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Emerging Technology Award Call for Applications

I am pleased to announce special funding for ten additional $4,500 Emerging Technology Awards for the current funding period ending April 30, 2015 (application).
The purpose of the Emerging Technology Award (ETA) is to assist libraries in the integration of new and emerging technologies in their institutions to promote health information services.

Potential emerging technologies include but are not limited to: 3-D printing and/or scanning, wearable technologies, application of the “Internet of Things” for health purposes, the use of gamification for the promotion of health information or the creation of mobile applications focused on health information or increasing access ton high quality health information. Special emphasis is given to projects that utilize products or services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Examples of resources including but not limited to; resources available from the NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites, free NLM Application Programing Interface (API) and the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Eligibility: Network members in the NN/LM SCR (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are eligible to apply. Network membership is free and open to institutions interested in providing health information. To apply for membership:http://nnlm.gov/scr/services/member.html

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

NN/LM SCR March 2015 Update

I am pleased to share several recent updates about our ongoing program review, staff additions, and other activities.

In January we began a systematic program review of all activities and services performed since the beginning of the 2011-2016 funding cycle. What I am really enjoying about this is that we get to review many of the projects that have been funded by our program over the last several years. The impact to the Resource Libraries and our region has been significant! This process is an essential step toward preparation for the 2016-2021 funding cycle. I want to thank the TMC Library’s Planning & Assessment Coordinator Ashlynn Kogut and Chief Operating Officer Owen Ellard for their leadership and support in our program review. We are continuously identifying ways to improve services in support of the NN/LM mission and those living and working in the South Central Region.

The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. Learn more about the NN/LM program.

Moving on to staffing: I want to recognize Executive Assistant Carrie Rogers, Administrative Assistant Jasmin Legaspi, and Technology Assistant Melissa Salas as they have been critical in ensuring continuity of services and institutional memory in recent months. Carrie has been my right hand, making travel arrangements, organizing subcontract reports, and has been an asset in so many other areas. Jasmin has done great work in office operations and preparing conference exhibit materials. Melissa has made substantive progress as the lead on our migration to a new website content management system. It addition to these three staff, our Director Dr. Buja and myself, four additional librarians work on the program.

In January, Adela Justice, MLIS, transitioned from the TMC Library Client Relationship Management department as a Liasion Librarian to Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison. In 2002 she joined the Texas Medical Center Library as a Consumer Health and Outreach Librarian, and in 2008 received her Consumer Health Information Specialization, Level II, from the Medical Library Association. For the past two years Adela has managed the Resource Library Outreach subcontract between The TMC Library and the NN/LM SCR. This is the first time we have had someone with this high level of previous experience in the SCR program in recent memory and it really shows!

Lindsy Frazer, MS, MLIS, PhD, joined us in mid-February as our new Outreach & Evaluation Coordinator and Oklahoma Liaison. Originally from Chicago, Lindsy came to us from an Arkansas public library where she was the manager of an outreach department. One of Lindsy’s roles is to manage our Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) program. Many libraries recognize the value in having a position focused on assessment of library services and we are very fortunate two have two; albeit focused on different service areas in our organization. I meet with Lindsy, Ashlynn, and Owen every Wednesday to discuss program assessment.

Marcus Spann, MLIS, began the first week in March as our new Community Health Coordinator and Arkansas Liaison. His previous position was as a librarian with outreach responsibilities at a Louisiana public library. I met Marcus in October 2013 at the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, the year he received our Library Student Outreach Award. Marcus is also our new DOCLINE Coordinator. DOCLINE is the National Library of Medicine’s automated interlibrary loan (ILL) system.

Our new Technology Coordinator and Louisiana Liaison is scheduled to begin work later this month. She has an MLIS and JD, with experience in libraries, sponsored programs, and university level teaching. I am very excited she will be joining us soon!

You can see our contact information on our Staff Directory.

Earlier this week I attended the South Central Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL) ILL Committee meeting as part of our role in supporting DOCLINE in the South Central Region. About 18 representatives from NN/LM SCR Resource Libraries attended this biannual meeting.

And on a personal note, I recently played a wonderful concert program with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.  Scroll down to the second article of the library’s News Room to read more about the TMC Library’s longstanding involvement with the TMC Orchestra. NN/LM South Central Region Director, and TMC Library Executive Director, Dr. Maximilian Buja, then Dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, supported the TMC Orchestra from its very beginning in 2001. As a lifetime amateur violinist I cannot begin to express how fulfilling it is to work for an organization that inspires this type of creative outlet.

I am very interested in your feedback and thoughts as we work to support the progress of medicine and improve the public health in the South Central Region. Please call me directly at 713-799-7803.

This blog and our NN/LM SCR Email Discussion List are the best places to read about our programs.

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

Congrats to the 2015 MLA Award, Grants and Scholarship Recipients

We would like to congratulate all of the recent MLA awardees.

In particular, we would like to a give special recognition to individuals within the region. (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) They are:

 

Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grant

Amanda Gautreaux, AHIP, Chabert Medical Library, Chabert Medical Center, Houma, LA

MLA Scholarship for Minority Students

Tyler Moses, Library Science and Health Studies, Texas Woman’s University−Denton

 

They will be recognized at this year’s MLA conference in Austin, Texas.

Congrats, Amanda and Tyler!!

NNLM/SCR Staff to Exhibit at 70th Annual ASCD Conference

In continuing our work in reaching out to the K-12 community (also see February’s School Library Committee meeting and our upcoming NLM Online Exhibition Program webinar), our office will be exhibiting at next week’s ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show in Houston, TX from March 21-23.

Founded in 1943, ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. It comprises 125,000 members, mostly superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries.

This will be a significant avenue for us to promote the extensive K-12 resources from the NLM, most of which can be found on NLM’s SIS K-12 webpage.

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Changes on MedlinePlus’ Videos & Cool Tools page

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.

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MLA Webinar on Systematic Reviews

The TMC Library will host the  MLA webinar: Limitations and Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews Wednesday, March 18 from 1:00 – 2:30 CST in the TMC Library Street Level Conference Room (Directions and Parking). Please contact Beatriz Varman for more information.

Systematic review publications are important to health care and policy decisions, but they are not without their limitations.  Understanding these limitations, and being able to instruct patrons on them, is a key component of our work as health sciences information professionals. This session will provide a detailed discussion of the impact of biases, publication delays and methodologic quality of systematic reviews, particularly on their application in clinical practice.  The presenters will also give an overview of systematic review appraisal, including interpretation of commonly reported statistical measures.
Presenters:

Mark MacEachern is an informationist in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Whitney A. Townsend is an informationist and coordinator of the Health Sciences Executive Research Service in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.

This webinar is funded under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00007-C with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.

Beatriz Varman, MLIS, AHIP
Head of Client Relationship Management

HOUSTON ACADEMY OF MEDICINE
TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER LIBRARY

Disaster Information Management Resource Center Webinar

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 http://irevolution.net/bio

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: http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dismeetings.html

Systematic Reviews Class at the TMC Library March 31

The TMC Library will host the class  Systematic Reviews:  The Role for Librarians on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm in the street level classroom.

This free course covers the specifics of working with a researcher during the review process (define, document, screen, assess, code, and synthesize), negotiating authorship, and running a systematic review service. Activities will include discussions, case studies, and hands-on practice.

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: TMC Library classroom
To Register: contact Beatriz Varman at: beatriz.varman@library.tmc.edu

MLA CEU credit: 6 hrs.

Presenter: Margaret J. Foster, MS, MPH, AHIP Systematic Reviews and Research Coordinator, Associate Professor  at Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library. Margaret has consulted on hundreds of systematic reviews and is currently collaborating as an author on several projects.  She has also provided several workshops, presented in courses, and trained research labs and workgroups across the campus.

Regards,

Beatriz Varman, MLIS, AHIP
Head of Client Relationship Management

HOUSTON ACADEMY OF MEDICINE
TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER LIBRARY

March SCR CONNECTions: NLM’s Online Exhibition Program

Our next SCR CONNECTions will be Wednesday, March 18, 10:30-11:30 CT.

Title: Please DO Touch the Works of Art…With Your Mouse! NLM’s Online Exhibition Program

Join NN/LM South Central Region Consumer Health Coordinator and Texas Liaison Adela Justice in the exploration of the fascinating and educational online exhibitions of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division. Be entertained while learning how they also can be used as resources for educators and students of all grade levels from K-College/University.

Job Ad: Nebraska RML Education Coordinator

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 http://jobs.unmc.edu 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 http://www.unmc.edu/library. For more information about the University of Nebraska Medical Center go to http://unmc.edu.

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 http://www.visitomaha.com/.

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
http://www.unmc.edu/library
Office: 402.559.7078
Email: emily.mcelroy@unmc.edu