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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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Inspiring People in Our Region: Julia Cleaver, Knowledge Services Manager (aka Head Librarian), Allison Long, Knowledge Services Advisor, Alli Buehler, Knowledge Services Advisor and Courtney Fenters, Graduate Assistant

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Introducing, Ipas, a new North Carolina DOCLINE library
By: Allison Long, Knowledge Services Advisor, Ipas
Edited By: PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern Atlantic Region (SE/A). Contact PJ at: pgrier@hshsl.umaryland.edu

Ipas is an international non-profit that works in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to reduce death and injury from unsafe abortion and increase women’s ability to exercise their reproductive rights. Headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ipas is rare among international NGOs in that it has its own research library and employs three full-time librarians and a part-time graduate student assistant.

We have been members of NN/LM for several years and are really excited about our newly minted DOCLINE account. We are also a part of the Association for Population Libraries and Information Centers (APLIC), an international consortium of health and demography libraries; the Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries (ANCHASL) and the North Carolina chapter of the Special Libraries Association (NCSLA).

The Ipas library collection contains over 25,000 items, half of which are available electronically 24 hours a day to over 400 staff worldwide. We believe that we have the largest abortion-specific collection in the world –because we don’t know of any others! We collect books, journal articles, grey literature, audio-visual materials, posters, flipcharts and ephemera pertaining to abortion and reproductive healthcare from all regions and countries. Drawing on these resources, we are able to provide our colleagues with the latest clinical and programmatic evidence they need to train health care providers, educate and mobilize communities, and liberalize restrictive reproductive health policies.

Our research has contributed to the publication of dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and official Ipas publications, such as our Clinical Updates in Reproductive Health and the quarterly Because Magazine. On a weekly basis, we send out current awareness newsletters on a variety of topics that are relevant to our field in order to keep staff up-to-date with the latest news and papers. We also offer EndNote setup and training assistance for Ipas staff and we help our authors negotiate copyright agreements with publishers.

We are pretty sure that our staff like what we do, as evidenced by these testimonials:

“It’s a tremendous benefit to the organization to have such erudite, knowledgeable colleagues generating information that supports the collective performance of the organization.” – Senior Health Systems Advisor

“My work life would be unimaginably more difficult now that I’m accustomed to having a resource library at my fingertips.” – Senior Clinical Advisor

“I LOVE LOVE LOVE the library. I mean, I SERIOUSLY LOVE IT!” – Research and Evaluation Manager

(We keep a wiki page of compliments we receive to remind ourselves of the good work we are doing. We highly recommend that every specialized library adopt this practice.)

While Ipas recognizes the immense value of maintaining a fully-staffed library, many other organizations in our field (and elsewhere) do not. Some of our partners have never invested in information professionals, while others who once housed robust libraries have defunded or even cut their information programs entirely. However, the services provided by informational professionals are still in high-demand, and we have actually been approached by multiple people from partner agencies who are interested in using our library services. Due to our current copyright agreements, this is not possible, but we are exploring contract services as an option to broaden our service availability and “share the love” – if the copyright deities will allow it. The Ipas library strongly believes in free and open access to information; we hope in the future to be able to more readily contribute to the global knowledge base at the same time that we are helping to save women’s lives.

Our staff:
cleaverJulia Cleaver, Knowledge Services Manager (aka Head Librarian)

With Ipas since 2001, Julia took a mountain of dusty, unorganized boxes of stuff and made them into what is today called the Ipas library. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s library science program, Julia was a school librarian before moving into population libraries with a position at IntraHealth International, followed by her long tenure at Ipas.

 

 

longAllison Long, Knowledge Services Advisor (aka Librarian)

With Ipas since 2008, Allison began as the library’s student assistant during her graduate program at UNC Chapel Hill. She also dabbled in being a school librarian for a few years at Carolina Friends School before becoming full-time at Ipas in 2012.

 

 

buehlerAlli Buehler, Knowledge Services Advisor (aka Librarian)

With Ipas since 2013, Alli is a former teacher with a master’s degree in education. She most recently worked at Mazzoni LGBT Center in Philadelphia before returning to school to become a librarian at – you guessed it! – UNC Chapel Hill.

 

 

Courtney Fenters, Graduate Assistant (aka fentersLibrarian-in-Training)

With Ipas since 2014, Courtney is scheduled to graduate from UNC Chapel Hill’s library science program this spring. She is currently working on her master’s project with the library at the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

 

 

For more information about Ipas, read our 2014 Annual Report, watch this video, or visit our website, www.ipas.org.

Reminder Today: Beyond the SEA Webinar – February 18, 2015 – Get Started with Coding

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Bohyun Kim, Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Summary: This webinar will discuss common challenges for librarians to get started with coding in the library context and provide practical tips.

Presenter Bio: Bohyun Kim is the Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. She is the author of a book, the Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations (ALA TechSource, 2013), and her new book about gamification is to be published soon. She is the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect Blog and a closing keynote speaker for the upcoming Library Technology Conference. She regularly tweets @bohyunkim and less frequently writes in her blog, Library Hat.

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, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

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.

SE/A 5-Minute Survey Series: Network and Exhibits

Monday, February 16th, 2015

For the third of four 5-minute survey series, SE/A requests your feedback and comments regarding NN/LM SE/A network and exhibiting activities during 2011-2015. Please consider participating and enter to win a $1500 professional development award.

The survey is located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GPSY8T9

To preserve anonymity, participants will be asked to enter contact information through a separate form once the survey is complete. This survey will close at 11:59pm on Thursday February 19, 2015.

Questions about the survey questions or contest can be directed to ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Additionally, an Open Discussion will follow on Friday February 20, 12-12:30pm. To join this open discussion, we will use Adobe Connect.

What do you need to join this Open Discussion?

  • 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, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

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.

SE/A 5-Minute Survey Series: Education

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

For the first of four 5-minute survey series, SE/A requests your feedback and comments regarding NN/LM SE/A education outreach and programming. Please consider participating and enter to win a $1500 professional development award. Before participating in the survey, you may want to review the suite of classes offered by NN/LM SE/A coordinators: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/classes.html.

The survey can be located at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GDPN8QX.

To preserve anonymity, participants will be asked to enter contact information through a separate form once the survey is complete. This survey will close at 11:59pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Questions about the survey questions or contest can be directed to Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator, at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

Additionally, an Open Discussion will follow on Friday February 6, 12-12:30pm. To join this open discussion, we will use Adobe Connect.

What do you need to join this Open Discussion?

  • 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, call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.)

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.

Share Your Success: 2014 Winners Announced

Friday, December 19th, 2014

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A) is pleased to announce that Everly Brown at Health Sciences and Human Serves Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore and Dianne Johnson at Coy C Carpenter Library, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC have won our National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM) Share Your Success drawing for a $1,500 MLA 2015 travel scholarship. They will be able to charge up to $1,500 for airfare, hotel, and per diem to the NN/LM SE/A for the MLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

We want to thank everyone who submitted a story about your success. We had a large number of submissions this year, and for that, we are grateful. You made National Medical Librarians Month one of the more successful ones in our history. Congratulations, Everly and Dianne. We’ll see you in Austin, TX!

 

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland