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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.


Disaster Information Management Resource Center Webinar

Friday, March 6th, 2015

NLM’s Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) will have a very special presentation at their Thursday, April 9th webinar 12:30-1:30 CST with Patrick Meier, PhD. Patrick is an internationally recognized speaker and thought leader on humanitarian technology and innovation. He will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his recent book entitled Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.

Patrick is currently the Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he both develops and deploys unique next generation humanitarian technologies in partnership with multiple humanitarian groups. Among his many accomplishments, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping for Ushahidi. Ushahidi made major contributions during the Haiti earthquake response through deploying its innovative crowdsourcing platform.

Patrick has received a numerous awards and recognitions for his work, including being named as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Read more about Patrick at

This webinar will be presented live through Adobe Connect and recorded for future viewing. More information about logging into this webinar will be posted at:

Job Ad: Nebraska RML Education Coordinator

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Even though this is not in our region, this is still a great opportunity!

This federally funded outreach position is responsible for identifying needs, directing, and evaluating the information management training of health professionals, librarians and the public in a six state area:  Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Utah, and Wyoming.  To fulfill the Nebraska outreach responsibilities, this position is responsible for carrying out activities that support the Education, Health Information Literacy, Library Advocacy, Technology, Member Services and Assessment & Evaluation projects in the state of Nebraska.

  • Lead the development of the regional education plan. This includes identifying needs, creating an implementation strategy, and determining the evaluation metrics that will show the impact the educational program has on the region.
  • Develop and lead the promotion of NN/LM MCR training and presentations to known and new audiences as identified by NN/LM MCR and NLM priorities.
  • Be the point person for new developments in instructional tools, technologies, curriculum design and educational trends for NN/LM MCR staff and the region.
  • Serve as Nebraska contact for all aspects of the NN/LM (National Network of Libraries of Medicine) program. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all National Library of Medicine consumer health resources (i.e., MEDLINEplus), technical resources (i.e., PubMed ) and other services (i.e., DOCLINE).  Assist Nebraska health professionals and libraries in connecting to NLM resources. Promote use of reliable, authoritative health websites and databases by health professionals, librarians, and the public, emphasizing the use of National Library of Medicine products and databases.
  • Maintain communication and collaborate with funding agency, contracting agency, and peer positions.
  • Submit required reports on a timely basis.
  • Present what’s happening in the Nebraska library and information, healthcare, and education communities in program planning for the region.
  • Represents the library internally and externally; serves on committees and working groups of the McGoogan Library and UNMC.
  • Engage in academic, instructional, and professional service activities.  Works to expand the knowledge base of the field through relevant research and publications.

Minimum requirements:  ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science; minimum of 3 years of experience in a health sciences or academic library; experience teaching MEDLINE and other biomedical/health related databases; proficiency with web conferencing and online instruction programs; familiarity with NLM and NN/LM programs and services;  strong leadership and program management skills and the ability to work both independently and collegially; excellent written and oral communication skills; willingness to travel; and exceptional presentation skills.  Preferred requirements: demonstrated experience in designing education programs; five years of relevant library experience; and knowledge of learning technologies and their applications.

Minimum salary is $55,000 a year.  Apply online at and refer to posting number 2015-055.  Please include complete contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin in 30 days.

Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the McGoogan Library of Medicine is one of the nation’s major health science libraries.  The library serves the information needs of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) students, faculty, and staff, as well as licensed Nebraska health professionals and residents of the state. The library supports the academic, research, and patient care outcomes of UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center, our clinical partner.  Encompassing 58,000 square feet of space, the library houses approximately 130,000 print volumes, 366 study seats, 16 group study rooms, two computer labs, and an eLearning Development Laboratory.  The Library has 15 library faculty and 16.0 FTE library support staff.  The Library has over 22,500 online journal titles and access to over 11,600  full text online books.  The library also has a robust History of Medicine collection.  For more information about the library, visit us at For more information about the University of Nebraska Medical Center go to

Omaha was founded in 1854 and is the largest city in the state of Nebraska. Omaha has a strong and vibrant business community and is home to five Fortune 500 companies. To learn more about Omaha, visit the convention and visitor’s website at

The University of Nebraska Medical Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Emily McElroy
Director, McGoogan Library of Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Office: 402.559.7078

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:

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: 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



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.


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

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.


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
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.


§ 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.


§ 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


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

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 –
Louisiana: Naomi Gonzales –
New Mexico: Jon Goodell –
Oklahoma: Lindsy Frazer –
Texas: Adela Justice –

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

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

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) ( 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 [] for more information!