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Archive for June, 2012

Libraries in a Digital Age

Friday, June 15th, 2012

We at Henry Stewart Talks are delighted to invite you to enjoy complementary access to the series, Libraries in a Digital Age, edited by renowned Professor Derek Law. This series has been developed and compiled specifically for you, the librarian in today’s library.

As with all of our series, the editor and speakers in the series, Libraries in a Digital Age, are leading and internationally recognized academics, practitioners, researchers and specialists in their field, who work with Henry Stewart Talks to ensure that the talks provide a trustworthy, comprehensive and up to date review of your field.

We invite you to watch and listen to these talks, to share them with your colleagues and friends.

Access to the eleven world class presentations in the series, Libraries in a Digital Age is free of charge and will be open for you though the remainder of 2012. You and your colleagues can enjoy the talks at your leisure by simply clicking on the link:


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Job Ad: GMR Technology Coordinator Position

Friday, June 15th, 2012

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR) is seeking a knowledgeable, outgoing, energetic librarian to fill the Technology Coordinator position. The GMR is located in the Library of the Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Technology Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing the technology program for the ten-state Greater Midwest Region (GMR). This position serves as a consultant to network members, identifying strategies for promoting awareness and use of new technologies to support improved access to electronic health information for librarians, health professionals, and the public. The Technology Coordinator collaborates with staff from the other NN/LM regions to develop and maintain the NN/LM Intranet and public web site. Other responsibilities include the development of classes and presentations on emerging technologies; exhibiting at meetings of librarians and health professionals; supporting recipients of technology awards; and contributing information about new technologies to the GMR blog and other regional and state publications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s degree in Library/Information Sciences. Two to five years’ experience working with or in libraries, preferably health sciences libraries.  Experience with NLM databases and services. Demonstrated knowledge of web design. Working knowledge of Drupal, HTML, and CSS.  Experience with a variety of operating and network systems. Teaching and curriculum development experience, including distance education instruction. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Willingness to travel. Ability to transport and set up exhibit materials.

SALARY/CONTRACT: Professional academic staff appointments in the UIC Library begin at $55,000, but the salary is commensurate with experience; twelve month appointment with 24 days vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; paid medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary; coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory (8% of salary is withheld and is tax exempt until withdrawal); no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required; physical examination at University Health Service is required upon appointment.

For fullest consideration apply by Friday, July 6, 2012. All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click on the following link:


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Friday, June 15th, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Below is a link to the Administration on Aging website that lists helpful resources and fact sheets that can be posted and distributed:

Ask a Librarian (June 2012)

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Guest columnist Clara Fowler, Manager of Information Services in the Research Medical Library of MD Anderson Cancer Center, answers a question on where to start with sifting through medical research and outlines the steps for getting your own research published in this month’s column.

New NLM Deputy Chief, Public Services Division

Friday, June 15th, 2012

It is my pleasure to announce the selection of Ms. Loren Frant for the position of Deputy Chief, Public Services Division.

Loren came to NLM as an Associate Fellow in September 2004, and gained excellent experience from the curriculum, and by working on three very different associate projects: 1) researching best practices in digital archives and repositories; 2) creating a plan for end-user satisfaction with NLM’s Profiles in Science Web site; and 3) testing NLM’s automated intelligence agent, Cosmo, for its ability to respond to customer emails via Siebel.

Following her associate year, Loren accepted a position in PSD’s Reference and Web Services Section as a systems librarian where she led a team of librarians delivering web site redesigns and database improvements.  She served as the technical lead for MedlinePlus, which qualified her to be selected to be Head of the Health Information Products Unit in 2008, a position she has held since then.    As the Head of this unit, Loren has been the lead for all MedlinePlus strategic decisions, and she has directed the operations of related products and services, including MedlinePlus, MedlinePlus en español, MedlinePlus Connect, and MedlinePlus web services.

Ms. Frant is a wonderful emissary and spokesperson for the library.  She has presented on MedlinePlus, and MedlinePlus Connect on numerous occasions to the NLM BoR, the NLM Online Users Group at MLA, to other NIH Institutes, the Institute of Medicine, the HHS Web Council, and at the June 2011 and June 2012 Health Data Initiative Forums hosted by HHS.

Loren will assume her duties as Deputy Chief on July 1, 2012.

Martha Fishel
Chief, Public Services Division, NLM

Health Information Spotlight

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Welcome to Health Information Spotlight, the weekly Health Information Page update from NIH, the nation’s medical research agency.

MAR is Introducing Monthly Boost Box Sessions

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
  • Boost Box will occur the second Tuesday of each month from Noon – 1:00 pm.  These sessions are educational webinars designed to boost knowledge of NLM products or other topics of interest.
  • On June 12, Mary Lou Klem PhD, MLIS, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, will present:  Study Design and Systematic Reviews.

Systematic reviews are literature reviews that critically appraise and summarize the “best available evidence” for a clinical question or topic.  While the most well-known “best evidence” is the randomized controlled trial (RCT), other study designs may also be appropriate for use in systematic reviews.  This presentation provides an overview and description of two broad classes of study designs (experimental and observational), an explanation of critical differences between these two types of design, and a real-world example of the impact of such design differences on study outcomes..

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Noon – 1:00 pm ET

  • Please log-in and allow Adobe Connect to call your phone, if possible.  But, just in case, the back-up phone number for is:

Conference Number(s):  1-888-450-5996
Participant Code:  888072

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Applications for Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

PCORI Seeks Applications to Fund $120 Million in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research

Find more information about PCORI’s funding announcement.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care decisions.

PCORI released May 22 its first primary research funding announcements to support comparative clinical effectiveness research that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make more informed health care choices.

The four PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) involve up to $96 million in funding and correspond to the first four areas of focus in PCORI’s National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda:

  • Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options- for projects that address critical decisions that patients, their caregivers and clinicians face with too little information
  • Improving Healthcare Systems – for projects that address critical decisions that face health care systems, the patients and caregivers who rely on them, and the clinicians who work within them
  • Communication and Dissemination – for projects that address critical elements in the communication and dissemination process among patients, their caregivers and clinicians
  • Addressing Disparities – for projects that will inform the choice of strategies to eliminate disparities

All application materials can be downloaded from the Funding Opportunities section of PCORI’s website. The deadline for Letters of Intent is June 15.  A fifth PFA on Accelerating Patient-Centered and Methodological Research, involving up to $24 million in funding, will be issued during the summer.

Please visit for more information about PCORI, and receive regular updates and funding announcements from the institute by subscribing to the PCORI mailing list. Topic: Considering Surgery…Be Sure to Ask These Questions

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
  • If you’re thinking of having surgery, get answers to these important questions beforehand:

AHRQ Toolsets Available to Help Pharmacists and Physicians Implement E-Prescribing

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Two toolsets, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies, for supporting e-prescribing implementation are now available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  The toolsets are designed to offer a step-by-step guide for preparing for and launching an e-prescribing system.  They include advice on topics ranging from planning the implementation process, launching the system, troubleshooting common problems, and navigating into more advanced practice and pharmacy services.  Find both toolsets and supporting tools at