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Archive for August, 2012

A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders

Friday, August 24th, 2012

MLA eLearning Opportunity:  Free Web-based Disaster Course

Register now for the two-day web-based disaster course, A Seat at the Table:  Working with Local Responders.

The course is scheduled for August 29 – 30, 2012, 1 – 2:30 pm (CT) / 2 – 3:30 pm (ET) each day.

Participants must log in each day and complete the assigned homework and can earn 4 MLA continuing education contact hours that can be applied to the Level II Advanced MLA Disaster Information Specialization:

Job Ad: Access Services Librarian, New York Medical College

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The Health Sciences Library of New York Medical College, located in Westchester County, seeks an Access Services Librarian to help manage the daily activities of the Access Services department.  This position provides an array of opportunities in terms of professional reference, access services, management and processing of interlibrary loans and document delivery requests, back up of educational media services, and other priority projects and assignments.

An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Sciences is required along with one year supervisory experience, preferably in an academic library.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required as well as an ability to work both independently and as part of a team.  Basic reference knowledge, including web development, PubMed searching, as well as knowledge of ExLibris Voyager, Excel, ILLiad, DOCLINE, and OCLC preferred.

This is the perfect job for someone looking for new challenges, defining a new position that straddles both circulation and reference functions, and participating as part of multiple teams.

For your information, Westchester County, New York, is made up of 450 square-miles of diverse living, with tiny river towns, suburban villages and urban centers. You’ll find everything from big name department stores to fine restaurants, local night life, antique shops, farmer markets with locally grown produce, and historic sites and restorations. One of the best things about NYMC’s location is its proximity to New York City, readily available by Bee-Line bus, Metro-North train or car.

For more information, contact Alicia Parrish, Employment Manager, New York Medical College, Administration Building, Valhalla, NY, 10595, (914) 594 4564; (914) 594 4309 (fax).

Note: Hours are from Sunday-Thursday.
Diana Cunningham, Associate Dean and Director
Health Sciences Library
New York Medical College

Job Ad: NLM History of Medicine Preliminary Announcement

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health, will be recruiting for the position of Technical Information Specialist.  The position will be filled at the GS12 with promotion potential to GS13 and is open to all U.S. citizens.

The NLM is the world’s largest medical library and a major organizational component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the dissemination of information important to the progress of medicine and public health, both nationally and internationally.  The History of Medicine Division, a major component of Library Operations, NLM, collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences  the world’s richest collections of historical material related to human health and disease.

Serving in the Office of the Chief of the History of Medicine Division, the Technical Information Specialist will be a leader in evaluating databases and systems, defining modifications and specifications to interface designs and system functionalities, planning data management and system maintenance cycles, implementing data quality assurance measures, writing technical material for internal and external audiences, and developing and implementing social media programs that will raise greater awareness of, access to, and usage of the collections and programs of the division.

The integrative and collaborative nature of this position requires demonstrated initiative, dedication to teamwork, and a strong mission focus. The successful candidate will serve as a member of diverse teams working to accomplish a wide variety of tasks in support of the vision and mission of the History of Medicine Division as the unit supports the strategic plans of Library Operations, NLM, as well as the vision and mission of the NLM as a whole.

Complete vacancy announcement information and application instructions will be posted soon on the NLM vacancy announcement website at:, or can be searched on

Physician Burnout is More Common than for Other Workers

Friday, August 24th, 2012

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that physician burnout is more common than among other workers. The study found that “45.8% of physicians reported at least 1 symptom of burnout.  Substantial differences in burnout were observed by specialty, with the highest rates among physicians at the front line of care access (family medicine, general internal medicine, and emergency medicine).”

Library Heroes Shelter Evacuees from the Summer of 2012

Friday, August 24th, 2012

This article highlights the impact of several disasters across the U.S. this summer on local libraries.  Read about how the libraries responded to wildfires, a derecho, floods and more!

Call for Abstracts: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Submit an Abstract to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice about your experiences with academic health departments…

“In partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), PHF is calling for abstracts for an upcoming Academic Health Department (AHD)-themed issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  Scheduled to appear in November/December 2013, this issue will highlight partnerships between academic health professions institutions and public health practice organizations, such as state or local health departments, which are designed to enhance public health education and training, research, and service.” [Public Health Foundation]

A Systematic Review of Healthcare Applications for Smartphones

Friday, August 24th, 2012

You may find this of interest:  A Systematic Review of Healthcare Applications for Smartphones.

MLA Announces Winners for Best Research Papers & Posters

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The MLA Research Section has announced the winners for the best research papers and posters at MLA ’12.  We are delighted to report that some of the winners are from our region:

Paper Winners

Survival and Success Beyond Grad School: Improving Library Services to Postdoctoral Researchers
Aileen McCrillis, Research Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Libraries; Alisa Surkis, Translational Science Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Libraries; Dorice Vieira, Clinical Librarian, NYU Health Sciences Libraries; New York University–New York; Pauline S. Beam, Education and Information Services Librarian, Gustave & Janet Levy Library, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; Tina O’Grady, Doctoral Candidate, Biomedical Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Poster Winners

Results of the Value of Health Library and Information Services Study
Joanne Marshall, AHIP, FMLA, Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; Julia Sollenberger, AHIP, FMLA, Director, Medical Center Libraries and Technologies, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York

Announcing the First Issue of The MAReport!

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

MAR would like to announce the inaugural issue of our quarterly newsletter–The MAReport.

Our goal is…

  • to spotlight various aspects of our services and NLM resources
  • to highlight a Network member
  • to announce classes and training for the next quarter, and
  • to touch on any number of possible topics in future issues

Make sure to sign-up to receive future issues using the Subscribe feature. Also, please share the newsletter with colleagues and friends.

Check Out All the Great Classes This Fall!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Lots of classes and training opportunities are being made available to Network members this Fall.  Make sure to click on Education in the blog to see all our listings.