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National Library of Medicine: National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) Research Resource on Domestic Violence

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology of NLM has created a new health services research resource on domestic violence. The new resource has been created to supplement NLM’s most recent exhibition, Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives. Material can be found on Health Services Research Information Central’s web portal, HSR Info Central. The portal is designed to inform individuals involved in the detection, prevention and treatment services for the underserved. The domestic violence page includes the subjects of Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion, Child Abuse and Maltreatment and Elder Abuse.

HSR Info Central assists researchers by providing search queries from various NLM databases in an effort to assist users in locating published medical literature, clinical effectiveness research, current HSR projects, etc. The resource also identifies important guidelines, assessment mechanisms and measures.

Feedback on the Domestic Violence page would be appreciated. Please send comments to: HSRIC Suggestions

Spanish Health Information Resources Class in Houston, TX

The NN/LM SCR is offering the class ¿No Comprende? Online Health Resources for English Speakers Serving Spanish Speaking Communities
on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 at The TMC Library in Houston, TX. The class will be held from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. There is no fee for the class.

¿No Comprende? Spanish Health Information Resources for English Speaking Librarians
Do you have a growing Latino population in your community? Do you need to quickly find health information in Spanish but don’t know where to look? Are the only words in your Spanish vocabulary burrito and gracias? If you answered yes to these questions, then this is the class for you. This 4-hour hands-on class will cover resources for learning basic medical and Internet Spanish vocabulary. You will also learn to evaluate and identify health websites in Spanish to which you can direct your patrons.

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

The class is limited to 24 participants. To register:

If you have any questions, please contact Adela Justice at 800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), 713-799-7880.

Native Voice Traveling Exhibition–Apply Now!

Outreach Activities

Apply Now: ‘Native Voices’ 

Traveling Exhibition

ALA Public Programs Office


About the NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.



About the ALA

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness was displayed at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2011 to 2015. To learn more and view content from the exhibition, visit



The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is now accepting applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

The opportunity is open to public libraries, academic libraries, tribal libraries, tribal college libraries and special libraries. Libraries serving Native populations are especially invited to apply, and partnerships between libraries and Native-serving organizations are encouraged. The exhibition will tour from February 2016 through June 2020.

Exhibition Materials

Up to 104 selected sites will receive:

  • the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan period;
  • a $250 programming grant;
  • training through a required project webinar and online project support materials; and
  • a publicity kit to help with local promotion.

Native Voices requires 35 linear feet of display space and comprises six standing banners, six iPads pre-loaded with video content and six iPad stands. No internet connection is required, but an electrical connection is needed.

How to Apply

For full guidelines and to apply online, visit Applications are due Nov. 6, 2015.

Job Ad: Unit Assistant Director, Lubbock, TX

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Libraries seeks a librarian for the position of Unit Assistant Director, Learning Resource Center at the Preston Smith Library in Lubbock, TX. Reporting to the Senior Director of Public Services, the incumbent will supervise the Circulation and Learning Resource Center departments, provide reference assistance, curriculum development, and implement emerging technologies. This position includes an opportunity for non-tenure faculty appointment in the TTUHSC School of Medicine.

Job Duties/Responsibilities:

*   Supervision of the Circulation and Learning Resource Center departments consisting of the direct supervision of two Library Unit Supervisors and the general supervision of two Senior Specialists and two Specialist IVs.
*   Provide in-person and online reference assistance including mediated searches.
*   Coordinate and teach the GSBS courses; maintains the GSBS courses in Sakai
*   Conduct library orientations and tours, group training sessions, and assist in library outreach services.
*   Maintain and enhance library website content pertaining to areas of responsibility.
*   Actively evaluate and implement emerging technologies to enhance LRC and library services and resources.
*   Prepare reports on Circulation and Learning Resource Center activities as needed.
*   Review Circulation and LRC operating policies and procedures
*   Make software, AV, and print book collection development decisions for the Learning Resource Center
*   Assist with delinquent library circulation accounts.

Required Qualifications:

*   MLS/MLIS or the equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

*   Knowledge of professional library techniques and current library practice in a health sciences library.
*   Demonstrated management skills.
*   Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple activities.
*   Proficient written and spoken communication skills.
*   Knowledge of circulation activities and circulation systems.
*   Knowledge of audiovisual and other non-print media.
*   Knowledge of and experience incorporating instructional technology and learning theories in practice.
*   Demonstrated experience delivering instruction online and face-to-face.
*   Significant website development and related skills, including JavaScript agility.
*   Trained and/or experience in searching health and biomedical sciences related databases/websites such as PubMed/MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Web of Science.
*   Experience using reference management software.
*   Familiarity with content management systems such as Sakai.
*   Familiarity with LibGuides platform.
*   Knowledge of curriculum development.
*   Familiarity with emerging technologies, 3D printing, and/or social media.
*   Familiarity or experience with grant/proposal writing.


