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Archive for July, 2012

WISER Update: Universal iOS App (for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad)

Friday, July 13th, 2012

WISER for iOS 3.0, a universal app for Apple iOS devices, is now available.  This new release adds native support for the iPad.  Search WISER’s full set of known substances, employ WISER’s popular Help Identify Chemical capability, and leverage WISER’s protective distance mapping feature with an interface customized for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Check out what’s new in this release:

WISER for iOS 3.0 can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:

Coming Soon

Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:

  • Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) integration (
  • Updates to WISER’s Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to the newly released 2012 edition
  • WISER for Android 3.0, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform

Group Licensing Initiative (Lunch with the RML Session)

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Noon – 1 pm

Where:  Watch the MAR website for the URL

Presenter:  Robb Mackes, Group Licensing Initiative Project Manager

Learn about the benefits of group licensing and joining the Group Licensing Initiative.  The Group Licensing Initiative, formed in 2002 under the umbrella of HSLANJ, researches, approves and establishes relationships with vendors, negotiating all pricing and assisting members with licensing needs.  MAR supports GLI in its efforts to connect libraries in the Middle Atlantic Region to cost-effective electronic resources.

Currently, there are about 100 members, linking more than 35,000 physicians and 88,000 nurses in New Jersey, New York and Delaware, as well as 40,000 physicians and nurses in Pennsylvania.

  • 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

If you missed our first sessions, we have made archives available. The archives include recordings, materials presented during each session, as well as transcripts:

The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner

Friday, July 13th, 2012

MAR’s Technology & Communication Coordinator, Missy Harvey, will be offering The Ropes:  Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner.

Location:             University of Pittsburgh, Falk Library, 200 Scaife Hall, Conference Room B

Dates:                  Tuesday, July 24, 9 am – 1 pm (Part 1)
Monday, July 30, 9 am – 1 pm (Part 2)

This train-the-trainer course covers the process of building a user-centered training session, covering needs assessment, learning styles, working with and from participant objectives, and evaluation of outcomes.  Students will participate in several group exercises where they will explore different training situations.  Emphasis will be placed upon user-centered development and the building of objectives by which the success of a class may be evaluated.

To obtain 8 MLA CE credits, attendees must attend both sessions.

Register at:

Job Ad: Data Services/Metadata Librarian, Weill Medical College

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Position:  Data Services/Metadata Librarian

Department:  Library Resources Management

FLSA status:  Academic

Salary:  Negotiable starting $60K

Position Summary

Weill Cornell Medical College Library seeks a dynamic, energetic, knowledgeable and self-motivated librarian to provide leadership to the library and its partners for data services and resource discovery through the application of metadata and intellectual access activities. Reports to Associate Director, Resources Management

The data services/metadata librarian supports the creation, discovery of and access to the institution’s data and to the library’s digital and print content through consultation, metadata creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards.


  • Provide metadata consulting and project analysis services for faculty members and students in support of their teaching, research, and learning needs; prepare metadata profiles for implementation and/or conversion; and serve as a lead person for metadata related issues and problem solving.
  • Provide expertise and leadership in developing numeric and geospatial data services and promoting these services to the institution.
  • Develop and conduct outreach, workshops, and course-related instruction to support data analysis, metadata creation and data curation.
  • Collaborate with health and life sciences librarians at Cornell University and Hunter College to further e-science initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of a collection of resources and data sets appropriate to WCMC and the Clinical Translation Science Center.
  • Advise on policies, standards and workflows for acquisition, description, access, and preservation of print and digital information. Perform original cataloging as required.
  • Supervise .25 FTE copy-cataloger.



  • Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or the completion of significant coursework towards the degree.
  • Advanced degree in basic sciences and/or significant biomedical background preferred but not required.
  • Experience with statistical software (SPSS, SAS, STATA), and with GIS software such as ArcGIS and ArcView preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the use of numeric data resources and an understanding of the application of numeric data in biomedical sciences.
  • Knowledge and experience with metadata and cataloging standards and schema such as Dublin Core, METS, MODS, AACR2, RDA, MeSH, and NLM classification.
  • 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. (EOE/M/F/D/V).

