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Job Ad: Texas Tech HSC Executive Director of Libraries

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is seeking an Executive Director of Libraries that will provide leadership for the library and assure alignment with the vision, mission and strategic plan of the University.  The Executive Director must have a proven ability to interact effectively and productively with diverse individuals and groups.  The Executive Director of the Libraries will provide a clear vision of the evolving role of the Libraries and how they directly support the strategic initiatives and intellectual core of the university.  As the chief administrative officer of the TTUHSC Libraries, the Executive Director reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences compose one integrated library system that serves the needs of TTUHSC students, faculty and staff in academic programs across all schools and campuses, as well as those enrolled in distance education programs.  The library system includes three physical locations and extensive electronic resources accessible through secured remote access.  The central administration of the TTUHSC Libraries is located in the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences in Lubbock.  Other physical sites include the Harrington Library of the Health Sciences in Amarillo and the Library of the Health Sciences in Odessa.

The TTUHSC library system has collections in excess of 321,000 bound volumes; more than 62,000 electronic books; subscriptions to more than 24,000 electronic journals; and access to more than 500 electronic databases.

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational requirement: A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from an accredited American Library Association Program or an international equivalent

Prior Experience:  The candidate is required to have at least 5 years of progressive and accomplished experience in library administrative/leadership roles that include significant responsibilities for budgetary oversight and resource planning, preferably in an academic health sciences library or similar setting

Annual Salary: Commensurate with experience

Special Instructions to Applicants
Texas Tech University Health Sciences center requires applicants to submit a candidate profile online in order to be considered for the position. Please apply online at http://careers.texastech.edu and search for Req# 2908BR.

The TTUHSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

How to Speak IT Panel Discussion Webinar

Crossposted at SEA Currents (nnlm.gov/sea)

Date and Time: Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

Presenters: Nadine Dexter, MLS, AHIP, Director, Harriet F Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Devica Samsundar, MLS, AHIP, Corporate Director, Library & Information Services, Baptist Health South Florida. Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, Senior Medical Librarian & Department Head at S. E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University.

Moderator: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Chair, NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: This webinar, sponsored by the NN/LM SE/A Technology Program Advisory Committee, will provide firsthand insight in communicating and working with your institution’s IT department. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to share a story or everyday experience working with IT – the triumphs as well as any lessons learned, or take-away tips for successful collaborations with IT. What made the encounter successful? What tips can you offer attendees who are facing challenges working with IT to accomplish a tech project, or just in general daily tasks?

Bio: Amanda Chiplock, MLIS, is currently the Senior Medical Librarian and Department Head at S.E. Wimberly Library, Florida Atlantic University where she is working with IT and the College of Medicine curriculum committees to implement innovative programming to facilitate learning in a growing, dynamic medical school. In her previous role as Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Health Professions Division Library, Nova Southeastern University, Amanda was tasked with leading a change in culture by implementing an iPad lending program and an award-winning circulation program for iOS apps focused on enhancing student engagement and academic success.

Bio: Devica Samsundar, MLIS, AHIP has held various positions in the library at Baptist Health South Florida since 1991. Currently she is the Corporate Director of Library & Information Services, where one of her responsibilities is to oversee the life cycle of electronic resources for the institution. In her prior roles as Manager of Electronic Resources and Electronic Resources Librarian she was responsible for administration, support, and evaluation of electronic resource.

Bio: Nadine Dexter, MLS, D-AHIP, is responsible for the successful start-up, planning, direction, and operation of all administrative and service functions of the Health Sciences Library. She is currently working with faculty and staff to create an environment that promotes growth, creativity and motivation throughout the College. She is also working on developing and applying technology tools for teaching, learning, assessment and outreach; as she is preparing for integrating library-training programs into the health sciences curricula and clinical environment. Nadine will also provide for the strategic use of knowledge resources and developing partnerships that support sources of external funding.

Bio: Kimberley Barker, MLIS, Barker is the University of Virginia’s Claude Moore Health Sciences Library’s Digital Initiatives Librarian, and also serves as chair of the Technology Program Advisory Committee for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview

A computer (with Flash installed)

  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call your phone, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

NIH Funding Opportunity: Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations. NA populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness, oral diseases, and HIV-infection. The intervention program should be culturally appropriate and promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles, improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic diseases, the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, oral disease, or HIV-infection. The intervention program should be designed so that it could be sustained within the entire community within existing resources, and, if successful, disseminated in other Native American communities. The long-term goal of this FOA is to reduce mortality and morbidity in NA communities. For the purposes of this FOA Native Americans include the following populations: Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian. The term ‘Native Hawaiian’ means any individual any of whose ancestors were natives, prior to 1778, of the area which now comprises the State of Hawaii.

