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

Job Ad: UAMS Outreach & Marketing Coordinator



The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library seeks an outgoing, knowledgeable librarian for the position of Outreach and Marketing Coordinator. The University and the Library have strong commitments to outreach and service to the state of Arkansas, with an increasing emphasis on outreach as a hallmark of these institutions. We are looking for a flexible team player capable of leading multi-department outreach and marketing teams. Knowledge of marketing practices and experience utilizing professional design techniques is expected. This librarian must have a positive attitude toward service and a strong ability to connect with people in a genuine manner. It is also imperative that this librarian be able to represent UAMS, NN/LM and NLM with the utmost professionalism.

CAMPUS Setting
Founded in 1879, UAMS is the only academic health sciences center in Arkansas. The UAMS Library supports the education, clinical, research, and outreach activities of six colleges (Graduate School, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), a comprehensive medical center, and several institutes of excellence. The UAMS Library serves the health information needs of the citizens in Pulaski County and provides support to the rest of the state through a nationally renowned network of Regional Center Libraries (formerly AHECs).  This Library also serves as the only resource library in the state for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Faculty, staff, and students work and study in a stimulating and culturally diverse environment.  Information on the beautiful, vibrant city of Little Rock can be found at

The E&RS faculty is a team of five librarians directly reporting to the Head of Education and Reference Services. This faculty position participates in coverage of daily reference activities including providing one-on-one end user education, teaching classes, answering reference questions, and providing assistance with basic literature searching. This librarian coordinates the off-campus outreach and marketing activities of the Library and works closely with other members of reference to support the educational, research, and clinical information needs of an academic health sciences center.
All reference librarians participate as active members of the Library’s Liaison Team acting as liaison to departments, programs or colleges as assigned. They also serve on library, university, professional and/or public service committees and contribute to the departmental and the Library’s strategic planning processes.

All reference librarians hold faculty status and are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities in a manner of their choosing. Activities may include service to local, regional or national professional associations. Contributions to the profession’s knowledge base via original research, presentations at conferences, consultations as a topic expert, creation of and teaching continuing education courses and/or original publications are included. The pursuit of expertise and improvement of skills via continuing education are encouraged for all reference librarians.


§  Plans and coordinates UAMS Library’s outreach programs throughout Arkansas (exhibits and classes) to meet designated outreach responsibilities as a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine;
§  Manages National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) subcontract awards;
§  Compiles, writes and completes all reports and invoices (written and online), for the subcontract, quarterly reports and outreach activity reporting system;
§  Prepares RFP proposals annually for NN/LM SCR Outreach Subcontract Award;
§  Coordinates with Library’s Administrative office to ensure timely submission of RFP & grant paperwork and all travel requests;
§  Leads the Library’s Outreach Team and coordinates meetings, communication and training;
§  Organizes, arranges, conducts and/or coordinates volunteers for exhibits at professional conferences of health professionals and librarians; health fairs for the general public;
§  Organizes, arranges,  teaches and/or coordinates volunteers to teach classes for non-affiliated health professionals, librarians, and any target groups identified in the NN/LM subcontract;
§  Travels within Arkansas, as needed, (via a rental vehicle outside of Little Rock) to conduct or promote NN/LM Outreach activities and UAMS Library resources and services;
§  Maintains a high level of knowledge of all NLM databases, websites and resources in order to teach and promote them effectively;
§  Represents the UAMS Library at NN/LM SCR Outreach Committee meetings;
§  Coordinates and assists with any special projects related to outreach activities.


