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Archive for May, 2012

Older Americans Month

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Older Americans Month is an opportunity to recognize the guiding wisdom and important contributions of our nation’s seniors.

Here are a few resources that seniors may find useful:

  • Economic Security for Seniors — Learn about reverse mortgages and job training; and find benefit programs to help pay for medications and other essentials.
  • Tips on Exercise and Healthy Eating — Get ideas for meal planning and safely increasing your level of physical activity.
  • Facts about Older Americans — Did you know that more than 16% of older Americans are in the labor force or that the fastest growing age group in the older population is 85-94? Learn more interesting facts about America’s 65+ crowd.
  • Senior Resources on — Find a wide range of resources for seniors on topics that include health, money, housing, and more.

Graduate Medical Education Reform Act of 2012

Sunday, May 20th, 2012
The AAMC issued a statement expressing support for the newly introduced “Graduate Medical Education Reform Act of 2012,” (S. 3201) sponsored by Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), as an important positive component of a larger graduate medical education (GME) reform package that must include an increase in the number of Medicare-funded residency slots. “This is a thoughtful approach to transparency and accountability, which, when combined with an increase in the number of Medicare-supported residency positions, could be part of a comprehensive strategy to address the access crisis facing this country,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO, in a letter to the two Senators. (bill text available shortly)

HHS Annual Report: Health, United States, 2011

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

The HHS Secretary’s annual report on the nation’s health was released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). “Health, United States, 2011” is the 35th annual report and includes “a compilation of health data from a number of sources within the federal government and in the private sector. Trend data on virtually every health topic from all stages of life are presented in tables and charts, and this year’s report contains a special focus section on socioeconomic status and health.”

New HHS Tool to Measure the Nation’s Health Care System

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the launch of a new web-based tool “that will make it easier for all Americans to monitor and measure how the nation’s health care system is performing.” According to HHS, the Health System Measurement Project “will allow policymakers, providers, and the public to develop consistent data-driven views of changes in critical U.S. health system indicators.”

Job Ad: Translational Science Librarian

Sunday, May 20th, 2012
This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the research and clinical communities at Weill Cornell Medical College.  See the job description at:
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, Weill Cornell Medical Library
Title: Translational Science Librarian
Status: Full Time, Academic/Faculty
Starting Salary: $60,000
Position Summary:
The Translational Science Librarian serves as the liaison for the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and biomedical informatics programs including the Center for Health Informatics Policy (CHIP).  Provides research support for members of the CTSC and the WCMC biomedical informatics community through consultation, training, current awareness, and service development in bibliographic and informatics-related research tools. Reports to the Assistant Director, Research and Digital Services, Weill Cornell Medical Library.
Position Activities:
  *   Provide support to the CTSC, biomedical informatics programs and other research areas.
  *   Build relationships with bench researchers and clinicians through proactive participation in clinical librarian and other informationist programs.
  *   Provide education and training in informatics and research tools.
  *   Participate in researcher consultations of, and serve as liaison to the Translational Research Support Team.
Serve on the Institutional Review Board.
  *   Suggest and create special projects and programs to further the effective use of biomedical information resources throughout the center.
  *   Partner with Clinical Informatics to increase information access in the electronic medical record.
  *   Collaborate with health and life sciences librarians at Cornell University and Hunter College to further e-science initiatives.
  *   Assist with data curation, and data discovery and access processes.
Minimum Requirements:
  *   Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution.  Advanced degree in basic sciences, informatics, or related field preferred.  Demonstrated expertise in the use of bibliographic research tools.
  *   Experience in the use of molecular or genetic databases or translational science computational methods a plus.  Two years of professional experience in a biomedical or hospital library preferred.  Excellent technical, written and verbal communication skills and teaching/presentation skills.  Able to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  *   Demonstrated initiative, the ability to manage multiple projects and a commitment to professional development.
Applicants should send cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e‑mail addresses of 3 references to Anny Khoubesserian, Administrative Manager, Weill Cornell Medical Library, 1300 York Ave., New York, NY 10065‑4896, or e‑mail to  The Weill Medical College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, citizenship or veteran status.

MAR Will Be Out of the Office Attending MLA

Friday, May 11th, 2012

All of the MAR coordinators will be attending the Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference.  So we will be out of the office from Wed., May 16th – Wed., May 23rd.  We will be monitoring our MAR email account and our 800 # during our absence.

However, please bear in mind that we will do our best to respond to emails and calls within 24 hours during those dates.  Also, please note that the conference is taking place in Seattle, WA.  So there will be a 3-hour time difference between the East and West coasts.

MAR Presenters at MLA

Friday, May 11th, 2012

If any of you are planning to join us at MLA, we’d like to alert you that there will be 2 paper presentations and 1 poster presentation resulting from MAR funding.

Sunday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Section Programs 1
WSCC, Room 612, Level Six

The Value of Health Libraries and Information Services for Clinical Decision Making and Patient Safety
Joanne Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, and Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA

Poster Session 3 │ Tuesday, May 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
WSCC, 4A/B, Level Four

154 Results of the Value of Health Library and Information Services Study
Joanne Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, and Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA

Sunday, May 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Section Programs 1
WSCC, Room 608/609, Level Six

iPads as a Tool to Enhance Communications and Access to Emergency Preparedness Resources
Cristina A. Pope, AHIP, and Donna K. Sowles

Are You Presenting at MLA?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

MAR would like to know if anyone else within our region may be presenting at MLA.  After MLA, we would like to highlight and share details about what you’re doing.  If you are doing a paper presentation or a poster, please provide answers to the questions listed below to: by Thursday, May 24th.

  1. Title of the Presentation/Poster
  2. Date of the Presentation/Poster
  3. Names of the Presenters
  4. Description/Abstract of the Presentation/Poster

Job Ad: West Penn Allegheny Health System, Pittsburgh, PA

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Health Information Specialist – Health Sciences Library and search for job # 30184.

Job Ads: University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library, Buffalo, NY

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Medical Education Services Librarian and Liaison to the School of Medicine

Clinical Librarian and Liaison to the School of Dental Medicine