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Job Ad: Library Services Coordinator

The Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas invites applications for a Library Services Coordinator. The mission of the Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library is to actively support all aspects of patient care, clinical research and education, by providing timely and relevant information and resources to medical and healthcare system staff, patients and their families, students and the community.

The Library Services Coordinator position is the frontline person responsible for the day-to-day administrative aspects of the health sciences library, including all aspects of circulation, technology assistance and interlibrary loan activities. This position is responsible for reports and statistics for the library director. Provides support to the family health and patient libraries and health literacy service lines.  Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with Cook Children’s medical staff and departments, medical students, nurse residents and all staff.


  • Master’s degree in library services from an American Library Association accredited program required.
  • Position requires at least 3 years of experience in a healthcare library.
  • Experience in the field of health literacy and consumer health information.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.

Please apply online at

NIH Image Gallery on Flickr

Adapted from DigitalGov:

Looking for health or science related images? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH Image Gallery on Flickr.

The Image Gallery offers a wide variety of scientific, biomedical and disease related imagery as well as photos of NIH leadership, labs, buildings and major historical events. Additionally, you can find NIH infographics, b-roll, and the latest research images.

The Flickr site was developed as a means to distribute images to the press and public while ensuring proper license, permissions and copyright protections are documented. The majority of the images offered are free to reuse with proper credit given.

For more information please see this article from Digital Gov –

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Nov. 1

If you have no health insurance through an employer, your chance to shop for  2016 healthcare coverage began Nov. 1, 2015. We are now in the open enrollment period for your coverage to start as early as Jan. 1, 2016.

Some resources for you to explore that may assist you in this process, or that you can use to assist your clients, are:

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NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists”

On November 12th, 2015, NCBI will present “PubMed for Scientists”, a webinar that will show you how to search biomedical literature more efficiently with PubMed. NCBI staff will teach you how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow your search, find full text articles, and set up an e-mail alert for new research on your topic. Also, NCBI staff will answer your questions about searching PubMed.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30-12:30am CST, 12:30-1:30pm EST

Registration URL:

After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel:

The webinar and any materials will also be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page by clicking the Archived Webinars & Courses tab. You can also check the Webinars & Courses page to find information about future webinars.

NCBI Webinars and Courses:

Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians

young female librarianAre you an early career librarian (less than 5 years experience) OR a student in an ML(I)S program and would like $1,500 to attend a library conference? Apply now for the Wiley Scholarship.

Wiley will award three (3) $1,500 reimbursement grants to attend one of the following of your choice:

View the official contest rules.

Applications are due by November 20, 2015.

Why is it important to attend conferences? Here’s one article that gives some good reasons.

NIH Open Science Prize for Open Data

From NIH:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) announces a collaboration with the Wellcome Trust (WT) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to launch the “Open Science Prize” (the “Challenge”) to encourage and support the prototyping and development of services, tools and/or platforms that enable open content—including publications, datasets, code and other research outputs—to be discovered, accessed and re-used in ways that will advance research, spark innovation, and generate new societal benefits. The Challenge is necessary to accelerate the field of “open” biomedical research beyond what current funding mechanisms can achieve. For the NIH, this Challenge is being launched under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

See more at

National Native American Heritage Month

The following is a message from National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins:

National Native American Heritage Month (NNAHM) is a time to recognize the accomplishments of this country’s first inhabitants.  As the early inhabitants of this great land, the native peoples of North America have their own tribal orientations, language origins, and cultural histories.  Today, many healing techniques that are practiced have been adopted from traditions that originate from various Native American tribes.  This year’s NNAHM theme, “Tribal Diversity: Weaving Together Our Traditions,” highlights spirituality as an inseparable element of healing in medicine.  Healing the physical parts of a patient is not enough; one must acknowledge the importance of emotional wellness, as influenced by Native American rituals and traditions.

This month is dedicated to building new avenues of opportunity for Native Americans by making critical investments to improve health, to strengthen tribal communities, and to promote educational opportunities at the NIH.  Maintaining an inclusive biomedical research workforce with a diversity of talent is critical to the NIH mission of fostering new discoveries and promoting the highest level of scientific integrity to improve our nation’s health.  NNAHM allows the opportunity for every individual to learn more about the distinctive backgrounds and heritages of Native Americans.

I encourage everyone in the NIH community to show their support during National Native American Heritage Month by actively engaging with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s (EDI’s) social media campaign.  To continue our inclusion efforts, on November 2, we will launch a month-long Twitter campaign ( More information is located on the Strategist for the Native American Portfolio website ( Together, let’s celebrate the many achievements made by Native Americans.

Sincerely yours,

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

NLM Associate Fellowship Program for Librarians

The National Library of Medicine is now accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship Program. The program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research.

During the program, Associates will:

  • Learn about the collections, databases, terminologies, research and development, training, outreach, and exhibits that comprise the work and achievements of the National Library of Medicine
  • Understand strategic planning and development at a national level
  • Work on real-life projects that affect libraries and users throughout the country
  • Join a dynamic and successful cohort of alumni
  • Attend professional development conferences and seminars

DOCLINE Version 5.2

The latest version of DOCLINE is here and includes multiple changes. Institutions now have the opportunity to list days they want to provide ILL service. In addition, libraries can set themselves Temporarily Inactive without approval from the NN/LM SCR office. For more information about DOCLINE 5.2, including these features, please refer to the DOCLINE Version 5.2 Release Notes.

As a reminder, DOCLINE no longer supports Internet Explorer 8 and 9.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact NN/LM SCR’s DOCLINE Coordinator, Marcus Spann at 713-799-7164 or


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The Journal of eScience Librarianship

JESLIB logoThe Journal of eScience Librarianship (JESLIB) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a special focus on services related to data-driven research in the physical, biological, social, and medical sciences, including public health.

JESLIB explores the many roles of librarians in supporting eScience and welcomes articles by contributors from all areas of the globe related to education, outreach, collaborations, policy, tools, and best practices. The journal includes peer-reviewed articles discussing topics such as research data management, librarians embedded on research teams, data services, data curation, and data sharing and re-use. Submissions covering both theoretical and practical applications are welcomed.

JESLIB does not charge subscription, submission, or author fees and authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content.

Edited by Elaine Martin, Director of the NN/LM New England Region, JESLIB is a product of the eScholarship@UMMS digital repository and supports the National Institute of Health’s big data missions, including the BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) initiative.