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New Funding Opportunities From NLM

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine has announced new funding opportunities for Regional Medical Libraries and supporting offices for the 2016-2021 period of performance (NLM Announcement). This is the program helps us provide training and subcontract funding opportunities in the five state South Central Region of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as the eight full-time positions in the NN/LM South Central Region office here at The Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas.

In addition to the Regional Medical Library program, NLM has announced funding opportunities for serving as one of five NN/LM national offices. These offices are the NN/LM DOCLINE Coordination Office, the NN/LM Web Services Office, the NN/LM Training Office, the NN/LM Evaluation Office, and the NN/LM Public Health Coordination Office.

All levels of governance at The Texas Medical Center Library are committed to continuing our work with the National Library of Medicine to support the biomedical information and training needs of the South Central Region. We are a consortial library serving the 56 institutions and 112,000 employees of The Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. We are on track to submit a strong application to continue serving as the Regional Medical Library for the South Central Region.

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

NLM Director Retirement Program

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

On Monday, March 30, NN/LM South Central Region Director L. Maximilian Buja, MD and I had the honor of attending the retirement program of National Library of Medicine Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD. Having been appointed in 1984, Dr. Lindberg is the longest serving NLM Director. His impact on biomedical communication, medical informatics, and medical librarianship, is significant.

He introduced numerous landmark projects such as free Internet access to MEDLINE via PubMed, MedlinePlus for the general public, the Visible Human Project,, the Unified Medical Language System, and more. Don also created the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). NCBI has been a focal point for “Big Data” in biomedicine for decades, providing rapid access to the data generated by the Human Genome Project and now to massive amounts of genetic sequence data generated from evolving high-throughput sequencing technologies. GenBank, PubMed Central, and dbGaP are just some of the many NCBI databases that support and enable access to the results of research funded by NIH and many other organizations.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, and several others, shared many wonderful achievements and anecdotes. Please read the NIH Director’s statement (excerpt above) on Dr. Lindberg’s retirement to learn more about his career and accomplishments.

Added April 16, 2015: Video Tributes

Here are a few photos of the program and reception.

Lindberg RetirementLindberg as Gutenberg Lindberg Retirement Panel 1 Lindberg Retirement Panel 2 Lindberg Retirement Panel 3 Lindberg Retirement Reception 2


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

Website Migration Complete

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

The infrastructure for all National Network of Libraries of Medicine websites is operated by the Web Services Technology Operations Center (Web-STOC) at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library in Seattle, WA. Thanks to the excellent work of Michael Boer, Aron Beal, and Deric Ruhl of the Web-STOC team and Melissa Salas in my library, we recently completed our migration to a new website content management system (March 30, 2015). I also want to recognize Emily Hurst, Naomi Gonzales, and Michelle Malizia for their significant contributions to the SCR migration, and to Web-STOC’s understanding of what the RMLs would need. We hope you like it!

Each NN/LM Region and Center has hundreds of pages of content. From an IT perspective this is a major project management success. The NN/LM Outreach Evaluation Resource Center was the first NN/LM Center to complete its migration (February 12, 2015). The MidContinental Region and South Central Region both went live March 30.

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

March 2015 SCR Website

Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine seek your nominations for this year’s Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award. University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Native and Distance Services Librarian Pat Bradley, MLS, AHIP, was the 2014 recipient.


  • Nominees must be currently employed as a health sciences librarian and have worked in such a position for at least five years immediately preceding the award.
  • Nominations may be made for contributions by the librarian as demonstrated by excellence and achievement in leadership, publications, teaching, research, special projects, or any combination of these.
  • Nomination must be made in writing and include the following information:
    1. Official nomination form (
    2. Five page description of the nominee’s achievements
    3. Current resume or curriculum vitae
    4. Additional information (no more than 5 pages double-spaced) that would assist the jury in the evaluation of the nomination and selection of the recipient
  • Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.
  • Nominations must be received by June 1, and can be submitted via mail, email or fax:

Friends of the National Library of Medicine
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814

Fax: 301-657-1296


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

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!


Medlibs and Liaison Roles

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Crossposted from


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

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

TMC Women's History Project Reception