Job Ad: Preliminary Announcement from NLM

Friday, July 13th, 2012




SERIES & GRADE: Technical Information Specialist, GS-1412-9/11
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Career/Career Conditional

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: US Citizens and Status Candidates

Two positions are located in the MEDLARS Management Section (MMS), Bibliographic Services Division (BSD), Division of Library Operations (LO). Please note additional selections from other areas of NLM’s Library Operations may be made through this vacancy announcement. The MEDLARS Management Section: (1) coordinates activities between NLM and its online users providing documentation, technical information, and training; (2) responds to advanced customer services inquires; (3) coordinates testing, quality assurance, and development of MEDLINE data; (4) licenses and distributes NLM data; (5) coordinates Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) activities.

The Technical Information Specialist will provide support for various NLM databases and information retrieval systems (e.g. PubMed), including; providing assistance and advice for various bibliographic and information retrieval systems; planning, designing, testing, implementing and evaluating web-based search interfaces and computer applications; acquiring, organizing, accessing and disseminating information standards, bibliographic information and medical terminology in automated library systems, databases, and world wide web applications; and, supporting classroom and distance education training activities, and documentation for various bibliographic and information retrieval systems.

Complete vacancy announcement information and application instructions will be posted soon on the NLM vacancy announcement website at, or can be searched on  NIH IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

NLM Chief of International Programs

Friday, July 13th, 2012

NLM is pleased to announce its new Chief of International Programs, Dan Gerendasy, Ph.D.  Dan comes to us from the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR), where for the last eight years his responsibilities as a Scientific Review Officer included leading reviews of major international and global health research projects and training programs.  His award-winning efforts in international and global health are wide ranging and include service as CSR’s representative to the NIH International Representatives Forum, frequent briefings of foreign delegations on the peer review process at NIH, service on an Institute of Medicine working group on global health, coordination for the Director of CSR of international visits and visitors, and leadership of NIH committees and work groups focusing on global health to name but a few.  Dan is particularly interested in scientific capacity building in the developing countries.

Trained as a molecular biologist, Dan received a BA in biology from Grinnell College, an MS in biochemistry from Northwestern University, and a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Arizona. His NIH-funded research program focused on molecular mechanisms of changes in synaptic function.  Dan spent twelve years at the Scripps Research Institute starting as a postdoctoral fellow and leaving as Assistant Professor before moving to the SUNY Health Science Center at Stony Brook, and then to NIH.

New VA Initiative for Community Healthcare Outcomes

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented a new initiative, Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO), to increase access to specialty care services for Veterans in rural and medically under-served areas through the use of telemedicine.  According to the VA, SCAN-ECHO is modeled after an outreach program developed by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO.  It enables specialty care teams in areas such as diabetes, pain management, and Hepatitis C to use videoconferencing equipment to connect with Veterans’ local primary care providers (PCPs) and Patient Aligned Care Teams.

Data Deluge: Mastering Medicine’s Tidal Wave

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The new issue of Stanford Magazine focuses on issues related to “Data Deluge:  Mastering Medicine’s Tidal Wave,” both related to research and health information in patient records.  It is a provocative set of articles and features:

FEMA 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Award

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Is your institution working to improve community preparedness through increasing access to disaster health information?  Consider applying for the FEMA 2012 Individual and Community Preparedness Award!  Any individual, program or organization engaged in individual and community preparedness may submit an application for a 2012 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award.  The submission is due July 31, 2012.

These awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, Citizen Corps Councils, and programs working to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared for any disaster or emergency event.  Categories awarded include:  Promising Partnerships; Awareness to Action; Innovative Use of Technology, Preparing the Whole Community

2012-2013 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 year of the leadership program jointly sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and AAHSL.  The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is focused on preparing emerging leaders for the position of library director in academic health sciences libraries.

The NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program is currently accepting applications and nominations for the August 1, 2012, deadline for potential fellows for the 2012-2013 experience.  Candidates for fellow should have a strong interest in pursuing a directorship in academic health sciences libraries, as well as significant management experience.  Applications are welcomed from professionals working in academic health sciences libraries, hospital libraries, or other library-related settings.  Applications from qualified minority candidates are encouraged.

Directors with at least five years’ experience as director of an academic health sciences library should indicate preliminary interest in being matched as a mentor by contacting the AAHSL Future Leadership Committee by August 1.

The program brochure, including information on program design, schedule, and application process, is available at For more information about the program, please contact Carolyn Lipscomb, Program Manager, AAHSL Future Leadership Committee,