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Library Marketing and Communications Conference in Dallas – November 3 – 4, 2015

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Library Marketing and Communications Conference
Dallas, TX, Nov 3–4, 2015

Crowne Plaza Dallas Near Galleria–Addison
Organized by the Library Marketing and Communications Group
Sponsored by Amigos Library Services

About the Conference

This conference is designed for library employees of any level who are involved in marketing, communication, public relations, social media, and outreach in academic, public, and special libraries. The sessions will explore issues that are important for this niche of library work, and the conference will include time for attendees to network and to discuss mutual challenges.

This new event is an outgrowth of four previous meetings. Kieserman Media began the Association of Library Communications and Outreach Professionals (ALCOP) and ran conferences of the same name near Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012. That group ran the same basic show, renamed the Library Communications Conference (LCC), near Philly in 2013 and in New Jersey in 2014. When its leader, Bob Kieserman, decided to stop organizing the conferences, a group of former attendees decided to reboot and relaunch them.

Those of us in the budding Library Marketing and Communications (LMC) group believe that library workers deserve a small event that’s geared specifically toward the necessary work of marketing communication (MarCom), which includes public relations, social media, branding, and related topics. We feel that, if more library employees improved these skills, then all types of libraries would be in better positions to have their messages heard and to have their services well-used and appreciated.

The Program Committee of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (LMCC) is interested in receiving proposals for presentations that apply the latest trends, best practices, and research in the field while providing practical tips that can be immediately applied to any library’s communication and marketing program.

Call for Presentation Proposals

Submission Deadline: July 15
Notification of Presentation Approval: August 10

Fill out Form here:
For more information about the conference:

Although not limited to these areas, topics of interest include:

1.       Communication 101
2.       Using Social Media effectively
3.       Writing strategic marketing plans
4.       Promoting special collections
5.       User Experience and its impact on libraries
6.       Collaborating with other units or organizations
7.       Engaging the community
8.       Planning and promoting programming
9.       Creating surveys for patrons or non-users
10.   Branding
11.   Making promotional videos
12.   Designing graphics and infographics
13.   Working with the press
14.   Fundraising
15.   Crisis Communications

Criteria for Acceptance

Presentations will be evaluated according to the following:
Useful / practical learning objectives
Technical content
Interactive elements

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Fill out the form ( by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on July 15.

An e-mail confirming receipt of submission will be sent.

Please Note: Speakers will be responsible for registering for the conference and arranging their own travel and lodging. There will be a discounted block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza.

For any additional questions, send email with the subject line “LMC questions” to:

General Questions about Speaking:
Joan Barnes:
Community Engagement Librarian
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Questions about the Proposal Form:
Jodie Borgerding:
Instruction & Liaison Services Librarian
Webster University

The TMC Library Hosts “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries” Exhibit

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The TMC Library is currently hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.” This exhibit covers the overlooked participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers during the American Civil War.

The exhibit will be at the TMC Library from July 6-August 15, 2015.

There is a variety of fascinating NLM exhibits to host at your location, too! Visit the Book a Traveling Exhibition page for more info.

Phil and exhibit

Phillip Montgomery,  Head of McGovern Historical Center, The TMC Library


SCC Registration Now Open

Monday, June 29th, 2015


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

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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.


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

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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,

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

Monday, June 22nd, 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:

NIH Approves Strategic Vision to Transform National Library of Medicine

Monday, June 15th, 2015

On Thursday June 11, 2015, the NIH Advisory Committee to Director Dr. Francis Collins presented a report describing their recommendations for positioning NLM for future opportunities. Watch the recording. and read the report.

