Capsules:

Detecting Rare Disease-Producing Glitches

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History

Featured Website: Go4Health

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
Visit our Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like us to cover, or let us know what you find helpful about the newsletter. We’d like to hear from you!
Please pass the word on to your colleagues about NIH News in Health. We are happy to send a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries or clinics. Just email us or call for more information.