*   Salary: $51,000+ with excellent benefits.

Application Instructions:
To apply, access the Texas Tech University online employment site at Select “Staff”. Click the “Search openings” link and enter requisition number 5264BR. Attach the following to the online application: transcript, references, resume/CV, and cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and continue until the position is filled. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is an AAE/EOE/ADA employer.

New NLM Resource for Nursing Standards and Interoperability

From NLM:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new web page – Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability. The page is a resource for nurses, students, informaticians and anyone interested in nursing terminologies for systems development. It describes the role of SNOMED CT and Laboratory Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) in implementing Meaningful Use in the United States, specifically for the nursing and care domain.

NLM has provided this resource in response to the position statement released by the American Nurses Association (ANA) that reaffirms support for use of recognized terminologies in coding nursing problems, interventions and observations (SNOMED CT) and in nursing assessments and outcomes (LOINC). In addition to SNOMED CT and LOINC, the Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability page provides information about other highly utilized Nursing Terminologies. The resource page provides a new video tutorial that describes how to use the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus Browser to find Concept Unique Identifiers (CUIs) and extract concept-level synonyms between SNOMED CT and other nursing terminologies. Additionally, links to other NLM Terminology resources and helpful resources are provided.

DOCLINE Support of Internet Explorer 8 and 9 Ending October 1

DOCLINE will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9, as of October 1, 2015.  DOCLINE may continue to work with these browsers, however we will not test new versions of DOCLINE and Loansome Doc with them, nor fix any future issues that occur only in IE8 or IE9.

Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10, as of January 2016, we therefore encourage users to upgrade to IE11, if possible.  See

We understand the challenges of different browser version requirements from multiple systems in library environments and in particular hospitals, so we encourage libraries to begin talking to their local IT departments about upgrading to Internet Explorer 11, or the latest version of Firefox.  Users upgrading their browsers should update browser settings for use with DOCLINE.  See

Please note that we are finishing up development of DOCLINE 5.2. This release will be tested with the current Internet Explorer version (11) and the previous version (10), as well as Firefox.  5.2 will add a library schedule feature, and will allow multiple ‘out of office’ date ranges over the course of a year.

If you have questions, reach out to DOCLINE customer support by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE and filling out the Ask a Question form or at

— The DOCLINE Team

DOCLINE Customer Service
National Library of Medicine
US: 1-888-FINDNLM (press 2)
Intl: 301-594-5983 (press 2)

Job Ad: Scientific Support Coordinator & Research Librarian

Job Summary/Basic Function:

This multi-faceted roles involves providing research library services as well as scientific and high-level administrative support for the Vice President of Research. Responsibilities include but are not limited to acting as the liaison between OMRF and OUHSC’s Bird Library to ensure continual shared access to electronic databases, books and journals. Assisting with the planning of various events like the Scientific Retreat, Research Forum, Work In Progress seminars, and Responsible Conduct of Research training including scheduling and arranging travel as needed. Recommending potential additional resources for purchase consideration and staying abreast of and recommending technology support upgrades. Regularly monitoring, updating and making corrections to research publication database. Assisting with animal protocol searches to meet IACUC requirements. Providing assistance with grant submissions by monitoring and managing PubMed Central article compliance and verifying citations, bibliographies and reference lists. Providing PMC and other appropriate training to administrative assistants. Maintaining and monitoring budget, scheduling and tracking appointments and providing other administrative support. Screening and sending internal email messages to scientific staff regarding various requests, information and needs. Assisting with library webpage updates as needed. Providing one-time and ongoing search assistance to scientific and administrative staff as needed. Assisting with OMRF archiving projects as needed to ensure proper maintenance, documentation, indexing and future search-ability of institutional knowledge. Providing other assistance as requested and completing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Science, Business, Library Sciences, or related area plus three years of administrative experience. Must be meticulously detail oriented, professional, customer service oriented, organized and dependable. Superb computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and experience with databases as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. Excellent searching, calendar management, and scheduling skills and experience.  Must be able to operate professionally as a team member and independently; manage and prioritize multiple, competing, time-sensitive projects; and develop and maintain constructive, cooperative internal and external working relationships. Must have ability to evolve with changing needs, remain calm and professional when dealing with difficult situations, meet deadlines, and solve problems with minimal guidance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Strong familiarity, comfort and experience with PubMed and MeSH. Experience with Sharepoint or other central, electronic document management program. Experience training others on an individual and group basis ideal. Previous experience in a research, university and/or non-profit environment preferred.

Apply online at

We offer attractive salaries & comprehensive benefits package.


Increased Funding for Emerging Technology Awards

We have opened our Emerging Technology Awards up for a new round of funding (application). The total amount of funding per project has been increased to $7,000. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted through Friday, October 16, 2015.
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:

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

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.

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MLA 2016 Deadline for Submissions: Sep. 15

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