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NN/LM SCR Office to be closed on Mon., Sep. 7

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

The National Library of Medicine and the administrative office NN/LM South Central Region will be closed Monday, September 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day.

DOCLINE will be available, but DOCLINE’s TimeTriggered Actions will NOT run on Monday.  For more information about TimeTriggered Actions, see the FAQ at:

DOCLINE Customer Service will not be staffed, however participants may send a message to NLM via the Contact Us link within DOCLINE or at  NLM staff will be available to respond to your questions on the next business day.

Have a safe and healthy holiday!

History of the Labor Day holiday.

history of labor day

MLA 2016 Deadline for Submissions: Sep. 15

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The deadline is coming quickly to submit an abstract for “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture l Mosaique: Faites partie du portrait global”, to be held May 13–18, 2016, in Toronto, ON, Canada.

The submission date is earlier this year to accommodate the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).

The call for submissions seeks abstracts for contributed content that supports the theme, “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture.” New this year, authors will rank how they would prefer to present their content: paper, poster, or lightning talk.

Also new are special content sessions. Groups (such as sections, chapters, special interest groups [SIGs], and others) are invited to submit proposals for engaging 1.5-hour-long sessions.

When submitting your structured abstract, decide if it’s either a research abstract or a program description abstract:

  • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Program description abstracts describe the creation and improvement of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.

The distinction is important because your abstract will be appraised using different criteria. Criteria for both Research and Program abstracts are available in the Papers and Posters FAQ.

To submit an abstract or proposal use the online contributed content submission form. The due date is *September 15, 6:00 p.m., central time.* Enter early to avoid the last-minute rush and allow time for assistance, if needed.

MLA Mosaic 2016

SCC/MLA: Early Bird Registration Ends Today (August 31, 2015)

Monday, August 31st, 2015

The annual meeting of the South Central Chapter of MLA is quickly approaching. (Oct. 2-7 2015) Early Bird registration ends August 31, 2015. If you cannot pay today, select check or P.O. option when registering, which allows payment at a later date. The Early Bird discount will still apply. There are also various CE courses for registration as well.  This year’s meeting will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas.

CE Courses will include:

SAT – Oct. 3rd (8:00 – 11:00AM)       Beginning Web Development: HTML, CSS, JS and the DOM [Hands-On]

SAT – Oct. 3rd (8:00 – Noon)             Planning, Conducting and Publishing Research

SAT – Oct. 3rd (8:00 – 5:00PM)        Foundations of Bioinformatics and Searching  [Hands-On]

SUN – Oct. 4th (8:00 – Noon)            Developing the Educator Within: Applying Instructional Trends to Enhance Teaching & Learning

WED – Oct. 7th  (8:00 – 10:00AM)   Managing Vendor Relations

WED – Oct. 7th  (8:00 – Noon)          Veterinary Medicine:  An Introduction for Health Sciences Librarians or Specialists

For more information, please visit the SCC/MLA annual meeting website.

September is National Preparedness Month

Friday, August 28th, 2015

The 2015 theme of National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Here are some recommended resources:

2015 national preparedness month

Resource Library Outreach Contacts – Annual Meeting

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

This week from Aug. 11-12 we hosted our indispensable and hardworking Resource Library outreach contacts for our annual meeting. This year we held the meeting at our own Regional Medical Library, The Texas Medical Center Library. As always, we treated them to dinner the night before at a great local restaurant.

Agenda items for the meeting included: NLM and NN/LM updates; reporting guidelines w/Q&A; and everyone had an opportunity to share what they’ve been working on during the past year.

Of course, we have more pictures from the dinner/meeting on our Facebook page to share too!

We hope to meet with many of them again in October at SCC/MLA. The date/time for that meeting is scheduled for Sat. Oct. 3, 8am-10am.

jon gives nlm update

The SCR Coordinators Visit the National Library of Medicine

Monday, August 10th, 2015

All 5 of us had the opportunity to attend Orientation at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Jon, Adela, Lindsy, Michele, and Marcus visited with the staff of the National Network Office (NNO) as well as some fellow new coordinators also attending this orientation.

We learned about the roles of the NNO staff, heard the history of the NLM, and got to meet with Betsy Humphreys, NLM Acting Director, and Joyce Backus, Associate Director, Library Operations, the department that oversees the NNO and NN/LM.

We also got a wonderful tour of the NLM facility and grounds. Did you know they give tours to the public daily at 1:30pm? If you are ever in the area, please take advantage! In the meantime, they do have a great online tour of some of their Objects of Art, all of which we were blessed to see in person.

Please check out the NN/LM SCR Facebook photo album for more photos from our visit.

Lindsy and Adela at the NLM

Lindsy and Adela at the NLM

August 2015: National Immunization Awareness Month

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized August as the National Immunization Awareness month. As such, various activities structured by the National Public Health Information Coalition will focus on encouraging individuals to safeguard their health against infectious diseases. Emphasis of the month-long program is designed to highlight the importance of immunization. The CDC in collaboration with the NPHIC has developed a toolkit as a guide. Each week will highlight a different group:

A Ready for School toolkit is available for communicating the importance of vaccinations for students as well.



RML Staff Participate in Science Boot Camp West 2015

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Technology Coordinator Michele Woods, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator Lindsy Frazer, and Community Health Coordinator Marcus Spann recently attended the Science Boot Camp West at Stanford University.

Science Boot Camp West 2015 featured timely and relevant immersive workshops and educational presentations delivered by scientists with time for discussion and information sharing among all the participants. Most of the attendees were librarians involved in supporting research in the sciences, engineering, medicine or technology.

SBCW 2015 at Stanford included researchers from:

Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco

ChEM-H Stanford’s lab for Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health

Water in the West Institute at Stanford University

NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) at Stanford University

Big Data “DeepDive: A Data System for Macroscopic Science”

Special Topics on Software and Data Carpentry with Physics and BioPhysics faculty and Tracy Teal from Software Carpentry.

We had the opportunity to tour Stanford’s spacious campus on our own, and take guided tours of the Cecil H. Green Library, the Terman’s Engineering Library, the Stanford Product Realization Lab, the Jen-Hsun Engineering Center, the Geospatial Center in the Branner Earth Sciences Library, and the design school, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

We also partaked in workshops on SciFinder, LabArchives, LabGuru, and Reaxys with vendors discussing their products.

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