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Archive for December, 2011

MAR Holiday Closings

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAR will be closed on Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2.  MAR wishes everyone  Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year

Upcoming Training Opportunities for MAR Members

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

**NOTE:  If travel is required for you to attend any of these opportunities, consider applying for a Professional Development Award!

Details to register for these classes can be found at (unless indicated otherwise):[]=MAR#results

  • “Valuing Your Library: Needs Assessment, Program Development, and Program Evaluation”

January, 9, 2012

9 AM – 1 PM

University of Pittsburgh, Falk Library, Classroom 2

You probably have a good idea of how your library contributes to the overall goals of your larger institution, but do you know how to show evidence of those contributions to organizational leaders and decision-makers?  In this workshop, you will learn how to define “value” by assessing the needs of your different stakeholders (users, faculty administrators, library staff, etc.). You then will learn to connect your programs and services to institutional goals using a logic model and develop an evaluation plan to investigate and document your library’s value to your institution’s mission. The workshop will end with a presentation about online library-value calculators, which can be used for cost-benefit and return-on-investment analysis.  (This workshop offers 4 hours of MLA CE credit. More information available at MLA’s CE website:

  • Biomedical Publishing 101

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

January 18, 2012:   1-2:30 PM ET

A free Webinar via Adobe Connect

Created by the Chicago Collaborative, a joint partnership of librarians, publishers and editors

Sponsored and hosted by the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeastern/Atlantic Regions of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

This 90-minute webinar provides an opportunity to learn about the publishing cycle of biomedical journals, both in print and online.  The complexities of publishing, in a world of rapidly changing delivery formats and devices will be explored, including the publishing challenges and opportunities posed by each.  Presenters include John Tagler of the Association of American Publishers, Inc. and the session will be moderated by M. J. Tooey, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library and Director of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region at the University of Maryland.

Participants will gain knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of different players in the scientific publishing chain and of the international aspects of bioscience communication.  All participants will have a chance to engage in discussions with the presenters.  Key topics to be covered include:

  • The Current Biomedical Publishing Landscape
  • The Publishing Process
  • Publication Ethics
  • Production and Delivery
  • Practical Considerations
  • The Road Ahead

Please register at by December 31, 2011 if you plan on attending.  Connection instructions will be provided upon registration

  • “Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use”

January 9, 2012 – February 3, 2012


  • “Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines”

January 17, 2012 – February 17, 2012


  • “Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library”

February 6, 2012 – March 9, 2012


  • The National Library of Medicine Training Center is bringing the PubMed for Trainers course to Syracuse, NY, April 16-30, 2012.  PubMed for Trainers requires attendance at all sessions, both online and in-person:

Online session:  April 16, 2012, 10:00 – 12:00 pm ET

Online session:  April 18, 2012, 10:00 – 12:00 pm ET

In-person session in Syracuse, NY:  April 24, 2012, 9:30 – 4:30 pm ET

Online session:  April 30, 2012, 10:00 – 12:00 pm ET

Seating is limited.  For class details and to register, see: for Trainers

Congratulations to MAR Award Recipients

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

MAR is pleased to announce recipients from our first round of funding.  The decision-making process was a difficult one, with many worthwhile projects and organizations vying for a limited amount of dollars.  We are pleased with the projects that were funded and look forward to the outcomes.  As final reports of these projects are available, they will be posted to our Website.

The following awards are still available as funding permits:

Job Announcement: Unit Head, Index Section, NLM

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

On January 6, 2012, the Index Section of the National Library of Medicine will post an announcement for the position of Unit Head (Supervisory Technical Information Specialist, GS-1412-13).

Unit Head responsibilities include managing one of two MEDLINE indexing units and supervising a staff of fourteen indexers; advising on best practices for ensuring the quality of MEDLINE indexing; working with other NLM divisions to develop and implement technological solutions that enhance indexing quality and support efficient production; and participating in the Index Section training program for new indexers.

Applications will be accepted from current federal employees and outside applicants through USAJOBS. Please be aware that once the position is posted, applications must be submitted within five calendar days.  To learn more, please contact Deborah Ozga, Head, Index Section (, 301.496.3262).

Hidden Treasure Details

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine – a spectacular illustrated book that showcases rare, beautiful, idiosyncratic, and surprising works in the collection of the world’s largest medical library – will be published in April 2012 by Blast Books of New York, in cooperation with the National Library of Medicine. It is available for pre-order through all major online booksellers.

America’s Health Rankings 2011

Monday, December 19th, 2011

An interesting report with state-by-state snapshots:

NLM Holiday Closings

Monday, December 19th, 2011

NLM will be closed on Monday, December 26 in observance of Christmas and Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year’s.  NLM wishes everyone wonderful holidays and a happy and healthy new year!

25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World

Monday, December 19th, 2011

A popular cultural website has posted its list of The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries in the World.

CENDI-NFAIS-FLICC Repositories Workshop: Presentations Posted

Monday, December 19th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that you can now access the presentations from the November 30, 2011, workshop on Repositories in Science and Technology from the CENDI website.  The following is the URL to take you directly to the posted agenda from which the presentations and bios are linked.  We also posted the attendee list (revised per no shows and last-minute attendees), which is also linked from the agenda.

It was a very successful workshop with a sizable number of staff from CENDI agencies in attendance.  At the January 12 meeting, we hope to have an analysis of the completed evaluations that were collected following the workshop:

Updated Links: HHS Partnership for Patients Initiative to Improve Hospital Care

Monday, December 19th, 2011

CORRECTION:  Updated links

Hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make health care safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare acquired conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.   As a part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide public-private collaboration to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care for all Americans, $218 million will go to 26 state, regional, national, or hospital system organizations.  For more information, go to:  To read the press release, visit: