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Job Ad: Assistant Director, Clinical Services, Weill Cornell Medical College

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Job Title: Assistant Director, Clinical Services
Organization: Weill Cornell Medical College
Location: New York, New York

Status: Full Time, Academic/Faculty
Starting Salary: 67K

We have revised the minimum requirements for this position. Additional Health Sciences degree no longer required.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Director, Clinical Services, Weill Cornell Medical Library, will build dynamic, collaborative relationships within the clinical and allied health departments of Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and its affiliates.   Implements and evaluates innovative clinical support services and contributes to the development of research and knowledge within the health sciences.  Reports to the Associate Director, User Support, Research and Education, Weill Cornell Medical Library.

Position Activities:

  • Maintain and cultivate strong relationships to support the needs of allied health and clinical communities.
  • Supervise the library’s clinical support team.
  • Oversee, develop and implement clinical support services including, clinical librarianship program, systematic review service, and electronic medical record integration.
  • Determine the impact of services and resources offered via ongoing assessment.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and students to assess and integrate information literacy skills within the medical school curriculum. Teach information literacy and evidence-based practice or other specialized classes in cooperation with library teaching faculty.
  • As a member of the user support team, answer clinical and reference questions, conduct literature searches, provide consultations and promote the use of library services and resources.
  • Keep abreast of new developments in education, information resources and clinical outreach services.

Minimum Requirements:
Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program. An additional graduate degree in the health sciences or related field preferred.  Minimum of five years health sciences library or health care/biomedical environment experience. Three to five years of leadership/supervisory experience. Experience working with clinical teams. Demonstrated experience in the use of bibliographic research and clinical tools. 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).

New App Tracks Local Health Trends and Wins ASPR Challenge

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced the winner of their app developer challenge ““Now Trending: #Health in My Community.” Mappy Health is a web based application for local public health departments to use to track health concerns in real time in their communities using twitter.

Mappy Health:

Press Release:

30 Best Apps for the New iPad

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy

Friday, September 14th, 2012

PDF available from the National Academies Press


From the use of personal products to our consumption of food, water, and air, people are exposed to a wide array of agents each day—many with the potential to affect health. Exposure science investigates the contact of humans or other organisms with those agents (that is, chemical, physical, and biologic stressors) and their fate in living systems. Exposure science has been instrumental in helping us understand how stressors affect human and ecosystem health, and in efforts to prevent or reduce contact with harmful stressors. In this way exposure science has played an integral role in many areas of environmental health, and can help meet growing needs in environmental regulation, urban and ecosystem planning, and disaster management. There are increasing demands for exposure science information, for example to meet needs for data on the thousands of chemicals introduced into the market each year, and to better understand the health effects of prolonged low-level exposure to stressors. Recent advances in tools and technologies—including sensor systems, analytic methods, molecular technologies, computational tools, and bioinformatics—have provided the potential for more accurate and comprehensive exposure science data than ever before. This report provides a roadmap to take advantage of the technologic innovations and strategic collaborations to move exposure science into the future.

Tox Town Is Looking for Teachers to Promote Environmental Health Afterschool Club

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The K-12 group of the National Library of Medicine (one of the 27 institutes of the National Institutes of Health), developed an afterschool science club curriculum for middle school students, called “Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health.” The curriculum combines research on the Tox Town website with hands-on experiments and communication and social action activities. The objective is to introduce middle school students to environmental health issues in their everyday life, stressing the relevance of science to informed citizenship.

The curriculum contains six units that each introduce one environmental health topic (e.g., Water, Air Quality, Chemicals in Your Home, Food Safety) and include three to four 50-60 minute lessons. All lessons come with teacher instructions and student handouts; the materials needed for hands-on experiments are simple items that can be found in a supermarket.

We are looking for several educators across the country who would partner with us by 1) conducting this club at their middle school, and 2) sharing their experience with colleagues via media and conference presentations. If interested, please, answer the following questions:

1. Your name

2. Name and location of your school

3. Grade level(s) and subject(s) you teach

4. Why are you interested in this opportunity? (one paragraph)

5. How could you share your club experience with other educators in your school, county, state, region? (one paragraph)

Please, email your answers and inquiries to Dr. Alla Keselman at

National Preparedness Month

Friday, September 14th, 2012

September is National Preparedness Month and the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) has lots of resources on preparing for the unexpected! It is up to all of us to be informed during disaster and emergencies, and DIMRC’s goal is to connect people to quality disaster health information. We’ll be sending out lists of resources on 3 topics throughout the month of September. We encourage you to take some time to explore these resources and to share them with your patrons.

This week, take some time to check out these resources on how to get involved in disaster preparedness and response:

American Red Cross

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year and offers flexible volunteer opportunities and classes in live-saving skills.

Community Emergency Response Teams

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals

The Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) is a federal program created to support states and territories in establishing standardized volunteer registration programs for disasters and public health and medical emergencies. The program, administered on the state level, verifies health professionals’ identification and credentials so that they can respond more quickly when disaster strikes. By registering through ESAR-VHP, volunteers’ identities, licenses, credentials, accreditations, and hospital privileges are all verified in advance, saving valuable time in emergency situations.

Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety, and resiliency of their communities. MRC units are community-based and work to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year. MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources.

You can also find more information on disaster medicine and public health preparedness on DIMRC’s website:

Caroline Spellman (Contractor)

Associate Consultant

Aquilent, Inc., supporting the mission of the National Library of Medicine

Specialized Information Services Division

Disaster Information Management Research Center

6707 Democracy Blvd., Ste. 510

Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

September NIH News in Health

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Check out the September issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this edition:

See, Hear, Speak / Are Kids’ Senses Ready for School?
Early classroom success depends on healthy hearing, vision, speech and language. If a child has problems in these areas, the sooner they’re spotted, the better they can be treated.
Read more about hearing, language and vision at school.

Safe Driving for Distracted Teens / Steering in the Right Direction
Mile for mile, teens are involved in 3 times as many fatal crashes as more experienced drivers. Why are young drivers so vulnerable to accidents and injuries? And what can we do to reduce their risk? NIH-funded researchers are looking for some answers.
Read more about teen driving.

Health Capsules:

Featured Website: 52 Weeks for Women’s Health

MAR Announces New Round of Funding Available

Friday, September 7th, 2012

MAR is accepting applications until October 1, 2012 for up to $10,000 to support 6-month outreach, technology improvement, and “new roles” projects (period of performance = November 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013).

  • Would you like support to be recognized within your institution by offering a new clinical information service?
  • Perhaps you would like to provide evidence to support the development of clinical guidelines or patient order sets?
  • Or, maybe you have wanted to offer a health information service to a target population in your area?

Consider applying for an award to help support your efforts.  Visit our funding page and read through the Potential Projects section of each award for more ideas.

Renae Barger
NN/LM MAR Executive Director

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DMIRC)

Friday, September 7th, 2012

This week’s featured emergency and disaster preparedness resource provides librarians and other healthcare information providers with information from NLM’s Specialized Services (SIS) Disaster Information Management Research Center (DMIRC).  This center collects, organizes and disseminates health information resources and informatics research related to disasters of natural, accidental, or deliberate origin.  DIMRC is committed to maintain access to health information during disasters for example, the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) provides temporary, free, full-text access from major biomedical journals and numerous e-books and databases following any widespread disaster that is expected to severely limit libraries’ abilities to function for at least several weeks.  DIMRC also develops innovative products and services to serve health professionals and the public, conducts research to support disaster health information management and collaborates with other agencies and communities.

Michelle Burda

Network & Advocacy Coordinator

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Middle Atlantic Region

PubMed for Experts

Friday, September 7th, 2012

MAR’s Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling will be offering PubMed for Experts.

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

Date:  October 22, 2012 from 9 am – Noon.

Description:  This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches.  Recent changes to PubMed will be covered.  Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present questions about PubMed to discuss with the class.  Participants will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the MLA.