The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a second beta release of MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings) RDF around June 18, 2015. The first beta release of MeSH RDF was published in November 2014 for selected institutions and organizations. Since that time, NLM Linked Data Infrastructure Working Group has been working with the selected institutions to test and evaluate MeSH RDF. Feedback from these and other interested parties have provided NLM with data on the potential use cases for MeSH RDF. This second beta release of MeSH RDF is designed to address some of our users’ needs and to improve the product. In addition to updating the MeSH RDF content to the 2015 version of MeSH, the new beta release includes a proof of concept for multi-lingual capability. Specific changes to the MeSH RDF schema, including changes to the URI structure, are documented in the release notes available at http://hhs.github.io/meshrdf/release-notes.html. This second beta phase is now open to any interested parties and NLM is encouraging any potential users of MeSH RDF to test this new beta version and provide comments and feedback.
June 18th, 2015 by Melissa Salas | Posted in Job Ad | Comments Off on Job Ad: Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries
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Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ctr
HSC – El Paso
Plans and directs the overall operation of a major department (with institutional oversight) and provides leadership for staff members. Meets ORP eligibility requirements. Under executive direction, performs highly varied administrative duties involving the use of independent judgment and professional skills. Responsible for all employees assigned to area.
Works closely with TTUHSC El Paso Provost on matters associated with library services; provides updates as directed; follows through on all directives efficiently and effectively to meet departmental objectives on behalf of institution
Directs operations and all library activities on the TTUHSC El Paso campus
Evaluates informational needs of the TTUHSC El Paso community and responds to those needs
Maintains library facilities to support institutional educational goals and objectives
Plans, directs, and monitors extramural library services to unaffiliated populations in the region, including users from the general public
Prepares and submits internal and external reports on library organization, resources, funding, book stock, and staffing
Performs all duties associated with position of Records Management Officer and Archivist of TTUHSC El Paso
Directs the development, marketing, and updating of all library services contracts throughout the region
Serves as administrative library liaison for TTUHSC El Paso
Serves as Rare Books purchaser for institution. Directs the development and maintenance of a library collection of books, periodicals, records, films, tapes and a variety of other library materials
Serves as member of national, state, local library organizations at the discretion of supervisory authority
Works closely with institutional leadership and participates in SACS related activities in preparation for separate institutional accreditation; collaborates with TTUHSC library leadership to ensure compliance with SACS standards under scope of responsibility during transition
Directs and controls the expenditure of departmental fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets. Prepares and submits annual library budgets for approval
Plans and administers program of library services; submits recommendations on library policies and services to governing body, and implements policy decisions
Analyzes, selects, and executes recommendations of personnel in accordance with institutional policies and procedures; submits annual evaluations and conducts periodic review for insurance of productivity expectations
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s preferred. Seven years progressively responsible management experience required. Education beyond bachelor’s level may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Master’s degree from ALA accredited library school
Ability to manage and plan complex multisite schedules of library operations
Language familiarity with at least two modern languages (as well as at least one classical language)
Familiarity with Texas state educational organizational, legislation, regulations, and operations
Experience with the National Network of Libraries for Medicine (NNLM) and maangement of an NNLM Resource Library
Experience with electronic resources, electronic lending resources, and library consortia
Effective team building
As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.
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Salary commensurate with related education, experience and/or skills
Compensation is commensurate upon the qualifications of the individual selected and budgetary guidelines of the hiring department, as well as, the institutional pay plan. For additional information, please reference the institutional pay plan on the Human Resources webpage.
June 17th, 2015 by Lindsy Frazer | Posted in Health Literacy | Comments Off on Health Literacy and Palliative Care Conference
Registration is now open for The Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy’s July 9, 2015 Health Literacy and Palliative Care Conference.
The conference will feature presentations and discussions focused on the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care- medical care for serious illness focused on symptom management and improving the quality of life. The conference can be attended in-person or via webcast and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m EST.
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.
June 12th, 2015 by Marcus Spann | Posted in General (all entries) | Comments Off on New NLM Traveling Exhibition: Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
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.
June 10th, 2015 by Adela Justice | Posted in Consumer Health | Comments Off on June issue of NIH News in Health
Check out the June issue of NIHNewsinHealth, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical healthnews and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark http://health.nih.gov:
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June 8th, 2015 by Adela Justice | Posted in PubMed | Comments Off on New Venn Diagram for PubMed Searches
There is now a new, easy way to generate Venn diagrams based on a PubMed search. Called “PubVenn“, it is an experimental project of Ed Sperr, M.L.I.S. The description is:
“PubVenn takes a complex PubMed search and divides it into its constituent parts. It then searches those disparate parts and shows the piles of citations they return using a proportionally-sized venn diagram.”
Users also report you can search multiple authors to see a visualization of their co-authorship collaborations.
Take some time to explore this interesting tool and see what Venn diagrams result for your search terms.
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
June 5th, 2015 by Melissa Salas | Posted in Job Ad | Comments Off on Job Ad: Senior Director of the HSC Libraries UTHSCSA
The Senior Director of the Health Science Center (HSC) Libraries is a critical institutional partner who will promote and lead the Health Science Center’s efforts to position the Library as a forward- thinking learning environment and research resource center for our exemplary faculty, students, and staff. As libraries are transformed to become learning centers that promote multiple modalities of engagement across the HSC and external community, the Senior Director will play a pivotal role in shaping how the Library is both a repository of accumulated knowledge and information and an innovative stimulator for knowledge creation.
Reporting to the Vice President, Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, the Senior Director of Libraries has principal responsibilities in the following areas:
Provides leadership in establishing the library as the primary repository of accumulated knowledge and information for the UTHSC and as a stimulator for knowledge creation;
Develops library services to meet the mission and strategic plan of the UTHSC including education, research, clinical care, and community service, and leads library strategic and annual planning efforts;
Manages, with the Library’s leadership team, the professionals and staff on all campuses, assuring that they carry out their duties efficiently and effectively and in compliance with institutional policies and procedures;
Manages the library’s budget and monitors expenditures for the purpose of ensuring the proper mix and level of library holdings while providing effective programs; and projects future budget needs for the collection, personnel, equipment, facilities, and services;
Assures that information about library programs and services is communicated in a systematic and timely manner to constituents, library staff, campus administration, and library partners;
Seeks opportunities to work with partners on campus and in the community to promote and improve library services and programs, including grant-writing and fund-raising activities, in coordination with the Office of Institutional Advancement;
Represents the UTHSC and the library in national, regional and statewide library consortia and organizations;
Oversees management of the library physical facilities, including new construction, renovations, furniture repair and replacement, and plans for future improvements to facilities; and
Undertakes additional or special duties as
Minimum Requirements: Master’s Degree in Library Science, or Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association, and seven years of professional library experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with administrative and/or managerial and supervisory responsibilities, in an academic library environment, and in particular, an academic health center environment.