§  Meets with Management Team and Library departments regarding PR and marketing needs;
§  Creates and maintains the Library’s Marketing Plan based on individual department needs;
§  Creates and maintains displays on Library’s 1st floor monitor and future electronic marketing equipment;
§  Serves as co-administrator of the Library’s website, our main marketing tool. Utilizes social media tools to promote library programs and services;
§  Evaluates library marketing and promotion endeavors for success, possible improvements, expansion etc.;
§  Stays informed of trends in library, academic and commercial marketing areas
§  Leads and coordinates the Library’s Marketing Team and assigns marketing events, tasks and programs to appropriate team members;
§  Acts as Library Liaison to UAMS’ Communications & Marketing Dept.;
§  Coordinates and assists with any special projects related to marketing activities.
§  Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
[Candidates with the required experience and graduating with an MLS (or equivalent) in
December 2015 are encouraged to apply.]
§  Experience providing reference services in an academic or health sciences setting
§  Experience providing outreach and/or marketing services in an academic or health sciences setting
*   Experience with biomedical resources and databases (including MEDLINE)
§  Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and as the leader of a team
§  Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) with physicians, hospital administrators, researchers and other health professionals at the colleague level
§  Ability to make high quality, professional presentations
§  Excellent program planning skills
§  Ability to build collegial, partnership level relationships both on and off campus
§  Experience utilizing social media applications, innovative communication technologies and mobile technologies
*   Commitment to providing high-quality customer service
§  Demonstrated commitment to professional development and participation in professional activities
§  Valid driver’s license, willingness to travel, and ability to lift/move equipment, and exhibiting materials

§  Undergraduate or graduate degree or additional training in marketing/communications/graphics-related fields
§  Undergraduate or graduate degree or additional training in a biomedical science field
§  Experience providing marketing services in an academic library setting including promotion of library programs on extended campuses or to the community
§  Experience with evaluation and assessment of library resources and services
§  Demonstrated ability to create successful marketing plans and to design promotional materials, coordinate work flows, and implement projects
§  Experience teaching and/or making public presentations at the academic health sciences level
§  Experience using image-editing software, graphics programs and desktop publishing
§  Experience providing NN/LM-funded outreach services  (at Resource Library or Regional Medical Library level)
§  Experience as a NN/LM grant writer/reviewer OR experience writing grant proposals at the academic, NN/LM  or NIH level
§  Experience using the NLM Outreach Application & Online Contract Reports System
*   Significant experience searching and teaching MEDLINE, other biomedical/health-related databases and consumer health resources
*   Experience in an academic medical center and/or life sciences background
*   Fluency in Spanish
*   Fluency in any other non-English languages

All reference librarians hold faculty status and are strongly encouraged to participate in professional activities in a manner of their choosing. Activities may include service to local, regional or national professional associations. Contributions to the profession’s knowledge base via original research, presentations at conferences, consultations as a topic expert, creation of and teaching continuing education courses and/or original publications are included. The pursuit of expertise and improvement of skills via continuing education are encouraged for all reference librarians.


Minimum salary is $46,500, commensurate with education and experience. This is a 12-month, non-tenure track faculty appointment with a competitive benefits package with 22 days vacation, 11 holidays, and 12 days sick leave annually, and retirement plan options including TIAA/CREF and Fidelity. UAMS will contribute an amount equal to 5% of your salary to your retirement account; your contributions over 5% are matched by UAMS up to 10%.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made.  Priority will be given to applications received by October 19, 2015.  Please email a letter of application, curriculum vita, and names of 3 professional references (with full contact information) to:

Susan Steelman, MLIS
Head of Education & Reference Services
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library<>

Electronic submissions are required.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

Susan Steelman, M.L.I.S.
Head of Education & Reference Services
Division of Academic Affairs
Univ. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library
4301 W. Markham, #586
Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: 501-686-6737

September is National Preparedness Month

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

Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Software Development FOA

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative has announced the release of a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for software and methods development in biomedical big data science. If you know someone that is skilled or has an interest in data-related sciences, please mention this announcement.

Big Data to Knowledge Development of Software Tools and Methods for Biomedical Big Data in Targeted Areas of High Need (U01)

The FOA has three topic areas for researchers working with biomedical Big Data, they are:

  1. Data Privacy
  2. Data Repurposing
  3. Applying Metadata

The application deadline is October 6, 2015, with an optional letter of intent due September 6, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact David Miller at

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that seeks to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research.

Call for Applications: Library Student Outreach Award

Do you know a library student who is interested in learning more about health sciences librarianship and health information outreach? Why not encourage them to apply for our Library Student Outreach Award? This award provides travel and registration money for South Central Region library students to attend the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SCC/MLA) Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR, October 2-7, 2015. We plan to sponsor eight students this year.

Applying is easy but the deadline is September 15. Please contact Marcus Spann, a former Library Student Outreach Award recipient and current NN/LM Community Health Coordinator, at 713-799-7164 if you have any questions.

