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Call for Applications: NLM/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, 2015-2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored with the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL). The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries. The application deadline is July 20, 2015.

Program Overview

The one-year program design is multi-faceted: three in-person leadership institutes; attendance at an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting; a year-long fellow/mentor relationship; webinars and discussions on issues related to library leadership; and two weeks of site visit to the mentor’s home library.

The program is designed to:
•Introduce fellows to leadership theory and practical tools for implementing change at organizational and professional levels;
•Introduce fellows to critical issues facing academic health sciences libraries;
•Develop meaningful professional relationships between fellows and mentors that give fellows access to career guidance and support;
•Expose fellows to another academic health sciences library and its institutional leadership under the guidance of their mentors;
•Examine career development and provide models of directors to fellows;
•Create a cohort of leaders who will draw upon each other for support throughout their careers;
•Promote diversity in the leadership of the profession; and
•Offer recognition to emerging leaders and enhance the competitive standing of fellows as they pursue director positions.


The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the July 20, 2015 deadline for potential fellows for the 2015-2016 experience. Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as prior management experience. Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings. Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by July 15th.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at:

For more information about the program, please contact Carol Jenkins, Program Director, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,

DOCLINE: Out of Office request

The NN/LM SCR DOCLINE office would like to remind you to complete the “Out of Office” form to prevent requests from routing to your library when it is closed. The instructions for completing the “Out of Office” request form are here:

You can set a future “Out of Office” date range for approval at any time. Nevertheless, it is HIGHLY recommended that you submit your request in advance to allow for review. Only one “Out of Office” request is permitted at a time. Also, you must enclose a resume date for approval. The “Out of Office” request will NOT be approved without it. If the date range request is more than two weeks consecutively, you must contact me personally for approval. If there is a situation such as staff shortage, library closing, renovation, etc. that would affect DOCLINE participation, the NN/LM SCR office needs to be notified.

As the date of your request approaches, please process as many requests as possible as “Filled” or “Not Filled.” On the last day of your library is active, receipt any new requests and process all outstanding requests as “Not Filled” so they will be routed to the next lender.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 713-799-7164 or You can also contact DOCLINE customer support by clicking Contact Us in DOCLINE and filling out the Ask a Question form or at:


Marcus Spann


HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2015

The National Library of Medicine has announced its HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects initiative for 2015. NLM is seeking quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects to improve HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community, in addition to their caregivers and the general public. Adequate health information is important in two ways: First, patients need the most current health information in order to make informed decisions. Secondly, health care providers/educators need access to the most current information to provide superior healthcare. The NLM is looking for creative and forward-thinking methods to disseminate information to populations that have a higher percentage of HIV/AIDS infections.

Projects must involve two or more information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition

Importance is placed on organizations or arrangements for developing these programs include:

  • Community-based organizations or patient advocacy groups providing HIV/AIDS related services to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or local, municipal, or state agencies that work to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations that are providing HIV/AIDS-related services;
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that maybe in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered up to 50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on July 20, 2015.

The solicitation for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web page:

NLM Funding Opportunity: Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015

Contract awards will be offered for a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $30,000 each for a one-year project.
Deadline: July 6, 2015
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery. NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships in the U.S. that include at least one library and at least one organization that has disaster-related responsibilities, such as health departments, public safety departments, emergency management departments, pre-hospital and emergency medical services, fire/rescue, or other local, regional, or state agencies with disaster health responsibilities; hospitals; faith-based and voluntary organizations active in disaster; and others.
The solicitation notice can be found on
For more information about the “Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Project 2015”, please visit

NLM Releases Beta Phase of MeSH RDF

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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 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.

Job Ad: Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries

View details – Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries

Managing Director of TTUHSC El Paso Libraries
El Paso
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ctr
HSC – El Paso
Library Elp
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.
Resume / CV
Cover Letter
Other Documents Supporting Qualifications
Full Time
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.
Up to 25%
Other Administrative

Health Literacy and Palliative Care Conference

Institute-of-MedicineRegistration 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.

For a more detailed description and/or to register for the conference visit The Institute of Medicine’s Health Literacy and Palliative Care conference page.

NIH Approves Strategic Vision to Transform National Library of Medicine

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.

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.

If you are interested in Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature or maybe others, please visit  NLM’s page on booking a traveling exhibition.


June issue of NIH News in Health

Check out the June issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark

HIV and AIDS: Know the Facts
Treatments Work, but Prevention Is Key

Today, people infected with HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—can live full, healthy lives, in large part because of medicines and other discoveries made with NIH support. Read more about HIV prevention and treatment.

Questions for your Dr

Talking With Your Doctor
Make the Most of Your Appointment

Clear and honest communication between you and your physician can help you both make smart choices about your health. Read more about talking with your doctor.


Health Capsules:

Mapping Language Problems in the Brain

Healthy and Fun Family Recipes

Featured Website: NIH’s National Cancer Institute

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