The Advisory Committee to the Director made the following recommendations:

  • Continually evolve to remain a leader in assimilating and disseminating accessible and authoritative biomedical research findings and trusted health information to the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers worldwide.
  • Lead efforts to support and catalyze open science, data sharing, and research reproducibility, striving to promote the concept that biomedical information and its transparent analysis are public goods.
  • Be the intellectual and programmatic epicenter for data science at NIH, including becoming the center of intellectual and programmatic activities in biomedical data science, and stimulate its advancement throughout biomedical research and application.
  • Strengthen its role in fostering the future generation of professionals in biomedical informatics, data science, library sciences, and related disciplines through sustained and focused training efforts.
  • Maintain, preserve, and make accessible the nation’s historical efforts in advancing biomedical research and medicine, thereby ensuring that this legacy is both safe and accessible for long-term use.
  • Have new NLM leadership evaluate what talent, resources, and organizational structures are required to ensure NLM can fully achieve its mission and best allocate its resources.

New NLM Traveling Exhibition: Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine recently debuted a new traveling exhibition entitled Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. This exhibition takes a closer look at the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly and the hidden fears of science and technology. It also showcases the role of humans discovering the mysteries of nature and the responsibilities that goes along with it.

The online component of the exhibition features various tools, including lesson plans developed by teachers and a higher education module for college students and instructors. The traveling banner exhibition is currently available.

If you are interested in Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature or maybe others, please visit  NLM’s page on booking a traveling exhibition.


Spotlight on NN/LM SCR Staff: Lindsy Frazer

Monday, June 8th, 2015

NN/LM SCR Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator

Oklahoma Liaison

Areas of expertise/Interest: evidence-based practice, systematic reviews, instruction, outreach, health information literacy

Hometown: Streamwood, IL

Education: B.A in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University, M.S. in Human Biology from the University of Indianapolis, MLIS from Dominican University and Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Dominican University

Favorite Books: The God of Small Things, The World According to Garp, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Free Time: Olympic Weightlifting, eating at new restaurants, reading


Phone: (713) 799-7103


Medical Library Association Conference 2015

Monday, June 1st, 2015

This year’s Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition was held May 15-20 in Austin, TX. This is the major professional meeting for medical librarians and the theme was “Librarians Without Limits.” The meeting provided a wonderful opportunity to learn from others, collaborate on new projects, and network with medical librarians from around the world!

Some of the activities NN/LM SCR staff participated in included:

  • NN/LM Web Developers Conference
  • NN/LM Outreach Coordinators Breakout Meeting
  • NN/LM Consumer Health Coordinators Breakout Meeting
  • NN/LM Annual Meeting of the Regional Medical Libraries and Centers
  • NN/LM Regional Medical Library All Hands Meeting
  • Two poster presentations by Consumer Health Coordinator Adela Justice:
    • “Creating a Multi-Institutional Library Liaison Program” with Beatriz Varman, Emily Couvillon, Kate Krause, Ashlynn Kogut, and Marianne Galati, all of The Texas Medical Center Library
    • “Developing a Systematic Review Service in Six Months” with Beatriz Varman, Ashlynn Kogut, Kate Krause, and Marianne Galati, all of The Texas Medical Center Library
  • Poster presentation by Associate Director Jon Goodell, Katie Prentice (OU Tulsa), and Michele Whitehead (UNT HSC Fort Worth): “A Review of the First Three Years of a Novel Leadership Development Program”
  • Top Tech Trends presentation on “The Quantified Self” by Associate Director Jon Goodell

We also have a photo album covering this year’s MLA conference on our Facebook page.


Pictured left to right:

Marcus Spann, MLIS – Community Health Coordinator
Jon Goodell, MA, AHIP – Associate Director
L. Maximilian Buja, MD – Director
Adela Justice, MLS – Consumer Health Coordinator
Michele Woods, MLIS, JD – Technology Coordinator
Lindsy Frazer, MLIS, MS, PhD – Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator
Owen Ellard, MLIS – Chief Operating Officer, The TMC Library

The NLM Update was given at the MLA Annual Meeting. Ms. Betsy Humphreys, Acting Director, gave an update on NLM-wide projects and Ms. Joyce Backus, Associate Director for Library Operations, gave an update on NLM Staff and Associate Fellows, the Exhibition Program, and Outreach as well as selected activities in other NLM Divisions.

Next year will be a joint meeting between the Medical Library Association, the Canadian Health Libraries Association, and the International Clinical Librarian Conference, May 13-18, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. We look forward to seeing you all there!