Job Ad: Director, National Library of Medicine

The Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, is recruiting for the position of Director, National Library of Medicine.  A description of the position, qualification requirements, and application procedures are outlined in the vacancy announcement available on the NIH Executive Jobs website.

Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in and qualified for.

Data Science Hackathon September 21-23 in Baltimore

The following is an announcement from the NIH Big Data 2 Knowledge email list. If you are in the South Central Region and are interested in attending, please consider applying for a Professional Development Award to cover related expenses.

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program and the NIH Library are pleased to join the Johns Hopkins (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public HealthDepartment of Biostatistics in announcing the first JHU DaSH – Data Science Hackathon – on September 21-23, 2015 in Baltimore.

The organizers– Drs. Brian Caffo, Leah Jager, Jeff Leek and Roger Peng – include JHU professors who teach the popular Coursera Data Science Specialization. This Data Science Hackathon will provide an opportunity for hands-on training that reinforces and builds on data management and analysis skills such as those covered in the MOOC specialization (completion of the specialization is not a prerequisite).

“This event will be an opportunity for data scientists and data scientists-in-training to get together and hack on real-world problems collaboratively and to learn from each other. The DaSH will feature data scientists from government, academia, and industry presenting problems and describing challenges in their respective areas. There will also be a number of networking opportunities where attendees can get to know each other.”
— Simply Statistics blog post

JHU DaSH will provide a local opportunity for NIH scientists and trainees to participate in a data science Hackathon. For more information, see NIH staff or trainees who would like to attend should complete the application at (no later than Aug 14th) rather than the one on the website. For questions, contact Lisa Federer ( in the NIH Library. Non-affiliates of NIH should apply directly through

Register Now for PubMed for Librarians in April 2016

The National Library of Medicine Training Center will be offering its popular set of PubMed for Librarians courses in April 2016. The December 2015 set of classes is already filled! PubMed for Librarians is a series of five, independent, online classes. Each class meets online for 90 minutes and is worth 1.5 MLA CE credits.

Follow the links below to read the descriptions and register for the sessions that interest you.

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed – April 6, 2016

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH – April 7, 2016

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping (ATM) – April 13, 2016

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search – April 14, 2016

PubMed for Librarians: Customization – My NCBI – April 15, 2016

Questions? Email

Send in Your Application to Participate in “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” Bioinformatics Course

Librarians specializing in health and related sciences are invited to participate in the next offering of the bioinformatics training course, “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI,” sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

The course provides knowledge and skills for librarians interested in ‘helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required. Participating in the Librarian’s Guide course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution.

Online Pre-Course and In-Person Course Components
The two parts to “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” are listed below. Applicants must complete both parts. Participants must complete the pre-course with full CE credit (Part 1) in order to advance to attend the 5-day in-person course (Part 2).

Part 1: “Fundamentals in Bioinformatics and Searching,” an online (asynchronous) course, October 26-December 11, 2015.
An additional offering of this class will be in January-February 2016.

Part 2: A 5-day in-person course offered on-site at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, March 7-11, 2016.

Application deadline: September 14, 2015

For more information and a link to the application, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin article: K. Majewski. NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Jul-Aug;(405):e4.

August SCR CONNECTions webinar: NLM’s Hidden Gems

Please join us this Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30am CT for our monthly SCR CONNECTions. This month’s topic is “Hidden Gems of the National Library of Medicine.”

The NLM has so many resources that it can be a challenge to keep up with them and we suspect some lesser-known ones may be underutilized. So we’ve decided to highlight some of these “hidden gems.”

Instructions for joining are on our webinar webpage and here:

How to Log In

Go to (link is external), on the log in screen, choose “Enter as a Guest” and type in your name. Once logged into the room the system will prompt guest to connect to the audio. If this system does not work for you, a call-in number will be provided in the room. All attendees will be muted prior to the presenter speaking. Use *6 to mute or unmute your phone. Do Not Place Call on Hold.

Problems? Call us at 713-799-7880, or  FREE800-338-7657 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX only). *Voice over IP (VoIP) for webinar use has been discontinued.

Test Your Connection

Run the Acrobat Connect Connection Test (link is external) to ensure your configuration is compatible with the web meeting system. If you have problems completing the test or installing required software, please visit the Adobe Support (link is external) website or call Adobe Connect Technical Support at  FREE800-945-9120.

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