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Archive for March, 2011

2nd Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

We’re Teaching, But How Do We Know If They’re Learning?
Assessment of Library Instruction Activities
2nd Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium
Friday, June 3, 2011
The John Crerar Library/The University of Chicago

For more information about the symposium:

Call for proposals
The organizers of the 2nd Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium to be held Friday, June 3, 2011 invite proposals for presentations in the area of assessment of library instruction activities. Proposals should be submitted using the form found at . Invited and contributed presentations will provide a framework for thinking about library assessment, as well as describing practical approaches for measuring learning outcomes. Proposals selected for full oral presentation will be eligible for a travel stipend.

Congratulations to Heather Holmes – Change Agent

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Please join me in congratulating Summa Health System’s Information Services Librarian Heather Holmes as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2011. Heather won in the “change agent” category for her work as a clinical medical librarian. She participates in daily teaching rounds, bringing her expertise with resources to meet the information needs of the “team” at
the bedside.

Read about her work here:

Great work, Heather!

Bette Sydelko
President, OHSLA

Journals Database and Creating PubMed TOCs

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Have you wondered what happened to the Journals Database and how to create a Table of Contents (TOC) in the updated NLM Catalog? Check out the new article: Creating PubMed TOC Searches OR Where did the Journals Database Go?
available at:

This is the first in a series of NLM E-Minute articles published in the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago’s new online newsletter, the E-ppendix: Online Newsletter of the UIC Library of the Health Sciences.

The article covers all the tips and tricks necessary to complete these three steps in developing and saving TOC search:
1) Identify and select the desired journals in the NLM Catalog and send them to PubMed
2) Create a single PubMed search of the journals using PubMed’s Advanced Search “Search History”
3) Save the search either in My NCBI or as an RSS feed

National Library of Medicine Video Contest: “NLM & You: The Video”

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

The U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM®), the world’s largest library of the health sciences and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, is conducting a video contest.

The contest supports the NLM mission of publicizing the availability of its information products and services, including but not limited to MEDLINE®/PubMed®, MedlinePlus®, GenBank®, PubMed Central®,, Bookshelf, AIDSinfo®, and Profiles in Science®. NLM invites the public to create original short videos which promote awareness of these products and services.

What to enter

Video entries should promote an NLM information product or service, such as one of the examples listed above, by telling a story of how the product or service has made a difference. For example, how has an NLM product or service helped you:

* Solve a health problem or enabled you to help a loved one?
* Carry out research or make a new discovery?
* Make a difference in clinical treatment or help a client or patient?
* Write a report?

Videos must:

* Be 30-60 seconds in length.
* Not contain violence, profanity, sex, attacks on individuals or organizations, or other inappropriate messages.
* Comply with all laws where the video was filmed.
* Not infringe on any third party rights.
* Be your original creation. Copyrighted music, video, or images may be used in your video if the owner of the copyright has granted permission for this use.
* Not have been previously produced for compensation. Videos already posted on the NLM Web pages are not eligible.
* End with this text: “Visit”
* Be posted to YouTube ( If you don’t have a YouTube account, it’s easy and only takes a few minutes to set one up. The use of to accept contest entries does not imply an endorsement of the site or its parent company by the US Government. For further assistance, see uploading instructions at:

For more information, see the Technical Bulletin: – and GOOD LUCK!!

Community Connect Grants Now Available

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced it is accepting applications for grants to provide broadband access in rural communities currently without broadband service. Making broadband service available to rural communities can help make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. Funding is provided through the Community Connect Grant program. Grants are available to communities in the most rural, economically challenged areas where loans would not be sustainable. Funds may be used to construct, acquire or lease facilities to deploy broadband to residents, businesses and essential community facilities such as police and fire stations, libraries, schools, and health care clinics.

Applications for the 2011 Fiscal Year are currently being accepted. All applications must be submitted to RUS by May 3, 2011.

To apply:

62nd Annual WSNA Annual Convention

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

By Brenda Fay
Aurora Sinai Medical Center Library
Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Health Sciences Library AssociationThe Wisconsin Health Sciences Library Association (WHSLA) exhibited at the annual Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Annual Convention on February 5, 2011, at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Over 250 nursing students, faculty, and nursing leaders from across Wisconsin attended the meeting.

The WHLSA table included the large gray case GMR display with screen shots of NLM online resources, handouts on Mobile MedlinePlus and PubMed full-text, and several giveaways including NLM bookmarks, pens, and WHSLA brochures. Raffle prizes, including two Littman stethoscopes, donated by WHSLA, helped to generate enthusiasm and increase attendance at the booth.