Letter of Intent Due Date: 30 days before the application due date
Application Due Date: May 12, 2015
Learn more here: PAR-14-260

For more information on American Indian health, visit the Specialized Information Services American Indian Health page. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this web site brings together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research. It includes links to evaluated health information from an assortment of resources, web sites, and databases.

Michael Honch
Outreach Intern
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Desk: 301.443-7635
michael.honch@nih.gov

April SCR CONNECTions Webinar: RML Updates

Join us this Wednesday 10:30 to 11:15am CT (9:30am MT) for program updates and funding opportunities.

How to Connect

April 2015 Texas Library Association Exhibit

Are you attending this week’s Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Austin, TX? We are! Please stop by our exhibit booth and say hello to Marcus and Lindsy.

Marcus and Lindsy

NN/LM SCR Coordinators Marcus and Lindsy

MLA Webcast on Data Management April 22

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The Medical Library Association will be broadcasting a webinar entitled “The Diversity of Data Management: Practical Approaches for Health Sciences Librarianship” Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

This webcast is designed to provide health sciences librarians with an introduction to data management, including use of data in the research landscape and the current climate around data management in biomedical research. Three librarians working with data management at their institutions will present case studies and examples of products and services they have implemented, and provide strategies and success stories about what has worked to get data management services up and running at their libraries.

Learn more and register.

Betsy L. Humphreys Named Acting Director of the National Library of Medicine

Betsy L. Humphreys was appointed the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Acting Director effective April 1, 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. NLM is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. Humphreys has served as NLM’s deputy director since 2005, sharing responsibility with the Director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. As Deputy Director of the Library, Humphreys also coordinated NLM’s extensive activities related to health data standards, serving as US Member and founding Chair of the General Assembly of the International Health Terminology Standards Organisation. She has contributed to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting.

Humphreys, who joined the NLM in 1973, previously led the NLM’s Library Operations Division and directed the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced processing, retrieval, and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources.

Ms. Humphreys is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and a Fellow of the Medical Library Association. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics, considered the highest honor in the field of medical informatics, the Marcia C. Noyes Award, which is the Medical Library Association’s highest honor, and the first Cornerstone Award conferred by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.

She received a B.A. from Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Source: nlm.nih.gov

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April 2015 Resource Library Directors Meeting

We had a wonderful meeting with leaders from NN/LM South Central Region Resource Libraries Thursday, April 9 in Tulsa, OK. After a brief NLM and NN/LM update we jumped right in to our small group discussion sharing sessions.

I would like to thank AAHSL President Paul Schoening and NN/LM MidContinental Region Associate Director Claire Hamasu for recording their discussion starting presentations, and NLM NN/LM National Network Office Consumer Health Librarian Lisa Boyd for her live presentation via Skype.

We were very pleased to hear the ideas shared and will integrate what we learned with our programs.

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

April 2015 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available

NIH NewsinHealth picThe April issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research, is now available.

Features:

Sharing Reliable Health Information

You hear and read health advice all the time—from friends, online sources, radio, TV, and more. How do you know what health information you can trust?

Readers’ Favorite Online Health Stories
Rashes, Sore Throats, Kidneys, and More

NIH News in Health aims to bring you a wide range of health-related stories. Here are 5 reader favorites.

 

Health Capsules:

Cleaner Air Tied to Healthier Lungs in Kids

What Do You Know About Sarcoidosis?

Featured Website: National DNA Day

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.
We love hearing from readers who let us know how they share and use health information, including NIH News in Health. Thanks for sharing your feedback, story ideas, and other comments over the past decade. We look forward to bringing you 10 more years of evidence-based health information. Share your thoughts with us at nihnewsinhealth@od.nih.gov or send us a photo of how you or others use the newsletter, and we may post it to our Facebook page.

Save the Date: Oklahoma Health Literacy Conference

Making Info Meaningful

The first annual Making Information Meaningful conference will be held October 22-23, 2015 at the  Tulsa Tech Owasso Conference Center in Owasso, OK (Conference Website).  Using information literacy to foster critical thinking is the focus of this collaborative regional training opportunity and best practices and innovative means of instruction of the identification, location, evaluation, and effective use of information will be featured.  The conference is intended for a wide range of information professionals including academic, school, and public librarians, teachers and college/university faculty and students preparing for teaching or library careers.

Please contact Paula Settoon, Dean of Libraries, TCC at paula.settoon@tulsacc.edu or (918) 595-7461 with any questions.