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National Social Work Month 2015

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). You can contact Sheila at:

The National Association of Social Workers is celebrating its 60th anniversary during Social Work Month, March, with the official theme of “Social Work Paves the Way for Change.” The theme underscores what social workers have done over the past six decades to bring about positive change in our world, and helps us all remember those who help make things better without much compensation for their efforts. The overall goal is “to educate the public about how social workers and the association have brought about major positive social changes, improved the lives of individuals and families, and will continue to do so in the future.”

Along with an interactive timeline of social work efforts over the last 60 years, the website offers a journalism project, a history poster, testimonial videos, a downloadable template to send to government officials to encourage recognition for the profession, downloadable logos for promotional materials, an array of merchandise bearing those logos, and even a section to spotlight media efforts that positively portray the profession. Social workers are encouraged to produce videos showing the value of NASW, “an opportunity to participate in the anniversary celebration and help build a vision for NASW in its next 60 years.”

This celebration allows us all to examine the crossover and joint missions of social work and public health. “Social work originated and grew up alongside public health in the early 20th century, when social workers partnered with doctors to combat sexually transmitted diseases and other infectious diseases and to improve maternal/child health in settlement houses,” Betty J. Ruth, a Clinical Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work, explains in an article in Social Work Today. The two fields intersect for a “contemporary, integrated, trans-disciplinary approach to preventing, addressing, and solving social health problems,” according to the Public Health Social Work website, and more than a few schools offer a dual degree in both fields. The University of Georgia is one of these schools, and their program overview explains that social work tends to address intervention at an individual (micro) level while public health focuses on the goal of prevention at the population (macro) level. The American Public Health Association (APHA), has a Public Health Social Work Section that “establishes standards for social work in health care settings; contributes to the development of public health social work practice and research; and promotes social work programs in the public health field.”

National Social Work Month is a great opportunity to consider how both the fields of social work and public health have bettered our world, and to recognize that both professions have a social justice component that is necessary for the improved health of all.

SE/A Survey Series Professional Development Award Winner: Pam Queen, Athens Regional Medical Center, Medical Library

Friday, March 20th, 2015

In February, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A) staff requested participation in a series of short surveys. Four surveys were sent out—each one addressing a different topic – education, funding, network and exhibits, and communication yielding a total of 235 responses.

Participants were able to enter their name into a drawing for a $1500.00 Professional Development Award for each survey completed. NN/LM SE/A is pleased to announce that Pam Queen at Athens Regional Medical Center, Medical Library in Athens, GA is the winner of the Professional Development Award! The drawing was captured on screen and can be viewed here.

We received many great responses to each of the surveys and collected some great comments and feedback from the region. Thank you to all who participated in the SE/A survey series!

Questions about the survey or contest can be directed to Andrew Youngkin, Outreach/Assessment Coordinator at

Congratulations to the 2015 MLA Awards, Grants and Scholarships Recipients!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Medical Library Association (MLA) awards, grants and scholarships! Many of this year’s recipients are within the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A):

Awards and Honors

Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship

  • Geneva Bush Staggs, AHIP, Biomedical Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile

Janet Doe Lectureship for 2016

  • M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Ida and George Eliot Prize

  • Tara Brigham, Winn Dixie Foundation Medical Library, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
  • Elizabeth Connor, AHIP, Daniel Library, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston


  • Cheryl Rae Dee, FMLA, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, and Florida State University, Lakeland
  • Julia Shaw-Kokot, AHIP, FMLA, Retired, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Beverly Murphy, AHIP, FMLA, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Murray Gottlieb Prize

  • Elena Safia Azadbakht, Joseph Anderson Cook Memorial Library, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg

Grants and Scholarships

Continuing Education Awards

  • Jennifer S. Walker, AHIP, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

EBSCO/MLA Annual Meeting Grants

  • Krystal Bullers, AHIP, Shimberg Health Sciences Library, University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Suhua Caroline Fan, Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship

  • Alyson Gamble, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL

David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship

  • Emily Mazure, AHIP, Medical Center Library & Archives, Duke University, Durham, NC

All recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX, on Monday, May 18th, from noon to 1:30pm. Please take a moment to congratulate them!

Reminder: RFI on NLM due Friday, March 13

Friday, March 6th, 2015

If you have made use of NLM resources, think about responding to the following RFI.

This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections) – collectively referred to in this RFI hereafter as “NLM elements”.  Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
  • Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
  • Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
  • How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
  • Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
  • Electronic health records;
  • Digital publications; or
  • Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration.

NN/LM SE/A Office Closed Today – March 5, 2015

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The NN/LM SE/A offices are closed, Thursday, March 5, 2015 due to the inclement weather in the Baltimore area where our offices are located.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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